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AV Rant #711: Try Vacuuming It

August 7th, 2020

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In the news:

– Sony has begun their “Ready for PlayStation 5” marketing: https://is.gd/UNLd47

– Netflix officially brings variable speed playback to mobile Android devices: https://is.gd/RLJLXf


– Andrew L. suggests using a frame made from corner bead to prevent insulation from sagging in DIY absorption panels, talking to your TV’s voice assistant to start a screen saver or black out the screen, and confirms that relabelling your overhead speakers as Front & Rear Heights instead of Tops delivers the most discrete-sounding results for all immersive audio formats.

– Daniel W. shares his experience with doing DIY display calibration.

– Eddy responds to our suggestions, and our reactions to the renders that his girlfriend made of his apartment from last week.

– Our own Tom Andry recommends MovieBob’s “How to Fix the Fantastic Four”: https://is.gd/TvDi8I

0:25:04 Rob M. asks if false walls are really practical, and how to prevent them from getting damaged.

0:28:17 Tim C. asks if he should buy a Receiver now or wait, what Atmos configuration he should eventually go for, whether dual subwoofers make sense in his setup, whether he needs additional TV settings for his LG CX OLED, and where to find a full explanation of his TV’s menu options.
– HDTVTest CX OLED Settings: https://youtu.be/w-xQfjs1dLA

0:43:40 Will T. asks for the documentation about positioning and aiming Dolby Atmos speakers.
– Dolby Atmos Home Theater Installation Guidelines white paper: https://is.gd/GYE9EP

0:45:52 Fred R. had a lightning strike that took out a router and some HDMI ports and cables, so he asks about repairs, and surge protection.
– APC Back-UPS Pro BR 1500: https://is.gd/K8FVfl

0:56:44 Tap T. asks what he should add to his Yamaha MusicCast whole house audio system to power two pairs of outdoor speakers, and which white outdoor speakers we would recommend.
– Yamaha RX-V685: https://is.gd/2kshXj
– Yamaha AW390: https://is.gd/8TpYuh
– Yamaha AW592: https://is.gd/IhWOsN

1:04:24 Tom T. got a kick out of Tom (Andry) saying Rob is just a product of his imagination last week, but he wonders what that means when it comes to feelings about 3D and Front Wide speakers! Then he asks about whether object-based audio will soon allow us to place speakers anywhere and have the AV Receiver adapt.

1:11:35 Nelson W. asks what he should do about his Marantz Receiver that instantly goes into protection mode whenever he powers it on.

1:14:58 Andrew L. requests our best practices for setting up a Harmony Remote, including how to handle delays. He also asks about the 2.5mm extension ports on the back of the Harmony Hub. And he wants to know how we maintain our knowledge and passion for all things home theater.
– Harmony precision IR cables: https://is.gd/W8lXVN

1:33:54 Infinite Gary gets further clarification about the Audyssey midrange compensation dip setting.

1:36:25 Tony H. requests a discussion about Room EQ Wizard (REW) and how to use it effectively to audibly improve your system. Then he asks for our take on the single frequency response graph that he measured.
– Cross-Spectrum Labs calibrated measurement mics: https://cross-spectrum.com/
– Rob’s 12 Step Guide to Setting Up Dual Subwoofers: http://www.avrant.com/a-12-step-guide-to-setting-up-dual-subwoofers/

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