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AV Rant #635: Fun With Harmony

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In the news, via Jason & Ted, Boston University researchers created a sound reflecting acoustic metamaterial: https://www.fastcompany.com/90316833/scientists-have-discovered-a-shape-that-blocks-all-sound-even-your-co-workershttps://newatlas.com/acoustic-metamaterial-blocks-sound-not-air/58818/; via Nathan, JVC and Panasonic are collaborating to optimize HDR on projectors: https://www.soundandvision.com/content/jvc-panasonic-team-optimize-big-screen-hdr; and, Google announced Google Stadia, their streaming game service: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1553021740 .

Shawn W. recalls Lexicon putting their case over an Oppo player. Tap T. shares more details about Yamaha MusicCast custom installation solutions. And Adam M. recommends Infuse Pro for playing Plex content on Apple TV 4K: https://firecore.com/infuse .

0:21:29 Travis D. wants to interpret Audyssey’s EQ graphs after he added absorption panels.

0:26:55 Mark T. might want to retain 4K resolution while stripping HDCP 2.2.
– HD Fury Integral: https://www.hdfury.com/product/integral-4k60-420-300mhz/
– Monoprice HDCP Converter: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=15242

0:31:17 John B. wants a temporary projection screen.- Elite Screens ezCinema: https://elitescreens.com/front/front/productdetail/product/159

0:33:40 Brandon N. gets our take on a potential subwoofer upgrade, potential Surround speaker choices, and why one of his HDMI outputs is cutting out.

0:48:07 Dan H. wants to discuss how REL subwoofers should be connected and set up.

0:57:45 Joshua M. has $500 to spend. We discuss acoustic treatment placement, seating distance, getting a pair of subwoofers, eventually upgrading speakers, and Atmos down the road.- RSL Speedwoofer 10S: https://rslspeakers.com/speedwoofer10s/– RBH Impression speakers: https://rbhsound.com/series_impression.php– Ascend HTM-200SE: http://ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/htm200/htm200.html– SVS Prime: https://www.svsound.com/pages/speakers#prime-series– Aperion Intimus: https://www.aperionaudio.com/collections/intimus-speakers

1:09:09 Damien D. asks which measurement microphone to buy.- UMIK-1 from Cross-Spectrum Labs: http://www.cross-spectrum.com/

1:11:35 Mark R. asks what the differences are between the Denon X4400H, X4500H, and Marantz SR7012.

1:13:43 Joe K. gets advice about how to set up Front Wide speakers and switch between Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D.

1:22:15 Josh has it in mind that he wants perfectly matching speakers, but they need to be “invisible”. Then he’s concerned about subwoofer directionality, output, and placement.- KEF HTF8003 passive SoundBar: https://www.kefdirect.com/home-theater/soundbar-home-theater-speakers/soundbars.html

1:33:44 Rob F. is still looking for a viable solution to his Dolby Vision glitches.

1:36:44 Graham C. asks about Handbrake settings.

1:40:12 Tyler H. want his Amazon Echo to play through his home theater speakers, but not interrupt his TV audio.

1:45:29 Mustafa F. gets clarification about programming Harmony remote hard buttons and soft buttons.

1:49:13 Ted M. wants to completely black out his front wall.- Seymour AV Fidelio and Baritone black velvet: http://www.seymourav.com/store.asp

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