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AV Rant #514: Subwoofer or Center Speaker

December 3rd, 2016 No comments


Our Listener of the Week is Chris S. for letting EMP Tek know that he heard about them from AV Rant.
Infinite Gary saw Audioholics’ video of the Martin Logan demo room and thought it sounded terrible. And Justin B. (and Rob) confirm that a new Marantz firmware update allows Dolby Surround Upmixer to work on DTS signals, and DTS Neural:X Upmixer to work on Dolby signals.
Josh S. wants an affordable TV with good sound, so we suggest the combo of a Vizio D-Series TV with a Vizio C or D SoundBar. Jonathan F. prods us to rant about a Lumin D1 Audiophile Network Music Player review. And Bobby K. asks about Audyssey Low Frequency Containment and any other methods to avoid bothering the neighbors.
Matt G. asks about using dual subwoofers in an open concept room, as well as matching sealed subs with ported subs. Anand wants us to speculate about the future of quantum dots vs. OLED. And Monty N. tries to sort through IPS vs. VA LCD panels, 60Hz vs. 120Hz refresh rates, screen size vs. price, OLED burn-in, calibrating his image, the Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player price point, and how ATSC 3.0 tuners will work with PCs.
David F. needs some help setting up his BenQ HT2050 projector and will likely need an ultra low-profile projector ceiling mount. Greg F. and Tara both ask for our thoughts on LG’s Super UHD TVs and get our recommendations for Vizio P-Series, Sony X930D Series, Vizio M-Series, and Samsung KS8000 Series more or less in that order. And Charleston L. wants to know if he’d be better off with four lower output subwoofers or two higher output subwoofers.
Greg P. upgraded to four subwoofers and wants to know if he needs to run Audyssey again. He also wants to know if it makes sense to use a smaller projection screen so that he can better place his flat panel and seating, and whether he should rearrange his subwoofers, as well. Justin B. wants to shop for $2000/pair speakers at Amazon, so we suggest: KEF R300, Dali Opticon 2, Paradigm Signature S2, Martin Logan Motion 35XT, and NHT C 3. And Chris S. gets our suggestion to use to make a bass sweep when doing the subwoofer crawl, as well as our thoughts on whether he should upgrade his subwoofer or his Center speaker next.


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Plex HTPC HD Audio Video Tutorial

August 15th, 2016 8 comments

PrintOne of our awesome AV Rant Podcast Listeners requested a bit of a step-by-step tutorial on getting full, lossless HD Audio and Immersive Audio bitstreams from an HTPC to an AV Receiver, as well as how to play physical Blu-ray discs in full quality from a PC, and how to set up a nice media library using Plex.

Rob H. decided to take a stab at putting together a simplistic slideshow presentation and posted it to YouTube. It’s not exactly great production values, but some folks might find a few useful tidbits of information in there, so we hope you enjoy it!

An Open Letter to VIDITY

October 28th, 2015 1 comment

I love the idea and the goals of VIDITY. With large hard drives being affordable, I see no reason why physical media should remain the only means of getting the highest quality.

But for the love of all that is good, can you PLEASE encourage the studios to also give consumers the highest quality AUDIO as well?

I’ve groused about this topic on Twitter. And the @VIDITYdigital account was kind enough to reply to me there and let me know that, as far as what Vidity is able to offer from a technical point of view, there is nothing preventing the inclusion of lossless, immersive (eg. Dolby Atmos or DTS:X Master) audio. And yet, the earliest examples of Vidity content have all failed to include lossless audio, let alone immersive audio. Read more…

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A Guide for “Future Proof”, “Bang for Buck” AV Receivers

August 14th, 2015 No comments

Shopping for an AV Receiver or Pre-amp/Processor can be confusing. There are so many features, it can be difficult to sort through all of the details and keep it all straight!

Last week, I posted a write up on The Current State of DTS:X and Atmos Receivers. That editorial focused largely on models capable of using 9 or 11 speakers. In my opinion, when Immersive Audio is the priority, it is necessary to use at least 9 speakers for an optimal experience.

But there are two phrases that come up very often when AV Rant Listeners ask us for advice regarding AV Receivers and Pre-Pros: “Future proof”, and “Bang for buck”.

The industry is currently in a transition phase to new audio and video standards. If you want your new AV Receiver to be “future proof”, that means having the ability to support these new A/V formats. And when you get that support at the lowest price, there’s your “bang for buck”!

This write up will focus on 7 speaker models that are as “future proof” as possible while listing some of their other features that will hopefully allow you to determine exactly what you want at the lowest price possible.

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The Current State of DTS:X & Atmos Receivers

August 4th, 2015 No comments

Rob H. will be the guest for an interview with Ara Derderian (@hdtvpodcast) from the HT Guys later this week!

But what kind of Co-host would Rob be if he didn’t let the AV Rant Listeners have a sneak peak at what he’ll be discussing first?

AV Rant Podcast proudly presents…

Sorting Through Atmos and DTS:X Receivers and Pre-Pros

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