All I know I about home theater equipment I learned from this forum, Google and Wikipedia, plus reading the downloaded manuals for other people's stuff. LOL
Actually I have been thinking about the Ceton or another CableCARD tuner card for quite a while. I built my current PC with the idea of turning it into a modest dedicated HTPC someday, although a surround sound system isn't part of my future plans.
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Unfortunately, all the DRM crap makes them less useful than they might otherwise be.
Last edited by jagabo; 1st Jan 2012 at 23:31.
It seems likely that getting an M-Card for the Ceton to do a self-install (so I don't need to pay Comcast for work I will likely end up doing myself anyway) would be easier.
...but the truth is that too many other things have to be addressed before I can get to the point of picking a tuner: a new TV, a new PC, and a wireless router for guide service.
Ok.. I am thoroughly discouraged...
I bought the RCA to BNC adapters plugged the cables to the HD component... Now my picture on both the bluray and computer are dark... I put the resolution at 720 p on the bluray player and the computer...
The video is still choppy as hell (looks like I m missing halft the frames), and the sound is choppy as well even with regular mp3s stereo...
Run a short cable directly from the computer or Blu-ray player to the projector. How's the picture? Ie, simplify the setup so you can rule out problems with the Anthem processor, the long cable, etc.
yeah.. I'll try that when I have a moment.
What I did notice is that the picture brightness varies with the resolutions I choose. at certain 1080i the picture is bright whereas at other 1080 i resolutions the picture becomes way dark. I think this is linked the the frequency which I guess is the refresh rate of the picture. This frequency is dependent upon the resolution I choose (I do not understand why but I guess it does not help solve the problem). The main issue is that although I find some High def resolutions that are suitable as to the brightness of the image, they tend to be either blurry or slightly flickering around the lines and sharp edges of the picture.
By the way, I did select the correct source Comp 2 HD
And I still have not solved the problem with the video and audio playback being choppy and out of sync.. I think I am ready to call in some professional help on site..
Okay.. I called a professional and he could not figure out this dark picture thing. He said there might be something wrong with the scaler.
I am done trying to deal with this set up. I decided to upgrade the projector to a JVC DLA RS65u and changing the preamp to a Marantz AV7005.
I'll let you know how it goes when I have everything installed.
I got the projector installed today. It works well with the PC and bluray player.. The image out of the box is very nice, perhaps a touch dark, but great definition , contrast and shadow details. Up close I see there are a few details on the image that will need adjusting, but that will come later as I am bringing some help for professional calibration. Also, the unit is incredibly silent compared to my old Vidikron. I really don't notice it at all during movies
With the Marantz AV7005, the sound set up was a breeze, the unit is even recognized by Windows in the control panel. Amazingly easy set up with Audissey.
I still have a couple of issues to settle in my set up.
1 : bluetooth keyboard and mouse are difficult to set up and settings need to be redone after each use. I think the built in bluetooth of the motherboard is conflicting with the Class I Dongle I bought. (The built in bluetooth does not have enough range). Is there a way to permanently uninstall the built in bluetooth? I keep disabling it and uninstalling it but it reinstalls itself after reboot.
2 : I plugged the 3D emitter to the projector and I verified it worked with 2D to 3D conversion of 2D programs. However, I tried a 3D bluray (Despicable Me) and it refused to play in 3D saying I was not set up for 3D. So apparently I cannot view 3D bluray movies. Any idea?
That would be cool to record two shows at once
That will allow tuning all the encrypted cable channels, not just the clear QAM channels. The other devices we were discussing:
Last edited by jagabo; 22nd Jan 2012 at 06:55.
2. I don't know much about 3D. I guess I would start by checking to make sure the Blu-Ray player and other equipment between it and the projector, as well as the HDMI cables are all 3D-capable (high-speed HDMI cables are needed for 3D). If they were, then I would check to see if the player and other equipment has settings for 3D that need to be changed.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 22nd Jan 2012 at 11:28. Reason: clarity
I disabled the bluetooth in the BIOS but my dongle still failed.. I bought another one (the 3rd I tried) and finally managed to make it work..
FYI I gt a Belking class I Dongle that was very easy to install and in fact self installed automatically right away...
I'll leave my 3D issue for the calibration guy to deal with
Thanks for all your help