01-11-2010 08:51 PM
While I do agree that cost is indeed an imperative measure when selecting a home theater , I disagree that you need to pay an arm and a leg to do that , in fact you can set up a decent system in your family room for the same prize of those realy high end stereo sets you probably already have.
Check out the Denon (sorry but I am way to partial to denon to suggest anything else :-) , denon 1909 is a feature packed AVR that although not so hard on your bank account , it is huge on performance and giving you the right authentic sounding experience ... it comes with sound calibrating probe to make sure your initial setup is the one lasting for ever.
Depending on your family room size , you can couple that fine AVR with a Jamo sub-woofer 300, or even the Sub-250 shall do the trick of delivering a flat frequency response, which allows it to play bass notes very accurate.
For the speakers, well I am sure a pro like yourself must have a number of high quality and generous on the WATTS speakers that are setting in your family room right now or stored in the garage from which you can use to handle the 5.1 or 7.1 channels setups :-)
Jam Sub is sold on amazon around 190 USD
Denon 1909 is sold on amazon starting 460 USD
So my friend , under 700 USD you can build a very decent setup and enjoy that TrueHD as it meant to be :-)
awkwards wrote:Ah, I most certainly appreciate your point of view. No question.
Well , don't make a mistake about it tho , you mentioned earlier that your setup is stereo , and the true pleasure of TrueHD sound is indeed the surround , so it will make no difference if you are running TrueHD or DD...
The main problem I have is that FAT+ will play no TrueHD, period, not even down-sampled. It does not even recognize the format (thus, the error in the thread subject). As I work my way through my library of Blu-Ray discs, I am finding that TureHD is prevalent. Heck, even Star Trek II, the Wrath of Khan is on Blu-Ray in TrueHD, and it was made in 1982!
Now, to continue our tangent about stereo--and I think we're actually getting off-topic now--I guess you could just call me an old school audio purist who cut his audio teeth on the first fine digital music recordings and stereo systems in the early 80s.
You may summarily relegate me to the ranks of the guys who still swear by vinyl, and that’s OK, but I have never found a home surround system that matches my expectations at a reasonable price, and believe that a truly fine audio experience can be had for a fraction of the cost if you're willing to invest in good, BIG stereo speakers. While I'm amused by the separation that home surround systems produce, I'm always disappointed by the quality of that sound coming from over my shoulder with the surround systems that most people can afford.
I would rather fill a room with huge, pristine, stereo sound at a fraction of the cost than attempt to replicate the majesty of a real theater surround experience in my family room, which has ludicrous acoustics anyway. I can afford to get superior video quality on my 52" 1080p LCD set, but I can't afford to add a theater room onto my house for the great sound. This is why I still go to the movies. (George Lucas, James Cameron, and Roger Ebert, I hope your Web minions are flagging this post somewhere!)
Zelpheriz, thank you for your kind replies to my posts!
01-30-2010 06:37 PM - edited 01-30-2010 06:58 PM
03-06-2010 08:05 PM
NOTE: ALL BLURAYS I RIP I OWN. I DO NOT SUGGEST OR SUPPORT THE ILLEGAL RIPPING OF BLURAYS.
if you use Anydvd HD and with BDClown, this will rip the BLURAYS into perfect files for playback. Although for example, watchmen, ripped with all the directors interruptions. And no way to turn it off and just watch the movie. But for the most part, all the other blurays rip and playback perfectly.
I have yet to find a perfect bluray ripper to back up my Blurays.
03-08-2010 02:12 PM
I agree with awkwards, the box should understand the HD audio format. I have to use ts_remux to remove the HD audio from all my m2ts files (This is if you use AnyDVD). DVDFab has an option to remove HD audio when you rip the movie. It is not a problem with the "receivers" period. Someone mentioned the WD Live TV works with HD audio. Correct! However, WD Live TV box does not work with sub titles. My friend has the latest firmware but his WD live TV does not show sub titles for those m2ts files which work fine with the FAT+;
So it is like if you want sub titles use Seagate and if you want to keep the HD audio, get the WD live TV!
04-01-2010 02:14 PM
Not entirely true friend.
The WD Live will only passthrough (not decode) True-HD, It will not passthrough DTS-MA (it downgrades it to DTS 5.1).
The Theatre + will not passthrough either.
The NMT Popcorn Hour A-200/C-200 will passthrough both and supports subtitles in 1080p and 480p.
07-04-2012 02:54 AM