Comments on: My electronics in pictures http://bjdraw.com/2009/04/05/my-electronics-in-pictures/ How good can it be, if it isn't HD? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:17:42 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.13 By: Curtis http://bjdraw.com/2009/04/05/my-electronics-in-pictures/comment-page-1/#comment-1801 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 21:37:49 +0000 http://bjdraw.com/?p=319#comment-1801 Ben your thoughts on MSC-400 with MX-980?

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By: Jay http://bjdraw.com/2009/04/05/my-electronics-in-pictures/comment-page-1/#comment-1501 Fri, 22 May 2009 20:53:53 +0000 http://bjdraw.com/?p=319#comment-1501 CQC is now $333 until version 3.0 ships. Just thought I would throw that out there. Ben, love the podcasts. Keep up the good work. From one geek to another….
Jay

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By: Ben Drawbaugh http://bjdraw.com/2009/04/05/my-electronics-in-pictures/comment-page-1/#comment-1459 Fri, 08 May 2009 17:52:40 +0000 http://bjdraw.com/?p=319#comment-1459 Wow, that is less than I paid for them, but they do sound great.

Steve has WAY better speakers than me. In fact I think one of his speakers costs more than my entire HT (sans my 60-inch kuro).

Haha, maybe I’ll add a picture of my clothes to the gallery.

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By: kevon27 http://bjdraw.com/2009/04/05/my-electronics-in-pictures/comment-page-1/#comment-1458 Fri, 08 May 2009 17:49:33 +0000 http://bjdraw.com/?p=319#comment-1458 A couple of questions.
1. who have the better HT, you or Steve Kim?
2. where is the pic of your Khaki pants and Polo shirt collection.

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By: kevon27 http://bjdraw.com/2009/04/05/my-electronics-in-pictures/comment-page-1/#comment-1457 Fri, 08 May 2009 17:45:12 +0000 http://bjdraw.com/?p=319#comment-1457 Dude, your speakers are now called TSC TST series.
http://www.thespeakercompany.com/Floor-Standing-C8.aspx

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By: Utah http://bjdraw.com/2009/04/05/my-electronics-in-pictures/comment-page-1/#comment-1332 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 23:45:57 +0000 http://bjdraw.com/?p=319#comment-1332 I would check out casa tunes (casatools.com) I’m not sure of the prices, but it seems like a great product. Only downside is that it doesn’t match the typical vista mce interface, but it will also work on nokia web tablets which are readily available on ebay. Check them out

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By: Curtis http://bjdraw.com/2009/04/05/my-electronics-in-pictures/comment-page-1/#comment-1330 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 20:17:45 +0000 http://bjdraw.com/?p=319#comment-1330 Ben & Utah,

Thanks for the quick response. Well I plan to use MControl for the most part. What would you suggest for Multiroom audio. I am hoping when Windows 7 come out there will be more options through DLNA. Any suggestions?

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By: Utah http://bjdraw.com/2009/04/05/my-electronics-in-pictures/comment-page-1/#comment-1329 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 19:27:20 +0000 http://bjdraw.com/?p=319#comment-1329 By the way, I use autonomic home for MC control and it is awesome, but you can get similar results with the free vmcController. Just don’t move past Vista because from the tv pack on, a lot of features no longer work because they changed a lot of the epg infrastructure.

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By: Utah http://bjdraw.com/2009/04/05/my-electronics-in-pictures/comment-page-1/#comment-1328 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 19:25:08 +0000 http://bjdraw.com/?p=319#comment-1328 Ben is right, CQC is very expensive and the UI isn’t nearly as attractive as mainLobby. Some users have made some pretty slick front ends for CQC, but out of the box I haven’t been impressed with the front end. However, the server side is pretty awesome. Very easy to add new components as they support so many devices natively. I also like that they have a subscription model, and by paying a yearly fee, you get all the upgrades. The problem with MainLobby is it starts cheap (about 200 for server and front end) but then you get nickel and dimed for everything else. They say it is so you only have to buy what you actually use, which is true, but I find that with the essentials that most people use, you get up to about 600 very quickly. The other thing I don’t like about ML anymore, is that they have free lanced most of their plugin development out to users. When that user loses interest, good luck getting updates or bug fixes. Dean and CQC really stays on top of things. So stability goes to CQC, appearence goes to Mainlobby. I have implemented a Mainlobby solution for a few people, and all of them had a lot of support calls. There really isn’t a perfect software based solution. My recommendation is to figure out what you want to do, make a list, and ben and I may be able to point you in the right direction.

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By: Ben Drawbaugh http://bjdraw.com/2009/04/05/my-electronics-in-pictures/comment-page-1/#comment-1327 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 17:48:05 +0000 http://bjdraw.com/?p=319#comment-1327 Curtis,
Honestly I hate that phrase in the HA industry “affordable in regards to.”

The fact is at $800 CQC is way too expensive, but even if I was willing to spend that must on a software solution — I would on hardware — the UI is hideous.

If I’m going to pay that kind of money, it needs to be perfect.

Also, you can use VMCController to build a CQC plug-in to control media center.

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