AV Rant #741: Jens, Yens, Yan(s), HELP!

February 19th, 2021 No comments

0:09:00 Thank you to Ken and Mike for sending in some corrections about getting the highest Spotify streaming quality and Dolby Atmos audio in games on Xbox.

Our Listeners of the Week are Jens and Joseph for their PayPal donations, plus our 124 Patreon Patrons, including Andy, as well as Andy again for giving us a shout out to Accessories4Less, and Mike for giving Tom permission to use his photos on https://avgadgets.com/. We also want to thank Jason, Aaron, Seth, Jens, Ken, Byron, Carl, and J.R. 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:

– Streaming video service subscriptions are well ahead of forecasts:
– Disney+ reached 95 million: https://is.gd/0ebECO
– Netflix surpassed 200 million: https://is.gd/Lnz5p4
– HBO is two years ahead of projections: https://is.gd/diddfx
– And HBO Max will finally expand beyond the USA this summer: https://is.gd/46KOw3

Comments:

– Aaron let us know that completed panels from GiK have long wait times, but DIY materials are available to ship quickly, if you want to assemble your own: https://is.gd/9ePvuX

– J.R. shares some updated photos after painting and adding dual SVS PC-2000 Pro cylinder subs, just like we recommended.

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AV Rant #740: SVS 13-Ultra Subwoofer Amplifier Upgrade Kit Impressions

February 12th, 2021 No comments

0:13:00 Rob shares his experience installing and listening to the SVS 13-Ultra Subwoofer Amplifier Upgrade Kit in his PC13-Ultra cylinder subs, which upgrades them to the features of the PC-4000 models: https://www.svsound.com/products/svs-13-ultra-amplifier-upgrade-kit

Our Listeners of the Week are Matthew for his PayPal donation, plus our 124 Patreon Patrons, including Steve and Bertrand. We also want to thank Aaron, Seth, Tyler, Andrew, Rob, and Shannon for their notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

0:09:00 We start with an apology to the Magnolia rep who recommended our podcast to Kamran. We misunderstood what was said by whom. But Rob also went for a laugh at someone else’s expense, and that wasn’t cool. So Rob says, sorry. A token of recompense has been sent. And hopefully our apology is accepted, and we’re all good 🙂

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– Vincent Teoh from HDTV Test analyzed the PS5 and Xbox Series X as Ultra HD Blu-ray players: https://youtu.be/JFpakgvCKck

– Samsung announced the prices of their 4K & 8K Neo QLED TV lineup: https://is.gd/HbB6jO

Comments:

– Jack R. shared Everyday Home Repairs’ video on the PS Audio Power Port Classic wall outlet: https://youtu.be/cRJLqCnLsDU

– Vizio’s 85″ P Quantum X was discounted to $2,500, and the latest firmware got 4K/120 VRR working: https://is.gd/tXNTL3

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AV Rant #739: Tom Procrastinates & Explodes

February 5th, 2021 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Lee O. for his PayPal donation, plus our 123 Patreon Patrons, including Nathan, as well as Joe for sending photos with permission for Tom to use them on https://avgadgets.com/ . We also want to thank everyone who let us know about our email server bounce back issues. Hopefully those are fixed! And we appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from Nathan, Manny, Nick, and Cory. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– The Audiophile Reference Disc might have some good demo tracks, but we suggest skipping The Audiophile’s Guide: The Stereo Book: https://is.gd/njSMST

– Google is closing their Stadio Game Studios: https://is.gd/iCQO4E

– Kaleidescape has added rentals for Strato systems: https://is.gd/BCYpAO

Comments:

– Nick and Nathan describe how our interview with Todd Welti ( http://www.avrant.com/av-rant-737-interview-with-todd-welti-on-subwoofers/ ) helped them in their system.

– Joe K. got Netflix working from his Panasonic Ultra HD Blu-ray player on his 1080p projector by changing the HDCP Output setting.

– James S. let us know his printed fabric from SpoonFlower was a disappointment.

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AV Rant #738: Pop-Up Plus

January 29th, 2021 No comments

Be sure to check out our interview with Todd Welti from Harman for his very informative take on using multiple subwoofers: http://www.avrant.com/av-rant-737-interview-with-todd-welti-on-subwoofers/ . And if you usually enjoy the audio-only version, following along with Todd’s diagrams towards the end might be easier while watching our YouTube video version for this one: https://youtu.be/BZtRNVG078A . And thanks again to AVRant Listener Joe K. for introducing us to Todd!

Our Listeners of the Week are Dan, Jose, and Nathan for their PayPal donations, plus our 126 Patreon Patrons, as well as Jason S. for telling Accessories4Less and GiK he found them because of us, Michael I. for talking us up to GiK, Bertrand for sending Rob an Amazon.ca gift card, and Nicholas over at Linus Tech Tips for the very nice shout out to AVRant at the end of their Optoma UHD30 gaming projector video: https://youtu.be/poVxiPTJrW0 . We also want to thank Dan for giving Tom permission to use his photos on https://avgadgets.com/ . And Rob K., Andrew, Patrick, Dan, Kamran, Christian, Jason, Jonathan, Nathan, Vince, Wayne, Gurinder, and Brian for their notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you all for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– KEF’s first Uni-Core product is the KC62 subwoofer: https://avgadgets.com/kef-announces-kc62%e2%80%8b-subwoofer/

– AMC Theaters will avoid bankruptcy: https://is.gd/HLBib3

– The name change from CBS All Access to Paramount+ happens March 4th: https://is.gd/TRkHZG

– Xbox Series X has a good Ultra HD Blu-ray player now: https://youtu.be/aE92YNgn3kw , and HDR support for YouTube: https://is.gd/cH1m2K

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– Andrew L. shares his DIY absorption panels.

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AV Rant #737: Interview with Todd Welti on Subwoofers

January 25th, 2021 No comments

We are proud to present our interview with Todd Welti, Distinguished Engineer at Harman International Inc., and the author of the whitepaper, Subwoofers: Optimum Number and Locations, which is the primary topic of our discussion today. We hear about Todd’s background, and his current setup at home. Then we dig into Todd’s subwoofer research, getting clarification about audience location, subwoofer locations, time alignment, and level matching. We tackle notions about Full Range speakers, “stereo bass”, and crossovers.

Then we expand our discussion to tackle non-rectangular and open rooms. Various ways of addressing such rooms, including CABS, the Geddes approach, and Sound Field Management. That leads to some discussion of ARCOS. And some final, practical simplifications and clarifications before finishing up with some of Todd’s more recent research and modelling of a large number of different rooms and subwoofer and seating locations.

Our thanks to AVRant Listener Joe K. for putting us in touch with Todd. And a huge thank you to Todd for being so generous with his time, and for presenting so much amazing information!

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