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AV Rant #447: Rooms

August 28th, 2015 No comments

Think you are the only one that runs into weird problems with your system? Tom reveals the random problem he had that had him digging behind his receiver last weekend. In the news, Yamaha announced “MusicCast”, their version of Sonos or Heos (LINK and LINK) and the first Atmos soundbar (LINK and LINK), Pioneer upgrades their Andrew Jones speakers to Atmos (LINK, LINK, and LINK), and Harmony is trying to control your front door (LINK). Sean needs help picking subs and surround back speakers, Michael needs help placing his gear in his room, and Darren is building an Atmos theater and has questions about speaker placement and choice. Larry wants to know where to place a second sub, which receiver to buy (LINK), and what we think of ripping CDs to a USB key. Ken has neighbors and wants to know if he can add a sub and not have the sound travel through the wall, he is wondering if his surrounds could be better placed, has a question of Green Glue, and wants a cool nickname. Tommy is wondering if he’ll hear or see the difference if he upgrades his receiver, Tom needs help placing and choosing subs (LINK), and Scott has a recommendation for Tom (LINK), thoughts on the Revel M12 speakers, needs new subs, reviews the Auralex Great GRAMMA, had a problem with an APC, has questions about electricity, is looking for a rack (LINK and LINK), and lastly is looking for a streaming device that will stream full bandwidth MKV files (along with Atmos and DTS:X) (LINK and LINK). “Ping Pong Theater” Ed wants to know more about object-based audio, Jefferson is looking for a projection screen (LINK and LINK), and Stephen is concerned about matching pre-out voltage to amp input (LINK).

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AV Rant #446: Charity Wood Speaker Wires

August 24th, 2015 No comments

This week, we thank Karl and Tom for their donations, and Brian and Jonathan for their support. You all are our Listeners of the Week! Thanks! In the news – Star Wars Land (LINK). Jerry is looking for a future-proof receiver (LINK and LINK) while Infinite Gary has some thoughts on HDR (LINK and LINK), speaker wire (LINK, LINK, and LINK), and Aperion Audio. Jonathan is getting a new home and has two rooms to choose from for a home theater. He needs help picking the right room and right gear (LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, and LINK), Bryon is looking for a non-SVS sub recommendation (LINK), and Justin is looking for some upgrade recommendations (LINK and LINK). John has some Atmos questions, Brian has a surround speaker inquiry, and Steven is dealing with a hardwood floor (LINK). Karl is looking for sub recommendations and placement advice, K. Reid is looking for Atmos speakers (LINK), and Mark is interested in our thoughts on LSTN Sound (LINK).

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AV Rant #445: Atmos Illuminati

August 15th, 2015 No comments

Don is our listener of the week. He bought a pair of SVS SB-2000s and told SVS he bought them because of AVRant. In the news: BenQ releases a curved monitor (LINK), XBox One will become a DVR (LINK and LINK), the UltraHD Blu-ray Standard is finalized (LINK), Vidity is real (LINK), and SuperMHL promises everything over USB Type-C (LINK). Mark is looking for a center channel (LINK) and maybe some Atmos ceiling speakers (LINK and LINK), Jim has a question about “business class” projectors and how surround modes work, and Barney has some thoughts on making a 7×9 room sound great, information about an Oppo UHD player, some information on Atmos (LINK) and UltraHD Blu-ray (LINK), and wants to know if there is a higher-end separate coming out with immersive audio (LINK). John needs subwoofer placement help, Efrain is looking for a TV for his in-laws, and Jonathan is interested in the future of audio if VR is to be a thing (LINK and LINK). Jay sent us a “review” of Klipsch atmos-enabled speakers (LINK), Jaremy is second guessing his amp purchase, and Bill shared this photo:

Two Subwoofers

Bob has all Sony gear but is looking for a new receiver that will work with Sony’s version of CEC, Kris sent a link to a Kickstarter for “The World’s Lightest Headphone Amplifier” (LINK), and Don sent a link to a Pizza Box Projector (LINK). Marcel sent us an update, Ashley found a setup video for the PS3 and wants our feedback (LINK), and Jerry is looking for a new “future-proof” receiver (LINK).

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AV Rant #444: Screen Size and Distance

August 10th, 2015 No comments

This week in the news – Amazon Echo (LINK and LINK), Rob is going to be on the HT Guys (LINK and LINK), and Hisense bought Sharp…sort of (LINK). Bryce mismeasured his room and wants to know if that changes things, has a question about screen size, and is going through rear speaker options (LINK, LINK, LINK, and LINK). Infinite Gary has infinite questions about center channels, screen sizes (LINK), UHD TVs, glasses, Dr. Floyd Toole (LINK), and more (LINK and LINK). James found a neat project on Ikea Hackers .net (LINK), Alexandre is looking for a Denon in the $500-$600 range (LINK and LINK), and Eliezer wants our thoughts on ABX testing (LINK), Edward’s ping pong theater has $600 for an upgrade, what should he get (LINK, LINK, or LINK), Marcel is having problems with the volume of his surrounds (LINK), and Niklas is looking for the best Vudu player.

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AV Rant #443: Apologies and Advice

July 31st, 2015 No comments

We thank Shannon as our listener of the week. Thanks! Everyone welcome Austen as the official AV Rant Producer! Welcome aboard Austen – now get to work! Jim and Josh felt like we were unfair to them and we address the issue. In the news – UK’s BT TV will be offering the first broadcast 4K UHD TV channel (LINK and LINK), AT&T buys DirecTV (LINK), and Vizio goes public (LINK). Barney has some questions about the “Surfer Girl” SACD, OLED HDR monitors (LINK), the Sony FMP-X10 4K movie server (LINK), and Carl Tatz’s comments on making small rooms sound like million-dollar studios (LINK). Jonathan found an article for us about the Grateful Dead’s wall of sound (LINK), experience with the Sony MDRZX110NC headphones (LINK), found a new use for records (LINK), and is going to see/hear a performance of “I am Sitting in a Room” (LINK, LINK, LINK, and LINK). John is loving his new Denon AVR-X4000 and wants to know what were the last 3 movies we watched in our theaters, Vince used to service TV’s and has a warning about surge protectors, and Stephen wants to know if a Yamaha CX-A5000 processor would be a vast improvement over his Yamaha RX-A2040. Ryan has a question about NOT using surround speakers, Kyle has questions about the future of receivers and how to get rid of his old one (LINK and LINK), and Greg has a couple of new products for us to check out (LINK and LINK). Art wants to know more about HDbaseT, Andy is having a problem with audio delay over HDMI, and Joseph needs help positioning his subwoofers. Bob has a question about multiple subs and phase, Dev has a Dayton Sub-1200 and has a couple of questions about positioning, and Michael has a nook for his center and wants to know how he can make sure the nook isn’t messing up his sound.

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