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Did you forget #2? "Host Houston group to show off my IB sub." :laugh:

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Wayne

Sounds like we've got some interest back in the group~~~~~~~~~~Wayne, did you finish the sub, or is it still under construction?

Jim,

Sure would be neat to see and hear some BluRay on my system now. I wonder if they look or sound any better than the HD unit you brought to our meet? Yes......outside the grueling nonstop round trip to Sonnie's house, the chairs are a big payoff for us in the living room. Thanks for the compliments. They just happened to be the same ones my wife has wanted for a few years and as you know, we have to keep the WAF in check. Sonnie made me a of a deal on a couple of Panamax 5100 units too.

I'm holding out for my BluRay cause I hear there are some improved upconverting chips fixing to hit the market this next quarter, now that the Christmas season shoppers have bought a large portion of the HDMI 1.1 and profile 1.0 units, a lot of the R & D has been paid for. Most of those buyers don't know the difference between units except that the price is cheaper than the players were a year ago... A report said 1.5 million units sold the first week after Christmas.

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Did you forget #2? "Host Houston group to show off my IB sub." :laugh:

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Wayne
Ah yes, I'll add that to the list. :) Maybe we can have a tuning party and we can dial it in.


Mike, I got the Panasonic DMP-BD35K, which is Profile 2.0. I got it for $224 shipped right around Thanksgiving. It gets great reviews.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Panasonic-DMP-BD35K-BD-Live-Blu-ray-Disc-Player-DMPBD35K/sem/rpsm/oid/223385/catOid/-17262/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do
 

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Discussion Starter #185
How are all of my Houston HT friends these days? I've been up to my eyeball in regular work, and in preparing for Army deployment in a few months. We should start thinking about new topics, potential hosts and a few possible dates. Remember, we can do:

1) Speaker auditions,
2) Build demonstrations,
3) Video tuning tutorial,
4) New Blu-Ray screening,
5) any other ideas you might have.

So, throw some ideas up on the wall and see what sticks!
 

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Hey Mark,

Good to know you're still home to spend some time with your new little one. Hope all is good on your end.

I'd like to see some tuning / calibration instruction. I know you were building some speaker boxes; did you complete them? If not, covering the build and assembly would be interesting.

Or, we could get some double hearing protection, BluRay copy of Transformers, and head on over to Mike's for a viewing...:yes: His system is worth a second viewing.

I'm up for anything, hit me up when you get a date in mind.

Tony
 

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I'm working on the Nat P Waves this weekend. I applied the final curved wall to the first speaker and began to bondo-up the gaps. Hopefully, the second speaker will get sealed up and maybe completely prepped for whatever finish they'll ultimately get. I'd like to have a finished product before showing them off.

We still have Jim's IB vs ported sub demo option, our recent addition David had some good ideas, or week could head back down to Mike's place. Maybe if I get a ton done this weekend, I could consider hosting in a couple weeks.

Any more ideas?
 

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Hey Mark,


Or, we could get some double hearing protection, BluRay copy of Transformers, and head on over to Mike's for a viewing...:yes: His system is worth a second viewing.


Tony
Tony,

I rebuilt the center speaker's crossover a couple of weeks after our viewing. You commented about how well it sounded before and the new crossover has really improved it. I changed the crossover points and changed the tweeter's section to a 3rd order from the 2nd order that I had with my previous crossover. It really shines now!

I've also bought the next generation T-785 NAD receiver and beefed up the output power with a new Rotel THX RMB 1095 5 x 200 watt amplifier. The system really rocks now! :hsd:

I'm always open for you guys to come over. It's a treat to have ya! :yay2:

I'm now a distributor for the Audience A3 full range driver and other products and have been working on a cabinet design. These 3" drivers have the new XBL2 technology and are full range from 40 hz to 2200 hz and down to 20 hz @ -20. About all I could do is display the drivers at the meet until I get a perfected cabinet. I've got one built, but am tweaking it. There are no crossovers needed.

I've also got Audience's Illuminator disk treatment we could apply to a DVD to show how this product improves the sound of all optical disks. I haven't had the time to treat a disk yet, so that would be a good demo. Refer to my website to read more about it.

Let me know....:T

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I forgot I bought a DVD copy of Transformers. Our workers came over yesterday and we plugged it in and went to scene #18. Wow, what a show and sound effects! I never took the time to watch it before.

I can't even imagine what a Blue-Ray version with HD audio would sound like!!

You guys let me know if you want to come back....Double hearing protection?

Mike

Or, we could get some double hearing protection, BluRay copy of Transformers, and head on over to Mike's for a viewing...:yes: His system is worth a second viewing.

I'm up for anything, hit me up when you get a date in mind.

