New memberUsername: A_non_moose
Post Number: 1
If there are upgrades available, I'd love to know if they could solve some of the problems I'm having.
Currently I've had problems with some DVDs, DVD +/-R and the odd +R DL.
All media: some times I'll get white lines covering 40% of the screen and either a "full stop" and play will take care of it, or eject/reload.
Most often happens when the player has been on for a while (LOTR Extended).
But the most frustrating is the Dual Layer Media: Original (DL) media is fine, copies get 1/2 way thru (hits second layer) and will stutter, break up or stop all together.
Frustrating as my old Apex 5131 played these w/o a hitch, but I made copies because disks had a tendancy to "jump out" of the slots when changing disks. Most aggrivating, but the Samsung is gentle, but with annoying problems that I hope can be fixed.
What model is the samsung dvd player in an HT-wp38 (HTIB) and if all else fails: Are there updates for an Apex 5131?
Could anyone advice a newby HTIB buyer?
I am totally newby to audio, but I would I always would like make an informed decision. I am looking for a home theater system to play DVD's (maybe hook up to computer and do HDTV in the future)that costs MAX $250. I did all the research I could in the internet and am considering the following. If anyone knows anything about particualr model or even the brand in general I'd love to hear your advice.I am considring:
Samsung HT-WP38, $200, 800W (I really don't need the DVD player, as I have on already, and I don;t know if samsung is as good in audio as it is in TVs , but the wireless speakers and usb port are welcome. On the other hand, it only has optical dgital input, no coax digital input - is that a problem?)
Pioneer HTP-2500,$200, 1000W (lots of wats, but I don't need loud music. Pricey considering it doesn't have wireless rear speakers [has pre out puts, what ever that means])
SONY HT-DDW670, $159 600W (Good price)
Panasonic SC-HT05 , $150 (claims to have 1% THD, when other systems have 10%. How is that possible, when they compete in same price (=cost)range? ALos , the amp is in the subwooofer, where as the other systems have the amp in the receiver)
or Logitech Z-5450, $250, 300w (THX certified - does that really mean enything except that the price is higher because of the cost? This is supposed to be a computer system, will it be enough for a 250sq ft room? Am I over paying because it tagets a computer camer niche?)
Thanks for any help, and let me know where to post this if I posted this to the wrong place.
New memberUsername: A_non_moose
Post Number: 2
Only downside to the wireless speakers is that 2Ghz phones pick up a buzz from the signal....usually when paused.
So far I've not been able to pass volume 20 because it's just too loud for most things, but two "tests" I've done:
Gold Master disk of "Dark Side of the Moon". There is a difference between the aluminum layer and gold layer media. Back when I had $, I'd put this and an aluminum disk in and compare the heartbeat intro at full volume.
3/4'ths of the hiss was gone when playing the GMD.
Same here with this system, and being surrounded by sound...wow.
The other involves a few select scenes:
Serenity: Simon Tam's rescue of River the detonation of the thingy that knocked everyone out. I was grinning from ear to ear.
League of extrodinary gentlemen: Attack in the library. Despite all the sound and chaos of that scene, I could pinpoint where all the gunners were.
Most movies with the THX intro of the "regular", "Fix-it man" and "Moo" variety.
Fix-it man is well done and has gotten my dog's attention, while the "bat-kite" attak scene in 'Lost Boys' actually set her off.
Thought it was a fluke, played it back a few times. Dog was not amused, owner was in hysterics.