AV Rant #616: Lofty Home Theater
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In the news, Rob H. was a guest on the Entertainment 2.0 Podcast last week where we talked about Red Dead Redemption 2 faking HDR. LG Display confirmed they will make 8K OLEDs next year. And Netflix wants their movies to be eligible for awards, so they’re going to have theatrical runs before they’re available to stream.
Jonathan F. recommends Room EQ Wizard’s help files to learn more about minimum phase systems. And Nathan D. shares his rant about trying to watch Amazon Prime Video in 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos audio.
0:15:41 Ted M. liked the results when he used the Audyssey Editor App to only EQ up to 300 Hz in his room. So he asks about why that’s the case, and how to calculate your room’s transition frequency.
0:23 37 Damien D. gets our take on which type of speaker (and how many) is best for use as Surrounds when you have multiple rows of seats. Then we recommend Sewell Ghost Wire for flat speaker wire. And we put together a $1,000 5.1 audio system consisting of the RSL Speedwoofer 10S, Yamaha RX-V385 AV Receiver, and Pioneer Andrew Jones five speaker package.
0:33:40 Josh T. has a wide open loft-style apartment. We suggest an 85-inch Sony X900F and a closer seating distance might be a better display than the Dell S718QL Ultra Short-Throw projector with an Elite Screens Aeon CLR screen. Then we recommend spending less on his speakers and Receiver and putting all of the money saved into acoustic treatments.
0:50:34 Michael N. always sees a green tinge in dark scenes on LCD TVs. This is not a common complaint, so we speculate about why this might be the case, and what settings he might try in order to compensate.
1:02:36 Infinite Gary saw the announcements of Panasonic’s new 8K camera and NHK broadcasting 8K via satellite TV this year, and he wants to know how they connect to an 8K TV without HDMI 2.1 being ready yet.
1:04:34 Carlos P. gets our take on using Tower speakers as Surrounds, setting up three subwoofers using a miniDSP 2×4 and the Multi-Sub Optimizer Software, and setting his Denon AV Receiver’s amp assign when using pre-outs.
1:14:52 Chris W. is looking for an $800 2.1 speaker and amp combo that can be used on a desktop now, and possibly in a Living Room later, so we recommend the RSL Speedwoofer 10S and: Vanatoo Transparent Zero self-powered speakers; or, NHT Super Series, Ascend Acoustics HTM-200SE, or Focal Bird speakers, plus a Dayton APA102, Monoprice Unity, or Amazon Echo Link Amp.
1:20:06 Kevin S. loves the look of the (extremely expensive) Viva Audio Credenza speaker system, so he asks if we are equally smitten.
1:25:37 Greg P. is putting together a dedicated basement theater with two rows of seats, so he wonders if he can assemble a 5.2 audio system plus a projector and screen for $3,500 CAD. Our picks: BenQ HT2050 projector (or BenQ HT2050A), 120″ – 135″ EluneVision Elara, Elite Screens Sable Frame, or Elite Screens DIY CineWhite material screen, Denon AVR-X1400H or AVR-X3400H B-Stock AV Receiver, Pioneer Andrew Jones Tower, Center, and Bookshelf speakers, which total between $2,000 to $2,450 depending on screen and Receiver choices. That leaves him enough budget to get dual SVS PB-1000 subwoofers for a killer system.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. Lastly, if you live in the Tampa Bay area and are interested in a mobile climbing wall, check out Fearless Mobile Climbing and meet Tom in person!