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  1. Saw it today with my wife. She said she only laughed a few times. I heard her laugh a lot more than she thinks she did. I loved it. Gotta love the SNL cameos, too...David Koechner and Molly Shannon seem to be in a lot of SNL alumni movies. The outtakes during the credits had the whole audience laughing.
  2. Fortunately this is a fruit flavored brand that actually tastes good. You're right about the stirring, it doesn't mix too well.
  3. This Tuesday will mark the start of the 9th week that I've been on the South Beach diet along with an exercise program. I'm 5'10" and at the start of the diet I weighed 206.5 pounds with very little muscle. As of last Tuesday I weighed in at 187! A few days before I started the diet I started an exercise program consisting of free weights, situps, leg exercises and cardio. I can tell a huge difference in muscle definition in my arms and legs and stomach. I'd guess that I've lost between 2-3" in my waist since the suits I wear to work are huge on me now and I'll have to get them tailored. My goal is to get to 180 by the end of the year and I don't foresee any problems doing that. On a more controversial note, I just bought a 5 pound jar of creatine muscle building supplement. I did a lot of research on it and there were a lot of positive comments and only very minor negative comments. It will be interesting to see how much it will affect my weight loss and muscle gain. I think a 5 pound jar usually lasts about 2 months, so it will be a good amount of time to measure the results.
  4. When we bought our house my wife and I agreed that the basement was mine to do whatever I want with and the rest of the house was hers to decorate, arrange, furnish, etc. Fortunately for me she didn't want a big stereo or even a TV in our upstairs living room, so the basement is where its at! I started out with Definitive Technology satellite speakers that were about a foot tall and weighed about 15 pounds apiece. Then got rid of them to buy RF-25s. Then got rid of them and my sub to buy my RF-7s. So, in reality, my 5 speakers + 1 subwoofer took up a lot more space than my RF-7s do. I don't complain about the 100+ candles in the house, the many picture frames, the antique furniture, the 7 pillows on the bed, and she doesn't complain about what I do in the basement. I have also replaced every component in my system since we bought our house: TV, CD player, DVD player, receiver, speakers. I think that everything I have now will be here for a very long time. Unless I find someone locally with Klipschorns that is willing to sell them for $1000. []
  5. I'm planning on changing around my speaker & TV setup in my basement and have a question on my room vs. my RF-7s. On the attached pic, you can see that my right RF-7 will be about 6 inches from the angled wall behind it, but the left RF-7 will be a few feet from the flat wall behind it. How will this affect the bass coming from the rear ports? Would it be possible to build some sort of false wall behind the left RF-7 that was angled slightly to mirror the wall behind the right RF-7? If so, how tall should it be and how long? Other than how I currently have everything set up (which is along the long wall) this is the only way I can configure my system. I want to change things because right now I sit way too close to the TV and the speakers. Plus my current setup only allows for two people to sit and watch TV or listen to music. The limitations I have are in the bottom of the pic you can see there is a door to my office and a bar on the lower-right, so I can't set my system up on that side of the room. I will also be placing some acoustic foam on the side walls ceiling and rear walls if/when I set everything up like this.
  6. Thanks for your post, colter. My basement is probably one of the most unsymmetrical, weirdest basements you'd see. Very low ceiling, parts of the ceiling jutting out around ductwork, odd part of the wall sticking out a few feet in the room to fit around the fuse box behind it. The more I think about it the more I'm tempted to move my system to our main floor living room. But, my plan is to buy some double-sided tape as a temporary placement for the acoustic foam. Once its in place as I like it I'll probably just leave that on and see how well it holds. If not I'll get something like a spray adhesive.
  7. If you really liked the Quintet III, I would suggest getting that plus the Klipsch Sub-12 subwoofer. They should total $1000 or less depending on if you buy them when Best Buy has them on sale. Then for a receiver, brands such as Denon, Yamaha and Harman/Kardon are very good with Klipsch. Just pick a receiver that you like for about $500 and you'll be set!
  8. I've been watching the factory refurbished DVD players that Harman/Kardon is selling on eBay and I'm happy to say that I was high bidder tonight on one! Model DVD 31-Z, retails for $349, I got it for $76.51. According to the auction: "The DVD 31 plays high-resolution audio in both multichannel and two-channel stereo from the latest DVD-Audio discs. It provides bass management when the analog audio outputs are used for DVD-Audio playback, including speaker size, delay time and output level adjustment." It should be interesting to compare it to my sub-$30 Magnavox DVD player that I won at a work party.
  9. My plan is to get some 2" for the walls and 1" for the ceiling acoustic wedge foam from www.foambymail.com. Some corner bass absorbers are also in the works. Total cost should be just over $50 and I think my game plan of installation should make my lively basement sound much, much better.
  10. I've told my wife its a good thing we don't have a bathroom in our basement or I'd never leave! Between the computer, home theater and bar with fridge I live in the basement 99% of the time I'm awake.
