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AVRant #125: Dina the Swinger

Congrats (and thanks) to Ted on the new outro music. Please visit his Facebook group. Well, I’ve contacted ooVoo and they say they’re working on it. The sound quality for the video (when it doesn’t cut out) should be good – we’ve done everything we can from our side. This week Tom and Dina discuss thanks, PS3s, and the some online drama (vaguely). Tom had a few people over and reports on their interaction with his system. Dina thinks there should be a prize – Tom agrees but doesn’t know what. Tom’s XBox is dying which does exactly what you think to his mood. Best Buy is going down… hard. Tom is unimpressed with OLED and California. A hands-off review of the Soundcast, SubCast. Thanks for listening and don’t forget to vote for us at Podcast Alley.

I had a dream last night that looked just like this... except for the hat

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  1. April 23rd, 2009 at 08:01 | #1

    Lol, Tom – your intro to the podcast was very much like “oh, brother this intro is so boring but I have to say these words every stinkin’ week…” lol

  2. Rob
    April 23rd, 2009 at 15:55 | #2

    AVRant Listeners,
    Let’s fill that thermometer!
    If every listener were to chip in just $2-$5, we could fill that thermometer in no time!

    The donations have slowed, and I think I know how we might set that thermometer on the rise once again!

    The folks who have donated thus far have been terrific. I’ve seen the thermometer jump in $25 and $30 intervals and I think it’s awesome that people are so generous! But if you can’t donate such a high amount, don’t feel bad!

    Wouldn’t you all agree that Tom’s efforts have been worth – I don’t know…$5? Or maybe just $2 or even $1?

    Perhaps you could consider each individual episode…say, 10 cents per episode that you have listened to and enjoyed?

    My point is that I think you will all agree that AVRant has provided some great entertainment and information and I think most of us would agree, “yeah…that’s worth a couple of bucks!”

    Maybe you would like to donate more, but money is a little tight right now. Maybe you’re thinking that it isn’t worth it unless you can donate $20 or more or you’re feeling a bit embarrassed to donate a small amount.

    I urge you…please do not feel that way! If every listener were to chip in just $2-$5, we could fill that thermometer in no time!

  3. Rob
    April 23rd, 2009 at 16:38 | #3

    Congrats on the new baby, Tom!

    Very entertaining episode this week :D Great to have Dina back!

    Too bad about the dying Xbox360. But the PS3 has been very reliable – yet another reason to get you one ASAP! :D Love the picture from Jeremy this week!

    I’m pretty sure Captain Planet drives a Hummer when he’s not on duty ;) CFL lightbulbs aren’t so bad though, Tom :p They turn on instantly now and they even have 6500K CFL bulbs! Hey…when CFL can deliver a benefit to your home theatre, THAT’S when it’s time to switch, yes? :D

    So I’m going to go ahead and predict that “little baby ‘oops'” will be another boy! Congrats again, Tom!


  4. Rob
    April 23rd, 2009 at 17:59 | #4

    Been on my computer all day. Had PS3 Fund in the corner :D I’ve watched it go up $5, $10, etc. AWESOME :D

    No idea if those donations had anything to do with my comment, but I’d like to think they do :p

    This is fun :D

  5. Jay J
    April 23rd, 2009 at 18:04 | #5

    Love the podcast! I’ve been listening and laughing since around podcast 50 or so. Hope my donation helps you get that PS3. I was skeptical about the benfits of Blu-Ray for a long time and I’m a product demonstrator for “an electronics manufacturer”. (Not sure if I am allowed to say the name here) I don’t play video games but I’ve had a PS3 for a year and watched my first Blu-Ray movie about a month ago. The video is marginally better, on my 720P Panasonic Plasma, but the AUDIO IS AMAZING!! It is definitely where the biggest benefit comes in.
    Good luck again convincing the wife that the PS3 donations are real!

  6. Jon
    April 23rd, 2009 at 21:04 | #6

    I’m kicking some more into the PS3 fund. I want to play RockBand online with Tom!

    The only way I’m donating to Dina’s Shoe Fund is if the money is going to spike heels that she models in her bikini…preferably with her knife hanging from the string while she is firing a gun!! You get the idea Jeremy? Let’s see what you can do with that!


    You’re almost there Tom. I love the Ps3. You need to buy Little Big Planet.

  7. Rob
    April 23rd, 2009 at 23:18 | #7

    Sweet! I’d be in for some Rock Band on the PS3 with Tom and Jon! I bought Guitar Hero 2 and 3 for Xbox360, but lately I’ve been getting all cross platform games for the PS3 instead. I’ve been lucky so far with my original Xbox360 Elite having no issues so far, but it always seems as though it’s just a matter of time before it dies on me :p

    Between the fear of Red Rings or E74 errors and the super loud fan and disc drive, I just find myself shying away from the Xbox360 these days and only picking up games for it if they are exclusive.

    We’re definitely getting closer! My only fear is that Tom will have to raise another $400 just to buy all the games :o

  8. Jon
    April 23rd, 2009 at 23:25 | #8


    First, thanks for the extended response last week on room treatments. I read it, and will go back and read it again, and probably print it out.

    I was concerned about noise from the PS3. A friend had the original and it was definitely loud. Mine is the 40GB and is quiet. I still need to upgrade my receiver to get the high def audio, and I also want to upgrade my speakers. But all that comes after we get Tom out of the stone age!

  9. Rob
    April 23rd, 2009 at 23:54 | #9

    Hey, you’re welcome, Jon! Happy to help :)

    I’ve heard that the PS3 was all over the place in terms of operating noise when it first came out, but it certainly seems as though Sony got the issue sorted out. I have one of the “limited edition” 80GB models – the one that could emulate PS2 backwards compatibility and had the 4 USB ports rather than just 2. It’s quiet, but not dead quiet like the 40GB or the newer 80GB and 160GB models.

    It’s a shame that the current models do not have PS2 backwards compatibility (even emulation), but the smaller chip size seems to have really eliminated any heat/fan noise issues and everything else about the current design seems solid.

    In a way, you’re lucky, Jon. Prices for HD Audio capable receivers are falling lower and lower all the time and with the PS3, you don’t even need TrueHD or DTS-HD decoding; you only need to be able to accept 5.1/7.1 PCM via HDMI!

  10. Jay J
    April 24th, 2009 at 11:28 | #10

    Finally got to the end of the podcast and the new outro music is great! Great job Ted.

  11. April 28th, 2009 at 18:22 | #11

    You are exploiting kids now!
    I am not donating to your PS3 fund.
    I hope you red ring so hard you pass out.

  12. Raul in HD
    June 3rd, 2009 at 13:40 | #12

    So have you gotten your PS3 yet?

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