Is the home theater craze over or what?

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  1. mhedges

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    Sure it makes sense a lot of times. Sometimes it doesn't, at least to me. Like, I wouldn't buy (for example) an older Oppo blu ray player just to use as a transport. To me any of the much cheaper new Sony or Samsung wifi players will do an equally good job, they just don't have any analog outs. And you get netflix and other streaming video support which is nice.

    Nice. I don't know that much about Anthem - I just looked them up and saw Crutchfield was asking $2500 for a 31 lb 7.2 reciever, which seemed questionable to me, given that my $450 Yamaha had an almost equivalent feature set and is only 5 pounds lighter.

    Yep. I know that firsthand (having a RX-V779) and found out the hard way. Went through all kinds of troubleshooting thinking cables etc. were bad before I figured it out. I was trying to connect a Nintendo Wii (only source I have that isn't native HDMI) and wound up buying a Wii to HDMI dongle for it. Maybe it loses a tad of quality but I didn't notice anything and it saves a lot of hassle when changing inputs.
     

     

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  2. sheltie dave

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    Yes, the home theater craze is over.


    But everyone is still crazy about bacon.
     
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  3. MannyE

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    How DARE you speak about bacon????? :yikes:
     
  4. sheltie dave

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    Bacon! Bacon!? Did I say bacon?
     
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  6. JoeESP9

    JoeESP9 ESL's & tubes since 83

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    Sometimes I buy Oscar Meyer pre-cooked bacon for the burgers I grill. 1 minute in the microwave is all a couple of slices need.
     

     

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  7. darkblue94

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    Pre-cooked bacon? Oh the humanity.:thumbsdown:
     
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  8. JoeESP9

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    Don't knock it unless you've tried it. I also buy regular un-cooked OM bacon. It has a unique taste that I happen to be quite fond of. The pre-cooked tastes exactly the same as the uncooked. I don't particularly like and don't purchase any other OM products.
     
  9. MannyE

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    OM?
     
  10. mhedges

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    Oscar Meyer maybe?
     
  11. MannyE

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    Yes... context says Oscar Meyer. I don't buy anything Oscar Meyer. I like the thick cut applewood smoked bacon that comes in a slab shape. I forget the brand. I make a whole package in the oven on two 1/2 sheets. It's the only way to make bacon. THE ONLY WAY. :rant:
     

     

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  12. Teej

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    For what it's worth, I own one 5.1 audio recording, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" by The Flaming Lips. The first time I listened to it was unforgettable. Music in 5.1 is amazing. Ignoring it as a medium is short-sighted and a terrible loss on the part of the non-listener.

    Also bacon or whatever. :beatnik:
     
  13. JoeESP9

    JoeESP9 ESL's & tubes since 83

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    Bacon cooked in the oven!:eek:
    Oh no!
    It doesn't get crispity crunchity that way.:D

    BTW, I have no problem with music in 5.1. I just have no desire to be surrounded by the band. Give me some ambience and hall sound and I'm good to go.
     
  14. MannyE

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    Totally. No one should ever ignore anything and pass judgement until they hear it for themselves.

    Maybe there should be two separate categories for surround music? With and without video? Without an accompanying video presentation or a live album, all bets are off because the artist and producers can pretty much do whatever they want, but if it's a concert video, I prefer the video and audio to match up. You know what would really be neat? If there's a camera on the stage and you get a "Robert Plant's View" (to use a random band) with John Bonham's drums slamming behind your head and the crowd noise in front of you. THAT would be awesome and THAT would be a really effective use of surround that would amaze everyone from elitist snobs (apparently) like me to the MP3 millennials that spend all day listening to music on earbuds.
     
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  15. JoeESP9

    JoeESP9 ESL's & tubes since 83

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    Nope, I want to hear music from the perspective of someone in the audience. I got enough of being surrounded by the band when I was playing music for a living.
     
  16. MannyE

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    Take the bacon and place it on a sheet pan. Preheat the oven to however high it goes, "full whack" as the Naked Chef says... then put the sheet pan in the oven and wait 15 20 minutes, keep an eye on it that last 5 minutes. Crispety crunchety bacon (and an entire package of it at that) without all the mess of making it on your stovetop.

    Like multichannel music...don't knock it 'till you've tried it! :biggrin:
     

     

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    Jeez... fine... I'll get off your lawn :rflmao:
     
  18. JoeESP9

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    As a bachelor who lives alone (I have regular female companionship) I usually only need a couple of slices at a time. For those occasions my trusty, seasoned and weathered cast Iron frying pan does a bang up job. The pre-cooked is only for when I'm grilling.

    IME being on stage is quite possibly the worst place to hear what a band actually sounds like. The monitors at your feet do not do a very good job of reproducing what the sound of the band's sound is actually like. Those who use IEM's are usually at the mercy of whoever is doing the mixing for the PA system.

    BTW I very much like multichannel music. I just want the sound to be what I would hear were I in the audience. Most classical multichannel recordings attempt to do just that.
     
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  19. mhedges

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    I've had terrible luck cooking bacon in the oven. It goes from nice and crispy to burnt in the blink of an eye. And it makes a mess in your oven and you still have a pan to clean.

    Cleanup is really pretty minimal in a pan on a flat stovetop. Just don't have it so hot that it spits everywhere.
     
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  20. Will S.

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    For concerts with video, I want the surround sound to reflect what's on the screen. Most of the time, that's going to be an audience mix. OTOH, the Ernest Ranglin Blu-Ray isn't really a concert video. It's much more intimate recording and the sound reflects that. If there's no video, however, all bets are off. I really like 2L's surround recordings that put the listener inside the Trondheimsolistene.
     
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