AV Rant #665: Microsoft Playstation 6

October 18th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 86 Patreon Patrons, including Brian F., as well as Bill W. for confirming Mike S.’ corrections regarding 20 amp circuits needing 12 gauge wire.

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In the news:

– Sony’s PlayStation 5 is coming in 2020 with haptic feedback:
https://is.gd/CLFo6x

– The first residential installation of Samsung’s The Wall micro-LED display took three days:
https://is.gd/Oqu0Nm

Comments:

– Cody T. suggests plugging an audio streaming device into a portable battery to turn any Bluetooth speaker into a WiFi speaker.

– Joseph H. found a ridiculous power cord with some truly absurd marketing copy:
https://is.gd/HEm8OR

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AV Rant #664: Future of HEOS

October 12th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Kevin for his donation, and our 86 Patreon Patrons.

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

In the news:

Amazon Music HD uses SD, HD, and UHD to describe audio: https://is.gd/8gzEmG
It’s the first streaming music service to offer albums in Dolby Atmos: https://is.gd/J3I8I1
And Ted M. asks if Atmos is available on any devices other than the Echo Studio: https://is.gd/EK9tB3

Sound United won’t buy Onkyo and Pioneer after all: https://is.gd/cIjrOT

Microsoft is ending guide data for Windows Media Center: https://is.gd/9tGMcy

Comments:

– Ian E. – noticed the Panasonic UB420 Ultra HD Blu-ray player is available in the USA for $250: https://is.gd/i9Pctw

– Mike S. – sent an important correction: 20 amp household circuits must use 12 gauge wire.

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AV Rant #663: Anti-Money Grab

October 4th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are David for his donation, and our 86 Patreon Patrons.

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:
– Monoprice Monolith THX Tower for $850 each: https://is.gd/YjnYDh
– Monolith THX Tower w/ Atmos-enabled, upward-firing drivers built-in for $1,000 each: https://is.gd/B9eweo

– NEXTGEN TV is the official CTA name for ATSC 3.0: https://is.gd/1kOqTl

– Oculus Quest VR headset gets hand tracking and USB-C PC connection: https://is.gd/U7BUqS

Comments:
– Jack R. shared a Twenty Thousand Hertz Podcast episode: The [Compressed] History of Mastering”: https://is.gd/g4U3Gt
– Bernard T. came back to AVRant while building his TV niche just as we were saying how we don’t like niches.
– Brian R. says it’s a good time to buy clearance Cambridge Audio gear, like their AM5 stereo integrated amp for $100: https://is.gd/rxZ5Zt

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AV Rant #662: Canadian Bleeps

September 27th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 88 Patreon Patrons, including James W. from the UK, and also Byron S. for telling SVS and KEF we sent him their way, and David G. & Francis A. for letting Tom know about the overlapping promos in our audio-only versions the past few weeks.

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

In the news:

– Philips’ Hue Play HDMI Sync Box makes you lights change along with your TV images, and brings out some FILTHY (for a Canadian) language from Rob H.: https://is.gd/zlufJK– TiVo is inserting ads before recorded shows: https://is.gd/A5gcr3
– The CTA created an official 8K Ultra HD definition and logo: https://is.gd/5ovrGo

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AV Rant #661: 2.35 to SUCK!

September 20th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 88 Patreon Patrons, as well as AJ and Carl for letting Rob know he messed up last week’s live video feed.

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:
– LG is adding NVidia G-Sync to C9 & E9 OLED TVs: https://is.gd/8BtQKk
– Via Karl R. – Apple TV+ will support 4K, Dolby Vision, and Atmos for $5/month: https://is.gd/38F24G
– Via Nathan D. – MIT Engineers made the blackest thing ever by accident: https://is.gd/7EZbp2
– Sony “Crystal LED” is available for (very wealthy) homeowners: https://is.gd/vsjfuQ

– Streaming madness: 
– NBCUniversal’s service is called “Peacock”: https://is.gd/0x8mZT
– Everyone’s paying $500 million for old shows: https://is.gd/klI9NF
– Tinder is making a TV show: https://is.gd/wfb1Bq

Comments:
– 0:20:03 Travis D. – eliminated his sensitive earphone noise floor with a cheap, in-line impedance plug: https://is.gd/MLweYA
-0:22:34 Kevin R. asks why we don’t tout Vudu more often, and we discuss their new parental controls: https://is.gd/CdeTXT

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