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  1. Shoe..... My puppie was amazing. He has never blinked at any dvd, any noise level, until the fire breathing dragon effect. He took ran over to me, and hid between my legs and the couch. He was shaking like a leave and very much NOT a happy camper. After the third time, I found him 3 floors up, hiding under my bed.
  2. Try the Eagles Hell Freezes Over DVD. Awesome. Also, the original VH1 Divas Live Concert (Mariah, Gloria, Shania, Celine, Aretha, Carol King} Also try cd Tapestry Revisited, especially Amy Grant's It's Too Late...
  3. I did not have these buff marks on my units, and I checked based upon your post. With regards to serial numbers, mine are not sequential, but not separated by much. I think this wouldn't matter unless the units were produced say weeks or months apart from each other... My poor puppie get scared to death in Reign of Fire, unlike any prior dvd. And that's without a subwoofer still. I can't imagine the effect if I actually had a RSW-15...
  4. When I bought my RF-7's, the very experienced older dude (ex biker type, worked in the recording industry for many years) told me that when the RB's came out, a lot of the studio engineers were so impressed that it was their first choice to replace their home speakers. Thought I'd share that with you. ------------------ Amp: Integra 7.2 DVD: Toshiba SD4700 Fronts: RF-7 Centre: RC-7 Surrounds: old Advents! Sub: None TV: Dreaming of Plasma
  5. Thanks everyone! I went the radio shack recoton unit route. A couple of observations: 1) Overall, seems to work acceptably. My system is in my home theatre in the basement, and my remote is upstairs in the master bedroom- so that's 2 floors above the basement. 2) I have noticed that the basement receiver/ir transmitter has it's led blinking almost continuously, but at a much reduced output level. This could be it picking up those 418mhz random signals, but it is intriguing that the output level is very low as compared to when the remote unit talks to it- then the led is very brightly lit. I don't seem to have any side effects with unwanted system changes. 3) I have noticed that some remote control features work perfectly, while others may require several attempts. Channel, Volume seem to work great. Setup, actual cable numbers etc seems to be less than perfect. I also need a remote unit in my main floor living room, and am wondering what happens if I get a second receiver/transmitter pair, and simply use the same basement base station. Are all sets working on a slightly different channel, or would this work?? Thanks! ------------------ Amp: Integra 7.2 DVD: Toshiba SD4700 Fronts: RF-7 Centre: RC-7 Surrounds: old Advents! Sub: None TV: Dreaming of Plasma
  6. Thanks everyone! Hobbit, while I wouldn't use some RadioShack things like speakers in a situation where I'm being a purist, that attitude certainly doesn't pertain to things like jacks, and IR repeaters. Hey, if they work is all that I care about. RadioShack rules!! And to some of the other posts, yes I too noticed that a lot of X10 stuff is simply rebranded through RadioShack. Again, as long as the functionality is there, I don't care. Thanks again to everyone for giving me a good range of options, as well as earned wisdom. Toodles! ------------------ Amp: Integra 7.2 DVD: Toshiba SD4700 Fronts: RF-7 Centre: RC-7 Surrounds: old Advents! Sub: None TV: Dreaming of Plasma
  7. m00n, your setup is so close to what I almost went to it's scary. I almost bought the 520, and have used H/K for almost 25 years now. Finally didn't go that route because there just hasn't been enough time between when they started screwing up on quality etc and now for me to go the 520. Got a once-in-a-lifetime deal on the Integra that seal the fate of getting a 520. Our DVD are not exactly the same, but close. Tv is Samsung 29" non flat, circa 1991. I haven't yet down the surrounds or sub, due to dollar per month spreading. Pisses me off that to get the cherry I have to take a sub that is way more than more space needs. So once again, it's scary how close we are in terms of components. ------------------ Amp: Integra 7.2 DVD: Toshiba SD4700 Fronts: RF-7 Centre: RC-7 Surrounds: old Advents! Sub: None TV: Dreaming of Plasma
  8. There are several ways to look at this. 1) Protectnig your equipment. Usually power conditioners have signficant protection against voltage spikes. Although all electronics is made to take some abuse from the 120V, there are limits. Brownouts followed by overshoots as power comes back can exceed the tolerances of electronics. If it's a toaster or microwave, well, that's life. If it's your $2000 amp or $3000 tv, that's painful. 2) The other issue is filtering of excessive frequencies/noise. I have some halogen indirect wall lighting that sometimes places high frequency noise on the AC. In a el-cheapo clock radio and older amp, you can clearly hear it through the speakers. Turn off the lights, it goes away. Thus it could make it through your higher quality amp to- depending on design etc. Best way to tell if this might be a benefit is to switch your audio input to a non-existant change (and not let it go back to last known good), then crank up the amp to the limit. You will likely hear some amp noise, and maybe a wee cross talk, but there should be no constant significant noise. If you do hear something, the higher the pitch, the more likely it's something like a blender, halogen, etc. In any case, interrupt the significance by considering just how much you have cranked the amp. Power conditioning may or may not have filters to limit any noise to a vary narrow range. In general, I'd rate the protection issue as being more likely a reason to go the conditioner route. I actually considered placing a inline conditioner to the feed into the subpanel that I installed when I built my home theatre basement. I didn't do this, yet, as the price tag was a not something I wanted to deal with today, and can always implement a bit later. Given my new speakers, one might consider that reasoning, bizarre. ------------------ Amp: Integra 7.2 DVD: Toshiba SD4700 Fronts: RF-7 Centre: RC-7 Surrounds: old Advents! Sub: None TV: Dreaming of Plasma
