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post #751 of 986
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Originally Posted by Dingaling2004 View Post

Hey Peter,
It's ok. I've booked you into the nice Customs Doctor for a rubber glove inspection next time you travel. Requested the 7 foot tall dr with hands like dinner plates Teach you to take my fortune and run!

LOL ! I can assure you that's not where the Mini-DSP is hidden !

Cheers,
post #752 of 986
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Bought myself a Birthday present! I have been tormenting myself over which media player to get for my NAS drive (still to be assembled - expect a call soon Sly Peter! Scoured AVS, checked over threads, spoke to people and had all but decided on the Dune model Smart D-1 for just shy of $400. Problem was I had not seen any of the models in real life. As luck would have it, one of my mate's brother has a Dune and I went and had a look. Very nice unit with a nice interface. Then went to Streamaster in Sydney and saw the Popcorn Hour A300 in action. End result, I bought the PCH A300 for $259.00, which saved me some money. It did everything I was after and was cheaper.

Got it home last night, plugged it in, turned it on, hooked it up to the internet. Simple set-up wizard and within 15 mins I was up and running. The Media Jukebox found the 20 odd movies I had on HDD and I had cover art and synopses for all of them soon after. NOW I understand why so many guys are doing away with physical media. Media Servers are most definitely the way to go.

On a less positive outcome, I purchased a used X-Box 360 HD-DVD drive to rip my HD-DVD's to the hard drive. It arrived well, but as per the listing on Ebay, sans power cable. Thinking that a large company like Microsoft would keep spare parts for at least 7 years after production ceased, I gave them a call. No such luck. No parts available. Great support there! I know that HD-DVD failed but surely there should be some support, even in the form of spare parts. So, I have a NAS drive which will be eagerly waiting for about 200 HD-DVD's to be ripped to it's waiting folders, only to have nothing to rip them with.

Does anyone have any idea how I can obtain a power cable for this add on module. I have tried local electronics shops and it looks to be a proprietry connection - good work Bill! I mean, it's a bloody 12 volt power cable. Surely they could have gone with something off the shelf! Anyone point me in the right direction? Alternatively, does anyone have a cable which I can borrow for a few weeks so that I can get these movies ripped to the hard drive? I can't imagine that I will need the drive once this is done.

Thanks all.

Greg
post #753 of 986
Nice score on the server. I'm still not sold on the idea yet, still like the old school discs in my hand sort of thing, but I know it is headed in that direction. Be interesting to see how you feel about it after you have it for a while.

I did a quick google search for you on the HD-DVD and no dice, nada, zilch. You might visit the gaming forum to see if you can "rent" a cable from someone there. That might be your best bet.

Good luck.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #754 of 986
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

Nice score on the server. I'm still not sold on the idea yet, still like the old school discs in my hand sort of thing, but I know it is headed in that direction. Be interesting to see how you feel about it after you have it for a while.

I did a quick google search for you on the HD-DVD and no dice, nada, zilch. You might visit the gaming forum to see if you can "rent" a cable from someone there. That might be your best bet.

Good luck.

Regards,

RTROSE

Hi there RT,

I agree. I have always liked having the original movie and jacket, but since buying my Sony 400 disc BD carousel player, the jackets have been packed away in boxes anyway. After I have cleared the backlog of ripping discs, I can see that the server will be a much simpler option and much less clunky than the Sony player. Nice to have the discs as back up anyways.

Thanks for trying on the cable. I have found the same thing. Will post in the X-Box section on the forum and see if anything shows up. Otherwise I will be opening up the console and solddering in the power supply lead myself.

Cheers

Greg
post #755 of 986
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Originally Posted by Dingaling2004 View Post

Otherwise I will be opening up the console and solddering in the power supply lead myself.

That's what I was going to suggest. I'd try opening it up and removing the jack to solder in a cheap 12v power supply.
post #756 of 986
Not sure what exactly you are needing for your power supply but I bought a 12volt variable amp plug that came with 20 different attachments for plugs from Tandy for about $12.

Or are you talking about something different?
post #757 of 986
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Originally Posted by chrapladm View Post

Not sure what exactly you are needing for your power supply but I bought a 12volt variable amp plug that came with 20 different attachments for plugs from Tandy for about $12.

Or are you talking about something different?

Hi David,
That's what I'm after but none of the plugs fit. It's a strange looking arrangement. Typical Microsoft!
Cheers
Greg
post #758 of 986
My wife has a plug she bought for her computer that also had about 10 adapter but that was closer to 80 dollars for that on.
post #759 of 986
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Originally Posted by Dingaling2004 View Post


Does anyone have any idea how I can obtain a power cable for this add on module.

