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I saw a TV blurb last night saying a sequel is in the works. However, rumor is it will be a Superman/Batman movie.


Yes sir!!!  'Twas announced at Comic Con--I'm extremely excited about the sequel.

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Yes sir!!!  'Twas announced at Comic Con--I'm extremely excited about the sequel.

However, the question is who'll play Batman. Christian Bale has said he's done with the character.
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That's the plan bro.....maybe I can use shark skin for the screen material....I'm sure there will be plenty to use once the Sharknado passes wink.gif

Haha. I hear shark skin has a nice 1.0 gain and reflects no light. A prefect screen choice.biggrin.gif

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However, the question is who'll play Batman. Christian Bale has said he's done with the character.

Adam West.
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That's the plan bro.....maybe I can use shark skin for the screen material....I'm sure there will be plenty to use once the Sharknado passes wink.gif

Haha. I hear shark skin has a nice 1.0 gain and reflects no light. A prefect screen choice.
Hmmm... is that like The Invisible Pink Unicorn? How can it have a 1.0 gain AND reflect no light? What does it reflect at 1.0 gain then? Good feelings and puppy dogs? biggrin.gif


Max
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Hmmm... is that like The Invisible Pink Unicorn? How can it have a 1.0 gain AND reflect no light? What does it reflect at 1.0 gain then? Good feelings and puppy dogs? biggrin.gif


Max

I think that was the point of his post. wink.gif
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However, the question is who'll play Batman. Christian Bale has said he's done with the character.

 

Some are saying that Joseph Gordon Levitt will be picking up the torch, which would be believable given the way TDKR ends...

 

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Haha. I hear shark skin has a nice 1.0 gain and reflects no light. A prefect screen choice.biggrin.gif

 

Indeed!  I wonder if I can get Screen Innovations to pound it into a Zero Edge format...biggrin.gif

 

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Hmmm... is that like The Invisible Pink Unicorn? How can it have a 1.0 gain AND reflect no light? What does it reflect at 1.0 gain then? Good feelings and puppy dogs? biggrin.gif


Max
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I think that was the point of his post. wink.gif

 

Yup, pcweber is indeed correct!  One must be privy to the mighty 'nado of sharks to fully get how funny the post is though!

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For the last few days, movies have been occasionally skipping and stuttering on my 4 year old powerhouse machine.  I've thought about doing another build, but I quickly realized that I just don't have the will or the time to build computers anymore...

 

Steiger Dynamics to the rescue?  Maybe...I have some research to do.  I've been out of the game for quite some time.

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Man those are nice but pricey. If time is money though it can definitely be worth it to not have to deal with a custom build. Plus I'm sure they have a warranty period. I like the idea of building a machine for games and media but using a component style case instead of a massive tower like I have now. If I had the room for my audio towers or had a closet again I'd go for that approach and rack everything. As it is I can't even fit my secondary game machine in my living room lol. If you go that way I expect vids because I want to see the inside of one of those machines.
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YES !!!
those look tres sweet man,
I am a mac guy and have zero knowledge about building an HTPC..
So if I had the dough, I would definitely go that route.
I was looking at the Assassin pre-built PCs as well.
these are obviously a tad pricier but sexier too.

Of course a video will be expected good sir !
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Matt, we should talk about your requirements for a new media server. The Baetis Audio Revolution might be an option for you, and I know where you can get good prices and service. :-) It is an Audiophile quality media server. http://baetisaudio.com/

If you are looking for custom options, I'm pretty sure Baetis can custom build to your specs...
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Man those are nice but pricey. If time is money though it can definitely be worth it to not have to deal with a custom build. Plus I'm sure they have a warranty period. I like the idea of building a machine for games and media but using a component style case instead of a massive tower like I have now. If I had the room for my audio towers or had a closet again I'd go for that approach and rack everything. As it is I can't even fit my secondary game machine in my living room lol. If you go that way I expect vids because I want to see the inside of one of those machines.

