AV Rant #722: Centers Suck, Fight Me

October 23rd, 2020 No comments

0:05:05 We have a Podcast crossover event coming up! That’s right, Ara & Braden, the HT Guys from the HDTV & Home Theater Podcast, DJ from the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast, and Lee, Tom & Rob from AVRant will all be getting together to record a special episode for Thanksgiving!

And we want a question to answer! So if you’ve ever had a question in mind that you wanted answered by six podcast hosts all at once, now’s your chance! Send it to our email: Question at AVRant dot com.

Our Listeners of the Week are our 123 Patreon Patrons, as well as Steve G. for confirming on Twitter that the upcoming Ultra HD Blu-ray release of The Hobbit trilogy will be in 24 fps only, no high frame rate. We also want to thank David, John, and Aaron for sending in notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

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In the news:

– Sony released a firmware update for their “Ready for PlayStation 5” TVs. It adds 4K/120 and eARC, but VRR and ALLM are still missing, and will require yet another firmware update in the near future: https://is.gd/VEvzC4

– Sound United completed their acquisition of Bowers & Wilkins: https://is.gd/ABJ8eP

– LG’s 65″ RX rollable OLED (“Roll-LED”?) can now be purchased…for $87,000: https://is.gd/xyYfeU

– Via Karl – Alamo Drafthouse will convert the lobby of their South Lamar location in Texas into a Video Vortex rental location in order to preserve the rare VHS & DVD collections of Vulcan Video & I Luv Video, which are closing: https://is.gd/rt6Yq9

– Some Disney+ content now has a 12-second, unskippable warning with a link to Disney’s Stories Matter website: https://is.gd/bwQPVS

Comments:

– DJ was told by SVS that their current amplifiers do not have replaceable fuses in them.

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AV Rant #721: Just Say NO to B&W

October 16th, 2020 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Theo and Alan for their donations, along with our 123 Patreon Patrons, as well as Ken for telling Ascend Acoustics his order of nine HTM-200SE speakers was our recommendation, and DJ for letting APC and SVS know we recommended them. We also want to thank Terry, Jeremy, Ilango, Theo, Nathan, and Bertrand for their notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– Apple held their iPhone 12 event and announced the spherical HomePod Mini: https://is.gd/IZfZeT

– Sony released a teardown video of the PS5 last week: https://youtu.be/CaAY-jAjm0w

– Sony also wrote that the firmware update to add HDMI 2.1 features to their “Ready for PlayStation 5” TVs will arrive between winter 2020 and spring 2021 (but this info is already outdated): https://youtu.be/fBxSs-nJypg

– Marantz released the 11-channel AV7706 Pre-Pro: https://is.gd/8Gnu94

– Pixar’s “Soul” is coming to Disney+ on Christmas instead of theaters: https://is.gd/emPu87

– Netflix Canada prices went up: https://is.gd/0Wr5Ps

Comments:

– Nathan shared an article about the 3Below Theater in San Jose reopening…on their roof: https://is.gd/bOLmtc

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AV Rant #720: Sony Good, Samsung Bad

October 9th, 2020 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Marty for his donation, and our 123 Patreon Patrons, including Bastian, Will, and Richard who shared a humorous video poking fun at AMC Theaters on Facebook: https://is.gd/q2CXr3We also thank Ken S. for talking us up to Parts-Express when he bought a Dayton APA102BT stereo amp. And we greatly appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Bob, Tom, Gary, Nathan, Mike, and Andrew. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– 0:17:47 Samsung’s The Premiere Ultra Short Throw LSP 7T & 9T aren’t nearly as expensive as we feared: https://is.gd/NQu5P9

– 0:20:32 Google Chromecast with Google TV (by Google, in case you couldn’t tell) adds a remote, Dolby Vision & Atmos for $50. Is it the inexpensive “does everything” dongle?: https://is.gd/qly7tl

– via Ilango – Roku adds Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit: https://is.gd/InSoiv

– Disney-owned movies are finally available in 4K HDR with Atmos via iTunes: https://is.gd/fmtdXX

– Apple TV 4K finally has YouTube in 4K, but no HDR or 4K/60: https://is.gd/boPfZw

Comments:

– Jefferson seconds the RetroTink recommendation for getting older video outputs working with HDMI: https://www.retrotink.com/

– Jeff G. updates us on his house’s grounding, using Pronto Remote codes to get his Receiver working with both a projector and a flat panel, and we discuss his situation with Active and Fiber Optic HDMI cables.

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AV Rant #719: Speakers ABOUT Speakers

October 2nd, 2020 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 125 Patreon Patrons, including Paul. We also want to thank Kris, Terry, Ilango, Michael, Mark, Carl, Vince, Jay, and Aras for their notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– Amazon’s product event included spherical Echo devices, and cameras to follow you everywhere: https://is.gd/Rha10Z

– Amazon Luna is their streaming game service: https://is.gd/SiuSP5

– 0:18:08 KEF LS50 Meta & LS50 Wireless II use metamaterial for sound absorption: https://is.gd/VRfixn

– New Roku Ultra supports Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and AV1: https://is.gd/Q4FhwX

– JCE receives the first Ultra High Speed HDMI cable certification: https://is.gd/EYri6n

Comments:

– Carl reports that Peacock works best on Roku.

– 0:29:21 Eddy shares his Q Acoustics & SVS updates. And his girlfriend, Mercedes, can help you design your home office with her superb rendering and expertise: https://www.femhomes.com/special-launch-offer-femoffices

– Fred R. got his bonded grounding situation sorted out by Spectrum.

– Mark H. has some additional good advice about getting the right size of Mitsubishi mini-split A/C to cool your room quietly.

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AV Rant #718: Move Seats Two Feets

September 25th, 2020 No comments

Check our Rob’s guest appearance on the Week 38 of 2020 episode of the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast to chat about home theater, and The Martian: https://www.brightsidehometheater.com/episodes

Our Listeners of the Week are Timothy for his donation, plus our 125 Patreon Patrons, as well as DJ for letting us know he’s sending ullls some Bright Side Home Theater Podcast swag: https://is.gd/jqY04i . We also want to thank Eric, Matt B., Chad, Tom, Terry, and Matt G. for sending us notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– Apple One bundles Apple’s various subscription services for a discount: https://is.gd/oa4iBb

– 4K YouTube still doesn’t work on the Apple TV 4K: https://is.gd/63zWmj

– Pre-orders for Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series consoles were both a mess: https://is.gd/LaJcNe

– Microsoft bought ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda, id Software, and a few other game studios: https://is.gd/6bk2i3

– Oculus Quest 2 is cheaper than expected, but pretty much needs some add-ons: https://is.gd/LaJcNe

– FlatpanelsHD’s TV Database is an awesome resource: https://is.gd/QS10dl

– CBS All Access will be rebranded as Paramount+: https://is.gd/a2SwmL

– Peacock is on Roku now: https://is.gd/oT1r4D

– LG says a firmware update will fix 120Hz input from NVidia RTX 30-Series GPUs on its OLEDs, even though we think the lack of Ultra High Speed HDMI cables might be mostly to blame: https://is.gd/PnZxlf

Comments:

– Infinite Gary further confirms that Mitsubishi mini-split A/C units are quiet, and he recommends an S-Video to HDMI converter from Cables.com for Karl: https://is.gd/N0Lhjw

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