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post #91 of 212 Old 09-08-2006, 09:37 PM - Thread Starter
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Well, just my luck. My projector is acting up and not in a good way. Of course this would happen a week before the meet. I'm ready to kill somebody right now.

Hopefully, it starts to run smoothly again. I hope I can get in contact with AVS Monday.
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No one by grafton/elyria oh able to pick me up (pay for some gas <3) if not i can bother my parents again.

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Sorry Trev, no one on the list lives that way. If I wasn't hosting, I'd swing by to pick ya up, but I've got to do the last minute clean-up, set-up, etc.

As for the projector, there's a ray of hope that I was overreacting. It may only need a new lamp. Currently, the lamp shuts itself off. Another 710 owner said that his did the same thing and a new lamp solved the problem. I thought that a bad lamp would just not turn on anymore.
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Ok thanks geo appreciate it.

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Well, my projector is as good as new right now. A new lamp did the trick. You have no idea how nervous I was.

Can't wait to see you guys this weekend!
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Hey George, what time Sat?

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There's room for ALL of God's creatures...right next to the mashed potatoes!
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I think im coming but im nervous cause i dont know anyone and i dont have many friends, but im hoping to make lots of new ones! Thanks, Trev

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Trev,

No need to be nervous. I didn't know anyone the first meet I attended in Cincinatti, but I had a great time and made some new friends. We're all just looking to have a good time, and an excuse to play around with loud demo material. I sent you my address.

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I thought it was today sorry guys... My computer was down... ((((((((((( ((((((

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awesome meet George. I hope to have a room for a pj some day...

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what?.......WHAT????.........Jeez, I'm still deaf! S'okay, I had a freakin' blast George. Big thanks for turning me on to some 'over the top' fun gear. It was a great crowd to hang out with too!
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Well, I'm extremely happy that all of you had a great time. I did as well and once again was reminded of why I like to host these.

I'd like to thank everyone for coming to the meet and also a special thanks goes to Robert for providing 99% of the alcohol.

I'll have more later.......
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Very sorry i could not make the meet. My wife had to work ,so i had a out door theater for the kids in the sub. It was a blast ,but I'm sure I would have had a better time hanging out with you guys instead of watching the wild DVD with kids. But none the less the kids had fun.

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I just found this thread. Sorry I missed, sounds like great fun. I would be interested in attending future events and hosting as well. I live in Copley, OH.

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I just found this thread. Sorry I missed, sounds like great fun. I would be interested in attending future events and hosting as well. I live in Copley, OH.

Pete

Hi, Pete. Stay subscribed to this thread and you'll be able to get notice of the next meet. I'm not sure who's going next or when, but there'll be another meet. If not, I usually have one at least once a year. Welcome.


Trevor,

Sorry you couldn't make it, maybe the next one.


Tony,

Although I was disappointed that we didn't get you in some of the discussions, we all know family comes first. You know it won't be the last meet, we'll catch you on the next one! Wait, aren't you up next?
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Here's a mini-recap of the last Saturday:



To start our day, Charlotte and I still had some painting to finish. (With the OT I had earlier, combined with me wanting to keep the theater in operation as much as possible, painting took longer than expected. ) As soon as we woke up we finished painting the stairway that goes upstairs. The time? 1:00. I was guessing the first guests were going to arrive around 2:00. How's that for close, huh?

This is the finished room before my guests arrived:




Caesar keeps his reputation of showing up when a camera comes out.






This is Caesar and Noble's reaction when finding out another meet is "today".


This is Chewy's first meet, so he doesn't know the constant decibel bombardment he is about to receive.


The last step of preparation: My famous sign, maybe in its final year.
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Chris was the first guest to arrive, closely followed by Robert and Michelle from Indiana. I'm very glad that Robert was finally able to attend a meet since he is overseas most of the year.


Robert is telling Chris about the progress of his theater. Michelle has pictures of it on her camera.

Meanwhile....



Charlotte is loading the fridge with the generous amount of beer provided by Robert. (Thanks again, Robert.)

Using my Xbox 360's streaming capabilities, I had a slide show of past meets, older configurations of my theater, and other general movie related photos, running while theater music provided by Angela and Art Sonneborn was playing in the background. The slide show ran as more guests arrived at the 4:00 official start time.


Here's Leif, Roger, Gino, Michelle, and Chris's head. Noble is looking to see if anyone is eyeing his bone.


The first demos I showed were some HD movie trailers that I have on my 360. During the trailer for "The Descent", Gino jumped and almost dropped his beer when the first glimpse of the underground creature was shown. It was pretty funny. After the movie trailers were a couple of game demos. When I was showing them Geometry Wars, an Xbox Live Arcade game, I had my highest score ever, so I didn't want to stop. Thanks for bringing me luck, guys! Finally, we began to watch some movie clip demos.


Ward, Chris, Robert, Michelle, Gino, and Roger enjoying some movie clip demos.