 

Oh there will definitely be a video if I go that route! The Steiger Dynamics case can actually hold a Tri-SLI setup--the thing has monstrous potential (it's about the size of my XPR-1).  If I went that route, I'd definitely add components piece by piece--I'm going to need a powerhouse system. I have some plans for the future of BrolicBeast videos and I'm going to need a powerful machine to make them happen wink.gif

 

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YES !!!
those look tres sweet man,
I am a mac guy and have zero knowledge about building an HTPC..
So if I had the dough, I would definitely go that route.
I was looking at the Assassin pre-built PCs as well.
these are obviously a tad pricier but sexier too.

Of course a video will be expected good sir !

 

Yeah mannnn....Assassin PC's are definitely another option--they have a great machine with the similar LCD front panel too.  They actually have strong audiophile components, in case I planned to use outputs other than HDMI.  I tried to be a Mac guy (I type this on a Macbook Pro) but PC remains my first love (gamer at heart).

 

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Matt, we should talk about your requirements for a new media server. The Baetis Audio Revolution might be an option for you, and I know where you can get good prices and service. :-) It is an Audiophile quality media server. http://baetisaudio.com/

If you are looking for custom options, I'm pretty sure Baetis can custom build to your specs...

Hey Dennis!  I like the concept of the Baetis, but the machine I end up with has to be expandable to handle some serious CPU and GPU (Tri-SLI) processing.  It'll be mostly for Jriver, but I'm also going to be doing a few other intensive activities.

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If you go the server route, I highly recommend u evaluate Dirac, particularly since you run your mains full range for music. If you use a DAC with volume control, u can go server to DAC to amps to speakers with a room corrected signal.

It does not get any more straight forward than that!
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BROLIC,

I Would like to thank you for ruining my KEF Q900s. LOL I am now trying to pinch pennies to get a pair of focus se's. If you can help me sell my kefs and subs I would gladly help you build a system and configure it for you as repayment for your help. LMK

Darkstar
Edited by Darkstar757 - 7/22/13 at 4:50pm
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If you go the server route, I highly recommend u evaluate Dirac, particularly since you run your mains full range for music. If you use a DAC with volume control, u can go server to DAC to amps to speakers with a room corrected signal.

It does not get any more straight forward than that!

 

I'm considering testing it out on the machine I'm currently using as a server.  I've actually been meaning to try it out for quite some time....but I never remember to take the trial  It would probably need to be a holiday weekend or something so I can really focus on it.  I'd only use ot for Jriver sources though, as I have plenty of sources that can't benefit from it, unfortunately. (Apple TV, XBOX, etc.)

 

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BROLIC,

I Would like to thank you for ruining my KEF Q900s. LOL I am now trying to pinch pennies to get a pair of focus se's. If you can help me sell my kefs and subs I would gladly help you build a system and configure it for you as repayment for your help. LMK

Darkstar

 

LOLLLLL!!!  Hey man, glad you enjoyed the Focus SE's.  I may actually know someone interested in the KEFs.  I'll shoot you the details. Your server system is a force of nature...if you're helping out, I'd definitely go the custom build route.  You're running what, RAID Fifty in your command center? lol

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Capital Audio Fest 2013 is this weekend!

First Room: Legacy Audio cool.gif

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I also have a svs sub and a Pioneer Elite VSX-32 Receiver for sale as well. I am really trying to move this stuff to make way for the SE's!!!!
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Those are some pretty serious PC rigs you're considering. Then again, I expect nothing less from the Brolic.cool.gif
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Turned off the HDMI audio option in the Oppo BDP-105 and ran multi-channel analog to the Marantz 8801 with Audyssey off--for no other reason that the fact that I'm tired of using my 105 like a 103 for movies.  I wanted to put those DACS to work and get my money's worth.  I haven't had much listening time since I made this change on Thursday, but I definitely plan on getting a few movies in this weekend.  I have the strange urge to re-watch Oz, even though I just saw it two weeks ago (which is the equivalent of "yesterday" in movie terms). I've been enjoying 2-channel audio for quite some time via the XLR outputs on the Oppo, sans Audyssey.  I've been researching room correction (in the context of whether it should be used for the entire frequency range) and what I've been finding has been interesting.  I think I'm going to spring for an Antimode after I snag some subs, and leave the mids and highs un-equalized...

