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Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   12-02-2013, 06:01 PM
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Posted By MDesigner
Thanks for the info. It's not a huge issue, a...

Thanks for the info. It's not a huge issue, a little annoying on brighter scenes in movies, but not a deal breaker. The black levels on my TV are excellent!
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-20-2013, 11:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,433
Posted By MDesigner
I just bought the Vizio E500i-A1, and noticed...

I just bought the Vizio E500i-A1, and noticed that the corners are slightly dark. This is especially noticeable when the screen is mostly white. Is this just a normal trait of LED TVs, or do I...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-04-2011, 01:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,760
Posted By MDesigner
I'm just a little confused at the big handful of...

I'm just a little confused at the big handful of negative reviews on the that particular USB tuner. But then again, the customer is always a factor in that if you know what I mean....
Forum: Home Theater Computers   02-03-2011, 08:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,760
Posted By MDesigner
I never said there was an HD cable box involved,...

I never said there was an HD cable box involved, but I did say I'd like the option to use an HD indoor antenna hooked up to the Windows7 Media Center box.

Keep in mind, I'm looking for the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-31-2011, 02:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,760
Posted By MDesigner
Hey all, I'm looking for a good USB tuner...

Hey all,

I'm looking for a good USB tuner for the Acer Revo 3700. Unfortunately I have no idea exactly what the difference is between ATSC, QAM, etc., so I don't know what the input signal really...
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   01-05-2010, 12:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,128
Posted By MDesigner
Yeah I was gonna say, that Bose advice sounds...

Yeah I was gonna say, that Bose advice sounds like crap. Every audiophile I've ever talked to says that Bose is overpriced and overrated.
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   01-05-2010, 07:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,128
Posted By MDesigner
On second thought, I might pick up the Energy...

On second thought, I might pick up the Energy RC-Micro 5.1 set, it's got stellar reviews for the price point.. and I can pick up a nice Onkyo receiver to go with it.
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   01-04-2010, 09:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,128
Posted By MDesigner
I'm on the market for a 7.1 (or 5.1 if I have...

I'm on the market for a 7.1 (or 5.1 if I have to) system, and my budget is $1000 tops. I like the Onkyo HT-S9100THX, but the surround speakers are kinda big. I don't mind so much if the two front...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   01-29-2009, 06:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,330
Posted By MDesigner
For some reason, I can't get closed captions on...

For some reason, I can't get closed captions on my Sharp. If I run the coax cable right into the TV, it works, but I'm running my Comcast DVR (Motorola DCH-3416) into the TV via HDMI. Even when I...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-22-2008, 02:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By MDesigner
All I get in HD is local channels.. I'd be...

All I get in HD is local channels.. I'd be surprised if they decided to lock those down. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/images/smilies/wink.gif
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-22-2008, 01:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By MDesigner
Well, with my basic cable @ $10/mo, I get local...

Well, with my basic cable @ $10/mo, I get local channels in HD which I'm happy with. So hopefully I can just spend the $10-$14/mo on the DVR box and that will be all I'll need to spend ($20-$24/mo...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-22-2008, 01:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By MDesigner
I suppose I could just get Comcast's DVR box...

I suppose I could just get Comcast's DVR box ($9.99/mo). I just didn't want to be throwing away $10/mo on something I have to return to them at some point. But it comes out to $120/year, whereas...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-22-2008, 01:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By MDesigner
Example: Could I buy this: ...

Example:

Could I buy this:
http://www.hauppauge.com/site/produc..._internal.html (http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/prods_hvr_internal.html)

and build a machine, drop that card in, plug...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-22-2008, 12:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By MDesigner
Quote:Originally Posted by kapone...

Quote:Originally Posted by kapone http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/post/14919511)

Not even close....
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-22-2008, 12:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By MDesigner
I know I can keep this rig as simple as...

I know I can keep this rig as simple as possible, so I just have a few questions.

I have Comcast basic cable which gives me local channels in HD. I can run the coax cable right into my Sharp LCD...
Forum: Digital Recorders (PVRs) General   10-20-2008, 01:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 855
Posted By MDesigner
I'm interested in building my own HTPC using a...

I'm interested in building my own HTPC using a PCI TV card. I checked into this a couple years ago and people were telling me that doing HD was not possible. I'm checking back in now that it's 2008....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-09-2007, 05:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 762
Posted By MDesigner
I'm looking for something like those $40-$60...

I'm looking for something like those $40-$60 wireless headphones for TVs.. but, I'm looking for one that lets you use your own headphones. So basically it would be a transmitter and a receiver with...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-05-2006, 11:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,931
Posted By MDesigner
Ahhh ok.. gotcha ;) Now i understand. I'll have...

Ahhh ok.. gotcha ;) Now i understand. I'll have to do some searching for the firewire solution.

About the 5c copy protection.. what exactly is the limitation there? Currently, I can watch &...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-05-2006, 10:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,931
Posted By MDesigner
I did check out those threads.. my most recent...

I did check out those threads.. my most recent post was trying to confirm what I had read. I guess I was off a bit.

The firewire running out of the HD STB sounds like it's my best bet, BUT...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-05-2006, 08:22 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,931
Posted By MDesigner
OK, so if I understand this correctly.....

OK, so if I understand this correctly.. basically it's impossible to watch/record HD content on a PC, until Vista Media Center. The only HD possible right now is via OTA. And NO PVR for the PC can...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-04-2006, 08:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,931
Posted By MDesigner
Maybe I ought to ditch Media Center? SageTV...

Maybe I ought to ditch Media Center? SageTV looks pretty interesting. If I switch to a different PVR, then I can get a tuner for my laptop and watch/record HDTV, right? My only other requirement in...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-04-2006, 08:21 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,931
Posted By MDesigner
OK.. I apologize, guys. Clearly the problem here...

OK.. I apologize, guys. Clearly the problem here is I have a HUGE lack of understanding of.. well.. A/V. ;) I'm a technical-minded person though (programmer, build PCs, etc) so I should be able to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-04-2006, 05:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,931
Posted By MDesigner
OK... so you're telling me everyone in the world...

OK... so you're telling me everyone in the world running Win XP Media Center 2005 and using the MCE shell... out of all those people, not one of them is watching live HDTV or SDTV content on their...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-04-2006, 02:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,931
Posted By MDesigner
OK.. excuse my newbie questions :) So if I...

OK.. excuse my newbie questions :)

So if I buy the OnAir Creator, and plug my cable into it.. you say I will only receive unencrypted digital signals. What does that mean exactly? I'll be able to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-04-2006, 01:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,931
Posted By MDesigner
Hmm, ok.. I'll have to check that out. Now,...

Hmm, ok.. I'll have to check that out.

Now, with the OnAir Creator, I don't need the Comcast set-top box, right? Straight from the wall into the OnAir Creator? Or do i need the STB?

Also.....
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