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Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-24-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 18
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Posted By captain_video
Absolutely. I run both a HDHR Dual and a HDHR...

Absolutely. I run both a HDHR Dual and a HDHR Prime on my network. I also have three Hauppauge 2250's in my primary HTPC.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-24-2014, 04:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 367
Posted By captain_video
1080i is the best you're going to get with an...

1080i is the best you're going to get with an ATSC tuner. Here are my top recommendations:

Networked tuner - SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual (2 tuners)

PCI-e tuner - Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-24-2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 208
Posted By captain_video
LOL. I had just finished looking at one of my...

LOL. I had just finished looking at one of my deal websites and saw a PSU listed. I was thinking to myself, I wonder who makes this one? Then I came here and swaw this thread right off the bat.
...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-21-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 669
Posted By captain_video
Unfortunately, that is one rabbit hole I cannot...

Unfortunately, that is one rabbit hole I cannot afford to go down. The cost of a Lumagen Radiance processor is strictly prohibitive to my budget.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-20-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 136
Posted By captain_video
LCD Output from TV interferes with HP IR dongle

I recently installed an Intel NUC in the master bedroom for the wife to use. I'm using a HP Media Center remote along with the HP IR dongle. When the TV is on, the red LED on the IR receiver is on...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-20-2014, 04:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 224
Posted By captain_video
Here's a list of SATA controller cards that work...

Here's a list of SATA controller cards that work with unRAID. They'll work with any OS as long as you have the right drivers:

http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=12404.0
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-19-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 896
Posted By captain_video
LOL. I guess I should have consulted a map...

LOL. I guess I should have consulted a map before telling a native where things are located. I usually stayed near South Center or slightly further south when out there on business. I forgot where...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-19-2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 896
Posted By captain_video
Actually, Redmond is north east of Seattle by a...

Actually, Redmond is north east of Seattle by a fair amount (about 15 miles, give or take, IIRC). I've made many trips to Seattle on business over the past 35 years and I've been to most of the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,816
Posted By captain_video
I should have clarified my post to limit my...

I should have clarified my post to limit my opinion to BB sales personnel. I haven't met one yet that actually knew what they were selling. I had one try to tell me that the new Tivo coming out was...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 630
Posted By captain_video
I don't see anyone holding a gun to your head. ...

I don't see anyone holding a gun to your head. If you don't like the thread, don't read it. Wasting your time was your decision. ;)
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 630
Posted By captain_video
Sound quality is highly subjective and varies...

Sound quality is highly subjective and varies from individual to individual. Comparing a reproduced sound to a reference (i.e., live music) is the best anyone can hope for when it comes to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,816
Posted By captain_video
Why? DMV wasn't hiring? :rolleyes: (Sorry, but...

Why? DMV wasn't hiring? :rolleyes: (Sorry, but you had to know that was coming.)

BTW, do the employees at your store go through the same tribal rituals before they open the doors that a lot of...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 630
Posted By captain_video
Define "normal PC power supply." Make and model,...

Define "normal PC power supply." Make and model, please. What's the purpose of the 250W converter? I didn't see that listed on the HD Plex website. Also, will this work in any PC case or is it only...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 896
Posted By captain_video
Just another reason not to live in the Seattle...

Just another reason not to live in the Seattle area. Microsoft and Boeing account for a huge percentage of the workforce in the region. Redmond is actually about 20 miles north of Seattle and...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,816
Posted By captain_video
You've got to remember that you're mostly buying...

You've got to remember that you're mostly buying a name brand with the higher price tags. Monoprice stuff is totally generic unless they slap their own name on it. Names like Monster Cable and Bose...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-17-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,816
Posted By captain_video
I didn't listen to the entire conversation, but...

I didn't listen to the entire conversation, but I'm pretty sure I got the gist of it after just a couple of minutes. The customer was relatively calm and polite at the beginning, but if he started...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-16-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 669
Posted By captain_video
The guide you referenced talks about Chromapure...

The guide you referenced talks about Chromapure calibration software, which is a commercial product. Am I to assume that the ColorHCFR software is basically a freeware version of Chromapure with...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-16-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,213
Posted By captain_video
Check the specials posted on dealnews.com or...

Check the specials posted on dealnews.com or slickdeals.net. You can usually find turnkey PCs dirt cheap with a Windows 7 or 8 OS pre-installed. Newegg also offers a lot of refurbished PCs at...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-16-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 669
Posted By captain_video
Thanks for the info. I've already got a good...

Thanks for the info. I've already got a good sturdy tripod. I'm not sure why I'd need the USB extension, though. My HTPC sits next to the TV and it shouldn't be a problem if I have to move it closer...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-16-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 223
Posted By captain_video
You probably have some 4-pin Molex to 3 or 4-pin...

You probably have some 4-pin Molex to 3 or 4-pin fan adapters that came with a fan at some point. Instead of connecting the extra fan to your motherboard you should be able to insert it into one of...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-16-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 669
Posted By captain_video
I did use DVE for my original calibrations, but...

I did use DVE for my original calibrations, but it was probably the original version on DVD. I got a copy of WoW on Blu-Ray the Christmas before last and never got around to trying it. I had looked...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-16-2014, 04:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,220
Posted By captain_video
AnyDVD HD will also rip to iso files.

AnyDVD HD will also rip to iso files.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-14-2014, 06:26 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 1,931
Posted By captain_video
I usually download the latest drivers for the...

I usually download the latest drivers for the motherboard and all peripherals and put them on a USB flash drive. It's usually preferable to get the drivers directly from each manufacturer's website...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-13-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 669
Posted By captain_video
I fully understand the concept of calibration and...

I fully understand the concept of calibration and I have no doubt what you're saying is true. Whether the viewer can actually see the difference depends entirely on the viewer and the quality of...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-13-2014, 05:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 669
Posted By captain_video
Here's the thing. We all view the display with...

Here's the thing. We all view the display with our eyes and not a meter. If you can calibrate the display using the aforementioned tools just using your eyes to the point where it is pleasing to...
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