The name says it all. If you can stick around until the end, you’ll hear Rob’s review of the new Ascend Acoustics Sierra II bookshelf speakers. He talks about the ease of upgrading from the Sierra I speakers, the sonic characteristics, and whether he feels it is worth the money. We are still flush with topics but keep them coming – if we get backlogged enough, we’ll do a second podcast in a week to catch up (we probably should have done that already). This week we have questions from listeners Abby about speaker wire characteristics (inductance, gauge, etc.) and termination types, Nick about what types of speakers are best for surround sound, and Jason on the different color decoding methods. We also cover questions and comments from Steve, Eliezer, Joel, Mike, Jay, and Andrew on everything from subwoofers to soundbars.
Our first official podcast without Liz. WE MISS YOU LIZ! The floodgates have opened and we, once again, have more questions that we can answer. This week we answer questions from Gary, Andrew, Bill, Kris, Joel, Gaylen, and Abby. We cover connecting a sub to a soundbar, how sound is placed in the soundstage by speakers, and why some prefer sealed versus ported subs. Is there a reason a some subs sound better than others (hint – it isn’t the sub)? We give some subwoofer and projector recommendations. When might a center channel be better than a matched (to the mains) center? We let you know. A few comments on tube amps, speaker wattage ratings, and ants. Lots of ants.
Just on the heels of our interview with President of SVS, Gary Yacoubian, we bring you Lauren Theobald, Marketing Communications Manager at Sanus Systems. Sanus is one of the best manufacturers of dedicated home theater equipment and accessories on the market. Their line of furniture ranges from functional to beautiful all while remembering that AV Gear actually has to go in there and not overheat. We love their stands and their in-wall power solutions for wall mounting displays. If you haven’t checked them out, you should. If you want to know more about them, Lauren will fill you in on the details.
This week we have a full crew to discuss more topics than we have time for – and we went way long. Questions from Steve about in-wall speakers and sound bars (which leads to a discussion of the term WAF – Wife Acceptance Factor), Abby about $500 center channel recommendations and timbre, and Michael about SVS, 4k, and video upscaling and upconversion are all addressed. Rob recommends this site for amazing art and Tom recommends you check out this Dolby YouTube video. Liz has a stunner at the end of the podcast.
That’s right kids, we’ve got an interview with President of SVS, Gary Yacoubian. Gary’s been in the AV business as everything from an installer to reseller to head of SVS. Tom and Rob talk with Gary about SVS’s past, future, and everything in between. We talk about the new 2000 series subs, the new drivers and how much work it took to design them, and much, much more. Enjoy!