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AV Rant #591: Pledge Drive Success!

Thank you! Our donation match pledge drive was a success! We have a lot of Listeners of the Week to thank, so here…we…go…

First, big thanks to Anonymous, James C., and Dipan for matching $100 each and getting this whole pledge drive going!

Paul, Earle, Nate, James D., Clarence, Shane, Daniel C., Terry G., James F., Tom D., David P., Tom T., Weldon B., Larry L., Daniel M., Christian S., Jason D., Jayson W., Roger H., Keith S., Grant A., Amar S., Jonathan F., Steve T., Brandon W., Peter S., Ian E., Kris I., Douglas J., Ben M., Fred R., Greg L., Richard R., Bret R., Matthew L., Vincent H., Jack R., David F., Paul B., Robert B., Brent R., Joe K., and Chad – thank you all so much for your donations!

We also want to thank our 59 Patreon Patrons, including Jeff K.

And thanks to Tom D. for ordering seven Elite Home Theater Seating recliners and letting them know he decided to buy from them because of us.

In the news, THX launched their THX Standard website where they claim to list objective measurements and unbiased comparisons. However, an Audioholics analysis and our own perusal reveal some puzzling and questionable inconsistencies and methods regarding their scores.

Infinite Gary let us know that manatees hear higher frequencies than humans, but not as high as dolphins, and he also shared his impressions of newer Atmos releases vs. earlier discs. Keith S. just wanted to wish us luck during our (successful!) pledge drive and say he appreciates our commitment. Curt G. warns that even though Walmart Blackweb HDMI cables claim to be “premium certified”, he still had signal dropouts, while a generic cable worked fine. And Travis D. shared his listening impressions going from GoldenEar Aon 3 speakers to Martin Logan Motion 35XT speakers.

0:24:22 Damien D. gets our thoughts on a YouTube video titled, “Why SDR is Greater than HDR“. We talk about Sony’s “active” HDR processing for projectors. And we make recommendations for how high to mount Surround speakers.

0:34:43 Michael I. gets our recommendation for Spoonflower and My Fabric Designs for printing custom artwork on fabric to wrap around acoustic panels.

0:41:23 Paul T. asks if he should change his 7.2 setup to a 5.2.2 configuration.

0:46:36 Christian S. has questions about Audyssey Dynamic EQ, gets confirmation about his bass measurements, gets our recommendation for APC Back-UPS BE600 or BE850 power protection, and speculates about what’s next for his theater.

1:00:47 Bret R. asks for our help figuring out which OLED TV model to purchase.

1:05:58 Jeff K. gets our input about which projector(s) to buy.

1:10:33 Jon wants a subwoofer upgrade, and we suggest an HSU VTF-3 MK5 HP or SVS PC12-Plus for his room.  We mention the RBH AO-520 Outdoor Speakers as an alternative to Yamaha. And we say an inexpensive 50-foot HDMI cable from Monoprice should be fine for 1080p.

1:18:20 Infinite Gary shares a laugh at the marketing claims for the Parasound Halo CD 1, as well as Scott McGowan’s 20-amp circuit in a reverberant room. And he asks for more thoughts on Samsung Cinema LEDscreens.

1:25:24 Bobby M. asks for help with manual subwoofer and AV Receiver settings, whether his subs need damping, and whether he might be buying subs that are “too much” for his room.

1:30:56 Nick B. requests a comparison of current streaming boxes where HDR video and bitstream audio output are concerned.

1:35:41 Nathan D. wants to know if Panasonic Ultra HD Blu-ray players will be good alternatives to Oppo.

1:37:26 Aidan C. clarifies his closet and subwoofer placement, and asks how much having his closet door open will affect the bass measurements in his room.

1:41:34 Travis D. wants to know more about the hosts, Tom and Rob.

1:48:05 Chris T. finds out which 4K TVs still do 3D, and we recommend the Audio Source AMP100 or an Emotiva BasX amplifier for expanding from 9 speakers to 11.

1:52:32 David F. gets our recommendation for an HD Fury Linker to help with the very long HDMI signal switching times of his JVC projector.

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. Friend Tom on Google+ to join in on one of our hangouts. You can listen to our producer Austen and his friends dissect movies at his podcast We Watch Movies.
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