AV Rant #786: DJ’s Canadian Burnage
Fun collection of questions this week, including: bias lighting, Dynamic HDR Enhancer vs HDR Optimizer vs dynamic tone mapping, acoustically transparent drywall, a ground-up theater planning session, and much more!
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00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are our 137 Patreon Patrons, including Mel, as well as Mitch for letting SVS know he heard about their Black Friday sale from us.
We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Keshaun, Mitch, Mel, Lars, and Junior. Thank you to everybody for continuing to listen!
In the news:
00:11:24 – News: YouTube TV is back on Roku
Via Nelson – Roku and Google worked out their differences with one day to spare on their expiring contract: https://is.gd/n0YzWi
00:14:07 – News: Emotiva prices will go up in ’22
Costs have gone up, and Emotiva cannot absorb them with their already low margins: https://is.gd/BrLh6U
00:15:03 – News: TCL Google TVs pulled from shelves
Via Jorge & Eric – TCL R546 & R646 TVs have been pulled from Best Buy due to interface complaints: https://is.gd/VBxbJW
00:18:01 – News: New PS5 side panel colors
Sony sued 3rd party panel makers out of business. But now you’ll be able to get something other than white: https://is.gd/tDb0qz
00:19:29 – Comment: Michael – SVS Prime Elevation better than expected
In a head-to-head comparison with Ascend Sierra-2, it wasn’t as big a difference as expected.
00:21:59 – Steve: AVR HDMI 2.1 switching and bias lights
Steve from https://www.nextgenhometheater.com/ wants to make sure which Receivers have HDMI 2.1 switching (not just a single HDMI 2.1 input), and what’s the current go-to for bias lighting.
– Ideal-Lume: https://is.gd/ghCBFB
– MediaLight: https://www.biaslighting.com/
00:37:32 – Infinite Gary: Atmos Module placement and ButtKickers
PSB sent Gary a confusing reply about how high you can mount upward-firing Atmos Modules, and we discuss when tactile transducers make sense.
00:50:02 – Keshaun: Dynamic HDR Enhancer vs HDR Optimizer
Will a Panasonic player with their HDR Optimizer improve upon his Sony projector’s Dynamic HDR Enhancer? And are either of those the same as frame-by-frame dynamic tone mapping? Plus DJ gets absolutely raked across the coals when Rob’s Canadian fury is unleashed!
01:04:37 – Dazz: Micro LED audio and Roll-LED
Dazz responds to things we said during our Thanksgiving episode (https://youtu.be/qm6MA3ZOTvk), and we delve deeper into Micro LED audio concerns, rollable OLED, and UST projectors. Then we discuss his subwoofer and acoustic panel considerations.
– HSU VTF-3 MK5: https://is.gd/A4KGCA
01:18:15 – Mitch: SVS Prime vs Monolith Encore
Mitch isn’t sure he’s happy with his SVS Prime Bookshelf speakers in his bedroom setup. Would Monoprice Monolith speakers be an upgrade?
– SVS Prime: https://is.gd/A7yYMI
– Monolith Encore B6: https://is.gd/QnzpoT
– Monolith THX-265B: https://is.gd/wNGiOW
– GoldenEar Aon: https://is.gd/BlM8BU
– Martin Logan Motion: https://is.gd/QDhFBE
01:26:49 – Brannon: Ensemble acoustically transparent drywall
Brannon informs us about USG Ensemble acoustically transparent drywall, and we discuss if it’s the right solution for his particular room.
– Ensemble AT drywall: https://is.gd/16jOq5
01:35:43 – Mitch: LG C1 & Apple TV 4K settings
We compile the best settings for this particular OLED and streamer.
– AV Forums C1 SDR, HDR & DV settings: https://youtu.be/qSpzw0HXxRw
– HDTV Test C1 PS5 settings: https://youtu.be/S0G8sHcFQq8
– HDTV Test C1 XSX settings: https://youtu.be/t2DNCpj5mpU
– Home Theatre Engineering Apple TV 4K settings: https://youtu.be/htd_1RSaf3A
01:37:30 – Mel: Ground up theater planning
We discuss ground-up planning for room dimensions, soundproofing, seating distance, speaker configuration, theater recliners, and hiring a consultant.
– Room Mode Calculator: https://is.gd/wJgrX5
– HT Market seats: https://is.gd/KsOXiL
01:55:19 – Lars: Dialogue Lift
We give our practical advice for getting the height of your soundstage to sound better when your speakers are physically too low.