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AV Rant #639: HYPE!

April 19th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 79 Patreon Patrons. Visit http://www.avrant.com/ and click on the cup of coffee if you’d like to donate via PayPal.

Our thanks to Lee Overstreet for pinch hitting last week as our guest co-host.

Pictures show in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmCuQURV

In the news: All the details about Disney+. And you can finally change your Sony PSN ID, although not without many potential consequences.
– https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1555048013
– https://www.vulture.com/2019/04/every-disney-marvel-tv-show-in-development.html
– https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/10/sony-allows-psn-online-id-change/
– https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/12/sony-automatically-replaces-offensive-psn-ids/

Rob F. warns that even Certified Premium HDMI cables with the hologram sticker aren’t necessarily all equal. And Nick B. thought we’d get a kick our of an AVS Forum member’s 13.4.12 Atmos/DTS:X/Auro-3D setup:
– https://www.avsforum.com/forum/29-what-s-your-system-configuration/2321785-my-11-4-12-franken-atmos-living-room.html

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AV Rant #638: Null Hypothesis Speakers

April 15th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Bryan W. for his donation and for being one of our 82 Patreon Patrons, as well as Keith for talking us up to Accessories4Less, and Jeremy Porter of Porter Edwards | Austin Hi-Fi Speakers who will donate $5 for each person who mentions AVRant to him at the Porter Acoustics booth at Axpona 2019: http://www.axpona.com/ .

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmCGP76j

Tom is away this week, so our thanks to Lee Overstreet for pinchhitting as our co-host once again!

In the news, SVS launched their Prime Pinnacle Tower speakers: https://www.svsound.com/products/prime-pinnacle . Via Karl, THX announced their THX Ultimate Cinema: https://www.thx.com/blog/thx-launches-worlds-first-thx-ultimate-cinema-at-regency-westwood-village-theater/ . It’s THX’ own Premium Large Format, so it will require specifically mastered content: https://advanced-television.com/2019/04/02/thx-and-barco-taking-cinema-to-next-level/ . Sony Digital Cinema is Sony’s proprietary PLF: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/sony-launches-branded-premium-large-format-theater-system-1186263 . Netflix no longer works with AirPlay: https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/06/netflix-abruptly-loses-support-for-apple-airplay/ . And Epson released their 5050UB projector: https://news.epson.com/news/4k-diy-home-theater-projectors ; https://www.avsforum.com/epson-home-cinema-5050ub-4k-pro-uhd-hdr-projector-review/ .

Lee V. says Apple TV+ content is highly controlled by Apple to keep it family friendly. Karl R. noticed the Dolby Institute offers Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos creation tutorials: https://www.dolby.com/us/en/professional/content-creation/tutorial-series.html . Kris P. says Xbox One X can play YouTube HDR videos as long as you use something other than the official YouTube app, and he wants more people to sign up to be Microsoft Edge Insiders: https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/ . And Mike S. updates us on his seating riser and soundproofing efforts.

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AV Rant #637: AV Rant vs Best Buy

April 5th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Virgil for his donation, our 81 Patreon Patrons, and David, Virgil, and Romaine for talking us up to Accessories4Less, Ascend, and RBH.

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

In the news, TCL and Vizio are issuing firmware updates to add Dolby Vision from Xbox One S/X support to their TVs, but LG 2016 OLEDs can’t be updated: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnarcher/2019/04/01/xbox-one-dolby-vision-problems-vizio-gives-its-final-response/. And if you pay for Amazon Prime, you can get 12 months of Nintendo Switch Online for free: https://lifehacker.com/amazon-prime-members-can-get-12-months-of-nintendo-swit-1833692949 .

Herb from Cross-Spectrum Labs reminds anyone installing resilient channels on walls to make sure they’re open-side-up. And We share some of this week’s April Fool’s jokes, including: Emotiva True-Canine Subwoofer: https://emotiva.com/products/airmotiv-sub-woofer ; Pioneer LaserDisc to UHD universal disc player: https://twitter.com/UltraHDBluray/status/1112698690924408835 ; and Monoprice Monolith Cassette Series: https://www.monoprice.com/pages/monolithcassetteseries .

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AV Rant #636: Marantz Wide Atmos

March 29th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Matt for his donation, our 84 Patreon Patrons, and Matt for talking us up to Ascend, SVS, and Gik, John S., Phil and Mario S. for mentioning us to Accessories4Less, and Curt for talking us up to his friend Andy and SVS.

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

In the news, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas will offer a “Season Pass” subscription service similar to AMC Stubs A-List later this year: https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/20/alamo-season-pass-launching-this-year/ ; https://www.amctheatres.com/amcstubs/alist . WiSA gained new members, including TCL and Atlantic Technology: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1553167145 . And Apple announced several new services, including Apple: News+, Card, Arcade, TV App, TV Channels, and TV+: https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/25/apple-services-event-most-important-stuff-apple-tv-news-card/ ; https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-tv-app-vs-apple-tv-channels-vs-apple-tv-plus-whats-the-difference/ . 

Brian F. heard our advice to keep auto-setup microphone positions fairly close together, and managed to get improved results. Matt works in broadcast TV and explains why Live Atmos isn’t necessarily a lot more complicated, but also why we still might not get it. And J.R. describes how to get both HDR and Atmos working when using the combination of a Samsung TV, Onkyo Receiver, and Apple TV 4K.

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AV Rant #635: Fun With Harmony

March 22nd, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Tyler, Joseph, and Daniel for their donations, as well as our 84 Patreon Patrons, and Fred for talking us up to SVS.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHskT6nsA7

In the news, via Jason & Ted, Boston University researchers created a sound reflecting acoustic metamaterial: https://www.fastcompany.com/90316833/scientists-have-discovered-a-shape-that-blocks-all-sound-even-your-co-workershttps://newatlas.com/acoustic-metamaterial-blocks-sound-not-air/58818/; via Nathan, JVC and Panasonic are collaborating to optimize HDR on projectors: https://www.soundandvision.com/content/jvc-panasonic-team-optimize-big-screen-hdr; and, Google announced Google Stadia, their streaming game service: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1553021740 .

Shawn W. recalls Lexicon putting their case over an Oppo player. Tap T. shares more details about Yamaha MusicCast custom installation solutions. And Adam M. recommends Infuse Pro for playing Plex content on Apple TV 4K: https://firecore.com/infuse .

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