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AV Rant #785: Weird Kid Rob

December 10th, 2021
Rob admits to being weird. Surprising no one. Plus he and Tom answer your home theater and AV questions! As always!

Lots of interesting comparisons this week: QD-Display vs OLED, PlayStation Plus vs Xbox Game Pass, 75″ TVs, XLR vs DMX cables, 2 seats vs 3 seats, LG CX vs C1, acoustically transparent vs below the screen, and SVS Prime vs Ultra. Plus a bunch of other questions, too. Enjoy!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are our 137 Patreon Patrons, including Ron.
We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Ron, George, and Chris. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:09:15 – News: 97″ OLEDs will be 4K
We thought they’d be super expensive 8K TVs, but apparently they’ll be 4K: https://is.gd/wBbCQM

00:14:33 – News: Sony QD-OLEDs in 2022
Looks like Sony will use quantum dot OLED panels from Samsung for an A95K Series: https://youtu.be/-5ISJlsZMqA

00:17:31 – News: Android 12 for TV
Finally, frame rate switching and a 4K interface! https://is.gd/g246mz

00:21:11 – PlayStation Now becomes a PS+ tier
PlayStation Plus will introduce 3 tiers in 2022 to compete with Xbox Game Pass and Cloud Gaming: https://is.gd/uhepDd

Comments:

00:24:31 – Comment – Nathan: Acoustic Frontiers room planning
A suggestion to figure out your seating first and go from there: https://is.gd/nHgRla

QUESTIONS:

00:29:59 – Ron: 75″ TVs and projector lamps
Ron’s second guessing if a TCL R635 was the right choice, and he also wants to know if he should heed his projector’s “replace lamp” warning.
– TCL R635: https://is.gd/vgKpnO
– TCL R646: https://is.gd/3nSIo3
– Hisense U7G: https://is.gd/Qd4jAc
– Sony X90J: https://is.gd/PgsyVt
– Sony 85″ X91J: https://is.gd/27VMp6
– https://www.projectorcentral.com/projector-lamp.htm

00:41:20 – George: Subs for shrinking room
George is downsizing his theater room, and it won’t be a rectangle anymore. How to orient things, and where to put his subs?
– http://www.avrant.com/a-12-step-guide-to-setting-up-dual-subwoofers/
– https://avgadgets.com/setting-up-dual-subwoofers/

00:56:24 – Carlos: LG OLED Light Setting
What should it be for exactly 100 nits?
– X-Rite i1 Display: https://is.gd/wkJ1sb

01:01:31 – John: XLR vs DMX cables
John’s been using DMX/AES cables. Would switching to XLR cables make a difference? And can a pro Crown amp safely power the Monolith Encore speakers?
– XLR vs. DMX explained: https://is.gd/g0E2Y3
– Monoprice Monolith Encore B6: https://is.gd/QnzpoT

01:14:41 – Alvin: Perfecting phantom center
We revisit Alvin’s 2-seater setup to see if there’s any way to improve the stereo imaging further. And we discuss potential Atmos speaker upgrades and labeling.
– https://avgadgets.com/qotd-how-you-should-label-your-atmos-speakers/

01:28:52 – Chris: LG CX vs. C1
Any reason to pay more for the C1 OLED?
– HDTV Test C9 vs CX vs C1: https://youtu.be/1SdhfbAcqPs

01:32:18 – Karl: Speaker choices & dialogue clarity
We go over Karl’s updated “Vantablack Theater” plans, including: larger screen size, acoustically transparent screens, exactly which in-wall speaker models to go with, and expanding to 13 or more speakers. Then we dive into SlashFilm’s article about movie dialogue.
– Seymour AV AT screen materials: https://is.gd/7gHRyV
– Monoprice Monolith THX-365IW: https://is.gd/TBf0aQ
– Monolith THX-LCR: https://is.gd/RKxYU6
– Monolith THX-265IW: https://is.gd/gEXN1A
– Sonance MAG6: https://is.gd/En6IMW
– Sonance back cans: https://is.gd/fMUSjl
– Monolith HTP-1 16-ch Pre-Pro: https://is.gd/K8TJZS
– https://avgadgets.com/best-uses-of-an-external-amplifier-in-a-home-theater-along-with-recommendations/
– SlashFilm on movie dialogue: https://is.gd/95oWk1

01:57:10 – Mike: SVS Prime vs. Ultra speakers
Are the Ultras worth twice the price?

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