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Posted: 30 Jul 2020, 08:00 

Ended up fixing the problem getting a new projector that will zoom regardless of resolution (up to 1080p)... Epson 4000. So I'll go composite to my AVR, it will comb/deinterlace/scale to 1080p and then the projector can handle the zoom. The upgrade wasn't for this reason... I'm hoping to move to a 2.35:1 screen in the near future and the Epson has power lend zoom/focus with memory to facilitate that. I can't imagine a 2.35:1 LD looking all that great at 125" (~272 lines of resolution scaled to ~817 along with magnification of all the flaws inherent to the format and signal path).... but it will still be nice to be able to put a disc in and watch it without any hacky workarounds or investing in a stand-alone VP.

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Posted: 30 Jul 2020, 08:27 

Having spent a brief period of time writing for a couple of consumer electronics magazines, a lot of these types of articles are pay-to-play (Mfg pays a certain amount of money or runs a certain amount of ads to be included in the shootout) and keeping advertisers happy can definitely play into the calculus of how these types of articles (and even objective individual reviews) are written.

I can say I never let advertiser interests dictate any of my equipment reviews, but I did have a handful of reviews shelved either because they weren't flattering to mfgs that were advertisers, revealed too much about the manufacturing lineage, or even for positive reviews of brands that were not advertisers that might step on the toes brands that were. I remember an early Onkyo BD player review that was shelved both because I pointed out specific objective failings in its chroma and cadence handling and also because I mentioned it was a Funai-manufactured reference design... even though Onkyo wouldn't comment on if/how they had improved the reference design (because they hadn't, other than inflating the weight with a heavier frame/case).

In another instance, I had a review of an excellent budget set of internet-direct speakers shelved because ID was an emerging threat to the established mfgs/advertisers at the time and the publication didn't want to step on any toes. I ended up publishing the review personally on AVS and HTF to make it up to the company since they provided the review sample and went above-and-beyond to answer any-and-all questions I had when researching the article/review.

Needless to say, I didn't make it in the mainstream consumer electronics publishing world very long and returned to the aviation maintenance industry.

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Posted: 05 Aug 2020, 21:43 

I'm in the midst of a mild theater renovation/upgrade which includes:

- Projector Upgrade (Epson 4000)
- CIH Screen (Silver Ticket 125" 2.35:1 Woven Acoustic)
- Recliners (Latitude Run Red Leather 3-Seat)
- DVD/BD/LD Shelf with integrated projector hush box

The top shelf is going to be used for LD display (not bulk storage). As such, I wanted some sort of frame/easel/stand for 3 discs. I'd seen some wood easels at the Dollar Tree but when I went back they were gone, and I think they may have been too short to hold the weight of an LD without tipping. What I came up with instead is a combination of Lexan 8x10 picture frames and command-strip hooks. The display the LDs while remaining mostly invisible (I may paint them black to blend/disappear even more). The only downside is they lean a little more or less depending on the weight of the disc(s), but this shouldn't be a problem since my plan is to display the Star Wars Faces LDs (which should all be the same weight).

Total cost for 3 frames/easels - $5 (with 2 leftover hooks)

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Posted: 18 Aug 2020, 02:54 

Got the LV520 in this afternoon... it survived the trip and was packaged EXTREMELY well. Hooked up and working just as described, and would even play a slightly warped disc just fine that my CLD-3070 would choke on. Image quality seems a tad sharper than the 3070, but I'll have to watch a few discs to get a better impression.

I just got home from picking up the Rotel RDA-980 locally, so should have it hooked up and checked out shortly.

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Posted: 04 Sep 2020, 07:28 

Gladiator DTS comes to mind...

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Posted: 12 Sep 2020, 06:30 

13 discs, 25 sides in CAV if my math is correct... that's 6.5lb just for the discs, and probably 10lb+ once you add a collector's worth box.

If you looked like Peter Jackson before he mate LOTR when you started watching, you'd look like he did after just from calories burned on disc changes, especially with a single-side player!

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Posted: 14 Oct 2020, 23:36 

I watched a little over 2/3 of The English Patient AC3 LD last night... while the soundtrack was impressive and the cinematography solid, the story just came across as indulgent and pretentious... kind of a mix of Laurance of Arabia and Million Dollar Baby :roll:

My Epson HC 4000 projector apparently agreed, because either the bulb or the projector itself abruptly and unexpectedly (only around 3 months and 500 hours on both) died with about 40 minutes left. I ended up watching the rest of the film on HBO Max in the living room. Epson is sending a replacement bulb and, if that doesn't take care of it, a replacement projector... downside to both is I had it ISF calibrated a month ago, and that will need to be redone as well.

First up when the projector is back in operation will either be True Lies AC3 or Mars Attacks! AC3.
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