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AV Rant #655: Better Off with Paradigms

August 9th, 2019

Our Listeners of the Week are our 84 Patreon Patrons, including DJ and Brandon, and Terry G. for talking us up to Accessories4Less when he bought a KEF HTF8003 from them.

0:01:07 Tom welcomes a new pet to his family!

Pictures shown in this episode:https://flic.kr/s/aHsmFS6Pbh

In the news:
– Jeremy Kipnis, creator of the Kipnis Studio Standard, and a Guinness World Record holder for his $6 million home theater, passed away: http://jeremykipnis.com/Jeremy_Kipnis_-_Home_Page.html
– Via Nick B. – Ascend launched their Sierra-2 EX speakers with an upgraded woofer: http://ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/SRM2EX/srm2ex.html
– Karl R. shared a Home Theater Review article talking about the dearth of Twitch App support: https://hometheaterreview.com/why-all-av-enthusiasts-should-be-upset-about-roku-losing-twitch/

0:17:07 Ian E. shares updates about using a motorized screen with motorized side masking to make a pseudo-4-way masking system. Then he asks how consistent and precise Epson lens memories are, and whether the 6040UB’s lens iris is a big deal.

0:26:46 Andrew L. wants to know if he should upgrade his AV Receiver, and we say to wait.
– Denon X3600H: https://usa.denon.com/us/product/hometheater/receivers/avrx3600h

0:36:13 Cory W. asks if he should get something other than his Carl’s Place ALR screen now that he has a light controlled room.
– Carl’s Place ALR screens: https://www.carlofet.com/uncontrolled-light-screen-material-comparison
– Silver Ticket White screens: https://silverticketproducts.com/collections/fixed-projection-screens/style_matte-white

0:40:10 Josimar C. has a Receiver with speaker wire outputs for the subwoofer, and he wants to know if he’s missing out by not having an RCA pre-out.

0:45:20 Just J asks if he can electrically isolate his TV by using a fiber optic HDMI cable. They all have some copper, so we suggest HDBaseT with protection instead.
– Ethernet Lightning Suppressor: https://www.amazon.com/Tupavco-Ethernet-Protector-Gigabit-1000Mbs/dp/B00805VUD8 
– SurgeX: https://www.ametekesp.com/surgex

0:50:02 Infinite Gary wonders if an installer’s description of what Audyssey does is accurate.

0:52:21 Brandon N. wants to know if Denon & Marantz’ new Zone 2 downmixing also applies to HEOS and older models.

0:55:36 Joel N. found a deal on Paradigm Reference Studio speakers that he knows he loves, but he wants to know if Paradigm’s newest designs are way better.

1:04:20 Justin B. requests our take on IKEA ODDLAUG sound absorption panels: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00427366/

1:06:51 Rob G. wants to know the pros and cons of downward-firing vs. front-firing subwoofers.

1:11:05 John P. loves his home theater, but he wants to know if after market power cables, power conditioning, or separates could improve it further.

1:21:04 Nick B. requests our opinions of the newly reborn KLH Audio speakers: https://klhaudio.com/

1:27:01 Mike S. has us go over the recommendations sent to him by GiK Acoustics. And we discuss what to do when the “Off” command doesn’t work on a Harmony remote.

1:43:49 Wayne A. has us reiterate the numbers when it comes to figuring out how much amplifier power you really need.

1:53:59 Robert G. is concerned about using ribbon tweeters in a dusty environment.

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