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post #511 of 527
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Originally Posted by tbraden32 View Post

Mike,
I thought of doing that same switch, TW to Direct. I have heard horror stories of Direct and their service. TW has always been fairly good, but they are more expensive especially if you have multiple HD boxes.
Let me know your thoughts on Direct after a while of using them.
Thanks
No issues so far.
Haven't used DVR much, but the one DVR for whole house capability is great.
I downloaded the iPhone app. I've only gotten it to work in one room/main receiver so far.
More experimenting in the future.
post #512 of 527
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There are some firmware/software issues on Genie and C31/700 receivers causing audio drops during pay-per-view and lack of TV signal (despite guide/menu working) that are apparently being addressed with FW pushes rolling out over US.
I hit "mute" during the Green Bay game and the TV signal stopped. That caused a bit of commotion here, but DirectTV tech support (after getting through all of their menus) helped me by directing me to reset from the Genie central box.

Mike
post #513 of 527
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From WarrenP series...
Quote:
Everyone loves to check out other home theaters, and while photos are nice, video is even better.
On the Home Theater Video (These videos were all filmed as part of the now out-of-print Home Theater Revealed DVD series.) pages here on the site, you can check out what others have made, see their theaters, and get inspired to create your own.
Time to start the design and build of your own dream home theater!
Who is Warren?
http://thehometheaterbook.com/who-is-warren/


Check out a video of my theater here:
http://thehometheaterbook.com/home-theater-videos-06/
post #514 of 527
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Middle Atlantic Rack new RSH plates for Direct TV and Oppo BDP-103...

MA rack top w new RSH plates Direct TV 103.JPG 1051k .JPG file
post #515 of 527
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Furman M1500-UPS-PFP repaired (C40 capacitor replaced) and ready to re-install!
http://www.panamax.com/Products/Battery-Backup/M1500-UPS-PFP.php

Mike
Edited by Mike_WI - 3/5/13 at 11:18am
post #516 of 527
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Based on Emotiva thread comments link, ordered this:
http://www.lightdims.com/

Mike
post #517 of 527
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Originally Posted by Mike_WI View Post

Based on Emotiva thread comments link, ordered this:
http://www.lightdims.com/

Mike

Dude, that's awesome!!!! I want some, and I don't even have my gear in the same room!
post #518 of 527
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Looking for a Windows 8 Pro 64 bit compatible audio card.

My computer setup was:
Computer (desktop, home)
- From: Cyberpower
- CPU: Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67 GHz
- MOB: ASUS X58 P6T SLI
Audio: Audiotrak - Prodigy HD2
--- Output #1) to Dell LCD computer speaker bar
--- Output #2) to RCA outs to Russound house system
- Video: ATI Radeon HD 4870
- Monitor: Dell 2408WFP - 24" LCD
- Memory: 24 GB DDR3 PC1600 Kingston Hyper (upgraded from 6GB on 9/22/11; 12->24 3/2013)
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
- Media Player: WinAmp version 6.21 (July 2011)
- NAS: HP Mediasmart Server (MSS) EX490 - 1TB HD + 2TB WD Caviar Green ("EADS" not "EARS" series)

I upgraded to Windows 8 Pro 64 bit and found out that the Audiotrak - Prodigy HD2 is not compatible with Windows 8.
So that card is not active.
I am currently using my HRT Music Streamer for USB->RCA output to whole house system.

I was surprised in my cursory search that the audio cards available today are similar or the same as when I looked in 2009.

New setup...

