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    Hi, I'm Jenn and I am new here

    Hey Everyone,

    My name is Jenn. I am "new" to the site. Well, not "new" but new to posting. I have been reading a whole bunch of your posts because I am at a loss as to what I should be getting my husband for Christmas. Believe it or not, he does not have an Ipod, which is a possibility and then I thought about going bigger and getting a new TV. We currently have a 56" Akai-one of the big bulky ones-nice TV, but I think I want one to hang on my wall. My problem...I am only so knowledgable when it comes to these things and am not really sure where to start. I have seen many pros and cons on this site as well as some others, but I thought if maybe I could give some specifics, one of you smarter people could help me out.
    As for the Ipod-I need one that has storage for about 1000 songs and I don't know if he wants one that has video capabilities or not. As for the TV, I have a whole blank wall, big enough for probably up to 65", BUT my couch is only 10 feet from the TV..how big would I want to go?
    I did find a website that I like because it is actual people who have bought these things making video reviews for the more novice buyer like me! I found one 60" I like, here's the link
    This one seems nice, but then they have so many other brands..sony..philips..what do you think?

    I did just find another link they have for the holidays it seems that helps you search for gifts... as well as and now I am at more of a loss because I like the digital keychain gift (talk about going from big to small)

    Any help is greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
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    Hi Jen,

    Welcome to AR.

    I'm sorry, but I don't know much about ipods. But for 1000 songs, I think you'll need one with 4GB or more.

    Also, this may sound strange, but you may want to copy your post and re-post it in the Rave Reveiws section here. The posters in that area seem to know the most about ipods. And not many of them veture outside of RR.

    Good luck.
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    Hi Jenn.

    I would check RR for help with the Ipod issue. My wife has one of the older ones, and it holds tons of songs. I think 4 GB is about right for 1000 songs. That can fluctuate depending upon the compression level for the music.

    Ipods are nice, and the interface is very intuitive. When you get up to 4GB you get a video screen regardless. You may not watch movies/tv on it, but it sure makes navigation easy. One trick I used when setting up my wifes Ipod, was to rip all the CD's into windows media player. Then I imported them into ITunes. The benefit is depending upon how you have your home network set up, its much easier to stream music out of WMP, as its MS based. Apple is kinda territorial.

    For the TV, 65" is pretty big to hang. I have a 50" and it weighs just over 100 lbs. A 65" is gonna weigh at least 150 lbs. Make sure to have someone install it (IMHO). At that weight, you don't want it falling down. Check the HT section. I don't know squat about projection, but they can help you out there.

    Here are some pictures of my setup:

    http://gallery.audioreview.com/showg...&ppuser=246919

    Its a pioneer 50" plasma, and the couch is about 10' from the wall. Keep in mind that TV's in the store look quite small compared to actually being in the house. My wife and I measured out several sets, and then taped come colored tape on the wall to match the size. That might help you get some perspecive on how it will look, and where to put it on the wall.

    Also, are you going to need any AV equipment to go with the TV? Check out the Home Theater section. Just tell the folks what you are looking to spend, and I am sure several memebers here can help direct you.

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    Jenn:

    Glad to see a female on the forum. That's a rare event !! Welcome.

    Since your couch is only 10' away from the TV location, I can't imagine you would need anything larger than a 52" TV. Maybe even a 46". I recommend the Sony Bravia LCD TV flat panel series. This line has a wide variety of sizes up to 70". The lowest priced 46" is $1899.00. What did you want to spend? We just got our first LCD TV and went with a 32" Sony Bravia. We sit about 10' to 15' away and 32" is plenty large for us. I guess it comes down to your budget. Sony Bravia is an excellent brand but there are many good ones out there (Sharp, Panasonic, LG, Toshiba, Samsung, etc). I recommend you visit a retailer and stare at these units. Look at the colors and sharpness and compare. Look at the brightness too. I think you'll find these brands all produce great pictures. Good luck.

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    Sharp's Aquos series are also good LCD's. I agree, if you are only 10 feet away don't go larger than 50" give or take. You want the HDTV to be 1080p compatible and should probably have at least two HDMI inputs.

    You want to think about if you want an actual Apple Ipod or another brand of mp3 player. With Apple you can only use their software and the files (songs) aren't compatible with other players. Apple Ipods are generally more expensive. Other brands will allow you more flexibility as to what software you use to rip, burn & sync, and which file size & format (ie mp3, WMA etc) Just in case he might want to play a video get at least 10 gigs.

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    Are you guys suckers or what?

    I am pretty darn sure that Jenn is a spammer. If I am wrong, I apologize.

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    This one doesn't really smell like spammer to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emorphien
    This one doesn't really smell like spammer to me.
    Could be a SP3000 model, they are a bit smarter and disguise their posts a bit better, but you do notice the amount of links in the post right? Plus it's the FIRST post and more importantly it's that same line: Been around for awhile yadda yadda, yet the join date was Nov. 07. I could be wrong on this one, but I just have a strange hunch.

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    Oh, missed the extra links. Could be then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emorphien
    Oh, missed the extra links. Could be then.
    I think PS is right. I didn't even notice the links, but now I see that all 3 are for the same website.

