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Everything posted by drzaius

  1. National anthems are sure viewed differently on the 2 sides of the 49th. Mainly cause ours kinda sucks. See, point proven. If I was in the US I'd have already been pelted with 3 day old poutine for expressing such sentiments
  2. I have an HTPC, but it gets used hardly ever. Just too much hassle. When it dies I'll probably go with a Shield. I do use it for calibration & setup whenever I change things up. It's already connected and I use the TV as a nice big monitor. Just plug in the UMIK and fire up REW. Easier than getting out the laptop. Now Oppo doesn't even make players anymore and Sony has a very decent Blu-ray player for about a hundred bucks. Do you remember a few years ago when Lexicon was selling a $3000 Blu-ray player, but inside was a few hundred dollar Oppo, chassis and all? Caused quite the stir among the snake oil aficionados, apoplexy even. I think there are many heads still in the sand to this day.
  3. I have a 42" PC monitor (not a TV) that is a dumb display, but way too small for HT use. Anything of any size and quality and in the consumer TV market segment, seems to be smart. And I agree with you that a PC with a decent monitor gets work done about 10X faster than with a phone. I don't even like working on a laptop without a larger monitor and real keyboard. My 35 or so WPM drops to about half that on a laptop keyboard or phone.
  4. Just a hint that will improve airflow quite a bit. Take out that flex and us solid pipe and a long sweep elbow. then use a piece of flex for the drop between the cyclone and bin. That flex elbow you have especially is killing your airflow.
  5. I gave that new/old AVR a workout the last two nights and, after tripping the protect 20 or 30 times, have figured out just how high I can turn up the volume. It will do quite nicely for temporary.
  6. My smart TV has about a hundred apps, but I never use them. To my it's just a dumb display. I wish you could get a really good non-smart TV.
  7. I have, and have a dev or 2 in mind, depending on how things work out. But somehow I don't think they'll be needed. They'd be a fun build though because the box is so complex. Personally, I've never heard the 1099s or the HTM12s but they both have good reputations. Are you on AVS Forum by chance?
  8. Hey, I've seen pics of that home, but not the video. Thanks for posting that. Maybe I don't want to watch? I love the RCA dogs.
  9. Yea, looks like you've got it bad too. Are those flatpacks 1099s? For what they cost flatpacks great value, unless you're outside the US. So I have to cut all my own. I've heard all kinds of good things about those speakers, but I've had a very nice bed layer set of Polk LSi series speakers for years and love them. I'd have to hear something pretty special to make me want to switch. I built my 4 Atmos speakers from a parts kit from Madisound. They are MTMs. I also built a sub of my own design. It has an 18" driver in a 20 cu ft ported box. and is a beast in every sense, including weight, at about 350 lbs. In the que now are a couple of 12" subs, a couple of 10" that will also be end tables, and a couple of Harbottle Audio 21" drivers in ported boxes. Cody from Harbottle assures me that my world will be well and truly rocked. I have looked at the outlaw amps and they are very nice and a good value. But I just have an itch to assemble my own using ICEpower amp modules, the 2000AS2. Because of the price break for bulk purchases, it's cheaper for me to get all 2000s than a mix. I think Outlaw uses ICEpower, or maybe Hypex modules. Those xovers are a breeze and won't take you long at all to put together. Fun to do as well. For me, AV is kind of a perfect fit because it blends woodworking, electronics (at the most basic level) and home theater. All things I love
  10. And money may not buy happiness, but it sure buys good hobbies
  11. Once you hear a good Atmos system for music or movies, it's hard to go back. I actually rarely listen to music anymore outside my media room. I'd just rather save it for the best listening experience.
  12. Yes, runaway epoxy is no joke at all.
  13. Probably best that way. Once you head down that hole... If you want to see over my head, check out this home theater build by @pkinneb I've looked at tons of builds on that site and his is right up there with the best of them. Just gorgeous. Mine pales by comparison, but it's more of a multipurpose room with full home theater quality AV. And folks say woodworking is an expensive hobby
  14. They'll do fine with grade 9 education You can get a lot of Rockler for a few year's university tuition.
  15. That's a dangerous situation, my friend. I have a Lee Valley 5 minutes away from work and it's a constant battle.
  16. A few days ago one of the amps in my home theater puked out it's guts. It powers the L, C, R and two of the surrounds, so without it, there is no joy in movieland. That modules I need to assemble a new one are out of stock for who knows how long (surprise, surprise). What's a fella to do? No music, no videos, no movies. Weekend evenings are always dedicated to music and/or movies. Seriously, this is a depressing situation. @pkinneb will back me up on this. The bay next door to my work is an electronics recycling depot, so on a whim, I check out their website. They go through the donations and offer up for sale anything that might be good for parts or even still working. There's a suggested price and you counter with an offer. So I end up with a fully operational Yamaha 7.1 AVR with separate audio channel inputs. They were asking $149, I offered $65 and they accepted It's a little underpowered, but will do just fine for temporary When I get my new amp built, I'll give this one back to them with my thanks (they are a non-profit). Now tonight it will be Party On About the new amps; they will be a beauty. 14 channels at 2000W RMS per channel. I don't need that much power for all channels, but the 7 subs do and the economics are that it's cheapest for me to purchase all of the same modules.
  17. I have a really nice set from Lee Valley that are made of HSS. If it doesn't say otherwise, they are probably carbon steel, which works well, but the least bit of heat kills the edge. Forstners are so easy to get hot. I've got mine smoking hot so many times, but it hasn't affected the hardness. I got a little silly and bought a 29 piece set of Forstner/saw tooth bits that go up to 3" and have only used about 2/3 of them. But it sure is nice to have whatever size is needed. They are real quality stuff.
  18. True story. My wife bought me a Record block plane about 30 years ago, knowing nothing about planes. I left it in the drawer for about 20 years because I thought it was a cheap piece of junk. Then one day I spent about an hour tuning it to perfection. I'll reach for it more often than my LN block plane. Not sure why, but it just works better in my hand. About the only thing I could do to improve it is get a thicker iron made of better steel. the one it has sharpens easily, but also dulls easily and is a little thin. It was really a great value at somewhere around $20.
  19. I use William Ng 's method, using a table saw. It's simple and almost foolproof. I love the guy, he's brilliant and has a goofy sense of humor that amuses me. I wish he could produce more videos though.
  20. That is a rather spectacular setting and it's no wonder they jumped on it.
  21. DRO: Digital Read Out. I put one on my table saw and it sure does ease the eye strain. I'll be putting them on my planer and router table as well.
  22. I'm a little behind here, but I do love me some finger joints. They are my go to for drawers. Easy, fast, and strong as a bull. And they look darn good too.
  23. I think this is is the universe telling you to cover the mess with one of those spectacular spiral veneer patterns
  24. Maybe with some luck it will survive. I was involved in reconnecting a large bungalow built in 1956 (the year I was born) that had been cut in 2 for relocation. The was a beauty, a mid century modern through and through. the kitchen was still completely original right down to the linoleum countertops trimmed with aluminum edging. The house could have been a museum piece. That new owners loved it that way and maintained the originality as much as possible. the kitchen was really cool, but nowhere near the same league as the one above.