AV Rant #811: Rob’s Gotta Run
A shorter episode this week, as Rob had an appointment to keep. But not to worry, we’ll be back next week to play catch up!
HDMI cables get a new feature, and Samsung’s QD-OLEDs weren’t the only TVs cheating on tests.
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00:00:00 – Intro
Rob watched The Green Knight, and Tom watched The Hating Game, and has more thoughts about Obi-Wan Kenobi.
00:16:45 – Listeners of the Week
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In the news:
00:20:42 – News: HDMI Cable Power
The latest HDMI 2.1a Amendment 1 spec includes power from source devices for HDMI sources: https://bit.ly/3tj7vGT
00:31:00 – News: Samsung QLED also Cheating
Samsung’s QD-OLEDs were cheating on test pattern measurements, but they were updated to at least fix Filmmaker Mode. Now their flagship 4K QLED has been caught doing those same cheats and more. But Samsung says they’ll update that, too: https://bit.ly/3QkvC1Q
00:32:39 – Comment: Aras – John Carpenter for Front Wides
Aras recommends John Carpenter’s movies that have been released on Ultra HD Blu-ray as demo material for Front Wide speaker usage in their Atmos soundtracks, with two notable exceptions.
00:33:39 – Comment: Ian – HDMI to RCA
Ian suggests a digital to analogue HDMI to RCA converter for using a streaming device for audio without needing to have a TV turned on: https://amzn.to/3H9A2o8
00:34:52 – Comment: Greg – Thoughts on Sonos
Greg weighs in on Blake’s in-laws regarding using a Sonos home theater setup in their open Living Room.
00:37:24 – Dale: Small Room Planning
We go over acoustic treatments, paint, speaker positioning, and subwoofer choice for a spare bedroom.
– SVS SB-1000 Pro: https://bit.ly/39aQW9n
00:56:41 – Dan: Polk Reserve Series?
We discuss switching from Towers to on-walls, whether the Polk Reserve Series is actually good, whether it’s time for a Receiver upgrade, and setting the region for your Apple TV.
– Polk Reserve R350: https://bit.ly/3zonlE1
– Aperion Novus N6: https://bit.ly/3NAAGgN
– Monoprice Monolith M-OW1: https://bit.ly/3zlY518
01:07:20 – Christian: DirecTV Error Message
We detail our suspected culprit for a strange copy protection error message.
01:10:06 – Aras: Stepping Back from the Ledge
Aras hasn’t bought a house yet, and his head seems to be swimming from future home theater plans. We try to ease his mind a bit while discussing HVAC, paint choice, projector choice, screen size, seating, and Buttkickers.
– Buttkicker LFE: https://bit.ly/3zsbcOu
01:37:35 – Martin: Narrowing Speaker Options
Martin gave us a list of speaker candidates, and we whittle it down for him.Thanks for listening. Check out our Facebook Page. Click here for our YouTube channel where you can see the recordings of our show videos. Download Tom’s FREE superhero-themed ebook Bob Moore: No Hero wherever ebooks are sold (or given away in this case). Visit Tom's website for download links as well as links for the two full-length followups - Bob Moore: Desperate Times and Bob Moore: Hostile Territory. Check out AVGadgets.com where Tom is the new Editor-in-Chief! Download Tom's NEWEST book, Touch of Pain from Amazon now!