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Video of New Media Room posted above. Holding off on room treatments, as they are far more expensive that I expected. My next investment will be a SI Black Diamond Zero Edge screen for the JVC RS45 in the primary theater setup.
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Brolic,

Dude as usual your video shows your love for this passion that home theather and music is.

Edit: Love that cello!!
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Brolic,
Dude as usual your video shows your love for this passion that home theather and music is.
Edit: Love that cello!!

Hey man, I appreciate the kind words!!! I LOVE the cello...it's one of my favorite instruments, next to the Double Bass!!!
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Hey man, I appreciate the kind words!!! I LOVE the cello...it's one of my favorite instruments, next to the Double Bass!!!

Speaking of which, have you heard of Kristin Korb?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwSGvsYYQz8
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As always your videos are entertaining and informative at the same time!!!
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Speaking of which, have you heard of Kristin Korb?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwSGvsYYQz8

I hadn't heard of her before, but she is talented and I will be looking to purchase her music (I must continue to conduct more youtube research, of course :-D )
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As always your videos are entertaining and informative at the same time!!!

I definitely appreciate it....they're quite fun to make!
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I hadn't heard of her before, but she is talented and I will be looking to purchase her music (I must continue to conduct more youtube research, of course :-D )

I have the Live in Vienna DVD. I thought it was good. Plus, there were a couple of deep notes in there (I forget which tunes) that shook my room a bit.
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i came across my calibration results for my JVC RS45 Projector + Lumagen Radiance 3D processor combination. I wanted to share them, so here they are below:

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I found a way (thanks to Lumagen's Tech Tip 16) to eliminate the need to use the lens memory + zoom function (and its inherent innacuracy) to switch between 16:9 content and 2:35 content on my JVC-DLA RS45 projector. The Lumagen handles it all. See below video for more information.
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Note: This will, of course, work with any projector.
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The Mini-3D has only 2 inputs and one output (all HDMI). Is that really enough for you? I guess so, plus the next model up (XS-3D) is $1000 more. In my setup I'd need the XS. The XE is too rich for my blood, at least for its funcrion in my system. After reading the XE/Duo comparison in Home theater, I'm curious about the XS even though I have the Duo, which meets my needs. The phrase, "last bit of performance you'll find in the Lumagen line" got my mind swirling a bit. But since I'm only a "semi" hobbyist, the other side of me should talk me out of buying one and selling off the Duo. Should. Also, the Lumagen menus are more cmplex to navigate. Are you finding that with the Mini-3D?
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The Mini-3D has only 2 inputs and one output (all HDMI). Is that really enough for you? I guess so, plus the next model up (XS-3D) is $1000 more. In my setup I'd need the XS. The XE is too rich for my blood, at least for its funcrion in my system. After reading the XE/Duo comparison in Home theater, I'm curious about the XS even though I have the Duo, which meets my needs. The phrase, "last bit of performance you'll find in the Lumagen line" got my mind swirling a bit. But since I'm only a "semi" hobbyist, the other side of me should talk me out of buying one and selling off the Duo. Should. Also, the Lumagen menus are more cmplex to navigate. Are you finding that with the Mini-3D?

For input 1 I have my Oppo BDP-95 plugged in and in input two, I have the Integra DHC-80.3 output HDMI cable plugged in, with all my other gear plugged into the Integra. The video processing is turned off completely on the Integra processor. In other words, every piece of gear I own benefits the Lumagen Mini3D since all signals reach the Lumagen RadianceMini 3D. This is the only reason I was able to purchase it, as I have way too many components. You could do the same thing, as long as your processor allows you to turn off video processing 100% (Lumagen has a list of which processors/receivers allow this and which ones don't.)

Also, in the event that I wanted different settings for each device connected to the Integra processor, the Mini3D has virtual inputs, which automatically switches settings when the source is switched. This device covers a lot. The menu can be complex; however, it loses some of its shock value once you spend some time with it. I would never try to calibrate it myself (got that professionally done), but it's definitely fairly intuitive, given how much the device can do. One must ask: how does an organization logically arrange so many options? I think they did a pretty good job of it. There are DEFINITELY functions you will have to look at the manual for. Anytime I go into the menu, I pull up the manual in iBooks on my iPad so it's close by, just in case.

Edit: Before making the purchase of the RadianceMini 3D, Randy at Lumagen assured me that the performance is identical across all Radiance products (XS and SE)....the higher prices of those models are driven only by the additional hardware of the analog inputs and extra (2nd) HDMI output. In other words, as long as you don't need analog processing, the Mini 3D will give you the same performance as the XE. It's a mindblowing value--I'd definitely say it might be worth trading the Duo for.
Edited by BrolicBeast - 7/4/12 at 8:13am
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Brolic,

Can you share where can that processors/recievers list can be found? I've gone to the lugamen website but haven't been able to find it.

