AV Rant #630: WAY Better

February 15th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 81 Patreon Patrons, including Bryan W., and James C. for donating via PayPal, being a Patron, talking us up to Accessories4Less when he bought some KEF LS50 speakers, and sending Lee a birthday gift card!

Many things conspired against our schedules this week. So Lee Overstreet is our guest co-host. Our thanks to him for filling in on super short notice, once again.

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In the news, Karl R. gave us a heads up about Sonos teaming up with Sonance. Anthem announced their new Anthem Room Correction (ARC) Genesis software. And Disney+ will be the only place to stream Captain Marvel.

Mike H. shared a Smarter Every Day video that helps to visualize how multiple different frequencies can be added together to create any waveform.

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AV Rant #629: Wall Flex

February 8th, 2019 1 comment

Our Listeners of the Week are Ray, Steve, and James for their donations, our 80 Patreon Patrons, and Mark R. for telling Parts Express we recommended them.

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In the news, UltraViolet is shutting down July 31. Brent Butterworth wrote an article, Eardrum Suck: The Mystery Solved explaining the sensation sometimes caused by active noise cancelling. And CalMAN Home will bring AutoCal for compatible TVs to the lowest price yet.

Tap T. mentioned GreenToe as a possible way to haggle online. Richard B. recommends using contact paper rather than paint to change the color of speakers. Mike S. let us know about a bunch of successful updates in his theater build. Jason G. confirmed that Amazon Echo devices can be grouped. And Steve from Next Gen Home Theater likely has wireless interference.

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AV Rant #628: Subwoofer Divorce

February 1st, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Robert and Nathan for their donations, our 82 Patreon Patrons, including Brian F. and Steve, and Nathan for meeting up with Tom, Brian for telling Chief we recommended their projector mounts, and Jay Edward for going way back in the AVRant catalogue. We’ll see you when you get here, Jay!

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In the news, Philips will support both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, but only in Europe. DTS:X for games is coming to Windows and Xbox One. And NVidia G-Sync graphics cards can now work with FreeSync monitors.

Karl R. recommends using your state’s library share card program if your local library isn’t signed up with Kanopy.

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AV Rant #627: Smash that “Like” Button

January 25th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Andre for his donation, our 80 Patreon Patrons, including Clarence K. and Mark R., Mike S. for mentioning us to AV Science when he bought his JVC RS540 projector, Bill C. for letting Aperion know we recommended their in-wall speakers, and Alan C. for plugging our podcast when he entered an SVS giveaway contest.

In the news, Netflix prices are going up in the USA. Free streaming services are coming from NBCUniversal and IMDb’s FreeDrive. And DTS:X is coming to TVs in 2020.

Nick B. shared the results of his Shure 1540 vs. Sennheiser HD598 CS headphone comparison. Monoprice’s Monolith HTP-1 9.1.6 Processor will support Auro-3D. And George M. recommends the Russound AB-2.2 push button A-B switch.

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AV Rant #626: RBH or Ascend

January 18th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Joseph S. for his donation, our 79 Patreon Patrons, including Tapan T., and Brian Z. for telling Accessories4Less that his Denon X3400H purchase was thanks to us, Luke H. for telling SVS that his PC-4000 purchase was because of our recommendation, and Jonathan for suggesting we try Teleprompt.me.

In the news, Panasonic’s GZ2000 OLED is the first TV to officially support both Dolby Vision and HDR10+. Vizio’s full 2019 LCD TV lineup features quantum dots and more local dimming zones. TCL is pursuing mini-LED backlighting. Hisense showed a dual layer LCDdisplay for 2 million zones of local dimming. HDMI 2.1 has arrived with an official 48 Gbps cable name of Ultra High Speed. Ryan T. alerted us that the Chromecast Audio has been discontinued. And Trinnov will have the first Processor with DTS:X Pro.

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