AV Rant #397: 0dB and Audyssey

August 26th, 2014 12 comments

Special thanks to Joe S. for being our listener of the week! Your support keeps this podcast going. Rob was a traitor…I mean Rob was a guest on the Entertainmen 2.0 podcast this week! Check it out (LINK). Our race car is fixed and Paul got 1st place. Check out our Facebook page for the pics. Toby is loving his Denon X4000 and its Audio Return Channel, Efrain tried running Audyssey at 0dB and got results that has Tom banging his head against the wall, and Mark loves his Marantz Slimline NR1604 but thinks Dynamic EQ sounds terrible. What’s the deal? John found an article claiming that the iPhone 5 is a pretty great sounding portable player – as long as you follow a few rules (LINK). Leighton followed our advice and has had his mind blown. Sorry for any mess :) . Again, you’ll have to check out the Facebook page for the pics. Michael has questions about Audyssey and whether to buy new bi-pole or bookshelf surround speakers, Sonos has Jonathan confused, and Herb has a correction for Rob. Mike has a problem with his karaoke setup, Gary has some questions about Dolby Atmos and DTS UHD, John wants to know which next-gen gaming system would we buy now, and Paul has a headphone question.

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AV Rant #396: Pump Up the Sub

August 19th, 2014 7 comments

Short one for us this week – less than 2 hours! This week, Paul and Rob mostly finish their BUD conversion and Rob announces his opinion on whether it was worth it. Drew and Raul weigh in on the AIX high-rez audio challenge we discussed last week. Michael has a possible correction for us about why Lior’s Onkyo was getting hot – something that we confirmed AFTER the podcast in the hangout. Turns out that while the amps are almost always the culprit with excess heat in AV receivers, in this case it was inadequate heatsinking on a video processor. We learn something every day. Andy weighs in on banana plugs (he likes these – LINK) and Tom finds a one in/two out HDMI splitter that will work with any two displays (LINK). Michael needs subwoofer buying advice plus he’s having a problem with his speaker settings, Gary has a follow up question about an overdamped room, and Leighton is going to reposition his subs and wants to makes sure he gets the settings right for the best bass. Happy to help! Matthew’s questions about his electrostatic speakers were lost and for that, Tom apologizes. We talk about adding more Martin Logan speakers to his all music setup. Monty has a NAS question for Rob, Jason is looking for wireless headphones (Rob’s suggestions – LINK), Nathan wants to know if he can manually make adjustments to his sub to recreate Audyssey Dynamic EQ, and Gaylen has another receiver replacement option and wants our opinions. Bob upgraded his surround speakers and is now thinking of adding more. Which would we suggest? Oh, and Tom wrote a little article about Atmos (LINK) and Rob had some things to add (LINK).

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AV Rant #395: What do you REALLY Need?

August 12th, 2014 7 comments

Special thanks to Eliezer, Michael R., and Sim for supporting the podcast! You guys rule! Dolby released a few white papers on Atmos that you might be interested in. Check them out HERE. Gabe let us know about a high-rez file test going on over at AVS. Click HERE to get in on the action. Listener Andy reviewed the JBL LSR305 Studio Monitors and loved them (LINK). At $150 a pair, they may just be the no-brainer recommendation for an office. Jared weighs in on Harmony’s new Smart Hub (LINK), Moanis is using his voice to help out the podcast, and Jason and Geoff have some recommendations for those looking for SVS products in Australia (LINK). Infinite Gary has a question about over-damping your room, Anand has questions about amps, Audyssey, and upgrading his sub, and Jon wants to know about IIR filters versus FIR filters. Leighton has a small room and needs some setup recommendations, Drew needs outdoor speaker recommendations, Steven is looking for a new receiver, and Eliezer tries to get us riled up with a blog post (LINK). Renny has a Chromecast question, Mark is curious about Marantz’s pre-outs, Lior wants to know why his Onkyo gets so hot sometimes, and Michael needs some banana plugs.

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AV Rant #394: Bass Case Scenario

August 5th, 2014 8 comments

Special thanks to Matthew, Luke, Stephen, E. Don, and Anand for their support of the podcast. Your contributions keep us going and we thank you! Tom and Rob both saw Gardians of the Galaxy and report. Tom even paid extra to experience Dobly Atmos though it forced him to experience 3D yet again. We have updates from Paul on our race car, Nathan reports on the f.lux software (LINK), and Miles is worried that his experience at a high-end audio show (LINK) has revealed his “tin” ear. John and Richard comment on Tom’s Harmony Ultimate Remote review from last week (LINK). Jonathan has an upgrade question, Nathan wonders about on-wall and in-wall speakers, and Scott is concerned that cars might be getting too quiet. Toby is loving his Denon X2000 we recommended (yeah! and LINK) but has a few questions about which sub to get, Audyssey MultEQ XT, and what to do with those unused amplifier channels. Cameron is looking for a DAC and we come up with two different suggestions (LINK to Rob’s). Jason is still confused about amplifier power, Travis wants a few more suggestions on sub/speaker setup, and Richard is having some issues with phase. Ashley has a followup soundcard issue, Paul ponders North American and European receiver manufacturers, and Steven is having some serious setup issues with his older Pioneer receiver. Another Stephan (from Australia) is looking for new speakers and asks if we think he should buy the SVS Ultra series speakers ear unheard (LINK).

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AV Rant #393: Harmony Ultimate Remote Review

July 30th, 2014 12 comments

This week, we thank Leighton and Cameron for supporting the podcast. Thinking of buying a Harmony Ultimate Remote? Tom and Rob give you the lowdown. We get updates from listeners Toby, Michael, and Al. Jason found a Blu-ray 7.1 music only collection. It’s a bit pricy and all classical music but it exists (LINK). David wants our opinion on John Watkinson’s article, “We Need to Talk About Speakers: Sorry, “Audiophiles”, Only IT (Information Technology) Will Break the Sound Barrier.” (LINK) Eliezer wants to know about absolute phase and he’s got a list of DACs that he’s personally tried. Travis wants to know if Pioneer’s MCACC is worth it, Ashley needs some help connecting his speakers to his soundcard, and Mike wants to take the same speakers but add a second subwoofer. Jason wants to know how to calculate amplifier power used at specific volumes, Raul has some questions about viewing distance, and Jonathan gets bumped to next week.

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