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#275395 - 10/17/09 07:54 PM Re: New HT Room Advice [Re: fredk]
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Baraka is definitely a nice showpiece, but after watching it three times, I don't know when I'll feel the urge again. But it's inexpensive, so I'd still consider it a good recommendation.

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#275402 - 10/17/09 08:37 PM Re: New HT Room Advice [Re: CV]
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Fortunately I can borrow it from a guy at work. So far the only movie I own it the LOTR set.
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#275429 - 10/18/09 01:16 AM Re: New HT Room Advice [Re: fredk]
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I picked up “The 5th Element” and “Blade Runner” (supposedly the absolute very last never to be another directors cut). ;\) I’m still using my 56” DLP so I imagine things will be even more noticeable on a projection screen. I compared my Oppo 981 and BDP-83 playing both standard DVD, and DVD vs Blu-ray. Both were calibrated as closely as possible.

Note that I really have liked my 981 but the BDP wins handily. In the DVD vs DVD comparison the up-scaling seems the same however, the BDP wins on the following: Less motion blur when panning. The colours on the BDP are more saturated lending to a more 3d appearance. Blacks are darker w/o loosing shadow detail. Contrast is better.

So far I can’t tell any difference in the audio from CD, SACD or DVD between the two players

On the standard DVD vs Blu-ray “The 5th Element” is noticeably better on Blu-ray. Not only does the BDP win in all the same categories in the DVD vs DVD shootout above the detail is also much better. Which really surprised me considering how awesome I thought it already looked. Things look much more real but not digitized. The best way I can describe it is like the difference between looking at a matte vs glossy finished photograph.

“Blade Runner” looks better in Blu-ray on the BDP for all of the above reasons. However, on the Blu-ray some of the special effects like the fireballs at the beginning look fake. It’s very obvious they are added over the background. Not a deal breaker considering the other improvements but definitely distracting.

I don’t have a modern receiver yet so I can’t comment on the new sound formats. Overall the audio on the Blu-ray seems better however, the 7.1 to 5.1 down-mix on blade runner looses some of the discrete surround sound queues. I’ll have to hook my back speakers up again and see how that does.

Here some examples of how the BDP performed better:

In the opening scene of “Star Wars III” (something I’ve watched hundreds of times) the better contrast on the BDP showed that the light from the engines of the fighters flying over the cruiser is reflecting off the surface of the cruiser. Never saw that before.

In the opening scene of “Blade Runner” the sky has various colours showing through the clouds where on the standard DVD it just all looks orange.

On the included demo video the picture was like looking out an open window. Be nice if they would shoot all movies like that. Makes me really want to get my hands on Baraka. This time it’s to bad netflix is so quick as I couldn’t update my queue in time this morning.

Can’t wait to get the projector and screen, but not looking forward to the prep work in the meantime.

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#275669 - 10/20/09 01:46 PM Re: New HT Room Advice [Re: ClubNeon]
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 Originally Posted By: ClubNeon


Don't go back and look, and just forgot I said anything. Ignorance is bliss. \:\) That said, since I do a lot of photo processing, and part of the process is to apply a little sharpening to attempt to provide the illusion of recovering the detail lost of the low-pass, anti-aliasing filter in front of the camera's optical sensor. I know very well what an over-sharp picture looks like, and see it all too often in films. It was one thing to sharpen DVDs, but with Blu-ray so much actual detail can be retained, artificial enhancements actually obscure the real information.


Gotcha. I love the bliss.
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#276051 - 10/23/09 08:57 PM Re: New HT Room Advice [Re: Zimm]
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FedEx freight delivered my Carada screen today. Shipping only took 3 days. Now I’ve got to get in gear paint and hopefully get my curtains before the AE4000 ships.
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#276182 - 10/26/09 12:08 AM Re: New HT Room Advice [Re: grunt]
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Finally discovering the joys of painting. Just finished painting the living room ceiling flat black. I thought it was going to look a little creepy but so far it looks nice and will probably look even better once the walls are painted burgundy.

I learned another lesson in why good cable management is important. As I was pulling one of the big monster chaise lounges back into place I heard a thump. Wasn’t to loud so I thought I must have pulled over the M22 center. However, when I looked up I saw that the Samsung DLP had done a face plant right off it’s stand.

Got it hooked back up and assessed the damage. The VGA connector screws were broken off but the port still works. HDMI 1 input is now INOP, however, HDMI 2 which wasn’t hooked up at the time is still working. Doesn’t seem to have done any damage to the PQ.

I’m both baffled and relieved that it fell forward. The wires obviously were hooked up in back but somehow it went over the front of the stand. Lucky for me since behind was tile and in front was carpet. It also seems to have fallen perfectly flat on it’s face. Like I mentioned it hardly made a sound. I’m pretty sure had it hit at an angle something would have been twisted out of alignment.

Well as soon as I finish painting and get the curtains installed I’ll run the cables properly.


Edited by grunt (10/26/09 12:10 AM)
Edit Reason: Dyslexia
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#276257 - 10/26/09 04:40 PM Re: New HT Room Advice [Re: grunt]
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 Originally Posted By: grunt
As I was pulling one of the big monster chaise lounges back into place I heard a thump.


Monster makes Chaise Lounges now?? They must be really expensive?
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#276297 - 10/27/09 12:03 AM Re: New HT Room Advice [Re: Argon]
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Doesn't anyone make a chaise longue anymore? These lounges are all over the place.

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#276299 - 10/27/09 12:15 AM Re: New HT Room Advice [Re: CV]
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Did someone say Chaise Lounge?






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#276302 - 10/27/09 01:11 AM Re: New HT Room Advice [Re: richeydog]
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 Originally Posted By: Argon

Monster makes Chaise Lounges now?? They must be really expensive?

Only when pre-wired for a Buttkicker.

 Originally Posted By: richeydog

Did someone say Chaise Lounge?


All that’s missing are the sock suspenders. ;\)
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