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AV Rant #320: Mr. Liz

January 8th, 2013

Rob H. and Will take over the podcast this week for an extra nerdy episode. Samsung has a new “unprecedented” TV design, and a way to make your “old” Smart TV smarter. Meanwhile LG is finally shipping OLED, and has smarter TVs, too. Intel is getting into set top boxes andIPTV. Rob thinks he knows why. And Will knows why it probably won’t work. A very small and inexpensive AirPlay hack? Sounds good to us! But what if you want to store and organize way more content? We deep dive on Synology NAS, and Will promises to keep us updated.Marantz has a new pre-amp. Emotiva has new amplifiers to go with it. And we wrap up with rants about Bose, Surround speakers, and market forces.Thanks for listening. Check out our Facebook Page. Click here for our YouTube channel where you can see the recordings of our show videos. Download Tom’s FREE superhero-themed ebook Bob Moore: No Hero wherever ebooks are sold (or given away in this case). Visit Tom's website for download links as well as links for the two full-length followups -  Bob Moore: Desperate Times and Bob Moore: Hostile Territory. Check out AVGadgets.com where Tom is the new Editor-in-Chief! Download Tom's NEWEST book, Touch of Pain from Amazon now!


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  1. Midnight Sensi
    January 10th, 2013 at 15:01 | #1

    The white and yellow pixels are perhaps because usually white is made by mixing red green and blue, but, the downside is the white is kinda more amber looking than white. White might be one companies choice, then a ‘warm white’ or yelllowish might be Samsungs. Difference being skin tones might look better with the warm white, but, the trade off being white stuff not looking as white.

    That’s a bit of a guess based on older technology, but, be interesting if that’s the reason.

  2. Rob H.
    January 10th, 2013 at 16:33 | #2

    My guess is that the white sub-pixel is to compensate for the blue sub-pixel. Typically, in order to make things look “whiter” and brighter, the image is simply made more blue. Since the blue sub-pixel seems to be a problem in OLED displays, I’m guessing LG will use the white sub-pixel to boost perceived “whiteness” and brightness so that it can maybe “relax” the blue sub-pixel, and preserve its lifespan a little longer.

    Totally just a guess though :p

  3. Greg
    January 10th, 2013 at 18:53 | #3

    Rob, I have to say, for a program all about AV, your audio quality is really bad. It’s so bad it’s hard to listen to. I refuse to believe your voice is that hollow so If your going to continue to be on the program, please invest into equipment that will improve your sound quality.

  4. Henry
    January 14th, 2013 at 19:41 | #4


    He said that he was getting over a cough…

  5. Greg
    January 14th, 2013 at 19:47 | #5

    No, it’s. been inferrer audio every time Rob has been on. Sounds like a very basic mic. Just not up to the quality of others on the show a d other podcasters.

  6. Henry
    January 14th, 2013 at 19:57 | #6

    I’m a fellow Synology NAS enthusiast! I have a DS-210j and a DS-211j. The last two numerals indicate the model year of the unit, in my case 2010 and 2011. Both of these are two-bay machines in RAID1 for storing data and irreplaceable photos and home video; my next unit will be a four-bay just running as four disks for maximum media storage capacity. If a drive fails, no biggie I will just back up the missing content from optical disk again.

    What I love about Synology is the DSM user interface. One of the easiest and most intuitive on the market IMO. Plus, the apps are extremely compelling. The ones I use the most are VPN Server, Antivirus Essential, Photo Station, Audio Station, and Media Server. I’m thinking about getting an IP camera and trying out Surveillance Sation. There’s a BitTorrent app as well, which some might like but I personally have no interest in (I like the highest quality audio and video).

