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AV Rant #669: 2019 NVidia Shield Pro Review

November 22nd, 2019 Leave a comment Go to comments

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0:03:30 We review Disney+:

– Star Wars HDR versions: https://youtu.be/VGZmMjPJiAk
– Simpsons getting 4:3 option in 2020: https://is.gd/pwXC8k
– Via Eddie on Twitter – thousands of accounts hacked: https://is.gd/i5q26l
– How to get ESPN+ & Hulu without ads as a bundle: https://is.gd/BZX4qs

0:17:15 2019 NVidia Shield Pro review

In the news:

– Hulu + Live TV gets a price hike: https://is.gd/z7Xm5L

– Netflix and Nickelodeon sign a multi-year deal: https://is.gd/7VBDGm

Comments:

– Andrew L. shares what he learned having gone through building a theater from the ground up vs. a renovation.

0:28:08 Michael K. gets to build a theater room from scratch. We discuss dimensions, drop ceilings, false walls, seating, and soundproofing.
– Room Mode Calculator: https://amcoustics.com/tools/amroc
– Soundproofing Company: https://www.soundproofingcompany.com/

0:46:34 Raul M. sadly had his gear stolen, then he bought expensive new speakers that he’s never taken out of the box. We discuss whether he should try to match them, or sell them and start over.

0:57:30 Mark G. had a TV damaged during a move. We speculate about what’s broken and whether it can be fixed.

1:00:26 Rob W. is trying to decide between a 77″ OLED or a larger QLED.

1:05:55 Ari M. has an Elac Uni-Fi speaker making a scratching noise that we try to diagnose.

1:08:24 Joe K. gets our advice on optimally setting up and bass managing his Def Tech speakers and SuperCube subs.

1:18:06 Alcides N. asks which in-ceiling speakers to buy as Surrounds for his mismatched Martin Logan Motion Mains and B&W Center.

1:25:09 Matthew H. gets confirmation for his Epson 5050UB projector pick, plus Receiver, Ultra HD Blu-ray player, and HDMI cable suggestions.
– Denon X3400H: https://is.gd/6OR6DL
– Denon X3500H: https://is.gd/3s87mU
– Panasonic UB420: https://is.gd/i9Pctw
– Monoprice DynamicView HDMI: https://is.gd/exGf2I

1:30:32 Aras V. got new speakers, but didn’t like his bass response after running Audyssey. And his older Receiver and plasma TV won’t play nice with some Ultra HD Blu-rays.
– Rob’s 12 Step Guide to Setting Up Dual Subwoofers: http://www.avrant.com/a-12-step-guide-to-setting-up-dual-subwoofers/
– Monoprice Blackbird HDCP 2.2 to 1.4 converter: https://is.gd/bSNzZ9
– HD Fury Integral 2: https://is.gd/0KHFZh

1:36:23 Chris H. wants a bedroom speaker upgrade, and we talk through the choices on his list.

1:42:53 Andy A. asks what HBO Max will offer over HBO Now.

1:44:14 Clara B. would like to reduce the noise outside her window.
– Trademark Soundproofing Window Panel: https://is.gd/21Ozwc
– Acoustical Solutions Audioseal Sound Blanket: https://is.gd/pgl4zx

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  1. Kaze
    November 25th, 2019 at 19:07 | #1

    So not owning an Apple TV I have a few questions,
    can you use Cast from Android devices and chrome web browser to the Apple TV like on the Shield?
    What other content platforms is available like Plex, is Kodi or Emby available and can you hook up external hdd drives to watch stored content like on the Shield?
    Can you hook up a OTA Dongle to the Apple TV and watch live over the air television and hook up a hard drive to record the live tv and setup a schedule to record automatically?
    Can you install IPTV channels onto the Apple TV?
    Can it double as an emulation station to play all the retro consoles and have any bluetooth controller including Xbox controllers and PS2 and PS3 controllers hook up?
    Has the Apple TVs in the pass have nearly a 5 year software update cycle?
    Does Apple TV allow full customization of your launcher/interface?
    How does Apple TV voice services work in comparison? Can I tell it to watch a show on whatever App and it will load up the show?
    What smart home controls does it offer? which security camera systems can load up on the Apple TV by App or by voice command or auto load when say the ring doorbell or nest hello and so on is triggered?
    Does the Apple TV work with Hue Sync? fun to use during parties and playing music.

    Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions, given you said that the Apple TV is still your go to with the exception of Plex, just wanted to make sure it could do everything else I mentioned the shield can do especially that live TV part is a big deal in my area and sure beats having to pay through an app for live tv when I can just hook up an Antenna and have a free tv guide and dvr options.

    Oh and you can use the NBC app for the Olympics instead of ESPN, better coverage and fantastic interface, it was awesome. 🙂

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