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AV Rant #656: Get Thee Room Treatments

August 16th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 85 Patreon Patrons, as well as Carlton B. for offering to help us with our website bandwidth issues, and Sammy C. for letting Accessories4Less and SVS know we sent him their way.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmG7kbze

In the news:- Disney announced their Disney+, Hulu (with ads) & ESPN+ streaming bundle for $13/month: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1565154828
– Congrats to long-time listener Nathan D. on his engagement!
– Andrew L. says wheeling and dealing was well worth it to get his Paradigm speaker setup, and he suggests using Dricore subfloor tiles as inexpensive DIY subwoofer isolation platforms, and giving bi-pole Atmos speakers a chance.

– Sammy C. shared his updated theater that includes Focal Aria speakers, and SVS sub, and a Vizio P-Series TV, all of which we recommended to him.

– 0:18:40 Jaremy Pyle entered GiK’s photo contest, so toss a vote his way to support an AVRant Listener: https://www.gikacoustics.com/summer-giveaway-photo-contest-2019/#!gallery/1/image/27/Jeremy%20Pyle%203-min

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AV Rant #655: Better Off with Paradigms

August 9th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 84 Patreon Patrons, including DJ and Brandon, and Terry G. for talking us up to Accessories4Less when he bought a KEF HTF8003 from them.

0:01:07 Tom welcomes a new pet to his family!

Pictures shown in this episode:https://flic.kr/s/aHsmFS6Pbh

In the news:
– Jeremy Kipnis, creator of the Kipnis Studio Standard, and a Guinness World Record holder for his $6 million home theater, passed away: http://jeremykipnis.com/Jeremy_Kipnis_-_Home_Page.html
– Via Nick B. – Ascend launched their Sierra-2 EX speakers with an upgraded woofer: http://ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/SRM2EX/srm2ex.html
– Karl R. shared a Home Theater Review article talking about the dearth of Twitch App support: https://hometheaterreview.com/why-all-av-enthusiasts-should-be-upset-about-roku-losing-twitch/

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AV Rant #654: How do you feel about lamps?

August 2nd, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Stefan, Brandon, Brian, and Tim for their donations; our 83 Patreon Patrons; Andy A. for mentioning us to GiK Acoustics; and, Thomas T. for talking us up to Gary Yacoubian and the SVS team at a live event.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmFCLMGG

In the news:

From SDCC:
– The Orville becomes a Hulu exclusive: https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-orville-will-move-to-hulu-for-its-third-season-1836420293
– Marvel’s Phase 4 plans: https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-marvel-studios-comic-con-2019-hall-h-panel-liveblog-1836393911
– Several new Star Trek shows only on CBS All Access: https://io9.gizmodo.com/there-was-almost-too-much-news-at-the-star-trek-comic-c-1836392106

– 0:15:22 IKEA SYMFONISK are Sonos speakers at lower prices: https://www.sonos.com/en-us/symfonisk-by-sonos-and-ikea

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AV Rant #651: At Least Three Subs

July 12th, 2019 No comments

If you have home automation questions, we’ll be talking with DIY home automation expert Richard Gunther from Home:On July 24, so send them in!

Our Listeners of the Week are Johann, Nick, and Chad for their donations, our 82 Patreon Patrons, including James C., and James C. also sent us Amazon gift cards for his “trifecta” of support.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmEWX4kA
In the news:
– Via Jay and Karl – Spears & Munsil UHD HDR Benchmark test disc for $40: http://spearsandmunsil.com/dealers/
– LG 65″ R9 rollable OLED (let’s call it “Roll-LED”!) costs $60,000: https://www.bollostore.com/lg-oled-r9 ; https://gibbyselectronicsupermarket.ca/product/lg-oled65r9pua/
– Sony UBP-X1100ES flagship Ultra HD Blu-ray player fails to impress: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1562314449
– KEF LS50 on sale: https://www.kefdirect.com/specials/kef-specials/ls50-black-edition.html

– 0:11:38 Jonathan explains the name he gave his home theater, The Seaden, reacts to our advice, and confirms he only needs to buy one more sub.

-0:13:49 John B. shares pics of the projection setup we inspired him to install.

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AV Rant #650: Quoting Tom

July 6th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Joshua and Stefan for their donations, as well as our 82 Patreon Patrons.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmEFq678
In the news:
– Jony Ive is leaving Apple: https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/27/jony-ive-lovefrom/
– DisplayPort 2.0 offers up to 77.4 Gbps: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1561624113
– Roger B. Hassing retires as Todd A. Stewart takes over RBH Sound: https://www.audioholics.com/news/rbh-sound-purchase-company-president

– Rob H. posted his LG B7 OLED picture settings: http://www.avrant.com/rob-hs-lg-oled-tv-settings/
– Infinite Gary says Norwegian film, The Quake, has bass like nothing else: https://www.avnirvana.com/threads/the-quake-blu-ray-review.4294/

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