HDMI has been turned right back on...going analog-only for multi-channel straight from the Oppo 105 sounded fine with normal material, but with more demanding material, bass was...horrible. I fine-tuned the settings in the Oppo, but to no avail. HDMI is back in business and sounding better than ever.
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HDMI has been turned right back on...going analog-only for multi-channel straight from the Oppo 105 sounded fine with normal material, but with more demanding material, bass was...horrible. I fine-tuned the settings in the Oppo, but to no avail. HDMI is back in business and sounding better than ever.

Horrible by comparison, or horrible period? If the latter, that seems odd.
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Horrible by comparison, or horrible period? If the latter, that seems odd.

 

Horrible by comparison--if I had never heard it through HDMI, then it would be fine; but having heard it through HDMI, there was no comparison.  I matched the 8801's speaker distance settings 1:1 (required for the multi-channel analog outs), and still the bass was non-existent.  Don't get me wrong--output via the XLR's is still stellar for 2-channel.  It's the only way I listen these days...but for 5.1 multi-channel out, there may be a setting I'm missing somewhere, but it just doesn't cut it.  I'm sticking with HDMI for multi-channel. 


Edited by BrolicBeast - 7/26/13 at 3:46am
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Just saw Jack the Giant Killer 3D....I'm pretty sure that movie's soundtrack was layered over one long 35Hz tone. lol...bass for days! I've recently been doing my listening at reference level, but I had to turn this one back down to my previous norm of -5db.  My ears threatened to walk out on me. eek.gif  I wouldn't want to damage them the day before CAF, over which I am extremely excited. biggrin.gif

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Just saw Jack the Giant Killer 3D....I'm pretty sure that movie's soundtrack was layered over one long 35Hz tone. lol...bass for days! I've recently been doing my listening at reference level, but I had to turn this one back down to my previous norm of -5db.  My ears threatened to walk out on me. 
eek.gif
  I wouldn't want to damage them the day before CAF, over which I am extremely excited. biggrin.gif

Sounds like someone is still enjoying there new toys biggrin.gif And kudos on the Oppo 105 for 2/ch and letting the 8801 take care of multi ch via hdmi wink.gif
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Sounds like someone is still enjoying there new toys biggrin.gif And kudos on the Oppo 105 for 2/ch and letting the 8801 take care of multi ch via hdmi wink.gif

 

Oh yes, very much still enjoying the new toys!  Yeah man--for 2-channel I use the USB input on the Oppo 105 to receive a signal from my computer (powered and controlled by Jriver), and then the Oppo pushes the audio via XLR to the XLR inputs on the 8801.  i do my 2-channel listening in direct mode (no Audyssey) and I put both the 8801 and the Oppo 105 in pure audio/pure direct modes so the video processing is turned off for both devices completely.  I take my 2-channel very seriously--but I take my multi-channel just as seriously, hence, HDMI!!!  I do keep Audyssey engaged on the media server input, since I love it for movies. (I also love Dynamic EQ as well, for those late-night movie sessions).

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Oh yes, very much still enjoying the new toys!  Yeah man--for 2-channel I use the USB input on the Oppo 105 to receive a signal from my computer (powered and controlled by Jriver), and then the Oppo pushes the audio via XLR to the XLR inputs on the 8801.  i do my 2-channel listening in direct mode (no Audyssey) and I put both the 8801 and the Oppo 105 in pure audio/pure direct modes so the video processing is turned off for both devices completely.  I take my 2-channel very seriously--but I take my multi-channel just as seriously, hence, HDMI!!!  I do keep Audyssey engaged on the media server input, since I love it for movies. (I also love Dynamic EQ as well, for those late-night movie sessions).

