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Randy, I highly recommend getting an old school antenna.

Since I "cut the cord" a couple of years ago I have watched all of the local channels this way and it's rock solid so matter what the weather is like. I know some others that weren't able to watch the Chiefs on Saturday, what a nightmare.

I have tried Sling, Playstation Vue, Hulu, and just recently Directv now.

Sling only did 30 fps so sports were terrible. Playstation vue had 60 fps but kept crashing. Hulu was great and we used it for over a year. However, it did not have NFL network so I switched to Directv now. WOW! I like it a lot better than all the rest so far. Mainly for the picture quality. It is 60 fps but looks much clearer than all the others. Also, it has all the local channels (some of the others did too) so I guess I don't REALLY need the old school antenna but it's nice to know that if the internet goes down I can still watch tv.
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Randy, I highly recommend getting an old school antenna.

Since I "cut the cord" a couple of years ago I have watched all of the local channels this way and it's rock solid so matter what the weather is like. I know some others that weren't able to watch the Chiefs on Saturday, what a nightmare.

I have tried Sling, Playstation Vue, Hulu, and just recently Directv now.

Sling only did 30 fps so sports were terrible. Playstation vue had 60 fps but kept crashing. Hulu was great and we used it for over a year. However, it did not have NFL network so I switched to Directv now. WOW! I like it a lot better than all the rest so far. Mainly for the picture quality. It is 60 fps but looks much clearer than all the others. Also, it has all the local channels (some of the others did too) so I guess I don't REALLY need the old school antenna but it's nice to know that if the internet goes down I can still watch tv.
This is some good information. I have a few questions.

So what are you using for your Internet? I have been thinking of doing this.

So with DirecTV Now you watch shows when you want and no need for a DVR? If I could drop the TV part of Google I could save $90 a month, maybe more.

So do you access DirecTV Now from an App or through a streaming device?

On the antenna, do you have one and connect it to all your TV's? I have thought of this as well.

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Directv Now for $40/mo looks like a good option. I’ll I’d want is fox Sports and ESPN, and then I could use it at home and watch games at the lake. The antennae there works great right until the games start. Quite the anomaly.

Also:
Beast is setting me up with a probable fix for my PJ being so dim for most content. I downloaded Dominic Chan’s custom 85 nit curves, the JVC Autocal v7 software, and the bt2020 color profile for my rs400. This will brighten things up while maintaining the blacks. I’d rather sacrifice some black levels to be able to watch whatever source I want if that’s what it takes. Grant told me about this several months back but I was worried about screwing up my pj for good. Brandon has done this with his rs and says it’s night and day difference, and says he can walk me through it no problem.


Also, also:
I installed the new Dirac Live 2 on my NAD avr and the new measurements have improved the sound quite a bit I think. It’s easy to switch back and forth between the old and new profiles, and the vocals are noticeably more lifelike in acoustic tracks now compared to before, which I was perfectly happy with before. I feel like the ULF has been neutered below 20hz, so there is still some tweaking that needs to be done to get the bass just right. When I get some more time, like this weekend if we get iced in, I’ll pull the mic back out and rerun bass eq for the minidsp which I never did after adding all the insulation to my front wall.


Also, also, also:
Bill’s theater that I’ve been building is just weeks away from carpet, chairs, and gear. I’ve been nagging him to put up a build thread, so maybe since I’m publicly shaming him here...
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Maybe in another year or so it might be time for another AVR comparison

Including Dirac, the newer version of Dolby AccuEQ, etc. perhaps a certain storm processor if you can pull a favor Doug.

I was really impressed with Dirac at your place Doug.

Will Bill consider hosting a local movie night with the locals to show off your combined work?

I’m getting close to having my theater back together and would like to host soon.

There’s some new blood in the group who are interested in hosting a movie night soon too!
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This is some good information. I have a few questions.

So what are you using for your Internet? I have been thinking of doing this.

So with DirecTV Now you watch shows when you want and no need for a DVR? If I could drop the TV part of Google I could save $90 a month, maybe more.

So do you access DirecTV Now from an App or through a streaming device?

On the antenna, do you have one and connect it to all your TV's? I have thought of this as well.

Thanks

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I have google fiber for internet. Hulu was the best for watching shows when you want, it had the largest library. Directv Now has them too but not as many. what I like about Directv Now is the picture quality and it is the only one that has a guide somewhat similar to cable/satellite/google fiber.

