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Break-In DVD for Plasma?

Break-In DVD for Plasma?

Do you recommend a "break-in" DVD for the first 100 hours on my LG PZ950? Also, can I lay it down to attach the stand?
- John Thorndike

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HDMI ARC Output as Audio Input?

HDMI ARC Output as Audio Input?

My Sony DAV-DZ640K home theater in a box (HTIB) includes a receiver with HDMI Audio Return Channel on its HDMI output. Can this serve as an HDMI audio input? After all, HDMI ARC basically transfers audio from TV to the receiver.
- Srijan Saha

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Shallow AV Receiver?

Shallow AV Receiver?

I've been thinking about a home-theater sound system for our living room. We have a 55-inch Toshiba LED-LCD TV wall-mounted in the center of built-in bookcases. However, the shelves are only about 12 inches deep! Do you have any ideas on what receivers I should consider? Also, I'm thinking about using GoldenEar speakers. How do I match receiver power with them?
- Jim Nolan

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Best Surround Setup for 7.1?

Best Surround Setup for 7.1?

What is the best location for the surround speakers in a 7.1 home-theater setup? Should both sets of surround speakers be on the back wall? Or should there be two speakers on the sides of the room and two speakers in the rear?
- Jeff Olejnik

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Fixed or Retractable Screen?

Fixed or Retractable Screen

Which is better for a home theater—a fixed or retractable projection screen? I'm interested in setting up a home theater and potentially having a retractable screen to make the room suitable for multiple uses, but I'm willing to make it a dedicated room if there are too many downsides to a retractable screen, such as maintaining the shape of the screen.
- Aleksander Pasko

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