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AV Rant #657: Smaller Screen is the Answer

August 23rd, 2019

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

Catch Tom’s guest appearance on AVNation’s ResiWeek Podcast 185: https://avnation.tv/podcast/resiweek-185/

In the news:
– Via Michael and Karl – Disney+ launches Nov. 12 in the USA, Canada, and the Netherlands, with Australia and New Zealand getting it one week later: https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/disney-announces-support-for-the-apple-tv-ios-xbox-one-roku-and-playstation-4-plus-launch-dates-for-canada-australia-more/
– CBS and Viacom have agreed to merge into ViacomCBS: https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/13/cbs-viacom-merger-deal-30-billion/
– Plex is killing the Plex Media Player for computers: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1565936592
– 0:10:49 TCL announced the 8-Series 4K LCD TVs with Mini-LED backlighting: https://youtu.be/ShLwzxwaYAg– 0:13:00 Patrick asked why each mini-LED isn’t its own zone, and HDTVTest had the scoop on TCL’s Mini-LED roadmap to thousands of local-dimming zones in the coming years: https://youtu.be/rAOTH6RT21I

– Jaremy Pyle shares his full theater-build experience, including his recommendations for running a portable HEPA filter, hiding wires with clever curtain placement, and Mohawk Airo carpet: https://www.mohawkflooring.com/carpet/brand/airo
– Dan and Mike S. solved their issues with turning off JVC projectors using Harmony remote Activities.

0:20:08 Zach R. checks if it’s worth requesting a repair from Denon for non-functioning network connections.

0:22:54 Tom D. shares his theater and asks for 3D Blu-ray recommendations.- List of Blu-ray 3D releases: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Blu-ray_3D_releases

0:28:34 Chad B. wants to make sure he’s using the best listening modes, and asks why we recommend “game” listening modes.

0:33:43 Mat C. has us go over the plans for his large, custom-built apartment, and we beg him to consider acoustics and high output cylinder subs.
– SVS PC-4000: https://www.svsound.com/products/pc-4000

0:56:44 Francis A. wants to upgrade his satellite speakers without increasing size too much.
– Focal Sib system: https://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/focalsib51blk/focal-5.1-sib-cub3-home-theater-speaker-system-black/1.html#!specifications
– Klipsch Reference Theater Pack: https://www.klipsch.com/products/reference-theater-pack

1:02:28 Adam P. has us go over plans to add a second pair of side Surround speakers, including the wiring. We also address his projector upgrade. And he might not need any of it if he shrinks his screen!

1:12:23 Michael R. asks about Onkyo Receiver HDMI output modes, and Canadian IPTV provider, Vmedia.

1:18:51 Joe K. is testing a JVC NX5 while his X550 is being repaired. He asks about source settings for HDR, and a potential Ultra HD Blu-ray player switch.

1:24:16 Nick B. will likely get his Oppo BDP-83 repaired, and he wants to know if anything else should be replaced at the same time as a preventative measure.

1:26:17 Carl C. asks for pros and cons of the various Atmos speaker configurations, and whether to aim his Atmos speakers or not.

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