AV Rant #604: BenQ EW3270U Review

August 17th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 65 Patreon Patrons, including Brandon W. and Patrick P.

Tom reviews the BenQ EW3270U computer monitor with HDR and DCI-P3 color support.

In the news, Screenwriter John August has a list of popular movies that cannot be found anywhere online, and a recommendation to use JustWatch.com to check if any online service offers the particular movie you’re looking for. And the Oscars are adding a new Popular Film award. Read more…

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AV Rant #603: Troubleshooting HDMI

August 10th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 62 Patreon Patrons, including John S.

In the news, Nathan D. sent us word about the new miniDSP SHD Series stereo pre-amps with Dirac and Volumio built in. And HDMI LLC announced new Active Cable certification and eARC compliance testing.

Allen G. corrected Rob’s description of which variables have an effect on the speed of sound in air. Brandon N. got his Aperion Verus II Grand Center speaker to stop sounding hollow and bright. And Tara send us a link to instructions for changing which audio tracks are selected by default when using MakeMKV. Read more…

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AV Rant #602: The One Where Rob Almost Died

August 3rd, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Robert for his donation, our 61 Patreon Patrons, including Jorge S., Michael I. for letting HSU know he bought a VTF-3 MK5 HP subwoofer because of our recommendation, and Ash for creating our new 600th episode logo and lower third graphics for us!

In the news, Vizio launched their flagship P-Series Quantum TVSamsung will make “The Wall”, their microLED display, available in 2019 for the “luxury” consumer market. And Sony debuted their “Master Series” A9F OLED and Z9F LCD TVs ahead of their Fall release.

David F. tells us his experience with the miniDSP Wi-DG WiFi to USB Bridge. Read more…

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AV Rant #601: Just One More Inch

July 27th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Cory, David, Michael, and Earle for their donations, along with our 61 Patreon Patrons, and also Bob B. for talking us up to Optoma, and Rob M. for telling Acoustic Panels Canada that he heard about them from us.

In the news, Emotiva released their Stealth Series PA-1 Class D Monoblock Amplifier with 140 Watts of ICEpower amplification. And Amazon Prime Video will be getting Dolby Atmos audio support in August.

David recommends checking if your router and CPU are up to the task of encrypting and decrypting VPN data. Bob let us know that USTV Now is available to anyone with a US billing address. And Ken M. spent a bit extra to get a Denon AVR-S920W for its eight HDMI inputs and Audyssey MultEQ support. Read more…

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AV Rant #600: No NAD!!!

July 23rd, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Andrew for his donation, as well as our 61 Patreon Patrons, and Kris Petrin once again for providing the Insteon Hub for last week’s giveaway, and now offering to help on Twitter – @KrisPetrin – with anything Xbox, Windows, or Insteon-related.

In the news, Xbox One S/X will be getting Dolby Vision support, however, only Netflix is for certain. And LG Display received approval from both South Korea and China to build their new OLED production facility, which means they’ll be able to double panel production in 2019 and almost certainly lower prices on OLED TVs as a result.

Andrew T. recommends checking if your HDMI wall plates for in-wall HDMI cables are fully High Speed compliant, since they might be a bandwidth bottleneck instead of the cable itself. And Richard I. corrected us that the NAD T 758 v3 Receiver got Dolby Vision pass-through support three months ago. Read more…

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