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AV Rant #691: Ceilings Are Optional

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In the news:

– Amazon Prime Video is adding user profiles: https://is.gd/3enrQF

– Via Lee H. – LG’s WebOS gets a dedicated Movies Anywhere App: https://is.gd/Fpof0D


– Jon Z. shared some photos of what happened when one of his Ascend Sierra-2 speakers fell off its stand.

0:19:55 Carlos P. asks if the Audyssey Editor App makes changes to both the Audyssey Reference and Audyssey Flat target curve options.

0:22:47 Tap T. asks about using a regular TV outside on his patio with a weatherproof cover: https://is.gd/VgwY3k
– 65″ Vizio V-Series: https://is.gd/iz2WZ1

0:29:41 Tom K. wants clarification about bass output from bookshelf speakers when you have a large volume of air.

0:33:57 Infinite Gary wants to know: why two professionally calibrated TVs don’t show identical colors, whether punch-you-in-the-gut bass is really a good thing, and whether a speaker with better delineation is always a sign of better performance and design.

0:47:00 Christian asks which online movies service is the best, besides Apple’s.

0:51:27 Richard J. asks if he should let his Epson 5050UB handle HDR tone mapping, or use MadVR software on an HTPC instead.

0:54:58 Bobby M. wants to power eight bass shakers, which leads to a discussion about series-parallel wiring.
– Dayton APA150: https://is.gd/i2vRQn

1:01:26 Ted M. gets a suggestion for how to do a blind listening comparison of two different headphone amps.
– ART SplitMix4: https://is.gd/eAQJlY

1:05:50 Jorge S. wants a way to play his surround sound system and his computer’s audio through one pair of headphones at the same time.
– Just Mixer 2: https://is.gd/fNseQo

1:08:20 Damien D. asks about side wall absorption panel placement, orienting corner bass traps, Monoprice Caliber in-ceiling speakers for Atmos, TV stand options, and Ultra HD Blu-ray playback options.
– Monoprice Caliber: https://is.gd/8NqVka
– Z-Line Electra TV Stand: https://is.gd/mmgrGq (Fry’s Clearance: https://is.gd/eBK32L )
– Panasonic UB420: https://is.gd/xrNTcZ
– MakeMKV recommended PC UHD Drives for backing up discs: https://is.gd/9qAEYI

1:19:50 Nick B. tries to sort out his Oppo BDP-83 issues, and we suggest an articulating wall mount for his 77″ OLED.
– Sanus VLF628: https://is.gd/4s2HdL

1:28:33 Jon asks which power conditioner to get when he has a Monoprice Monolith amplifier.
– APC J15: https://is.gd/GmGgSh
– APC J35B: https://is.gd/OBqsX8
– APC J25B: https://is.gd/i4RcOh
– APC P8V: https://is.gd/I4ig1o

1:30:51 Tony B. asks if his seat is too close to the very middle of his room, and if moving it a small amount will help.

1:35:31  Brian A. wants “total overkill”, and he asks if using his entire open ceiling as a bass trap will ruin that.

1:41:09 Cesar R. wants a change of speakers, and some suggestions other than SVS and Monoprice Monolith. And he asks about using a Center speaker standing vertically, and whether he should change his in-ceiling Atmos speakers.
– RBH Signature SV: https://is.gd/sNw3RW
– Ascend Sierra-2: https://is.gd/CLWFkG
– Ascend Sierra Luna: https://is.gd/FBJlcj
– Aperion Verus III Grand: https://is.gd/Fq8AP4
– KEF LS50: https://is.gd/edkYlT

1:46:51 Lee O. asks if he should fill the alcove behind his screen with sand or insulation, and where else to put absorption panels.

1:53:45 Nathan D. gets our take on powering six mono speakers in an office with an old AV Receiver.

1:57:19 Dan H. wants to know how to get Atmos audio on YouTube.

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