AV Rant #382: Calibration Conundrum

May 14th, 2014 11 comments

Special thanks to Michael, Steve M., and Steven R. for supporting the podcast this week. We couldn’t keep this show going without you. We thought, going in, that this would be a short(ish) show so, of course, it is the longest one ever! We talk about Rob and Paul’s listening tests and subwoofer crawl (pics on Facebook) which led us into a discussion of subwoofer placement when your crossover is set higher than 80Hz. Abby wants to talk about high-res audio…so we do. Scott had a quick suggestions on how to find satellites. Gary has a follow-up question about 2.35:1 screens. Steve M. has an update about his room and we have a few additional suggestions. Plus, Rob misspoke! It is a momentous day! Todd wants to know what we think he should do with some free speakers, Gary has some questions about calibration (we’ll have a follow-up on this next week), and Nick wants us to weigh in on a couple of really heavy subs. Niclas has some thoughts on room treatments and suggests the Master Handbook of Acoustics, a suggestion we agree with. Paul wants to know if “name brand” stereo upgrades in cars are worth it and Michael wants to know a bit more about cascading crossovers. We briefly cover some news because…we really wanted to.

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AV Rant #381: Messing with Crossovers

May 7th, 2014 4 comments

This week, Rob and Tom thank Steve for his support of the podcast. As we have apparently answered enough questions about subwoofer purchasing and placement, we move on to your questions about crossover settings and how they work. A detailed discussion. Do you need to upgrade your receiver? Rob and Tom weigh in. A bit more on the Sharpness control on your TV, an explanation of DIN from Paradigm, and a few words about Monitor Audio. Stephan (our listener-of-the-week from last week) has some questions about his outboard video processor and his new, upgraded home theater processor. Plus, he has a new sub and wants to know how to connect it with his outboard subwoofer correction system. Michael is hearing voices from his subwoofer. Is it possessed? Rob and Tom reveal all. Dan’s got some questions about what he should be hearing when listening to audio sweeps. Kevin has some thoughts on Steve’s (from last week) 70Hz problem which leads us into a long discussion about speaker phase and what it can do for you. Nick wants a 2.35:1 screen and wants to know what speakers to get, where to place them, and what sort of screen material we would recommend.

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AV Rant #380: Rising Bass

April 30th, 2014 12 comments

This week we have Stephan to thank for his support of the podcast. Efrain, Bradley, and an unnamed listener have some suggestions for you and us. The Google Voice number still works and we answer your questions. Lee has a need for a new AV Receiver in the $600 price range. Tom and Rob (who totally cheats) have suggestions. Zach wants to know about room treatments and Rob and Tom get into all the details. Gary has more questions about displays, Carlos wants to know about the best way to connect his sub, and Steve has a 70Hz problem that we think has a very interesting genesis.

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AV Rant #379: Just Get a Bigger Subwoofer

April 24th, 2014 2 comments

Lots of listener questions this week, most of them with the same answer. If you have an acoustically transparent projection screen and only one of your speakers are behind it, what can you do to make sure that your speakers all sound the same? Will High Dynamic Range come to OLED? How do you know when your sub is “boomy” and how can the subwoofer crawl help you? If someone wants to EQ their speakers/sub manually, what are their options. What exactly do the frequency response specs mean? All this, and a whole lot on subwoofers in this week’s AV Rant.

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AV Rant #378: Ars Estray

April 17th, 2014 6 comments

This week, we’ve got listener Kevin to thank for supporting the podcast. This week, we are truly international with questions from Canada, Mexico, and India. Rob and Tom tell us where they stand on movie memorabilia. Zach shares an infinite baffle subwoofer that may make Infinite Gary jealous. We get updates from Eliezer, Abby, and Michael. Rob makes some suggestions on HD audio websites. Rohan makes the classic post-buying blunder, but Tom and Rob put his mind at ease. Will’s got some questions about home automation, Paul’s BUD conversion is ongoing, and Ron wants to know how to compare speakers. David is interested in our take on Darbee while Kevin has a unique idea for a speaker arrangement and wants to know what we think. Everyone we missed this week will be covered next. Hold on folks, we’ll get to your questions as soon as we can.

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