I couldn't agree more! I assigned the 105's balanced outs to the "Cd" input on the 8801 and do indeed run it "Pure Direct" this has been especially the case with properly placed mains and room treatments , I also set the 105 to DSD for sacd and its hdmi audio to Bitstream ( as it the 8801 has more Dynamic impact upon a/b comparisons to lpcm). How are you configuring the two? After considerable listening to the mentioned methods have yielded the best results in my room.
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Unboxing Video: Emotiva XPR-1 Monoblock Amplifier

Hey Beast, just to let you know, I won't be pushing any 1000 watters just yet however, I am acquiring a 2nd XPA-2, when run in bridged mode for mono blocks, they crank out 860wpc. The A9's are looking fwd to it.
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I couldn't agree more! I assigned the 105's balanced outs to the "Cd" input on the 8801 and do indeed run it "Pure Direct" this has been especially the case with properly placed mains and room treatments , I also set the 105 to DSD for sacd and its hdmi audio to Bitstream ( as it the 8801 has more Dynamic impact upon a/b comparisons to lpcm). How are you configuring the two? After considerable listening to the mentioned methods have yielded the best results in my room.

 

I actually have my Oppo set to PCM.  Bitstream and PCM offer identical sound quality, with the caveat that LPCM is a little quieter than PCM (which generally leads to higher perceived sound quality).  Dmark1, Craigjohn, Mikeduke, and I tested this out at a G2G earlier this year.  A small volume adjustment gets them to the same levels. I use PCM because I run my HTPC through my Oppo's HDMI-1 input.  I actually haven't fiddled with my DSD settings in a long time.  I only have one SACD (that I can find)--all my music is a combination of High resolution files from HD tracks, and ripped redbook CD's.

 

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Hey Beast, just to let you know, I won't be pushing any 1000 watters just yet however, I am acquiring a 2nd XPA-2, when run in bridged mode for mono blocks, they crank out 860wpc. The A9's are looking fwd to it.

 

Greetings Geoff!  Ah, running two XPA-2's in bridged mode is a great way to seduce your speakers into unbridled output!  Be sure to post pics in your thread once you've got the second one installed! #TeamEmo cool.gif

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Capital Audio Fest was such a remarkable experience.  Since it was in my neck of the woods, I was able to go both Friday and Sunday. I enjoyed great vendors, great people, and some really great equipment. It's funny--I brought Ms. Brolic with me, and quite a few vendors remembered us from AXPONA.  Well, they remembered her.  I would walk in first, and the vendors would give me the "welcome, come in" greeting, but when they saw her walk in after me, it became "Hey you guys!!!" lolol....'twas quite comical.  I'm very proud of her--she was asking some pretty complex questions about audio--particularly in the Janszen, GT Audio, and Sonic Hemisphere rooms.  I sat back with pride as she engaged in discussions regarding reflections, treatments, crossovers, etc.  oft-times taking over the room (she's an aggressive speaker--in her line of work, she has to be).  I was so proud tongue.gif

 

Let me tell you--the mobile phone app "Shazam" is an audio lovers best friend at an audio show.  Anytime I heard a song I loved, I whipped out my phone, Shazam'd it, and I now have a list of songs/artists that I need to work through.  The Legacy room had the best sound (and not only because I'm a Legacy product owner), and just like at AXPONA, I absolutely loved the Sonic Hemisphere room.  Their speakers are really fun to listen to--If I ever buy speaker for another room (i.e. family room of the next house), I'll definitely be snagging a pair.  Their speakers weren't as refined as the legacies, but they come pretty darn close at $5k/pair.  

 

Also interestingly enough, I listened to a number of "well marketed" speakers that just do not live up to the hype.  I did fall in love with a Plinius CD player that I may actually pursue if my media server ever explodes.  I planned to get 5 or 6 surround-sound music blu rays from a 4th floor vendor, but as we were talking, someone more important walked into the room, and mid-sentence, he walked away from me to go greet this apparent VIP.  She said "Oh no, I don't want to interrupt you--we can talk later" and this joker replied "oh no, it's ok." The New Yorker in me flared up for a few seconds, and I almost called him out on it, but instead, I tossed the stack of blu rays back onto the table, and walked away.  What a great weekend though--I can't wait for CAF next year!!!!

