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A witty take on recovery, romance, and showbiz—from a gifted comedian.
Readers will laugh out loud, wince in discomfort, and ultimately celebrate the triumph of recovery in this uproarious memoir by comedian Ed Driscoll. Irreverant and provocative, Driscoll spins everyday annoyances and mishaps into amusing escapades—even managing to find the lighter side of one of the great tragedies of his life: alcoholism. Spilled Gravy is Driscoll’s running commentary about the entertainment business, personal ads, and how the "career gravy" began flowing again once he became sober. A highly sought "punch up" writer, Driscoll has contributed to television shows such as The Drew Carey Show, television specials such as The Academy Awards, and feature films such as Scooby-Doo. In 2003, his stand-up show about the travails of online dating, "Mismatch Maker," ran for nine weeks at the legendary Comedy Store in Los Angeles.
"Ed's book sucker punched me into paroxysms of laughter."
—Dennis Miller, comedian
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Yamaha Superior Performance, High Powered 7.1-Channel 770W (110W x 7) A/V Receiver. It features Yamaha's unique CINEMA DSP for outstandfing home theater performance, as well all Dolby formats and all DTS formats. It has YPAO which automatically sets the best sound for any room, with any speaker placement. It has Quad-Field CINEMA DSP and 14 Surround programs. It also features Night Listening Enhancer (Cinema/Music) and Silent Cinema. It has Component Video Up Conversion (Full) It is XM Satellite Radio ready. It also features on-screen display. It has an 8-Channel External Decorder Input.
Amazon.com Hands-On Review Yamaha's relatively affordable and amazingly high-quality HTR-5860 XM-ready surround receiver is a treat for both music lovers and movie buffs. As the nexus for either a two-channel/stereo listening system or a surround-equipped home theater, the 7.1-channel HTR-5860 is a virtually unqualified success. It underscores both the incredible convenience of having a central component to manage the audio and video signals from many other components and the profound importance of high-quality audio to the enjoyment of recorded music and home cinema.
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Yes, we'd recommend this receiver even for a simple left/right stereo system. For one thing, it gives you the freedom to expand into surround sound at a pace of your choosing and with a solid foundation. But the bigger factor recommending the HTR-5860 as an integrated stereo amplifier is the receiver's coolest and most sophisticated feature: the Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO). Don't get us wrong--it's truly great to have 95 watts per channel across seven channels for dynamic home theater. It's wonderful to have a wealth of surround and extended surround formats at our disposal. And XM Radio-readiness? Superb! (More on that in a minute.) But it's the rare "surround" feature that has immediate benefits for the two-channel world, and this is one of them.
YPAO calibrates the receiver for optimal performance in your actual listening room and through your actual speakers, whatever and wherever they are. And it does this in mere seconds. Depending on the sonic characteristics of your speakers and your room, the results can be profound. In our case, YPAO was responsible for making the HTR-5860 outperform a higher-power, multi-thousand-dollar surround preamplifier and amplifier combination.
To take advantage of YPAO, you simply hold or mount a supplied microphone at your primary listening position and hit "start" on the remote. The receiver pumps a series of test signals through your speakers and "listens" via the mic, comparing what it hears from your speakers and your walls to what it already knows about the source signals. The resulting analysis is the basis for a complete and nearly instantaneous system calibration that encompasses everything from sophisticated equalizer settings for each channel to individual speaker-level adjustments for up to nine speakers (seven main channels plus two "presence" speakers and a subwoofer). You're free to manually modify any aspect of the settings, and you can reload previous settings at the touch of a button.
We heard the biggest improvement from YPAO in the quality, not to say quantity, of bass supplied by our test system. In fact, the post-YPAO bass output was lower, since the receiver's careful adjustments to the level, the crossover frequency (the point where low-frequency sound transitions from the front left/right speakers to the subwoofer), and low-frequency equalization resulted in greater clarity for both deep-bass sounds (drums, dino feet, etc.) and upper-bass sounds (bass guitar, cellos). Bottom line: speakers in living rooms behave differently than speakers in test rooms, and having an AV receiver capable of tailoring its output to your room accounts for a lot.
The receiver also performed commendably in all other areas. Its XM Satellite Radio readiness is as seamless as could be hoped for: plug in your XM antenna, hit the XM/FM toggle button, and lose yourself in the service's 150-plus news, entertainment, and commercial-free music channels. (Use of this feature requires a subscription to XM Satellite Radio--$12.95 per month, no contract required--and a compatible XM antenna, such as the Audiovox CNP-1000.) XM Radio offers the best satellite-radio sound quality, and we've never heard XM sounding better than it does through this receiver.