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Wow, time has really gotten away from me. Between my hospital duties and preparing for a deployment to the middle east, things are pretty hectic. I'm stealing minutes here and there to finish off the Nat P Waves, but oranizing the HHT-DIY meetings is proving to be too much (at least for now). Maybe if Mike is willing to host the next meet, he could organize it as well? Or if someone else is interested, that would work too. So, what do you guys think?
 

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Wow, time has really gotten away from me. Between my hospital duties and preparing for a deployment to the middle east, things are pretty hectic. I'm stealing minutes here and there to finish off the Nat P Waves, but oranizing the HHT-DIY meetings is proving to be too much (at least for now). Maybe if Mike is willing to host the next meet, he could organize it as well? Or if someone else is interested, that would work too. So, what do you guys think?
If you guys want to come next weekend, let me know. I'll keep my slate clean. Jim or someone will need to bring his BluRay player and demo material as I'm still holding out waiting on the lastest tech & pricing....I've still got all my other demo stuff and DVD player; just not BluRay.

I might have a new pair of 4 driver Audience A3 cabinets finished by then to demo out as well. I'm not going to hit ya up for a sales pitch. I've always wanted to hear a quality small driver line array speaker that sounded good.

I need to know soon so I can get prepared and get myself back on the DIY Googlemap for you. I don't want to schedule any work either as I do work on weekends when necessary.

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Re: Is the Houston DIY Group dead?

Knock, Knock,.....anyone here?

It's sure been quiet for our Houston group.

Does anyone have any ideas for another meeting?

Jim, I've purchased that new BluRay player that I knew would come along finally. It's the OPPO BDP-83 Blu-ray Player. Firmware upgrades are as easy as the internet connection or USB. It plays everything and is cheap enough at $499. I have mine on order from the factory which sells them at the same price as the Amazon bunch. The reviews are awesome. Only downside is you can't order Netflix, at least just yet. A firmware in the future may fix this.
http://www.blu-ray.com/players/players.php?p=1&id=105

Once I received and tested this one out, I'll let you know and if any of you guys want to come over and check it out, I'm open to having another meet here, even if only a couple of you want to come over.

I also have completed my pair of 4 driver Audience A3 speakers those interested in hearing a small line array full range, crossover free speaker.

If anyone else has a suggestion, let's hear it. Wayne, I think you had your IB sub finished?

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I have the Oppo Blu Ray. Its ******* awesome. I have a PS3 also, and it smokes it picture wise. The blu ray is great, but the up conversion on standard dvds is absolutely amazing. I also did an AB over at a local high end shop mt buddy works at with a $20K mitner cd player, and it wasn't embarrassing. Really just a great player.
 

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KEWL!!

Just saw this post. MOST DEFINITLY COUNT ME In!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ray,

I'll post again after I've got the Oppo set up and purchased a couple of BluRay disks. Bring a fav if you have one. The upgrading chip is the Crystal Bay VRS chip and is claimed to give the upconversion of a standard DVD to 1080P with the same quality found in the $4500 to $7500 BluRay players.

I'll keep ya posted,
Mike
 

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Glad to see some interest kindling again! Sorry I've been out of pocket. The schedule is getting much more manageable these days.

Awesome Audience A3s, Mike -- I can't wait to hear them. I'm veneering my Nat Ps tonight, so they should be done soon. I'm game for whatever the group wants to do.
 

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Re: Is the Houston DIY Group dead?

If anyone else has a suggestion, let's hear it. Wayne, I think you had your IB sub finished?
It’s not an IB, it just utilizes an IB-styled manifold in a built-in cabinet that was in my living room. It was never intended to be a high-performance design, just something that would aesthetically integrate into the room and hopefully perform as well as many off-the-shelf subs. Still, if anyone is interested in looking at what can be done with built-in cabinetry, I’d be game to host an event. Might be another couple of months, though, as I have yet to finish the grille and the electronics need some mods and further tweaking. It was surprisingly cheap, since the cabinet was “free” and I already had the drivers and amplifier.

Does anyone have any ideas for another meeting?
I want to see Flash Jim’s IB! Jim, you’ve had plenty of time to finish remodeling that bathroom! Hee hee...

Mike, Those new speakers of yours sound pretty intriguing...

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Wayne
 

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All-righty then, looks like we're back in business. Mark glad to see you're home and well. Mike your speakers look awesome and I'm sure will not dissappoint. And Ray...well, Ray has cold one's on ice. :bigsmile:

This forum rocks. Whatever you guys want to do works for me. I'm off this weekend and would love to split a cold one and a show anywhere. Ya'll can come over to my place anytime as well. Shoot, let's put names in the hat and start pulling. Ray, if you haven't heard Mike's speakers in person, you might want to make the trek across town.

I'm in!

T.

Oops, almost forgot the boss. Howdy Wayne!
 
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