A couple of years ago they wanted to raise the price from 105 to 125 for google tv (I had 5 boxes) so that's why I dumped it.

I put an antenna in my attic and connected it to the coax cable that connects to all the tv's in the house. I use a cheap (25 bucks I think) tuner for the projector, works fine.

To stream Directv Now I have those small Roku things for my living room, kitchen, bedroom and screened porch and in the basement I have a Roku 4 and the X Box 1S.
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Randy, I highly recommend getting an old school antenna.

Since I "cut the cord" a couple of years ago I have watched all of the local channels this way and it's rock solid so matter what the weather is like. I know some others that weren't able to watch the Chiefs on Saturday, what a nightmare.

I have tried Sling, Playstation Vue, Hulu, and just recently Directv now.

Sling only did 30 fps so sports were terrible. Playstation vue had 60 fps but kept crashing. Hulu was great and we used it for over a year. However, it did not have NFL network so I switched to Directv now. WOW! I like it a lot better than all the rest so far. Mainly for the picture quality. It is 60 fps but looks much clearer than all the others. Also, it has all the local channels (some of the others did too) so I guess I don't REALLY need the old school antenna but it's nice to know that if the internet goes down I can still watch tv.
Yes, I did that for the upstairs TV. I went to Chiefs/Colts game but after canceling an invite to friends for the game in the theater room, my wife watched the game over-the-air...with no problems. Ultimately though,I need stable internet no matter what I do for TV. I will see what the Google tech has to say as I recorded several channels with
pixelation on the 15th, then last night no problems on same channels. Very weird.
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I have google fiber for internet. Hulu was the best for watching shows when you want, it had the largest library. Directv Now has them too but not as many. what I like about Directv Now is the picture quality and it is the only one that has a guide somewhat similar to cable/satellite/google fiber.

A couple of years ago they wanted to raise the price from 105 to 125 for google tv (I had 5 boxes) so that's why I dumped it.

I put an antenna in my attic and connected it to the coax cable that connects to all the tv's in the house. I use a cheap (25 bucks I think) tuner for the projector, works fine.

To stream Directv Now I have those small Roku things for my living room, kitchen, bedroom and screened porch and in the basement I have a Roku 4 and the X Box 1S.
Google upped it again. I pay $170 a month now for TV and /Internet. We have a Amazon Fire Cube in our living room and I like it. I tired a Roku, but didn't like the menu and how it worked. I need to play with the Cube more to see if I could get most of our channels we like to watch on it. The main question is for my wife you like her Hallmark Channel and other ladies stations. Me it's sports, Car shows DIY and Food shows. Together we have weekly shows, but I am finding out that maybe Hulu has most of them. May have to get CBS All Access for some of them. Anyone have it?

I have thought of putting an antenna in the attic, just not gone through with it.

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I think we need to join buy this for future audio g2g's.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2009-Freigh...2B6:rk:19:pf:0

We can flip on the light bars, and drive 120MPH to @dlbeck s, or @desertdome , or @beastaudio 's next g2g. Think Cannonball Run. Doug can supply the EMT/Paramedic outfits as our disguises. A cheap Styrofoam cooler and a pig heart bought from the local Chinese market ought to complete the ensemble.
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We can flip on the light bars, and drive 120MPH to @dlbeck s, or @desertdome , or @beastaudio 's next g2g. Think Cannonball Run. Doug can supply the EMT/Paramedic outfits as our disguises. A cheap Styrofoam cooler and a pig heart bought from the local Chinese market ought to complete the ensemble.


Sounds legit! Plenty of room for a 4000ulf
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Anyone here a network guru? I have been having issues lately with the speeds on my network. If I check on google fiber it says my devices in my living room are only connected at 10 Mbps (actual speeds are lower). These are wired devices. My devices down in the theater say they are connected at 100 Mbps (connection speeds also probably lower).

When I reset the google fiber box, it fixes the issue, at least on the living room devices and they say they are connected at 1000 Mbps. That is only temporary though and it keeps reverting back to 10 Mbps.

I do have a switch both in the living room and in the theater. Both are gigabit switches, and all the cable is at least Cat 5e.