Hey mate, I have one of these drives. Think my brother borrowed it though, but should be done with it now, so I can grab the power cable from it for you. Not sure how to get it to you though...you ever in Parramatta?
post #760 of 986
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Hi Peter, that would be great if I could borrow it for a while. I will give you a call after Easter.
Cheers mate
Greg
post #761 of 986
What a fantastic thread!

I've spent the last few days going through it from start to finish (although I don't think the thread has run it's course yet).

It's good to see Australian HT builds featured here.

I'm a long time HT enthusiast and would love to be able to channel more funds into improving my room (acoustically), but it's probably not going to happen in the short term.

Keep up the good work... it's very inspiring.

Michael.
post #762 of 986
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Originally Posted by MichaelCarey View Post

What a fantastic thread!

I've spent the last few days going through it from start to finish (although I don't think the thread has run it's course yet).

It's good to see Australian HT builds featured here.

I'm a long time HT enthusiast and would love to be able to channel more funds into improving my room (acoustically), but it's probably not going to happen in the short term.

Keep up the good work... it's very inspiring.

Michael.

Hi there Michael,

Thanks for your kind words mate. Really appreciate it. The build has been half pleasure, half therapy and a bit of angst thrown in there as well. I am sure that all people who have travelled the DIY route could say the same. The things that you think will take no time take forever and vice versa. It's been a lot of time and a lot of expense but I really am enjoying having the room. So is my son, who the room is really for anyway.

The build came at the right time in my life. For anyone who has gone through a separation and are not able to live with their kid(s) on a daily basis, they will know that getting home after work is kinda tough... building the room has kept me well and truly occupied during these quiet times and now I have room that both my son and I enjoy immensely. It's not finished yet, and the last push is taking longer than I would have liked, but I will get there. In the not too distant future I hope I could not have got this far without the kind support, sweat and efforts of some of the local AVS community. It's a fantastic network of people.

Great to have another Aussie on board. Would be great to check out a thread of yours when you do finally succumb to the HT Gods and make financial offerings that will result in years of terminal poverty!

Cheers

Greg
post #763 of 986
More pics dude. MOAR PICS
post #764 of 986
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Originally Posted by damienbuckley View Post

More pics dude. MOAR PICS

Hmmm ... I think Greg's suffering from "hungtheprojectoritis" ... he was warned !!

Cheers,
post #765 of 986
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Originally Posted by Peter M View Post

Hmmm ... I think Greg's suffering from "hungtheprojectoritis" ... he was warned !!

Its nice to see he's following the hardcore AVS line though!
post #766 of 986
I should have the cable as well if need to borrow it. From what I remember it actually just plugged into the 360 to recieve its power. I could be wrong but thats what I'm thinking. I'll see if I cant find it. I know its in a box in the closet.

Just out of curiousity, How many mainstream movies where released on HD DVD? I remember a few and some HBO shows but also remember switching to BD because of so many being released on there enstead. I just dont remember that many good movies on HD DVD but then again I made the switch early as soon as heard what sony was doing.
post #767 of 986
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Originally Posted by audiovideoholic View Post

I should have the cable as well if need to borrow it. From what I remember it actually just plugged into the 360 to recieve its power. I could be wrong but thats what I'm thinking. I'll see if I cant find it. I know its in a box in the closet.

Just out of curiousity, How many mainstream movies where released on HD DVD? I remember a few and some HBO shows but also remember switching to BD because of so many being released on there instead. I just dont remember that many good movies on HD DVD but then again I made the switch early as soon as heard what sony was doing.

Hi there mate,

Thanks very much for the offer. I think that Peter (The Sly or Peter #435 in Sydney as I refer to him ) may have the cord and he is local. I will let you know if he can't find it and really appreciate your offer. Strange that you say that it plugs into the back of the 360 as that's what Peter #435 told me as well, however the manual at this link shows that it needs a power cable.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927345#3

Does anyone know if this drive will take sufficient power from a USB to operate? I may try this tonight if I have the right USB cable.

In terms of HD-DVD, its demise was the starting point of my movie collection. I think I had only paid for a few full priced movies in the failed format, but when it went belly-up, I purchased a stack of movies (150-200). Some are terrible (Balls of Fire comes to mind) but then I also have Serenity, BSG Series 1, The River, The Deer Hunter, all of the Superman Movies, Batman Begins and the Matrix Collection which are some of my faves. As an aside, I watched Superman Returns again on the weekend. Of course, being a Warner title, locked up mid movie. These discs are going down fast as I had heard. FYI, it played up at the same point on both of my HD-DVD players. I am hoping that the X-Box drive manages to play the discs enough to rip them. If not, I will rip what I can and then replace the others with Bluray.

