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AV Rant #680: Rise of Skywalker Review

January 24th, 2020 Leave a comment Go to comments

UPCOMING INTERVIEW: We’ll be talking with Alan Hutchinson, the owner of HTMarket.com on Feb. 19. Our focus will be their HT Design Home Theater Seating, but feel free to ask anything HTMarket-related.

Back to normal! But we review Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker between 0:11:21 and 0:25:37 , so use the time stamps if you want to avoid spoilers!

Our Listeners of the Week are our 105 Patreon Patrons, including Andy, Mike A., and Mike H., as well as Patrick P. who met up with Tom in person, and DJ, who hosts The Bright Side Home Theater Podcast and gave us a nice shout out: https://nerdylegion.com/episodes/brightsideht-16

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

In the news:

– Yamaha posted their lineup of Aventage Receivers with HDMI 2.1: https://is.gd/D5FDVV

– Warner Bros. and Universal will share physical disc distribution: https://is.gd/ZSOMrN

– Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, launches July 15 with pricing tiers: https://is.gd/ecr0Ss

– Disney changes 20th Century Fox to 20th Century Studios: https://is.gd/I17Cy3

Comment:

– Martin D. notes that seemingly more Epson 5040UB owners than normal have reported power supply issues.

0:31:59 Tom K. wants to know if we think he should rearrange his speakers and make an acoustically transparent screen.
– SeymourAV DIY Centerstage XD Material: http://www.seymourav.com/screensDIY.asp

0:39:58 Justin B. and J.R. both have questions about Essence brand DACs and whether they can improve streaming or headphone audio quality.

0:58:31 Jason P. asks why his Apple TV 4K outputs multi-channel PCM and if that has any adverse effects.

1:03:55 James S. asks if he should use the in-ceiling speakers and an in-ceiling sub he obtained as his theater speakers, or how best to deploy them.
– Dayton APA150 amplifier: https://is.gd/7RMKXQ

1:12:46 Ray S. gets clarification about installing DynaBox speaker enclosures: https://is.gd/XCGHRp

1:13:38 Jeremy gets our take on the advice he received from Klipsch’s Design Service vs. his local store in France.

1:24:46 Andy M. asks what type of screen he should install for his non-dedicated media room.
– SeymourAV Matinee Black: https://is.gd/YCFe8I
– EluneVision Aurora ALR: https://is.gd/YJ4lnw

1:29:05 Infinite Gary asks about Audyssey microphone placement, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, paying attention to quiet demos, Surround Back speakers, and Filmmaker Mode.

1:43:47 Graham C. wonders if using OLEDs in grading suites is leading to movies that are too dark to enjoy in regular theaters.

1:50:34 Mike A. gets some thoughts on his speaker candidates for replacing his Def Tech Towers.

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