Case: Cooler Master (from Cyberpower)
MOB: Asus P8Z77-V PRO/Thunderbolt
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50 GHz
Cooler: Cooler Master V8
RAM: 16 GB Kingston Hyper DDR SDRAM
SSD [C:]: 256 GB Samsung 840 Pro Series MZ
HD [D]: 1 TB
HD [Data/J:]: 3 TB
HD [L:]: 1 TB
Video: ATI Radeon HD 4870 Series
Audio: Audiotrak - Prodigy HD2
Monitor: Dell 2408WFP - 24" LCD
OS: Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
Media Player: WinAmp version 6.6
NAS: HP Mediasmart Server (MSS) EX490 - 1TB HD + 2TB WD Caviar Green ("EADS" not "EARS" series)


Possible Win 8 compatible Audio PCI-Express cards with RCA outs:


Asus Xonar Essence STX PCI-Express
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Internal Sound Card with THX SB1270
Creative Sound Blaster ZxR SBX PCIE Gaming Sound Card with Audio Control Module SB1510 -- too expensive for what I need

or...

HRT Music Streamer for a decent DAC, but without ability to use sound bar on monitor (?)
On MOB sound with RCA converter
-- http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8Z77V_PROTHUNDERBOLT/
-- http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5260/asus-p8z77-v-pro-thunderbolt-intel-z77-motherboard-review/index.html
Edited by Mike_WI - 5/18/13 at 3:08pm
post #519 of 527
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Updated Lumagen Radiance XE FW after over 2 years.

Next project -- calibration (not me) for new (>100 hrs) bulb in JVC RS20.

Mike
post #520 of 527
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Anyone?
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Originally Posted by Mike_WI View Post

Looking for a Windows 8 Pro 64 bit compatible audio card.

My computer setup was:
Computer (desktop, home)
- From: Cyberpower
- CPU: Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67 GHz
- MOB: ASUS X58 P6T SLI
Audio: Audiotrak - Prodigy HD2
--- Output #1) to Dell LCD computer speaker bar
--- Output #2) to RCA outs to Russound house system
- Video: ATI Radeon HD 4870
- Monitor: Dell 2408WFP - 24" LCD
- Memory: 24 GB DDR3 PC1600 Kingston Hyper (upgraded from 6GB on 9/22/11; 12->24 3/2013)
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
- Media Player: WinAmp version 6.21 (July 2011)
- NAS: HP Mediasmart Server (MSS) EX490 - 1TB HD + 2TB WD Caviar Green ("EADS" not "EARS" series)

I upgraded to Windows 8 Pro 64 bit and found out that the Audiotrak - Prodigy HD2 is not compatible with Windows 8.
So that card is not active.
I am currently using my HRT Music Streamer for USB->RCA output to whole house system.

I was surprised in my cursory search that the audio cards available today are similar or the same as when I looked in 2009.

New setup...

Case: Cooler Master (from Cyberpower)
MOB: Asus P8Z77-V PRO/Thunderbolt
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50 GHz
Cooler: Cooler Master V8
RAM: 16 GB Kingston Hyper DDR SDRAM
SSD [C:]: 256 GB Samsung 840 Pro Series MZ
HD [D]: 1 TB
HD [Data/J:]: 3 TB
HD [L:]: 1 TB
Video: ATI Radeon HD 4870 Series
Audio: Audiotrak - Prodigy HD2
Monitor: Dell 2408WFP - 24" LCD
OS: Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
Media Player: WinAmp version 6.6
NAS: HP Mediasmart Server (MSS) EX490 - 1TB HD + 2TB WD Caviar Green ("EADS" not "EARS" series)


Possible Win 8 compatible Audio PCI-Express cards with RCA outs:


Asus Xonar Essence STX PCI-Express
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Internal Sound Card with THX SB1270
Creative Sound Blaster ZxR SBX PCIE Gaming Sound Card with Audio Control Module SB1510 -- too expensive for what I need

or...

HRT Music Streamer for a decent DAC, but without ability to use sound bar on monitor (?)
On MOB sound with RCA converter
-- http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8Z77V_PROTHUNDERBOLT/
-- http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5260/asus-p8z77-v-pro-thunderbolt-intel-z77-motherboard-review/index.html
post #521 of 527
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Originally Posted by Mike_WI View Post

Anyone?

