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AV Rant #770: New Remote Tease

September 3rd, 2021

We have high hopes for the new Sofabaton X1 Hub-based remote. We talk all about it, as well as the $50 Sofabaton U1 later in the episode. And since we record on Tuesdays, all the JVC projector news will be discussed next week! Missed it by that much.

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00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Marc for his PayPal donation, plus our 133 Patreon Patrons, as well as Andrew for sending us Amazon gift cards, Infinite Gary for helping Jason find a good dual cassette deck ( https://is.gd/EcqThC ), and Terry for talking us up to Seymour AV.
We also want to thank David for giving Tom permission to use his photos on https://avgadgets.com/
And we greatly appreciate the notes of gratitude sent to us for keeping the podcast going from: Jack, Daniel, Nick, Jay, John, David, Matt, Steven, and Kevin.

00:09:58 – Nick shared David Fabrikant’s 5-part explanation of everything that’s been going on over at Ascend Acoustics:
https://is.gd/zr5pnA (scroll down to the last five posts on this page)

In the news:

00:13:10 – News: Sofabaton X1
A new Hub-based universal remote is available to back on Kickstarter from the same company that brought us the $50 Sofabaton U1. We have high hopes that this will be a viable Harmony Remote replacement, but also some reservations.
– Sofabaton X1: https://is.gd/7IXvhW
– Sofabaton U1: https://is.gd/asz8vm

00:20:40 – News: 2020 Yamaha AVR HDMI 2.1 debacle
Even after sending your 2020 Yamaha AVR to a service center to have its HDMI board replaced, you’re still going to be limited to only 24 Gbps of bandwidth: https://is.gd/PvwlWP

00:24:12 – Comments:

– Nathan W. says fuel-burning generators typically use a constant amount of fuel no matter how much electricity you’re using.

– Andrew L. is happy with his Mesh WiFi solution, and shares his experience comparing the new Paradigm Founder Series speakers to the Premier Series just below them in Paradigm’s lineup.


00:29:07 – Jay A: KEF’s showroom, and TVs vs. projectors
Jay requests our thoughts on how KEF constructed and outfitted their showroom: https://is.gd/XUIps8
and our response to Tom Norton’s Sound & Vision article on TVs vs. projectors: https://is.gd/sSrWFJ

00:44:53 – Mike S: HDMI to Optical audio extraction
– Avedio 4-in, 1-out HDMI 2.0b switch w/ optical audio extraction & ARC: https://is.gd/RMMVl1
– Sewell EchoSplit 1-in, 2-out with HDMI downconversion: https://is.gd/CDtkA6

00:50:46 – Ryan L: Deciphering Projector Central’s Throw Calculator
– Projector Central Throw Distance Calculator: https://is.gd/yE92Ab

00:56:47 – Chris H: Big speakers on the ceiling
Chris hopes we can help talk a friend down from mounting Aperion Verus III Grand Bookshelf speakers on the ceiling.
– Aperion Novus A5: https://is.gd/NJOpha

01:01:10 – Eric R: Converted garage
Eric wants to know if he should still acoustically treat his uninsulated garage theater.
– No-Frame insulation edge coating: https://is.gd/G36apX
– Duct Butter: https://is.gd/cwlJHF
– Acoustimac 4-inch thick DIY kit: https://is.gd/DdhAqi
– Rafter vent baffle: https://is.gd/aKWU5b

01:12:15 – John T: Why doesn’t my Receiver say Atmos?

01:15:54 – Adam O: Sofabaton U1 Review

01:25:29 – David B: On-wall speaker options
– https://avgadgets.com/best-on-wall-speakers/
– Klipsch Reference Premiere on-walls: https://is.gd/pLqW0s
– Martin Logan Motion 4i: https://is.gd/MkJK7a
– Aperion Novus on-walls: https://is.gd/9kOTZf
– GoldenEar SuperSats: https://is.gd/daUrhq
– Ascend Sierra Luna: https://is.gd/FBJlcj
– RBH on-walls: https://is.gd/HrTv05
– Legacy Audio Pixel Pro: https://is.gd/LSp3Lq

01:36:07 – Tara’s Dad: Ruining a great setup for Auro-3D

01:47:40 – Terry G: Strange aspect ratios
– Seymour AV screens with magnetic masking: https://is.gd/Ay1WlC

01:57:04 – Matt S: What speaker price = diminishing returns?

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