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Old 01-15-2021, 10:17 PM   #11201
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I worked at Best Buy during college. Back when the majority of TVs werent flatscreens.

Wed have to cram a big tv into the back seat of a car so often it was nuts.

The worst was those big Sony XBRs, I think the 36 weighed like 220# or something.
Back then you got what you paid for! One of my uncles had the 40" Mitsu CRT back in the day. Who wants to help move it?
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Old 01-15-2021, 11:57 PM   #11202
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Yeah, I had a 36" Toshiba. It was awesome. For about a week before flat screens came out. For the same price.
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Old 01-16-2021, 09:20 AM   #11203
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I worked at Best Buy during college. Back when the majority of TVs werent flatscreens.

Wed have to cram a big tv into the back seat of a car so often it was nuts.

The worst was those big Sony XBRs, I think the 36 weighed like 220# or something.
I had one of those Sony XBRs, it kept on trucking for many years, we even dropped it when we moved out of my old apartment. Picture was slightly crooked after that. I didn't end up replacing it until like 2016 or so.
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Old 01-16-2021, 09:22 AM   #11204
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Also... Anyone buy a UHD bluray player recently? I had been using my xbox onex as a UHD bluray player for quite some time now but recently the optical drive stopped reading UHD disks, regular blurays were fine. After replacing the drive last night without any improvement I'm going to just go buy a new player.

Thinking about the Panasonic UB820:
https://www.whathifi.com/us/reviews/...nic-dp-ub820eb
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Old 01-16-2021, 09:33 AM   #11205
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I worked at Best Buy during college. Back when the majority of TVs werent flatscreens.

Wed have to cram a big tv into the back seat of a car so often it was nuts.

The worst was those big Sony XBRs, I think the 36 weighed like 220# or something.
Not embarrassed to say, we still use that 34" XBR and the picture is still great (it is over 200lbs). I got it through a guy that worked at the Sony factory when they were making them in SW Pa...

I've been wanting a replacement but have to do a few home improvements before I can, per my wife.
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Old 01-16-2021, 09:37 AM   #11206
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They were hands down the best tv you could get then for sure, at least of what we had in the store. The larger projector pictures werent as good.
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Old 01-16-2021, 10:07 AM   #11207
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My old Hitachi RPTV was no slouch, but it took a lot of work and extra cost to get it there. It was not great out of the box, but after having the interior lined with fabric, and the projectors calibrated to ISF spec, I'd have put it up against any other display of the era. Fond memories of that behemoth.
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Old 01-17-2021, 10:11 PM   #11208
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Prior to leaving for Korea in March of 2019, I bought a Klipsch RSB-11 sound bar/ sub setup. A couple of months ago, sound from the sound bar would cut out and only play the sub, but it'd happen intermittently.

Welp, now it's dead all together (minus the sub). Of course it's out of warranty. I took it apart to look for something obviously loose, as one time tapping on it seemed to make it work Of course nothing is obvious, so I assume it's something on the little main board that contains basically everything.

I sent a support message to Klipsch asking about a replacement board or repair service. I'm hoping they're willing to help somehow. If not, I have a $400 paperweight
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Old 01-19-2021, 04:57 PM   #11209
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I am once again nowhere close to a shop that offers tube radio repair. In the meantime, as a little project, I plan on putting a small BT receiver/ amp, and phono pre amp into the broken record pocket and wire them to the current turntable and speakers. I hate soldering, so what could possibly go wrong
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Old 01-19-2021, 05:42 PM   #11210
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Prior to leaving for Korea in March of 2019, I bought a Klipsch RSB-11 sound bar/ sub setup. A couple of months ago, sound from the sound bar would cut out and only play the sub, but it'd happen intermittently.



Welp, now it's dead all together (minus the sub). Of course it's out of warranty. I took it apart to look for something obviously loose, as one time tapping on it seemed to make it work Of course nothing is obvious, so I assume it's something on the little main board that contains basically everything.



