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  1. On Tuesday December 5th, at 12:37am after 18 hours of labour over 3 days, my new home theatre was born. It is healthy and quite lively and weighed in at 239.8lbs. At the heart of this new sound system is an Onkyo TX-NR787 Receiver powering the Atmos and DTS-X capable 5.1.4 setup. Centre Channel is a Polk S35, with twin Polk S60 tower speakers for the Left and Right Channels. Surrounds are handled by Polk S20 Bookshelf speakers and Subwoofer is a beefy Polk HTS 12. Since they all fall within the same “Signature” line, they are nicely timber matched. For the height channels, I repurposed the satellite speakers from the old Sony HT-DDW795 system that was my previous home theatre for the last decade and wall and ceiling mounted them angled towards the central seating positions. The home theatre system is a nice compliment to the 65” LG B7 OLED 4K HDR TV, so that the benefits of 4K UHD Blu-rays can be fully realized in both video AND audio. The other children are excited to enjoy the new 3D positional soundscape, and we hope they will have many happy memories together over the coming years! I thought I would share some photos of the man cave, because everyone loves to share photos of their newborns. Behind the couch has a good chunk of the movie and game collection, though far from all. 95% of my games are digital downloads these days though. The movies are generally ordered alphabetically within genre - unless they are part of a series, in which case they are grouped chronologically with the series together, such as the MCU movies or Disney animated movies or X-Men movies. If anyone has some suggestions for great Atmos or DTS-X movies to put the system through its paces, let me know in this thread! Thanks
  2. https://www.apple.com/apple-events/ https://www.macrumors.com/guide/wwdc-2019-what-to-expect/ https://www.macrumors.com/2019/06/01/apple-wipes-itunes-facebook-instagram-pages/ June 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. PDT cross platform apps revamped mail and reminders apps iOS dark mode iPad as Mac external display new Mac Pro 6k 31.6" monitor
  3. The Fold looks fucking amazing. Only starts at $2000.
  4. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/05/report-samsung-will-strip-the-galaxy-note-of-its-headphone-jack-and-buttons/
  5. I finally caved in and switched back to Android, to the OnePlus 7 Pro. Getting everything set up now, but damn is this screen nice, and it might be the snappiest phone I've ever used.
  6. A bunch of tech journalists have been given early copies of the new Samsung Galaxy Fold just as pre-orders open to the public. Early impressions were surprisingly positive, suggesting that perhaps the concept phone was closer to a real product than many had thought. After only a day or two of use though, it seems some of those journalists are having issues. And then there's MKBHD, who just accidentally broke it: Maybe folding screens are still just a bit too futuristic for the present.
  7. Last week the WSJ reported that (Lenovo owned) Motorola is planning on launching a $1500 RAZR phone with a foldable screen. Now we might have our first look with this IP drawing: So far the foldable phones we've seen have been less than impressive. Samsung has teased their folding phone, but the concept leaves a lot to be desired. Essentially you end up with a very thick phone with an oddly small screen, that opens to a small tablet with an awkward, almost square, aspect ratio. The RAZR, as pictured, might actually be kind of cool. It would end up being rather thick, but short, while folded. You should get that very satisfying feeling of flipping it open, and a screen with a pretty usable aspect ratio. I'd be shocked if the first generation is actually a good phone, much less worth $1500, but it does give me hope that folding devices are coming soon and might actually be worthwhile.
  8. The article says $400 for the non-XL but the Fi site says $449. Also, the Fi site lists them as $449 and $499, respectively, but I'm including the $20 you'll have to pay for a month of Fi service: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/04/google-cuts-the-pixel-3-price-in-half-for-project-fis-birthday/ At that price I'm kind of tempted to buy the small one just for the camera, and just keep it in airplane mode.
