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Home Theater

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LANjackal
"Let's break the speaker types into four categories: hi-fi stereo speakers, desktop/computer/media (nearfield) speakers, active (powered) speakers with built-in amps, and passive (nonpowered) speakers that must be used with a separate amp or receiver." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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LANjackal
"So what makes VLC so special? Simply put: It happily plays nearly every video format you can throw at it. Beyond JPEGs and MP4 videos, VLC can play MPEG-2, FLV Flash, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV and MP3 files… just to name a few. On that basis alone, it’s a very useful tool to have on your computer - or smartphone. VLC is about to become a potential powerhouse on mobile platforms, as Android users can now partake of a beta version of the player for their devices." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
Eric - Final Countdown
"Smith seemed to think Mastered for iTunes is a good thing, and iTunes tracks sound a little better than they used to, but still not as good as a CD. The new mastering tools provide a preview of what the finished iTunes files will sound like. The iTunes master is a 24-bit/44.1 kHz file. For now the best-sounding format most people will hear is still the CD, and that's where Ryan focuses his efforts. He started out as a recording engineer, but if he recorded something now, he'd bring it to another mastering engineer to get a fresh set of ears involved in the project." - Eric - Final Countdown from Bookmarklet
LANjackal
"On Android, the My Xbox LIVE app is new. It lets you read and send messages to friends, manage your friends list and invite new friends, read and edit your full LIVE profile (name, bio, motto), change your avatar features and items with the avatar closet, and view and compare your achievement progress with friends, Microsoft says." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
LANjackal
"U.S. and Canadian Xbox Live Gold subscribers will find the free Slacker Radio app in the Xbox Live Marketplace this fall. Slacker Radio will give Xbox Live Gold subscribers a fully customizable selection of over 200 music stations that are curated and hosted by Slacker's expert music programmers, plus artist showcases (such as the Adam Yauch station), comedy, ESPN Radio, ABC News, and official stations for leading music festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits. Microsoft's Kinect motion-control accessory is compatible with the Slacker Radio app." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
Eric - Final Countdown
Peter Jackson Responds to 48 FPS 'Hobbit' Criticism - http://www.pcmag.com/article...
Peter Jackson Responds to 48 FPS 'Hobbit' Criticism
""A lot of the critical response I was reading was people saying it's different. Well, yes, it certainly is," said Jackson in a different portion of the interview. "But I think, ultimately, it is different in a positive way, especially for 3D, especially for epic films and films that are trying to immerse the viewer in the experience of a story."" - Eric - Final Countdown from Bookmarklet
Eric - Final Countdown
Dolby Atmos audio hits moviegoers with sound from all directions - http://www.theverge.com/2012...
Dolby Atmos audio hits moviegoers with sound from all directions
"t can transmit up to 128 simultaneous and lossless audio inputs on up to 64 discrete speaker feeds, including ones placed in the ceiling above the audience. So if a film is showing someone in a car on a rainy day, for instance, it will actually sound like the rain is coming from above. Dolby calls Atmos its "most significant innovation in years," and plans to roll the audio platform out in select "premium" locations in the US, Europe, China, and Japan later this year." - Eric - Final Countdown from Bookmarklet
LANjackal
"As Microsoft works on Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox, users will be pulled back into its orbit, one product at a time." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
LANjackal
"Online and mail-order video company Netflix has no plans to bring its streaming service to Research In Motion's PlayBook tablet." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
Josh Haley
Time Warner learns from mistakes, reintroduces optional usage-based billing - http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...
Time Warner learns from mistakes, reintroduces optional usage-based billing
"the cable ISP announced plans to bring back usage-based pricing—but only if you want to cap yourself. TWC's new "Essentials" plan will knock $5 off your monthly bill as long as you keep your usage below 5GB." - Josh Haley from Bookmarklet
So... sell your soul for 5 bucks? Uh, no. - Josh Haley
Eric - Final Countdown
"Check out CNET's roundup of must-have Blu-ray discs." - Eric - Final Countdown from Bookmarklet
I'm kind of interested in 3D TV's because of Hugo - Rodfather
I just got Hugo today. - Derrick
Did you watch it yet? Good? - Eric - Final Countdown
No, today's one of my thirteen hour day. I expect it's sitting on my porch waiting on me when I get home in a couple hours. - Derrick
Derrick
Quite the audio/visual workout for the home theater.
