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AV Rant #714: Easy for Tom to Say

August 28th, 2020

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In the news:

– Disney revealed details of Premier Access on Disney+ for the release of Mulan: https://is.gd/rbdApX

– Via Allen G. – Channel Master and TiVo have teamed up to release the $350 TiVo Edge OTA DVR: https://is.gd/4mZFWw

– Aperion Audio released their Novus Slim on-wall speakers: https://is.gd/KjsiQX

– 0:18:27 Yamaha’s RX-V4A and RX-V6A Receivers are the first to offer more than one HDMI 2.1 input: https://is.gd/YRLu5P


– Mike provided a handy diagram of the numbers for below black and above white for 8, 10, and 12-bit signals: https://is.gd/x7zdmC

0:26:32 Lee O. asks what he should do in the way of insulation for acoustic absorption in the alcove behind his acoustically transparent screen.

0:32:34 Rob W. gets an explanation of each part of a “separates” setup and when it makes sense to use one instead of an AV Receiver.

0:50:05 Nelson W. asks about Audyssey Sub EQ HT and why we recommend Rob’s 12 Step Guide to Setting Up Dual Subwoofers instead: http://www.avrant.com/a-12-step-guide-to-setting-up-dual-subwoofers/

0:56:14 Ted M. asks what he should do in the way of adding Atmos speakers to his Legacy Audio setup, and potentially replacing his Surrounds.
– Martin Logan Motion 2i: https://is.gd/IYk0AD
– Emotiva Airmotiv A1: https://is.gd/YfOXED
– Elac WS-1645: https://is.gd/qSOB4d

1:13:06 Allen G. wants to know why HDR and audio from Disney+ via his Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K don’t look and sound as good as Ultra HD Blu-rays.

1:20:33 Raul N. asks about TCL’s Android TV models vs. their Roku models.

1:25:11 Infinite Gary asks about coupling RCA cables, and what we think when it comes to remixing classic albums in Dolby Atmos for Music: https://is.gd/EVzwAe

1:30:18 Fred R. found out what it might cost to repair his HDMI circuitry after a lightning strike, so he asks about battery backup vs. surge-only, and installing an OTA antenna surge suppressor.

1:33:27 Victor D. asks if he should get an Emotiva XPA-3 to power his Front 3 Paradigm speakers.

1:35:46 Kris B. asks if he can configure his Denon X8500H to add a pair of Front Height speakers to his Top Front & Top Rear setup.

1:40:05 David F. found some dead subpixels in his new 77-inch LG CX OLED, and he wants to know if he should try an exchange, or just live with them.

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