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AV Rant #159: Making Tom Uncomfortable

December 17th, 2009

Tom starts off the podcast with a bit of a slip. A bunch of listener questions are addressed including the lowdown on headphone amps, how bad now sounds good, and when to upgrade your receiver. Everyone say Hi to Math Mike who we hope is from MIT or the Midwest or anything starting with M. If you haven’t checked out our new iPhone app (link below and to the right), please do. Dallas 3D test is a fail. How Sex in the City can kill your Blu-ray player. HDBaseT – not sure what you are but you sound good so far. Thanks for listening and don’t forget to vote for us at Podcast Alley. To see our (mostly) complete collection of show videos, click here. To get our iPhone app, visit the iTunes store.


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  1. Andy S
    December 17th, 2009 at 23:25 | #1

    I will just state for the record, that even though I live in Nashville, I was not the one that google voice couldn’t understand.

    I should call my google voice number and see how well it understands me, though.

  2. Rob
    December 18th, 2009 at 13:42 | #2

    I don’t know much about HDbaseT, but just putting the pieces together, my theory is that it’s all about Managed Copy and networked media server distribution. I’m quite certain that the Blu-ray companies still want plenty of DRM on those Managed Copies and they probably aren’t too pleased with the idea of their precious movie files flying around our homes on an unsecured, standard Ethernet network. HDMI is not good for long runs and it’s certainly not designed as a way to connect one server to several displays. So my guess is that HDbaseT is all about creating a “secure” network connection that incorporates some sort of copy protection into the hardware, much like HDCP within HDMI.

    Just a guess ;p

  3. December 18th, 2009 at 18:21 | #3

    Not sure why the video wasn’t showing up. It seems to be fixed now.

  4. Jason
    December 20th, 2009 at 11:47 | #4

    I bought the exact same gift for my wife for Christmas.

    She loves Love Actually. We were together for about ten years, watched the movie and then and there decided to get married. Three weeks later it was a done deal.

    Oh, and my wife wants me to add that we’re from South Africa, not Australia (she hates the accent).

  5. December 23rd, 2009 at 13:42 | #5


    That’s a great story. I’ll tell my wife about it after she gets her copy.

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