AV Rant #389: Listener Updates

July 1st, 2014 6 comments

Special thanks to Abel for supporting the podcast. This week we get updates from listeners on how well our advice worked. Shannon bought some subs, Charles’ music no longer cuts out, Rohan’s system has never sounded better, Jared has some new speakers and subs, and Jason has a lot to consider given our discussion last week. Paul’s AV Rant sponsored race car is running hot but very fast. Some updates on the UMIK-1, HDMI passive splitters in action, and working with Onkyo customer support. Jason needs surround speaker suggestions, Abel gets an update on phase angle, and Lars wants to know about THX’s “baffle wall.” Honestly, it’s a bit baffling to us too. What do we think about the M&K Sound 300 series speakers? Listen in to find out. Shane has a suggestion for Tom, a report about SVS subs, and a question about his center channel. Gaylen has a defective Onkyo but customer service has given him a few interesting options. Dan wants to know how to connect two subs to his Emotiva XSP-1 processor. Gary is interested in Sharp’s yellow pixel and wants to know what we think about Atmos versus Auro-3D. Aereo is in the news and dead in the water – even though they keep sending emails suggesting differently. Pioneer sells to Onkyo and private equity firm.

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AV Rant #388: Sub Porking

June 24th, 2014 6 comments

This week we start our new recording time/day of 9pm EST on Mondays. Check us out on G+ for the live recording session and stick around for the Hangout after. Dolby Atmos is coming to the home from pretty much everyone. Twice has a lot of news on it here. Lee gets a new receiver, Jonathan gets new headphones, and Geoff buys a lot of stuff on our recommendations. We expect full reports guys. Jackson has a word on Monoprice HDMI splitters, Dave points us to the AV Forums podcast, and Robert appreciated our honesty. Jefferson is looking for a two-channel amp, Jared wants to try out some DIY room treatments, and John and Lars have questions about surround sound speaker placement. Jared also wants some suggestions on how to make his system sound better. Our Dane listener wants to know why we think on-wall speakers are a compromise, Michael has some subwoofer placement questions, and Gary doesn’t like glossy TVs. Lastly Abel has a question about the impedance rating on a speaker and matching it with a receiver.

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AV Rant #387: Bookshelves are the New Towers

June 19th, 2014 5 comments

Special thanks to Lee and Jefferson for supporting the podcast. Next week, we are changing our recording day to Mondays as 9 EST. This week, a bit more about Direct and Pure Direct modes on your receiver, some suggestions for on-wall speakers from our listeners, and feedback on Sonus Faber speakers. Peter wants to know about HDMI splitters, Jason wants our feedback on his planned home theater purchases, and Jonathan needs some new headphones. Cesar is looking for a wireless solution for his sub, Kyle is looking to get the right amount and size of subs, and Jonathan is looking into the Sonos system. Steve is having HDMI issues, Bill wants our opinions on some bookshelves speakers, and what is the difference between a “true ribbon” and “folded ribbon” tweeter.

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AV Rant #386: SVS Check

June 13th, 2014 6 comments

Special thanks to Jason for supporting the podcast. People are buying SVS subs in droves. We’d like to think that the AV Rant podcast is a small but important part of that. This week, Jay wants to know what projector we’d buy with a $4k budget. Rohan is having some problems with his speakers and imaging and wants to know how to fix them. Plus he is getting some odd performance out of his Denon X2000 that he needs help with. Michael is looking for DJ equipment, Niels needs speakers good enough to compete with his high-end headphones, Carlos has some questions about listening modes, and Gary wants a new 32″ TV. Robert wants our honest opinion about his gear plus he wants to know about buying a few more subs. We’re happy to help. Coming soon, our podcast recording night will be moved to Mondays. We’ll talk more about this on our next podcast.

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AV Rant #385: Floorless Theater

June 5th, 2014 4 comments

Special thanks to Niclas, Wilson, and Jack for supporting the podcast. This week, we have a listener that has tested Harman’s suggested curves and reports. Jack is still having problems calibrating his two subs. We help him out some more. Bill says that Zone outputs can be useful. Kris has a successful story of customer service (Denon) and of getting his wife involved in his subwoofer decisions. Shannon is out of the country and wants to be ready to shop when he gets back. What should he do? Steve is having a problem getting his surround-back speakers to play, Cesar wants a wireless sub, and Charles is having a problem with his speakers cutting out. Jonathan wants our take on a recent article over at Audioholics, Nick wants some more speaker suggestions for his wall-to-wall projection screen, and David and Bill want to know if we think they should jump on the Aperion Audio deals. Jason needs some surround speakers, Roland needs speaker for a showroom, and Zach wants some speakers for his garage.

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