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AV Rant #546: Not Literally

Our Listeners of the Week are John, Jason, Kenny, Adam, and Bob for their donations. We also want to thank Bob for mentioning us to Accessories4Less when he made his Denon AVR-X1200W AV Receiver purchase, as well as Nathan W. for letting Rythmik know we recommended their subwoofers to him.

In the news, the Denon UK and Marantz UK websites have posted clear and detailed information about which AV Receiver models will be receiving Dolby Vision and HLG pass-through updates. And Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 will be the first Disney Ultra HD Blu-ray release thanks to director James Gunn’s efforts.

Infinite Gary gave our advice a try and found a direct connection from his turntable to his Marantz AV Receiver’s phono input delivered lower distortion than using his tube pre-amp. Gary and Karl both wondered what we think about the various Dunkirk release formats including 70mm IMAX and how it will be translated for the home release. Bob wanted to share his love of his Marshall Woburn speaker/amplifier. And Larry L. noticed that SVS has updated their “Why Go Dual?” article with advice that’s more similar to our own.

Ted M. gets our recommendation for a Marantz SR6011 or Denon AVR-X4300H AV Receiver to handle his 5.2.4 setup, as well as a Monoprice Monolith amplifier if he wants maximum headroom and minimum noise floor, plus assurances that SVS Prime Elevation speakers will sound great for Atmos. Mark O. could use the GiK Acoustics Room EQ Wizard Tutorial and REW Help Contents to quickly learn how to take accurate measurements, although he might also opt for a Dayton iMM-6 portable device microphone and AudioTools software. And Earle B. wants to know if he can switch between two different sets of crossover settings for movies and music, and we also delve into his subwoofer-for-each-speaker-channel setup and suggest making some changes.

Jason E. installed a 25-foot active HDMI cable, and he wants to know if he’ll need to replace it when he upgrades to 4K and HDR. Ryan M. has a room with no side walls, so he asks if sticking with five speakers makes sense, and gets our recommendation to use Focal Bird wall-mountable speakers as his Surrounds. We also suggest opting to start with one high output subwoofer for his open floorplan, such as the: HSU VTF-3 Mk.5 HP, Power Sound Audio 15V, SVS PC-2000 if he needs a smaller footprint, or Outlaw Audio Ultra-X12 if he needs the lowest price possible. We recommend the Outlaw OAW4 Wireless Connection Kit, although the less expensive Dayton Audio Wave-Link is probably fine. And we recommend a Denon AVR-X3300W AV Receiver most highly, although the AVR-X2300W would be good if money is tight, as well as a Vizio M-Series TV or the forthcoming TCL P-Series.

Karl R. needs the JVC Recommended Settings for HDR, and he gets some tips for changing a few Oppo UDP-203 Settings, as well as Audyssey Microphone Placement instructions to optimize his audio setup. Nathan W. explains his need for four subwoofers and gets our assurances that four Rythmik L12 will hit full Reference Volume in his small room, and almost certainly don’t need to all be at the exact same height. And Kenny C. gets our thoughts on what to buy to power his 2.1 mostly music setup, and whether we think there’s a big difference between AV Receivers and analogue separates.

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