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post #121 of 356
I Know WYWH sounds good on my system with just stereo. I can imagine how good it sounds on your system with MC.
post #122 of 356
Afternoon Craig,

I noticed XTZ Standard is on sale for only $230 from acousticfrontiers, $260 after shipping. Do you think this would be a good buy or if you were to do it all over again would you have gone with the OmniMic system? I'm still on the fence on which one to buy.
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Afternoon Craig,

I noticed XTZ Standard is on sale for only $230 from acousticfrontiers, $260 after shipping. Do you think this would be a good buy or if you were to do it all over again would you have gone with the OmniMic system? I'm still on the fence on which one to buy.

Hi HTG,

I've used them both, and I like them both. They're both easy to set up and get started with, although OmniMic might be slightly easier. I like the 2D time decay charts in xtz. I wish it had higher resolution than 1/6th octave. The new "Pro" version with the upgraded mic looks interesting, but it's more $$$.

At the price, IMO, you can't go wrong with either one. They'll both give you good FR and bass decay measurements. However, if you want to get really serious about speaker design and/or higher level room acoustics measurements, you'll need to step up to some better software, or you'll need to take the time to get past the learning curve for REW.

Craig
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Thanks. Subscribed.

Craig
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Thanks HTGeek - I'm signed up too.
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Tonight I placed an order for a JVC RS-55. It should be here the first week in January.
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Tonight I placed an order for a JVC RS-55. It should be here the first week in January.

Very nice looking projector Craig. Congrats. I hope I can see it in person.
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Tonight I placed an order for a JVC RS-55. It should be here the first week in January.

My envy runs deep!!!! Lol.....seriously though, that's a great move! Congratulations.
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My envy runs deep!!!!

+1
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Good Afternoon and a Very Merry Christmas Craig.

Hope you are having a great time this holiday season.
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Thanks guys! We are in AZ spending the holidays with the kids/grand kids. I also get to visit the Forte's.

Nice win by the Packers last night! Here's hoping for another SB run!

Happy Holidays to all my AVS friends!!!

Craig
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Something shipped today!
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Something shipped today!

What is this something??
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What is this something??

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Tonight I placed an order for a JVC RS-55. It should be here the first week in January.



Craig
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Craig

Oh la la! I see you had new year resolutions lol
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Something shipped today!

Craig: My JVC RS45 is on its way also - should be here maybe Thursday this week! January is going to be alot of fun for both of us!!
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Craig: My JVC RS45 is on its way also - should be here maybe Thursday this week! January is going to be alot of fun for both of us!!

post #139 of 356
Ooooh Mr John has a new PJ perhaps. You dog you. Can I be like you when I grow up?
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Grow up??? Who wants to grow up???

Craig
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Grow up??? Who wants to grow up???

Craig

Oh I meant rich and famous like you.
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Grow up??? Who wants to grow up???

Craig

I miss thoe days of no tax
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Sweet, thanks for posting.
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Oh la la! I see you had new year resolutions lol

Yep,...a very high resolution resolution
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Yep,...a very high resolution resolution

Clever!
post #146 of 356
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Welllll... good news and bad news...

Good news... I received the JVC RS-55 today.

Bad news... my mount is too small to fit the spacing of the holes on the projector. First time in my life I've ever been 2" too short!

Anyway, I called Mark Haflich and ordered a new mount. Should be here next Wednesday.

Worse news... I had already taken down my BenQ W10000 when I figured this out, so now I need to decide whether to put it back up, or wait until next Wednesday... and be out of commission in my HT until then.

Instead, I think I'll just go over to Dennis' place, (DMark1), and check out his new RS-45.

Craig
post #147 of 356
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Well, I went to Dennis' last night to check out his RS-45. This morning I made an appointment with an oral surgeon to have my jaw put back in place.

Seriously, I must have said, "Look at that... that's unbelievable!" at least 100 times. We watched scenes from Avatar, Tron, Speed Racer, , Cars 2, and a Lindsey Buckinghame concert. Everything looked just incredible. Colors POPPED! Detail, clarity and sharpness were at least as good as, (mostly better than), my BenQ DLP, but with hugely better contrast and brightness.

