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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-15-2014, 09:42 AM
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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: 171
Views: 4,884
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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: 4,883
Views: 162,790
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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: 2,165
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
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Views: 162,790
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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: 2,165
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: 43
Views: 3,380
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: 2,165
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: 3,109
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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: 3,109
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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: 125
Views: 9,259
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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: 119
Views: 8,912
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: 119
Views: 8,912
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: 119
Views: 8,912
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: 610
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: 125
Views: 9,259
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: 394
Views: 20,142
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...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   06-17-2014, 10:10 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 20,142
Posted By zoetmb
How can it render to a speaker that isn't there...

How can it render to a speaker that isn't there (aside from phantom imaging, which would only work in cases where there is an isolated sound, for example, a sound effect like a floor creak in which...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   06-17-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 14,259
Posted By zoetmb
Don't know about today, but years ago (back in...

Don't know about today, but years ago (back in the "VHS" days), they were definitely a scam outfit. They'd advertise prices, you'd go into the store and they wouldn't give you the price. That was...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   06-17-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 385
Views: 29,982
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What do you expect? They're the same company. ...

What do you expect? They're the same company. Welcome to the consolidation of the audio industry where brands mean almost nothing. Back during the hi-fi era, audio companies were generally owned...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   06-17-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 20,142
Posted By zoetmb
I completely understand how Atmos works. And I...

I completely understand how Atmos works. And I understand that Atmos detects speaker positions, then sends the appropriate object to that speaker. But unless a consumer places their speakers in...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   06-17-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 610
Posted By zoetmb
According to what? While I don't have very...

According to what? While I don't have very recent numbers, everything I've read points to a much smaller A/V industry, both units and dollars.

According to the CEA, the peak year for...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   06-17-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 394
Views: 20,142
Posted By zoetmb
Dolby Atmos: Okay, so instead of the receiver...

Dolby Atmos: Okay, so instead of the receiver "converting" 5.1 or 7.1 to 9.1, presumably the Dolby Atmos encoding on software (of which NONE exists today) will do it instead. I would rather have...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   06-15-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 15,569
Views: 1,924,225
Posted By zoetmb
Not ready to spend any money, but I was in a...

Not ready to spend any money, but I was in a computer store the other day and they had a curved OLED from LG (I think) that was surprisingly impressive (except for the price, which was quite...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   05-30-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 4,003
Views: 423,423
Posted By zoetmb
Well as I said, I had no problem with the...

Well as I said, I had no problem with the composite input. But I would suggest calling Pioneer tech support, even though the receiver is out of warranty. There's no reason for the composite inputs...
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