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  1. After testing a whole bunch of soundbars (no floor-standing speakers or surround units allowed under house beautification committee policies) I landed on the R-10B. With the sub dialed in at about 65% it usually sounds fantastic for movies, tv, or music in our living room, considering the size and cost. I have found, though, that some movies have extremely broad dynamic range... especially noticeable when the kids are trying to sleep upstairs. On others, the dialog is really buried under music or sound effects. I know that sometimes this is just how they're mixed, an that buying a more complex system would give me more control over center channel volume, crossover frequency, and other things like that, but those aren't feasible options for me. And I'm not expecting perfection, but do wonder if things could be improved. I watch almost everything using Plex via a Roku streaming stick. The Roku is connected to the TV (Vizio D65) via HDMI, and then the TV speakers are off and it sends the audio to the Klipsch over an optical cable. The Roku is set to use Dolby Digital format for audio, and the pass-through from the TV seems to work since the LED on the Klipsch gives a little blue blink when it gets a DD signal. For the over-accentuated dynamic range, I know I could recode the audio in Handbreak or something similar. But I don't know if there's a simple way to deal with "buried" dialog. Could it be the audio encoding format? Would I likely have better luck using AAC or AC3 formats? Is there a setting I'm missing in Plex or Roku that might help?
  2. EDIT: My internet issue was solved with the addition of a new modem. My speeds are now 217/21. Please read on. The topic expanded to Internet TV such as Sling TV steaming through devices such as Roku. Look to page 2 to continue that discussion. +++ I have been fighting my local IP Suddenlink. I got 50/5 with my previous plan for which I was paying $147. When I tried to lower my costs (new customers get $79 mo) after complaining and threatening to go to satellite TV at $25 mo they finally lowered the price to $122 and 200/20. My problem is I can't get those numbers. I have a Asus RT-56U a Doscis 3, gigabit router. I have it set to to 5G. With wireless I could only get 139/12 so I moved the router beside the computer. I bypassed the wireless receiver and made a wired connection to the integrated Realtek gigabit adapter. The Realtek driver is dated 4/6/15. Still not 200/20. The ping is excellent, as good as I've seen it. But how do I get to 200/20?
  3. Apologies in advance if this is the wrong forum for soliciting technical assistance with a video streaming device... I bought a Roku 2 last week and I'm having a devil of a time getting it set up on my home network (Verizon Fios). Before I call Verizon and get the runaround I thought I'd try asking here since there's a decent likelihood that one of you has dealt with this exact situation. The set up: I have a wireless router installed in my home office at one end of my house. It is currently the sole router in the house and is Ethernet-connected to my PC. I have a Verizon set top box connected to the same daisy-chained Verizon coax in my home theater at the other end of my house. I have been advised by Roku owners to not even attempt to run my new Roku 2 wirelessly from my existing router since the distance is great (60+ feet) and allegedly the Roku is happier when connected via Ethernet cable. The problem: I found a spare router that Verizon told me I could keep a few years ago after they upgraded routers for their customers in my area. It is the same brand (Actiontec) and a similar model to the current one. I swapped it out in my office and my PC connected to the Internet fine via the old router so I know it works. But when I add it to my home theater in place of my set top box and then attach the Roku via Ethernet cable, the Roku is unable to access the Internet and establish my account. The solution that failed: After an afternoon's research on "Setting up multiple routers on a home network" and trying everything that was advised (including reassigning device IP addresses, disabling DHCP, resetting the entire network, etc) I'm no closer to having an Internet-connected Roku than when I started. The ultimate question: Can I use my spare router to provide my new Roku 2 with a hard-wired Internet connection or must I live with a Roku that is wirelessly-connected to a router that sits on the other end of my house?
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