Made me extremely anxious to get my RS-55 up and running. Gotta go work on that right now!

Craig
post #148 of 356
Good stuff, huh?

For an entirely, audio oriented, projector noob (moi), what is so great about this avenue? Seriously, ... a dissertation isn't needed, but I am beginning,..a little to consider something other than my near-field Panny 65", so perhaps merely the Cliffs Notes version is all that's needed.
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Well, I went to Dennis' last night to check out his RS-45. This morning I made an appointment with an oral surgeon to have my jaw put back in place.

Seriously, I must have said, "Look at that... that's unbelievable!" at least 100 times. We watched scenes from Avatar, Tron, Speed Racer, , Cars 2, and a Lindsey Buckinghame concert. Everything looked just incredible. Colors POPPED! Detail, clarity and sharpness were at least as good as, (mostly better than), my BenQ DLP, but with hugely better contrast and brightness.

Made me extremely anxious to get my RS-55 up and running. Gotta go work on that right now!

Craig

Thanks Craig. Last night was the second day with the RS45 in the theater, and I was running it on the normal (low) bulb setting in the "Cinema" mode, with the settings straight out of the box! The lens aperature is currently open all the way, as it comes from the factory. The only thing we changed from the stock setting was running Clear Motion Drive (frame interpolation) on the #3 setting, which smoothed out motion without looking like a soap opera.

Like Craig said, we were both very impressed with the initial viewing of the JVC RS45 projector in my room. Very bright on a 100" wide sheerweave acoustically transparent screen, with the pj roughly 14 feet back from the screen. Very good black level and good shadow detail.

The black bars above and below the picture were so black, they virtually disappeared! I am actually considering just going with a 16:9 screen now instead of a 2.35:1 screen because the bars were so dark that they were almost unnoticable. Starfields were incredibly inky black with bright white stars. I can't wait until everything is calibrated and even better. The picture looks a little red at the moment, but man do colors POP!! Tron, Avatar, Cars 2, and Speed Racer (OMG!!!- CRAZY vivid color palette) all looked fantastic!
post #150 of 356
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After being overwhelmed by the absolute goodness of Dennis' projector last night, I got my RS-55 jerry-rigged today. I placed it atop a tall shelf behind the seating. Fired it up and...

WOW!

This thing is just freakin' incredible! It has the same spectacular color saturation and intensity as Dennis' RS-45, the same brightness and deep contrast, but if anything, it is both sharper AND it's smoother at the same time. Not that Dennis' pj is not extremely sharp and very smooth. It definitely is both. However, the e-shift, 4K resolution takes it to the next level. If I get very close to the screen, I can see the weave pattern and the holes, but no pixel structure. Even if I put a piece of white paper over the screen, the pixel structure is completely invisible.

I watched a little bit of Avatar and then the wife came down and wanted to watch one of her DVR'd shows... Blue Bloods or something. She couldn't stop saying stuff like, "WOW that's incredible!", "Look at those colors!", "Look at the detail. I can read his name on his ID Badge!," Stuff like that. Suffice it to say she *easily* saw and appreciated the improvements.

Shortly after that we had to go out to our company Holiday party. When I got home, I watched the Saints/Lions game. I've seriously never seen football look like this. I was so involved in the image quality, I almost didn't watch the game. The Lions won, right? (J/K!)

After the game, I threw in King Kong. I zoomed out to 2.35:1, (don't have my a-lens mounted yet), and jumped to the brontosaurus stampede scene. I saw detail and depth in that scene I've never seen before. Colors were also much more vivid and saturated. Tomorrow, (before football), I'll try a few scenes from RotK, particularly the Battle of the Pelenor Fields scene. That is one of my "go to" scenes for both image and sound quality. I've seen it so many times that I know it by heart. If anything will show the benefits of this pj, that scene will.

Suffice it to say that Dennis's and I are both *VERY* happy with our new projectors.

Having said that, I think there's probably a little performance left in these pj's. OOTB, they are very, very good, but I suspect there is some black level and shadow detail still available. In addition, I wonder how accurate these highly saturated colors really are. I am going to get some hours on the bulb and then get it calibrated.

Craig
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