AV Rant #683: Exit Front Wide Train Here

February 14th, 2020 No comments

UPCOMING INTERVIEW: We’ll be talking with Alan Hutchinson, the owner of HTMarket.com on Feb. 19. Our focus will be their HT Design Home Theater Seating, but feel free to ask anything HTMarket-related.

Our Listeners of the Week are Ezekiel for his donation, our 106 Patreon Patrons, including Dan, as well as Victor D. for talking us up to Blue Jeans Cable, and Andrew L. for telling Denon, NVidia, LG, and SVS that he has a “home theater by AV Rant.”

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– Check out https://joeyesposito.com/ for awesome independent comics and merch by Joey Esposito who first brought to our attention that…

– Netflix added the option to turn off auto-play previews and next episodes: https://is.gd/eEVieT

– Netflix is switching to the AV1 codec on Android mobile devices: https://is.gd/uVgXOy

– Disney will make Hulu available outside the USA in 2021: https://is.gd/36rhlk

– ViacomCBS wants to combine its TV and movie divisions into a single streaming service: https://is.gd/XvMTvq

Comments:

– Carl and Brian let us know that “Suspiria” and “Carnival Row” both offer Atmos audio on Amazon Prime Video.

John P. thinks the Emotiva Airmotiv A1 AirSpace upward-firing Atmos-Enabled Modules are worth a try: https://is.gd/djRQHi

– Dan describes hiring a professional ISF/THX calibrator as an educational experience, in addition to improving his picture quality.

– Damien D. turned a box spring into a seating riser.

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AV Rant #682: Suck That Tweeter

February 7th, 2020 No comments

UPCOMING INTERVIEW: We’ll be talking with Alan Hutchinson, the owner of HTMarket.com on Feb. 19. Our focus will be their HT Design Home Theater Seating, but feel free to ask anything HTMarket-related.

Our Listeners of the Week are Jacob for his donation, and our 106 Patreon Patrons, as well as SVS for featuring our recent interview with Gary Yacoubian and Nick Brown in their Feb. 2020 newsletter ( https://www.svsound.com/blogs/newsletters ), Infinite Gary for talking us up to Sewell, and Lee Overstreet for mentioning us to Accessories4Less.

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– Via Kris P. – MoviePass is truly dead: https://is.gd/d1ke7R

– GoldenEar Technology has been sold to The Quest Group (AudioQuest): https://is.gd/Dt8jBM

Comments:

– Andrew L. and Carl both wanted further details about putting speakers at 45 degree elevation angles and labelling them as Front and Rear Heights for maximum immersive audio format compatibility: (page 25: https://is.gd/VmcdzD )

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AV Rant #681: Welcome Max Headroom

January 31st, 2020 No comments

UPCOMING INTERVIEW: We’ll be talking with Alan Hutchinson, the owner of HTMarket.com on Feb. 19. Our focus will be their HT Design Home Theater Seating, but feel free to ask anything HTMarket-related.¬†

Some technical issues led to this episode sounding a little rough (it’s difficult to have a smooth conversation when you can’t hear each other. Who knew?) But hopefully you’ll still find it enjoyable.

Our Listeners of the Week are Roger for his donation, our 106 Patreon Patrons, including Jeff K., and Andrew L. for completing our Patreon Prize Draw and agreeing to send the winner, Joseph P. (aka Turned Toast), a cool model of an X-Wing.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmL2u8Bb

In the news:

– Bluetooth LE Audio promises broadcasts and better battery life with its new LC3 codec: https://is.gd/76YSFr

– Via Karl R. – CNET’s guide to watching SuperBowl LIV in 4K HDR: https://is.gd/uKUspI

Comment:

– Lee V. has had two Epson 5040UB units fail on him, but Epson keeps quickly replacing them for free.

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AV Rant #680: Rise of Skywalker Review

January 24th, 2020 No comments

UPCOMING INTERVIEW: We’ll be talking with Alan Hutchinson, the owner of HTMarket.com on Feb. 19. Our focus will be their HT Design Home Theater Seating, but feel free to ask anything HTMarket-related.

Back to normal! But we review Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker between 0:11:21 and 0:25:37 , so use the time stamps if you want to avoid spoilers!

Our Listeners of the Week are our 105 Patreon Patrons, including Andy, Mike A., and Mike H., as well as Patrick P. who met up with Tom in person, and DJ, who hosts The Bright Side Home Theater Podcast and gave us a nice shout out: https://nerdylegion.com/episodes/brightsideht-16

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmKSGaBx

In the news:

– Yamaha posted their lineup of Aventage Receivers with HDMI 2.1: https://is.gd/D5FDVV

– Warner Bros. and Universal will share physical disc distribution: https://is.gd/ZSOMrN

– Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, launches July 15 with pricing tiers: https://is.gd/ecr0Ss

– Disney changes 20th Century Fox to 20th Century Studios: https://is.gd/I17Cy3

Comment:

– Martin D. notes that seemingly more Epson 5040UB owners than normal have reported power supply issues.

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AV Rant #679: Backlog Trifecta

January 21st, 2020 No comments

This episode was recorded just a day after the last two! Rob is joined by Lee Overstreet as we nearly finish catching up on our holiday backlog.

Our Listeners of the Week are our 102 Patreon Patrons, including Justin B.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmKKeT2i

In the news:

– Warner Bros. will use Cinelytic AI to help decide which films to make: https://is.gd/4LeisB

– Samsung’s QD-OLED production is facing delays: https://is.gd/kov5EB

– LG Display also has OLED production delays, so big price drops on large screen sizes soon seem unlikely: https://is.gd/G3sQgq

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