During one of their "smoke" breaks, Ward shows Robert, Michelle, and Leif his DIY rear speakers. I wish I would have taken more photos, he did a nice job on them.
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After some more movie clips, the pizza arrived.


Here's Steve about to enjoy some classic "pizza and beer".


And Greg doing the same.


After the pizza we compared my Infocus 4805 with my Samsung H710-AE.

The obvious standout difference between the two, was the SDE with the 4805. Another thing I pointed out was the light spill from the 4805 compared to not having it with the 710. Since I barely use the 4805 anymore, I forgot about how much the 4805 lights up the wall above my screen.

I'm glad that Ward was able to see the 4805 on a high gain screen.

After the projection comparison, we turned on the Toshiba HD-DVD player and watched the demo disc I put together the night before the meet. The upscaling of this player is phenomenal, IMO. I was stunned when I saw the Toy Story 2 demo. (This was the first time I actually watched this scene on my 710.) During some of the bass heavy clips, Robert wanted to go and hear what my theater sounded like outside. He said that a piece of my aluminum siding was flapping. He really liked my PB12+/2 and Axiom QS8's.

Of course, SD DVD clips weren't the only stuff we watched, I also showed off my HD-DVD movies throughout the night. I did a direct comparison of a scene from the movie "Equilbrium". I imported the HD-DVD version from Japan and it arrived the day of the meet, much to my pleasant surprise. The scene I compared was the "puppy" scene. The colors of HD-DVD and the obvious extra detail are amazing. I really hope the general public buys into the HD formats as I don't want to buy any more SD-DVDs after being spoiled by the few HD-DVDs I have.

I also did another Xbox 360 demo with the game "Burnout: Revenge". It's a fast paced racing game, with lots of crashes and explosions. The surround sound of the game is very well done. Greg, Ward, and Leif all gave it a try. It was difficult to pry the controller from Ward's hands.

Finally, at the end of the night, a few stayed around to watch "Serenity" in HD.


Steve, Lief, and Ward watching "Serenity".

Todd, Steve, and Leif.

I had a fantastic time at the meet and I'm glad that everyone was able to enjoy my theater. I thank Robert for providing the alcohol, Charlotte for putting up with the loud noise (although she did take a break and ran up to the bar for a few hours), and my neighbor for not complaining about the all day and night noise. Thank you all for coming and I hope you'll come back for future meets.

Final List of attendees:

Chris and later in the night, his wife Kathy
Robert and Michelle
Leif
Ward
Gino
Roger
Greg
Steve
Todd
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Nice pics George ! I like the one with the folks faces all lit up from the screen.

I hope everyone had a great time.

PS Angela's computer is down she wanted me to make sure that her email got to you before it's death !


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Hey George, the house looks great. I'm glad the Charlotte put you to work fixing it up.
So I missed the party but the sailboat race kept me going from Wed. through Sunday afternoon.
The ladies from Louisiana, Texas and Hawaii did not like the Cleveland fall weather.

[IMG]Our boat[/IMG]
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Thanks, Kevin. Btw, your photo of your boat doesn't show. Is it the one in the article?
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I don't know what happened to the picture!
But here is the link to US Sailing.

http://www.ussailing.org/e-ussailing...2006-09-20.htm

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Man, I just found this thread

Looks like a totally over the top setup, George Maybe I can make it next year.

I have had the QS8's for over a year and they are the best surrounds I have heard! I have a l'il old Rocket UFW-10 sub, so no wall cracking around these parts
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Hopefully, we'll have another meet soon. I'm sure someone will host one.

I'm am extremely pleased with my QS8's. I wish I would have bought them a lot sooner. They've added so much to my sound, it's amazing. My set-up is pretty much where I want it for now finally. Now I have to concentrate on the rest of my house.

Btw, for those of you with HD-DVD, if you haven't purchased Batman Begins yet, head up to Target and buy it. Fantastic PQ. I've given up on trying to calibrate the analog channels, so I'll have to wait until I can upgrade to a better, more up-to-date processor that I can use to listen to the Dobly TrueHD track. But, the downsampled to DTS version still sounds really good.
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You are not kidding George, Batman is unreal. I am using the analog 5.1 to utilize true hd. Holy crap!!!

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Greg,

Have you flipped back and forth between TrueHD and DD+? What are the differences that you hear?
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No, I have not. I should a/b. I am struck by the "realness" of the soundtrack for lack of a better word. VERY dynamic, open and enveloping

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I am going to have to stay away from HD-DVD and Dolby TrueHD My wallet cannot keep up with technology right now. I just replaced a malfunctioning Outlaw 1050 receiver in April with a Refurbed Denon 2105(885), and I want to have my Ascend 170's upgraded to "SE" status next year. Since my wife has not worked since 1998, and is finishing nursing school in Dec., money has been scarce so I gotta steer clear of upgrades unless I have no choice

So.....ya need a new processor/receiver to get this Dolby TrueHD stuff, huh?(Stop it! Stop it now!! )
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