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Forum: Area Home Theater Meets   04-29-2017, 03:33 PM
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Posted By pbarach
So did Music Direct send you a used item?? ...

So did Music Direct send you a used item??

I've bought twice from them, most recently a refurbished Marantz HD-DAC1, and I was very happy with the products and customer service.
Forum: Video Download Services & Hardware   04-28-2017, 12:19 PM
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Views: 200,030
Posted By pbarach
I really like Red Oaks, too. It hasn't gotten...

I really like Red Oaks, too. It hasn't gotten much attention. Catastrophe is another terrifically entertaining Amazon original. The third season just went up today.

Transparent is another...
Forum: Remote Control Area   04-26-2017, 04:18 AM
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Posted By pbarach
I know that. I do it this way because there are...

I know that. I do it this way because there are reasons when I might need to turn on the TV temporarily during this activity. I won't bore you with the details because they aren't directly relevant...
Forum: Remote Control Area   04-25-2017, 03:04 PM
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Posted By pbarach
I have that, too, a power toggle for the TV in...

I have that, too, a power toggle for the TV in several activities. One time that I use it is when I use an iPhone app to select an audio file for streaming from my home PC to an Oppo player while...
Forum: Official AVS Forum® Blu-ray Disc Reviews   04-20-2017, 02:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,007
Posted By pbarach
Thanks for the review. I loved the movie in the...

Thanks for the review. I loved the movie in the theater (where the sound was good but not great), and I am eagerly awaiting Amazon to ship my copy next week.
Forum: Official AVS Forum® Blu-ray Disc Reviews   04-15-2017, 02:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 727
Posted By pbarach
I don't know the laws in Canada, but in the USA,...

I don't know the laws in Canada, but in the USA, it is very difficult to successfully plead not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI). The NGRI defense is rarely used, and it is even more rarely...
Forum: Official AVS Forum® Blu-ray Disc Reviews   04-14-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 727
Posted By pbarach
OK, it's just a movie. But movies have an...

OK, it's just a movie. But movies have an enormous affect on how we understand things that are unfamiliar. If you know any combat veterans or maybe you are one, ask them how much they deal with the...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   04-13-2017, 02:48 PM
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Posted By pbarach
Some Denon models (not sure about yours) let you...

Some Denon models (not sure about yours) let you control everything from a web page interface. Those models allow you to SAVE a config file on a computer. The file would include your Audyssey...
Forum: Official AVS Forum® Blu-ray Disc Reviews   04-13-2017, 09:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 727
Posted By pbarach
Thanks for the review. Unfortunately, this is yet...

Thanks for the review. Unfortunately, this is yet another movie that stigmatizes people with mental illness as strange, bizarre, and dangerous. Dissociative Identity Disorder is the result of...
Forum: Video Download Services & Hardware   04-11-2017, 03:38 AM
Replies: 4,715
Views: 356,858
Posted By pbarach
The Netflix app on Roku and Windows 10 has...

The Netflix app on Roku and Windows 10 has changed, but not on Oppo 103. Oppo seems almost never to update the apps.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   04-09-2017, 03:52 PM
Replies: 2,796
Views: 520,037
Posted By pbarach
How much of a rub is it, really? If you can...

How much of a rub is it, really? If you can detect a difference between DSD over HDMI and DSD-converted-to-PCM over HDMI, more power to you. I think few people can detect a difference reliably. And...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   04-09-2017, 10:45 AM
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Views: 520,037
Posted By pbarach
I know the Media Control app is pretty basic, but...

I know the Media Control app is pretty basic, but it will certainly let you select DSD and other files from any hard drive on your home network, and then the 103/105 player will output them as DSD...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   04-08-2017, 07:55 PM
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Posted By pbarach
^^ Not sure I understand the question, but I know...

^^ Not sure I understand the question, but I know that the 103/105 will output DSD over HDMI; I use it that way all the time.
Forum: Speakers   04-05-2017, 07:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,887
Posted By pbarach
In my roughly 13.5x14 foot room, with the main...

In my roughly 13.5x14 foot room, with the main speakers several feet from the front wall, turning the whole system 45 degrees to be on the diagonal would put the speakers closer to the side...
Forum: Speakers   04-05-2017, 04:26 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,887
Posted By pbarach
My room is about the same size. So what is a...

My room is about the same size. So what is a "partial diagonal"?
Forum: Video Download Services & Hardware   04-02-2017, 09:31 AM
Replies: 4,715
Views: 356,858
Posted By pbarach
Five Came Back...

Five Came Back (https://www.netflix.com/title/80049928) shows us how five prominent American directors served the American war effort with film during World War II. The directors are Ford, Wyler,...
Forum: Area Home Theater Meets   03-30-2017, 03:17 PM
Replies: 1,194
Views: 16,053
Posted By pbarach
^^ Very appropriate username. Welcome! I think...

^^
Very appropriate username. Welcome! I think most of those who post in this forum are interested in home theater systems. I have one, but my main interest in classical music.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-23-2017, 02:31 PM
Replies: 24,615
Views: 1,916,873
Posted By pbarach
The OP has a 103D, which doesn't have XLR outputs.

The OP has a 103D, which doesn't have XLR outputs.
Forum: Video Download Services & Hardware   03-22-2017, 02:14 PM
Replies: 4,715
Views: 356,858
Posted By pbarach
I thought it was odd. I really liked Midnight...

I thought it was odd. I really liked Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-21-2017, 06:50 PM
Replies: 24,615
Views: 1,916,873
Posted By pbarach
Beware of some "deals" on Amazon Marketplace in...

Beware of some "deals" on Amazon Marketplace in which people are selling NEW Oppo 10x players at unbelievably low prices, but they want you to send them Amazon gift cards to pay for the players. It...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-18-2017, 04:38 PM
Replies: 3,029
Views: 85,466
Posted By pbarach
Atkinson's measurements usually describe this...

Atkinson's measurements usually describe this bass hump as a measurement artifact. Offhand, I can't remember the exact wording he uses.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-17-2017, 07:27 PM
Replies: 3,029
Views: 85,466
Posted By pbarach
Well, you can do this with some AVRs that let you...

Well, you can do this with some AVRs that let you save the calibration file on a PC. You just run the calibration for each location, save both, and then load the one you want. It only takes 10...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   03-15-2017, 02:00 PM
Replies: 3,029
Views: 85,466
Posted By pbarach
There's a standard for mastering Blu-Ray discs of...

There's a standard for mastering Blu-Ray discs of movies, but is it clear that the standard is still being followed, or have mastering engineers begun to compensate for the differences between...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   03-13-2017, 02:59 PM
Replies: 24,615
Views: 1,916,873
Posted By pbarach
Unless you use the Oppo's analog outputs to...

Unless you use the Oppo's analog outputs to connect to your Marantz receiver, then the DAC in the Marantz will be doing the decoding. When you use the Oppo's analog outputs, the DAC in your Oppo does...
Forum: Speakers   03-12-2017, 01:57 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 6,308
Posted By pbarach
This is funny, but recall that CDs were announced...

This is funny, but recall that CDs were announced as "perfect sound forever" when they came out, and many asserted that therefore all CD players sounded alike "because they all read the same zero's...
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