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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   05-16-2010, 04:29 AM
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Posted By Les H
I used to own an RDC-7 (nice unit). It is fully...

I used to own an RDC-7 (nice unit). It is fully balanced only through the front left and right channels (for stereo music). Is your hum problem only on those channels or also on others?

Les
ISF...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-07-2009, 08:04 AM
Replies: 10,488
Views: 1,442,259
Posted By Les H
The loss in resolution is visible with static...

The loss in resolution is visible with static and dynamic 1080 resolution charts. I'll take some pictures and post them.

Resizing a dynamic HD bitstream by a few percent in realtime is not an...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-05-2009, 08:46 PM
Replies: 10,488
Views: 1,442,259
Posted By Les H
Good thing we're not birds. They can see frame...

Good thing we're not birds. They can see frame rates in excess of 100 Hz. They would see a 96 Hz display as a series of still pictures rather than the illusion of continuous motion that we see....
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-05-2009, 07:31 PM
Replies: 10,488
Views: 1,442,259
Posted By Les H
Stein78, The first rule of any videophile...

Stein78,

The first rule of any videophile is: Do not get in trouble with the wife.

You already know that rule so you're in good shape.

Les Holt
ISF Calibrator
Panasonic Dealer and Custom...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-05-2009, 07:07 PM
Replies: 10,488
Views: 1,442,259
Posted By Les H
stein78, Please try the following. Turn the...

stein78,

Please try the following. Turn the power off on your Comcast box. Leave the TV on.

Press the "Menu" button on the Comcast remote.

Does it say it's outputting 1080i? If not, scroll...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-05-2009, 06:29 PM
Replies: 10,488
Views: 1,442,259
Posted By Les H
Stein78, Check that your source component...

Stein78,

Check that your source component is actually outputting 1920x1080 16x9 aspect to the Panny and not some other resolution.

What is your source component?

Does the problem appear on...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-05-2009, 01:29 PM
Replies: 10,488
Views: 1,442,259
Posted By Les H
Fatboymart, B Sky B hasn't defined exactly...

Fatboymart,

B Sky B hasn't defined exactly what they mean by a "3-D ready TV," but they imply that it will require new hardware not present in existing sets. If that's true, then you'd have to...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-05-2009, 12:58 PM
Replies: 10,488
Views: 1,442,259
Posted By Les H
Flycaster, What input resolution are you...

Flycaster,

What input resolution are you feeding the set from the source? If it's not at 1080, try changing to that.

Les Holt
ISF Calibrator
Panasonic Dealer and Custom Installer...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-05-2009, 12:02 PM
Replies: 10,488
Views: 1,442,259
Posted By Les H
Daarrid, I did not say that using HD Size 1...

Daarrid,

I did not say that using HD Size 1 physically changes a 1080 plasma into a 720 plasma. Of course it doesn't.

I did say that HD Size 1 changes the RESOLUTION of the display, which is...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-04-2009, 08:57 PM
Replies: 10,488
Views: 1,442,259
Posted By Les H
[quote=PTN 39;16936085]Quote:Originally Posted...

[quote=PTN 39;16936085]Quote:Originally Posted by defdog99 http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/post/16934157)

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The best thing I like about my new...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-18-2008, 04:04 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 40,040
Posted By Les H
Batpig, I’ll do my best to answer your...

Batpig,

I’ll do my best to answer your question, though a lot depends on how accurately calibrated your set is now, which I can’t say as I haven’t seen or measured it.

As to grayscale, an...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-18-2008, 01:27 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 40,040
Posted By Les H
I’m Les Holt, the custom installer who sold...

I’m Les Holt, the custom installer who sold wallace1297's Panasonic plasma to him and I’m also a certified ISF calibrator who calibrated his set.

Thousands of Panasonic plasmas are calibrated...
Forum: Display Calibration   11-19-2006, 07:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 910
Posted By Les H
In the late 1970's a then obscure Japanese TV...

In the late 1970's a then obscure Japanese TV manufacturer set all its displays for extremely blue greyscale, around 13,000 degrees Kelvin (as opposed to the standard of D6500 Kelvin). These sets...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-15-2006, 08:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By Les H
Shipping it via UPS is wise. I recently...

Shipping it via UPS is wise.

I recently flew with sensitive electronic equipment. The most valuable items I carried on, while the accessories were checked due to space constraints.

I had no...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-11-2006, 06:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,989
Posted By Les H
Receivers in my view are inherently compromised...

Receivers in my view are inherently compromised components that sacrifice sound quality for convenience and price: three or more separate components (tuner, preamp, amp) are crammed into one cabinet...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-02-2006, 08:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,270
Posted By Les H
Louis, You have a ground loop, we have to...

Louis,

You have a ground loop, we have to figure out where.

Did you disconnect the ANTENNA input to the DirecTV unit???

Do you have any antenna connected to the 804? Did you disconnect...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-02-2006, 06:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,270
Posted By Les H
It's possible you have a defective unit, but...

It's possible you have a defective unit, but more likely a ground loop.

Try disconnecting your RF input from your system, whether it's cable, outdoor antenna, or satellite. If the hum disappears,...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-01-2006, 03:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 427
Posted By Les H
Marantz and Onkyo have two very different sound...

Marantz and Onkyo have two very different sound characteristics.

Marantz is warm, tubelike, rounded, ripe, musical, less detailed, maybe a bit less dynamic and punchy.

Onkyo is brighter,...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-01-2006, 01:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 427
Posted By Les H
Maybe I can help, since I own Marantz and Onkyo...

Maybe I can help, since I own Marantz and Onkyo receivers, and have owned the Kef 2005.2.

First, what type of music do you listen to? What type of movies do you watch?

Les Holt
ISF Video...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-01-2006, 05:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,452
Posted By Les H
Thanks for providing your rich connotative...

Thanks for providing your rich connotative definition of “dirty†to clarify what you’re saying about Marantz sound.

As I mentioned, the reason for the Marantz sound is to make tolerable or...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-31-2006, 11:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 982
Posted By Les H
I haven't heard the latest '04 Onkyo's yet, and...

I haven't heard the latest '04 Onkyo's yet, and possibly their brand sound has changed, though I doubt it.

Traditionally Onkyo is not what I would consider warm. Marantz and HK are warm by...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-31-2006, 10:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,452
Posted By Les H
Quote: Originally Posted by gmpatent Dear...

Quote:
Originally Posted by gmpatent
Dear Les Holt,
I have HK V-80. It's 10 years old. One channel has been dead. That's why i am looking for the new HDMI receiver.
My musical preference are...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-31-2006, 07:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,452
Posted By Les H
Quote: Originally Posted by Robosapien An...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Robosapien
An artist starts with a rough figure and then smooths out the edges ending up with an aesthetically pleasing work of art. Little or no detail is lost in the...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-30-2006, 04:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,452
Posted By Les H
In the studio, one wants the most transparent...

In the studio, one wants the most transparent amplification and speakers in order to hear the problems and (hopefully) fix them before release.

In the home, it’s too late. There’s no way to...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   10-30-2006, 06:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,452
Posted By Les H
Marantz definitely has a less detailed sound...

Marantz definitely has a less detailed sound than many other receivers, a sound that is also smoother and warmer. Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on two main factors: (1) the quality and...
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