Hey Mike,

The audio cards haven't really changed much because today's video cards also enable HDMI audio up to 192/24 (this includes DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TruHD.) My current media server uses an inexpensive (i.e. $60) HDMI-capable video card from Nvidia (GT620) and I get my HD audio and HD video through this card . Not only is it easier to go this route from a setup perspective; it's also cheaper. biggrin.gif
post #522 of 527
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

Hey Mike,

The audio cards haven't really changed much because today's video cards also enable HDMI audio up to 192/24 (this includes DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TruHD.) My current media server uses an inexpensive (i.e. $60) HDMI-capable video card from Nvidia (GT620) and I get my HD audio and HD video through this card . Not only is it easier to go this route from a setup perspective; it's also cheaper. biggrin.gif

Good points.
However, I need RCA outs for my connection to whole house RCA inputs.
The receiver/amp for the whole house is not located near the computer.

I would also like another input for my monitor sound bar.
Another option for that is to get a new monitor with HDMI input instead of my DVI input.

Mike
post #523 of 527
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JVC RS20 + LumagenXE calibration by Craig R. today.
Will post some data, comments later.

Mike

Craig may be able to comment on using old Lumagen FW vs. new with 5x5x5 = 125 point calibration system.
If I recall correctly max change in dE was ~5 on colors, higher on grayscale.
Also a big difference in gamma.


Projector/VP info:

Projector: JVC RS20 1080p
-- FW: v1.1 updated 5/9/09
-- Calibrated by Craig Rounds (w/ Lumagen RadianceXE on 5/16/09 and 06/29/13
-- on 08/29/10 @ JVC RS20 937 hours - bumped up lamp to "high" mode and turned apeture from 0 to -3.
-- on 08/17/12 new bulb and cleaned prism on Link(s) to pics of "fog" removed from lamp...
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1078118/my-batcave-ma-rack-rives-designed-room/480#post_22315262
Video processor: Lumagen RadianceXE
-- FW (XE update link): (Updated: 6-23-13) - Production 061413
-- Settings:
--- HDMI: enhanced, 4:2:2 - Notes on HDMI: recommended enhanced-- nathan_h rec - link - "...set the projector to enhanced (computer) levels (not AUTO) -- and adjust the brightness control on the projector to the point where the pluge pattern on your calibration patterns looks correct. I find this more reliable than choosing "normal" video HDMI in the RS20 menus, and more predictable than using AUTO, and is the way gregr recommends setting up the unit in the WSR review. Other people prefer to set the HDMI level to 'normal' on the projector, too -- but since that clips blacker-than-black levels, setting the right brightness is tougher -- and the end result, for me, was not only less accurate but also less pleasing."
--- Pre 06/29/13 Gamma: 2.28 -- (Note, in "The Rogers Report" on the JVC RS20 in Widescreen Review Jul/Aug 2009, Issue 141, p. 21 -- He used a 2.4 gamma.)
--- Post 06/29/13 Gamma ~2.35
--- Cable "Input 1A" set to "Video" -- See Dave G Recs (link & explanation) -- Deinterlacing: Menu -> Input x -> Video Setup -> (choose resolution) -> Control -> Deint -> Mode (Video)
-- Other XE/RS20 measurements --


(Initial) Info from Lumagen about 12 point CMS...
http://www.lumagen.com/testindex.php?module=radiancexe_updates

