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Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-17-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 438
Posted By Ratman
Or a phrase (escape clause) that's been used by...

Or a phrase (escape clause) that's been used by many experts and entrepreneurs... "It depends." :D

Realistically, there are many marketing terms used by vendors and trade rags. They mean nothing...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   09-17-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 197
Posted By Ratman
As long as you pay for the subscription (no...

As long as you pay for the subscription (no matter the end device) for HBO...

Otherwise, do what you think best. You pay one way or the other. ;)
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-17-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 438
Posted By Ratman
Just being the Devil's advocate (and to be...

Just being the Devil's advocate (and to be fair)... what does a "good, fairly neutral speaker" sound like? :D
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   09-17-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 197
Posted By Ratman
You can't have it all... HBO is encrypted. Pay...

You can't have it all...
HBO is encrypted. Pay for a tuner or buy a box with cablecard.

If all you need are locals, cablecard is a non-issue (assuming locals are sent 'in the clear').

Will...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   09-17-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 197
Posted By Ratman
They still do in my area. But, either way, the...

They still do in my area. But, either way, the tuner suggested accepts a Cablecard in the event Verizon encrypts "locals" in the OP's particular area.

Copyright is not in question as the OP...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-17-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 6
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Views: 141
Posted By Ratman
I'd try to isolate the source of the problem. ...

I'd try to isolate the source of the problem.
Since the A/V amp was just serviced, perhaps that should be considered.

I'd suggest to take the TT and preamp to a friends home and test or borrow an...
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-17-2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 6
  sound
Views: 141
Posted By Ratman
Repair or replace the preamp? How do you know...

Repair or replace the preamp?
How do you know the problem is the preamp? Could it be the cartridge? Could it be the amp/receiver?
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   09-17-2014, 05:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 197
Posted By Ratman
Are you 100% sure that your TV doesn't have a...

Are you 100% sure that your TV doesn't have a built-in QAM tuner?

If not, this seems to be pretty good:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Samsung-GX-SM530CF-Smart-Media-Set-Top-Box/32478996
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-16-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 11,651
Posted By Ratman
This is like having a parent in hospice care....

This is like having a parent in hospice care. :rolleyes:
Forum: 2 Channel Audio   09-15-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 201
Posted By Ratman
Randy is not an intelligent fella and did not ask...

Randy is not an intelligent fella and did not ask the "right guy" for help. If he did... there would not be a new thread with this question(s). :D

EDIT:
Q-Tip is not optimal since it leaves...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   09-15-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 386
Posted By Ratman
Well, the next time I hear radio over my TV, I'll...

Well, the next time I hear radio over my TV, I'll pass out ferrite cores to my neighbors.

As I said... in a residential environment, it's not usually necessary. If you have a problem with ingress,...
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   09-13-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By Ratman
http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=PVWBF6&d=PE...

http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=PVWBF6&d=PERFECT-VISION-PVWBF6-GRAY-RUBBER-COAX-CABLE-WEATHER-BOOTS-BAG-OF-100-PVWBF-6&utm_campaign=base&utm_medium=organic&utm_source=google_base
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-12-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,127
Posted By Ratman
If that happened to me... I'd be knockin' on the...

If that happened to me... I'd be knockin' on the neighbors doors and showing off my testing results before calling my doctor. :)
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   09-12-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 220
Posted By Ratman
Yeah... Put it at the curb. "Scrappers" will be...

Yeah...
Put it at the curb. "Scrappers" will be happy. Free recycling. ;)
Forum: HDTV Technical   09-12-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 292
Posted By Ratman
My (original) 4228 is hanging from 2 hooks...

My (original) 4228 is hanging from 2 hooks screwed into my rafters. Haven't touched it in years.

And... to JP, yes the original 4228 didn't require "assembly". Just open the box, pull it out and...
Forum: Direct View (single tube) CRT Displays   09-11-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 329
Posted By Ratman
Refer to post #2...

Refer to post #2 (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) for the opening post's question.

Other than that... off topic for this forum. :)

You are correct about...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-11-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By Ratman
Since we don't know the make/models of...

Since we don't know the make/models of source/destination equipment... I'll throw out a suggestion:...
Forum: Direct View (single tube) CRT Displays   09-11-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 329
Posted By Ratman
Other than the 1st sentence in your response,...

Other than the 1st sentence in your response, everything else is irrelevant to the topic of this thread in this forum.:rolleyes:
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   09-11-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 220
Posted By Ratman
Sell the stuff on Craigslist. Use the $20 profit...

Sell the stuff on Craigslist. Use the $20 profit for a few beers. Let the buyer deal with it. ;)

EDIT:
Just to clarify... "DTV" is antenna/over the air.

You probably mean D*...
Forum: Direct View (single tube) CRT Displays   09-11-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 329
Posted By Ratman
Best option.

Best option.
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-11-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 104
Posted By Ratman
That was very interesting and enlightening!...

That was very interesting and enlightening! Thanks Chu!
Forum: Cable, Digital Cable - Non-HDTV   09-10-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 386
Posted By Ratman
Here's my thought: If the cable(s) you...

Here's my thought:
If the cable(s) you purchased have ferrite chokes. Super. Won't hurt.
Do you need to use them? Probably not.
Do you have a problem? It's probably due to something other than the...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-09-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,896
Posted By Ratman
When I was twelve, my parent's Zenith Color TV...

When I was twelve, my parent's Zenith Color TV was "on the fritz". When they weren't home, I popped off the back, removed the tubes and took them to the tube tester at "Ronnies 5 & 10".

Found the...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-07-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,443
Posted By Ratman
I worked for CIGNA, IBM and Siemens. If I used...

I worked for CIGNA, IBM and Siemens. If I used terms such as those... I would have been reprimanded.

I guess you never had sensitivity training.
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   09-07-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,443
Posted By Ratman
Who said you or anyone else is always right?...

Who said you or anyone else is always right? Difference of opinion good for discussion and perhaps some enlightenment.

OTOH, sometimes the way we respond generates animosity and encourages others...
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