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AV Rant #404: Pyramids are Dumb

October 19th, 2014

In a week where we recorded two podcasts back-to-back, Tom couldn’t find time to post either. He submits himself to your judgement and prays for mercy. In this podcast, we hear from Jeff and his SVS PB12-Plus/2, Tony found a speaker company in Australia that he wanted us to look at (LINK), and Nick explains why he chose to audition two Aperion Audio Verus Grand Center speakers rather than their bookshelf speakers. After hearing our interview with Chis from Audyssey (LINK), Jon tried out the Audyssey Media Player App and gives us a review and Eliezer has a little fun with Zu Audio (LINK and LINK). Moanis has a question about which surround speakers he should buy, Wilson has some questions about Audyssey and the Pinnacle speakers (LINK), and Barney wants to know if we think a room can be optimized for both surround sound and two channel music (LINK). Fred is shopping for subs and took Tom’s advice about spreadsheets (LINK and LINK) and Tim is building a new home theater and needs equipment advice. Look for another episode in a couple of days. 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. Rob H
    October 29th, 2014 at 08:52 | #1

    Dirac released a new version of their Live Room Correction Suite software that now supports 192 kHz sampling rate:


    Tom was impressed with Dirac’s HD Player App for iPhone a couple of years ago:


    And the review of the old version of Dirac Live Room Correction that we mentioned on the podcast can be found here:



    Tom mentioned the Headphone Divine Kickstarter project by XTZ. They’re aiming to use Dirac’s DSP expertise to bring a new level of performance to wireless headphones:



    AV Rant Listener Tony C. —

    wanted us to have a look at Summanus Audio out of Melbourne, Australia…mostly just because of their name, apparently. But also for their description of why they started their company in 2010:


    We also got a kick out of their “Kyamids” pyramid-shaped speakers:



    Looking at strange speaker shapes reminded Tom of Norh brand speakers. Rob wasn’t familiar with them, but you can check out their lineup with their “carved from logs” and marble speaker cabinets:



    AV Rant Listener Jon C. —

    tried out Audyssey’s Media Player app and was really impressed with it:


    We mentioned a few other headphone apps during the podcast including:

    DTS Headphone:X app: http://www.headphonex.com/

    XenoAmp for Android: http://www.xda-developers.com/android/xenoamp-is-an-android-audio-player-with-a-difference/

    And the Dirac HD Player app: http://www.dirac.se/en/consumer-products/dirac-hd-player.aspx


    AV Rant Listener Eliezer —

    found a ridiculous ad for RCA cables from Zu Audio.

    Check out their pdf on the product, even they don’t seem to take their own claims seriously:



    AV Rant Listener Wilson S. —

    wanted to hear our opinions on Pinnacle Speakers.

    Tom and Rob weren’t much help as neither of us has ever heard any Pinnacle brand speakers in person. But we’d love to hear any opinions from those of you who have:



    AV Rant Listener Barney —

    heard Dennis Erskine (whose last name we mispronounced – sorry!) on a recent episode of the Home Theater Geeks podcast. One of his statements has led to quite a discussion regarding room acoustics and 2-channel vs. surround sound:


    And here’s a link to the podcast episode in question:



    AV Rant Listener Fred R. —

    really, really took Tom’s “make a spreadsheet” advice when it came to his subwoofer purchase.

    Fred clearly put a lot of work into these, so they’re worth a look:

    One vs. Two Subs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19db1AztuVHw3FKq-WZ29uapzCIbVGMkVMPn9jP7Cs2U/edit?usp=drive_web

    Multiple Subwoofers by Price: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1t5CZgoXZzFLF3ql4nHZjZFD7QoSTmcvbmhXb4BbloaU/edit?usp=drive_web


    AV Rant Listener Tim A. —

    wanted some speaker, subwoofer, and front projector recommendations. Here are the ones we mentioned on the podcast:

    Dual HSU STF-2 subwoofers: http://hsuresearch.com/products/stf-2.html

    Dual SVS PB-1000 subwoofers: http://www.svsound.com/subwoofers/dual-subwoofers/dual-pb-1000

    EMP Tek Impression Series E5Bi Bookshelf speakers: http://emptek.com/e5bi.php & E5Ci Center: http://emptek.com/e5ci.php

    Ascend Acoustics HTM-200 SE speakers: http://ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/htm200/htm200.html

    NHT SuperZero 2.1 bookshelf speakers: http://www.nhthifi.com/Bookshelf-speaker-SuperZero-2-1?sc=12&category=3772

    Philharmonic “Affordable Accuracy” modified Pioneer speakers: http://philharmonicaudio.com/aa.html

    BenQ W1075 DLP 1080p projector: http://www.benq.us/product/projector/HT1075

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