  9. Mike Lindsey: Thanks! I've seen the Last Waltz at Price Club/Costco recently and wondered about the audio quality, given the era. avman: yes, the dvd reunion is HFO. Sorry, but sometimes I am bad with titles of audio stuff. BTW, got the Who at Albert Hall. Damn those British make it sound so easy. Why the hang are 99% of the North American Live Concert recordings no better than watching it on CBS. The Who's voices aren't holding up all that well with age, but not bad still. Way better than the Moody Blues. Try Phil Collins Footloose in Paris (or similar title). Pretty good, and he is weathering quite well. Thanks again to everyone. Will obtain the Last Waltz shortly, and maybe MAC's The Dance. Still searching for the Steely Dan (Two against nature). I refuse to pay full rip online... ------------------ Amp: Integra 7.2 DVD: Toshiba SD4700 Fronts: RF-7 Centre: RC-7 Surrounds: old Advents! Sub: None TV: Dreaming of Plasma
  10. Thanks STL. I too could sit down and replicate what they do- I just don't have the time to tinker these days. The cost point is ridiculous, and since my amp has an IR in anyway (separate from the C Bus stuff), I may just try that route some day. The key is to obtain the ir receiver and ensure that it can drive the signal back over an approximate 50' distance without amplification. If I can get something that does that, then I need only worry about merging 2 separate IR receivers to one input on the receiver. Then later on figure out how to split that final receiver end into multiple ir transmitters. Again, drive will be the issue. Can you post back how you did this, and the problems you encountered? The silicon/passive components shouldn't be hard to obtain, even as samples. So, it's coming down to the wisdom you build.... Thanks! ------------------ Amp: Integra 7.2 DVD: Toshiba SD4700 Fronts: RF-7 Centre: RC-7 Surrounds: old Advents! Sub: None TV: Dreaming of Plasma
  11. He means that a wired IR system would transmit the received commands over wire to the receiver etc with much less chance of noise problems than if the same signals were sent back to the amp via an RF connection. This is generally correct, as long as you don't have the wire running through bundles of 120/240V wires which would likely impart considerable noise, especially on low voltage/current signals on thin non-shielded wire.... ------------------ Amp: Integra 7.2 DVD: Toshiba SD4700 Fronts: RF-7 Centre: RC-7 Surrounds: old Advents! Sub: None TV: Dreaming of Plasma
  12. You said to try "4.Steely Dan (Two against nature) this one is exceptional". Didn't know there was a DVD. I've tried the Gaucho CD, with Hey Nineteen and Babylon Sisters. Wicked. Thanks for the responses- only 1 though, to the 41 viewers. Sigh... ------------------ Amp: Integra 7.2 DVD: Toshiba SD4700 Fronts: RF-7 Centre: RC-7 Surrounds: old Advents! Sub: None TV: Dreaming of Plasma
  13. I thought all this stuff was of major interest to me, and that it would make a vast difference in my listening enjoyment. Sigh. Alas, it's not yet the end of the month, and I can't afford to replace the now vastly degraded batteries of my hearing aids..... Do I sell my RF's so that I can hear them better???? ------------------ Amp: Integra 7.2 DVD: Toshiba SD4700 Fronts: RF-7 Centre: RC-7 Surrounds: old Advents! Sub: None TV: Dreaming of Plasma
  14. Although I had spent some time listening in store, and much more time reading here and elsewhere, I still invested in the RF/C 7's with more than just a bit of trepidation. After 30 days, I am very please with how much better than the older horn designs these speakers sound. I recently spent an entire night listening to, over and over again, the EAGLES reunion concert DVD. Holy S****. I've been to their concerts (years ago), and also been able to listen to tracks in the studio. This dvd really brings out the RF/C 7's. Any suggestions for other MUSIC DVDs? I tried the Moody Blues at Red Rock. Sigh. Some singers voices do NOT hold up over time. Thanks! ------------------ Amp: Integra 7.2 DVD: Toshiba SD4700 Fronts: RF-7 Centre: RC-7 Surrounds: old Advents! Sub: None TV: Dreaming of Plasma
  15. By this I mean, I wish to extend control of my speakers/amp to other rooms in the house, and was wondering what kinds of experiences people had with the products that allow you to extend remote control of your amps/speakers to other rooms. Xantech is one of the companies under consideration. Thanks! ------------------ Amp: Integra 7.2 DVD: Toshiba SD4700 Fronts: RF-7 Centre: RC-7 Surrounds: old Advents! Sub: None TV: Dreaming of Plasma
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