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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 Comments off

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-channel 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 Comments off

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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