Beta 090412-
NEW 125 point CMS added! That's a 5x5x5 matrix for color correction and calibration.
A big upgrade from our previous 8 point matrix which allowed calibration from only the corners of the color cube.
The new 125 point gamut has it's calibration points located at 0, 25, 50, 75,100% of video min/maximums.
The older 8 point gamut was located at digital min/maximums which did not give quite as much precision.
Previous calibration values in the CMS gamut menu are interpolated to the new gamut locations so the numbers displayed in the menu will be different.
This doesn't change your previously performed calibration results.
Instead, the changed values represent the same calibration but from the new gamut locations.
You now have the option of calibrating with 8 or 125 points.
If you perform an 8 point calibration you can change to the 125 point mode and keep the previously set 8 points.
The other 117 points are interpolated from the original 8 when changing from 8 to 125 point mode.
With this many points to adjust, auto calibration software from SpectraCal and ChromaPure really helps.
They have both added support for our new 125 point gamut with excellent results.
Note: We are in the process of updating the Configuration Utility to support backing up the new 125 point gamut data to a PC via rs232.
This should be available by tomorrow.
Gamma correction: Range has been extended and can now be adjusted in steps of .01.
Test Patterns: Added 2.35 letterbox geometry overscan pattern.
Bugfixes,etc: Problems with Top/Btm 3D formats to Frame Packed and Frame Sequential output was fixed.
An issue of using test patterns with certain settings not restoring the input aspect was fixed. Improvement to output setup menu allows multiple changes within the command to be performed more easily.
Added sending 601/709 color information needed by Darbee Darblets with firmware before 2.8.2214. Added a direct command to globally disable video on output 1, "menu 0985".
Other small fixes and improvements were also made.


CalibrationSumm.pdf 136k .pdf file
June 29, 2013 JVC RS20 / Lumagen Radiance XE Calibration Report.
Note "pre" grayscale is after Craig R. manually adjusted and "pre" auto adjust.
Edited by Mike_WI - 6/30/13 at 11:32am
post #524 of 527
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My JVC RS20 + Lumagen Radiance XE images still look great.
Always interested in CEDIA and CES for new info on projectors.
I will still hold out for a while. Nothing compelling me to upgrade yet.
4K might be interesting to see on my screen if there was content.

Still cogitating about computer audio cards.
See: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1078118/my-batcave-ma-rack-rives-designed-room/510#post_23283385

Mike


*ADDENDUM 10-23-13*
A re-download of Audiotrak HD2 driver has it working again!
Edited by Mike_WI - 10/23/13 at 8:15pm
post #525 of 527
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Looking at this for my office...

Emotiva Stealth DC-1 DAC
http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/processors/products/stealth-dc-2
post #526 of 527
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Emotiva Stealth DC-1 DAC arrived

Office #1 setup:
--- Source: laptop computer in desktop dock station -> DAC via USB
--- DAC: Emotiva Stealth DC-1 (24 bit/192 kbps)
--- DAC USB cord: Emotiva MUSB2.0 (free w/ DAC)
--- Source/Music: Pandora One v2.0.8
@ 192 kbps (per ???) - although DAC says 44.1K
--- Surge: Power Sentry strip
--- Amp: CHT/TCA Gizmo v1.0 (orig) integrated amp
--- Speakers: CHT/TCA WAF-1 mini-monitors w/ Ninja Elite + No-Rez mod

I don't have much DAC experience, so I won't comment on any sound quality yet.
My initial, biased, subjective impression is that it is better with DAC in system than without it.

Delivery - on time. Purchased on Emotiva sale via Amazon.
Packaging - double boxed, components packed well. Free USB cord.
Build quality:
- Remote: heavy solid metal. Black buttons on black background can be hard to see. Typeface for words somewhat hard to see. Nice remote though. Battery start/change requires small screwdriver (included)
- Power cord - heavy duty, otherwise nothing special. However somewhat loose fitting in DAC (in vertical direction)
- DAC - Metal, well built, attractive blue OLED display (with multiple bright/dim settings). Knobs textured for easy feel to changes.
My critique is that the knobs would feel better if metal and with a little more heft.

Startup
- Win 8 driver - from website, no CD included. That's okay as CDs usually outdated. Use required restart and a few on/off's to get things working
- Menu choices relatively clear
- Manual better than most prior Emotiva manuals (I've owned a number of Emotiva products)

More in time...

Mike
post #527 of 527
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I've also been checking this out:
Future OPPO Products: oppodigital.com/future/
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