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16 minutes ago, Devil Dan 56 said:

In finally caught The Many Saints of Newark. It was… a movie I suppose. I didn’t hate it but it kind of felt like Sopranos cosplay at some points. The little twist at the end was pretty interesting and I wish they’d thought of it for the original show. It would have brought a good dynamic. 
 

All in all, maybe a 6-12 episode series would have been better than trying to cram so much into a movie. 

For someone who hasn’t watched the sopranos, should I start with Newark or the series?

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10 minutes ago, jagknife said:

For someone who hasn’t watched the sopranos, should I start with Newark or the series?

Probably the series. The movie has a ton of references and Easter eggs and solves one of the shows mysteries.  I just rewatched the whole series earlier this year and it really is a hell of a show.
I watched it when it was on originally but watching it now when I am roughly Tony’s age in the show definitely connected with me more 

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8 hours ago, jagknife said:

I’m one episode in, so far so good.

one question, and I’m 100% serious, is it supposed to be dubbed or subtitled? While the dub isn’t awful, I think I’d rather watch it subtitled….

I thought the same, didn't realise you could go subtitles. But after a while the dubbing actually became part of the experience for me. 

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Didn’t enjoy Many Saints on my first watch. Felt like two movies and neither of them really had a plot. The 70’s portion of the movie was way better. 
 

I’ve heard Chase really wanted to make a movie about the riots in Newark and the only way HBO would let him is if he made it about The Sopranos. Well the part about the riots didn’t even tell a very good story about the riots. 


That being said the actress playing Tony’s mom absolutely nailed it. She deserves an Oscar.

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12 hours ago, jagknife said:

I’m one episode in, so far so good.

one question, and I’m 100% serious, is it supposed to be dubbed or subtitled? While the dub isn’t awful, I think I’d rather watch it subtitled….

NEVER watch anything dubbed if subtitles are available. The only acceptable dubs are spaghetti westerns. And that’s just because it’s how the Italians made movies back then. 

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Anyone know anything about soundbars For Smart TVs? I read they can really improve the sound, so I bought a nice Bose one but quickly learned it was too big to fit in my entertainment unit, or the TV is too big. 

Do they make anything compact that accomplishes the same thing?

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1 hour ago, mfitz804 said:

Anyone know anything about soundbars For Smart TVs? I read they can really improve the sound, so I bought a nice Bose one but quickly learned it was too big to fit in my entertainment unit, or the TV is too big. 

Do they make anything compact that accomplishes the same thing?

Wireless ear buds

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21 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

Not entirely what I had in mind, we do watch TV as a family sometimes.

Well then it sounds like you might need to buy more than one pair of wireless ear buds

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1 minute ago, Crisis said:

Well then it sounds like you might need to buy more than one pair of wireless ear buds

I mean it’s 2021, we all have those. That’s not really how you sit around and watch TV as a family. Sometimes you converse, etc. I’m just looking for some better audio quality. Some people swear by the sound bars, I just can’t fit one in my set up.

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But to not be a complete idiot, in my search I've come across this thread on reddit about how you shouldn't buy a soundbar if you're looking for good sound quality.  It seems like the benefits of having a soundbar are that they are compact and easy to use, and that's at the cost of sound quality.

 

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Didn't know that posting a reddit link would throw the whole first comment into the thread, but there you have it.  I've used r/hometheater a few times and it is a pretty good resource to start your research.  It's full of knowledgeable nerds but I'm a cynic so I feel like there may be a lot of plants in there pushing products.  I have no evidence though.

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It’s good info, thanks. But my understanding is, they are still a huge improvement over the stock speaker(s) built into your TV. I’m sure there are much better systems, but I’m not looking to have a ton of speakers everywhere, ideally I’d like to barely see it. 

Which is why I asked if anyone knows about this stuff, I know I do not. 

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Bought this for my home theater and honestly they have fvcking blown me away. They make another version that comes with 5 speakers, I can't even imagine how it must sound. My two speakers and amp literally make my room sound like I'm in an actual theater, you get that rumble in your chest. The bass on the woofer is NO JOKE. 

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1 hour ago, RunninWithTheDevil said:

Bought this for my home theater and honestly they have fvcking blown me away. They make another version that comes with 5 speakers, I can't even imagine how it must sound. My two speakers and amp literally make my room sound like I'm in an actual theater, you get that rumble in your chest. The bass on the woofer is NO JOKE. 

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I actually use these for my PC and they are fantastic.  And I use a much older version for my TV now.  I plan on upgrading to a receiver and some cabinet speakers when the time comes though.

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3 hours ago, mfitz804 said:

It’s good info, thanks. But my understanding is, they are still a huge improvement over the stock speaker(s) built into your TV. I’m sure there are much better systems, but I’m not looking to have a ton of speakers everywhere, ideally I’d like to barely see it. 

Which is why I asked if anyone knows about this stuff, I know I do not. 

Audiophile guys sh!t on sound bars, but I’ve been using them for years. I’m like you, and don’t want speakers all over my living room. Sound bars are a NIGHT and DAY improvement over basic crappy tv speakers. Especially if you get one with a sub for some nice bass levels. Mine can literally rattle the floor (I have a Yamaha YAS 207). But if you’re looking for just a smaller soundbar to upgrade your tv speakers; Sonos makes some good ones. I think their “Beam” should fit in just about any entertainment center. 