I'd prefer everything be working optimally, but the living room speed is killing me. Anyone have any tips? Do I need better switches (The one in the theater is a 24 port switch that wasn't too cheap if I recall)? Are there some settings I can adjust?
I'm really not having much luck with the living room.

I figured my PSTV was causing the issue because that had a terrible issue with maintaining connection with my PS4, and it seemed like the speeds would drop on the switch shortly after I used it. That has since been taken off of the switch, and there is a Roku Ultra that wasn't there before. I've also completely disconnected a couple of cables to devices that I pretty much never use the network on.

The problem got more frequent, and eventually, I replaced the switch, and all of the ethernet cables with new ones. Then I had it only down to the Roku being connected. I completely lost the wired connection (not the first time), so I decided to just connect the Roku wirelessly for now. I reconnected my PS3, Dune Player, and Computer and restarted my network, and while it is still working okay, it's only registering at 100 Mbps on fiber. That is something it has been doing since I replaced the switch. With the issue on the previous switch it showed as 10 Mbps. So now I am not sure if the issue is with one of the 3 now connected devices and the Roku just has its own issues, or if the new switch has an issue also, or if the cable running from the router to the living room is damaged (mice?).

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I use a $20 Monoprice switch with my Google Fiber, works fine. Sounds like you should call GF and let them figure it out.
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Directv Now for $40/mo looks like a good option. I’ll I’d want is fox Sports and ESPN, and then I could use it at home and watch games at the lake. The antennae there works great right until the games start. Quite the anomaly.

Also:
Beast is setting me up with a probable fix for my PJ being so dim for most content. I downloaded Dominic Chan’s custom 85 nit curves, the JVC Autocal v7 software, and the bt2020 color profile for my rs400. This will brighten things up while maintaining the blacks. I’d rather sacrifice some black levels to be able to watch whatever source I want if that’s what it takes. Grant told me about this several months back but I was worried about screwing up my pj for good. Brandon has done this with his rs and says it’s night and day difference, and says he can walk me through it no problem.


Also, also:
I installed the new Dirac Live 2 on my NAD avr and the new measurements have improved the sound quite a bit I think. It’s easy to switch back and forth between the old and new profiles, and the vocals are noticeably more lifelike in acoustic tracks now compared to before, which I was perfectly happy with before. I feel like the ULF has been neutered below 20hz, so there is still some tweaking that needs to be done to get the bass just right. When I get some more time, like this weekend if we get iced in, I’ll pull the mic back out and rerun bass eq for the minidsp which I never did after adding all the insulation to my front wall.


Also, also, also:
Bill’s theater that I’ve been building is just weeks away from carpet, chairs, and gear. I’ve been nagging him to put up a build thread, so maybe since I’m publicly shaming him here...


Okay, I put up a quick build thread. It's the TMA-1 build over in the design/construction subforum.
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Maybe in another year or so it might be time for another AVR comparison

Including Dirac, the newer version of Dolby AccuEQ, etc. perhaps a certain storm processor if you can pull a favor Doug.

I was really impressed with Dirac at your place Doug.

Will Bill consider hosting a local movie night with the locals to show off your combined work?

I’m getting close to having my theater back together and would like to host soon.

There’s some new blood in the group who are interested in hosting a movie night soon too!
Heck yeah, I'll be more than happy to have a movie night here once it's finished and/or be part of the next crawl. I saw a number of KC theaters over the past year and each one made me rethink/tweak my own design in different ways. I'm kind of going overboard with the black hole concept, but my ceiling is so low, it'll be better than seeing the soffits right above me. Anyone who comes over that is over about 5'6" has to be careful, though, the ceiling speakers on the left when you're on the riser are *right there.* d_c already smacked into one of them and saw stars.
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Pretty sure my network problem is the cable running from the router to the switch. Not receiving any connection on the switch now, and the light on the port the router is connected to is off (tried old and new switch). I just hope it's still connected enough to fish a new wire. If not, I am not sure what I would do.

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Heck yeah, I'll be more than happy to have a movie night here once it's finished and/or be part of the next crawl. I saw a number of KC theaters over the past year and each one made me rethink/tweak my own design in different ways. I'm kind of going overboard with the black hole concept, but my ceiling is so low, it'll be better than seeing the soffits right above me. Anyone who comes over that is over about 5'6" has to be careful, though, the ceiling speakers on the left when you're on the riser are *right there.* d_c already smacked into one of them and saw stars.
I have decided to for go major soundproofing for my theater so I am working getting it to a more finished room. Looking to do black acoustic tiles for the ceiling, so I can upgrade to Atmos when I can afford it. Not sure when I will be done.

