AV Rant #612: THX Certified Podcast

October 12th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Thomas and Kenneth for their donations, as well as our 72 Patreon Patrons.

In the news, SVS launched their Prime Wireless products, including the $600/pair Prime Wireless Speakers and $500 Prime Wireless SoundBase. And Microsoft announced their $350 wireless, active noise-cancelling Surface Headphones to compete with the current top pick: Sony’s WH-1000XM3.

Older Marantz AV Receiver and Processor models have now received their Dolby Vision and HLG firmware update. And if you catch this before Oct 12, 2018, there’s a Massdrop on Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2 speakers for $1,250/pair. Read more…

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AV Rant #611: A Love Letter To Mark Waldrep

October 5th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Michael for his donation, our 72 Patreon Patrons, Rob W. for letting SVS know his PC-2000 subwoofer purchase was our recommendation, and Tue for helping us track down our website’s bandwidth problems.

In the news, Donald G. let us know about Monoprice’s Class D stereo amp and wall-mountable stereo amp.  Facebook announced the Oculus Quest VR headset. And Caavo Control Center makes a strong case as a universal remote control option.

Rob W. shares his experience after adding a second subwoofer. And we talk a bit about using mass loaded vinyl with a suspended ceiling, which we forgot to mention last week. Read more…

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AV Rant #610: Un-Super Tweeters

October 1st, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Iris for her donation, as well as our 72 Patreon Patrons, including Bradford T.

In the news, the Sony PlayStation Classic mini console will launch Dec. 3 for $100. Samsung released a final Evolution Kit for their TVs in response to complaints. Amazon announced a whole bunch of Echo devices. And Aperion Audio earns our ire by announcing an add-on super tweeter.

HDTV Test confirms the new JVC 4K projectors will have faster HDMI handshaking. Read more…

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AV Rant #609: Krell is Alan Thicc

September 21st, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Richard B. and Jeff B. for their donations, our 70 Patreon Patrons, Heath B. for talking us up to his calibrator, and Tue for offering to help us figure out why our website keeps exceeding its bandwidth limits. Check out Fearless Mobile Climbing for Tom’s mobile rock climbing wall events!

In the news, Apple tvOS 12 was released and added Dolby Atmos support to the Apple TV 4K. People complained online about purchased movies disappearing from their iTunes libraries, and might have sparked a terms of service changeNintendo Save Data Cloud requires Nintendo’s paid online service, only works with Switch, and doesn’t support all Switch games. And IMAX wants to release Netflix and Amazon original content in full-sized IMAX theaters. Read more…

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AV Rant #608: Rob Is Ridiculous

September 14th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Chad and Brian for their donations, our 68 Patreon Patrons, including Ilango, and Miguel for telling HSU that his VTF-2 MK5 subwoofer purchase was because of us.

In the news, JVC, Sony, Epson, and other projectors were announced at CEDIAEmotiva says their 9.1.6 RMC-1 Processor is shipping this year, but they’re already talking about upgrading it. Nathan D. spotted new nine and 11-channel Monoprice Monolith amplifiers. And Nick B. was the first to ask us about the new IMAX Enhanced certification program.

Tom recommends contacting Simply Speakers if you’re looking for speaker repair or refurbishment. And (0:13:57) Rob shares his story of being ridiculous all for the love of home theater. Read more…

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