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AV Rant #749: Six Overhead Speakers?

April 9th, 2021 No comments

Happy Anniversary to us! It’s been 15 years of AV Rant! And we can’t thank you all enough for all the support, lively discussion, and just plain fun over the past decade and a half! Here’s to 15 more.

Check out Tom’s latest articles at https://avgadgets.com/ . And if you’re ok with Tom using your photos, remember to include written permission when you send them in. Thanks!

00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Benjamin and Jayson for their PayPal donations, along with our 123 Patreon Patrons, as well as Daniel for telling SVS he bought subwoofers from them because of us, Paul for mentioning us in his user review over at Monoprice and talking us up to RSL, and Herb from https://cross-spectrum.com/ for helping out Rob and letting us know that individually calibrated UMIK-1 measurement mics should start shipping again in about a month: https://cross-spectrum.com/measurement/calibrated_umik.html
We also want to thank Mike, Kris, Daniel, and Clara for their notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

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00:09:48 – In the news:

 – via Karl – Kaleidescape is offering a $3,000 discount when you bundle one of their systems with a high-end Sony projector: https://is.gd/zfv1Qs

– Comparison reviews of the newest OLED TVs are rolling in:
– https://youtu.be/05meraExYc4
– https://youtu.be/2-ajN7njZvQ

00:15:46 – Comments:

– Patricio gives a thumbs up to the Fosi TDA7498E compact Class-D amplifier: https://is.gd/VhcNCK

– Jonathan gives his opinion about which is the best voice assistant.

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AV Rant #748: Tom’s Facepalm

April 2nd, 2021 No comments

Quite the collection of video glitches this week! At least they were funny to us, if no one else. Might be a good episode to give our YouTube version a try: https://youtu.be/8LoRZOA5i_0
Check out Tom’s latest articles at https://avgadgets.com/ . And if you’re ok with Tom using your photos, remember to include written permission when you send them in. Thanks!

00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Don, Kris, and Paul for their PayPal donations, plus our 124 Patreon Patrons, as well as Don for mentioning us to RBH, Mitch for talking us up to SVS and GiK, and Greg for telling Alan over at HT Market that he heard about HT Design recliners from us. We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from Joe, Don, Mitch, Dan, Greg, and Jason. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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00:11:50 – In the news:

– Black Widow and Cruella will be available on Disney+ day-and-date with their theatrical releases: https://is.gd/4mQuO8

– Regal Cinemas agreed with Warner Bros. to a 45-day theatrical window beginning in 2022: https://is.gd/1vPDqT

– Martin Logan released new Motion Ci in-ceiling speakers: https://is.gd/i4HvVt

00:23:06 – Comments

– Karl shared a lossy vs. lossless ABX listening test: http://abx.digitalfeed.net/spotify-hq.html#

– Jonathan F. discovered that not all smart speakers using the Google Assistant support YouTube Music: https://is.gd/47Bln4

– Byron shared some photos of his DIY TV stand.

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AV Rant #747: Snyder Cut, GiK Art Panels & SVS 3000 Micro

March 26th, 2021 No comments

00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are our 124 Patreon Patrons. And we also want to thank Mark, Zach, David, and Dylan for their notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmUBu5Vj

00:04:26 – Rob’s take on Zack Snyder’s Justice League

00:12:19 – Tom’s Art Panels from GiK Acoustics: https://avgadgets.com/gik-acoustics-acoustic-art-panels-no-filler-review/

00:17:43 – In the news:

– SVS launched their 3000 Micro subwoofer:
– https://avgadgets.com/svs-3000-micro-subwoofer/
– https://avgadgets.com/how-to-eliminate-rattles-in-your-home-theater/

– Trials of Xbox games in Dolby Vision began for Alpha testers: https://is.gd/QfI2NM

– Sony revealed the Orb Controllers for the next version of PlayStation VR: https://avgadgets.com/sony-playstation-vr-2/

00:26:40 – Comments

– Ken shares the results of his theater build with an 85″ TV, 13 speakers, dual subs, and three rows of seats.

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AV Rant #746: Who DOESN’T Have a New House

March 19th, 2021 No comments

Find all of Tom’s latest tutorials, editorials, and reviews over at https://avgadgets.com/ . And feel free to send in photos with written permission for Tom to use them on the site. Your theater could be Internet Famous! 😉

00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Kevin for his PayPal donation, plus our 125 Patreon Patrons, as well as Byron for sending Rob a tip for his help on Twitter, and James for inviting Rob over to check out the new Anthem MRX 740 AV Receiver. We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from Eric, Ari, Tyler, Dave, Carl & Bobby. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

00:10:22 – Anthem MRX 740 experience

Pictures shown in this episode:
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00:18:39 – In the news:

– The first ever THX Dominus certified speakers are from a new speaker company: PerListen Audio: https://is.gd/bItC7h

00:22:34 – Comments

– Graham C. suggests Arlington’s air tight electrical boxes with gaskets for stopping flanking paths: https://is.gd/WciRzs

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AV Rant #745: We Loathe Gatekeeping

March 12th, 2021 No comments

Check out Tom’s latest appearance on the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast for his take on the upcoming Snyder Cut of Justice League: https://www.brightsidehometheater.com/episodes/tomandrysnydercut

00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Ari for his PayPal donation, plus our 122 Patreon Patrons, as well as Mark for posting a customer review on Epson’s website that mentions our podcast, Dale for telling SVS that his uncle’s large order of speakers and subs was thanks to AVRant, and Bertrand for letting ElectronicsForLess.ca know that we sent him their way. We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from Dan, Bob, Mark, and Joe. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmUK5R2c

00:09:41 – In the news:

– Via Clint DeBoer – CoverTrim from Ornamental Decorative Millwork might be a great way to hide cables and wires: https://is.gd/nXmAnc

– Via Andrew L. – Paradigm announced their new Founder Series speakers: https://is.gd/ywXrei

– Via Karl – Sonos Roam is a small, portable, BlueTooth and WiFi speaker for $169: https://is.gd/pFEpSF

00:17:11 – Comments:

– Byron is happy to report no buyer’s remorse after replacing his SVS Ultra speakers with RBH SV-661/R.

– James shared a photo of the difference in quality between a printed image vs. a dye sublimated image on acoustically transparent fabric. But he has a warning for anyone hoping for perfect accuracy in the colors. https://avgadgets.com/how-to-identify-acoustically-transparent-fabric/

– Mark vouches for the Elac Debut 2.0 OW42 on-wall speakers.

– Herb lets us know that Cross-Spectrum Labs is still the correct name, as long as we’re talking about the individually calibrated microphones being sold: https://cross-spectrum.com/

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