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Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-25-2015, 08:15 AM
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Posted By TomCat
Excellent. Still less than Amazon. I have...

Excellent. Still less than Amazon.

I have trouble with 7.1 also; according to TVFool (yep, they are doing terrain now) it is a good ~25 dB lower in power than main chs, and has an adjacent signal...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-24-2015, 06:20 AM
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Posted By TomCat
A common item packed with an AVR is a folded...

A common item packed with an AVR is a folded dipole to pick up FM (which typically works for VHF as well). You also can probably still get these at RatShack or monoprice.com for about a buck if you...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-21-2015, 01:21 PM
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Posted By TomCat
The trap can only help, but I would not expect it...

The trap can only help, but I would not expect it to move you over the Mendoza line into good reception. You are probably right in that the signals are there, and that you simply need something that...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-21-2015, 10:45 AM
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Posted By TomCat
You seem to be thinking this through properly. ...

You seem to be thinking this through properly.

The fact that signals are marginal with small UHF antennae makes me suspect that it would not take much improvement to solve your issues. If you are...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-20-2015, 05:10 PM
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Posted By TomCat
HDTVPrimer.com also has this: ...

HDTVPrimer.com also has this:

http://www.hdtvprimer.com/ANTENNAS/comparing.html

Lots of good info, but there is also info on Hi-V performance of "UHF" antennae. Also, what you are really...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-20-2015, 12:48 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Regrdless, Channel Master is a place to start, as...

Regrdless, Channel Master is a place to start, as they make good stuff. I'd see what else they might have, but don't feel that you are compelled; if a Winegard is VHF-UHF for ~$40-50, I'd do that....
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-20-2015, 12:36 PM
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Posted By TomCat
I can't imagine there being any problem at all....

I can't imagine there being any problem at all. I've seen them on SolidSignal.com, not sure what they are going for these days. Not sure they still even make it. They also have a smaller version that...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-20-2015, 12:09 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Multipath becomes an issue when you get far...

Multipath becomes an issue when you get far enough from the station that the curvature of the earth starts to mess with line-of-sight, is also high when very close to the towers (a couple miles), and...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-20-2015, 12:00 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Michael, it is unlikely that an amp will help....

Michael, it is unlikely that an amp will help. The need for a preamp (on the antenna mast) is typically when you are 40 miles or more away. The need for a distribution amp is when you are splitting...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-20-2015, 11:23 AM
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Posted By TomCat
Hi Scott. I appreciate your input. I could...

Hi Scott.

I appreciate your input. I could also be not completely correct about that; I may have overstated the case. I would be happy if they were doing this, and it may be one of the other...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-19-2015, 08:55 AM
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Posted By TomCat
Again, my abhorrence of hangover and group delay...

Again, my abhorrence of hangover and group delay is probably what drives me to small-woofer acoustic-suspension fronts.

I really haven't thought that all through; I expect the sub will do its...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-19-2015, 08:15 AM
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Posted By TomCat
That's a great resource, and while we may be...

That's a great resource, and while we may be interpreting the same words differently here your link seems to imply that there most definitely are rules. You can't put any speaker into any size box...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-19-2015, 04:12 AM
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Posted By TomCat
The ferrite core is to satisy FFC requirements...

The ferrite core is to satisy FFC requirements that a device is not emitting RF over a certain limit. It has nothing to do with reception. They would not be happy you removed it, but then they do not...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-18-2015, 06:30 AM
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Posted By TomCat
I am hoping you can elaborate on the Polk sub...

I am hoping you can elaborate on the Polk sub issue for me, Billy.

I own a sub, know basically how they work, and have a lot of history of building speakers and know a bit about that, but I have...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-15-2015, 06:56 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Ch-ch-ch-changes... I am now told that a...

Ch-ch-ch-changes...

I am now told that a capital project needs to be at least $4K. Here are the items I am considering so far:

1) Polk Audio RTi A3 front speakers
2) Polk Audio Fxi A4 rear...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-13-2015, 09:52 AM
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Posted By TomCat
What I found yesterday is that the opinions on...

What I found yesterday is that the opinions on Audyssey (available on Marantz) are somewhat higher than those on YPAO. I just don't know if the Marantz receivers are any good. Once a brand becomes...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-12-2015, 04:36 PM
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Posted By TomCat
As I suspected; thanks for the confirmation. ...

As I suspected; thanks for the confirmation.

The budget for this room (AVR, sub, 5 speakers) will be ~3K. It seems that this provides a lot of wiggle room.

One thing that will be required (new...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-12-2015, 11:11 AM
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Posted By TomCat
I have a question: Would the "room EQ"...

I have a question:

Would the "room EQ" feature of a AVR compensate significantly for speakers that were not otherwise well matched?
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-12-2015, 11:01 AM
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Posted By TomCat
Exactly why we use the Linear Acoustic in sim...

Exactly why we use the Linear Acoustic in sim mode; this is a common practice in top-ten markets; not so sure as the market gets smaller. Even today, file-based delivery of commercials only has 5.1...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-12-2015, 10:17 AM
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Posted By TomCat
They help greatly, and I very much appreciate...

They help greatly, and I very much appreciate your input. I am also a real fan of Tannoys...I might be able to move a couple of 18"-high ones we are not using in as Lf and Rf, assuming I have the...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-11-2015, 09:09 AM
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Posted By TomCat
I am not sure there is much distinction between...

I am not sure there is much distinction between "Professional" and "Consumer", other than the badging (and the price). These items usually have the placebo effect of influencing the user to think...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   01-11-2015, 06:16 AM
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Posted By TomCat
Need recommendations on 5.1 system

I've been asked to get quotes for a "5.1" system for monitoring off-air feeds for a pair of local TV stations. Ironically, while TV stations, even top 10 market stations, pass 5.1 and simulate 5.1...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   12-21-2014, 12:10 PM
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Posted By TomCat
After rescanning (85003) I see an SD analog...

After rescanning (85003) I see an SD analog version of ION on "RF4-9", and an HD clear QAM version of ION on 51-1 (my Vizio seems to translate the physical channels to virtual automatically and put...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   10-20-2014, 04:47 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Two more points: 1) TVFool and the like are...

Two more points:

1) TVFool and the like are generic, and may not apply to your exact situation. They do not carefully use USFS relief maps to know how shaded you might be by the edge of a...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   10-20-2014, 04:39 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Why would "Mr. Antenna" put up an antenna that...

Why would "Mr. Antenna" put up an antenna that does not work properly?

Every reception site is a bit of a crap shoot, and to stay in business "Mr. Antenna" should try to bear down a little bit,...
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