AV Rant #449: Have You Triple Checked Your Speaker Wire?
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Byron (the 1st) asks about subwoofer placement, using EMP Tek E3b for Height and Width speakers, and maybe using a MiniDSP to control a mid-bass module for some extra kick! Infinite Gary read about ELAC’s Omni-directional Super Tweeters, asks for some clarification on surround sound and immersive audio upmixing, and wonders if vintage quadraphonic headphones would be a good Atmos solution. And Byron (the 2nd) sent us CNET’s poll: Is 3D TV dead? Do you care?
Todd reminds us the Onkyo TX-NR818 is an even cheaper Audyssey MultEQ XT32 option…if you can find one. Nathan shared “A Brief Guide to Audio for the Skeptical Consumer“, and we couldn’t find a single thing to complain about! And Robert discovered what “speaker break in” is really all about (your brain), as well as the best excuse ever to get four subwoofers: a square room!
John moved his subwoofer and wants to know the exact reason for the big difference it made in his measurements. He also wants to more details on Pioneer MCACC and whether an SPL meter and some manual EQ are enough to “fix” it. Karl could either spend $30 or $1.80 for Y-Splitters, but he doesn’t need either of them. Setting his speakers to “small” is still giving him a moment’s pause. And since we mentioned leather curtains last week, he found some!
Jonathan’s setup is coming together nicely, but HDMI-CEC and ARC have brought up questions. He’s also back to sending us long articles to read; this one’s all about Sennheiser 3D – yet another immersive audio option! Clint asks about pressurizing a room and air-tight seals. Corey wants to make sure he isn’t overpaying for insulation. And Ryan is really missing his Surround speakers, so he’d like to know if some BIC HT-8C in-ceiling speakers might scratch that itch.
Kevin asks if a sealed SVS sub can pair up well with a ported SVS sub and how he should place them. Josh found a video saying “Expensive wine is for suckers” that applies nicely to audio, as well – especially the part at the end about our brains. And we close out the show with some topics from Lee, including the possibility of CableCARD being replaced by a simple app, and figuring out why his AV Receiver is randomly shutting down (have you noticed the title of this episode?) 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!