On another happy note, I purchased my NAS drive and after exchanging it once due to a malfunction, it would appear that one of the drives is DOA, causing the drive not to boot up. I have three operational drives but will get the one defective drive replaced and set up the Raids before I rip anything. I am also battling with the Popcorn Hour A-300 with some titles not being reliable so Peter M, watch this space before you lay down your hard earned.

Cheers all.

Greg
post #768 of 986
I plan to try to keep my HD-DVD player going just to be able to play the Eagles Farewell I Tour disc. Classic!
post #769 of 986
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I plan to try to keep my HD-DVD player going just to be able to play the Eagles Farewell I Tour disc. Classic!

You had better hurry.... mine locked up last time it was played. You're right though. It's an absolute classic and I cannot believe that it's not released on Blu yet.

Cheers

Greg
post #770 of 986
Thread Starter 
OK, so I plugged in the X-Box HD-DVD with the USB and guess what..... No power. Looks like the AC power adapter is definitely required. Bummer. Anyway, I will throw myself at the mercy of The Sly and maybe he can lend me his for as long as it takes to rip 200 odd discs.

Thanks for your help in any case guys. The dodgy Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB disk will be winging it's way back to the shop in the next day or so so that atleast I can get my NAS drive up and running correctly. Oh, I guess I could always do some work in my theatre. Actually, just came out of there. Watched The Muppets Movie 2011, which just arrived from Amazon. Of course, I justified the purchase as one for my boy, but realistically, I am a bit of a Muppets fan and it was a nice trip down memory lane. Brought back some really nice memories from Childhood. Great to see them again in full HD. Great audio and picture quality as well.
post #771 of 986
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MichaelCarey View Post

What a fantastic thread!

I've spent the last few days going through it from start to finish (although I don't think the thread has run it's course yet).

It's good to see Australian HT builds featured here.

I'm a long time HT enthusiast and would love to be able to channel more funds into improving my room (acoustically), but it's probably not going to happen in the short term.

Keep up the good work... it's very inspiring.

Michael.

Hi Michael,

Just checked out your photos. Nice screen and equipment. Which PJ are you using? What's the size of that screen?
post #772 of 986
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Originally Posted by Dingaling2004 View Post

Hi Michael,

Just checked out your photos. Nice screen and equipment. Which PJ are you using? What's the size of that screen?

The projector is a Sony VPL-VW60. We've had it for a few years now and it's still going strong. It works very well with the CAVX Mk4 lens.

The screen is a 130" 2.37:1 OZ Theatre Screens Majestic with Evo3D fabric.
One day I will make the jump to an AT fabric and place the centre Krix Euphonix speaker upright behind the screen.
post #773 of 986
I've got Farewell Tour on DVD and have thought of trading up to the HDDVD, but was waiting out the Bluray release. Starting to feel like that might be a long wait. Maybe I should just do it now.... Any comments on how much better the HDDVD is over the DVD? worth the effort?
post #774 of 986
The lossless soundtrack on the HD-DVD is awesome!

(Of course, the picture is way better, too)
post #775 of 986
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Originally Posted by LeBon View Post

The lossless soundtrack on the HD-DVD is awesome!

(Of course, the picture is way better, too)

Hi Tony,
Agreed.... Definitely worth the upgrade. I have both the DVD and the HD-DVD and the latter is considerably better with the lossless soundtrack. Eagles recordings are just awesome.... Wish that Hell Freezes Over was available in Bluray. Pretty sure that will never happen.
post #776 of 986
Here ya go.



Hope this helps.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #777 of 986
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

Here ya go.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

RTROSE

Ok, that's funny. See what happens when there's no progress in my build. I get people treating my thread like it's an amusement park. May I remind you that I am the master of my domain!
post #778 of 986
Alright, I'll have to trade up. I love the concert, so want to watch it at its best.

Managing a thread is tough work Greg. I can look back at mine (through the years ) and find that every time my pace slowed down, the riff raff started up with these type shenanigans. Particularly at times when there own progress was slacking.
post #779 of 986
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Originally Posted by tony123 View Post

Alright, I'll have to trade up. I love the concert, so want to watch it at its best.

Managing a thread is tough work Greg. I can look back at mine (through the years ) and find that every time my pace slowed down, the riff raff started up with these type shenanigans. Particularly at times when there own progress was slacking.


That is priceless! How can there be progress in my own thread when I'm so busy trashing others threads? Hmmmmmm..........Can't be expected to do it all can I?

Regards,

RTROSE
post #780 of 986
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Hi RT,
If there is any material slower than Molasses, that will be my build. Although I am going to make an effort to get some fabric track up this Sunday and Monday so I can try to get things wrapped up. I have a feeling I have spent the vast majority of what money I need to in order to finish (just realised what a stupid thing that was to say!) so I have little to no excuse in not pushing forward. Time is fast approaching to take down the screen and projector to get some more work done. Of course, talk is cheap.....
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