Thanks
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For input 1 I have my Oppo BDP-95 plugged in and in input two, I have the Integra DHC-80.3 output HDMI cable plugged in, with all my other gear plugged into the Integra. The video processing is turned off completely on the Integra processor. In other words, every piece of gear I own benefits the Lumagen Mini3D since all signals reach the Lumagen RadianceMini 3D. This is the only reason I was able to purchase it, as I have way too many components. You could do the same thing, as long as your processor allows you to turn off video processing 100% (Lumagen has a list of which processors/receivers allow this and which ones don't.)
Also, in the event that I wanted different settings for each device connected to the Integra processor, the Mini3D has virtual inputs, which automatically switches settings when the source is switched. This device covers a lot. The menu can be complex; however, it loses some of its shock value once you spend some time with it. I would never try to calibrate it myself (got that professionally done), but it's definitely fairly intuitive, given how much the device can do. One must ask: how does an organization logically arrange so many options? I think they did a pretty good job of it. There are DEFINITELY functions you will have to look at the manual for. Anytime I go into the menu, I pull up the manual in iBooks on my iPad so it's close by, just in case.
Edit: Before making the purchase of the RadianceMini 3D, Randy at Lumagen assured me that the performance is identical across all Radiance products (XS and SE)....the higher prices of those models are driven only by the additional hardware of the analog inputs and extra (2nd) HDMI output. In other words, as long as you don't need analog processing, the Mini 3D will give you the same performance as the XE. It's a mindblowing value--I'd definitely say it might be worth trading the Duo for.

Yes, the video processing is the same across all 3 units. It comes down to features and what you need. But since i don't have an HT setup and would need the analog, it's the XS for me. Not that I need to spend the money, of course.

Congratulations on the purchase, and enjoy it. The review had some really nice things to say about the XE, noting that those comments applied to the entire line.
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Brolic,
Can you share where can that processors/recievers list can be found? I've gone to the lugamen website but haven't been able to find it.
Thanks

Hey, its not actually posted. You've got to call lumagen (ask to speak to Randy) and he'll look at his list.

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Yes, the video processing is the same across all 3 units. It comes down to features and what you need. But since i don't have an HT setup and would need the analog, it's the XS for me. Not that I need to spend the money, of course.
Congratulations on the purchase, and enjoy it. The review had some really nice things to say about the XE, noting that those comments applied to the entire line.

Ah yes, the XS would definitely be the route for you to go then.
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Thanks Brolic, I believe that the Onkyo 5509 and the Intégra DHC-80.3 are pretty much the same, I think it should be the same for that video processing.
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Video of New Media Room posted above. Holding off on room treatments, as they are far more expensive that I expected. My next investment will be a SI Black Diamond Zero Edge screen for the JVC RS45 in the primary theater setup.


Wow! JVC DLA RS45 + LUMAGEN and SI Black Diamond Zero Edge screen!! excellent screen for non controlled ambient light...
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Thanks Brolic, I believe that the Onkyo 5509 and the Intégra DHC-80.3 are pretty much the same, I think it should be the same for that video processing.

Yes indeed. They are essentially the same product separated by Pro/Consumer labels/model #'s.
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Wow! JVC DLA RS45 + LUMAGEN and SI Black Diamond Zero Edge screen!! excellent screen for non controlled ambient light...

Absolutely--I demoed the Black Diamond Zero Edge at Gramophone here in MD, and I fell immediately in love!!! With the lights on, the image looks like a flat-panel television, but when the lights go off, it looks so crisp!
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Greetings all. I'm getting ready to paint my front wall a dark grey this weekend. Shortly thereafter, I'll be putting a 2:35 screen up there (120" diagonal)...It's difficult to express my excitement over this. I've taken the motorized screen down and have already adjusted my JVC RS45 to the 120" 2:35 spec. I was looking at the Black Diamond screens, but after a great conversation from the mighty Mike from AVS Store, I think that I'd be best served with a Stewart Studiotek 130 G3, as I've read nothing but superb things about it (i know what you're thinking, but read my next sentence!).

My theater is no "bat cave" now; however, it still gets very dark at night, and additionally, expected life-changes (cough...a proposal...cough) will have me out of here in a year or two, making the purchase of the Black Diamond for light-rejection moot. Plus, my girlfriend is already on board for a completely dedicated theater. i actually just set her up with a stereo setup to get her started (Oppo BDP-83, Pioneer VSX-816, Infinity Primus 160 BK) and she is showing an active appreciation for stereo separation and the phantom center.

I also have something to say about 3D.....where it was merely "meh" on my 92" 16:9 screen, it's absolutely jaw dropping at 120" 2:35 (using a wall until the Stewart screen goes up).....I don't understand how size can have such an impact; even the ghosting seems minimal at this size. Any thoughts on why that might be?
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In my last post I mentioned painting the front wall dark gray.....but as I sit here, staring at the near-empty room, with paint cans on the floor and sheetroc all over, I have to ask myself......why not make this a dedicated theater room? I'm seriously considering taking this dedicated theater route...a big step to be sure, but possible. Decisions decisions.....
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I really enjoyed the lumagen radiance tutorial on 2.35 scaling. It's very difficult for me to wrap my head around what it is doing to 16:9 games and tv content. It seems like it is creating information that isn't there to do that scaling without warping the image.

