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


– 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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AV Rant #678: Read Rob’s Sub Setup

January 17th, 2020 No comments

Here is our second Q&A episode of the week, recorded almost immediately after the first, as we clear our inbox backlog!

Our Listener of the Week is once again, Andrew L. for his generous giveaway offer that helped us reach over 100 Patreon Patrons!

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

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AV Rant #677: Go Mux Yourself

January 17th, 2020 No comments

It’s our first Q&A episode of 2020! Welcome back!

0:04:23 We start right away with a tale of what went wrong with Tom’s projector over the holidays.

We reached over 100 Patreon Patrons! So congratulations to “Turned Toast”, whose name was drawn, and will receive a sci-fi themed model from Andrew L.!

Our Listeners of the Week are Daniel, Matthew, Herb M., and Herb S. for their donations; our 102 Patreon Patrons, including Alan C. and Andrew L.; as well as, Infinite Gary for talking us up to SVS, Damien D. for talking us up on Facebook, and Michael I. for letting Accessories4Less know our recommendation led to his Denon X3500H purchase.

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

In the news:

– CES 2020 happened, but the TV announcements were mostly evolutionary.
– Sony announced their lineup with minimal changes: https://is.gd/C8vreF ; https://is.gd/MCzc5u
– LG added FreeSync and their 48″ OLED size: https://is.gd/V3qEyn
– Samsung reiterated The Wall, 8K QLED, and how they hate bezels: https://is.gd/lahgj9 ; https://is.gd/CC3ANv ; https://is.gd/HwQ9id
– Hisense is betting on dual-layer LCD: https://is.gd/rNSU0c
– TCL is betting on mini-LED: https://is.gd/kmuwhR
– Vizio is going big, and getting into OLED: https://is.gd/7qiY7s ; https://is.gd/34mM10

– HDMI announced mandatory certification for Ultra High Speed cables: https://is.gd/6Soz4C
– And Blue Jeans Cable explains what that means: https://is.gd/u6Rikn

– Dolby announced Dolby Vision IQ to sense ambient light conditions: https://is.gd/BPj4U5

– The Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 16-channel Pre-Pro made its 2019 launch (barely), and actually has working Dirac onboard: https://is.gd/K8TJZS
– And ironically, if you need RCA instead of XLR amp connectors, Monoprice’s XLR-to-RCA cables won’t work, but Emotiva’s will: https://is.gd/742VsS


– Bernard T. warns of a bad experience with the SVS SoundPath Wireless Audio Adapter (we continue to like Outlaw’s OAW4 best: https://is.gd/f5Ys5P ), but great customer service.

– DJ shared the false wall he built on his back wall to hide acoustic treatment.

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AV Rant #676: 2010 Decade In Review

January 10th, 2020 No comments

PRIZE DRAW: We have hit 100 subscribers on our Patreon! As soon as Rob gets back, we’ll be drawing a winner!

Rob is out this week so Lee fills in! Lee and Tom talk about the decade that was the 2010’s. The technology that has shaped it and what that means for the future. Check us out on Facebook for updates on future podcast times and keep those questions coming!

The Decade Past

  • 3D TV comes and goes
  • Vinyl is BACK!
  • Death of Cameras
  • Plasma TVs die
  • LCDs become cheap as chips
  • OLED arrives
  • 4K
  • Streaming becomes a real thing
  • VR and AugR
  • Room Correction
  • Immersive Audio
  • Folded ribbon tweeters
  • She Who Shall Not Be Named and her friends
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