    PS you get a greenie for that. I almost gave you a red, because I felt stupid to have responded to a 'bot post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSE
    Will you marry me?
    If Jenn is a spammer, she could also be a man. Still interested?
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    spam determination tabel:

    is the message suspicious? no? --> don't bother; if yes --> Is the username kinda weird?: no.--> don't bother, and just answer. If yes --> check user's data: registering date, any other information and look the username up in google. --> more than 1 page with the same username on similar forums with the same user information (registering date, other information...) no--> probably a spammer, but it could be a normal user too, answer post when you like. If yes: definately a spammer, report to mod.

    hey, 'she' makes an exellent spammer
    look her username up on google, you'll find 2 pages with the same username, all on electronics forums, asking similar question...

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    Hang the iPod & TV

    What he really wants is a nice, modest stereo system, like this one perhaps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feanor
    What he really wants is a nice, modest stereo system, like this one perhaps

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    Thats a really cool setup. I have a couple of questions.

    1. What is that cord running up to the control box? by the chair. Its about as thick as a snake.

    2. All that money for a setup, and only one chair? Doesn't it seem kinda lonely to not be able to share an experince like I'm sure you get sitting there? At least put in another recliner.

    And what is someone's guess as to the cost of a similar setup. This is the closest I'll ever get to one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by musicoverall
    If Jenn is a spammer, she could also be a man. Still interested?

    Good point!
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    What kind of TV was she thinking about?

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    Jen doesn't seem like a spammer at all, merely a confused consumer with some reasonable questions. If you think about it, we all started that way and there's nothing here to merit an all out assault.





    To the OP:

    What is your price range? Do you have to hang it on the wall or can you place it on a stand? What is your source (i.e. cable, satellite, OTA antenna)? Do you watch more standard definition or is high definition important? The more info you provide, the easier it will be to answer your questions.

    As for the iPod, a lot depends on what you want to do with it. If you envision watching a lot of video, you can't really beat the iTouch which is essentially an iPhone without the phone. It has the largest screen and in extremely intuitive interface. Oh, and it's "cool" factor is off the charts. If this is mainly for music, go for the new Nano. It's very compact, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive at just over $100. There are other options, however if your husband isn't very computer savvy, it's tough to beat the ease of iTunes and the wealth of peripherals for the iPod.

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    Ok, let's talk about it

    Quote Originally Posted by Groundbeef
    Thats a really cool setup. I have a couple of questions.

    1. What is that cord running up to the control box? by the chair. Its about as thick as a snake.

    2. All that money for a setup, and only one chair? Doesn't it seem kinda lonely to not be able to share an experince like I'm sure you get sitting there? At least put in another recliner.

    And what is someone's guess as to the cost of a similar setup. This is the closest I'll ever get to one!
    This room belongs to Mike Lavigne at Positive Feedback. (Some equipment has changed since the picture I believe.) The room was custom build, I don't recall the cost exactly but it was over $150k if I'm not mistaken. Just my guess, but the equipment is likely worth above $500k.

    There's lot's more information here ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by topspeed
    Jen doesn't seem like a spammer at all, merely a confused consumer with some reasonable questions. If you think about it, we all started that way and there's nothing here to merit an all out assault.





    To the OP:

    What is your price range? Do you have to hang it on the wall or can you place it on a stand? What is your source (i.e. cable, satellite, OTA antenna)? Do you watch more standard definition or is high definition important? The more info you provide, the easier it will be to answer your questions.

    As for the iPod, a lot depends on what you want to do with it. If you envision watching a lot of video, you can't really beat the iTouch which is essentially an iPhone without the phone. It has the largest screen and in extremely intuitive interface. Oh, and it's "cool" factor is off the charts. If this is mainly for music, go for the new Nano. It's very compact, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive at just over $100. There are other options, however if your husband isn't very computer savvy, it's tough to beat the ease of iTunes and the wealth of peripherals for the iPod.

    If "she" posts a follow up to this that has something that relatively shows signs of life and some as-semblance of conversation with what others have typed, I'd be amazed.

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    Spammer was my initial impression. I swear, the next time I need help I'm gonna floss as a girl. Is that a proper way to use the slang "Floss"? Guess Im not a hip as I used to presume....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrhymeammo
    Spammer was my initial impression. I swear, the next time I need help I'm gonna floss as a girl. Is that a proper way to use the slang "Floss"? Guess Im not a hip as I used to presume....

    JRA
    I thought the same thing...a female...all of a sudden bam bam bam and a plethora of helpful responses.

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    Ooooo..... I feel so dirty.

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    Cool

    I vote for spammer.
    EXPO tv , THE SITE SHE LINKS TO, has a cool concept, video reviews from "everyday" people reviewing products, then you notice they are reviewing only PANASONIC
    products.
    The review of the SVHS vcr was entertaining tho, do they still make those?
    Anyway, lots of good info on this site, like how one TV comes with a remote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Groundbeef
    1. What is that cord running up to the control box? by the chair. Its about as thick as a snake.
    Optical feed between EMM Labs transport and DAC.

    Actually, that is a dated photo. He has since replaced the Karma speakers. The room was completely purpose built for listening.

    Current system

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    Not necessarily

    Quote Originally Posted by PeruvianSkies
    I thought the same thing...a female...all of a sudden bam bam bam and a plethora of helpful responses.
    My response was anything but helpful.

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