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AV Rant #777: Don’t Show All the Crazy

October 22nd, 2021

Back to normal! And Tom got his happy birthday wishes…belatedly. We have some interesting discussions about Vizio’s 2022 TV lineup, attaching fabric to walls & ceilings, and figuring out if you need diffusion, plus so much more.

Pictures shown in this episode:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWXV8Hd

00:00:00 – Intro, DC & MCU
– All the news from DC FanDome ’21: https://tinyurl.com/madj7h5h
– New MCU release schedule: https://tinyurl.com/ahnm5hd9l

00:08:21 – Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are Sam for his PayPal donation, plus our 130 Patreon Patrons, as well as Ash for helping Tom with some artwork, and a big thank you to Lee Overstreet for guest hosting our “catch up” episode last week!
We also greatly appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Jesper, Sam, Gurinder, John, Noah, Jack C., and Jack R. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:12:49 – News: Vizio 2022 TV Lineup
Vizio simplified their upcoming TV lineup, and only the PQ & PQX Series get HDMI 2.1: https://tinyurl.com/5rynvzr8

00:16:29 – News: Europe’s 1st THX Ultimate Cinema
Via Karl: Copenhagen, Denmark has the 2nd THX Ultimate Cinema in the world: https://tinyurl.com/v3wf9wzkwith content specifically remastered for just two theaters: https://tinyurl.com/xs8s4wdk

00:17:27 – News: Apple AirPods Gen 3
bring Spatial Audio to the lowest price point yet: https://tinyurl.com/2r4hbwnx

00:18:45 – Rumor: 97-inch LG OLED
LG Display is making 97″ panels, and a consumer version is rumored: https://tinyurl.com/yrzyjzep

00:20:50 – Comments:

– Nathan W. reminds everyone to run conduit in walls whenever possible.

00:21:06 – Comment: FabricMate for Matt
FabricMate is a plastic track system for securing stretched fabric to your walls & ceiling: https://tinyurl.com/5mxar5ay

QUESTIONS:

00:24:05 – Blake C: Multiple outdoor speaker zones
Blake asks for outdoor speakers suggestions, and how to easily connect and power multiple outdoor zones.
– https://avgadgets.com/best-outdoor-speakers/
– OSD AP650: https://tinyurl.com/zkve9mv5
– Monoprice 4-ch speaker selector: https://tinyurl.com/965s8248

00:37:38 – Dazz: Curtains, panels & trim levels
Dazz asks if blackout curtains will block too much sound if placed over his acoustic panels, and whether a positive trim level puts strain on his amps.

00:46:26 – Dazz, Mark & Jim: Audyssey Editor App issues
We hope the latest app update fixed its iOS 15 crashes, but a Denon X3600H-specific glitch has us stumped: https://tinyurl.com/ksp75fnt

00:57:35 – Infinite Gary & Dave B: Microphones
Gary wonders about overhead mic placement, and Dave wants to know what we use.
– Audio-Technica AT20005USB: https://tinyurl.com/d65728c7
– AT2020 XLR: https://tinyurl.com/5yyc653d
– AT2020USB+: https://tinyurl.com/2t758vws
– Rode VideoMic NTG shotgun: https://tinyurl.com/p268ae7

01:07:34 – Jesper: Subwoofer & projector now & future
Jesper’s moving in a few months and asks about subwoofer choices for right now and in the future house, miniDSP, projectors, and any easy tips.

01:22:50 – Eric R: Easiest absorption possible
Eric needs the most acoustic benefit for the least money and effort possible in his detached garage.
– https://avgadgets.com/making-your-own-acoustic-panels-a-tutorial/
– https://avgadgets.com/are-acoustic-panels-safe/
– https://avgadgets.com/should-i-add-acoustic-foam-to-my-home-theater/

01:35:37 – Sam P: 4 Subwoofers?
Sam asks if having two rows of seats will make four subs worth it over two.
– Monoprice Monolith 12: https://tinyurl.com/3pn789sc
– HSU VTF-2 MK5: https://tinyurl.com/ychd7ywn
– SVS PB-2000 Pro: https://tinyurl.com/4b8kkjaz

01:41:38 – Brannon: Soundproof studio
We don’t mean to burst Brannon’s bubble, but soundproofing a studio right next to an office isn’t easy or cheap.
– https://www.soundproofingcompany.com/contact-us

01:49:16 – Derek: Nailing down speaker choice
Derek tells us more about his room, so we nail down which speakers he should buy.
– Ascend HTM-200 SE: https://tinyurl.com/ysyv5sx4
– Sonance MAG6 in-ceiling: https://tinyurl.com/2ku3nac3
– Sonance back cans: https://tinyurl.com/d4wm64xu
– Elac Debut 2.0 A42 Atmos: https://tinyurl.com/92pmpvt6

01:55:11 – John O: Need diffusion?
We give a thumbs up to John’s new DIY absorption panel plans, and discuss how to figure out if he needs diffusion.

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