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2 minutes ago, Nicomo said:

Audiophile guys sh!t on sound bars, but I’ve been using them for years. I’m like you, and don’t want speakers all over my living room. Sound bars are a NIGHT and DAY improvement over basic crappy tv speakers. Especially if you get one with a sub for some nice bass levels. Mine can literally rattle the floor (I have a Yamaha YAS 207). But if you’re looking for just a smaller soundbar to upgrade your tv speakers; Sonos makes some good ones. I think their “Beam” should fit in just about any entertainment center. 

I’ll look into it, thanks. The main issue is we have a corner unit that said it fits up to a 43” TV, but a tape measure proves otherwise and I fit a 55” in there. It’s practically a custom fit with less than a half inch on all 4 sides. That leaves just a small area between the stands to place a soundbar. The Bose I got was way huge and didn’t fit (I didn’t measure). 

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3 hours ago, mfitz804 said:

I’ll look into it, thanks. The main issue is we have a corner unit that said it fits up to a 43” TV, but a tape measure proves otherwise and I fit a 55” in there. It’s practically a custom fit with less than a half inch on all 4 sides. That leaves just a small area between the stands to place a soundbar. The Bose I got was way huge and didn’t fit (I didn’t measure). 

I know it would suck (or maybe it wouldn't) but have you considered maybe setting up the tv on something else than that corner unit? Maybe with a different one (or mount the tv to the wall or wtv) that way you'd have more flexibility for a soundbar or wtv? I mean im literally going blind here but who knows.

I know quite a bit about home theatre sounds systems and all that crap. My buddy owns a home theatre system and furniture store and we geek out about all the new stuff coming out every year. I got a new 75" tv this year and he got a 85" lol it's ridiculously big. I've been using a Yamaha amp that plays either my record player, my tv / movies / games, etc and my wireless music from my phone. And it's playing through 5 speakers. Which like you mentioned, can suck at times when you have to put speakers all around the room, it doesn't always fit well.

Not sure if it's been mentioned but the technology of good soundbar now are really using the whole room and can calculate how to bounce the sound off your walls to really give you the best sound. It's never going to give you the precise surround sounds you can get from rear speakers in a surround but still pretty good if you're willing to sacrifice for something simpler.

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5 hours ago, SterioDesign said:

I know it would suck (or maybe it wouldn't) but have you considered maybe setting up the tv on something else than that corner unit? Maybe with a different one (or mount the tv to the wall or wtv) that way you'd have more flexibility for a soundbar or wtv? I mean im literally going blind here but who knows.I

The way my living room is structured, it’s perfect to have the TV in that corner. I know there are some wall mounts, but honestly, mounting a TV on the corner looks weird, like in a doctors office waiting room. Plus, aside from all the decorative stuff we also have on that unit, it also contains my CD collection, my DVDs, to game systems, cable box, DVD player, etc. 

Not to mention that the unit fits perfectly in that corner, and was fairly expensive.

I could put the tv on a different wall, which would then require me to move the couch, which would then require me to move the stuff that’s hung on the wall above the couch. Then I would have to get rid of the wall unit, and come up with a different way to store all of that stuff that’s inside of it.

I like the idea of a sound bar, but I’m not going to redecorate my entire living room just to have one.

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On 10/11/2021 at 10:01 AM, jagknife said:

For someone who hasn’t watched the sopranos, should I start with Newark or the series?

The series, 100%.  And do yourself a favor and don't binge it like I did.

My now-wife and I watched the entire show over the course of a month and... you really lose track of the little details that make the show great when you tear through it that quickly.

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5 minutes ago, Devilsfan118 said:

The series, 100%.  And do yourself a favor and don't binge it like I did.

My now-wife and I watched the entire show over the course of a month and... you really lose track of the little details that make the show great when you tear through it that quickly.

Haha I read that as my non-wife and I was thinking man, I hope she doesn't read this!

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53 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

The way my living room is structured, it’s perfect to have the TV in that corner. I know there are some wall mounts, but honestly, mounting a TV on the corner looks weird, like in a doctors office waiting room. Plus, aside from all the decorative stuff we also have on that unit, it also contains my CD collection, my DVDs, to game systems, cable box, DVD player, etc. 

Not to mention that the unit fits perfectly in that corner, and was fairly expensive.

I could put the tv on a different wall, which would then require me to move the couch, which would then require me to move the stuff that’s hung on the wall above the couch. Then I would have to get rid of the wall unit, and come up with a different way to store all of that stuff that’s inside of it.

I like the idea of a sound bar, but I’m not going to redecorate my entire living room just to have one.

What about your 8-tracks and cassettes?  😉

I have tons of DVDs too (in a couple of "hidden" cabinets in my entertainment center) and some Blu-Rays.  Hardly ever watch DVDs anymore...most of the time I just (occasionally buy), record and save (I have DirecTV).  

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19 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

What about your 8-tracks and cassettes?  😉

I have tons of DVDs too (in a couple of "hidden" cabinets in my entertainment center) and some Blu-Rays.  Hardly ever watch DVDs anymore...most of the time I just (occasionally buy), record and save (I have DirecTV).  

Yeah, I know. Honestly, I haven’t taken a CD out in like 10 years and the DVDs basically only if something isn’t streaming (like my horror movie binge watching; Elm Street was available on HBO Max so I watched it there; Friday the 13th is not available, so I’ll use the DVDs). 

While in some aspects I spend money like I have money, I can’t bring myself to rent a movie from a pay as you go service when I have the DVD a foot and a half away from the TV. 

In the grand scheme, neither of those 2 things takes up all that much space (I don’t keep the cases, they are in sleeves in storage boxes) and they aren’t the reason I don’t want to get rid of a $2,000 piece of furniture and redecorate my entire living room to add a couple of speakers lol. 

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