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Forum: Home Theater In A Box   09-02-2014, 10:18 AM
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Posted By Otto Pylot
I would look at Yamaha, Onkyo, or Denon for HTiBs...

I would look at Yamaha, Onkyo, or Denon for HTiBs in your price range. If you already have a receiver in mind, then I would go to the Speakers Forum, note the type of receiver you have, and how much...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-02-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 125
Posted By Otto Pylot
When we remodeled last summer, I ran solid core...

When we remodeled last summer, I ran solid core CAT-6 cabling, along with a pull string, in a 1" conduit, and used the CAT-6 to extend my ethernet connection from the router, which is located in the...
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   09-01-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 52
Posted By Otto Pylot
There are lots of issues with ARC (Audio Return...

There are lots of issues with ARC (Audio Return Channel) and CEC (Consumer Electronic Control). Both use HDMI to work but quite often don't work reliably due to incompatibility reasons. I would...
Forum: Display Calibration   09-01-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 102
Posted By Otto Pylot
Using calibration settings from another similar...

Using calibration settings from another similar tv will not "calibrate" your tv and may or may not work because of component and viewing environment differences. What look goods on one set may look...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-01-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 124
Posted By Otto Pylot
Some tv's have a menu function that allows you to...

Some tv's have a menu function that allows you to see the hours of use, serial numbers, etc. The store should be able to tell you at least when they started to demo it and you could calculate from...
Forum: HDMI Q&A - The One Connector World   09-01-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 76
Posted By Otto Pylot
No such thing as an HDMI 2.0 cable (or even a 1.4...

No such thing as an HDMI 2.0 cable (or even a 1.4 cable). Any Certified High Speed HDMI cable from a reputable mfr (Monoprice, MediaBridge, Blue Jeans, for example) will work with the new HDMI 2.0...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-01-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 124
Posted By Otto Pylot
Try to get the total number hours of use if...

Try to get the total number hours of use if possible. That will give you an idea of how much theoretical life is left in the panel. Look for any obvious cosmetic damage or issues. Find out if it was...
Forum: Game Room Equipment & Accessories   08-31-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,236
Posted By Otto Pylot
Pure marketing b.s. Plain and simple. Any HDMI...

Pure marketing b.s. Plain and simple. Any HDMI cable that comes with a certificate of compliance for the length you buy will work just fine. Presently, 25' is the maximum length that can be certified...
Forum: HDMI Q&A - The One Connector World   08-31-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 393
Views: 63,828
Posted By Otto Pylot
There are no drivers for a Redmere cable. It's...

There are no drivers for a Redmere cable. It's just a dumb pipe that sends what ever data it receives, and just happens to have a little bit of electronics in one end to make it active so that you...
Forum: HDTV Technical   08-31-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 671
Posted By Otto Pylot
ARC/CEC should be more compatible once HDMI 2.0...

ARC/CEC should be more compatible once HDMI 2.0 chipsets are installed in all devices, but that is still a ways off. Firmware upgrades are probably not going to happen either because it's just too...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   08-29-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 361
Posted By Otto Pylot
What ever you decide to do now, I'd run...

What ever you decide to do now, I'd run everything in at least a 1" conduit, larger depending on the number of cables you want to install now or in the future. I wouldn't run HDMI because that format...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   08-29-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 265
Posted By Otto Pylot
And who are these experts? LG or here?

And who are these experts? LG or here?
Forum: Display Calibration   08-29-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 1,352
Views: 515,389
Posted By Otto Pylot
Be very very careful when entering the SM with...

Be very very careful when entering the SM with codes and/or instructions you find on the web. What works for one might not work for you because of firmware versions, board(s) version, component...
Forum: OLED Technology and Flat Panels General   08-29-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 254
Posted By Otto Pylot
Personally I wouldn't put a tv above a fireplace....

Personally I wouldn't put a tv above a fireplace. Wiring can be a pain, the space can limit the size, utilizing an alternate sound system (not the tv speakers) can be a challenging project, etc....
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   08-29-2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 265
Posted By Otto Pylot
What's the problem here? The various tv mfrs will...

What's the problem here? The various tv mfrs will not specifically list which panels they use in all of their model lines for reasons only known to them. Most likely the reasons I gave above are some...
Forum: HDMI Q&A - The One Connector World   08-29-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 154
Posted By Otto Pylot
You might want to post this to the projector...

You might want to post this to the projector forum. This is mostly for HDMI-related questions.
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   08-29-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 215
Posted By Otto Pylot
Two different sources at the same time? Probably...

Two different sources at the same time? Probably not but I don't know for sure.
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   08-29-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 88,425
Posted By Otto Pylot
The best that ARC can do is discrete 5.1, just...

The best that ARC can do is discrete 5.1, just like optical. Neither one, ARC or optical, can send HD audio (DTS-MA, Dolby TrueHD, etc). HD audio does maintain a 5.1 core so if you send the HD audio...
Forum: HDTV Technical   08-28-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 239
Posted By Otto Pylot
Optical audio is usually reserved for audio that...

Optical audio is usually reserved for audio that originates from the internal ATSC tuner when you connect an antenna or cable coax to the tv. Some tv's will output audio via optical from an...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   08-28-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 265
Posted By Otto Pylot
All tv mfrs do that, not just LG. It depends on...

All tv mfrs do that, not just LG. It depends on size, availability, etc.
Forum: Remote Control Area   08-28-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6,283
Views: 827,403
Posted By Otto Pylot
Yes. It's been a long time since I set it up but...

Yes. It's been a long time since I set it up but basically it's the same as anything else even tho it did take a little more work. I'd have to look at my 880 tonight to see what I did.
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   08-28-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 196
Posted By Otto Pylot
I don't think there are any "proven" differences...

I don't think there are any "proven" differences between the two. They are both S-PVA panels.
Forum: HDMI Q&A - The One Connector World   08-28-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 258
Posted By Otto Pylot
Marketing b.s. If the cable is certified for High...

Marketing b.s. If the cable is certified for High Speed HDMI, it will meet the current HDMI 1.4 protocols and the upcoming HDMI 2.0 protocols. HDMI 2.0 does not need a "special cable".
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   08-28-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 215
Posted By Otto Pylot
There are some nice entry level systems made by...

There are some nice entry level systems made by Yamaha, Onkyo, and Denon that might suit your needs for apartment life. I would recommend a receiver/speakers only system and not one that is...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   08-28-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 198
Posted By Otto Pylot
HDMI 1.4b can do 4k@30Hz for 8-bit color at...

HDMI 1.4b can do 4k@30Hz for 8-bit color at 10.2Gbps bandwidth. It all depends on what they are calling HDMI 2.0. There is an overlap where some mfrs have stated their tv's are HDMI 2.0 when they are...
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