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AV Rant #400: Bronie

September 17th, 2014

Special thanks to Niclas H. for supporting the podcast. His work to get us on TuneIn is much appreciated. Don’t forget to get your home automation and Audyssey questions in. We’ll be doing interviews soon. Steven has a suggestion on how to add a sub to your system, Andy recommends the videos from the Southeastern Michigan Woofer and Tweeter Marching Society (LINK), and Barney is interested in the CEDIA announcements from Trinnov (LINK). Gary has some questions about DTS UHD, Anthony Grimani’s assertion that the subwoofer crawl doesn’t work (LINK), Grimani’s high-end speaker offerings (LINK and LINK), and an article about 2.35:1 screens (LINK). Kevin wants our help on what to buy next for his growing home theater, Michael has a crossover question and a problem with connecting a record player (vinyl) to a receiver, and Bruno is concerned about a light in his home theater. Cameron is worried about a planned SVS sub shaking his doors and the thin jumpers on his speakers while Sim has a subwoofer placement question. Tom talks a bit more about the Oppo PM-2 headphones (LINK) and Rob makes a very strange recommendation. 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!

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  1. Rob H
    September 20th, 2014 at 08:37 | #1

    CEDIA —

    Plenty of news from this year’s CEDIA Expo, of course. But to be honest, not quite as many new product announcements as we might have expected.

    Audioholics has you covered on the biggest stories from the show floor:

    http://www.audioholics.com/trade-shows/cedia-2014-expo-show-coverage

    And CNET and the Reference Home Theater Blog have great wrap-ups, too:

    CNET: http://www.cnet.com/news/cedia-expo-home-theater-roundup-oled-lasers-atmos-and-more/

    Ref HT: http://referencehometheater.com/2014/commentary/cedia-2014-wrap/

    Dolby Atmos was probably the biggest story with over a dozen different demonstrations. Meanwhile, Auro 3D Audio had one demo. Never-the-less, for the moment, they’re still considered rival “immersive audio” formats, and it’s worth checking out this comparison of the demos: http://www.audioholics.com/editorials/cedia-2014-show-report

    Other topics that caught our attention were the new subwoofers from JL Audio, the proliferation of DTS Play-Fi, and the lack of new front projectors other than Epson’s exciting announcement of a new reflective LCD panel technology that works with (frickin’) lasers!

    All of those topics and more are covered well in the articles above. Feel free to let us know what got your attention from the big show!

  2. Rob H
    September 20th, 2014 at 08:45 | #2

    AV Rant Listener Andy E. —

    shared a link to the videos from the Southeastern Michigan Woofer and Tweeter Marching Society (SMWTMS). Andy says the presentations and discussions might be a little bit dry sometimes, but they’re also very enlightening and coming from some of the smartest people in the audio industry. He particularly liked the presentation on the KEF LS50 bookshelf speaker. So check ’em out:

    SMWTMS Web Page: http://home.provide.net/~djcarlst/smwtms.htm

    YouTube Video Page: https://www.youtube.com/user/SMWTMS

  3. Rob H
    September 20th, 2014 at 08:47 | #3

    AV Rant Listener Barney —

    tipped us that Trinnov has updated their website with a bunch of new marketing and info for their Altitude 32 Processor:

    http://www.trinnov.com/products/high-end/altitude32/introduction-altitude32/introduction-4/

  4. Rob H
    September 20th, 2014 at 08:55 | #4

    AV Rant Listener Gary —

    found episode #178 of the Home Theater Geeks podcast very interesting when guest Anthony Grimani from MSR Acoustics said that the “subwoofer crawl” doesn’t really work very well.

    You can watch his explanation for yourself in the video below.

    http://youtu.be/i_DQWB0mAOo?t=1h7m58s

  5. Rob H
    September 20th, 2014 at 08:57 | #5

    AV Rant Listener Gary —

    also sent us links to Grimani Systems. Their new (very expensive) all inclusive speaker packages have some interesting design choices, but the price tag and the use of proprietary connections and setup make this a hard sell for us, personally.

    Website: http://www.grimanisystems.com/grimani-systems-products/

    Details PDF: http://www.grimanisystems.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/14-98LatestSpecSheet.pdf

    Press Release: http://www.cepro.com/article/audio_experts_launch_grimani_systems_at_cedia_with_turnkey_13-speaker_activ/D1/

  6. Rob H
    September 20th, 2014 at 09:01 | #6

    AV Rant Listener Gary —

    had one more question this week regarding this article about setting up an “ultra widescreen” 2.35:1 aspect ratio viewing experience.

    As far as we can tell, this is just a quick explanation that leaves out plenty of details and is just attempting to give people an idea of what’s involved and to advocate for considering the wider screen format:

    http://www.cedia.org/blog/ultimate-movie-watching-going-ultra-wide

  7. Rob H
    September 20th, 2014 at 09:03 | #7

    AV Rant Listener Michael M. —

    came across a situation where the bass being produced by vinyl records was very weak and “thin”.

    This sounds like a case of needing a proper phono pre-amp, and we can recommend Emotiva’s XPS-1 for the job:

    http://emotiva.com/products/pres-and-pros/xps-1

  8. Rob H
    September 22nd, 2014 at 07:33 | #8

    AV Rant Listener Sim —

    is helping a friend plan out the construction of his home theater. During episode #400, we discussed his plans and made a few suggestions. The link below takes you to the sketches we were looking at. They’re hand drawn and measurements are in millimeters. We focused mostly on the proposed speaker placements, and we suggested going with two subwoofers in diagonally opposite corners.

    Have a look: http://1drv.ms/1v8hwA6

  9. Rob H
    September 22nd, 2014 at 07:39 | #9

    So the title of AV Rant Episode #400 was “Bronie” because Tom likes to make fun of Rob, and because Rob enjoys trolling everyone and embarrassing himself :p

    Never-the-less, Rob stands by his recommendation of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” as being a kids’ show that adults can also enjoy.

    And since most people reading this have never ever thought of looking at a show called “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”, here’s a link to the best episode out of the handful that Rob has seen. It’s called “Sonic Rainboom”, and it’s cute, it’s funny, and it’s better written and a more complete story than half the crap that’s on during prime time.

    Enjoy!

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x11ar9e_my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-season-1-episode-16-sonic-rainboom_tv

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