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Forum: HDTV Technical   07-23-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 442
Posted By zaphod7501
Actually, this is exactly what the (badly...

Actually, this is exactly what the (badly mis-named) surge protector is NOT designed to protect from. The M.O.V. protects against short duration (nano second) , high voltage transients. A surge is a...
Forum: HDTV Programming   07-11-2015, 12:13 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,647
Posted By zaphod7501
I'm glad I recorded it when broadcast along with...

I'm glad I recorded it when broadcast along with the podcasts that went with the episodes. (except #15 (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=15) that never aired)
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   07-02-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 1,869
Views: 120,890
Posted By zaphod7501
Depends on license costs. If they own the...

Depends on license costs. If they own the technology, then there is no real cost. If they make a good deal with Dolby then it might be peanuts. Since there are various ways to achieve video...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   07-02-2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 1,869
Views: 120,890
Posted By zaphod7501
It's actually not far off in zero-cost for...

It's actually not far off in zero-cost for hardware. In production it is often a choice of chip #A1 (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=A1) vs #B2...
Forum: HDTV Programming   07-01-2015, 05:45 AM
Replies: 420
Views: 8,312
Posted By zaphod7501
Maybe there is an industry shortage of lighting...

Maybe there is an industry shortage of lighting directors....or they replaced the flood lights with CFLs.
Forum: HDTV Programming   06-27-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 3,154
Views: 99,703
Posted By zaphod7501
If you're talking about putting Win 10 on an...

If you're talking about putting Win 10 on an older PC, I see a couple of (slight?) problems.
1: Cost -> No free upgrade from XP.
2: Compatibility -> Drivers and software for chipsets, graphics,...
Forum: HDTV Programming   06-26-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 3,154
Views: 99,703
Posted By zaphod7501
Since taxpayer money is being spent on extended...

Since taxpayer money is being spent on extended support, shouldn't those updates be available to all taxpayers? Trickle down and all that.
Forum: HDTV Programming   06-16-2015, 07:36 PM
Replies: 600
Views: 27,946
Posted By zaphod7501
But his feet show it, they're long fellows....

But his feet show it, they're long fellows. (Sorry, couldn't resist that line)
Forum: HDTV Programming   06-15-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 4,492
Posted By zaphod7501
Silly you. But then they'd have to pay for rights...

Silly you. But then they'd have to pay for rights or actually hire real sci-fi writers; or consultants. (Harlan Ellison was a consultant for Babylon 5 IIRC)
Forum: HDTV Programming   06-15-2015, 10:46 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 4,492
Posted By zaphod7501
I think I read that the first episode was a proof...

I think I read that the first episode was a proof of concept pilot. Normally, they would bury it, recast the clunkers, and start fresh. (and we would have to track down bootleg copies)

At least...
Forum: HDTV Programming   06-15-2015, 06:10 AM
Replies: 600
Views: 27,946
Posted By zaphod7501
Space Vampires were the reason I gave up on...

Space Vampires were the reason I gave up on Atlantis. Might be the killer for Defiance.
Forum: HDTV Programming   06-11-2015, 06:59 AM
Replies: 289
Views: 5,655
Posted By zaphod7501
Almost the opposite for me. Three things I never...

Almost the opposite for me. Three things I never really want to see again.
1: Post-Apocalyptic anything unless it's bright and sunny. Buy some lights for those cameras!
2: Dark human drama set up...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   06-09-2015, 06:27 AM
Replies: 694
Views: 117,024
Posted By zaphod7501
After seeing reports on the PF1500 and looking at...

After seeing reports on the PF1500 and looking at the manual, I'm still happy about my purchase. They don't supply an IR remote with the 1500, but it works with the same codes as the PF85u so a...
Forum: Coupon Eligible Converter Box (CECB)   06-02-2015, 06:27 AM
Replies: 2,583
Views: 651,552
Posted By zaphod7501
Actually a tough choice. Lots of "howevers". ...

Actually a tough choice. Lots of "howevers".
The internal tuner should display better unless it's an early generation. Internal tuners are usually 2 generations behind external boxes (that's part of...
Forum: Coupon Eligible Converter Box (CECB)   05-30-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 2,583
Views: 651,552
Posted By zaphod7501
Well, DVDs are native 480i so picture quality...

Well, DVDs are native 480i so picture quality depends on which device has the best deinterlacing and scaling circuits. Also many manufacturers only put their "good stuff" in the 50" and up TVs. There...
Forum: Coupon Eligible Converter Box (CECB)   05-29-2015, 04:02 PM
Replies: 2,583
Views: 651,552
Posted By zaphod7501
The differences are in the video processing...

The differences are in the video processing circuitry. Mostly the analog to digital step. Deinterlacing and Scaling the video to the native resolution of the panel is also. Faroujda and Pixelworks...
Forum: Coupon Eligible Converter Box (CECB)   05-28-2015, 09:20 PM
Replies: 2,583
Views: 651,552
Posted By zaphod7501
One major brand, top of the line, most expensive...

One major brand, top of the line, most expensive LCD in the market, used the same panel as the cheapest no-name set. The only circuit board they built themselves was the controller board with the OSD...
Forum: HDTV Programming   05-27-2015, 07:47 PM
Replies: 2,376
Views: 153,352
Posted By zaphod7501
No, they'll just lower the light level even more...

No, they'll just lower the light level even more so that we can't actually see anything on the screen. It will be like a radio play.
Forum: Coupon Eligible Converter Box (CECB)   05-27-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 2,583
Views: 651,552
Posted By zaphod7501
I've taken some of those walwarts apart and they...

I've taken some of those walwarts apart and they use pretty much the same parts, just folded and crammed inside - with the same leaky caps!! The biggest difference is that the wart has a single...
Forum: Coupon Eligible Converter Box (CECB)   05-26-2015, 10:44 PM
Replies: 2,583
Views: 651,552
Posted By zaphod7501
I appreciate your experience and always value...

I appreciate your experience and always value your comments. I'm not trying to start a flame war.I just come at things from a different direction. I have been taking things apart and fixing them for...
Forum: Coupon Eligible Converter Box (CECB)   05-26-2015, 06:37 AM
Replies: 2,583
Views: 651,552
Posted By zaphod7501
Not much R&D. Commodity tuner found in every TV...

Not much R&D. Commodity tuner found in every TV on the market from a vendor on bid. SW-Mode power supply - probably cheaper than a wall-wart and with fewer safety features, often off the main board =...
Forum: Coupon Eligible Converter Box (CECB)   05-25-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 2,583
Views: 651,552
Posted By zaphod7501
Until the solid state era and foreign companies...

Until the solid state era and foreign companies started selling here. The "American" companies couldn't come close to the performance and reliability of their Asian counterparts. (the last tube-type...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-25-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 5,844
Views: 724,920
Posted By zaphod7501
I only keep few dozen around at a time. I burn...

I only keep few dozen around at a time. I burn them off to DVDs for storage. ML would not be an option if I kept my collection on the drives.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-25-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 5,844
Views: 724,920
Posted By zaphod7501
Folder view doesn't need rescans as far as I can...

Folder view doesn't need rescans as far as I can tell, only the Media Library. I like the Media Library because I can include the folders in "favorites" and put them on the "Dashboard" so I can get...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-25-2015, 05:39 AM
Replies: 5,844
Views: 724,920
Posted By zaphod7501
I've had a couple of times the player absolutely...

I've had a couple of times the player absolutely refused to rescan a folder. I was able to get it to update by moving out some files (ones that it was showing OK) to another directory, then forcing a...
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