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Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   10-02-2013, 09:23 AM
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Posted By Virtus
Thanks for the review. I didn't particularly...

Thanks for the review. I didn't particularly like the end, but it wasn't horrible. We rewatched it with some friends this weekend and overall it was definitely worth it. The 2D blu ray did look and...
Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   09-10-2013, 02:08 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,868
Posted By Virtus
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by TitusTroy http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1489570/pacific-rim-coming-to-blu-ray-3d-blu-ray-combo-pack-in-october#post_23711253)
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Forum: Official AVS Blu-ray Disc Reviews   09-10-2013, 02:01 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,868
Posted By Virtus
Looking forward to seeing this again - I saw...

Looking forward to seeing this again - I saw most of the blockbusters this year (IM3, ST:ID, Man of Steel, etc...). While I enjoyed them all to a degree - Pac Rim was the only one that I left...
Forum: Home Automation   09-10-2013, 09:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,447
Posted By Virtus
I'd be more concerned about replacing parts than...

I'd be more concerned about replacing parts than being able to use the gateways (since we all agree that they work fine without access to their manufacturer). So choosing a long term company or...
Forum: Home Automation   09-10-2013, 08:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 18,459
Posted By Virtus
I'm using a couple of relays and reed switches...

I'm using a couple of relays and reed switches that are connected directly to the GPIO pins on the RPi. I also have an OpenSprinkler board connected to the Pi that controls my sprinklers....
Forum: Home Automation   09-10-2013, 08:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 301
Posted By Virtus
To use GV, you have two options - first, you can...

To use GV, you have two options - first, you can port your number to GV (similar to how you would move your number to a cell phone). Second - if you don't port your number to GV, they give you a new...
Forum: Home Automation   09-09-2013, 08:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 18,459
Posted By Virtus
While a camera it very helpful, you can also use...

While a camera it very helpful, you can also use reed switches (like the door / window sensors for alarm systems). If you mount one side to the door, and one side to the rail that the door rests in,...
Forum: Home Automation   09-09-2013, 08:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 301
Posted By Virtus
Is this for a land line? We found that we...

Is this for a land line? We found that we weren't using our landline very often since we have cell phones. So we ported our landline number to google voice. It's a bit of a process and it may be...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   09-05-2013, 10:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,356
Posted By Virtus
With the closing of the summer I've been more...

With the closing of the summer I've been more focused on outdoor activities lately, but to answer your question I have the chromecast plugged into an older Dennon amp (789?). The other rooms are...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-29-2013, 02:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,356
Posted By Virtus
Update - Just received a chromecast from amazon....

Update - Just received a chromecast from amazon. This fits in well with the nexus tablets because now I can easily display webpages, play youtube, etc... on the TV directly from the tablet. Might...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-05-2013, 09:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By Virtus
In the rooms with whole home audio, are your TVs...

In the rooms with whole home audio, are your TVs connected to the whole house audio speakers? If they were you could use something like a roku or apple tv to stream your music.
Forum: Home Automation   07-03-2013, 02:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 643
Posted By Virtus
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by az1324 http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1480032/wi-fi-thermostat-for-smart-phone-access#post_23493259)

Suggestions on this...
Forum: Home Automation   07-03-2013, 01:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,445
Posted By Virtus
I haven't seen much HTTP control documentation...

I haven't seen much HTTP control documentation in the Sonos forums than that thread, but I believe the first sonos continues to play until you tell it to stop. I don't think sonos players are that...
Forum: Home Automation   07-03-2013, 01:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,445
Posted By Virtus
I believe Sonos players use basic uPnP commands...

I believe Sonos players use basic uPnP commands and can be controlled via HTTP commands.

There is an android app called Tasker that might do the trick. Tasker will listen for events (in this...
Forum: Home Automation   07-03-2013, 10:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 643
Posted By Virtus
Yep, the Nest would work for you because it has...

Yep, the Nest would work for you because it has smartphone control. At $250 it's a little pricey (more so since you'd need 3) but it's easy to install and use.

Another option would be a z-wave or...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-03-2013, 08:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 461
Posted By Virtus
I use BT in a couple of our rooms. First thing...

I use BT in a couple of our rooms. First thing to consider is range. Since BT is only good for 20 - 30 feet, make sure the receiver is centrally located - otherwise you might have static or choppy...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-02-2013, 01:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,628
Posted By Virtus
Quote:Originally Posted by S T I...

Quote:Originally Posted by S T I G http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1479871/wiring-for-hidden-a-v-equipment-in-pre-built-house-need-advice#post_23488993)

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Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-02-2013, 10:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,628
Posted By Virtus
Regarding electrical - I was surprised at how...

Regarding electrical - I was surprised at how inexpensive it was to hire an electrician to install the box behind my TV. Basically he charged $60 / hour plus parts. In my case the parts were less...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-01-2013, 09:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,356
Posted By Virtus
Another update - since the dry-run tests were...

Another update - since the dry-run tests were successful (see my previous post) I've proceeded with installing the hardware. I'll post some pics later. The nexus 7 has been ordered since everything...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   06-14-2013, 08:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,356
Posted By Virtus
Here's a quick update. I grabbed a HomeSpot NFC...

Here's a quick update. I grabbed a HomeSpot NFC VT receiver from amazon for testing purposes. I'm using it with my GS3 phone before dumping any cash on the nexus 7.

Touching my phone to the...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-17-2013, 09:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 455
Posted By Virtus
Yikes. Doesn't look very professional and the...

Yikes. Doesn't look very professional and the letterboxing implies that it isn't set up right at all. I think folks here would need more info.

How many TV's do you have? Are they all 1080?
What...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-17-2013, 09:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 434
Posted By Virtus
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by chan-man http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1472863/home-a-v-distribution-newbie-needing-help#post_23326385)

I am also wanting to...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-16-2013, 11:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 434
Posted By Virtus
A lot of your questions will be tough to answer...

A lot of your questions will be tough to answer without knowing your budget. Take the HDMI question for example. You can get basic wall plates that use cheap cat5 cables to extend the signal about...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-15-2013, 09:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,356
Posted By Virtus
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by jautor http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1472040/system-based-on-nexus-7s#post_23315714)

The other usability issue is that you...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-15-2013, 09:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,356
Posted By Virtus
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by iamlucas http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1472040/system-based-on-nexus-7s#post_23315672)

I don't want to turn this into an...
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