AV Rant #783: DJ Gets Tricked
We hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving, and our Thankful in the Multiverse of Podcasts crossover event!
Now we’re here with our regular Q&A episode, plus our favorite annual SVS Black Friday sale!
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00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are Jaremy for his PayPal donation, plus our 135 Patreon Patrons.
We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Richard, Monty, Jaremy, Michael, Gurinder, and @SnoopAugieDog. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!
In the news:
00:12:38 – News: SVS Black Friday Sale
The original SB-1000, PB-1000, SB-2000, and PB-2000 are back for a limited time at great prices. Use the code “GoDual21” for an additional 5% off when you buy two: https://is.gd/OlxuN7
00:19:42 – Comment: Daniel – Smoke test
A great suggestion to use a smoke test to check the seal and soundproofing of your room.
00:20:33 – Comment: Nathan – AES study on 2-ch vs. 22.2-ch
It seems that a large number of speaker channels reduces our perception of acoustic differences: https://is.gd/vBASJk
00:23:46 – Comment: Jason – Yamaha 2021 AVRs in stock
00:24:13 – Comment: Jaremy – Techthusiasm
Check out Jaremy’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/Techthusiasm
00:25:20 – Chris: Bigger screen + masking?
Chris gets our thoughts on a projection screen upgrade for his new JVC NZ8, as well as whether to keep his Oppo.
– Silver Ticket 135″ Matte White: https://is.gd/KFlFk5
– Seymour AV Premiere + Manual Magnet Masking: https://is.gd/v8yfH0
00:41:25 – Eric: Higher crossover ok?
Can Surrounds crossover to your subs at 110 Hz? And an interesting tangent about the new Onkyo TX-RZ50 vs. its sister model Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505.
00:48:46 – Alvin: Mic position #1 for room correction
Should the sweet spot be one seat or the other on a loveseat, or split the difference?
00:58:07 – Mitch: Which OLED?
Several 77″ OLED choices. Which is best?
01:04:08 – Gav: Height Speaker Virtualization
First, an apology for rolling our eyes about “high-res” music. We discuss HDMI handshakes, and whether lossy vs. lossless and high-res vs. CD matters if there’s a consistent difference that you hear. Then we dig into Dolby Height Speaker Virtualization, upward-firing Atmos Modules, and Marantz SlimLine AVR pre-outs.
01:31:29 – Richard: Room planning resources
Some of the best educational resources for planning your theater room build:
01:36:03 – Gurinder & Infinite Gary: “Best” acoustics?
How do you know when you’ve truly optimized your room’s acoustics? And what’s up with bass that seems directional?
01:48:16 – Martin: “Black Level” settings
What does the “black level” setting actually do? And why would you ever choose “light” when the other option is “dark”?
01:51:05 – Tom K: Surround speaker stands
Stands that can hold Surround speakers just above your seated height, and where to put them in Tom’s narrow room.
– VideoSecu adjustable, side-clamping stands: https://is.gd/LHuV1E
– Monoprice Monolith stands: https://is.gd/BqNxDz