AV Rant #781: Dolby Circle of Hell
Monoprice has a new affordable series of Monolith Encore speakers. And we go extra long this week to get to more of your home theater and AV questions!
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00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are Jonathan and Gav for their PayPal donations, plus our 135 Patreon Patrons, including Bastian, Eric, and Alvin, as well as Gurinder for sending us Amazon Gift Cards.
We also want to thank Chris for giving Tom permission to use his photo on https://avgadgets.com/
And we appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Brad, Mike, Bastian, Garrett, Chris, Romaine, Eric, and Vince. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!
In the news:
00:10:23 – News: Monoprice Monolith Encore Series Speakers
The Monolith Encore B6, C6, and T6 appear to be high value, well-designed speakers: https://is.gd/vHJJ7o
00:15:24 – Comment: Gurinder
Electrical boxes really are a flanking path for sound transmission between rooms.
00:17:07 – Andy: Color Space standards
What do Rec.709, DCI-P3, Rec.2020, and others actually mean?
– Rec.709: https://is.gd/7doefB
– DCI-P3: https://is.gd/V1NkNm
– Rec.2020: https://is.gd/80KFLY
– Rec.2100: https://is.gd/1LhDiM
– BT.1886: https://is.gd/aSeXlg
– ST.2084: https://is.gd/Zb6tiX
00:25:19 – Infinite Gary: Stock cables & combo panels
Has replacing a stock cable ever genuinely made an improvement? And what’s best: absorption, diffusion, or a combo?
00:38:40 – John: Apple TV+ Profiles
Do you really need individual Apple IDs?
00:42:05 – Nick & Mike: Smaller Sub options
Reasonably-sized, under-$1000, high performance subwoofers.
– HSU VTF-2 MK5: https://is.gd/4Wwyv7
– Outlaw Ultra-X12: https://is.gd/duPZB5
– HSU ULS-15 MK2: https://is.gd/SEjYL0
– SVS 3000 Micro: https://is.gd/Pw5TT3
00:56:49 – Monty: Wired earphones
$100 – $200 wired earphone suggestions.
– Shure SE215: https://is.gd/1jD76M
– AONIC 215: https://is.gd/Bh8uYy
– Etymotic ER3: https://is.gd/178OUp
01:06:29 – Dazz: Faulty Panasonic UB420
User error, or time for an exchange?
01:08:23 – Jonathan: Reference Volume & bass sweeps
Trust Audyssey, or an SPL Meter? And clarifying Rob’s 12 Step Guide.
01:19:26 – Andrew: Bigger OLED or articulating mount?
01:22:46 – Bastian: Ultra HD worth it?
Many questions about Ultra HD vs. HD, surround sound vs. stereo, placing and configuring Surrounds, day vs. night mode, adjusting picture settings, and ambient/bias lighting.
– RTings CX settings: https://is.gd/VmPM78
01:49:59 – Allen: Costco model numbers
Do Costco models have different features or performance?
01:52:23 – Matt & Steve: Yamaha or Dirac?
Matt asks if he should get a Yamaha Pre-Pro and use manual PEQ, or switch to Dirac. And Steve is deciding between Yamaha and Onkyo.
02:07:06 – Garrett: Temporary sound treatment
Garrett is moving next year, but has concerns in his current place about sound transmission, acoustic treatment, and getting his first projector.
– BenQ HT2150ST: https://is.gd/X64exF
02:18:17 – Gurinder: Room too dead?
Gurinder measured his room’s decay times.