Showing posts from July, 2014

Listening to the Mirage Satellites and watching an Epson 3600 Projector in Action - the problem with Sats and Ceiling mounts

Just sharing a little movie night I experienced at a friend's home recently..

He has a place with a 5.1 setup using Mirage Sats and a 6" sub, and a Epson 3600 Projector. His source was a Denon BR and a 1910 AV amp in a small living room of his apartment.

The Front Left and Right channels were mounted near the top of the wall next to the ceiling, and the rear surrounds were also just as high. The centre was on his console, just below the edge of his Remaco screen which has a gain of 1.3.

We used Hero, and the Art of Flight as demos.

We used two scenes used from Hero:

- the fight between Donnie and Jet at the chess parlour first:

You could hear the sound of raindrops and the splatter onto the floor, the Mirage satellites did a nice job with the highs, and you could get a good sense of ambiance. However in the sound transitions from one speaker to another, they didn't do so well, as the sound was isolated to the ceiling, next to the speaker, and when the action travele…

Washing Machine Buying and Usage Tips

I used to think that buying a washer was a simple affair, you choose the capacity, whether it's a top or front loader, and and viola!

The different technologies behind the various brands is pretty daunting,  and it's good to have some ideas of what you need.

First some washing tips:

From here: (

 Recipes to washing care...

Grease/Tar - Smear both sides of the stain with fresh butter, and leave overnight, then scrape away delicately.

Rust : use orange juice or vinegar

Red wine: put some white wine and sprinkle with a generous amount of salt to prevent saturation, then soak in cold water.

Grass: on white fabric you use a diluted solution of bleach and water. On coloured fabrics, using 90% alcohol can give good results. alternatively dampen the stain, cover it with castor sugar (fine grain sugar) and leave for an hour

Ink : Rub with fresh milk or lemon juice

Chewing gum : Ice…