AV Rant #429: Broke

April 24th, 2015 No comments

Special thanks to Thomas for not taking our advice and still managing to become listener of the week. SVS must be tired of hearing our name by now! There were some trailers released this week (LINK and LINK) and Tom and Rob react. Lior has a big dip in his frequency response and wants to know how to fix it (LINK). Joel did a LOT of trouble shooting to verify that there is definitely something wrong with his receiver and not the SPL meter app on his phone (LINK). Rob found Alan a way to measure his seven speakers individually (LINK), Jeb had a weird experience with egg cartons, and a lot of people liked the picture we posted on Facebook this week (LINK). Jay thinks that Rob is ready for DTS:X, Joel has a question about audio settings and PS4s or Xbox Ones, and Alexandre shared a video of a space shuttle launch (LINK). Tom likes drones – especially if they are speaker drones, Kris needs a new receiver, and Alan needs help placing his subs. Mike is looking for an app to let him hear outside sounds through his headphones (LINK and LINK), Thomas wants a portable DAC/Amp (LINK and LINK), and Jose and John have broken gear.

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AV Rant #428: DTS Meh

April 15th, 2015 No comments

This week we thank Lior for the donation and Paul for enabling Rob’s addiction. Thanks! DTS announced their object-based surround format this week and we were underwhelmed at the amount of information (LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, and LINK). Hopefully we’ll know more soon. Barney has some questions about the future of OLED, Augustine needs help shopping for electrostatic speakers (LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, and LINK), and Allen has a weird problem with his center channel output on his Denon receiver. Justin needs a “foolproof” system for a friend (LINK and LINK), Nick is having issues with his HTPC, and Aaron is looking for a mate for his ATI amp (LINK). Barney is wondering if analog connections are better than HDMI (as he’s read), Efrain and Richard have a few comments on tubes (LINK and LINK), and Alan needs subwoofer help. We get updates from Bryon about his Sharp TV, Adrian about his experiences with Beats! headphones, and Jason on vintage gear (complete with pros and cons). Infinite Gary has some more questions about the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard (LINK and LINK), John is looking for speaker wire, and Anonymous wants to know about where to shop online in Canada (LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, and LINK).

 

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AV Rant #427: Tube Tones

April 8th, 2015 No comments

Our listeners of the week are Gary and Alan for their donations, Russell for talking us up to SVS, and John for the suggestion. Thanks guys! Ashley is looking for inexpensive soundproofing suggestions (LINK), Nate is worried that his receiver is underpowered, and Lee let us know that you can put fires out with sound (LINK). Jeremy loves his Dayton Audio Sub (LINK and LINK), Henry is looking for a $500 receiver (LINK and LINK), and David needs stands for his massive bookshelves (LINK). Ryan and Joel need receiver setup help (LINK), Mark wants a new Oppo and has some questions, Nick wants some speakers to match his Sierra-2s, and Infinite Gary, Austen, John, and John (different one) all have updates for us. Mark is concerned about b-stock or refurb items, Art added GRAMMA pad and now his sub sounds different, and Buddy is looking for a receiver (LINK).

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AV Rant #426: We Like Mike

April 1st, 2015 No comments

This week our listeners of the week are Craig for his Twitter skills and John and Henry for their donations. Thanks guys! Ray turned us on to an update (of sorts) from DTS about their new object-based decoding system (more news to come…or so they say). Michael had a couple of questions that took us a long time to answer. He wanted to know what the differences between the room correction systems offered by the major manufacturers plus all the new “immersive sound” formats that are just hitting the market. He is also looking to upgrade his receiver but we have some bad news for him. Krish is looking for speaker upgrades (LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, and LINK), Fred has a click-bait article from CE-Pro that he liked (LINK), and Gary is desperately trying to figure out if the expanded color gamut on his projector will do him any good when HDMI 2.0 comes out. James corrected us about the definition of “full range” speakers (LINK), Jonathan presents us with another controversial topic (LINK), and Don wants some advice for his music-only system. Lastly, Eliezer sent us a link to an article that we wholeheartedly agree with (LINK).

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AV Rant #425: Exterminate!

March 26th, 2015 No comments

This week we thank Fred as our listener of the week! Thanks Fred! Abel gets some help from Jeb, Rob has a couple more suggestions for John (LINK and LINK), we follow up with Everett, and Rob makes a prediction for Andrew. Nathan wants to know about LUX, Infinite Gary has some more questions about HDCP 2.2, and Buddy is looking for a preamp and amplifier for the speakers he’s planning on buying (LINK). John got a new receiver and is wondering why it sounds so much different than his last one, Richard loves Parts Express and their sub kits (LINK and LINK), and Jonathan weighs in on Net Neutrality (LINK and LINK). Bryce had a perplexing HTPC issue, Camereon wants our opinion on the blatant Bob Moore rip-off (maybe not) Powers on Sony (LINK), and Andrew wants our take on single driver speakers (LINK). James has finalized his open-baffle speaker kits, Jeff is curious if the SVS Ultra Towers will provide enough bass, Jose is loving his new HSU sub, and Ron is currently setting up his pair of SVS PC13-Ultra cylinder subs. Can’t wait to hear your report Ron!

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