I sent a support message to Klipsch asking about a replacement board or repair service. I'm hoping they're willing to help somehow. If not, I have a $400 paperweight
Sounds like it could be a bad solder joint on the board somewhere. These can usually be spotted with a careful visual inspection, the component lead will look like it has a ring around it. Reflowing the connection with fresh solder should take care of it.
These are most common on thermally and mechanically stressed components like large transistors, regulators, connectors, power resistors etc.
Since you hate soldering have a beer first.
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Old 01-20-2021, 04:29 PM   #11211
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Saw this on Craigslist. Emailed the guy if he'd consider selling everything but the speakers.

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/e...254439557.html

It seems like a really good deal, I was thinking of offering $1700 for the seats/projector/screen/receiver. What say you OT? It's not a 4k projector, so I'd have to upgrade that eventually, but the price of everything, I think it seems like a good deal.
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Old 01-20-2021, 06:14 PM   #11212
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Eh, told him forget it but if he pieces it out I would be interested in the receiver.
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:33 PM   #11213
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Saw this on Craigslist. Emailed the guy if he'd consider selling everything but the speakers.

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/e...254439557.html

It seems like a really good deal, I was thinking of offering $1700 for the seats/projector/screen/receiver. What say you OT? It's not a 4k projector, so I'd have to upgrade that eventually, but the price of everything, I think it seems like a good deal.
HDMI is old spec and none of it is anything Id invest in. You can hunt down solid receivers, new, for under $500. I have a Denon in my MB that does 5.2.2 or 7.2 and it was $400 bnib. Speakers, I know where the deals are, you just have to like JBL and be ready to pounce.
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:49 PM   #11214
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Can any of you recommend a receiver that would work to send audio to in-wall speakers. Its 3 sets of speakers.

I like my Yamaha how I can play from Spotify right to it, Im tempted to just grab a Yamaha but dont need a full theater model. Is there another brand that works like that?
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Old 01-21-2021, 09:01 AM   #11215
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HDMI is old spec and none of it is anything Id invest in. You can hunt down solid receivers, new, for under $500. I have a Denon in my MB that does 5.2.2 or 7.2 and it was $400 bnib. Speakers, I know where the deals are, you just have to like JBL and be ready to pounce.
I did tell him nevermind. I was thinking that his Marantz would be an upgrade over my 2 year old Pioneer Receiver which is 7.1. I'm good with the speakers I have now, I was just looking at the overall "theater" pieces - the seats, the screen and the projector.

I'm stuck on what to get next in my basement, seating or the projector/screen next. And with the projector, I need to figure out what to do with my 65" 4k tv that's mounted on the wall. Do I get a motorized screen so that when we're just watching youtube or something that doesn't need to be projected, we're not wasting the bulb time on a projector? Or do I get a telescoping mount and put the TV off to the side and move over as needed?
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Old 01-21-2021, 09:56 AM   #11216
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Can any of you recommend a receiver that would work to send audio to in-wall speakers. Its 3 sets of speakers.

I like my Yamaha how I can play from Spotify right to it, Im tempted to just grab a Yamaha but dont need a full theater model. Is there another brand that works like that?
send audio, as in over bluetooth?

I have a sony 1080 receiver and I use airplay to stream directly to it from my phone. Very convenient, as I can use any music app to play to my receiver.
This receiver can also output to any bluetooth speaker. Ive yet to try it though.
Wired, well, works just as any for music.
Price, its high right now. I caught it on a low based on camelcamelcamel
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Old 01-21-2021, 10:24 AM   #11217
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Yeah I think either via Bluetooth or WiFi.
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Old 01-21-2021, 11:04 AM   #11218
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I did tell him nevermind. I was thinking that his Marantz would be an upgrade over my 2 year old Pioneer Receiver which is 7.1. I'm good with the speakers I have now, I was just looking at the overall "theater" pieces - the seats, the screen and the projector.

