Friday, December 15, 2006

HD DVD Titles

This is a listing of our currently owned HD DVD's:
Batman Begins
Chronicles of Riddick
Mission Impossible I II & III
Pitch Black
Training Day
V for Vendetta

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Updated the HD-DVD player

I updated the RCA HDV5000 player a couple weeks ago to the latest software version. This eliminanted some skipping issues I was having on scratched disc, AND added support for Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround. This was an extremely nice free feature, and it has added an even greater depth to the soundfield. Troy HD is coming out next week with the TrueHD soundtrack, and I look forward to checking it.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Audio Overhaul and HD-DVD

Well it has been a long time since we posted but there is big news at the SPOT. Last week we added an RCA HDV5000 HD-DVD player. The picture is fantastic! It also upconverts so well that I don't use the Oppo anymore. There are only two problems. First, it now means that I will be spending money on HD-DVD's because the SD versions just don't cut it anymore. We also joined NetFlix so that we could review the HD versions before we buy them.

Secondly, now that the video is so awesome it was time to upgrade the audio. The Infinity SM120's had served me well for 10 years, but it was time to upgrade. As luck would have it, Definitive Tech was having a warehouse sale this week. I was able to pick up a pair of BP70001SC front speakers and BPX surrounds for half the MSRP. It was too good to pass up and worth every penny. The fronts are in place and the room has been equalized, but the surrounds have not been mounted yet. I will do that next week. I still need to pick up a new center, probably the CLR2500, but that will have to wait for another day.

Last night we watched Chronicles of Riddick and Pitch Black in HD. I enjoy both of these films very much, with PB being my favorite of the two. Tonight will be our first showing with the new equipment to a couple of friends from Baltimore.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

A customized Intro

I finally broke down and purchased a customized intro clip for the theater. I am quite impressed with it. I was also able to hack my Oppo firmware and change the startup screen with a screen capture from the CeRT intro disc.

A picture of the new startup screen is shown below.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Time to play Catch-Up

It has been a long time since we updated this blog, but here is a quick rundown on what we have been up to. We are in the process of adding bass traps and equalizing the G-Spot. Luokui is also busy working on his recording studio. We have watched a few movies during the construction phase.

King Kong: Really enjoyed this movie. The picture was crisp and the sound was awesome. It was about an hour too long though, and should have had some of the scenes deleted. The face of Kong was very well done, but the dinosaur scenes should have stayed in Jurassic Park IV.

Crash: We had a group of about 5 friends over to watch this "Oscar Winner". We all agreed, too contrived, and gave it a thumbs down. What were they thinking when they picked this movie? It would be a waste as a rental, and even more so as a buy. In short, it crashed.

We have watched a few others, but the titles escape me. I guess they weren't much to write about!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

New Harman Kardon Remote

After many long weeks of waiting, my Harman Kardon TC-30 arrived. This remote (OEM from Logitech) has the electronics of the Harmony 880 in the shell of the 520. All my devices are now controlled from one remote, rather than six! One chair was usually reserved to hold all the remotes, now that is no longer an issue. So far everything works great, and I am happy with the purchase.

Sunday, January 29, 2006


Last night's feature was Serenity. We had two couples over for dinner. The weather was so warm, we decided to have grilled pork loin and fettucini with shrimp cream sauce. Even after this hearty meal, we managed to polish off 2 kettles of popcorn. After the movie, we broke out the propane tank and had creme brulee and creme puffs for dessert.

The movie kept everyone's attention. A fight broke out over who would get to borrow our Firefly series, so we knew they liked the movie. We won't mention the argument over whether or not Jayne was a Baldwin boy or not. Even though Adam is a Baldwin, he is not related to Alec, Stephen, Daniel, William, or Joseph.

Sunday, January 22, 2006


Last night we presented "Underworld" to 3 friends of our coven. The movie was a Superbit version, and although dark it was extremely crisp and clear. The soundtrack is DTS and gives the amp a decent workout with sporadic explosions and excessive gunfire. The movie was enjoyed by both Vampyre and Lycan alike, though I still prefer Blade 3 and Van Helsing. Plenty of action to sink your teeth into and keep the sleep deprived zombies awake.

This was our first showing after completing some work on the underside of the platform. We had re-seated the buttkickers and added more insulation between the joists. I also readjusted the input levels to the kicker amp through the dvd sub out. I did not hear the annoying "rattle"in the platform that we have been experiencing, but I did not sit on the platform seating.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Not so "Fantastic Four"

Last night we had a mixed group of friends over for authentic homemade pizza and movie. The pizza's were delicious, especially the artichoke, anchovies, mushroom and pepperoni ones (others may have differing opinions).

The movie did have some decent sound effects, but the story didn't seem to go anywhere. Even for a short movie, it took forever for some resemblance of a storyline to develop. By then it was too late, and the movie was over. Oh well, we still had fun channel surfing after the movie ended.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Battlestar Galatica 1 & 2.0

We finished the last of the BG season 2.0 discs a few nights ago, in preparation for the continuation of Season 2 on Comcast. We had watched the first two seasons on dvd. Much to our disappointment, watching this series on the Sci-fi channel is hard on the eyes. We were spoiled by the no-commercial 16:9 DD presentation on dvd. The SD, 4:3 presentation on Comcast is like watching the series through a small dirty window. As anxious as we are to continue watching the series, we may decide to wait for the discs again. Sad, but why can't they broadcast these shows in HD!