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Pretty sure my network problem is the cable running from the router to the switch. Not receiving any connection on the switch now, and the light on the port the router is connected to is off (tried old and new switch). I just hope it's still connected enough to fish a new wire. If not, I am not sure what I would do.
If you can't get the new cable to work out, you might look into some ethernet over power connections or maybe something like google wifi pucks. I have several in my home and they have worked out well. All of mine are wired, except for 1. I have a switch connected to that one wireless access point which allows me to connect some wired devices. I didn't feel like running a cat6 to it because latency and speed weren't necessary.
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If you can't get the new cable to work out, you might look into some ethernet over power connections or maybe something like google wifi pucks. I have several in my home and they have worked out well. All of mine are wired, except for 1. I have a switch connected to that one wireless access point which allows me to connect some wired devices. I didn't feel like running a cat6 to it because latency and speed weren't necessary.
I've tried some of the power connections in the past, but they weren't very stable and needed reset a lot.
I am planning some wifi extension hubs for our upstairs where the signal tends to drop.

Thankfully, the cable switch seems to be working (knock on wood). Though, the previous cable looked fine on inspection.

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-Den of Thieves has some of the best gunfire I have ever heard. There are two main scenes. It is not throughout the whole movie like JW or anything. But I think I enjoyed the sound design (just about) as much as JW specifically how visceral the gunfire is and the nice low end that accompanies each shot. Good example for how it can draw you into the movie. It did add to the tension and made you feel like the bullets were coming through the room. Made me fearful for the characters etc. Just well done.

I did like the movie too but set expectations low since the RT score is like 40 percent so there were lots of folks who did not enjoy it like I did. But anyway just a PSA for anyone who has replayed gunfire scenes in movies and loves to give their subwoofer and surround system a good workout. I was about to skip this one bc of the bad press. But it is worth a listen for a few of us.

-Murder on the Orient Express is probably the best film I have seen on my faux K projector in terms of resolution. The detail is outstanding. Just tack perfect. The period garments have to be seen. Super well done transfer.

-Harry Potter UHD movies have all been great so far. The audio is an upgrade for sure. They actually did take advantage of the immersive format. There are numerous examples but my favorite (after watching the first 5 movies) is in HP 3 when the whomping willow tries to......well......whomp them. They put you in the middle of the action with the trees branches all around you ripping through the room. Very cool. There are a few times the tree attempts to murder those kids and I don't remember which one was the best example. The way they do the blacks on those movies is a joy to behold. I can't really think of a better one off the top of my head. I would rebuy so many old remastered movies if they were given this treatment.
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-Den of Thieves has some of the best gunfire I have ever heard. There are two main scenes. It is not throughout the whole movie like JW or anything. But I think I enjoyed the sound design (just about) as much as JW specifically how visceral the gunfire is and the nice low end that accompanies each shot. Good example for how it can draw you into the movie. It did add to the tension and made you feel like the bullets were coming through the room. Made me fearful for the characters etc. Just well done.

I did like the movie too but set expectations low since the RT score is like 40 percent so there were lots of folks who did not enjoy it like I did. But anyway just a PSA for anyone who has replayed gunfire scenes in movies and loves to give their subwoofer and surround system a good workout. I was about to skip this one bc of the bad press. But it is worth a listen for a few of us.

-Murder on the Orient Express is probably the best film I have seen on my faux K projector in terms of resolution. The detail is outstanding. Just tack perfect. The period garments have to be seen. Super well done transfer.

-Harry Potter UHD movies have all been great so far. The audio is an upgrade for sure. They actually did take advantage of the immersive format. There are numerous examples but my favorite (after watching the first 5 movies) is in HP 3 when the whomping willow tries to......well......whomp them. They put you in the middle of the action with the trees branches all around you ripping through the room. Very cool. There are a few times the tree attempts to murder those kids and I don't remember which one was the best example. The way they do the blacks on those movies is a joy to behold. I can't really think of a better one off the top of my head. I would rebuy so many old remastered movies if they were given this treatment.


Grant, are the HP movies as much of an upgrade as The Matrix?
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