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AV Rant #621: Protection Mode and Hums

December 14th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Robert G. for his donation, our 76 Patreon Patrons, Jason Gregg an Greg, who both offered to give Tom’s brother a replacement PS3, and Boshko, who told SVS his dual PB12-NSD purchase was because of us.

In the news, Karl R. let us know that Arcam has joined the IMAX Enhanced program. The latest firmware update fixed the HDR light fluctuation issue on 2018 LG OLED TVs. Oppo is now licensing HDR10+, even though they’ve stopped making 4K Blu-ray players. And Tom Cruise went hilariously old school to get you to turn off motion smoothing.

Infinite Gary recommends the Music Hall MMF-1.5 Turntable, although we’ve a sneaking suspicion it’s based on the same design and parts as the Fluance RT81, which is based on the Audio-Technica AT-LP120.

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AV Rant #620: Subwoofer Door

December 7th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Daniel and James C. for their donations, our 75 Patreon Patrons, including Jeff K. and James C., and Jonathan F. for letting RBH know he heard about their Black Friday sale from us, and James C., who completes his Listener of the Week trifecta by talking us up to SVS when he bought a PB12-NSD subwoofer during their Black Friday sale.

In the news, we heard from our former Producer, Austen, who has resumed work on our dual subwoofer setup instructional video. Netflix subscription prices have increased in Canada. And Tidal now works within Plex.

Infinite Gary shared an NPR interview with Sean Olive and Scott Metcalfe about vinyl, CD, and mp3 audio quality. Karl R. found posters of the THX “Deep Note” and Dolby milestones. Jonathan F. thinks cable DVR cutters should consider streaming Live TV services, and CNET’s channel list can help you decide which one. And Mike S. gives a quick update on his long HDMI and other cable woes.

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AV Rant #619: All About RBH

November 30th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Terry and Jeff G. for their donations, as well as our 77 Patreon Patrons. And our thanks again to Lee Overstreet for guest co-hosting last week.

In the news, the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiative) has an HDR Cinema draft specification ready for review and ratification.

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AV Rant #618: SVS Prime Wireless Speakers Review

November 24th, 2018 1 comment

Our Listeners of the Week are our 78 Patreon Patrons, and Jason G. for offering to help Tom’s brother with a PS3 replacement.

Lee Overstreet is our guest co-host this week while Tom is away.

0:06:01 Rob kicks things off with his review of the SVS Prime Wireless Speaker System.

In the news, SVS launched their 3000 Series subwoofers. And a pleasant surprise: the SVS Black Friday deal on 12-NSD Series subwoofers is back again. FilmStruck might return as part of the WarnerMedia streaming service in 2019. And the Criterion Channel will launch as a standalone service. Lastly, the first Dolby-branded consumer product is a $600 pair of Dolby Dimension Bluetooth headphones.

Andy C. made the Multi-Sub Optimizer Software, and he corrects Rob’s poor description of the available optimization options. Read more…

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AV Rant #617: Excelsior

November 16th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Sam for his donation, our 75 Patreon Patrons, and Jeff G. for letting AV Science know we recommended them when he bought his JVC DLA-RS540 projector.

In the news, Karl R. informed us that Disney’s streaming service will be called Disney+ and launch in late 2019. And we share our thoughts on the passing of legendary comic book creator Stan Lee. Excelsior. And we rant about Emotiva basically having a sale when they said they wouldn’t, and (predictably) missing their announced shipping date for the RMC-1 Processor.

Jason G. discovered that a recent firmware update had reset his audio output settings on his PS4. Kevin S. responded to our take on the Viva Audio Credenza speakers. And Jordan B. recommends Den of Thieves as great demo material. Read more…

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