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Just now watching The Pacific for the first time after watching BoB for the second time. It's interesting to see the bright crisp colors in this after the almost black and white desaturation of the former. It's also making me want to watch Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line soon. - Derrick
I haven't seen both. :( But I want to. - AJ Batac
Oh, AJ, you gotta do it. Granted, I'm a bit of a military buff and films about WWII are really compelling and interesting to me, but if you've got even a halfway decent HT set up, this will NOT disappoint. - Derrick
LANjackal
"Despite the claims of the MPAA and other supporters of SOPA and PIPA, file-sharing does not negatively impact box office sales in the U.S., according to a new study conducted by economists from Wellesley College and the University of Minnesota." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
Derrick
What are you favorite films you use to show off your system? Or, what movies really impress you with their sound design (they don't have to all be bombastic, big, action flicks)?
I always seem to test out a surround system with Independence Day. - Eric - Final Countdown
Heard that was a good one. I'm watching Days of Heaven right now and what I love about it is the quiet moments, the chirps of birds and ribits of frogs. It's incredible. Spectacular ambiance. - Derrick
Here is a list of Blu-Rays sorted by quality of audio. - Eric - Final Countdown
The Harry Potter films also have great immersive audio. - Eric - Final Countdown
The Matrix, Transformers, trying to think of some others but drawing a blank. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
(And I don't even have my 5.1 set up yet.) - Derrick
Transformers and matrix. - AJ Batac from FreshFeed
Also, I love Apollo 13, it has some great quiet to booming transitions. Great to test the metal of your amplification. Some receivers will break down and produce static with drastic transitions like that. - Eric - Final Countdown
To show off the musicality of your system, a Cameron Crowe movie like Elizabethtown is good. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Inception was non-stop soundtrack. It was aurally exhausting in a good way. Might be a good one that isn't as smash bang as Matrix (good one as well) or Transformers (bleh). - Josh Haley
LANjackal
"A group of investors has filed a class-auction lawsuit against Netflix and several of its executives, alleging that the film and TV subscription service purposely misled the plantiffs about its earnings prospects ahead before the company’s stock took a deep dive in the second half of 2011." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
LANjackal
"Just a week ago, the blogosphere was abuzz with the news that Google had officially locked down partners for a whole new generation of devices with its operating system for connected TVs. But if Google finally is gaining the trust and support of the consumer electronics industry, there was little evidence of it at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
Derrick
Any activity here? Looking at a very modest entry level 5.1 system. Already have a TV and blu-ray, and looking at a receiver and speaker set up.
Denon AVR-1612 and Energy Take Classic 5.1 - Derrick
Ixnayed the Denon. Saw some bad reviews. Picked up a Pioneer instead. - Derrick
Eric - Final Countdown
This new Samsung Blu-Ray player is too cute. - http://www.engadget.com/2012...
This new Samsung Blu-Ray player is too cute.
"We've reached a point where Blu-ray players can't really add a whole lot more functionality. Size, then, is the next frontier, and Samsung's showing another player with a "slightly larger-than-a-disc" form-factor. It's the BD-ES6000, a decidedly petite player with a slot-loading mechanism and a boot time of just one second." - Eric - Final Countdown from Bookmarklet
Josh Haley
Logitech Revue / Google TV refurb - $79 - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica...
Logitech Revue / Google TV refurb - $79
Quite a steal. I wish I could make commission on this but I have no affiliation with tigerdirect. - Josh Haley from Bookmarklet
THAT is a good deal. - AJ Batac
Honeycomb just dropped on it this past weekend, too. - Josh Haley
Eric - Final Countdown
Massive iPhone Dock Pumps Out Sound With 10,000 Watts of Power - http://www.macrumors.com/2011...
