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Forum: Latest Industry News   09-21-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,425
Posted By zoetmb
Hits on a website mean nothing. It shows...

Hits on a website mean nothing. It shows interest, not sales.

And don't believe the vinyl sales hype. Yes, vinyl sales are increasing, but from a very small base. U.S. vinyl sales...
Forum: Latest Industry News   09-21-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,425
Posted By zoetmb
While we experienced a short era of "hi-fi" back...

While we experienced a short era of "hi-fi" back from the mid-1950s through the 1970s (some would say the 80s), the advent of portable audio changed the marketplace. And the advent of MP3 killed...
Forum: OLED Technology and Flat Panels General   09-16-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 13,109
Posted By zoetmb
I remember when I first started working in...

I remember when I first started working in software development in the early 1980s, one of our strategists used to say even back then that if cars had improved the technology and efficiency as much...
Forum: OLED Technology and Flat Panels General   09-15-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 13,109
Posted By zoetmb
But the sales increase this year so far are very...

But the sales increase this year so far are very small (in the U.S.) and Blu-ray still has an embarrassingly small physical market share.

Through August 30th, U.S. $ sales are just 0.39% ahead of...
Forum: OLED Technology and Flat Panels General   09-15-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 13,109
Posted By zoetmb
I don't remember when this was, but I remember...

I don't remember when this was, but I remember walking into Harvey Radio on west 45th street in Manhattan and seeing one of the first 50" plasma screens (720p), sitting on the couch they had and...
Forum: Community News & Polls   09-15-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 9,256
Posted By zoetmb
You're never going to be able to tell what the...

You're never going to be able to tell what the issue is without seeing the film in two different theaters and then seeing a different film in the same two theaters.

One other way to compare is if...
Forum: Display Calibration   09-15-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,966
Posted By zoetmb
I'm puzzled by any emphasis on seeing colors as...

I'm puzzled by any emphasis on seeing colors as they are in "real life". I'm not aware of any narrative film with a budget large enough to have a color timer that has ever attempted to replicate...
Forum: Latest Industry News   09-09-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 16,175
Posted By zoetmb
If anyone is selling cables labeled "1.4" or...

If anyone is selling cables labeled "1.4" or "1.3", that violates the HDMI Standard. Cables are only permitted to be labeled as follows:
HDMI Standard
HDMI Standard with Ethernet
HDMI High Speed...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-15-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 4,005
Views: 429,293
Posted By zoetmb
How are you connected? HDMI cable, Optical,...

How are you connected? HDMI cable, Optical, Coax, analog RCA? If it's HDMI, try changing the cable. You can also try another HDMI input (it doesn't have to be plugged into BD - they're all the...
Forum: Community News & Polls   08-14-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 7,794
Posted By zoetmb
It's almost as if I wrote the above. You've...

It's almost as if I wrote the above. You've got it right. I would add a few more reasons:
- since there are so few physical retail record stores, there's no place to audition music being...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-24-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 11,869
Views: 435,403
Posted By zoetmb
That's very interesting because I've always felt...

That's very interesting because I've always felt that one of the faults of the home A/V receiver alignment systems is that in an attempt to EQ the room, they're killing the sound of the speaker by...
Forum: AVS Forum Podcasts   07-24-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,870
Posted By zoetmb
One quibble: What you state applied to films...

One quibble: What you state applied to films with optical soundtracks only - not to 70mm 6-track mag or Cinemascope 4-track mag films. It wasn't the speaker systems that filtered out high...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-21-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 11,869
Views: 435,403
Posted By zoetmb
What??!!! You want to explain the physics...

What??!!!

You want to explain the physics behind how a 5.1 outputs height effects? Not happening - it's all in your head.

Phantom channels between the fronts and surrounds are possible. ...
Forum: AVS Forum Podcasts   07-20-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,870
Posted By zoetmb
Even though there are aspects of vinyl that I...

Even though there are aspects of vinyl that I really like, I think that's very true. Back in the late 60s-80's, audiophiles constantly complained about vinyl quality, although more about the...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-20-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,844
Posted By zoetmb
Your speakers are likely to change over time far...

Your speakers are likely to change over time far more than the electronics will.

Stop being naive. No electronics company is going to give you a written promise of anything.
Forum: AVS Forum Podcasts   07-20-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,870
Posted By zoetmb
There was no 50KHz pilot tone in quad vinyl...

There was no 50KHz pilot tone in quad vinyl recordings. Fremer is probably confusing the fact that FM quad used a 38KHz pilot tone to broadcast in quad for the SQ system of quad broadcasting in...
Forum: Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion   07-08-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,590
Posted By zoetmb
I don't consider a little peck in a fantasy movie...

I don't consider a little peck in a fantasy movie where apes have a society and speak English bestiality. In all respects except for the hair on their bodies, they were humanoid. Have you never...
Forum: Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion   07-03-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,590
Posted By zoetmb
While I'll agree it was a terrible film, Wahlberg...

While I'll agree it was a terrible film, Wahlberg kissing the ape was a reference to Charlton Heston giving ape Zira (Kim Hunter) a kiss near the end of the original. So I don't know why you were...
Forum: Latest Industry News   06-28-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 11,956
Posted By zoetmb
Pioneer's new speakers have an additional speaker...

Pioneer's new speakers have an additional speaker mounted on the top of the speaker column or bookshelf speaker that points towards the ceiling. That's all it means.

The primary advantage of...
Forum: Latest Industry News   06-28-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 12,591
Posted By zoetmb
My daughter lives 2-hours north of NYC. They do...

My daughter lives 2-hours north of NYC. They do occasionally lose service for a short period, but other than that, their service is pretty good within the constraints of what we expect in the U.S. ...
Forum: Latest Industry News   06-27-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 12,591
Posted By zoetmb
Sorry...not buying it...at least not for the...

Sorry...not buying it...at least not for the masses. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should (or people will) do something.

First of all, Apple and manufacturers of Home Kit...
Forum: Latest Industry News   06-27-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 12,591
Posted By zoetmb
Primarily after-market and OEM car audio, which...

Primarily after-market and OEM car audio, which surprisingly makes them far more money than the home electronics business, which has been a lousy business for a really long time.

I'm actually...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   06-23-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 647
Posted By zoetmb
As Al Kooper sang in his song "Going, Going,...

As Al Kooper sang in his song "Going, Going, Gone"

"We used to fall in love to that deep soul music
It was the voices of the angels and they never told you no lies
Now ya got pimps, gangstas,...
Forum: Latest Industry News   06-23-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 11,956
Posted By zoetmb
It's for the case where aesthetic or physical...

It's for the case where aesthetic or physical limitations prevent the installation of overhead ceiling speakers. As I understand it, there are going to be speakers that sit on top of one's current...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   06-18-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 431
Views: 27,863
Posted By zoetmb
Traditionally, when mixing you send sounds to a...

Traditionally, when mixing you send sounds to a specific channel or channels. Now those channels (at least the front ones) do have specific locations. But think about the surrounds channels in a...
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