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View Poll Results: What Source Devices Do You Use in Your Main HT?
Blu-ray player 461 15.90%
HD DVD player 93 3.21%
DVD player 73 2.52%
LaserDisc player 40 1.38%
SACD player 43 1.48%
DVD-Audio player 29 1.00%
CD player 82 2.83%
Universal disc player (e.g., Oppo) 184 6.35%
LP turntable 97 3.35%
Analog tape player (reel-to-reel, cassette) 38 1.31%
Cable receiver/DVR 298 10.28%
Satellite receiver/DVR 191 6.59%
Over-the-air receiver/DVR (e.g., TiVo) 101 3.48%
Streaming player (e.g., Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV) 304 10.49%
Smart TV streaming apps 124 4.28%
Smartphone/tablet 142 4.90%
HTPC 274 9.45%
Dedicated media server (e.g., Kaleidescape) 74 2.55%
Game console (e.g., PlayStation, Xbox) 428 14.76%
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Now that we know something about the displays, speaker configurations, and AV electronics used by AVS members in their primary home theaters, I'd like to turn our attention to source devices. (If you haven't yet voted in our previous system polls, they're linked to the corresponding words here.)

 

Of course, most home theaters include more than one source device, so please select any of the types in the list above that you use in your main HT system; don't select any that you have but don't use. Then, post a comment with the makes and models of those components. Inquiring minds want to know!

 

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I tend to use a Tivo Premier, I do use an ATV2, and HTPC,. Sadly no Uni player at the moment.

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I screwed mine up! I have a PS3 and DirecTV but for some reason I voted OTA/TiVo instead of satellite DVR. Either way, I still think the PS3 is an incredible device and it's incredible relevance eight years after it's release is a testament to its design.

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I also use a VHS machine and OTA Antenna. smile.gif
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PS3 (most used and most versatile)

AT&T UVerse DVR

Chromecast (used by two laptops, two tablets, and two smartphones)

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In no particular order:

Oppo BDP-105 Universal player
Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD player
Toshiba SD 9200 DVD Audio-Video player
Pioneer Elite BDP 53FD Universal player
Pioneer Elite BDP 95FD Bluray player attached to a Asus Xonar One USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier Muses Edition
Pioneer BDP 320 Bluray player
Pioneer Elite N-50 network audio player using a WD My Book Live 3tb nas
Pioneer PD-91 CD player
Pioneer CLD-D704 Laser disc player
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My Playstation 4 takes the centerpiece. Hopefully Sony will update the firmware soon to give us smoother Blu-Ray playback and support for xvYCC (the PS3 has xvYCC support).
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I also use a VHS machine and OTA Antenna. smile.gif


Dang! I forgot VHS and OTA without a receiver like TiVo. Oh well...including both would have put me over the 20-item limit on polls, so I would have had to leave one off anyway.


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2 Dish Hopper Satellite DVRs (6 tuners, 2 2TB hard drives)

4 Western Digital 2TB external Hard Drives (movie storage) 

 

Oppo  BDP 103d  BluRay Player

Panasonic DMR ES15 DVD Recorder

Denon DVD 2800 DVD Player

Denon DCM 560 CD Changer

 

JVC HM-DSR100u  8 head DVHS

JVC HR-S7900U SVHS

 

Nakamichi  CR-7A  Cassette Deck

Technics RS TR157 Dual Cassette Deck

 

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Kimber PBJ (modified tonearm leads)

Ortofon 2M Black Cartridge

Lounge Audio LCR MKIII Phono Preamp

 

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Some of this is old gear that's past it's prime and still in the system until I need the space for newer gear. Most of my amplifiers, processing and primary source equipment is housed on two racks in a recessed audio closet with framed smoked glass door to the right of the TV. 

 

Front racks

 

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 I also keep 2 overflow racks for extra equipment and a place to hold gear that I purchased on audiogon to resell to clients on my next installations.

