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AV Rant #641: AV Common Knowledge

Our Listeners of the Week are our 79 Patreon Patrons, as well as Johnny D. who talked us up to RBH and Accessories4Less when he bought EP-SB earphones and a Denon X3400H, and Martin D. who’s also a fan of The Expanse and let Tom know season 4 is coming this summer on Amazon Prime Video.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmD6udf3

In the news: 
– JBL has released their Stage Series of entry-level speakers: https://www.jbl.com/stage-series.html
– Aperion Audio announced their mid-tier NOVUS Series speakers: https://www.aperionaudio.com/pages/novus

– Jeremy Porter from Porter Edwards | Austin HiFi shared a sneak peak of their first speaker: https://www.porteredwards.com/
– Graham C. let us know about Gizmodo’s take on last weekend’s Game of Thrones episode looking too dark: https://gizmodo.com/a-theory-about-why-last-nights-game-of-thrones-was-too-1834379081

0:28:30 David F. asks if the RBH Signature speakers are so good that he should cost himself extra money to audition them.

0:34:30 Greg P. wants to know how far off the ground a Center speaker needs to be.

0:38:22 Josh has friends telling him he must use Tower Front speakers. We discuss why that isn’t true, but why Tower speakers do still make sense in some setups.
– Harman white papers on subwoofers: https://www.harman.com/innovation-category/whitepapers

1:01:16 Nick A. has a malfunctioning subwoofer that we struggle to diagnose. As a potential replacement, we suggest the SVS SB-2000.
– Nick’s noisy subwoofer: https://youtu.be/AJtnExDJCiA
– SVS SB-2000 from Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/SVS-SB2000-Subwoofer-Black-Ash/dp/B00IE5MOUM/

1:06:23 Nathan W. wants to put a projector in his RV, and the BenQ HT2150ST is about the only option we think fits his needs.
– BenQ HT2150ST: https://www.benq.com/en-us/projector/cinehome-home-cinema/ht2150st.html

1:11:37 Johnny D. and a couple of friends want to buy a color meter to share for projector calibrations, so we recommend a meter and software, as well as Projector Reviews picture settings for his Epson 5040UB.
– Projector Reviews Epson 5040UB/6040UB settings: https://www.projectorreviews.com/epson/epson-pro-cinema-6040ub-projector-calibration-settings/#new-home-cinema-5040ub-pro-cinema-6040ub-calibration-settings
– X-rite i1 Display Pro: https://www.xrite.com/categories/calibration-profiling/i1display-pro
– How to use HCFR software: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/139-display-calibration/1636306-certainly-not-complete-user-guide-get-know-calibrate-your-tv.html
– CalMAN: https://store.portrait.com/

1:19:50 Shane P. used SVS’ Subwoofer Matching Tool, which led to confusion, so for his room size and budget, we narrow things down to two options for him.
– Dual PB-1000: https://www.svsound.com/collections/1000-series-dual-subwoofers/products/dual-pb-1000
– One SB-2000 for now (a 2nd later): https://www.svsound.com/products/sb-2000

1:25:40 Rob W. asks about using three identical Front speakers, any alternatives to RSL’s CG23 5.1 speaker package, the importance of 20 Hz, and how a $1,500 projector might compare to his 75-inch QLED.
– RSL CG23 5.1 package: https://rslspeakers.com/products/cg23-5-1-home-theater-system/
– SVS PB-1000 subwoofer: https://www.svsound.com/products/pb-1000
– RBH Impression speakers: https://rbhsound.com/series_impression.php– Ascend HTM
-200SE: http://ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/htm200/htm200.html
– BenQ HT3550: https://www.benq.com/en-us/projector/cineprime-home-cinema/ht3550.html

1:41:45 Infinite Gary wants to know if Micro-LED displays will have advantages over OLED, and questions why in-wall speakers can’t go in a garage.

1:48:19 Tap T. might have to shrink his home theater budget, so we discuss false wall plans, and what to do if he can’t afford dual SVS PC-2000 subwoofers right away.

1:52:07 Jonathan F. is seeing “patchy” areas, both dark and light, on his 2015 Vizio M-Series TV. We take a guess as to why, and discuss screen size and HVAC, as well.

2:02:48 Nathan D. asks if there’s any way to send a digital source to the Zone 2 output of his Denon 1910 Receiver.

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