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AV Rant #191: Overboard

July 30th, 2010

Leif and Rob are back once more and we go totally overboard! Leif talks Hulu
Plus. Rob talks Playstation Plus. Local storage vs. Cloud storage – what’s
better? Can we get rid of local TV affiliates… please? Why? Because they’re
as outdated as movie theaters and newspapers! Alexandre has a burned-in
Kuro. Rob weighs in. Let’s build a front projection home theater room! Check
the links below for some recommended products. “Rental Only” discs suck! So
do unskippable trailers. But we love bad movies, so long as they make good
demo discs!

Thanks so much, once again, to Tom, Dina and Clint. Please post your
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Links to items or companies we discussed in the show:

SMPTE – Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (Leif and Rob feel very ashamed for not knowing the full name off the top of our heads)
Serious Materials & Quiet Rock for Sound Proofing Sheetrock
Auralex Acoustics Construction Materials Great
source for acoustic materials, isolators, and resilient channels
Green Glue Excellent noiseproofing
Da-Lite High Power Retro-reflective

Elite Screens Great entry to mid-level screens
Elite Screens AcousticPro1080 Acoustically Transparent Screen Material
Screen Goo Paint for DIY screens on Drywall
Carada Excellent screens for the money… great bang for the buck!
SmX Cinema Solutions
Stewart Filmscreen
Fidelio Black Velvet
Mouse Ears Black Paint (search for “Mouse Ears” )

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  1. Sugarbear
    July 31st, 2010 at 14:17 | #1

    What an enjoyable podcast!

    Grammar Rob, Leif – you guys are excellent.

  2. Rob
    July 31st, 2010 at 14:42 | #2

    Why thank you, Sugarbear! Leif and I had a ton of fun recording this one. We came into it thinking that we didn’t really have all that many topics or much of a plan, and then…BOOM! 1.5 hours! lol

    I do apologize for the poor audio quality whenever I was talking (which was far too much in this one! ). My mic input isn’t the cleanest to begin with, but then, after editing, I had to shrink it down quite a bit with mp3 compression so that I could reasonably send it off to Clint and Tom for adding the music and any additional editing. Once they did the final edit, they had to re-compress it and shrink it down even further for posting!

    So the end result is some pretty bad audio quality on my end, and I’m sorry about that. I think I’ll spring for a better mic if I ever get the chance to do some more guest spots in the future 😀

  3. xego
    July 31st, 2010 at 22:42 | #3

    You guys did a great podcast! You should definitely do one together on your own there is room for another good podcast in my Itunes.

    I was interested in what you said about figuring proper viewing distances. I was wondering how you figure proper distance for your your front speakers and the primary seating area? Aren’t they going to be a good deal different? I am not thrilled about the idea of spending a bunch of money on speakers and then hiding them behind a perf screen. How do people normally deal with this? thanks again …and do a podcast…x

  4. August 1st, 2010 at 20:11 | #4

    Thank you for the kind words everyone!

    Xego… to answer your question you should use THX or Dolby standards to set up your front speakers.


    When you do proper setup for both audio and video, you can put up a perf screen and do some really cool lighting. I would love to have something like this on my next go around:


  5. parallax
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:28 | #5

    Found this to be the most insightful & podcast to date (no offense to everyone else).

    I don’t really care about TV, so the first half hour was not that useful for me.

    But I found that last hour to be incredibly informative, especially since I’m moving to a new house soon. Getting viewing angles, room dimensions, and product recommendations is everything I was hoping to find out.

    I hope you guys come back for more guest hostings!

  6. jnmfox
    August 2nd, 2010 at 17:33 | #6

    Long (not necessarily a bad thing) and enjoyable podcast. Lots of good information.

    Thanks for filling-in while Tom has been away!

  7. Sugarbear
    August 3rd, 2010 at 07:34 | #7

    I even played portions of the podcast back for my wife as a justification for the gigantic TV I need the Aesthetics & Finance Committee to approve.

    She also got a primer on why I’ll be getting a projector, an AT screen and that ultra-black velvet for my eventual man-cave. 🙂

  8. August 3rd, 2010 at 16:07 | #8

    Rob, your point that anti-piracy trailers ultimately target the people who are watching legitimately is very true. Funny.

  9. August 3rd, 2010 at 17:39 | #9

    Here was the graphic I had in mind when we were discussing trailers…


    Not advocating piracy at all… just saying you shouldn’t penalize the people that are buying your movie.

  10. August 4th, 2010 at 08:27 | #10

    Leif, that is awesome. I’m going to pass that along to my friends.

  11. jfalk
    August 5th, 2010 at 18:28 | #11

    Nice graphic, Leif. It also reminds me that BluRay discs sometimes have that same piece describing why BluRay is better… but you’re already watching a BluRay on a BluRay player, so what’s the point?

  12. August 6th, 2010 at 08:39 | #12

    jflak, lol true.

  13. August 6th, 2010 at 15:31 | #13

    My favorite intro is the “Paramount – High Defination” intro… it shows the paramount mountain kind of dark and then does this wipe in both directions where everything brightens up with the emblazened words “HIGH DEFINATION.” So HD makes things brighter… this whole time I thought it had something to do with resolution!? 😉

  14. arbeck
    August 6th, 2010 at 15:58 | #14

    What I hate is the commercials for Blu-Ray on a Blu-Ray disc. I mean, I’m watching the Blu-Ray; I know it’s better, you don’t have to tell me.

  15. byron425
    August 21st, 2010 at 16:36 | #15

    I’m a little behind, so I just now got to this one. Great Podcast! Absolutely great. Very informative. A real pleasure to listen to. I’m becoming a fan of the ones where listeners host. It adds some new voices, opinions and insight. Rob, I’m a fan. Please, make your own Podcast or something. Leif, I’m going to start checking yours out. Again, great job! A nice addition to AVRant.

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