AV Rant #705: Speakers in Hand, Must Use
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Tom is away this week, so Rob is joined by Lee Overstreet as our guest co-host.
Check out Rob’s appearance on the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast: https://nerdylegion.com/episodes/brightsideht-39
The host, DJ, throws some questions Rob’s way, and then we dive deep into Netflix’ She-Ra and the Princesses of Power!
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In the news:
– Several Samsung Blu-ray player models got stuck in a startup loop: https://is.gd/PwJzRk
– And via Jason S., Sound & Vision’s article explains that it might have been due to expiring SSL Certificates: https://is.gd/TiCtmN
– Martin D.’s Epson Pro Cinema 4040 projector died, but Epson delivered a replacement to him in one day.
0:17:05 Alex Y. asks about Surround speaker positioning and aiming, running Audyssey without a subwoofer, and some detailed Audyssey settings questions.
0:31:08 Gurinder asks about non-rectangular backer boxes, and if Roxul is a suitable insulation.
0:33:34 Timothy asks if an SVS PB16-Ultra subwoofer’s additional headroom would go to waste when paired with a PC13-Ultra.
0:37:20 Daniel W. shares a tip to buy an extended warranty that covers burn-in when buying an OLED, then he asks about sending Dolby Vision to one display, and HDR10 to another.
– HD Fury: Dolby Vision on HDR10 displays: https://is.gd/WAZWQl
– HD Fury Vertex 2: https://is.gd/NOgnV2
0:41:01 David B. also asks if he should pair a higher output sub with his PB12-Plus, which wireless subwoofer kit we recommend, where he should place absorption panels, and whether to go with GiK or Acoustimac.
– Outlaw Audio OAW4: https://is.gd/Mio8Wj
0:51:24 Ben F. asks if the new PC-2000 Pro cylinder sub can lay on its side and how to decouple it when it’s horizontal, and whether it’s necessary to do all 12 steps of Rob’s: http://www.avrant.com/a-12-step-guide-to-setting-up-dual-subwoofers/ if you have an enclosed, rectangular room.
0:54:41 Terry G. asks if it would be crazy to have two pairs of Top Middle speakers, one over each row of seats.
0:59:49 Nathan W. wants to know if he should only look for uniform bass when first setting up dual subwoofers, or aim for the best uniformity and linearity he can find prior to running equalization.
1:06:17 Manuel T. wants a good gaming monitor for around $300.
– DisplayHDR products: https://displayhdr.org/certified-products/
– Samsung CFG73: https://is.gd/tijfoA
– Samsung CHG70: https://is.gd/9TrZEr
– Samsung JG56: https://is.gd/YPhj4L
1:10:28 David S. asks about the LG B8 vs. B9 vs. BX OLEDs, and which Receiver will deliver all the 4K HDR formats and the highest level of Audyssey for the lowest price.
– Denon X3500H at Accessories4Less: https://is.gd/3s87mU
1:19:50 Sean M. asks if he should expand to six Atmos speakers and which Receivers can do so. He asks if he should put acoustic panels on his ceiling, whether it’s a good time to get a 4K projector, if he should upgrade his screen size, and which $200 32-inch TV can get brightest.
– Samsung N5300: https://is.gd/gK5cwe
1:34:23 Art B. wants to know why Hulu’s audio isn’t in 5.1 on the Apple TV.
1:36:02 Brian F. & Eddie both ask about going beyond 11 speakers, and which Receiver and Pre-Pro models we recommend to do it. Then Eddie asks if the Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 would still be worth it if you aren’t using more than 11 speakers.
– Denon X6700H: https://is.gd/eSUgxx
– Monoprice Monolith HTP-1: https://is.gd/K8TJZS
– NAD Receivers: https://is.gd/CaLGvQ
1:44:22 Buddy L. asks which Yamaha stereo Receiver might deliver the Loudness control he used to have with his old Sansui model.
– Yamaha R-N602: https://is.gd/TlobbA
1:50:19 Matt G. wants to make sure his Receiver and HDMI cables will pass along 4K HDR signals, whether he should use HDMI-ARC or an optical audio connection, and how to tweak his TV’s settings.
1:56:13 Mitch R. & Manuel T. both ask about subwoofer decoupling, and whether the SVS SoundPath Isolation Feet are the best option.
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