April 22nd, 2004




Ugh, I'm beat. Hookup up all this A/V stuff is tiring.

I went and got some new speaker cable, banana plugs, coax digital, and digital optical cables over lunch/after work. I still need to get either a cheap little switch or more cat5.

After work, I crashed for a bit. Ate, then vegged a bit. Jingoro called, and we talked for quite awhile. Then LittleLove called, and we talked for a bit. I didn't start in on the hookups and rearranging until after 10, I think.

I've made progress, but it's far from over. The new toy is a bit bigger than the old one - it sticks out further from the cabinet. I left almost too much slack in the cables - I had to spend some time shoving them out the back to make room. This just solidifies my desire to replace the entertainment center I have with something more open.

I haven't even listened to anything yet. It's still unplugged. I have all the consoles to hook up yet, although the DVD player should be ready to go. I put the PS2 on a direct connection since I have the TOSLink for it now.

The pictures are up as requested. A couple shots of the new toy, and the new kickass remote are first, then Tiger, then a comparison with the old remote and then the old box.

I'm going to go die now - I think I've got meetings or something tomorrow.
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    tired tired


I finally got it all hooked up over lunch with LittleLove's help... It ROCKS. Rocks, I say, ROCKS!

Played the Music Videos from the first Escaflowne disc... I've never heard them sound THAT good. True, I did upgrade to a coax digital cable from DVD to the Receiver, but still - DAMN.

I tried to get the Internet Radio feature to work, but it wasn't playing nice. I'll have to debug that later. Also need to get the serial from it so I can download the PC server software and stream the MP3s off of my fileserver. Nice trick, that. They make you register your product to download the software.

I played briefly with labeling my inputs, so I now have a " PS2 US" and a "Vid Games" input instead of "Video 3" and 4. Much nicer. The Vid Games is set up with a switchbox to handle the PSOne, DC, and GC. Those all have nondigital composite inputs for now, so it's not a big deal to run 'em through the box.

One strange thing is that the volume is positive. As anyone who ever visted my place and watched in confusion as I turned the volume louder by approaching 0 on my previous receiver can attest, that will be a change.

Speaking of my previous receiver.... It's for sale if anyone is interested. Pics in my previous post. I'll throw in my old speaker wire and front speakers as well. It's a very nice box, I just wanted some upgrades and different features. I've had it since college, and it has server my VERY well the whole time with no issues. I'm slightly tempted to keep it and use it to run my computers through... But I'd rather just sell it atm to help cover the cost of my new toys. Offer me.
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    impressed impressed


I'm listening to commercials on Galaxy 102 atm. This is... surreal. British accented commercials.

So far, this is the only station I could find that works. A bit disappointing. I'll have to search for more.
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    listless listless