 

Side Racks

 

 

 

I still have a lot of very old family tape recordings, make copies of cassetts for my mother in law and burn DVDs for my uncle.  The VHS is mainly stuff from my parents, titles that never made it to disc or foreign films like "Closet Land" an absolutely fantastic 1991 film with Alan Rickman that's only available in PAL format from Spain.

 

The JVC HM-DSR100u is sort of a collector's item because it was Dish's first attempt at DVR before they had hard drives. It has a Dish tuner built inside and recorded the digital satellite signal directly to DVHS tape. Although it doesn't have Time Base Correction and other features of the HR-S7900U SVHS, it's tape heads are pristine and in new unused condition (the DVHS format died very quickly. Plus, Dish came out shortly with the 501DVR with hard drive and immediately stopped supporting the DSR-100U before I got a chance to use it.) You can find lots of JVC pro-sumer decks on ebay but all the heads are worn out and they're not made any more so

 

I use two Dish hoppers in the theater racks because we need 6 tuners to record all the movies, documentaries, concerts on Padallia, on top of series about science, history plus a couple news shows and of course Comedy Central and classic TV. We have a subscription to both the Dish and TCM magazines and schedule the recordings ahead of time to pick up films missing from our collection.  I've been with Dish since they first started many years ago. I've been archiving films to recordable DVD discs since the early 501 series, and switched to archiving with external hard drives when they introduced the 722. 

 

We now have almost 6 TB saved with over 1,600 recordings plus about 350 DVD's and around 40 BluRays. I keep track of it on an Excel spreadsheet so I don't record stuff I already have. I probably should have invested in a media server long ago and started ripping DVD's from Netflix like everybody else. However, that seemed sort of illegal, plus the way Dish works, you can't connect an external hard drive with Dish recordings to another computer without it reformatting the hard drive and wiping out your content. So I'd have to start all over collecting content I already have. 

 

I think streaming video sucks big time compared to a good BluRay transfer,  compressed MP3's on Sonos over 2Ghz wireless can't compare with CD, and HiRes digital audio is only just now coming close to good vinyl. However, since we got ROKU and Sonos, the convenience is seductive.  Our internet service exceeds 30 MIPS and we have a gigabit network hardwired to the equipment, so it's not all bad. For video I find we mostly use Dish and ROKU on everything but the 120" screen and projector. Sonos has renewed my love for music, I just wish I could find most of the old songs I get through Sonos on good condition vinyl or HiRes audio.

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Dang! I forgot VHS and OTA without a receiver like TiVo. Oh well...including both would have put me over the 20-item limit on polls, so I would have had to leave one off anyway.

Then I guess an FM tuner would have been out of the question. smile.gif
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Interesting you don't consider an AVR SOurce equipment, especially with networked receivers now streaming.

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PS3 is the workhorse. It handles Blu-ray/DVD, games, CDs and streaming (HBOGo, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, etc.)
XBox 360 for games
Cable/DVR for the few TV shows I like and the occasional TCM or HBO movie.
My smart TV (65ZT60) is serving as little more than a monitor.

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I have two bluray players (OPPO BDP83 and Panasonic for 3D) and just retired my Toshiba HD-DVD player to make room other gear. I still like bluray but find that with my HTPC (2 bluray drives) and my Netgear NEO TV Streaming Player with VUDU HD I am most often using these rather than the OPPO or Panny. I can see a point in the not too distant future where the HTPC is the only source device in my system.

I have HD service from Comcast (Xfinity?) in the HT room but seldom use is as the 720P/1080i cable signal does not look good on a 12' wide screen. Streaming VUDU has been a revelation and has me buying very few Bluray's and my collection (approx 250 BR disks) is fairly static as I only purchase certain disks (usually 3D) these days.

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Kaleidescape is my favorite by far!

And they are 18 so far, I'm a bit surprise.


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Almost exclusively HTPC, it is the jack of all trades.
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