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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   06-16-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 1,192
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Posted By Hoots
Are there pre/pros available today that would be...

Are there pre/pros available today that would be a compelling upgrade over using an Oppo 105 w/Emotiva DMC-1 and in a price range comparable w/XMC-1 pricing? I use the DMC-1 as a multi-channel...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   05-05-2014, 10:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 429
Posted By Hoots
OK....so it seems I have encountered JUDDER and...

OK....so it seems I have encountered JUDDER and am now experimenting with 24Hz out from PC and 24p 96Hz on Panasonic ZT. The slight Judder on "Giant" was improved but now on "Animal House" HDDVD rip...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   05-04-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 429
Posted By Hoots
Regarding OVERSCAN: Looks like turning H...

Regarding OVERSCAN:

Looks like turning H Fill to 1 (vs 2), CCC to 0% OVerscan and TV to Overscan= off does the trick.


So I should change my PC output from 60Hz to 24Hz and the Panasonic ZT...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   05-04-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 429
Posted By Hoots
I notice that when a movie pans the room (i.e...

I notice that when a movie pans the room (i.e camera moves from left to right across the scene, there seems to be one or two very slight stops that are slightly disruptive from a smooth movement.....
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-24-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 4,109
Views: 522,723
Posted By Hoots
I use MB3 Server and MB3 Theater w/LAV. I have...

I use MB3 Server and MB3 Theater w/LAV. I have win8.1 so no Windows Media Center.

At the moment I use JRiver for music and MB3 for video although there are a few strange situations where bonus...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-22-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 240
Views: 8,040
Posted By Hoots
How much storage do you have? 4 Drives + SSD ...

How much storage do you have?
4 Drives + SSD
3 x 3tb + 1x2tb = 11TB



How much storage do you want ideally ?
8 drives (3 for music, 4 for video, 1 for unRAID)

Music 2 x 3TB + 1 x 2 TB (I...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   03-02-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 1,476
Views: 119,457
Posted By Hoots
I had the foam installed and it was not a...

I had the foam installed and it was not a material resolution to the problem. The whirling air noise is annoying during dialog. I watch at night in a quiet room so the noise is much more noticeable...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-16-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,544
Posted By Hoots
Why HTPC? A fair question especially if you have...

Why HTPC? A fair question especially if you have other common devices like a Cable box w/DVR, Oppo BD player w/streaming service (and even a ROKU stick), etc. Even with a HTPC I want the Oppo for...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-16-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 292
Posted By Hoots
For JRiver I go into workstation view and delete...

For JRiver I go into workstation view and delete within JRiver so the links are gone from the library.

I can also quickly find titles in Explorer.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-16-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,786
Posted By Hoots
This is a great question...especially sense I...

This is a great question...especially sense I don't watch the same movie more than once per five years.

Ripping, tagging, etc, isn't a problem. The question for me is do I want to spend $500 on...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   01-09-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,138
Posted By Hoots
the other option is 4K as new models try to...

the other option is 4K as new models try to match the black levels of Plasma.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-09-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,473
Posted By Hoots
I was running an i7 haswell with no video card...

I was running an i7 haswell with no video card and DVDs had some digital blur in spots. I changed to Red October advanced setting (needs high performance machine) and the video was jumpy/terrible. I...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-07-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,727
Posted By Hoots
How do you tag and organize bonus music video...

How do you tag and organize bonus music video DVDs found in 2-Disc CD expanded issues, video shorts inside DVD-Audio discs, and other odd-ball music video?
I just have these files in a separate...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   01-05-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 1,476
Views: 119,457
Posted By Hoots
Quote:Originally Posted by...

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Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-05-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 571
Posted By Hoots
See the Assassins Guide (a blog referenced on...

See the Assassins Guide (a blog referenced on this forum). It has the details you need for this project.

Here are some items to think about as part of your planning:

1. CAPACITY
How many...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   01-04-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 1,476
Views: 119,457
Posted By Hoots
Quote:Originally Posted by...

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Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-03-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 3,739
Views: 114,548
Posted By Hoots
sounds like I could just get a bigger case +...

sounds like I could just get a bigger case + SATA card + FlexRAID SW and move my guts over. I then just add drives..... The server would also be the client. Tower ideally, it would sit in the closet...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-03-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 3,739
Views: 114,548
Posted By Hoots
yes, buy some time while planning and budgeting...

yes, buy some time while planning and budgeting for a more a solution with more scale.... a cage with lot's of empty slots & management scheme where I can just add drives as I grow and not end up...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-03-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 3,739
Views: 114,548
Posted By Hoots
My challenge is that I am nearing the limits of...

My challenge is that I am nearing the limits of keeping all my drives inside my HTPC: 6 SATA ports (BD, SSD, 3 HDD leaves 1 open). I have one open bay but could put a tray in one of the 5.25 bays.
...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-02-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,201
Posted By Hoots
How is your perception of optical discs...

How is your perception of optical discs changing? Time Mag said 2013 will be the last year of growth for players and forecasts optical disc players to be killed by streaming. While I see streaming...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-02-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 21,823
Posted By Hoots
Workstation View (my use of the Paint program...

Workstation View (my use of the Paint program added an extra header ....)
For music I greatly value the extra level of control for smart lists, tagging and a variety of sorts...not to mention the...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-02-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 21,823
Posted By Hoots
I have been using J River for workstation...

I have been using J River for workstation control of music but recently have added video. here is a current snapshot of some screens in Theater View. I would like some of the custom views from...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-02-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,201
Posted By Hoots
As a Service vs. HTPC Will the near term...

As a Service vs. HTPC

Will the near term bring more value from a HTPC or less? Years ago I thought PC-HT convergence was the future but I found non-PC appliances more suited (easier to use). I...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-01-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 677
Posted By Hoots
I was going to buy the Xonar Essence STX based...

I was going to buy the Xonar Essence STX based on reviews from COMPUTERAUDIOPHILE.com and SteveHoffman.TV but now I just connect USB to my pre/rpo and HDMI to pre/pro for MC.

I may still get it...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-01-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 3,739
Views: 114,548
Posted By Hoots
I have Win 8.1... Any performance issue...

I have Win 8.1...

Any performance issue with the Parity Drive being an external USB drive? It's just needed for recover, right?

I am thinking of putting a 4TB in my last free slot and a 4TB...
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