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AV Rant #702: Semi-Rigid Mass

June 5th, 2020 No comments

Congratulations to Scott M., whose name was drawn from our list of Patreon Patrons to receive a model of a sci-fi-themed spaceship from Andrew L.!

Our Listeners of the Week are Matthew and Kevin for their donations, our 120 Patreon Patrons, including Max, Michael C., Kevin H., Mark N., and Stan L., as well as Stan L. again for letting Ascend Acoustics know his Sierra-2EX speaker purchase was thanks to our recommendation, and Joseph P. to telling Accessories4Less that he heard about them from us. We also want to thank Carl, Kevin T., Kevin H., Sean M., and Ben F. for their notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

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In the news:

– Vincent Teoh from HDTV Test reports that Dolby Vision is being removed from the ChangHong CHiQ A5U & B5U Ultra Short Throw projectors after Dolby found them to be “inadequate”: https://youtu.be/k1CpxlJpQDo

– Dolby Atmos Music from Tidal is now available on several streaming devices, allowing full-sized Atmos speaker systems and SoundBars to be used for Atmos Music playback: https://is.gd/FSCqjN

– LG’s OLED factory in China is up and running, and producing 48-inch OLEDs that should be hitting stores by the end of June: https://is.gd/ccPdRg

Comments:
– Ilango decided to go with the Paradigm Rock outdoor speakers we recommended.

– Max K. updates us on his attic home theater plans, after hearing our suggestions.

– 0:22:42 Andrew L. offers some excellent advice about constructing a soundproof theater room.

– Carl C. lets Tom know that his Roku Premiere should be able to pass through Dolby Atmos, at least from the couple of Roku apps that support it.

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AV Rant #701: Xbox Audio Fixed?!

May 29th, 2020 No comments

Giveaway!

Andrew L. is offering one of his awesome models of a spaceship from one of his favorite sci-fi series. We will draw the name of one of our Patreon Patrons (https://www.patreon.com/avrantpodcast ) next week. And we’ll put that person in touch with Andrew to receive the model ship!

Our Listeners of the Week are Mike for his donation, our 116 Patreon Patrons, including Alvin, and Andrew L. for making our giveaway happen. We also appreciate Martin, Gurinder, Mike, Alvin, John, Matt, and Fred sending us notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going and notes of congratulations for reaching 700 episodes! Thank you all for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– Samsung is entering the outdoor TV market with “The Terrace”: https://is.gd/xmJ9Ka

– HBO Max has launched, and Reviewed.com has a good breakdown: https://www.reviewed.com/televisions/features/everything-to-know-hbo-max

– Via Sean M. – Dolby Surround Upmixing can be activated via the Dolby Access App on Xbox One consoles.

Comments:

– Fred C. figured out the strange bug that made the radio tuner in his Marantz SlimLine Receiver stop working.

– John B. shared the Audio Frequency Spectrum chart that correlates subjective terms with actual frequency ranges.

– Mario S. shared his daughter’s She-Ra lockscreen artwork.

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AV Rant #700: Spiked Speaker Stands

May 22nd, 2020 No comments

700 Episodes! Thank you all so much for watching, listening, and sending your questions and rants to us!

Surprise Giveaway!

Andrew L. is offering one of his awesome models of a spaceship from one of his favorite sci-fi series. We will draw the name of one of our Patreon Patrons (https://www.patreon.com/avrantpodcast ) in two weeks. And we’ll put that person in touch with Andrew to receive the model ship!

Check out Tom’s appearance on the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast: https://nerdylegion.com/episodes/brightsideht-34

Our Listeners of the Week are Rafal and Jayson for their donations, plus our 112 Patreon Patrons, as well as Ash who provided our Episode #700 artwork, and Jason D. and Fred C. who both told SVS we recommended them. And we appreciate the notes from Daryl, Mark, Jonathan, Steve, Karl, Rob, Jason, and Graham who all expressed their gratitude for keeping the podcast going.

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

 – Via Karl R. – NextGen TV (aka ATSC 3.0) won’t roll out in 2020 as initially planned: https://is.gd/crdOoD

Comments:

– Daryl A. has almost completed his theater, and he used Crutchfield’s SpeakerCompare (https://www.crutchfield.com/ISEO-rgbtcspd/speakercompare/default.aspx
 ) and our advice to do it.

– Jay backs up Gurinder’s suggestion to Tom to try a Nespresso coffee machine.

– Chris H. clarifies that Apple AirPlay is lossless, but limited to CD quality.

– Jack R. tells us about HushFrame Connectors from IsoStore, which cost less than sound clips and can take up less space: https://is.gd/StXCrP

– Damien D. regales us with his tale of assembling and hanging his Silver Ticket projection screen all by himself.

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AV Rant #699: Chef’s Kiss

May 15th, 2020 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 111 Patreon Patrons.

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Lee Overstreet joins Rob for a second episode this week as we catch up on our backlog of questions.

0:04:01 We start with an update from Lee’s new Subwoofer Life after hearing his initial setup and impressions in AV Rant #695: http://www.avrant.com/av-rant-695-svs-sb-2000-pro-subwoofer-review-with-lee-overstreet/ ; https://youtu.be/JY6TTYe0yxs

In the news:

– YouTube has started using the AV1 codec, and is streaming 8K videos to 2020 LG and Samsung 8K TVs: https://is.gd/CAtlof

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AV Rant #698: Zone 2 Space-Time Loop

May 15th, 2020 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Andrew, Kevin, and Mark for their donations, plus our 111 Patreon Patrons, including Brandon W., as well as Brian F. for telling Outlaw Audio we recommended their OAW4 Wireless Speaker Kit, Daniel W. for sending Tom a Roku, and everyone who sent us notes of gratitude for continuing to do the podcast, including: Daniel, Brandon, Jason, Kevin, and Ryan.

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– Via Karl R. – Sonos introduced their first Dolby Atmos product, the $800 Arc Soundbar: https://is.gd/rJ50xH

Comments:

– Daniel W. sent a note to say our advice to other AV Rant Listeners has helped him make a lot of decisions in his own theater.

– Chris H. discovered his Denon X3400H audio dropout were being caused by his Amazon Echo being paired via Bluetooth and causing the Denon to auto-switch to its Bluetooth input.

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