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Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-23-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By chadsdsmith
Thanks for the response. I have them in a pretty...

Thanks for the response. I have them in a pretty stable location so hopefully vibration is at a minimum. Maybe I just got unlucky with the 2 Toshiba drives I had. Its just weird that I have 9...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-23-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 337
Posted By chadsdsmith
I appreciate the response. I will say that I have...

I appreciate the response. I will say that I have a few fans blowing over all of my external hard drives. I have not had any problems with any of my other drives. I monitor them all with crystal disk...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-22-2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 337
Posted By chadsdsmith
Thanks for the response. Actually, it was a...

Thanks for the response. Actually, it was a single drive in the enclosure. I might just try 2 of the smaller sizes. If I had more room in my case I would just use them internally, but I don't.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-22-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 337
Posted By chadsdsmith
Very unique (but not bad) situation I need help with

Some of you might remember me being excited about the fact that, upon doing an RMA for a failing 3tb Toshiba external HDD (for which I originally paid $110), I received a coupon through Toshiba for...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-22-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,162
Posted By chadsdsmith
Ya, I think side by side is just regular 1080p...

Ya, I think side by side is just regular 1080p with 2 sides and the tv makes it 3d but at a lower resolution.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-18-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,204
Posted By chadsdsmith
As BillP stated, The content will eventually have...

As BillP stated, The content will eventually have to be upconverted to UHD. Either the source (blu ray player) or the TV will do that. Many Blu Ray players' manufacturers have a tendency to make you...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-13-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,963
Posted By chadsdsmith
+1 I would say if you only intend to play back...

+1 I would say if you only intend to play back blu ray disks, then using an HTPC is likely more cumbersome than a standalone player. If you are like me(and many others on these boards) you may want...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-12-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,963
Posted By chadsdsmith
There is a point towards the middle of that...

There is a point towards the middle of that article where it states that some sets are better with one versus the other, its just a matter of how a given tv makes the conversion. That is kind of what...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-11-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 272
Posted By chadsdsmith
+1 Beat me to it. I just figured this out...

+1 Beat me to it. I just figured this out recently and it made my wife way happier. Lets face it, when you want dynamics, you listen to your surround system, when you are listening through tv...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-11-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,963
Posted By chadsdsmith
The color space stuff is pretty easy. Certain...

The color space stuff is pretty easy. Certain sets respond better to RGB others to ycbcr444. My Panasonic gt50 is great with RGB, my g10 looks washed out unless I set it to ycbcr444. I don't think...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-11-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By chadsdsmith
Its weird! If you go on amazon they have a ton of...

Its weird! If you go on amazon they have a ton of reviews for their canvio line of external drives (the reviews as a whole are not the best, but are typical of external hard drives, with user error...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-11-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By chadsdsmith
Well, I think its RMA time for this hard drive....

Well, I think its RMA time for this hard drive. It seems to be getting worse. Playback of iso files is getting more and more "jumpy". I don't trust it, only problem is I have to invest in at least...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-11-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,963
Posted By chadsdsmith
I use powerdvd and have been satisfied with it. I...

I use powerdvd and have been satisfied with it. I find picture quality playing my ripped movie only iso files to be no different from my Panasonic and pioneer standalone units playing the original...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-11-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,963
Posted By chadsdsmith
So do we all agree that there is a possibility...

So do we all agree that there is a possibility that sending PCM from two different devices might result in some differences when sent to the same receiver but that bitstream is bitsream and anyone...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-11-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,963
Posted By chadsdsmith
It seems to me that the source device can...

It seems to me that the source device can manipulate the PCM signal it sends out, so that (along with volume level, which imho is the most common misconception for sounding better/worse) could...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-10-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,963
Posted By chadsdsmith
PCM or bitstream? I have heard PCM can sound...

PCM or bitstream? I have heard PCM can sound different but I gotta think somethings wrong if bitstream sounds different. I mean, there is truly no processing being done on the player side with...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-10-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,963
Posted By chadsdsmith
Interesting. I am assuming the audio you are...

Interesting. I am assuming the audio you are referring to is via the analog outputs? There should be zero difference if bitstreaming to a HDMI reciever that decodes it as the digital to analog...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-10-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By chadsdsmith
Ok, I just watched a movie (lego movie...again!!)...

Ok, I just watched a movie (lego movie...again!!) with my son, and it happened twice again. I didn't watch it from the pioneer player but I changed the usb port to one on the main board. I am...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-10-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By chadsdsmith
I have not done a lot of trial and error with it...

I have not done a lot of trial and error with it yet since I basically have to sit and watch a movie to test it, which I don't always have time to do. I will try it on a usb port directly on the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-10-2014, 12:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By chadsdsmith
Anyone with a Toshiba 5tb external drive? Problems? Toshiba drives in general?

I recently RMA'd a 3tb Toshiba external and was able to "upgrade" to a 5tb for the cost of the RMA credit. Everything seemed fine but I am suddenly having a problem with my blu ray iso's freezing...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-10-2014, 12:17 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,963
Posted By chadsdsmith
Is that with Blu Ray or Dvd's being upconverted?...

Is that with Blu Ray or Dvd's being upconverted? I could understand if it were Dvd, but I have a hard time believing Blu Ray's look considerably better on an oppo than HTPC (or any other player for...
Forum: Flat Panels General and OLED Technology   07-08-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 303
Posted By chadsdsmith
In that case, sounds like a good move for you.

In that case, sounds like a good move for you.
Forum: Flat Panels General and OLED Technology   07-08-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 303
Posted By chadsdsmith
I assume you have verified that there is nothing...

I assume you have verified that there is nothing wrong with the other set? I only ask because sometimes if things are too good to be true, they are. With that said, the sharp is an edge lit led, so...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-07-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 6,345
Views: 332,675
Posted By chadsdsmith
When I first got into storing my movies on my...

When I first got into storing my movies on my hard drives, I would use bd rebuilder to compress them down to about 20-23gb so they could fit on a single layer bd25 if need be. I honestly could not...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-03-2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 466
Posted By chadsdsmith
Do you have a smartphone? I use an mhl to hdmi...

Do you have a smartphone? I use an mhl to hdmi cable with my android phone all the time. The mhl adapters only cost $10 or so on amazon and apple has something similar for the iphone. You can run...
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