  9. Intel was reportedly struggling to produce 5G chips in time for the 2020 iPhone.
  10. Oppo Designs Phone with a Secondary Pop-Up Screen Because Why Not Pop-Up Cameras Are Just the Start as Oppo Dreams of Phones with Pop-Up Screens
  11. https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/29/apple-cancels-airpower-product-citing-inability-to-meet-its-high-standards-for-hardware/
  12. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/03/reds-hydrogen-one-smartphone-wont-actually-get-those-camera-modules/
  13. The software is almost certainly a complete mess. The unfolded aspect ratio is almost completely square. It starts at $2,600. It's entirely unclear how well the plastic screen will hold up over time. We have no idea how long the battery will last. Almost no one will or should buy this phone. Still, unlike Samsung's Galaxy Fold, The Huawei Mate X is a much more compelling vision for the future of foldable phones. By wrapping the screen around the outside The Mate X looks like a compelling phone even when folded up. While folded it has a 6.6", notch free screen with very minimal bezels. If you need to take a selfie, flip it over and you get a smaller screen, but you're using the primary camera. Of course, the real party trick is unfolding it to get a nearly square 8" screen. Very few have gotten any real hands on time, so it's not clear how well this phone actually works, but to me at least, it looks like a far more compelling concept than the other folding phones we've seen. Lots of questions need to be answered, lots of software will need years before it's as flexible as this phone is, the price will need to come down dramatically before anyone will buy it. Still, I'm far more intrigued by the Mate X than I have been by a phone in a long time.
  14. 5G wireless is finally coming, but before it's even arrived, there are already multiple battles brewing over the tech, naming rights, and it's ability to live up to the hype. I think it's important to know that 5G is, in part, a very different technology than previous cellular standards. Part of the 5G spec does involve the typical application of new technology and methodologies to get more speed out of the same spectrum. 4G LTE used wavelengths between 700 MHz and 2600 MHz. 5G radios will expand that to a range between 600 MHz and 4700 MHz, and should get both 15-20% more speed and at lower latencies than 4G LTE. That evolution is nice, but the exciting part of 5G is that it also includes a spec for a second frequency range between 24 GHz and 40 GHz (sometimes referred to a millimeter wave), allowing theoretical speeds of up to 20 Gbit/s at very low latencies. 5G phones will likely be announced by the dozen during WMC at the end of this month, but it won't really matter yet since the infrastructure isn't really there yet. Verizon put out Home 5G in a few cities, but their tech wasn't based on the final 5G standard, and won't be rolling out anywhere else. AT&T did something similar, rolling out very tiny bits of 5G coverage, and they've been getting pretty good speeds, but it's unclear when they'll have real 5G available. In the meantime, AT&T has decided to just lie about the availability of 5G by updating 4G phones (including iPhones) to say "5Ge" instead of 4G. The same thing happened with 4G, but this time other carriers aren't following along, Sprint is suing AT&T for false advertising. 5G's availability is also running into some significant roadblocks, especially in more rural places in the country. Part of the problem is that the 5G equipment is expensive, and the really high speeds require a lot more of the high frequency antennas to cover a similar area. Huawei makes slightly cheaper equipment, but there are significant security concerns that might block their adoption. Then there are questions as to if our fiber infrastructure is capable of handling the promised speeds of 5G even if it is deployed widely. 5G is the most exciting leap in wireless since 3G, and even has the potential to supplant wired internet for some homes and businesses, for the time being it's a minefield questionable promises, shady practices, and outright lies. I think it's safe to say that you can ignore 5G branding (especially from AT&T) for now, but hopefully we'll start seeing real 5G trickle out this year.
  15. Hello all. I am thinking about getting a new TV and maybe a sound bar. Right now I have a Sony 55" Bravia (non-4k/UHD) and a Yamaha surround system, and it has worked out for me for many years. I also have a PS4 Pro, and a Xbox One X. My goal is to upgrade to a TV that is at least 65" (or bigger) that is 4k and UHD, and I am not sure if a sound bar would sound better than my Yamaha or not so opinions on that are appreciated. Even though my Yamaha has surround speakers and a sub... everything is sitting on the TV shelf/cabinet anyway, so a sound bar might sound better? I have never had a sound bar so I don't know what to expect really. My goal would be to stay under $1000 for the TV and depending on if I need the sound bar (if the sound will be better than what I have) the soundbar could be $200-ish? I don't have the cash to go crazy so I am pretty firm with the $1000 or less on the TV, but if it goes a little over and it is worth it... I would consider it. What would be great is if there was a website that i could input my max dollar amount for each item, and the size/specs I want... and have the site spit back at me reviews of the products that compare like items. I tried to look at BestBuy.com and Walmart.com (I could probably get 10% off at the local store) for reviews and stuff, but knowing that there are people here at DayOnePatch that knows their stuff (or where to look for reviews) and hoping to hear reviews based on things like, "TV X is better than TV Y because ...." is better than just hearing why one TV is good and not comparing it to another TV. I know that Samsung QLED is really great, but I can't spend that much money on a TV right now... so that's why I am trying to stay under $1000 and get the best one (brand-wise and spec-wise) that will be good for Gaming, TV, movies, etc... Thank you for any help.
