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Forum: Home Theater Computers   05-03-2013, 12:31 AM
Replies: 2,050
Views: 162,845
Posted By mikeford
The way cable bundles services, when you try to...

The way cable bundles services, when you try to drop segments of the package the final price may not drop as much as expected.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   05-03-2013, 12:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 574
Posted By mikeford
One word, Cinavia. Future players that have it...

One word, Cinavia. Future players that have it will not play any copies including legally made backups. Eventually any device with updated firmware could refuse to play any of those rips.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   05-03-2013, 12:02 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 16,257
Posted By mikeford
One thing not hard to guess, it will get worse...

One thing not hard to guess, it will get worse in almost every conceivable way for consumers. I don't think content creators have ever given up on the idea of the OLD Divx, buy the media, still pay...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   05-02-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 847
Views: 80,485
Posted By mikeford
I have an OLD AV system with no HDMI, with a...

I have an OLD AV system with no HDMI, with a HDMI display coming soon, but replacing my AVR still a good time away. The BDP62 seems OK using the spdif except for DVDA and SACD where it limits...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   04-23-2013, 10:01 PM
Replies: 3,047
Views: 76,727
Posted By mikeford
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by OllieS http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1425262/are-audio-companies-all-involved-in-a-huge-conspiracy/3030#post_23222492)

The...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-23-2013, 08:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,206
Posted By mikeford
HTPC and assume should never appear in the same...

HTPC and assume should never appear in the same sentence, but it might work, what is less likely to work are the USB audio solutions due to driver and other issues.

My standard, learned the hard...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   04-23-2013, 07:18 PM
Replies: 847
Views: 80,485
Posted By mikeford
Maybe this firmware could explain why just one...

Maybe this firmware could explain why just one vendor, BB, had a bunch of them shipped to stores for a half price sale? Last I checked my BB still had all or almost all that were shipped to them,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-16-2013, 10:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 295
Posted By mikeford
Anything "pass thru" like DTS off a DVD isn't...

Anything "pass thru" like DTS off a DVD isn't processed by the card, its done by the AVR. Analog outs get processed by the card, but details like subwoofer crossover and from which channels may be...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   04-10-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3,047
Views: 76,727
Posted By mikeford
Does the artist have any meaningful intent as to...

Does the artist have any meaningful intent as to how consumers listen to their music?

Suppose that intent is that optimal sound be from heavy compression followed by playback in a car roaring...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-10-2013, 02:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,206
Posted By mikeford
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by TornadoTJ http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1466657/what-has-happened#post_23168043)

I actually went back about that far, with...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   04-10-2013, 02:09 PM
Replies: 847
Views: 80,485
Posted By mikeford
I'm a little confused on the SQ, this is just a...

I'm a little confused on the SQ, this is just a digital output with no effect at all on the SQ isn't it, everything analog happens in the AVR?
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-08-2013, 08:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,206
Posted By mikeford
My issues are mostly my own fault, but none the...

My issues are mostly my own fault, but none the less still issues. I am REAL close, but not ready for a new TV, so I need to support Svideo for the old one. Likewise my AVR is the last model prior...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-08-2013, 06:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
Posted By mikeford
I've considered a new AVR, but only the top of...

I've considered a new AVR, but only the top of the line Pioneer Elite have similar quality and type of all digital output stages etc. I like to make my upgrades at meaningful technology milestones,...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   04-08-2013, 04:15 AM
Replies: 3,047
Views: 76,727
Posted By mikeford
I've been listening to a lot of new music, and...

I've been listening to a lot of new music, and despite my normal practice of ripping everything to 320k vbr, I end up with files from other people who just love HUGE files, like from ripping a SACD...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-08-2013, 03:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,206
Posted By mikeford
I'm a computer person, built many, watched TV on...

I'm a computer person, built many, watched TV on my Mac IIx without issue about 20 years ago, but I can't say I am real pleased with my HTPC experience over the last 5 years. I have cable TV and...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-08-2013, 03:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
Posted By mikeford
I have a Sony AVR I am real happy with, but no...

I have a Sony AVR I am real happy with, but no HDMI, and distance and ground (hum) rule out analog and coax, so I need Toslink. It does support a bunch of input modes up to DTS ES 24/96, so I would...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-08-2013, 01:56 AM
Replies: 2,268
Views: 168,817
Posted By mikeford
I looked some but didn't see any power...

I looked some but didn't see any power consumption values. I live in electrically challenged SoCal paying in the 4th tier, so juice to run can easily exceed purchase for 24/7 use.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-14-2013, 08:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,889
Posted By mikeford
I'm going to take a look at media monkey, but I...

I'm going to take a look at media monkey, but I am hard to please with this type of software so I might end up trying to roll my own, or extend something.
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   01-13-2013, 10:36 PM
Replies: 3,047
Views: 76,727
Posted By mikeford
Its so amusing to me to see how lively the same...

Its so amusing to me to see how lively the same basic discussion is after three or so decades.

I'll just report in that audio can still be fun, that it is very possible to spend a weekend, a...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   01-13-2013, 09:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 400
Posted By mikeford
A common complaint when AC systems were first...

A common complaint when AC systems were first being retrofitted to homes that did not originally have them is that lights dimmed when the AC came on.

The issue is from sharing a wire near its...
Forum: Latest Industry News   01-13-2013, 09:23 PM
Replies: 490
Views: 32,860
Posted By mikeford
What is bad is that no meaningful legal reform...

What is bad is that no meaningful legal reform will occur until some kind of serious intellectual property rights agreement with China is in place.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-11-2013, 10:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,552
Posted By mikeford
With MS its safest to assume they are circling...

With MS its safest to assume they are circling the wagons and zapping all competition until proven otherwise.

The business plan of all media vendors is to place some kind of toll gate between...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-11-2013, 10:34 PM
Replies: 19,130
Views: 5,250,835
Posted By mikeford
I'm in for $10, drop in the HTPC bucket, besides...

I'm in for $10, drop in the HTPC bucket, besides at the current rate 4 issues might cover me until old age. http://files.avsforum.com/images/smilies/wink.gif
Forum: Home Theater Computers   01-09-2013, 03:43 AM
Replies: 19,130
Views: 5,250,835
Posted By mikeford
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by renethx http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/940972/guide-to-building-a-htpc-workstation-and-server/18810#post_22764385)

I am still...
Forum: DIY Speakers and Subs   12-02-2012, 11:42 PM
Replies: 10,054
Views: 881,192
Posted By mikeford
Chest slap bass is iirc 60hz to 120hz, and maybe...

Chest slap bass is iirc 60hz to 120hz, and maybe varies depending on the size of the chest internally. A pair of decent efficiency 15" no special excursion tuned high like in a PA drivers should be...
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