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Forum: Soundbars   02-28-2017, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 607
Posted By Friendly Fire
I auditioned a lot of soundbars and came home...

I auditioned a lot of soundbars and came home with a Zvox 770. Plenty of bass, everything in one box, exceptional clarity. Great for TV. My two cents.
Forum: Speakers   02-20-2017, 12:42 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 8,187
Posted By Friendly Fire
I will upgrade to Dolby Atmos in my next upgrade...

I will upgrade to Dolby Atmos in my next upgrade cycle. In the meantime I'll keep using my 7.1 surround set up. Out of necessity the rear surround speakers are about 4 feet above the viewer's head,...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   02-06-2017, 07:35 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,218
Posted By Friendly Fire
4K becoming ubiquitous seems inevitable. It...

4K becoming ubiquitous seems inevitable. It won't be long manufacturers will stop offering 1080p
on larger sets all together. Even now the cost difference is becoming vanishingly small. For $100...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   02-01-2017, 08:46 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 714
Posted By Friendly Fire
I believe that Mark has hit on an important point...

I believe that Mark has hit on an important point I'll rephrase and expound upon. Average consumer audio gear has improved to the point that the gap between consumer and high end gear is very...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   01-23-2017, 06:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 583
Posted By Friendly Fire
I've never been impressed with THX. Standards...

I've never been impressed with THX. Standards have their place, but just because something is standardized does not mean it is the best in a given setting.
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   01-21-2017, 08:29 AM
Replies: 278
Views: 11,046
Posted By Friendly Fire
Excellent point. Frankly, VR may well displace...

Excellent point. Frankly, VR may well displace projectors and large screens completely. It is easy to imagine headsets that provide immersive image and sound that will eventually cost a couple of...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   01-21-2017, 08:23 AM
Replies: 278
Views: 11,046
Posted By Friendly Fire
I really think curved screens came about to make...

I really think curved screens came about to make the first 4K screens stand out in a sea of fine 1080p flat panels in retail spaces like Sam's and Best Buy. On smaller screens it takes close study...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   01-20-2017, 08:04 AM
Replies: 278
Views: 11,046
Posted By Friendly Fire
Let me chime in -- excellent 3D is the most...

Let me chime in -- excellent 3D is the most immersive viewing experience available. Period. On a 130" screen properly set up
the effect is breathtaking.

I hope that 3D leaving flat panels...
Forum: Official AVS Forum® Blu-ray Disc Reviews   01-16-2017, 07:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 845
Posted By Friendly Fire
I know I'm in the minority, but I am disappointed...

I know I'm in the minority, but I am disappointed that there is no 3D version. 3D in the theater is often problematic, but on a well designed home theater with a 130" screen the effect can be...
Forum: HDMI Q&A - The One Connector World   01-09-2017, 04:05 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,718
Posted By Friendly Fire
Buzzkill!! You're right, but dang. :)

Buzzkill!! You're right, but dang. :)
Forum: Blu-ray Players   01-04-2017, 04:34 AM
Replies: 386
Views: 54,119
Posted By Friendly Fire
I agree -- with new streaming apps coming almost...

I agree -- with new streaming apps coming almost everyday I prefer to use a Roku that inputs through an HDMI on my Oppo 103. Several folks have mentioned Darby -- I run my DVR and Roku into the 103...
Forum: Digital Hi-End Projectors - $3,000+ USD MSRP   01-04-2017, 04:17 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,552
Posted By Friendly Fire
Mike, Understood. With only a handful of...

Mike,

Understood. With only a handful of Sonys and one JVC native 4k available, there is no pressure to move that price point. All I've read suggests that Epson's simulated 4k actually looks...
Forum: Digital Hi-End Projectors - $3,000+ USD MSRP   01-03-2017, 01:37 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,552
Posted By Friendly Fire
If a native 4K projector of merit hits the...

If a native 4K projector of merit hits the sub-$3000 price point before HDR bears fruit I will make the plunge. The Epson 5040 is close, but I want true-4K. My guess is that 2017 will make some...
Forum: Digital Hi-End Projectors - $3,000+ USD MSRP   01-01-2017, 03:15 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,552
Posted By Friendly Fire
Craig, excellent points. Dolby Vision could fail...

Craig, excellent points. Dolby Vision could fail in a thousand ways, being an end to end licensed product with from what I've read more than a trivial cost it has a lot to overcome. I wouldn't have...
Forum: Digital Hi-End Projectors - $3,000+ USD MSRP   01-01-2017, 01:54 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,552
Posted By Friendly Fire
The still emerging HDR is holding me back. Dolby...

The still emerging HDR is holding me back. Dolby Vision may or may not become a thing, but with the Oppo 203 offering a Dolby Vision upgrade in the spring, well, I have to wait.

I have not...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-19-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 762
Views: 36,518
Posted By Friendly Fire
Excellent point notbananas! The very closest to...

Excellent point notbananas! The very closest to live I've heard from any stereo was all acoustic jazz quartet on a direct to disc album, MC cartridge and tube amp and preamp.

Pop music is so...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-12-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 762
Views: 36,518
Posted By Friendly Fire
The Sonjas look very cool, you can see what they...

The Sonjas look very cool, you can see what they are up to with their cabinet design. Some good design work.

Someone in this thread mentioned Rolexes. They tell time, but not as well as a $50...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-12-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 762
Views: 36,518
Posted By Friendly Fire
Way back in the day when subwoofers were nearly...

Way back in the day when subwoofers were nearly unheard of, we used to speak of 'cabinet resonance' coloring the sound and hence damping the listening experience of stereo speakers. The argument was...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-12-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 762
Views: 36,518
Posted By Friendly Fire
My beef with dealers is when speakers just do not...

My beef with dealers is when speakers just do not sound good, and really I mean they do not sound exceptional, too many invoke the 'burn in' defense. OK, I am dropping $30K on a pair of rosewood...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   10-12-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 24,562
Views: 1,910,430
Posted By Friendly Fire
I pass the video from my Dish Hopper through the...

I pass the video from my Dish Hopper through the 103 via HDMI for video processing. The result, while not as good as Blu-ray is a nice improvement over the Hopper's signal going through the DVR and...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-11-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 762
Views: 36,518
Posted By Friendly Fire
With the weather all a twitter with Climate...

With the weather all a twitter with Climate Change perhaps another brand of speaker would be in order. I really do not what to have to wait for a high pressure cell to move in so I can listen to my...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-11-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 762
Views: 36,518
Posted By Friendly Fire
I would buy some of that if I was installing the...

I would buy some of that if I was installing the speakers on Pluto where the ambient temperature and humidity are very different from what I would expect in the Focal factory. And let's say the...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-11-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 762
Views: 36,518
Posted By Friendly Fire
Amen. If speakers really must be burned in to...

Amen. If speakers really must be burned in to sound right, that should be done in the factory or the showroom before the customer hauls them out. My guess is most customers get used to the speakers...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   10-11-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 762
Views: 36,518
Posted By Friendly Fire
Mark, 25 years ago the SQ difference between...

Mark,

25 years ago the SQ difference between high end and average consumer gear was substantial, but that has changed. Like computers, audio technology and I think better understanding of how to...
Forum: Latest Industry News   05-13-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 1,530
Views: 77,193
Posted By Friendly Fire
The barrier to streaming as a dominant media is...

The barrier to streaming as a dominant media is the internet infrastructure itself -- much of the nation still has broadband that is not streaming worthy especially cable modems at peak times. A lot...
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