  16. Compare the S10 and S10+ with two different size display holes, plus a headphone jack.
  17. One of the more interesting stories to come out of CES so far is that Apple seems to be opening up their ecosystem to TV makers. Both Vizio and LG will natively support AirPlay 2 on their new sets, and in a very surprising move Samsung will also include an iTunes app. I feel like this is a concession owed to the failure of the Apple TV. Apple has been unable to compete with the far cheaper Fire TV and Chromecast, and even more than that, they've realized that most people will just use whatever their TV comes with. That just makes buying media on iTunes a poor value proposition when you can buy it on Amazon/Vudu/Google and watch it through your native TV apps and on your iPhone. Meanwhile, they haven't decided to open up Siri at all. Samsung's new TVs will allow both Google Assistant and Alexa commands.
  18. What would you recommend, a high end, 1080P TV or a low end, 4K set? I have a high end Samsung 1080P TV from 2015 and am thinking about upgrading to 4K. I can't afford a high end system right now, but was looking at some of the Visio systems in the < $500 range. Obviously, the 4K is higher resolution than what I have now, but would everything else be just as good?
  19. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/12/logitech-firmware-update-breaks-locally-controlled-harmony-hub-systems/
  20. While I follow TV tech pretty closely, I have always neglected the sound part of my setup and not really put much time and care into my home theatre audio setup. Not having much experience in this area, I'm hoping those in the know can tell me if there are any fatal flaws in my plans here. Thanks in advance. Years ago, I purchased a cheap clearance HTIB (Sony STR-K790) and have continued using that to this day - connected via optical. It doesn't even have a single HDMI port on it - in or out. Now as I'm enjoying 4K UHD Blu-ray movies on my Panasonic DMP-UB900 and LG 65B7 OLED, I'm wishing I could enjoy the Dolby Atmos and DTS-X immersive sound experience. I don't have a huge budget to play with. The wife has given her blessing on $1,200 (Canadian, not US) for Christmas this year. I've started looking at various soundbar solutions, but I do not have an ideal space for bouncing sounds off walls and ceiling. The rec room where everything is situated has lots of other stuff in it. Coat racks, piano, uneven ceiling a curved wet bar, etc. My thought then, is that a proper 5.2.4 system will be far more effective in this sort of environment. Getting such a system within my budget seems to be not very feasible, so my new plan is to play the long game and build the system up in steps. Firstly, I feel like the place to start is with a new receiver with the ability to drive all of those speakers, decode the Atmos and DTS-X signals and connect to my gear via HDMI, including ARC. My plan is to get the receiver and connect it to my existing speakers and then for future birthdays and Christmases I can add on additional speakers for the height channels and then eventually upgrade the original speakers. To that end, I've found a Black Friday deal on an Onkyo TX-NR787 receiver, which usually retails in Canada for $1,000 - $1,200 on sale for $700. This receiver seems to be generally well-reviewed for it's price range and has everything I will need to eventually have a serviceable 5.2.4 setup. The only snag I can see with it is that I don't believe it will work with the subwoofer that I already have with the STR-K790, since it is passively powered, using the same speaker wire connection as the other speakers and it looks to me like the Onkyo TX-NR787 will require me to have a powered sub. So my thought on the sub is to get a POLK HTS 12, which also seems to be well-reviewed for its price range and is also on a Black Friday sale for $450 (down from the normal $650 CDN). I'm thinking this should keep me under the $1,200 budget and give me a working 5.1 setup with the ability to expand into Dolby Atmos and DTS-X in the next couple of years. Am I missing anything crucial? Is this going to work? Am I going about it all wrong?
  21. Anyone use an Ecobee thermostat? Pros cons? Mice use lyric and Nest and am thinking of ecobee.
  22. I am replacing the side door on my house with a new door and would like to buy a smart lock for it. Does anyone use a smart lock? If so, which one and do you like it? Reviews for these locks are all over the place which is making it hard to pick. My wife likes the Kwikset Kevo but reviews go from 5 stars to 1 star.
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