Just a post to say how things are going. No big updates with new stuff or anything after the latest PJ upgrade, although I do have a few things in mind if and when I get ready to do more (will post more below on this).
For now though, I’m just thoroughly enjoying the whole setup in this little room with all the stuff I’ve done up to this point. I think I’m pretty much up to date with all things Home Theater now
Rockin the new 4K PJ (well, its e-shift but I’m still in awes of it!!), got all my Atmos and other speakers setup the way I like, got the blacked out thing going on to help with total immersion, got the BIG screen (which I’ve moved even closer to get an even bigger feel (6.5’ eyes to 120” 16:9 screen when reclined), Plus Bass and TR bringing what I love etc.
So, just been enjoying a whole lot of content lately over the last several months it seems. It has brought tons of joy just getting totally lost in a lot of these movies and shows!!!
Speaking of movies, I ended up with over 25 4K movies on Black Friday that I just could not pass up with their low prices. I spent quite a bit, but saved a lot in the long run LOL
Also, besides the 4K movies, I’ve been enjoying the heck the new ATV4K (I LOVE this thing!!) for streaming shows and series off of Netflix (they’ve got a handful of pretty darn good shows), Disney+ and Apple+ which I just LOVE so far!! I’m quite amazed at just how good the quality is on Apple+ and Disney+. On the ones with real high bit rate, I couldn’t tell a diff compared to the actual 4K disc. I did a fun experiment with the UHD 4K disc of Avengers: End Game compared to the UHD 4K version streamed from Disney+ the other day. I expected to be able to tell a diff, but nope, not once level matched anyway. Even though the streamed version is still lossless, it’s getting so good on these really good quality streams on the better material, that’s its hard to tell the diff, if at all. I couldn’t on the one I compared. Floored me actually!!!
Watched one called SEE
on Apple+ and loved it!!! PQ and sound (the show too) amazed me how good it was. INSANE PQ on this one!!!! Hard to believe you can get this from streaming!!! Altered Carbon
on Netflix is another ….just WOW on all aspects!!! Then one called Another World
on Netflix …the Atmos …JEEZ, just crazy good!!!
So there is that with the streaming, but have watched a lot of great 4K movies on disc's too that just blew me away with the quality like Men in Black: International, Aladdin, The Lion King, Spiderman: Far From Home, Hobbs & Shaw, Hellboy (2019), John Wick 3, Overlord, Alita: Battle Angle, Dark Phoenix
, etc, just to name a few, the list goes on.
One in particular that me and the family enjoyed together was The Lion King
). It got ripped pretty hard by some in the review section, but we loved it!!! Great movie and very well done modernizing it (IMO anyway), awesome full band bass (with BEQ), awesome Atmos track, and Amazing picture I thought. In fact, I snapped a few stills on this one along the way that I meant to post but never got it done (I did post them in the movie section bass thread though). Lion King is some of the best and most immersive I’ve experienced in 4K UHD on the 16:9 screen. I felt the IMMERSION was off the charts in this one setting this close to the 120”. Still super sharp too with the e-shift, which is WAY cool. Actually this is part of the reason I moved my seats up a little closer recently , for a bigger more immersive feel while still staying super sharp.
A few pics of "The Lion King
" with the iPhone7. I still don’t think these pics quite do the real image justice, especially for the immersion factor, but will give an idea. I do love me some still shots LOL ...and have really enjoyed seeing some of Craig Peer's, m0j0's and Nalleh's that they posted in their room threads lately!!!
Mufasa is insanely cool up close!!!
There were so many awesome scenes in this movie that it was hard to pic one to post lol
The close ups in this movie were insane and so engulfing, so had to post a pic of one of those as well
Highly recommended if you have a big 16:9 screen and or kids!!!
Also, I checked out Avatar in 3D (one of my all-time favorites) the other day after it was brought up in the BEQ thread (in which I probably posted too many impression of it over there, but was fun and couldn’t help it LOL). I was absolutely blown away by it and watched it multiple times actually, as well as revisited several parts for demo quite a bit!! LOL. I know that may seem obsessive (LOL yes, this is how I roll most times it seems hahahha), but I just can’t seem to get enough of this one!!!! 3D is just off the charts INSANE in that Pandora world with the Navi and is still the benchmark IMO (me and
were talking about this in his thread just yesterday, plus the 5.1 up-mixes insanely good as well and better than a lot of native Atmos/DTS:X mixes, plus the Bass and TR are off the charts crazy good as well with BEQ. Add all this to that I just love the movie as well, it makes it probably the best overall HT experience I’ve ever had in my HT. Realism at its absolute best for mind blowing Home Cinema IMO!!!!
So, that was tons of fun, but need to move on to all the other movies I got lined up to watch and should keep me busy for months LOL
So, as far as adding new stuff and changing anything, like I was saying above up top, I’m just thoroughly enjoying it the way it is now. My Bass and TR are giving me what I love and crave in spades these days, so I’ve opted not to mess with it anymore ATM, even though I love to experiment and try to continue to push the boundaries with it. I do have about 5-6 more things I want to experiment with on the TR front at some point though, if and when I get bored or feel like I still need “MOAR” LOL. I did pick up another BK amp the other day in case I want to add more TR devices, etc
They don’t seem to make the BK amps anymore, and I love them, so I snagged it in the classifieds section a couple weeks ago!! Oh yeah, had to pick up another iNUKE 6000dsp amp as well since one of my nu6000dsps amps was trying to go out on me. I got the NX version this time. They look SO much nicer. I’d post a pic of it another and stuff too, but can’t really get to my PC right now that they are all on. That thing is running terrible!!! I need to reinstall windows on it, but just haven’t wanted to mess with it yet.
Also, I’m strongly considering building a DIY scope screen to replace my 120” 16:9 or have two screens since my current is drop down. Use that one for 16:9 content (because I think it’s perfect and SO IMMERSIVE as close as I sit to it), but then the new one in scope at about 54” x 140”. It’ll be about 4” shorter on the height compared to the 120” 16:9, but WAY wider for a LOT more immersion on these scope movies. Not sure when I’ll do this, but it WILL happen, sooner or later hahahaha
Oh yeah, I started a TR thread over in the Bass section of the forum HERE
not too long ago as well that’s been a lot of fun, since I’m so into that part of HT and is what thrills me the most
Started a Time Stamp section within that thread as well for some great demo clips (post # 2). So far all have been with BEQ, since it just makes such a night and day difference on most ALL tracks, no matter how good they may be to begin with. TOTAL GAME changer and has made nearly every movie full band just like The Incredible Hulk. IMO, if you’re a HT and Bass and TR lover for movies, it’s the best thing that’s ever came along!!!!! It has me spoiled rotten and I could NEVER, NEVER, NEVER go back to before without it
If any of you guys happen to read this and you fit into the category I just mentioned, plus have a system capable of ULF in the Bass and TR department, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BEQ!!!
Ok guys, that’s about it for now. I’ll update when any of that stuff I just mentioned on the experiments or upgrades happens
HAPPY HOLIDAYS and HT’ing ALL!!! (and safe travels for those of us taking trips this time of year!!!).