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AV Rant #740: SVS 13-Ultra Subwoofer Amplifier Upgrade Kit Impressions

February 12th, 2021

0:13:00 Rob shares his experience installing and listening to the SVS 13-Ultra Subwoofer Amplifier Upgrade Kit in his PC13-Ultra cylinder subs, which upgrades them to the features of the PC-4000 models: https://www.svsound.com/products/svs-13-ultra-amplifier-upgrade-kit

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0:09:00 We start with an apology to the Magnolia rep who recommended our podcast to Kamran. We misunderstood what was said by whom. But Rob also went for a laugh at someone else’s expense, and that wasn’t cool. So Rob says, sorry. A token of recompense has been sent. And hopefully our apology is accepted, and we’re all good 🙂

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In the news:

– Vincent Teoh from HDTV Test analyzed the PS5 and Xbox Series X as Ultra HD Blu-ray players: https://youtu.be/JFpakgvCKck

– Samsung announced the prices of their 4K & 8K Neo QLED TV lineup: https://is.gd/HbB6jO


– Jack R. shared Everyday Home Repairs’ video on the PS Audio Power Port Classic wall outlet: https://youtu.be/cRJLqCnLsDU

– Vizio’s 85″ P Quantum X was discounted to $2,500, and the latest firmware got 4K/120 VRR working: https://is.gd/tXNTL3

0:28:49 Michael K. asks exactly what kind of electrical conduit to buy, and how to make sure it doesn’t ruin his soundproofing.
– Home Depot electrical conduit options: https://is.gd/cLrdow

0:35:47 Mike H. asks how to get the best quality audio from his TV’s built-in apps when his older Receiver lacks HDMI-ARC. He also asks why adding his Emotiva amplifier made his Martin Logan speakers way quieter.

0:41:52 Steve S. asks for Front 3 speaker upgrade suggestions for his theater, and passive SoundBar or on-wall speakers for his Living Room.
– RBH: https://is.gd/e3G6ak
– Ascend Sierra-2: https://is.gd/CLWFkG
– KEF LS50: https://is.gd/T3IqEN
– Martin Logan Motion: https://is.gd/3X2RTk
– KEF HTF8003 passive SoundBar: https://is.gd/c9MmUg
– Elac Debut 2.0 on-wall: https://is.gd/I1ed5z
– Dali Oberon: https://is.gd/eRGVrU
– Aperion Novus Slim: https://is.gd/9Sdsk0
– https://avgadgets.com/7-ways-to-hide-cables-in-your-home-theater/

0:52:27 James S. asks if you should always use the calibration mic that came with your AV Receiver, even if you own a better measurement mic.

0:54:57 Christian wonders how significant Dolby Atmos is for games.

0:58:01 Tyler asks for an inexpensive portable Bluetooth speaker recommendation.
– https://avgadgets.com/best-weatherproof-bluetooth-speakers/
– Ultimate Ears UE WonderBoom2: https://is.gd/wGJBzr
– Creative portable speakers: https://is.gd/rZFmBQ

1:03:21 Evans asks if he should get a second sub for his small room, and if so, which model.
– https://avgadgets.com/help-my-new-subwoofer-isnt-loud-enough/
– RSL SpeedWoofer 10S: https://is.gd/aWne20
– SVS SB-2000 Pro: https://is.gd/MGtind

1:11:39 Tim K. has a Denon Receiver that’s going into protection mode any time a Center speaker plays. He asks about dedicated Pre-Amp Mode (internal amplifier disconnect), whether he should consider Anthem instead, and whether speaker sensitivity has anything to do with it.

1:25:38 Jack R. asks for a speaker wall mount that can fit fairly large bookshelf speakers into a snug space.
– Cotytech front-to-back clamping mounts: https://is.gd/y1uNCm

1:29:23 Karl R. gets our take on Gear Patrol’s “What Does Hi-Fi Even Mean Anymore?” article: https://is.gd/TIU0oj

1:39:39 Bertrand gets an alternative 3-in-1 TV stand suggestion, and we discuss Anthem’s AV Receiver lineup.
– Best View Mounts 3-in-1 TV stands: https://is.gd/Lg8BHE

1:45:37 Everett L. asks how to use the Color Bars test pattern built into the Apple TV 4K.

1:49:47 Rob K. asks how to find the best spot for a single sub, so we dig into the “subwoofer crawl”. Then he gets clarification about Surround speaker placement and aiming, and how we think he should approach Atmos.
– Bass sweep generator: https://www.audiocheck.net/audiofrequencysignalgenerator_sweep.php

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