Liz is still on vacation so it is just Rob and Tom this week. As far as Tom is concerned, the only important news out of CES was from SVS about their new Series 2000 subs. Of course, Michael Bay’s meltdown is what everyone else seems to care about. We have listener questions about sub placement behind a couch and sub pairing, ~$600 receiver recommendations, HTPC video cards, and dealing with HTPC HDMI issues. The VIZIO P-series Ultra HD 4k displays, Dolby Vision, Seiki’s upconverting HDMI cable, CES trends, and this video of using sound to levitate stuff is all on the menu as well. Rob recommends a fun website — wordsforthat.com — where you can vote on new words and sayings and Tom recommends this NSFW video and Suspend – the best game ever.
It’s our last show (probably) until the New Year! So, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from AV Rant! We’re minus Liz this week. And we said goodbye to yet another famous actor, Peter O’Toole. We discuss Oculus Rift’s big new round of funding and what it could mean for gaming and other uses. Some great Listener Feedback this week. How do you set up two subwoofers with only one subwoofer output? Tom and Rob have slightly different methods, but they’ll both get you where you need to be. What’s the difference between DACs and decoders? And a whole bunch of suggestions for $2000/pair speakers. Here’s the excellent AV Forums YouTube video in how to position your auto setup microphone. We speculate about how some vintage Koss speakers might sound, purely based on photos. And Sean is our Listener of the Week! Listener Roland tipped us off about some big Chromecast and Plex updates. And we finish off with Canada Post, sonic windshield wipers, and FOUR PS4s! Rob recommends the Extech 407730 SPL meter. And Tom might have finally found a great OTA DVR.
It’s been a crazy week and only looks to get crazier as we get closer to Christmas. We start this episode off with mini-reviews from Tom of all the products he’s been working on for the last few weeks. This includes the Emotiva Stealth DC-1 DAC/Headphone amp, the JLabs JBuds EPIC in-ear monitors, the thinksound On1 on-ear headphones, and the Sennheiser Momentum over-ear headphones. We tackle questions about Integra receivers, how to get sound from your source to your TV without turning on your receiver, can a room be designed to sound good in both two-channel and surround modes, and a question about which speakers to get. Rob runs us through all the different surround modes (Dobly, THX, DTS, and Audyssey) for a deep dive topic.
Tom bows out for a week, so it’s just Liz and Rob today. There’s a peek at what it’s like when Tom’s not here to guide us after the music at the end ;) It was rough this past week. Actor Paul Walker was killed in a car crash. And Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. Our condolences and best wishes go out to their families and loved ones. Returning to lighter matters: DRONES! The internet immediately poked fun, but Rob’s on board, and Liz is indifferent. We tackle some questions about technical aspects of Xbox One, setting speaker “trim” levels, and using a bias light with colored walls. We also talk subs: infinite baffle subs, updates on purchased subs, and subs that are causing trouble…in the bedroom. Listener David linked us to the most noise-free room ever. And Tom (no, not Tom Andry) is our Listener of the Week! Finally, we bring back the Deep Dive segment to talk all about the multitude of dynamic EQ and volume levelling formats, and just what the heck Reference Volume is all about! Rob recommends some places to get perfectly neutral Munsell Gray Paint or at least something very close. And Liz recommends having a drink to celebrate the anniversary of the end of prohibition! Sorry, no Google Hangout On Air video this week. But who wants to see us without Tom’s pretty face, anyway?
Liz is MIA as she was stuck in traffic and couldn’t make the podcast. This week Rob tells us about his new XBox One. We tackle listener questions about Bitstreaming versus PCM, bookshelf speakers in bookshelves, 12 volt triggers, subwoofer crawl, Winamp, LG spying on you, Redbox rage, and what subwoofers to buy on a $1k budget. UPP price fixing – what is it and how does it affect you? Rob recommends some D65 bias lights and Tom recommends the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS as a stocking stuffer. Have a great Thanksgiving.