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AV Rant #611: A Love Letter To Mark Waldrep

Our Listeners of the Week are Michael for his donation, our 72 Patreon Patrons, Rob W. for letting SVS know his PC-2000 subwoofer purchase was our recommendation, and Tue for helping us track down our website’s bandwidth problems.

In the news, Donald G. let us know about Monoprice’s Class D stereo amp and wall-mountable stereo amp.  Facebook announced the Oculus Quest VR headset. And Caavo Control Center makes a strong case as a universal remote control option.

Rob W. shares his experience after adding a second subwoofer. And we talk a bit about using mass loaded vinyl with a suspended ceiling, which we forgot to mention last week.

0:21:56 Kevin P. would like to use Sonos in a huge, open-concept space, so we recommend Klipsch Reference Premiere or HSU HC-1 MK2 speakers powered by the new Sonos Amp, along with an SVS PC-4000 subwoofer. Then we suggest GiK Acoustics or Acoustimac art panels, or Rob W.’s DIY printed panels to reduce reverberance while looking great.

0:32:04 Ted M. gets our take on the Legacy Audio Wavelet and its Stereo Unmasking Technology, including our recommendation for the much less expensive miniDSP DDRC-24 Dirac Live processor instead.

0:38:25 Bradford T. wants to add wireless, whole house audio for a sports bar atmosphere, so we recommend the Yamaha MusicCast system, or sending stereo audio to four additional rooms with the Amphony Model 1700 plus additional Model 1700 Wireless Receivers.

0:44:40 Matt G. asks for comfortable, great-sounding earphones, so we recommend the Phiaton MS-300RBH EP-2RBH EP-SB, or WireCutter’s pick: the B&O Beoplay H3.

0:49:56 Jonathan F. wants to hear our response to Mark Waldrep’s HD-Audio Challenge results.

0:58:22 Iris wants to turn her small, dedicated listening room into a home theater. We start by strongly recommending she opt for dual or quad SVS SB-2000 or Rythmik F12 subwoofers plus JBL Synthesis 4306 bookshelf speakers rather than the drastically more expensive JBL Synthesis 4367 Towers, and to power the whole immersive audio system with a Denon AVR-X4400H. With so much money saved there, she could opt for a 77-inch LG OLED77C8P or a JVC DLA-RS2000/NX7 projector from AV Science, or save money with a JVC DLA-X790R plus a Seymour AV Center Stage UF screen. Some Focal Little Bird or SVS Prime Elevation speakers complete the setup.

1:22:28 Karl R. gets some further insight regarding the lack of HDMI 2.1 inputs on projectors.

1:24:14 Jackson L. is trying to decide between a Vizio P75-F1 and a similarly priced projector like the Epson Home Cinema 4010. One other option would be to have both a flat panel and a projector by getting the Epson HC 4000 plus a TCL 55R615.

1:30:44 Josh S. wants a clearer understanding about subwoofers, so we discuss the Audioholics Bassaholic room size guide and looking up output levels measured by data-bass.com. We talk about sealed vs. ported, useful extension and output, and what he’d have to do to experience a further upgrade.

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