  11. Considering the fact that Klipsch speakers are more efficient than most other speakers out there, mix-n-match will be something to avoid if possible. What will end up happening is the Klipsch speakers will probably drown out the other speakers both in sheer decibel output and in overall clarity and detail. For many years I ran a Klipsch KV-1 center channel along with a Definitive Technology sub/satellite system. I hardly ever used the center channel because even though it was a pretty inexpensive Klipsch center, it really outdid all the other speakers I had.
  12. I had a similar experience when I switched from my 10+ year old Sony dolby pro-logic receiver to my new Harman Kardon HK3480 2 channel receiver. Immediate difference in clarity, smoothness, detail. I still haven't had a chance to blast it really loud, but so far what I've heard I've loved. All at a cost of $175! I would imagine that in both our situations its a combination of a receiver that is more capable of driving the RF-7s and the fact that our old receivers probably have some pretty tired internals by now.
  13. Do you guys think I should buy it? Its only an hour from where I live. If I get it, what the heck would I do with it?? []
  14. Hmm, today's my day off...maybe I should contact the seller...[]
  15. Dang, you beat me to it. I just posted the ad in the 2 channel forum. Think $250 is a decent price? I've been wanting to replace the Bose 401 speakers in our upstairs living room and those Quartets would look awesome with our wood floors.
  16. A friend of mine has a Denon AVR-1802 with his RF-7s. Its the first time I heard RF-7s and they sounded awesome. I've seen those go for $100-150 on eBay, and they for sure have Dolby Digital and I believe DTS also.
  17. http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ele/199871618.html They've been posted a few times over the past few months. Seller started higher but has dropped to $250. Not mine, but maybe if someone said they were a good deal at that price I'd pick 'em up?
  18. Honestly, reading that makes me want to get rid of the Monster Cable that I have.
  19. The weakest link in my home theater is my DVD player ($30 Magnavox unit I won at a work party) Anyway... I'm wanting to replace my player with something that will go well with my current system. Options like HDMI and HD upscaling aren't really important to me. Just looking for something that sounds good and looks good. I've been looking at the harman/kardon DVD players that the h/k factory store is selling on eBay. Looks like they're selling anywhere from $50-$100 depending on the model for players retailing in the $299-$349 range. The style will match my HK3480. Are there any other brands or players I should be considering? Would brands whose receivers/amplifiers are considered 'warm' also be true with their DVD players? Oh, looking to spend $100-150 tops.
  20. As far as differences in DVD players, someone on here recently reported on their findings of 3-4 different players. He found that the biggest improvement from an el cheapo ($20) DVD player to a $100 or so player was the sound quality. Better bass, better clarity all around. Stepping up from there, the $300 or so player he tried had a definite improvement in picture quality, but the sound remained the same. At the $500 or so level the sound quality was better but this time picture quality remained similar. I may be a little off on the above, but it was something to that effect. A new DVD player will be my next upgrade as it currently is the weakest link in my system. ($30 Magnavox player)
  21. What Duke is trying to say is that at the output terminals of a receiver the speaker wire is receiving the full range of sound, 20Hz to 20kHz or some variance of that. You can connect 50 speaker wires to that terminal at the same time and every wire will be sending the same full range signal to the speaker. Wires do not have anything even remotely close to an internal crossover in them to be able to direct any frequences through one set of wires as opposed to another set. I use Monster Cables only because I bought them all years ago when I believed they were the best there was. Ironically I also used Bose speakers back then. I guess you can say I've come a long way. []
  22. Its an exciting adventure when you're looking to get new gear. Take your time and make an informed decision. I reluctantly retired my Sony receiver because I loved the parametric equalizer and could adjust about 15 frequencies with it. Since I got my H/K I just leave the bass and treble flat in the middle and it sounds fantastic! I just saw the eBay auction of the AVR 70 you're looking at. I like how the guy props the receiver up with his foot for the pictures. [:^)] Looks like it has pre-outs for every channel including a subwoofer. If you can pick it up for around the minimum bid you'll always be able to sell it for what you paid for it. Great choice!
  23. I'm not sure I understand exactly how you have it hooked up. Do you have the speaker wire going from the receiver and then the speakers and then the sub? Or do you have the speaker wire going from the receiver and then the sub and then the speakers? In any event, since your subwoofer does not have any outputs of any kind you shouldn't have it hooked up either of the above ways. The correct way to hook it up would be: Speaker outputs to main speakers ONLY, subwoofer RCA out on receiver to RCA input on subwoofer.
  24. You are correct in your description of the '4.1' feature of this receiver. Unless you really need an equalizer, don't do it. They introduce a lot more noise and problems than they many times correct. If you look at the THD % and S/N ratio of most EQs its horrible! Better to look for a unit like my old Sony receiver that has a built in parametric equalizer or one that has separate bass, mid and treble controls.
  25. I've been slowly replacing my components with better built and better reputation equipment and I've experienced the same things you have. My new receiver makes my Cambridge Audio CD player sound that much better. Right now my weakest link is the Magnavox DVD player that I won at a work party a few years ago. My Sony DVD player had just bit the dust so I was glad just to get something to play DVDs on. I have quite a few concert DVDs and the sound is much poorer compared to anything played on my CD player. I can't wait to get something decent in the way of a DVD player and hear what I've been missing.
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