AV Rant #638: Null Hypothesis Speakers
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Tom is away this week, so our thanks to Lee Overstreet for pinchhitting as our co-host once again!
In the news, SVS launched their Prime Pinnacle Tower speakers: https://www.svsound.com/products/prime-pinnacle . Via Karl, THX announced their THX Ultimate Cinema: https://www.thx.com/blog/thx-launches-worlds-first-thx-ultimate-cinema-at-regency-westwood-village-theater/ . It’s THX’ own Premium Large Format, so it will require specifically mastered content: https://advanced-television.com/2019/04/02/thx-and-barco-taking-cinema-to-next-level/ . Sony Digital Cinema is Sony’s proprietary PLF: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/sony-launches-branded-premium-large-format-theater-system-1186263 . Netflix no longer works with AirPlay: https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/06/netflix-abruptly-loses-support-for-apple-airplay/ . And Epson released their 5050UB projector: https://news.epson.com/news/4k-diy-home-theater-projectors ; https://www.avsforum.com/epson-home-cinema-5050ub-4k-pro-uhd-hdr-projector-review/ .
Lee V. says Apple TV+ content is highly controlled by Apple to keep it family friendly. Karl R. noticed the Dolby Institute offers Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos creation tutorials:
0:35:24 Lance H. wants to know how to tell if you’re hearing bass the way it was intended.
0:48:07 David F. sparks a discussion about the cost, difficulty, and process of making a long-term speaker purchase. Rob mentions the speakers that sparked his own journey.- Focal Solo6 Be: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Solo6Be–focal-solo6-be-6.5-inch-powered-studio-monitor
1:02:35 Romaine T. gets acoustic treatment and Height speaker advice for his wide open, echoing room.
1:11:43 Chad B. asks about a rattling subwoofer. Then we compare some massive output subwoofer
1:20:41 Teemu H. wonders if a Panasonic Ultra HD Blu-ray player can deliver a middle ground between standard HDR tone mapping and dynamic (or Active HDR) tone mapping.
1:25:52 Byron S. wants us to convince him that he should keep his dream alive of one day owning RBH Signature Reference speakers.
1:32:45 Kris P. asks about how Audyssey EQ is applied to Atmos speakers, both in/on-ceiling and upward-firing (aka Atmos-enabled). Then he mentions the features offered by Onkyo Receivers and asks why we don’t recommend them more often.
1:43:59 Infinite Gary asks about Panasonic’s HCX Pro processor and its Dynamic LUT. Then we discuss why a pair of speakers sounded different to him after he moved them to a different room, and then back to the first room again.
1:51:40 Mitch R. wants to know which speakers we think will satisfy him more than the B&W 700 Series.
1:56:51 Mike M. is buying himself a retirement present. We think a 2nd sub is
2:02:52 John B is about 9 1/2 feet from eyes to screen. So he asks: flat panel or projector?
2:07:54 Christopher M. gets the list of Atmos Receivers and Pre-Pros that can utilize Front Wide speakers.- Denon: X4200W, X6200W, X7200WA, X8500H; Marantz SR6010, SR7010, AV7702Mk.ii, AV8802A, AV8805; Emotiva RMC-1; Monoprice Monolith HTP-1
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