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Capital Audio Fest was such a remarkable experience.  Since it was in my neck of the woods, I was able to go both Friday and Sunday. I enjoyed great vendors, great people, and some really great equipment. It's funny--I brought Ms. Brolic with me, and quite a few vendors remembered us from AXPONA.  Well, they remembered 
her.  
I would walk in first, and the vendors would give me the "welcome, come in" greeting, but when they saw her walk in after me, it became "Hey you guys!!!" lolol....'twas quite comical.  I'm very proud of her--she was asking some pretty complex questions about audio--particularly in the Janszen, GT Audio, and Sonic Hemisphere rooms.  I sat back with pride as she engaged in discussions regarding reflections, treatments, crossovers, etc.  oft-times taking over the room (she's an aggressive speaker--in her line of work, she has to be).  
I was so proud 
tongue.gif


Let me tell you--the mobile phone app "Shazam" is an audio lovers best friend at an audio show.  Anytime I heard a song I loved, I whipped out my phone, Shazam'd it, and I now have a list of songs/artists that I need to work through.  The Legacy room had the best sound (and not only because I'm a Legacy product owner), and just like at AXPONA, I absolutely loved the Sonic Hemisphere room.  Their speakers are really fun to listen to--If I ever buy speaker for another room (i.e. family room of the next house), I'll definitely be snagging a pair.  Their speakers weren't as refined as the legacies, but they come pretty darn close at $5k/pair.  

Also interestingly enough, I listened to a number of "well marketed" speakers that just do not live up to the hype.  I did fall in love with a Plinius CD player that I may actually pursue if my media server ever explodes.  I planned to get 5 or 6 surround-sound music blu rays from a 4th floor vendor, but as we were talking, someone more important walked into the room, and mid-sentence, he walked away from me to go greet this apparent VIP.  She said "Oh no, I don't want to interrupt you--we can talk later" and this joker replied "oh no, it's ok." The New Yorker in me flared up for a few seconds, and I almost called him out on it, but instead, I tossed the stack of blu rays back onto the table, and walked away.  What a great weekend though--I can't wait for CAF next year!!!!

That kind of thing can happen at these shows. If a reviewer or some other such person comes in, they can (even if they protest or defer) get bumped up over anyone already in the room. That's too bad. Perhaps you can find those BDs for less elsewhere.
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 I planned to get 5 or 6 surround-sound music blu rays from a 4th floor vendor, but as we were talking, someone more important walked into the room, and mid-sentence, he walked away from me to go greet this apparent VIP.  She said "Oh no, I don't want to interrupt you--we can talk later" and this joker replied "oh no, it's ok." The New Yorker in me flared up for a few seconds, and I almost called him out on it, but instead, I tossed the stack of blu rays back onto the table, and walked away.  What a great weekend though--I can't wait for CAF next year!!!!

Oh man thats rude, you should of called him out on it and embarrass him. He lost a sale.
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Oh yes, very much still enjoying the new toys!  Yeah man--for 2-channel I use the USB input on the Oppo 105 to receive a signal from my computer (powered and controlled by Jriver), and then the Oppo pushes the audio via XLR to the XLR inputs on the 8801.  i do my 2-channel listening in direct mode (no Audyssey) and I put both the 8801 and the Oppo 105 in pure audio/pure direct modes so the video processing is turned off for both devices completely.  I take my 2-channel very seriously--but I take my multi-channel just as seriously, hence, HDMI!!!  I do keep Audyssey engaged on the media server input, since I love it for movies. (I also love Dynamic EQ as well, for those late-night movie sessions).

Hi Matt, I have been wanting to do this same thing in my system for a while now, but haven't had the time to make it happen yet. The one time I tried it with the Onkyo 5508's XLR inputs, I could not get any sound to come out. I'm not sure what setting is messed up in either the Oppo or the Onkyo. ( This was just with the Oppo as the source, but I'd like to run a USB input from my Baetis server for the 2 channel stuff.)
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