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trickyseven

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Honestly, I almost never go to the movies anymore unless it's big big releases. I've got 5.1 upstairs with the in ceiling rear 8" speakers and downstairs I just installed 7.1 Atmos and still waiting on the very delayed 125" ceiling mount screen down there...

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That's dope. I'd love to get something like that in my basement but I have to wait until my kids are past the "destroy everything especially dad's cartridge and audiophile pressings" phase. One day...
 

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You know what's really fun, having the outlets put in while remodeling, then having the drywall guys show up and drywall right over them, lol

............true story, happened to a friend. He walked down to check out the finished drywall and was like "...........uh, where did my outlets go?"
I can do you one better. I helped my friends remodel a few years back. I installed a $200 HDMI cable for their TV. The drywall guys cut the plug off and taped it back on.
 

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Truly criminal to sell a $200 HDMI cable. Jeez.
Well, it depends. For 4K over about a 25 foot run (ceiling mount projector run) you need fibre in order for the signal to make it and stay steady (trust me, I tested several cheaper options in my setup) and the directional fibre cables 30+ feet are not cheap. But for standard short HDMI runs I totally agree. I mean hell I wish the 35 foot fibres weren't $200 CDN but... a lot of them are...
 
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Well, it depends. For 4K over about a 25 foot run (ceiling mount projector run) you need fibre in order for the signal to make it and stay steady (trust me, I tested several cheaper options in my setup) and the directional fibre cables 30+ feet are not cheap. But for standard short HDMI runs I totally agree. I mean hell I wish the 35 foot fibres weren't $200 CDN but... a lot of them are...
You're half-right. It wasn't fiber, but it was 30 feet long. Had to get from the corner of the room, up into the roof, and across to a high wall, over the door. This was also 10+ years ago.
It was quite distressing when my friend called me a couple months later saying he finally got the TV, and it didn't work. It was thinking, "surely the cable isn't a piece of ---- for that much money." The worry turned to fury when I took the TV off the wall, nearly fell backwards off the stepladder with the TV in hand, and found 🦆duck🦆 tape 🦆🦆🦆 :mad::mad::mad:🦆🦆.
Of course, HDMI cables aren't repairable, at least not with anything I can afford, so I got to blow another buttload of cash and watch my friend rip out his drywall so I could install the new cable.
 
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You're half-right. It wasn't fiber, but it was 30 feet long. Had to get from the corner of the room, up into the roof, and across to a high wall, over the door. This was also 10+ years ago.
It was quite distressing when my friend called me a couple months later saying he finally got the TV, and it didn't work. It was thinking, "surely the cable isn't a piece of ---- for that much money." The worry turned to fury when I took the TV off the wall, nearly fell backwards off the stepladder with the TV in hand, and found 🦆duck🦆 tape 🦆🦆🦆 :mad::mad::mad:🦆🦆.
Of course, HDMI cables aren't repairable, at least not with anything I can afford, so I got to blow another buttload of cash and watch my friend rip out his drywall so I could install the new cable.
That is absolutely infuriating.
 

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That's dope. I'd love to get something like that in my basement but I have to wait until my kids are past the "destroy everything especially dad's cartridge and audiophile pressings" phase. One day...
My little guy wants to touch everything. What exactly was I thinking when I ordered that tube amp?
 

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Not to turn this into a TV thread but I have my current TV running component out to my Onkyo receiver. How can I accomplish this if the TV only has an optical out for sound?
 

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Ya, I mean I'm assuming you obviously don't have HDMI on either?
My receiver is just an Onkyo TX8020. I don't have a whole home theater thing going but I just use my stereo speakers sometimes because it's better than TV speakers and to get a little thump from my sub.
 

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My receiver is just an Onkyo TX8020. I don't have a whole home theater thing going but I just use my stereo speakers sometimes because it's better than TV speakers and to get a little thump from my sub.
For sure, but does your tv have HDMI out? Because another option would be getting an HDMI to component converter box. Less cables and potentially less expensive.
 

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For sure, but does your tv have HDMI out? Because another option would be getting an HDMI to component converter box. Less cables and potentially less expensive.
I don't have a new TV yet. Waiting for my tax refund this week and still deciding what to go with. I'll probably roll the dice on a Hisense H9G because it gets good reviews. I'm not sure if it has HDMI our or not.
 

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I don't have a new TV yet. Waiting for my tax refund this week and still deciding what to go with. I'll probably roll the dice on a Hisense H9G because it gets good reviews. I'm not sure if it has HDMI our or not.

HDMI out is pretty common now. It’s usually a dual purpose connection in/out labelled as HDMi (ARC). The ARC stands for audio return channel. If you can zoom in on a picture of the connections on the back panel or check the manual on the manufacturers site it’s pretty clear usually.
 

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HDMI out is pretty common now. It’s usually a dual purpose connection in/out labelled as HDMi (ARC). The ARC stands for audio return channel. If you can zoom in on a picture of the connections on the back panel or check the manual on the manufacturers site it’s pretty clear usually.
I do recall seeing something about ARC then.
 
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