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AV Rant #636: Marantz Wide Atmos

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In the news, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas will offer a “Season Pass” subscription service similar to AMC Stubs A-List later this year: https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/20/alamo-season-pass-launching-this-year/ ; https://www.amctheatres.com/amcstubs/alist . WiSA gained new members, including TCL and Atlantic Technology: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1553167145 . And Apple announced several new services, including Apple: News+, Card, Arcade, TV App, TV Channels, and TV+: https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/25/apple-services-event-most-important-stuff-apple-tv-news-card/ ; https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-tv-app-vs-apple-tv-channels-vs-apple-tv-plus-whats-the-difference/ . 

Brian F. heard our advice to keep auto-setup microphone positions fairly close together, and managed to get improved results. Matt works in broadcast TV and explains why Live Atmos isn’t necessarily a lot more complicated, but also why we still might not get it. And J.R. describes how to get both HDR and Atmos working when using the combination of a Samsung TV, Onkyo Receiver, and Apple TV 4K.

0:28:17 Daniel W. is trying to figure out how to get surround sound playing when his projector is connected to his Receiver’s Zone 2 HDMI output.

0:37:39 Infinite Gary asks when TosLink first showed up on TVs, and how to set up Front Wide speakers and what the experience will be like.

0:44:54 Jim B. is getting HDMI signal dropouts when using standby pass through, so we speculate as to why.

0:49:23 Adam M. wants 5.1 in a large, open Great Room.- KEF HTF8003 passive SoundBar: https://www.kefdirect.com/home-theater/soundbar-home-theater-speakers/soundbars/htf8003-soundbar-speaker.html– KEF T301 slim on-wall speaker: https://www.kefdirect.com/home-theater/home-theater-packages/t-series/t301-ultrathin-speaker-pair.html– Buttkicker tactile transducer: https://thebuttkicker.com/

1:01:39 John S. gets advice about Atmos speaker placement.

1:05:16 Chris M. wonders if tiny cube speakers could fire up at his ceiling for Atmos.- Boston Acoustics Soundware 4.5: https://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/bossoundwareblka/boston-acoustics-soundware-4.5-speaker-atmos-dts-x-on-wall-speaker-black-each/1.html– Klipsch RP-140SA Atmos Modules: https://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-RP-140SA-Dolby-Atmos-Speaker/dp/B00ZIQZBTG/

1:11:04 Earle B. asks about Front Wide and Front Height speaker placement.

1:17:30 James H. needs “invisible” speakers and no wires for a mantel mounted TV.- Sony HT-Z9F: https://www.sony.com/electronics/sound-bars/ht-z9f & optional SA-Z9R Surrounds: https://www.sony.com/electronics/sound-bars/sa-z9r– Amphony Model 1800 Wireless Speaker Kit: https://www.amphony.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=51&zenid=hbap60f3fv4j20i7angfs27b15– KEF HTF7003 passive SoundBar: https://www.kefdirect.com/home-theater/soundbar-home-theater-speakers/soundbars/htf7003-soundbar-speaker.html & T101 UltraThin speakers: https://www.kefdirect.com/home-theater/home-theater-packages/t-series/t101-ultrathin-speaker-pair.html– Yamaha MusicCast Surround capable AV Receiver for easily adding wireless Surrounds: https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio_visual/musiccast/index.html

1:30:43 Phil wants to know if he should continue using Axiom QS8 Surrounds for Atmos.

1:33:53 Francisco M. wonders if the new BenQ HT3550 will be an upgrade over his Optoma UHD60.

1:38:44 Marc S. gets our thoughts on building a wall to enclose his theater area, and installing the right type of door.

1:46:02 Leonard I. is using an old Receiver to power his Atmos speakers, and he wants to know if an amplifier upgrade would be worthwhile.

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