SVS and AV Rant 500th Episode Giveaway!

September 1st, 2016 4 comments
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To celebrate the 500th episode of AV Rant and to show love to our loyal AVRant listeners, we’re partnering with SVS to give one lucky listener the choice of Dual PB-1000 Series Subwoofers or a Prime Satellite 5.1 Speaker Package! SVS subwoofers and speakers are favorites among AVRant listeners for outperforming higher priced competition and offering dynamics and build quality befitting the best audio products in the world. We are ecstatic to give our listeners this exciting opportunity!


Prime Satellite 5.1 Speaker Package: The five SVS Prime Satellite Speakers deliver crystal clear dialogue and vocals, an enveloping soundstage, and seamless sonic transitions from all directions for an immersive surround sound experience. Anchoring the low end is the startlingly robust SB-1000 Subwoofer, a compact 13” sealed cube model that unleashes waves of accurate, highly impactful bass to lay the foundation for all audio playback. Paired together, this killer sounding, décor friendly surround sound system is perfect for any small to medium sized room.

Dual PB-1000 Subwoofers: The deepest, most detailed and authoritative bass you will ever find from a 10-in driver. No subwoofer comes close to delivering this level of high performance from a ported subwoofer of its size. The amp features a highly advanced DSP processor offering unmatched control over the subwoofer at all drive levels, for the ultimate in refined behavior. Plus, by having the AVRant-recommended dual subwoofer set-up, you get increased output, greater dynamic range, and reduced phase cancellation and localization.

What you need to do to enter: Enter your email below!

What we will collect: Your email address so that we can contact you about winning and send you other news from SVS.

What else?: Only open to people living in the United States and Canada.

Good luck!


Contest Rules & Disclaimer

One entry per person. No one associated with the AV Rant podcast or SVS may enter the contest.

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AV Rant #504: In-walls and Near Field Speakers

September 23rd, 2016 No comments

AV Rant 500th_1000pxOur Listeners of the Week are Mahi and Robert for their donations. Thank you for supporting the podcast with your donations!

Remember to check out our new AV Rant Podcast YouTube Channel for the video versions of the show!

In the news, Tony K. gave us the heads up about the Amazon 2nd Gen Echo Dot for $50. The Plex TV DVR Beta was updated and now works on the NVidia Shield TV. Antoine sent us word of the greatly expanded Monoprice Monolith Series Products lineup that now includes several amp models, speakers, and planar headphones. CEDIA brought announcements of the new Epson LS10500 laser projector, the Sony VPL-VW675ES HDR projector with HLG and installer-only UBP-X1000ES Ultra HD Blu-ray player, and a model number and $35,000 price tag for the JVC DLA-RS4500. And Nathan D. sent a link about the Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player, which is strongly rumored to have the hardware necessary to support Dolby Vision on Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. (EDIT UPDATE: Dolby Vision support confirmed!)

Infinite Gary suggests Guildford of Maine FR701 acoustically transparent fabric for wrapping subwoofers or DIY acoustic panels. And Michael R. solved his Kodi HTPC HD Audio bitstream output issues with the use of a mobile app for control.

Thomas tried to use our Plex HTPC HD Audio Tutorial, but came across some HDCP compliance and false chapter info on certain Blu-ray discs. Tony C. has good dual subwoofer placement, but wants to know how to get his bass sounding the way he wants it. Andrew N. wants our thoughts on near field speaker and subwoofer placement. And Scott H. wants to know if it’s a good idea to swap the Surround speakers from one setup for the Front Main speakers of a 2nd setup.

Gabe M. sent us Hanz Beekhuyzen’s take on high-res audio and MQA, and wants our take on his opinions. Holland W. either needs two very small subwoofers or one small but very powerful subwoofer, which gets Tom to recommend the Velodyne Digital Drive Plus and JL Audio Subwoofers. Justin B. reminds us to check EMP Tek B-Stock for deals and asks if stereo subwoofers ever make sense based on sound localization. And Robert G. gets our recommendation of the Aperion Audio Intimus I6 in-ceiling speakers to match his SVS Prime speakers for Atmos.

Mahi is building a new theater and asks some in-depth questions about soundproofing. Anonymous is also building a theater and asks about in-wall speaker options, such as: KEF, RBH Sound, and Focal; acoustically transparent screens, for which we recommend Seymour AV Center Stage UF; and professional installers, which leads us to mention: Erskine Group, Easy Living with Technology, The Screening Room AV, and our good friend Ray Coronado over at SocalHT. Kris I. wants some more details on Dolby Vision vs. HDR10 and what the forthcoming HDMI 2.1 spec might add. And PJ wants to know the PS3 settings for HD Audio output.


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AVRant #503.8 – Michael – HTPC Sucess(?)

September 22nd, 2016 No comments

Michael R. asks why his Windows 10 desktop doesn’t look right on his HDTV, as well as Kodi Audio Settings.


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AVRant #503.9 – Matt – Reference Volume Explained

September 22nd, 2016 No comments

Matt G. gets our take on Reference Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, and subjective speaker sensitivity.


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AVRant #503.7 – Antoine – Black Jack(eted) Atmos Starter Deck

September 22nd, 2016 No comments

Antoine asks about bi-pole/di-pole Surround speakers vs. monopoles, we suggest EMPTek E3b Satellite speakers for Atmos, and Belden speaker wire from Parts-Express when you want a black jacket.


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AVRant #503.10 – Mark – Too Much Room Light?

September 21st, 2016 No comments

Mark G. could use the Whitegoods LightMeter App to measure his partially sunlit room. Seymour AV’s Matinee Black screen could help, but we think the Epson HC 3500 projector is his best choice.


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