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AV Rant #634: Amplifier MMA

Our Listeners of the Week are Travis, Mark, Gary, Juan, Jonathan, Steve, Todd, Bastian, Matt F., Matt C., Kris, Yanick, John, Brandon, Peter, and Vincent – all of whom donated to the podcast and were eligible for our giveaway draw of a Philips Hue Starter Kit, kindly provided by James “House of Cards” C. Thank you! Also a big thanks to our 84 Pateron Patrons. And Joe K., who talked us up to Outdoor Speaker Depot when he placed a large order.

Congratulations to Todd, whose name was drawn as the winner of the Philips Hue Starter Kit giveaway!

Pictures shown this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmwwaMw5

In the news, CalMAN Home will release in four separate versions in April for $145. Disney said their Disney+ streaming service will have their entire movie library; no more Disney Vault. Via Karl R., Oregon has the last Blockbuster store in the world. And LG Display announced they’ll be making 48-inch OLED panels.

Joe K. recommends making series wire connections all at one location for better organization and easier future expansion, as well as wishing we’d advocate for buying used gear more often. And Infinite Gary and Bryan W. both shared Dr. Floyd Toole’s write-up about his own “real world” home theater.

0:24:04 Chris H. and Thomas T. have HDMI-ARC problems.

0:31:19 Tap T. has questions about his false wall. – Parts-Express speaker grill cloth: https://www.parts-express.com/cat/speaker-grill-cloth-fabric/319– Acoustimac acoustically transparent fabrics: https://www.acoustimac.com/acoustic-insulation-materials/acoustically-transparent-fabric– GiK Guilford of Maine fabrics: https://www.gikacoustics.com/product/guilford-of-maine-fabric-by-the-yard/

0:40:29 Lee B. asks about black crush, vertical Center speakers, and HDMI-CEC settings.

0:46:28 Fred R. gets Atmos speaker and subwoofer placement advice.- Roomle room planning software: https://www.roomle.com/

0:54:03 Earle B. wants to know all about professional audio amplifiers.

1:03:54 Christian asks about game mode on OLED TVs.

1:06:11 Jonathan F. wants to hear about gear that just looks cool.

1:13:29 Stephen M. wants the best sound quality when he plays 2-channel music using a 2.1 speaker system that’s part of a larger surround sound setup.

1:22:16 Robert F. is having strange issues with Dolby Vision.- Sewell IBIS Pro 4K manual HDMI switch: https://sewelldirect.com/ibis-pro

1:30:55 “McMansion” Kris has us go through settings for his Panasonic UB820 Ultra HD Blu-ray player.- Epson 6040UB settings by Projector Reviews: https://www.projectorreviews.com/epson/epson-pro-cinema-6040ub-projector-calibration-settings/

1:36:37 Bastian B. wants to know how much he should worry about his subwoofer placement.

1:41:06 Clara B. has us work through the math of hitting full Reference Volume.

1:49:29 Teemu H. gets our approaches to toeing in speakers.

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