Massive iPhone Dock Pumps Out Sound With 10,000 Watts of Power
"Behringer, a maker of professional audio and music equipment, is launching the world's loudest -- and largest -- iPhone dock. The iNuke Boom is 4 feet tall, 8 feet wide, weighs 700 pounds, and costs $29,999. The product is real, though the only model in existence will be at Behringer's booth at CES as an attention grabber." - Eric - Final Countdown from Bookmarklet
It goes to 11 - Eric - Final Countdown
The first speaker ever whose sound could literally kill someone? - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Stocking stuffer. - Joe
With any luck, the vibrations will shake the attached iPhone apart. - Andrew C (✔)
I wonder if I could dock my Shuffle on that? - Eric - Final Countdown
Is that euphemism? - Melly
speaking as someone with 25+ years of experience as a recording engineer and 30+ as a musician? Behringer makes pretty shitty gear. my $0.02 - Big Joe Silenced
Joe: Even if it's shit, a really really big shit can feel good. - Kevin Fox
BWAHAHAHAHA! - Melly
Speaking as one who reads a lot of audiophile stuff (but doesn't spend the $$), I don't remember Behringer ever being mentioned. "Professional" in the music field may mean powerful; it doesn't always mean high quality sound. This looks like an expensive joke, probably produced only when ordered. (But Joe Silence speaks with experience.) - walt crawford
Yes Walt, Behringer makes a lot of home studio and PA gear. Not really home h-fi. And yes, this will be a one of a kind device for marketing purposes. I just want to see how small an MP3 player will look on a giant speaker. - Eric - Final Countdown
LANjackal
Ready to talk to your TV? Microsoft’s Xbox Live revamp bets big on voice navigation - http://www.geekwire.com/2011...
Ready to talk to your TV? Microsoft’s Xbox Live revamp bets big on voice navigation
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"Six years after the original Xbox 360′s debut, Microsoft this week is overhauling its video-game console, again, with a big software update that attempts to cement the company’s place in the living room. It also continues the expansion of the console beyond the world of games." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
Eric - Final Countdown
I found the model reel to reel we used to have. The Sony TC-788-4 four track high end tape recorder. - http://www.thevintageknob.org/sony-TC...
"Where the TC-788-4 differs from most other 4-channel offerings is in its tape speed (38cm/s, like the pros !), closed-loop dual capstan drive with one AC Servo motor plus two induction for reel spooling, feather-touch transport pads, and all the other reliable features of the TC-75x series - one of the 1970s bestselling series of reel-to-reel recorders worldwide. Amp-wise, the inputs are FET-charged and recording bias is at a very high 160Khz ; concentric input and output pots can be pulled for -20dB gain for both front and back MIC inputs. Price-wise, this was indeed for the pro : 248,000¥ in 1974. Controls-wise... there is enough to get lost quickly if you keep in mind that four channel can also mean 4-channel in QUAD surround mode where record levels, balance and playback levels remain always set separately. The record modes, too. The panpots, too : left front, right front, right rear, right front and anything in between. For each of the four tracks. Like monitoring, left and... more... - Eric - Final Countdown from Bookmarklet
I talked to my dad and found out how much this was. $850, in 1976 money. That IS a high end deck. - Eric - Final Countdown
15 ips FTW. alot of records were done at that speed. guessing that RTR was originally intended for multitrack recording and not stereo playback. - Big Joe Silenced
Yes, we record most things at 7.5ips, but I did some multi-track music at 15ips. It was an awesome machine. - Eric - Final Countdown
Eric - Final Countdown
" It's well-made, attractive, apparently durable, and demonstrably superior to any other self-standing audio source at its price. Perhaps best of all, the RP-1 is easy to own and to use. It's not just that I can't imagine $445 buying more happiness; I can't imagine so modest an investment in money and effort buying more music." - Eric - Final Countdown from Bookmarklet
Very cool looking. I've seen this too. Someday. - Derrick
Ah yes, entry level high end! Some day... some day. Turntable prices go astronomical beyond this! We're talking $600 to $1000 for just an ARM. - Adrian
And yeah, people build them by hand. - Adrian
Yes, exactly! I'd like to just hear one one of these days. Does it sound $5,600 better than a used 1200? - Adrian
Eric - Final Countdown
Amarra - Stereophile's 2011 COMPUTER AUDIO PRODUCT OF THE YEAR - http://www.stereophile.com/content...
Amarra - Stereophile's 2011 COMPUTER AUDIO PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
"Amarra is an aftermarket music-playback program designed to work with rather than replace iTunes: while iTunes retains the job of cataloguing your music, Amarra bypasses Apple's playback pathway and changes the sample rate of Apple's CoreAudio engine to match that of the file being played, disabling CoreAudio's real-time sample-rate converter. Amarra's sophisticated user interface inspires confidence; its luxurious feature set includes memory play, user-adjustable equalization, a Playlist Mode that lets users bypass altogether iTunes' song-selection interface, full compatibility with native FLAC files, and a handy switch for comparing the playback qualities of Amarra and iTunes. Perhaps best of all, Amarra sounded wonderful, always naturally detailed, and consistently involving." - Eric - Final Countdown from Bookmarklet
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