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Ask AVRant #1: Cats and Qualifications

June 14th, 2007

Welcome to the first installment of Ask AVRant. J. Walker Clarke (a fellow reviewer and husband to the Podcasting phenomena that is our very own Dina) joins Tom in a more technical discussion. How to deal with cats and speakers is addressed as are the qualifications of the Audioholics crew. There will be other Ask AVRant episodes in the future so keep the calls coming. Oh, and we seriously doubt that dust on your drivers will make an audible difference… but holes will.

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  1. June 14th, 2007 at 16:10 | #1

    I love being a reviewer… the glamour… the free gear… the beautiful women! Yes, it’s a lot like being a game show host, or a zookeeper (I get those confused a lot).

    You also forgot one of Tom’s qualifications was that he is willing to drive almost anywhere and do anything… Heck we sent him to Sweden – or wherever the heck B&O was… can’t remember, I was too busy sipping Margaritas and racing my new Ferarri.

  2. Coheednme13
    June 14th, 2007 at 17:13 | #2

    Hey Tom and J, I really appreciate you guys answering my questions. Yeah, my cat loves to rip up my grilles but he never goes deep enough to hit any drivers. I was just wondering if the tweeters would become sibilant or muffled because my house is really dusty. You guys nailed it with the qualifications question I wish I could be a reviewer in my spare time just for the fact that I could have av gear coming through my house. I always want new gear. I’M ADDICTED!! I constantly readjust my setup, ie -distances, toe-in, spl levels, sub placement, and when I get a new movie I can’t wait to watch it to see if the surround tracks were well recorded. I like the fact that J tries to review with regard to emotional response. That is what I want out of my system, I want beautiful chocolatey fidelity with tactile bass output, don’t we all?

    PS- Don’t leave your cats with J people

  3. Coheednme13
    June 14th, 2007 at 17:19 | #3

    Ohh yeah, Tom it’s Matt. I’m the one who called you about the Monster THX speakers. I want to see if you reviewed them if you could put your loathing for them aside to be objective.

  4. hopjohn
    June 14th, 2007 at 20:33 | #4

    You guys spent 15 or more minutes on what to do about the cat and speakers combination and never mentoned a few things that I was thinking.

    1. Declaw the animal.
    2. Place a cat scratcher nearby which may entice the animal to go for it rather than the speakers or at least limit the contact some.
    3. Spray copious amounts of citrus spray in the area of the speaker grills. Cats typically don’t like it.

  5. June 14th, 2007 at 21:44 | #5

    4. Take the cat to Wal-mart…. Then come home… alone.

  6. June 15th, 2007 at 07:27 | #6

    I like #4.

  7. Coheednme13
    June 15th, 2007 at 10:49 | #7

    Geeze, I guess Tom is the only person that thinks it’s ok that I have a cat. Thanks for the “Southern hospitality” Dina and J.

  8. June 15th, 2007 at 11:22 | #8

    Best AVRANT yet. Good job guys.

    J I once had a cat. Once. I think it pushed my limits the day I came home and found 1/2 of the cactus plant I bought my wife for Mothers Day eaten.

    On the same note, my brothers Syberian Huski would eat his remote controls when they left him home alone for more than 1 hr.

    As far as I am concerned, give me speakers NOT pets 🙂

  9. hopjohn
    June 15th, 2007 at 12:40 | #9

    Don’t sweat it coheed. These guys are concerned more with their speaker sensititvity, than their own. Gotta have thick skin ’round these parts.

  10. Coheednme13
    June 15th, 2007 at 14:53 | #10

    Thanks hopjohn, it’s just soooo hard(sniffle, sniffle)!!

  11. June 15th, 2007 at 14:55 | #11

    No really, I love cats. In fact, I think I am going to have some next week when I am in China on business…

  12. June 16th, 2007 at 10:46 | #12


    PS. That’s typically thought of in Korea, you racist!

  13. majorloser
    June 16th, 2007 at 10:54 | #13

    One of the reasons I bought Canton Ergo speakers is that they have alluminum speakers grills. Even though my cats were de-clawed, they still like to run their paws on tall item (like speakers). The soft fabric on speakers will get damaged even without claws.

  14. majorloser
    June 16th, 2007 at 11:18 | #14

    BTW- This is the BEST one yet!!!!!! “J” is a keeper!

  15. June 16th, 2007 at 16:29 | #15

    I knew it! You guys get free gear all the time! You have to post some pics of your pimped out Home Theater rides, too! Keep up all the “good” reviews and you’ll be set for life!

    (Man, I was laughing so hard I was almost crying! Thanks for the great AVRant!)

  16. majorloser
    June 17th, 2007 at 12:52 | #16

    Yep, they get all the Bose gear they want and great discounts in the Walmart electronics section. 😛

  17. June 17th, 2007 at 20:36 | #17

    Hey, as I was reading these comments, I saw a Google ad for http://www.softpaws.com/ and had to click on it. Maybe this would be a good options for coheed… *laugh* Gotta love that contextual Google advertising!!

  18. lea
    June 24th, 2007 at 19:32 | #18

    aah, some j time on avrant… loved to hear the 10 minutes on CATS! can’t wait for my visit from tom. when dina and j go on vacation and you have NO one to avrant with… i am your girl!

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