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    Happy New Year to any old friends...

    Just thought I'd drop by and wish any old mates the best...have a good one!

    J'bm
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    Yawn. Don't feed the trolls guys. But well...

    Yawn. Don't feed the trolls guys.

    But well written reply by lidistick, who clearly although he believes in his God doesn't feel it quite necessary to be nutso about it.

    See guys - you didn't...
  3. Linky? I remember seeing something about this on...

    Linky? I remember seeing something about this on Discovery but would like to read up. Cheers.

    J'bm
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    Aaargh....I meant component video. ;) Not...

    Aaargh....I meant component video. ;)



    Not necessarily...that's a good setup. But I would still say yes, you will see a noticeable improvment!



    A friend of mine recently had a full setup...
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    Ha don't worry I'm not the flaming sort...and it...

    Ha don't worry I'm not the flaming sort...and it does make a surprising difference the further you go up the quality ladder.

    I wasn't suggesting to go nuts, if you read my post, and I was really...
  6. The first time I read that I could have sworn it...

    The first time I read that I could have sworn it said "draught Guinness" :biggrin: - now that makes it all make sense to me...they were pissed at the time! :biggrin:

    Ahem. Back on topic.


    ...
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    I just did a load of research on speaker packages...

    I just did a load of research on speaker packages for myself...there are so many options it boggles the mind. A shortlist of the good speaker packages (from dedicated speaker manufacturers) about...
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    If you can't afford to go all out now, I would...

    If you can't afford to go all out now, I would seriously suggest a home-theatre-in-a-box that you can afford. No, it won't be top notch as separates might be, but you are still buying into true...
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    I honestly think that we are splitting hairs...

    I honestly think that we are splitting hairs here. The quality of component video is excellent, and it is likely to be that most of your devices will be the quality bottleneck, as supposed to your TV...
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    It could possibly be a defect in the plug/cabling...

    It could possibly be a defect in the plug/cabling before the left/right split.

    It would be a sensible problem to eliminate conclusively before trying for a guarantee exchange/repair.

    ;)

    J'bm
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    Yeah change out the wires, you can also buy high...

    Yeah change out the wires, you can also buy high quality replacement sets on Headroom. That's probably the issue.

    Of course, they may be defective but the above is worthwhile to try before you...
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    If you only install the driver, you are missing...

    If you only install the driver, you are missing out on -

    1. Equalizer
    2. EAX Control Panel
    3. THX Calibration
    4. Speaker Settings
    5. Surround Mixer

    Which I would say are a fairly vital...
  13. Works fine for me with the Audigy 2 ZS. J'bm

    Works fine for me with the Audigy 2 ZS.

    J'bm
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    ROFL

    ROFL
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    Zeph, points taken - but that is just because the...

    Zeph, points taken - but that is just because the system is so overloaded in the first place that oversight is impossible, and backroom quangos appoint their equally corrupt mates to take on the...
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    Good recommendation...it really does make a...

    Good recommendation...it really does make a difference. Plus it has much more sophisticated audio test tone routines which will help you get the best out of your speakers. A vital part of your DVD...
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    Hard to find reviews of this stuff on the...

    Hard to find reviews of this stuff on the web...that's why I said to go and grab some magazines, it's the only decent source of info, and there will lots of specialists advertising in them...worth a...
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    And the price goes up! ;) I think that first...

    And the price goes up! ;)

    I think that first Yamaha package looks good personally...but now you basically know what you want it's a question of searching around for the best deals.

    In contrast...
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    Unfortunately none really exist. You can get...

    Unfortunately none really exist. You can get radio and infrared systems but they are expensive and the quality isn't really there, or there are prototype systems which aren't generally available yet....
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    Onkyo make good stuff, although I still prefer...

    Onkyo make good stuff, although I still prefer Yamaha.

    Zenith I have never heard of and I hate combo stuff - if one thing goes wrong then both are screwed.

    Stay with the Yamaha, if you want to...
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    No problem, I enjoy this stuff. Just remember...

    No problem, I enjoy this stuff.

    Just remember to let me know what you think when you're set up!

    J'bm
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    I was going to suggest the Yamaha system but you...

    I was going to suggest the Yamaha system but you gave me a budget of $500!

    I love Yamaha stuff. Their amps are consistently top of the range...hey, I have one.

    This package will blow the...
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    Hey you're getting the hang of this. The...

    Hey you're getting the hang of this.

    The Samsung system I found above does offer a headphone DSP...it's there in the specs, so it's a good choice in that respect.

    Yes, you can use component...
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    On the low end of the AV scale, most amps will...

    On the low end of the AV scale, most amps will probably start to audibly distort the sound at around 75% volume, simply because the components are cheaper. In a small room I very much doubt you will...
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    Hmmm...I'm not a huge fan of Panasonic gear but I...

    Hmmm...I'm not a huge fan of Panasonic gear but I know they make quality kit....just personal preference. Plus, that system is $600, twice the price of the Samsung!

    You get what you pay for to a...
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