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AV Rant #697: Ostinato Speakers Debut

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Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– Via Karl R. – AMC Theaters said they’d boycott all Universal Pictures movies unless they stick to traditional release windows: https://is.gd/IxupTH
– And Regal Cinemas joined in with a warning to all movie studios: https://is.gd/PiS483

Comments:

– Terry G. wanted to double check the ethernet bandwidth and length figures Rob stated last week.
– PlanetechUSA blog on ethernet cables: https://is.gd/f0iGJr
– Dong Knows Tech ethernet figures: https://is.gd/4GmFn0

– Benjamin B. passes along an explanation about why Epson Lens Memory isn’t very precise, and a potential way to make it as good as possible.

– Dennis found our podcast via SVS’ questionnaire, so it’s a two-way street!

0:18:30 – Jason Berryhill shares the launch of his speaker company: Ostinato Speakers: https://ostinatospeakers.com/

0:20:42 Gurinder asks if HDR can be BT.709, 8-bit, and gets clarification about YCbCr 4:4:4 settings, plus we discuss side wall absorption.

0:27:34 Jason D. asks about Front Height speaker options, and whether he should angle them.
– Boston Acoustics SoundWare 4.5: https://is.gd/pRIV7O

0:32:38 Neil M. asks if he should buy a second subwoofer that plays louder and lower than his first.

0:39:20 Josh L. wants a compact USB stereo amp with a headphone jack.
– AudioEngine N22: https://is.gd/D0RuiP
– Dayton DAC01 USB DAC: https://is.gd/EdAgFj
– S.M.S.L. AD18: https://is.gd/ny6d8S
– Emotiva TA-100: https://is.gd/rGVsU6

0:47:23 Nathan W. tries to help a friend sort his Samsung NU8000’s HDMI-ARC issue.

0:49:59 Max K. asks what his biggest bang-for-buck upgrade will be, and where he should put acoustic panels.

0:59:52 Brian F. wants his Harmony Elite to automatically turn off his JVC projector, and he asks about using an HDFury Vertex 2 to play Dolby Vision on a projector: https://is.gd/ZkXqKF

1:08:30 Jack R. asks how he should finish his basement ceiling, whether the IsoStore QuietBox is a good backer box, whether his HVAC will make soundproofing pointless, and whether Ascend Sierra speakers will fit behind a false wall.
– IsoStore QuietBox: https://is.gd/76bDWO
– Ascend Sierra Duo: https://is.gd/f2yvjK

1:21:45 Jon wants to know what we think about Omnimount products, and where to begin when it comes to acoustic treatments in his room.

1:30:55 Randy E. asks if he should use SVS Ultra Surrounds or SVS Prime Satellite speakers as Surrounds.

1:32:58 Mike P. straight up asks what we would do if we had his open-concept space to work with.

1:45:08 Mick wants to know if SVS SoundPath Isolation Feet work, and which inexpensive Center speaker to buy in Australia.

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