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AV Rant #713: Tom’s in a Pickle

August 21st, 2020

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In the news:

– 0:11:52 Rob wants to make sure gamers are aware the new TCL 6-Series (R635) TVs top out at 1440p resolution with 120 fps. No 4K/120. CNET updated their article: https://is.gd/m4um7T

– No new JVC projector models this year. At CEDIA, they will unveil a firmware update: https://is.gd/QJBMie

– Via Karl – AMC Theatres are reopening, starting Aug. 20 with 15 cent tickets: https://is.gd/RaAjyA

– Disney says there are no official plans to discontinue releasing Ultra HD Blu-rays of catalogue titles: https://is.gd/ESSznY


– Mario S. is a panel member of the National Electric Code, and he shared a write-up about the importance of bonded grounding for your home as the first line of defence against lightning strikes and power surges: https://is.gd/fQ6SPd

– Nick B. shares a laugh about cruzeFIRST Audio’s ridiculous Maestro power cord, electrical outlet, and faceplate: https://is.gd/04A3xp

– Terry G. says our advice helped him successfully run the Audyssey Editor App and solve some network issues.

0:30:25 Tim C. asks if Atmos and DTS:X are enough reason to upgrade an older Receiver right now, even if you might need HDMI 2.1 in the near future.

0:35:26 Infinite Gary asks if getting off the electrical grid with solar panels could improve your audio/video quality, and whether mono soundtracks can sound the same using two speakers vs. one.

0:44:11 Sean M. asks if an online JVC projector price is too good to be true, and why he should maybe avoid an Epson 5040UB.
– JVC NX5 page (note the warnings): https://is.gd/1Hy82S

0:49:34 Brandon N. asks if he should use flagship sealed subs, or one step below flagship ported subs in an open room.

0:51:24 Tom K. wants lots of manual control over his Receiver’s setup and EQ, so he asks if the Audyssey Editor App can deliver, or what other options he should consider.
– NAD T 758 v3i w/ Dirac: https://is.gd/lqb84h

0:57:40 Billy M. asks if he should upgrade his Sony VW675ES 4K projector, what we expect from new JVC models when they eventually arrive, and how to troubleshoot a hiss coming from one speaker.

1:07:27 Jay A. gets our take on the potential end of the Paramount Consent Decrees: https://is.gd/JJMl23

1:15:38 Chris A. double checks which Surround speakers and speaker stands we recommend for his setup.
– Paradigm Monitor SE Atom: https://is.gd/u19DgW
– SVS Prime Satellites: https://is.gd/HQJy64
– NHT SuperZeros: https://is.gd/G1QP28
– Sanus Adjustable Stands: https://is.gd/hpFtHY

1:21:27 Asa W. double checks his speaker upgrade choice, his crossover settings, and his Receiver’s Auto Listening Mode.

1:30:38 Jonathan R. gets our go-to computer speaker recommendation.
– AudioEngine A2+: https://is.gd/qtWBCQ

1:31:53 Stefan asks about shallow-depth in-ceiling speakers, backer boxes, using his ceiling for acoustic treatment and soundproofing, and physically small amplifiers.
– Q Acoustics QI65P: https://is.gd/Nhb0Pz
– Fosi Audio TDA7498E Class D Amp: https://is.gd/GXArGm

1:44:14 Will T. asks why his Toshiba HD DVD player won’t output audio via HDMI with his Marantz SR6011 and BenQ HT3550.

1:48:59 Art asks why his TCL 8-Series is only outputting stereo audio via optical, and how to get his Integra Receiver’s settings to show up on screen.

1:53:18 Joseph S. gets our take on Crown’s XLi 800 professional amplifier.

2:00:28 Theo asks if object-based audio can make use of Front Wide speakers.

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