I'm stuck on what to get next in my basement, seating or the projector/screen next. And with the projector, I need to figure out what to do with my 65" 4k tv that's mounted on the wall. Do I get a motorized screen so that when we're just watching youtube or something that doesn't need to be projected, we're not wasting the bulb time on a projector? Or do I get a telescoping mount and put the TV off to the side and move over as needed?
A lot of people put a tv behind the projector screen. So they mount the tv on the wall and then the screen pulls down in front of it when they want to use the projector. Motorized isn't necessary and it's a lot more $.

Projectors do two things that many do not like. They give off heat (maybe nice in the winter but it sucks in the summer) and they make noise. A recently deceased friend used projectors for years and dumped them when he got his X940D a few years ago.

The current panels are getting so good at blacks that projectors just don't have the gain over a panel that they used to. The only benefit I see (I planned on putting a projector in my HT for many years then tossed it when I recently redid the HT) is if you really want 100+ inch screen. There are 85" panel options now that are relatively affordable (Sony X900H comes to mind and I think Black Friday the 85" was $1999). I like the 75" size myself. Put the seats 10-12 feet away and it's pretty damn nice. I'd only want a 4k projector myself and they are not cheap at all. Then you need a quality screen and those are a few grand so the projector + solid screen is going to be the better part of ten grand.

Sony's new Panel lineup released at CES and the models look really solid.

Seats I got these.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/octane-...?skuId=2796749
But I bought mine when the 3 seat setup was like $1800.
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Old 01-21-2021, 11:18 AM   #11219
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I do wish TVs didn't shrink with time. My 77" looked huge in the living room at first. Now, not so much.
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Im pretty happy in my basement with the 82. I couldve gone bigger and do have room for a projector but it works well. I do agree it seems to have gotten smaller in the last few weeks.
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A lot of people put a tv behind the projector screen. So they mount the tv on the wall and then the screen pulls down in front of it when they want to use the projector. Motorized isn't necessary and it's a lot more $.

Projectors do two things that many do not like. They give off heat (maybe nice in the winter but it sucks in the summer) and they make noise. A recently deceased friend used projectors for years and dumped them when he got his X940D a few years ago.

The current panels are getting so good at blacks that projectors just don't have the gain over a panel that they used to. The only benefit I see (I planned on putting a projector in my HT for many years then tossed it when I recently redid the HT) is if you really want 100+ inch screen. There are 85" panel options now that are relatively affordable (Sony X900H comes to mind and I think Black Friday the 85" was $1999). I like the 75" size myself. Put the seats 10-12 feet away and it's pretty damn nice. I'd only want a 4k projector myself and they are not cheap at all. Then you need a quality screen and those are a few grand so the projector + solid screen is going to be the better part of ten grand.

Sony's new Panel lineup released at CES and the models look really solid.

Seats I got these.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/octane-...?skuId=2796749
But I bought mine when the 3 seat setup was like $1800.
Those seats look nice and the curve might actually work good in our space.

We have an 85" Sony in the main living room, we got it at BB for 2k, so you do make a good point about that vs a projector, though I was hoping for a 120" screen for that theatre experience.

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I do wish TVs didn't shrink with time. My 77" looked huge in the living room at first. Now, not so much.
Yup, we started with a 60" in the old house, then when that TV died we got the 65" Sony that's in my basement now. The 85" looks "normal" now in the living room.
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The 85 in the living room. Doesnt look that big on that giant wall.


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Question: Where do you sit to watch TV in that setup?
Do you rotate the couch around?
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camera probably makes it look worse than it is.
Else, you got like a 20 ft viewing distance there
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Question: Where do you sit to watch TV in that setup?
Do you rotate the couch around?
I took the pic standing behind the other side of the couch.

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camera probably makes it look worse than it is.
Else, you got like a 20 ft viewing distance there
The first pic is with the ultrawide camera, makes it looks further than it is. IIRC it's 16 feet away while sitting.
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