As tv technology gets better I believe projectors will slowly be phased out over the next decade. It seems like this device could be paired with some of Vizio's cinema wide displays to create some really neat images.
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Brolic,

First of all Congrats on the proposal!!

I think it's a good idea to make that room a dedicated one even if you're thinking to move away in a year or two, that will give you some extra practice before moving to a bigger project in a new place.

Anyway whatever you decide to do I believe it will bring you a step forward in this passion that HT is.smile.gif
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Greetings all. I'm getting ready to paint my front wall a dark grey this weekend. Shortly thereafter, I'll be putting a 2:35 screen up there (120" diagonal)...It's difficult to express my excitement over this. I've taken the motorized screen down and have already adjusted my JVC RS45 to the 120" 2:35 spec. I was looking at the Black Diamond screens, but after a great conversation from the mighty Mike from AVS Store, I think that I'd be best served with a Stewart Studiotek 130 G3, as I've read nothing but superb things about it (i know what you're thinking, but read my next sentence!).
My theater is no "bat cave" now; however, it still gets very dark at night, and additionally, expected life-changes (cough...a proposal...cough) will have me out of here in a year or two, making the purchase of the Black Diamond for light-rejection moot. Plus, my girlfriend is already on board for a completely dedicated theater. i actually just set her up with a stereo setup to get her started (Oppo BDP-83, Pioneer VSX-816, Infinity Primus 160 BK) and she is showing an active appreciation for stereo separation and the phantom center.
I also have something to say about 3D.....where it was merely "meh" on my 92" 16:9 screen, it's absolutely jaw dropping at 120" 2:35 (using a wall until the Stewart screen goes up).....I don't understand how size can have such an impact; even the ghosting seems minimal at this size. Any thoughts on why that might be?

So she popped the question finally, eh?
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I really enjoyed the lumagen radiance tutorial on 2.35 scaling. It's very difficult for me to wrap my head around what it is doing to 16:9 games and tv content. It seems like it is creating information that isn't there to do that scaling without warping the image.
As tv technology gets better I believe projectors will slowly be phased out over the next decade. It seems like this device could be paired with some of Vizio's cinema wide displays to create some really neat images.

I'm glad you enjoyed it!! I believe the lumagen does minor stretchung in certain parts of the image...but i cannot tell. I think projectors will be around until flat panels can do two things: 1) match their sizes for all installation types (140" included) and 2) match their prices. Oh, BTW...thanks for that pillow link....I think I'm going to pick that up!!!
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Brolic,
First of all Congrats on the proposal!!

I think it's a good idea to make that room a dedicated one even if you're thinking to move away in a year or two, that will give you some extra practice before moving to a bigger project in a new place.
Anyway whatever you decide to do I believe it will bring you a step forward in this passion that HT is.smile.gif

Thanks! I haven't done of yet, but the decision has been made!! For the room, It would certainly give me some great practice w/ a dedicated space...especially with the screen I'm getting. :-)
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So she popped the question finally, eh?

LOL...good one. I'm currently making plans to pop the big "q"....maybe the event should involve a projector somehow.....
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Ladies and Gents, the decision has been made: I'm going Dedicated Room. I picked up the paint today.....all Black front wall, rear wall, and ceiling (Flat "Black"-Benjamin Moore) and a very dark brown paint for the side walls (Flat "Chocolate Sundae" - Benjamin Moore).

The magic begins this weekend! I'm busy patching and sanding this week. My motorized screen (which required me to run Romex wire against masonry wall with spackle to cover) was quite a mess to get functional, and removing the screen and Romex are proving just as messy. The things we do for the things we love. lol
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You going in the right direction mate, good luck with all the work to get that done!

and don't forget to share a video or 2 of the room finished!!wink.gif
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You going in the right direction mate, good luck with all the work to get that done!
and don't forget to share a video or 2 of the room finished!!wink.gif

Thanks adiallo....ill definitely need that luck! Videos are definitely coming on the new dedicated room.
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Got a Darbee Vision Darblet ordered through AVS (with updated firmware when shipped). I'm looking forward to inserting it between the lumagen and the RS45.
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Got a Darbee Vision Darblet ordered through AVS (with updated firmware when shipped). I'm looking forward to inserting it between the lumagen and the RS45.

As you may have realized, I'm more a stereo than HT person, so excuse my lack of knowledge. What does the darblet do, that the processor doesn't?
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As you may have realized, I'm more a stereo than HT person, so excuse my lack of knowledge. What does the darblet do, that the processor doesn't?

The best way to describe the Darbee is as a completely artifact-free image sharpener.

At first, it sounds like pure snake oil.......but nearly everyone who has tried it on the Darbee thread has foumd it to be real. Check out the review here[=http://www.highdefdigest.com/blog/darbeevision-darblet/][/]
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