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AV Rant #678: Read Rob’s Sub Setup

January 17th, 2020 Leave a comment Go to comments

Here is our second Q&A episode of the week, recorded almost immediately after the first, as we clear our inbox backlog!

Our Listener of the Week is once again, Andrew L. for his generous giveaway offer that helped us reach over 100 Patreon Patrons!

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

0:05:02 Carlos P. wants to know if he should flip the polarity of one of his subwoofers after having run Audyssey SubEQ HT.
– Rob’s 12 Step Guide to Setting Up Dual Subwoofers: http://www.avrant.com/a-12-step-guide-to-setting-up-dual-subwoofers/

0:10:05 Bob S. wants to know why Dolby Vision looks so dark on his Sony X900F, and whether external Dolby Vision sources would look the same.

0:13:47 Bret R. tried Rob’s 12 Step Guide to Setting Up Dual Subwoofers, and he wants some clarification about his particular results when it comes to level matching, finding the very best phase settings, how much better it could possibly get with measurement, and what to do about a window rattle it revealed.

0:22:58 Tony B. wants the Audyssey Editor App so that he can save and load different configurations. But he’d like to know if it offers anything else worthwhile to justify the price.

0:28:01 Herb M. uses an older 45-foot HDMI cable that won’t pass 4K HDR, but he wants to know if it could maybe work with eARC.
– Blue Jeans Cable Series-3A: https://is.gd/aUKCYn
– Monoprice DynamicView: https://is.gd/pw8Txd

0:31:27 Jay A. gets our recommendations for his dual subwoofer placement, Surround speaker height, wiring a second pair of side Surround speakers, finishing his basement floor, building his riser, and whether to get an Epson 5040UB or 5050UB.
– Butt splice: https://is.gd/Jc5mYw

0:49:45 Alan C. asks about Receiver models that can play 5.2 in his Main room, while downmixing to 2-channels for two other Zones, plus he asks about room correction, and bookshelf speaker options for his open space.
– Denon X3600H: https://is.gd/mjbezO
– Yamaha RX-A2080: https://is.gd/wgN2SX
– HSU HB-1 MK2: https://is.gd/OI8gRD

0:56:25 Andrew L. asks about making his own “scatter plates” on the fronts of his absorption panels to make them look like the interior of the Death Star.

1:00:37 Patricio P. also asks about the Epson 5040UB vs. 5050UB, as well as the 5040UB vs. HC4010, and whether the wireless setup of the 5040UBe has any limitations.

1:03:40 Jon asks how different Receivers used as pre-pros might really sound, what auto low latency means for Receivers, and whether or not he should bi-amp his Front Towers.

1:09:51 Cody T. wants to know what we mean when we say certain subwoofers, “will never break themselves,” and what it means for the subwoofers we don’t say that about.

1:16:14 Steve R. wants to know what higher vs. lower video bitrates is really all about, and what he would see if a lower bitrate is lessening the video quality.

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