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AV Rant #537: Fold Your Home Theater

May 5th, 2017

Our Listeners of the Week are Christian and Michael for their donations, and also David B. and Justin B. for letting Accessories4Less and Emotiva know their purchases were thanks to AV Rant.

In the news, James Gunn wants Disney to start supporting Ultra HD Blu-ray. Samsung, Hisense, and TCL form the QLED Alliance. And Vizio demonstrated their 2017 XLED displays.

Stephen B. no longer desires a THX baffle wall for his theater after improving his frequency response measurements with the Audyssey MultEQ Editor App. Robert G. is amazed by his new Vizio P-Series display. Michael I. suggests using FakeSpot.com to suss out fake user reviews. And Joseph H. shared a drawing by his 9-year-old daughter of “Brony Rob” that we absolutely love!

Will T. has 11 speakers, but his Denon AVR-X4200W can only process 9, so he wants to know if he should use a speaker selector and external amp to optionally run his Surround and Surround Back speakers together as one channel. Karl R. asks about using a bias light with a projection setup. And Justin C. gets our speculation about why Audyssey boosted the high frequency output of his Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2 speakers.

Wesley M. definitely seems to have a broken ethernet adapter in his Denon AVR-X4200W that we believe will either require a repair or a workaround. Dave K. asks if the Denon AVR-X3300W can run a 5.1.4 Atmos setup. And Matthew H. wants a very large display, so we recommend the LeEco uMax85 TV if he has ambient light, or the JVC DLA-X570R projector if he has excellent light control.

Jonathan F. read an account of AXPONA 2017 with some confusing comments about reverberation and decay. Bobby M. wants a headphone amplifier that can power more than one pair, so we suggest the Emotiva Stealth DC-1, ART HeadAmp 4, or Samson QH4. He also wants either in-wall or satellite speakers for a low price, so we recommend the Outdoor Speaker Depot MK Series, and Fluance AV Series. And Jim B. gets further clarification on using the Zone2 HDMI outputs of his AV Receiver to either pass audio through or play the same source at the same time as the Main Zone, as well as some differences between mirrored HDMI outputs and independent Zone HDMI outputs.

David B. asks about the new 70 inch 2017 Vizio models, as well as wondering why one Atmos Blu-ray played fine for him while another did not. Steve M. specifies the make of his 35-foot in-wall HDMI cable to help us speculate about its bandwidth limitations. And Timothy B. needs a pair of high output subwoofers for under $3000, so we suggest SVS PC13-Ultra, Rythmik FV15HP, HSU VTF-15H Mk2, or a ported model from Power Sound Audio, along with trying the Audyssey MultEQ Editor App before spending more on a separate DSP.

Brian A. would like power protection for his electrostatic speakers and the rest of his gear, so we recommend the APC P8V surge protector and APC J35B battery backup UPS. Infinite Gary asks about adding Surround Back speakers to his 5.1.4 Atmos setup, how distinct the Surround and Surround Back channels are from one another, and what benefits he’d get from perfectly matching speakers all around. And Jason P. wants to know if he should take his friend’s advice to buy the Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless, active noise cancelling headphones.

Tom K. asks for a better method of connecting his subwoofer and amplifier for his desktop system. dreamer252002 wants 3D glasses that will work with his JVC projector, but that either means buying the official JVC glasses or potentially a special order from XpanD Vision. And Man Utd Trooper found a Time Magazine list of 5 waterproof speakers, and he wanted our thoughts. We like the portable outdoor speaker models from Braven, the G-Project G-Boom, JBL Charge for the pool, or checking out Pro Tool Reviews.

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