    What is super cool about Synology with regard to the VPN Server app: Synology offers owners free DDNS service, so you can choose a personalized domain name with the format yourdomainname.synology.me. Any time you want to access your home network remotely over the inernet, you connect to yourdomainname.synology.me. EVen if your ISP assigns your home’s IP dynamically, the NAS will report the current IP to the Synology server so that yourdomainname.synology.me automatically redirects you to your home’s currently assigned IP. You would typically pay $20 a year for a service like this, but Synology offers it for free with purchase of their machine.

    Another thing that’s cool about the apps: several of them are available in the Android Play store for free. For example, DS photo+, DS audio, DS file, and DS finder. These apps allow you to conveniently find and access your content on the NAS.

  7. Henry
    January 14th, 2013 at 19:59 | #7


    Would be great if you could donate a good mic to him then, in pursuit of better sound and in appreciation for the show.

  8. Rob H.
    January 14th, 2013 at 20:58 | #8

    Ha! No worries, Henry 🙂

    Greg, I’m aware of my poor quality mic. Been meaning to get a new one, but I’ve always managed to procrastinate. I think “unlistenable” is a bit of an exaggeration 😉 But I do agree that the sound quality on my end is poor. And it’s just the mic I’ve been using. Nothing more than a headset. And the mic’s actually too sensitive, so I have to position it a ways away from my mouth, which creates the “hollow” sound that you mentioned. And even with the distance, it still spikes and clips, so yeah, no biggie.

    Unfortunately, it looks like there won’t be any new AVRant episodes for a few weeks until Tom is back. I have to stress, I’m completely in the dark as to any explicit reasons. And so is Liz. But Tom asked to put the show on hiatus for a little bit until he’s settled back in the US.

    I’d really really like to let everyone know the reason for the hiatus, but I honestly don’t know, myself. And it’s certainly not my place to make any announcements or anything unless Tom asks me to.

    So I’m really sorry. But I’d like to know what’s going on just as much as everyone else. For now, this comment is about all I can offer 🙁

    Anywho, all will be sorted in just a few weeks when Tom is back, but for now, I just want to say thanks. I’ve had some wonderfully nice compliments, and I always have fun doing the podcast. I’m very hopeful I’ll be back on in the not too distant future. Definitely eager to know the reason for the hiatus. But if and when I’m back on, I’ll be sure to get a better mic by then 😉

    Cheers. Really sorry I can’t offer anything more formal or informative. But thanks again to everyone!

  9. Nelson
    January 15th, 2013 at 13:52 | #9

    Rob, thanks for keeping the fires burning on the AVrant home front. I’ve enjoyed your contribution in Tom’s absence. I would like to correct one comment. Microsoft server is not going away. Microsoft HOME server IS going away. Microsoft has had a history of keeping way to many versions of its products around so they are consolidating SKUs. Home server will be replaced with MS Server Essentials edition. OEMs can still make a Home Server like environment to bring to market.

  10. Rob H.
    January 16th, 2013 at 02:18 | #10

    Thanks, Nelson for the kind words and for the correction! I’d love to give out that correction “on air”, but as you can see from my post above, I might not have the opportunity to do that. Definitely not for a couple of weeks at least. 🙁

  11. Henry
    January 16th, 2013 at 21:33 | #11

    On the subject of monopoles vs. bipoles vs. dipoles, I’ve always favored dipoles for surround because in general most of my surround listening is movies. Even when I listen to music in surround, I prefer the more diffuse sound of dipoles because I find it distracting if instruments are too localized behind or beside me. At the present time I am running a 7.1 setup with the side and rear surrounds being Paradigm ADP-370. These are actually a hybrid type where they operate in bipole (in-phase) mode for lower frequencies and dipole (out-of-phase) mode for higher frequencies. Bipole mode thus reinforces the bass (which below 80-ish Hz is non-localizable anyway) but diffuses midrange and treble.

  12. Bob
    January 20th, 2013 at 01:15 | #12

    Hey Rob,

    Have you ever considered starting up a podcast of your own? You clearly have the knowledge, the voice and everything that goes along with that. I think you have a lot to say.

    At the very least, Tom should have you on more often!

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