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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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AV Rant #649: Samsung TV’s for Gaming

July 1st, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Jonathan R. for his donation, our 82 Patreon Patrons, including Rob and Carlton, and Anthony B. for telling Accessories4Less that his Focal Chorus 706 speaker purchase was our recommendation, and Mark R. for letting SVS know his dual PC-2000 subwoofer purchase was thanks to us.

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

In the news:
– via Karl R. – NASA and Lockheed Martin’s supersonic X-59 jet uses a 4K screen instead of a window: https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/19/nasas-x-59-supersonic-jet-will-have-a-4k-tv-instead-of-a-forward-window/
– Digital Trends’ guide for limiting your Netflix data usage: https://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/how-much-data-does-netflix-use/
– Toshiba TVs with Amazon Fire TV built-in support Dolby Vision but not HDR10+: https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-debuts-toshiba-fire-tv-edition-television-with-dolby-vision-hdr/

– Rob K. achieved good results applying our speaker positioning advice.

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AV Rant #648: Should You Calibrate Your TV?

June 21st, 2019 3 comments

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

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmEm9hnr

In the news:
– Samsung’s The Wall Luxury will be available to consumers in July: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1560408136
– Value Electronics TV Shootout crowned Sony’s A9G OLED “King of TV”: https://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/hdd-attends-2019-value-electronics-tv-shootout/44293
– Dan suggests Tablo as an OTA DVR option (including in Canada): https://ca-store.tablotv.com/collections/frontpage

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AV Rant #647: IMAX Enhanced is DEAD!

June 14th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Shannon, as well as our 82 Patreon Patrons, and Jason G. for talking us up to SVS when he bought a Prime Wireless SoundBase and an SB-1000 subwoofer.

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

In the news:
– Via Carl – HDHomeRun Scribe and Servio OTA DVR solutions: https://www.cordcutters.com/you-can-now-order-hdhomerun-scribe-and-servio-boxes
– Google Stadia is $10/month and you still have to buy games: https://store.google.com/us/product/stadia_founders_edition?hl=en-US
– Details about Xbox Project Scarlett from E3: https://ign.com/articles/2019/06/09/next-xbox-scarlett-specs-release-rumors-games-leaks-e3-reveal
– Josh S. shares details about installing 5G infrastructure.
– Aaron C. says his JVC rep told him no more X790 projectors are being made.
– 0:17:13 Denon’s X8500H manual paints a bleak picture of what IMAX Enhanced does to audio signals: http://manuals.denon.com/AVRX8500H/NA/EN/DRDZSYyrtgycpw.php

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