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Audio Cable
Bill Loguidice wrote:

There is an audio cable that connects to the transceiver and then terminates into the TV RCA connections (red and white). The red and white ends are "T'd" and you then plug the Xbox red and white RCA cables into it to complete the audio connection.

I guess that wouldn't work for me then as I have optical audio out instead of RCA on the 360. I have a wireless stereo headset that I sometimes plug into my receiver, but I recently "replaced" it with a wired, supposedly true surround sound, headphone set (and a cheap one at that at ~$30). I haven't given that a try yet (I'll just take the optical audio cable that comes from my switchbox and temporarily pull it from the back of the receiver to plug into the headphone's breakout box). I'm disappointed it's wired (and a short wire at that), but if it can do surround sound decently, at least I won't be feeling like I'm missing out by not using the main system.

That's definitely something that gets standardized by next generation - really good full sound headsets like you have, but with true surround sound. All I want is the support, really, then I'll worry about which brand to buy (not sure if the current generation of Bluetooth has the bandwidth for that).

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Ear Force X3 Headphones

How does general sound get routed through them, Frank?



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Ear Force X3 Headphones

Forgot to mention I also got the Ear Force X3 headset for Xbox 360 and made by Turtle Beach. I've seen them advertised for awhile and used my gift cards to get them. What intrigued me about them was the ability to remote the TV audio to the headsets so there is no worry about my gaming bothering anybody else in the house, when I'm up until all hours playing! The other good thing is that they're wireless, except for plugging in the 360 controller. The headset has a wireless sensor on either side, same as the transmitter/receiver that's plugged into the TV. The "Live" chat is nice as there is an option to hear yourself in the background, to supposedly keep one from talking too loud.

The only problem now is I can't hear anybody yelling at me to do something, but hey, is that really a bad thing?!

Cheers/Frank


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Vista
Mark Vergeer wrote:

I got a Core Duo 2 Acer system with Nvidia graphics card, 2Gb or ram running Windows Vista Ultimate - I must say I am impressed by how it runs, despite my previous anti Vista sentiments. It seems that Vista is most happy on two-core systems and that single core systems just won't be able to handle it smoothly.
I also received a big wad of money ;)

It's always run well on my 2GB Dual Core Tablet PC, though I have turned off most of Vista's "special effects" to improve performance even further. Besides being slightly slower at most things than XP though, the biggest issue I've had with Vista has been compatibility, particularly in the case of drivers, though of course there have been several software issues. The next service pack is supposed to address some of that, so fingers crossed...



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Duo core Acer system :)

I got a Core Duo 2 Acer system with Nvidia graphics card, 2Gb or ram running Windows Vista Ultimate - I must say I am impressed by how it runs, despite my previous anti Vista sentiments. It seems that Vista is most happy on two-core systems and that single core systems just won't be able to handle it smoothly.
I also received a big wad of money ;)



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HD-DVD versus Blu-Ray

My father-in-law believes that King Kong looks crisper with better colors on HD-DVD than Pirates of the Carribean did on Blu-Ray, but I told him that there are many variables (encoding, source material, etc.) to how a film looks (and supposedly early HD-DVD's have better encoding than early Blu-Ray movies). To my eyes and ears (some Blu-Ray discs have an uncompressed sound option), thus far both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray are indistinguishable. Of course my TV only maxes out at 1080i (though right now I'm running both systems in 720p, which will change soon) and my Dolby Surround system (from Sony) is only a 5.1 system (though a good one). With that type of setup, both hi-def formats should have no problem "wowing" anyone, since the setup itself is nowhere near either theoretical max. Really, all Blu-Ray offers over HD-DVD is more potential storage capacity, otherwise in theory they can both do the same thing (and the latest revision of HD-DVD's apparently boosted space as well).

So my "verdict" is still hold-off until a unified format is somehow settled upon, unless you get one or the other by coincidence. Either way, with either format, you won't be disappointed in my opinion.



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Xmas Goodies
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Hmm, seems I'm inadvertently helping to continue the ridiculous two hi-def DVD format wars... I got the HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 to go along with my PS3, which obviously plays Blu-Ray discs. I got the five free Blu-Ray DVD's in the mail recently for the PS3 and will mail the voucher for the five free HD-DVD's tomorrow (it came with King Kong). I have both systems now in 720p for various reasons I won't get into now, and both look and sound equally fine on my rear projection HDTV and digital surround sound setup. Each format offers some intriguing special interactive features above and beyond a typical DVD, but I have yet to try them out. I tried various movies on each format, but have thus far only watched "Superbad" on Blu-Ray in full...

I got the 360 HD drive as well, but haven't used it yet. Also got "Dirt" and "BlackSite Area 51" for the 360, in addition to the 360 carrying backpack (mine goes with me everywhere!). Got some books, DVD's, beach gear, barbecuing gear and some electronic trinkets.

You'll have to let us know if you can tell one format from the other, as if you believe what is written on the net or what people say that are "experts", the human eye can't tell if there is a difference or not...Blu Ray vs HD DVD. Places like Best Buy won't show you the systems side by side with a commercial DVD playing, for some reason.

We had a big Xmas dinner here with family and my nephew got a Transformer with remote control that shifts from a hummer to a good guy. Way cool as the thing is about 18 inches when standing up. It moves, shoots, etc. when a robot and, of course, drives as a hummer.

One of my favorite gifts was a Simpsons Movie and Character pack combo. I have the whole family now in plastic!

Cheers/Frank

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The dust settles on Christmas...

Hmm, seems I'm inadvertently helping to continue the ridiculous two hi-def DVD format wars... I got the HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 to go along with my PS3, which obviously plays Blu-Ray discs. I got the five free Blu-Ray DVD's in the mail recently for the PS3 and will mail the voucher for the five free HD-DVD's tomorrow (it came with King Kong). I have both systems now in 720p for various reasons I won't get into now, and both look and sound equally fine on my rear projection HDTV and digital surround sound setup. Each format offers some intriguing special interactive features above and beyond a typical DVD, but I have yet to try them out. I tried various movies on each format, but have thus far only watched "Superbad" on Blu-Ray in full...



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Traditional Blade
yakumo9275 wrote:

For the holidays... mm.. we are not really buying anything for each other. Getting two new shave soaps from mama bear I hope... (I use a traditional blade.. and you need good soap, not the goop in a can...)...

I never ask for anything for xmas really.

Will probably get the dog a new squeeky chew toy. The little boy will get something too I am sure.

I got the wife an legit autographed photo of 'spike' from buffy .. and that was it for this year.

-- Stu --


The last time I used a traditional blade, I had to go to work with not one, but three pieces of toilet paper stuck to my face and neck! Not a pretty sight. I should have just stayed home because they still weren't finished oozing by the end of the day. Hope nobody was eating while reading this!

Cheers/Frank

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Current gen console?

I don't know, Matt, I think I'd rather see you get something like an Xbox 360 over a new computer, particularly since you have the iMac working better for you. It's a whole side of gaming that you're kind of missing out on... (though I'm guilty of pretty much ignoring the PC side myself these days)



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