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Forum: Blu-ray Players   09-28-2014, 09:01 PM
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Posted By mhobart
I've had one of the external region-free adapters...

I've had one of the external region-free adapters for a long, long time, and have never had a problem with firmware updates. I do follow the suggestion mentioned (though I believe that I did forget...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   09-27-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 18,676
Views: 1,497,358
Posted By mhobart
Probably just that the coders for the app got...

Probably just that the coders for the app got finished earlier than expected.
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-26-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 9,938
Views: 1,211,323
Posted By mhobart
Thanks for the info. You are one of the very few...

Thanks for the info. You are one of the very few who actually has some information on what was in a Vizio firmware update. Why don't they simply put this information online, that would be so easy...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-24-2014, 02:25 AM
Replies: 9,938
Views: 1,211,323
Posted By mhobart
M501D-A20r updated fw again

M501D-A20r updated v1.34.46.1166_125. As usual with Vizio, it is not clear what has been changed. Nothing was obvious, it likely was in the various apps, most of which I do not use myself. Please...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-18-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9,938
Views: 1,211,323
Posted By mhobart
That would be logical and customer-friendly, so...

That would be logical and customer-friendly, so of course not! A fewer number companies seem to be very forthcoming with the details of firmware updates. The same applies to making it easier for...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   09-18-2014, 03:14 AM
Replies: 814
Views: 60,106
Posted By mhobart
Check the security/firewall settings on your...

Check the security/firewall settings on your router. Some more recent routers will block torrent connections with their default settings. Many torrent clients will let you check your connection...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   09-18-2014, 03:06 AM
Replies: 375
Views: 42,563
Posted By mhobart
The USB input requires that devices be formatted...

The USB input requires that devices be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. The AVR does not support devices formatted with exFAT or NTFS, both of which are fairly common among USB external drives these...
Forum: Latest Industry News   09-06-2014, 03:41 AM
Replies: 363
Views: 15,976
Posted By mhobart
I absolutely understand that. I just think that...

I absolutely understand that. I just think that a lot of people will be waiting until the various standards settle down and prices drop below the level where only the early adopters can afford. I...
Forum: Latest Industry News   09-06-2014, 02:59 AM
Replies: 363
Views: 15,976
Posted By mhobart
4K players, 4K compatible AVRs, 4K displays, 4K...

4K players, 4K compatible AVRs, 4K displays, 4K content, possibly upgrading to Atmos AVR + extra speakers. Just how much disposable $$$ does the industry think that people have? I'm not against...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   08-26-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 9,938
Views: 1,211,323
Posted By mhobart
No, Vizio pushes the update from their servers to...

No, Vizio pushes the update from their servers to the sets. Not all sets receive the updates at the same time and it appears to be rather unpredictable when a given set will receive an update.

My...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-21-2014, 04:00 AM
Replies: 375
Views: 42,563
Posted By mhobart
Brief scare, but fixed by resetting to factory defaults

Last night when I went to use my HDTV / AVR system [STR-DN1050] I was surprised (shocked) when I didn't see anything at all (audio came through ok, no video at all). I checked that my various cables...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   08-20-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 5,523
Views: 441,803
Posted By mhobart
I've used both thick cables and the thin Redmere...

I've used both thick cables and the thin Redmere cables. I first got only a couple of the Redmeres for testing, and in about a year's use I have never had a problem with them other than once having...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   08-17-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 9,938
Views: 1,211,323
Posted By mhobart
Perhaps this is overly simplistic, but I see two...

Perhaps this is overly simplistic, but I see two possible options here

1) use an RCA-to-headphone jack adapter and utilize the the audio outputs on the back panel of the M series.

2) A number...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-17-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 375
Views: 42,563
Posted By mhobart
When you have a Pandora account, it registers the...

When you have a Pandora account, it registers the devices you use with it so that your list of stations, favorites, etc., are available across the range of devices. This technique of registering a...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   08-15-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 9,938
Views: 1,211,323
Posted By mhobart
When you are talking with them be sure to mention...

When you are talking with them be sure to mention keeping the firmware which is already on it to them. Many manufacturers will automatically upgrade a repair to the latest firmware available at the...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   08-13-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 5,523
Views: 441,803
Posted By mhobart
Take a look in the Oppo 103D manual for the...

Take a look in the Oppo 103D manual for the section called "In Home Media Sharing" p. 41 in the latest version, possibly slightly different paging in earlier versions.

The USB port would be used...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   08-13-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 5,523
Views: 441,803
Posted By mhobart
You should find the J River server among the...

You should find the J River server among the network connections, rather than connected via the USB.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-13-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 375
Views: 42,563
Posted By mhobart
If your TV supports ARC and has additional...

If your TV supports ARC and has additional inputs, you can avoid the stretching issue by feeding the input to the TV and then listening using the ARC feature. I hope that at some point they add an...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   08-13-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 2,142
Views: 195,032
Posted By mhobart
Thanks for the info. I never had one of that...

Thanks for the info. I never had one of that generation. When I got my first HDTV one of my criteria was that it was 1080p all the way through :-)
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   08-13-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 9,938
Views: 1,211,323
Posted By mhobart
It used to be a big marketing feature but it...

It used to be a big marketing feature but it seems to have largely disappeared. To be truly useful it would have required a second complete tuner, which would have added cost. There are now...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   08-11-2014, 11:55 PM
Replies: 2,142
Views: 195,032
Posted By mhobart
There was an time, actually not all that long...

There was an time, actually not all that long ago, when 1080i HDTV sets actually were sold. There may be some early adopters of those who may still have them around and in use. I don't think that...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-11-2014, 11:41 PM
Replies: 375
Views: 42,563
Posted By mhobart
The main manual is the On-line Help Guide. There...

The main manual is the On-line Help Guide. There is also a PDF version that is downloadable. There is a link to the PDF version earlier in this thread. Both could stand to have figures in them to...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-11-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 375
Views: 42,563
Posted By mhobart
I'm not in front of my receiver to check right...

I'm not in front of my receiver to check right now, but I think they have the letters field, the numbers field, and the symbols fields all separated to you need to switch between them for access. As...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   08-11-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 3,087
Views: 379,479
Posted By mhobart
That's good advice, but also watch for firmware...

That's good advice, but also watch for firmware updates. I don't know one way or the other how often Sony updates it's firmware, which with most manufacturers is often in response to media providers...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   08-11-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 2,142
Views: 195,032
Posted By mhobart
It sounds as if the source (or at some point...

It sounds as if the source (or at some point along the signal chain) it is a interlaced signal, where the alternating scan lines are being sent out in alternate cycles (every 1/30 second with NTSC,...
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