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AVRant #10: Tom is a Badass and Dina is Evil

July 11th, 2007

Dina and Tom finish their discussion of her undercover trip to Best Buy. This one is all about cables and power. John could have suggested using the analogue inputs for high def audio but that was WAY out of his circle of knowledge so Tom just glossed over that. If you’re wondering about the title, you didn’t listen long enough! See you next week.

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  1. avaserfi
    July 11th, 2007 at 22:12 | #1

    Hey you guys start out with me! Tom is a badass! 🙂

  2. avaserfi
    July 11th, 2007 at 23:00 | #2

    Yes, it was me. I would stalk you at the Audioholics party event [in Clearwater Beach, FL] but my classes get in the way so I won’t get to be there (although I was the first email until I registered the dates). You guys get me through work and Dina had complained about a lack of emails so I figured I would help out.

    Thanks Guys.

  3. eugovector
    July 13th, 2007 at 10:43 | #3

    I thinkthe Best Buy guy may have been recommending 2 adio cables thinking that the TV had a built in HD tuner, and that Dina would want to use that tuner, and run audio back to her receiver.

    Not everyone has, or wants, cable TV, you know?

    Just trying to give the guy the benifit of the doubt. I thought that, other than recommending Bose, he didn’t do too bad. Sure the cables and speaker mounts were overpriced, but he has to deal in what he has in stock. You can’t expect him to piss off his boss by sending everyone online for cables (not that it stopped me).


  4. July 13th, 2007 at 13:23 | #4

    EVIL?!?!?!!?? YOU are calling ME EVIL!?!??!??!!?

    I have no time for a long comment now as I am busy in my Underground Lair thinking up a plan for revenge. But rest assuredly, it will probably involve ill tempered sea bass and lasar beams. Be afraid, Tom…

  5. July 13th, 2007 at 13:24 | #5

    make that lasEr… You have me so upset, I can’t even spell…

  6. cliff
    July 13th, 2007 at 20:13 | #6

    I would like to point out that both the Harman Kardon and the Yamaha have HDMI. The other thing is that if he suggested an optical to run back to the receiver from the TV for cable/ANT it would probably only work on the digital channels and Dina would need stereo cables for the analog channels. I have run into that alot. It sure is sad that he recommended Bose, the comprable Klipsch sound better and have wall brackets included.

  7. July 14th, 2007 at 11:46 | #7

    Cliff, good point. I’ve struggled with whether to have Dina spring all this on me so you get my honest reaction or have us discuss it before hand so I sound like I know all the features of everything off the cuff (and risk the whole segment sounding rehearsed). I’ve opted for the former which means that if a feature isn’t listed on the first page, I don’t generally take the time to click around while you all listen to me breathe. Having HDMI would have made this whole process easier but poor John didn’t seem to want to take advantage of it. This is not that uncommon of occurrence. People are just used to running everything to a TV and the receiver becomes an afterthought. It’s a habit people need to be broken of IMO.

  8. July 15th, 2007 at 18:26 | #8

    Hey, I guess you guys have two listeners from Iowa! I’ll have to see if I can find the avaserfi guy sometime. Anyway, Tom, you should get a good power thing for your home theater. I mean, it will make your system look and sound better! The blacks will be blacker, and the silences will be so perfect, it’s almost an uncomfortable silence (especially when your wife finds out you spent 1500$ on a box with power plugs). But, in all seriousness, a good UPS is nice to have, especially with a projector. This is what I have: ( http://www.tripplite.com/products/product.cfm?productID=3180 ) I did modify it a little, however. I took out the fan and replaced it with a much more quite unit. My neighbor bought the rackmount version of this and just unplugged the fan completely. *shrug* In any case, you won’t fry your $350 projector bulb, and you’ll have fairly tight voltage tolerances, as well. Next time a hurricane comes by and leaves you with no power, you’ll be able to leave your system on for an extra 10 mins so you can watch and listen while your house is being blown over!

  9. eugovector
    July 15th, 2007 at 20:35 | #9

    You can make that three. Well, actually I live in NY now, but I consider myself an Iowan.

    If you do buy a power conditioner, I highly recommend tripplite. They are a fraction of the cost or many other products. Not to mention that if you ever find yourself in a hospital, odds are, Tripplite is the name on all the surge protectors, line conditioners, and battery backups. If you trust it with your health, why not trust it with your Home Theater?

  10. avaserfi
    July 15th, 2007 at 23:03 | #10

    Not only that but Jim R and I both live in the same town…scary!

  11. eugovector
    July 16th, 2007 at 15:17 | #11

    Nice, you have someone to share your hobby with. All I get are disapproving looks fron the S.O. when I take a time out to converge my RPCRT or fiddle with the toein of my speakers.

    Any HT nuts in the Hudson Valley?

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