Notably, the receiver offers a whopping 40 XM station presets on top of its 40 AM/FM presets. XM presets are stored in five banks of eight (A1 to E8), which proves handy for grouping similar programming or for diplomatically allocating presets to different family members.
Component-video up conversion takes composite- and S-video signals and converts them to a component-video signal. This means you need only one connection to your high-definition or other compatible TV rather than a separate connection for each video format. When you switch from watching your VCR to watching your progressive-scan DVD player, one click of the receiver's remote is all it takes to call up the DVD player; you don't also have to select an alternate input on your TV.
Other sonic refinements come from Yamaha's Digital ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) amplifier design (which ensures high signal purity) and the receiver's wide-range audio frequency response, specifically accommodating cutting-edge audio media like DVD-audio and SACD. The HTR-5860's digital-to-analog converters operate at an extremely high-resolution 192 kHz/24-bits. There's even a feature called Pure Direct, which bypasses all circuitry not essential to audio playback, including the display. --Michael Mikesell
An amazingly high-value product
Great for stereo or surround listening
Terrific room and system calibration feature
Excellent sound quality via both analog and digital inputs
Extremely versatile hookup and listening options
XM Satellite Radio-ready (hookup, navigation, presets)
Abundant surround-processing options
Extensive user-adjustable parameters for bass management, sound fields
Well-designed universal remote control
Well-written user's manual
HD-capable video switching
Convenient front-panel AV inputs
No phono input
Flimsy volume knob
Speaker terminals do not accept spade-lug-terminated cable
What's in the Box
HTR-5860 receiver, remote control, remote batteries, YPAO optimization microphone, FM and AM antennas, a user's manual, warranty/registration information.
Amazon.com Product Description The Yamaha HTR-5860 XM-ready Digital Home Theater Receiver is a full-featured digital home theater receiver that sports some serious features. Component video-up conversion takes S-video and composite signals and converts them into a component signal. This not only ensures the highest quality video from any source, it means you only need one connection to your HDTV monitor. No more switching inputs according to your source, it can all go through the component video connection. The HTR-5860 also has YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) that uses an optimizer microphone at the listening position to pick up test tones from your speakers, which the system then analyzes to let you know the best audio parameters. The system will even automatically equalize the sound according to the readings it takes, for the ultimate in convenience. The HTR-5860 is also XM Satellite Radio ready, which means that with an addition of an XM Connect and Play and XM subscription, you can tune into your favorite XM broadcasts.
Some other major features on the Yamaha HTR5860 include seven-channel discrete amplification (110 w x 7), Yamaha's Digital ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) amplifier design concept that ensures the highest signal purity, and 14 surround programs. Also featured is Silent Cinema, Yamaha's exclusive technology that allows private listening enjoyment of multi-channel music or movie sound, including Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround, through ordinary headphones.
This receiver delivers high power to seven channels and features Yamaha's unique Cinema Digital Sound Field Processing, or DSP -- Yamaha's way of recreating the ambiance of a stadium, a concert hall or an intimate club in the comfort of your own home. The HTR-5860's digital-to-analog converters use an extremely high performance 192 kHz/24-bit operation type. They perform accurate sound field reproduction for high quality multi-channel sources, and for two-channel stereo, provide outstanding separation and precise musical delineation. In addition, the HTR-5860 utilizes pure direct for high quality two-channel and multi-channel surround reproduction, wide-range audio frequency response for DVD-audio/super audio CD compatibility, and reproduces surround for 6.1 channels, 5.1 channels and 2.1 (virtual surround). And with the HTR-5860, discrete power transistors rather than chips are used in the amplifier section to provide the cleanest sound possible. The amplifier delivers 110 watts to each of the seven channels.
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The HTR-5860 can accommodate digital sources such as DVD, CD, MC/CDR, and Digital TV/Cable. Two optical digital outputs assure the finest possible signal leaving the receiver for your other components. The receiver incorporates component video inputs, providing outstanding video connections, and includes a set of front panel A/V inputs for simple, temporary connection. An AM/FM Digital Tuner with 40-station preset tuning and auto preset tuning round out the features of this outstanding receiver.
What's in the Box
HTR-5860 receiver, remote control, batteries, AM antenna, FM antenna, and optimizer microphone.