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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 02:41 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Is that region-free for Bluray? I had to open...

Is that region-free for Bluray? I had to open mine up and surgically graft in a part I bought off eBay to make my Oppo 93 region free for Bluray.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 02:40 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
I can’t say that I especially noticed this. If...

I can’t say that I especially noticed this. If you want to see some convincing CGI robots (and this time they are actually robots, as opposed to TF4's aliens) check out real Steel. The CGI robots are...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 02:33 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
I mean that if aesthetics were important, I...

I mean that if aesthetics were important, I personally really dislike the marantz porthole. But in my case, as all the kit is in a closet, it doesn't really matter to me much. But if the kit were...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 01:04 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
I've bought from them in the past too. Reliable...

I've bought from them in the past too. Reliable company. But this time HMV HK were quite a bit cheaper for the single disc. Also, on the yesasia site they only list the sound as DTS-HD MA whereas HMV...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 01:04 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Spot on analysis. The Departed isn't bad at all -...

Spot on analysis. The Departed isn't bad at all - it's just that the original is so much better.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 12:18 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
It is - but it's not as good as Infernal Affairs...

It is - but it's not as good as Infernal Affairs on which it was based.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 12:15 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
That's good news but I do find that buying from...

That's good news but I do find that buying from Japan is expensive. The HK prices are much more reasonable.

I bet I, Frankenstein is a fantastic showcase for Atmos. I’d love to hear that.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 12:13 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
HMV Hong Kong. The site is mostly in English. ...

HMV Hong Kong. The site is mostly in English.

http://www.hmv.com.hk/product/bluray.asp?sku=533943

Be aware that the disc from HK may be region-locked to a region your player can't handle. I am...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 12:11 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Yes, please report back. And well done for...

Yes, please report back. And well done for getting such a big discount!
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 12:07 PM
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Posted By kbarnes701
I am in the "Audyssey camp" as you know, but I...

I am in the "Audyssey camp" as you know, but I would never say what you say above. I have no idea what the director or the mixer heard and nor does anyone else unless they were sitting in on the mix....
Forum: Blu-ray Players   11-27-2014, 11:44 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Hi Paul - I'm good thanks. Yes, Bob's post was...

Hi Paul - I'm good thanks. Yes, Bob's post was superlatively good. A really full and easy to follow explanation.

Thanks for the additional info and the link. I will do some research!
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 11:43 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Will do. I wonder if it's only the HK release...

Will do. I wonder if it's only the HK release that has the Atmos track? The site I ordered it from has good info on the disc formats etc and confirms that the 3rd film is an Atmos release on BD....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 11:38 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
It is definitely true that Monster cables will...

It is definitely true that Monster cables will improve sound and video much more than no cables at all.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 11:20 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
I'm into HK action movies too. I must check this...

I'm into HK action movies too. I must check this one out. Thanks for the info. Agreed totally about Infernal Affairs BTW.

EDIT: Just ordered it from HK. Looks like a cool movie and in Atmos too!
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 11:19 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
I think we'd all rather have seen those movies...

I think we'd all rather have seen those movies released on Atmos disc than the first two! ;)




A bit too soon for the mastering houses I think - they had to invest in and install new...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 11:14 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Burlesque is another movie that is universally...

Burlesque is another movie that is universally panned - yet it is one I enjoy quite a lot. Not just because I like looking at Christina Aguilera (who woudn't?) but also because she is, as you say, a...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 11:07 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
OK thanks. Those speakers are of slightly above...

OK thanks. Those speakers are of slightly above average sensitivity at 89dB/watt and they are fairly easy to drive as far as I can see, so you should have no problem with the 4100. If you can talk...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 06:54 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Agreed. Used as a prepro the 4100 is as good as...

Agreed. Used as a prepro the 4100 is as good as any other Denon IMO, assuming it has the features you need. The big limitation with the 4100 is that it can only do 9 channels so you are limited to...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 06:47 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Magazine tests usually mean very little IMO and...

Magazine tests usually mean very little IMO and IME. Often they are entirely subjective with no measurements performed at all, and comparisons are often done under ludicrously imprecise conditions,...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 06:38 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
You'll be just fine so long as it has the...

You'll be just fine so long as it has the features you want. Remember salesmen have a vested interest in selling you a more expensive unit.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 06:35 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Has to be. There's likely nothing in either unit...

Has to be. There's likely nothing in either unit that would bring audible differences, room EQ and DSP aside of course. People will always hear subjective differences that aren’t reinforced by...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 06:34 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Remember in Jurassic Park when the kid picks up...

Remember in Jurassic Park when the kid picks up some binoculars in the Jeep? The guys asks him if they are heavy. Kid says they are. Guy says "then put them down, they're expensive." :)
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 05:59 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
I agree entirely. There may, or may not, be...

I agree entirely. There may, or may not, be audible differences between DACs etc, but if there are they will be very subtle. However the differences between an uncorrected room response and a...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   11-27-2014, 05:45 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
Bob - that is fabulous information and written in...

Bob - that is fabulous information and written in a way that non-techies can easily understand. I thank you for the time spent on this and really appreciate it. I have copied it to a Word document...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   11-27-2014, 05:32 AM
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Posted By kbarnes701
What makes you feel the CGI was poor? WRT to...

What makes you feel the CGI was poor? WRT to script, I don't think it matters for that sort of movie. The audience they are targeting isn’t interested in high quality writing - they are interested...
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