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Forum: Home Theater In A Box   09-17-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 148
Posted By Otto Pylot
If you're asking about speakers, I'd take your...

If you're asking about speakers, I'd take your questions to the speaker forum not here. You'll probably get better advice. This is mostly for complete packages (receiver and speakers sold together).
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-16-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 286
Posted By Otto Pylot
OTA here looks great on all of the major stations.

OTA here looks great on all of the major stations.
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-16-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 92
Posted By Otto Pylot
I can't answer your question specific to your...

I can't answer your question specific to your Vizio model but a lot of signal meters can be misleading in that what they indicate is received signal strength and not necessarily signal quality. You...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-16-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 114
Posted By Otto Pylot
It can be. Sometimes it's not very intuitive on...

It can be. Sometimes it's not very intuitive on how to get out of the SM and pressing the Return or other button cause problems. It's also very tempting to see what's in there. Also, some SM commands...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-16-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 114
Posted By Otto Pylot
There are a certain set of buttons you can press...

There are a certain set of buttons you can press on the remote to gain access to the Service Menu. However, I'd be VERY careful doing that. It is simply the easiest way to mess up your tv or brick it...
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-15-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 647
Posted By Otto Pylot
Watched it last night and it was a typical, very...

Watched it last night and it was a typical, very well made, Ken Burns presentation. OTA and it was perfect, well as perfect as a B&W Ken Burns epic can be.
Forum: HDMI Q&A - The One Connector World   09-15-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 110
Posted By Otto Pylot
If you're running outside the wall then...

If you're running outside the wall then replacing/repairing won't be an issue. You can run lengths longer than 25' (25' is the current maximum length that a passive cable can be certified for) but...
Forum: HDMI Q&A - The One Connector World   09-15-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 110
Posted By Otto Pylot
Personally I think it's better to use a single,...

Personally I think it's better to use a single, uninterrupted connection instead of coupling cables together. Depending on what you want to run, you could use a heavier gauge cable (but that would be...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-14-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 207
Posted By Otto Pylot
Redmere cables are uni-directional so be aware of...

Redmere cables are uni-directional so be aware of how you connect it. You won't damage anything you just won't get a picture. The cables are labeled.
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-14-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 137
Posted By Otto Pylot
Are you planning on using it in the U.S.? If it's...

Are you planning on using it in the U.S.? If it's just for the Asian market, you might have an all Chinese menu or voltage issues. Besides, if the price is too good to be true....
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-14-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 207
Posted By Otto Pylot
That article is over three years old and is...

That article is over three years old and is sponsored by a cable mfr who makes expensive HDMI cables along the lines of Monster. While it is true that you can run HDMI fine at lengths greater than...
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   09-14-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 162
Posted By Otto Pylot
Look at Yamaha, Denon, or Onkyo. They all make...

Look at Yamaha, Denon, or Onkyo. They all make entry and mid-level HTiB's that may meet your requirements. And yes, it is best to steer clear of integrated HTiB's (built-in blu-ray player). Quoting a...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-14-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 207
Posted By Otto Pylot
That's an active extender using CAT-5 or CAT-6...

That's an active extender using CAT-5 or CAT-6 cabling. HDBT is a more expensive, but the more reliable way to do the same thing, as I suggested. However you want to connect the ends, run your CAT-6...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-14-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 442
Posted By Otto Pylot
ARC can be flaky for a lot of people and is still...

ARC can be flaky for a lot of people and is still limited to 5.1. It can't pass HD audio.
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   09-13-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 223
Posted By Otto Pylot
CNET reviews should be taken with a grain of...

CNET reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. The Energy Take Classics 5.1 are a very nice entry level speaker system.
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-13-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 207
Posted By Otto Pylot
Depending on what you want to run, 30' is a bit...

Depending on what you want to run, 30' is a bit over the 25' maximum for certified high speed HDMI. There aren't any devices that I know of that run ethernet over HDMI. It's one of those protocols...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   09-13-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 442
Posted By Otto Pylot
Be careful about getting caught up in the UHD/4k...

Be careful about getting caught up in the UHD/4k frenzy. Some tv's will upscale to 4k depending on the source and work very nicely. Do your homework before you make the jump. There are lots of...
Forum: Display Calibration   09-13-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 611
Posted By Otto Pylot
By George, I think we actually agree on something...

By George, I think we actually agree on something (at least in principle) ;) My point was that for the newbies who don't understand calibration, or are just totally fearful of the process, that...
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-13-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By Otto Pylot
Thanks. I guess I'll just continue to enjoy what...

Thanks. I guess I'll just continue to enjoy what I have and not worry about it till it's time to upgrade the tv. I'm not ready to jump on the UHD/4k wagon yet. My tv is wired to the router and we...
Forum: HDTV Programming   09-13-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By Otto Pylot
Don't mean to hijack the question but you had me...

Don't mean to hijack the question but you had me curious so I ran all three tests. My tv is 1080 only and the AppleTV2 (which will be replaced soon with the 1080p ATV3 or 4) can only send 720p, but...
Forum: Display Calibration   09-13-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 611
Posted By Otto Pylot
I understand where you're coming from, and we've...

I understand where you're coming from, and we've had this discussion before, but some folks who venture here are just overwhelmed with the technicality of calibration ( a definite science that some...
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   09-13-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 223
Posted By Otto Pylot
If it were me, I wouldn't get an integrated...

If it were me, I wouldn't get an integrated system. In other words, one that had a built-in blu-ray player. Those systems usually have a passive sub-woofer which draws its power from the receiver...
Forum: Display Calibration   09-12-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 263
Posted By Otto Pylot
Source specific adjustments can be problematic...

Source specific adjustments can be problematic simply because of source differences. ZKACAL is sort of correct in that once you adjust your panel using a disk via a blu-ray player (with all video...
Forum: Display Calibration   09-12-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 611
Posted By Otto Pylot
^^^^ to adjust your tv, not calibrate it (unless...

^^^^ to adjust your tv, not calibrate it (unless you have the appropriate hardware).
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   09-12-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 319
Posted By Otto Pylot
My current receiver is a Yamaha. It has...

My current receiver is a Yamaha. It has everything that we need and has worked perfectly for a couple of years now. Denon and Onkyo also make good receivers. There is a Receivers forum as well as a...
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