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AV Rant #542: HDMI Port Serial Killer

Our Listeners of the Week are Jose S. for writing to SVS to let them know his Prime Bookshelf and Ultra Center speaker purchase was largely due to our advice, and Will T. for writing to Accessories4Less to let them know his Marantz SR6011 AV Receiver purchase as an AVRant recommendation.

In the news, Apple announced AirPlay2 and the HomePod Siri speaker. Tyler F. sent us word that Samsung will introduce 82-inch and 88-inch QLED TVs that they claim will be less expensive than rival OLED displays.AtGames announced Atari 2600 and Sega Genesis Flashback consoles. And Microsoft announced Xbox One X is coming Nov. 7 for $500.

Nathan D. says to double check the bottom of your mic clip for a threaded adapter, and he also got a reply from Marantz USA saying they still don’t have any official news about Dolby Vision pass-through. Michael S. shared news of Aperion Audio’s Father’s Day Sale. Samuel P. wants to give a shout out to Marantz for standing behind the warranty of refurbished products purchased from Accessories4Less. And Alan S. has some really good reasons for loving vinyl, and some very reasonable advice for getting and preserving the best sound quality when playing records.

Nick B. is leaning towards completing his 7.2.4 speaker setup before buying an HDR projector. He asks about the availability of Atmos soundtracks via streaming services, as well as a list of Blu-ray and UHD Blu-ray discs with immersive audio. We also discuss whether it’s worth waiting for HDMI 2.1 in AV Receivers, and which speakers would be a good choice for the overhead positions based on their dispersion. And Bill C. has had a large number of HDMI ports die on him recently, and we’re fairly certain it’s due to an energized Cable TV coax cable.

Justin B. wants a Hi-Res Audio Player with streaming that can power a wide range of headphones, so we discuss his candidates of the Pioneer XDP-100R, Pioneer XDP-300R, Onkyo DP-S1, and Teac’s selection of headphone amps and players. Infinite Gary wants to know how we evaluate which amplifiers will perform best with certain speakers, and gets our speculation on when we’ll see laser-driven, genuine 4K resolution projectors for less than $10,000. And Brian A. wonders if he should opt for an older model of Martin Logan electrostatic speakers with a slightly larger panel vs. the current ESL X model.

Will T. has four smaller subwoofers, and he isn’t sure if Audyssey MultEQ XT32 with SubEQ HT is getting him to set the correct volume knob positions on each of them. We go through the process, as well as how to set the volume readout on his Marantz SR6011 so that 0dB will indicate Reference Volume. And we suggest SVS PC-2000 subwoofers as an appropriate choice for his room size. Jason P. asks whether the video quality from Netflix streaming is different depending on the hardware you’re using. And Bill C. gets our opinions on single-driver, full range speaker designs.

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