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AV Rant #734: Feats of Subs

January 8th, 2021

Please note: this episode was recorded Tues, Jan 5, prior to the week’s events. There was no intention on our part to make light of anything that has happened since, which had not occurred at the time of recording. We also recorded prior to almost all of the early CES 2021 announcements. So some information in this episode is already incorrect and out of date.

Our Listeners of the Week are our 126 Patreon Patrons, including James W., as well as Chris, David & Victor for sending Tom photos with permission to use them on https://avgadgets.com/ , and David for giving us a shout out over at Outlaw Audio, and Cory for talking us up to Accessories4Less. We also want to thank Mike, Lee, NAthan, Joseph, and David for their notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmTvBwxK

In the News:

 – Roku might buy Quibi’s content: https://is.gd/5rjSfc

– Via Dazz – Power Sound Audio has pre-orders for their first 12-inch subwoofer, the S2410: https://is.gd/8u5FcD

– SVS has a $400 upgrade kit for 13-Ultra Series subs: https://is.gd/ya8pCh


– Gurinder shares updates on panels, velvet, and 3D glasses.

0:18:01 Andrew L. asks about insulation options for DIY panels, air gap placement, diffusion plates, connecting & calibrating a 5-channel amp, and AC Infinity cooling fans: https://youtu.be/Q-uT4WHRpS8?t=70

0:39:11 Jason S. gets fresh thoughts on adding Atmos speakers, switching to separates, and a deep dive of his room measurements to determine what acoustic treatments he needs.

0:51:11 Mike P. asks about sound-blocking curtains.
– Acoustitrac: https://is.gd/KEBXo8

0:56:42 Anonymous wants an Atmos/DTS:X Pre-Pro that can stream Qobuz.
– Yamaha + Qobuz: https://is.gd/dQIHIT
– Yamaha RX-A2080: https://is.gd/wgN2SX

0:59:24 Lee O. wants to know how to properly add ButtKickers to his system: https://avgadgets.com/how-to-add-tactile-transducers-to-your-home-theater/

1:07:15 Patrick P. asks what HDR10+ Adaptive and Filmmaker Mode are: https://is.gd/cei0hZ
– HDTV Test on HDR10+ Adaptive: https://youtu.be/bCowp2hxHqA

1:09:22 J.R. gets Surround Back placement advice, how to best assign his amplifiers, and our take on mismatched subwoofers.

1:20:06 Chris H. asks if it’s worth using some inexpensive speakers on hand as Surrounds.

1:22:08 Cory W. asks which under-$1,500 4K projector to get.
– BenQ HT3550: https://is.gd/BrJjDa

1:24:17 Nick B. asks about using three iPads with Daytom iMM-6 mics to simultaneously measure in three seats, and which speaker wall mounts to get.
– VideoSecu side-clamping mounts: https://is.gd/mPfkx2

1:30:30 James W. asks how to troubleshoot a pair of subs that fell silent.

1:34:51 DJ asks if simple settings can deprive viewers of the best streaming experience: https://avgadgets.com/best-standalone-streaming-device-by-streaming-source/

1:39:03 Dwain R. asks if Onkyo/Pioneer USA have gone out of business (we responded prior to the latest Onkyo/Pioneer product announcements for CES 2021).
– Voxx International takes over Onkyo distribution: https://is.gd/hXWd9Q

1:43:40 Bob asks how to calculate the decibel increase when doubling your number of sound sources.

1:46:18 Joseph S. asks if NHT SuperOnes would be an upgrade for his Paradigm Titans.

1:48:40 Infinite Gary asks what we think will end up replacing OLED one day.

1:52:47 Julian L asks about SVS sealed vs. cylinder options and concerns, and potentially upgrading his Main L/R speakers.
– https://avgadgets.com/three-myths-about-ported-and-sealed-subwoofers/
– https://avgadgets.com/the-three-best-options-to-decouple-your-subwoofer/

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