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Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-09-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,085
Posted By mdavej
Keep in mind, not only is a stand-alone cheaper...

Keep in mind, not only is a stand-alone cheaper and easier with about equal AQ and PQ, but it also does a lot of streaming tasks better than a PC, like Netflix for example. A stand-alone is a...
Forum: Video Download Services & Hardware   07-06-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 5,835
Views: 539,140
Posted By mdavej
Netflix on Xbox maxes out at 720p and half the...

Netflix on Xbox maxes out at 720p and half the bitrate possible on other devices. No wonder you think it looks bad. A better ISP or router (no other reason you'd get 480) and a better streaming...
Forum: Video Download Services & Hardware   07-05-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,197
Posted By mdavej
I think most of your issues could be solved if...

I think most of your issues could be solved if you want.

- Remote and sleep/wake: A new dongle and better remote would likely solve this. I've had many IR dongles that go out to lunch after...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-05-2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 434
Posted By mdavej
That's not a splitter. It's just a connection...

That's not a splitter. It's just a connection block. The second wire at the top isn't connected to anything.

The yellow tagged cable goes to TV2 (an actual TV).

The blue ones are Sat1 and 2,...
Forum: Remote Control Area   07-05-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 157
Posted By mdavej
You still can be, with a different remote.

You still can be, with a different remote.
Forum: HDTV Technical   07-04-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 578
Posted By mdavej
Dish hasn't changed. It's still HD lite. But I...

Dish hasn't changed. It's still HD lite. But I honestly can't tell in most cases. DirecTV is very good. Cable may be just as good, but only someone in your area can tell you for sure. I've had them...
Forum: HDTV Programming   07-04-2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 808
Posted By mdavej
The thing with cable is it varies so much by...

The thing with cable is it varies so much by market. Depending on where you are, it could look as good or better or a lot worse than Directv. At least you can usually try it, and cancel if you don't...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-04-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 434
Posted By mdavej
Sounds like your connecting to one of the sat...

Sounds like your connecting to one of the sat inputs. Double check the label.
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   07-03-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 533
Views: 101,405
Posted By mdavej
I think cable card is just so rare, nobody knows...

I think cable card is just so rare, nobody knows what to do. They should of course, but they don't. My tech, although clueless, was pleasant and eager to learn. By the end of the install, I'd...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-03-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 1,799
Views: 244,954
Posted By mdavej
The only time you need ARC is if the TV itself...

The only time you need ARC is if the TV itself sources audio (it's own tuner or streaming apps). So you can and should continue using ARC in that case. Many only use the TV as a display device, hence...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-03-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 16,816
Views: 2,030,395
Posted By mdavej
^^^ You can also get a coax/optical converter...

^^^
You can also get a coax/optical converter box for about $12.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-03-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 769
Posted By mdavej
So is it muddy in terms of contrast or in detail...

So is it muddy in terms of contrast or in detail or both? Is your video card set to full range or limited RGB?

Smoothing and noise reduction algorithms in your card or TV can also make things look...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-03-2014, 06:52 AM
Replies: 16,816
Views: 2,030,395
Posted By mdavej
Players below the 6xxx and 7xx perform the same....

Players below the 6xxx and 7xx perform the same. The only difference is features. Hard to say what the performance difference between x100 and x200 is. Some say there is a huge speed difference....
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   07-02-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 10,480
Views: 986,187
Posted By mdavej
Glad to hear it. If anybody sees it show up on...

Glad to hear it. If anybody sees it show up on Charter, please post.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-02-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 16,816
Views: 2,030,395
Posted By mdavej
I'd go for a 4200 then. Sonys don't change much...

I'd go for a 4200 then. Sonys don't change much from year to year. They just get a bit smaller, faster and lose a few more features in order to keep costs low. DLNA works pretty well with Sony,...
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   07-02-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 204
Posted By mdavej
I can only find codes for the 610. If it uses the...

I can only find codes for the 610. If it uses the same codes as the 620 (it most likely does), then it will not interfere with any Magnavox because both the device and subdevice bytes used on...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-02-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,593
Posted By mdavej
Anybody can go to the public library and get...

Anybody can go to the public library and get books, music, BDs and DVDs too. But when they make their own copies and sell them, that's wrong, illegal and worthy of vilification IMO.

I do think...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-02-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 16,816
Views: 2,030,395
Posted By mdavej
How important is DVD PQ, and must it be the best...

How important is DVD PQ, and must it be the best possible or just average? How about 3D or 4k? And can your AVR decode HD audio? Older players can do the decoding, but newer players can't. And...
Forum: Remote Control Area   07-02-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 181
Posted By mdavej
The remote control forum probably isn't the best...

The remote control forum probably isn't the best place to ask. But just search for "bluetooth audio adapter" and you'll find a million of them. I personally use a Miccus Mini RX with my AVR. It works...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-01-2014, 06:54 AM
Replies: 3,036
Views: 355,100
Posted By mdavej
I hear you. Just get in the habit of checking the...

I hear you. Just get in the habit of checking the router. If you see a new device you don't recognize, just block it. If your router can't do that, it's worth $40-$50 to get one that can.

This is...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   07-01-2014, 06:22 AM
Replies: 10,480
Views: 986,187
Posted By mdavej
They are allowed...

They are allowed (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/products/story/2012-04-29/pegoraro-rooftop-antenna/54582432/1). I guess people just don't like to see them. So some are hidden in attics. They...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-01-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 3,036
Views: 355,100
Posted By mdavej
One thing you could do is run an ethernet cable...

One thing you could do is run an ethernet cable to the player and not use wifi. Then the password wouldn't be used and you could leave it blank or enter a bogus one.

On some routers you can block...
Forum: Remote Control Area   07-01-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By mdavej
My RF remotes max out around 40 ft, so wifi may...

My RF remotes max out around 40 ft, so wifi may be your best best. Check out the the Harmony Ultimate//Touch/Smart or iRule.
Forum: HDTV Recorders   06-30-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,593
Posted By mdavej
A regular slingbox mirrors what you're watching...

A regular slingbox mirrors what you're watching and takes over control. Dish with sling is different because the sling can access a second tuner in the background and access recordings independently,...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   06-30-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3,036
Views: 355,100
Posted By mdavej
The 1100 doesn't have wifi at all, so password...

The 1100 doesn't have wifi at all, so password couldn't have come from there. If you really have a 3100 or above with wifi, then there is no way to hide that screen. Have you see it yourself? I don't...
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