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AV Rant #767: Bitstream vs. PCM

August 13th, 2021 No comments

Tom is back! Our thanks to Lee Overstreet for guest co-hosting last week. And there’s exciting news about new JVC projectors!

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

Our Listeners of the Week are Chad for his PayPal donation, plus our 128 Patreon Patrons, as well as Jason S. for talking us up to SVS.
We also greatly appreciate the notes of gratitude sent to us for keeping the podcast going from: Kevin, Jeremy, and Chad. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

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

In the news:

00:11:01 – News: JVC teased a new 8K laser projector
– https://youtu.be/lHH6uIaCPOE
– Rumors about specs and additional JVC models: https://is.gd/PwdPGT

– Sony bought Crunchyroll from AT&T for $1.175 billion: https://is.gd/3fNha7

00:16:09 – News: Spotify & YouTube trial new subscription tiers
– Spotify Plus: https://is.gd/O8csvG
– YouTube Premium Lite: https://is.gd/Omdc71

00:21:23 – Comment: Kevin took a road trip to buy two used Sony Z9D 3D TVs.

00:22:36 – Comment: Jay A. recommends Steve Yedlin’s videos re: resolution
– https://www.yedlin.net/ResDemo/index.html

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AV Rant #766: Kenwood-Level Good

August 7th, 2021 No comments

It’s the return of Lee Overstreet! Tom is away on vacation this week, so our favorite pinch hitter is back. And that means an extra long episode!

00:00:00 – Intro & Lee’s new Tesla

– https://twitter.com/LeeOverTweet

– https://twitter.com/teslaloosa

00:13:19 – Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are our 128 Patreon Patrons, including Steve.

We also greatly appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Kevin, Eric, Joey, Steve, Raf, Jorge, Dave B. & David F.

Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWkAE2A

00:17:18 – CORRECTION: David F. sorts out HDMI signals

– Wikipedia on TMDS: https://is.gd/ll2GsH & LVDS: https://is.gd/uWyynr

In the news:

00:23:49 – HD Fury 8K VRROOM

The first HDMI 2.1 Matrix Switch & Processor is up for pre-order: https://is.gd/SIe66e

00:26:21 – Hisense U7G 4K LCD TV

is a value TV winner, especially for gaming features: https://is.gd/4H2L9j

00:32:35 – via JT: SPK618 delays

00:34:54 – Comment: Remote 12V Triggers

Infinite Gary & Rob came across the:

– Emotiva ET-3: https://is.gd/bTSLs9

– Pro-Ject Tuner Box S2: https://is.gd/JPonvH

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AV Rant #765: Receiver Buying Time

July 30th, 2021 No comments

It might finally be a good time to buy an AV Receiver again! Well, pre-order, anyway.

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

Our Listeners of the Week are Clint for his PayPal donation, plus our 127 Patreon Patrons, including Martin & Bertrand, as well as Andrew L. for assisting Rob in finding a way to watch Master of the Universe: Revelation.
We also want to thank Jack, Bertrand & Clint for sharing their photos and giving Tom permission to use them on https://avgadgets.com/
And we greatly appreciate the notes of gratitude sent to us for keeping the podcast going from: Jason, Jack, Martin, Bertrand, and Clint. Thank you to everybody for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWi2NpA

In the news:

00:08:34 – 2021 Yamaha Aventage & Onkyo RZ AVR Pre-orders
AV Receivers with proper HDMI 2.1 switching will finally start shipping soon: https://is.gd/QNn8yl ; https://is.gd/W8Nkde

– PS5 comes with 6 months of Apple TV+: https://is.gd/rDTa9a

– Via Karl – All FandangoNOW accounts will be moved over to Vudu: https://is.gd/Ymck2S

00:13:39 – Comments:

– Nathan W. suggests JBL Synthesis or Revel in-walls for Justin’s brother who asked about them last week.

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AV Rant #764: Have a Little Shootout

July 23rd, 2021 No comments

Check out Rob’s latest appearance on the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast with our friend DJ: https://www.brightsidehometheater.com/episodes/robhstreaming
https://youtu.be/FchwwEblfDU

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

Our Listeners of the Week are our 127 Patreon Patrons, including James W.
We also greatly appreciate the notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going from: Justin B., Brandon, Gurinder, Rob W., Jeremy W., and James. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

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

00:08:00 – Rob’s Xbox Series X glitch
Shout out to Xbox Support for the quick repair and great customer service!

In the news:

00:10:41 – Valve Steam Deck
Valve announced a portable gaming PC: https://is.gd/JKQUSO

– Netflix wants to get into streaming gaming: https://is.gd/HUY1rJ

– The National Association of Theatre Owners blames Disney+ for Black Widow’s big second weekend box office drop: https://avgadgets.com/theater-owners-release-tone-deaf-response-about-black-widow/

Comments:

– Gurinder just needed to vent about missing out on some clearance OLED deals.

– James W. gives kudos to KEF UK for providing great service, even outside of warranty.

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AV Rant #763: Mo Xbox Audio Mo Xbox Problems

July 16th, 2021 No comments

We watched Black Widow via Disney+ Premier Access, and Tom’s Xbox Series X gave him – you’ll never guess this – audio troubles.

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

Our Listeners of the Week are Brett for his PayPal donation, plus our 126 Patreon Patrons. We also want to thank Jack, Jay, Don, Michael (and his dad), Gurinder, Bret, and John for sending us notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

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

In the news:

00:06:07 – Our thoughts on Black Widow
and its opening weekend that included $60 million from Disney+ Premier Access: https://avgadgets.com/black-widow-was-a-success-and-this-changes-everything/

00:14:24 – News: Nintendo announced the Switch (OLED Model):
https://avgadgets.com/nintendo-switch-oled-what-you-need-to-know/

– NBCUniversal movies will stream exclusively on Peacock after theaters for four months, then come to Amazon Prime Video: https://is.gd/T40p1a

– Via Karl – Reavon’s $1,700 UBR-X200 Ultra HD Blu-ray hopes to replace Oppo: https://is.gd/oG9Lm7

Comments:

00:22:06 – Tom’s newest Xbox audio woes

00:28:34 – Comment: Nelson W.’s DIY panels

00:30:43 – Comment: John Q. improved his 3-sub setup

00:36:07 – Comment: John O. recommends Antlion ModMic
– Antlion ModMic: https://is.gd/XSHJcM
– Ablet Boom Mic add-on: https://is.gd/ID4yzb

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