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AV Rant #813: Best Laid Plans

June 24th, 2022

Perlisten Audio has an entire new THX Ultra speaker Series at a lower (but still expensive) price bracket. We go over the details of Emotiva’s new monoblock amp. And our honest advice about a new theater room probably isn’t what one of our listeners wants to hear.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzVbZW

00:00:00 – Intro

Rob watched The Last Duel, and Tom revisited Turner and Hooch, and The Last Jedi. And we discuss Ms. Marvel.

00:21:24 – Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Raf for his PayPal donation, plus our 139 Patreon Patrons, including Bertrand, as well as Infinite Gary for letting Rythmik know he heard about their subwoofers from us.

We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Allen, Dale, Bertrand, and Aras. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:23:17 – News: Emotiva BasX A1 Monoblock Amp

It spoils the easy pricing structure they had going, and it’s RCA only, but the BasX A1 is a reasonably affordable 200 Watt monoblock amp: https://bit.ly/3HLRjnv

00:27:44 – News: Perlisten R-Series THX Speakers

After introducing the first THX Dominus speakers with their S-Series, now Perlisten has unveiled their lower-cost, THX Ultra R-Series lineup: https://bit.ly/3QCjEk6

00:30:27 – News: Buy Walmart Products on your Roku

Two clicks are all it takes to order advertized products from Walmart on your Roku streaming device: https://bit.ly/3HMs6Jw


00:32:32 – Comment: Andrew – Waxing Speakers

Andrew had good results using car wax on his glossy speakers. Rob suggests piano polish: https://www.corycare.com/productcat/piano-care-products/


00:34:57 – Terry: Get Denon X6700H for Auro?

Terry isn’t completely satisfied with his immersive audio experience, and he hopes we can confirm that a Receiver upgrade will deliver what he wants.

– https://avgadgets.com/will-upgrading-my-receiver-upgrade-my-sound/

00:48:47 – Dan: Do AV Receivers All Sound the Same?

Dan was part of a listening panel who all agreed that there are audible differences between AV Receivers. We discuss the challenges of conducting blind comparisons, and speculate as to why they might have heard differences that test bench measurements do not show.

– https://avgadgets.com/what-is-a-blind-test-in-av/

01:10:42 – Allen: Sofabaton X1 Issues

Allen is close to being happy with his Sofabaton X1 remote, but IR Learning is still tricky, and the Hub needs reboots.

– [email protected]

– Remote & Hub losing connection: http://bbs.sofabaton.com/post/486

01:15:24 – Dale: Upside Down Speakers & Field of View

Dale asks about wall mounts and inverting Height speakers, plus we clarify what “field of view” means.

– https://avgadgets.com/best-speaker-mounts-for-walls-or-ceilings/

– Mount-It MI-SB03: https://bit.ly/39LYEXM

– https://avgadgets.com/questions-you-were-afraid-to-ask/

01:23:12 – Infinite Gary: Rythmik F12 Options

We go over the various Rythmik F12 subwoofer model variations, as well as a comment about determining subwoofer size based on your speakers.

01:31:42 – Bertrand: Many Updates, Couple of Questions

Bertrand shares a long list of details he learned from building his home theater. Then he asks about HDR10 vs Dolby Vision, and potentially using Speakers B after a protection mode incident.

– https://avgadgets.com/home-theater-recliners-are-a-waste-of-money/

– https://avgadgets.com/buy-bookshelf-over-tower-speakers/

01:45:02 – Aras: New Room, New Problems

Aras has an offer in on a house! But the proposed home theater room presents many challenges in terms of sound isolation. We tackle questions about enclosing and sealing the room, HVAC concerns, dealing with a fireplace, what to do about his projection screen, renovating the ceiling, and whether to use in-ceiling and in-wall speakers.

– https://avgadgets.com/qotd-can-i-use-a-curtain-to-block-sound/

– Triple Leaf Effect: https://bit.ly/3HLRlvu

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