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AV Rant #401: Budget Speaker Recommendations

September 25th, 2014 1 comment

Special thanks to Niels and Todd for supporting the podcast. We can’t do this without you! This week, an announcement about our Audyssey interview with Chris Kyriakakis and an update about our interviews with the Digital Media Zone guys. If you have HTPC or home integration questions, get them in now. Camereon sent us a link to the first reported sighting of Dolby Atmos in a tablet – the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (LINK). Dolby also released more information about Atmos Mobile (or whatever they are calling it). (LINK) Mike is interesting in more speakers on his ceiling, Nick compared three of our favorite speakers and reports and he also has a sub recommendation, and Sim wants to know what we think of multi-tweeter speaker designs. Infinite Gary has some questions about powered speakers, Atmos speakers, and whether a reflective floor or reflective ceiling is worse. Bill is planning his home theater and has questions about screen size and projector choice, Damon asked for some budget speaker recommendations (LINK) and Rob forgot to mention EMP Tek (LINK), and Tim is upgrading his 90’s equipment and wants to know what to keep and what to toss. Rob and Tom disagree on that one. Cameron has some questions about localizable bass and what to do with his OTA antenna, Jay is curious about amplifier ratings, Dan wants to know who to trust when shopping for a TV and our specific recommendations, Michael is having DVR issues, and Leighton wants to know if he should upgrade his speakers.

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AV Rant #400: Bronie

September 17th, 2014 9 comments

Special thanks to Niclas H. for supporting the podcast. His work to get us on TuneIn is much appreciated. Don’t forget to get your home automation and Audyssey questions in. We’ll be doing interviews soon. Steven has a suggestion on how to add a sub to your system, Andy recommends the videos from the Southeastern Michigan Woofer and Tweeter Marching Society (LINK), and Barney is interested in the CEDIA announcements from Trinnov (LINK). Gary has some questions about DTS UHD, Anthony Grimani’s assertion that the subwoofer crawl doesn’t work (LINK), Grimani’s high-end speaker offerings (LINK and LINK), and an article about 2.35:1 screens (LINK). Kevin wants our help on what to buy next for his growing home theater, Michael has a crossover question and a problem with connecting a record player (vinyl) to a receiver, and Bruno is concerned about a light in his home theater. Cameron is worried about a planned SVS sub shaking his doors and the thin jumpers on his speakers while Sim has a subwoofer placement question. Tom talks a bit more about the Oppo PM-2 headphones (LINK) and Rob makes a very strange recommendation.

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AV Rant #399: Drugs, Subs, and Screens

September 10th, 2014 14 comments

Tom is back and he’s determined to keep the podcast under two hours…and he DOES! Thanks to E. Don and Robert for being our listeners of the week by supporting our podcast. Your donations keep us going. We have a few announcements about upcoming interviews so get your questions in now. Eliezer enjoyed Lee, Jonathan remembers DAK, and Cameron is tests out slap echoes (time to look into room treatments). Gaylen updates us on his Onkyo replacement saga, Jared has some information on B&W headphones (reviews HERE and HERE), and Tom gets the skinny on setting 0dB before running Audyssey. Has Michael found the most decoupled speaker (LINK)? Alan found our talk of subs last week interesting and wants to take a look at the pdf’s that Rob mentioned last week (links below). Jared wants some advice on dipole speakers and Audyssey, Mark is looking for advice for his Dad with surround sound speakers and subs, and Barney wants to know how Trinnov and Dolby Atmos will work together. Jay switched his sub cable and now has a thump, Jonathan wants to tailgate with good sound, and Gary wants to know what screen we’d pick. Michael is looking for help on how to read subwoofer specs, Bruno wants to know how to plan his home theater, Alan wants to know if mixing speakers with different sensitivities could cause damage, and Bill is building a home theater and wants to know if he should move a wall.

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AV Rant #398: Lightning in a Lee

September 3rd, 2014 5 comments

Jeff G. is our Listener of the Week. Thanks, Jeff, for supporting the podcast. The Dolby Atmos Speaker Positions photo album was a hit (LINK). skriss corrected us about why Audyssey Dynamic EQ can sometimes create bloated bass. John thinks gaming PCs top consoles. Lee just built a new PC. And here’s a guide (LINK). Gary thinks some home theater seats are dumb, he’s interested in Datasat as an alternative to Trinnov (LINK), and he wrote to Dolby regarding Pro Logic now that Dolby Surround is here. Ashley asks about 3D TV calibration and speaker wire lengths. Nathan and Eliezer both saw a ridiculous “cable calibration” ad (LINK). Zach wanted to learn more about Burmester products. The review he found made Rob lose it (LINK). Atul asked about Bose vs. JBL and got the quickest answer ever. Joe and Allen both had subwoofer placement questions. Rob wrote directly to the experts at SVS, and the news is good! Lee fills us in on his current bass woes. Michael asked about speaker stands. Cameron asked about slap echo (LINK). Raul loves his new projector, but he isn’t so pleased with having to use “high altitude mode”. And Frank has possibly our most unique question yet: he’s building a gigantic model train and wants to shake the earth with sound!

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AV Rant #397: 0dB and Audyssey

August 26th, 2014 13 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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