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AV Rant #815: The Red & Orange of Audio

July 7th, 2022

We go over Ascend Acoustics’ updated website and newest speaker model, the Sierra-LX. We plan a full audio system, explain bitstream vs PCM audio, dig into THX Listening Mode settings, and much more.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzX19J

00:00:00 – Intro

Rob completed Severance on Apple TV+. Tom watched Gravity and RRR.

00:16:02 – Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are our 138 Patreon Patrons, as well as Dan, who finally gets an update on the Harmony Elite Remote he sent for Tom’s parents.

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

In the news:

00:22:01 – News: Ascend Sierra-LX Speakers

Ascend Acoustics has updated their website, streamlined their lineup, and introduced the new Sierra-LX model: https://bit.ly/3P4v67b

00:25:43 – News: Samsung Gaming Hub

All the major streaming gaming services can be played directly on Samsung 2022 TVs: https://bit.ly/3yo4mXQ


00:30:45 – Comment: Karl – JVC Authorized Dealers

Make sure to buy any replacement JVC lamps from an authorized dealer, or else your warranty will be voided.

00:32:07 – Comment: Ryan – Prebuilt Shed

A suggestion to consider a prebuilt shed, rather than renovating a room in your house for a theater.

00:34:06 – Comment: Zach – OLED TV Dimming Fix

Vincent Teoh from HDTV Test details how to dig into the service menu of OLED TVs to stop them from dimming during HDR content: https://youtu.be/E5qXj-vpX5Q


00:37:29 – Bill: From Listening Room to Theater

We give our suggestions on screen size, seating layout, speaker configuration and layout, and which speakers and subs to buy.

– Silver Ticket Thin Bezel: https://bit.ly/3af4C3H

– Silver Ticket Fixed Frame: https://bit.ly/3yNSd04

– HT Market Seating Risers: https://bit.ly/3uqFnCk

– SVS Dual SB-3000: https://bit.ly/3yNS7pe

– SVS Prime Elevation: https://bit.ly/3bVm25K

– SVS Prime Pinnacle: https://bit.ly/3IhIGRK

– SVS Ultra Center: https://bit.ly/2MNNWlY

– Sonance MAG6 in-ceiling: https://bit.ly/3IhrOuD

– MAG6 Back Cans: https://bit.ly/3Iljjyx

00:56:42 – Infinite Gary: THX, Copying Auto-Setup, Dual Subs

We explain why a THX Listening Mode reduced harshness, how transposing auto-setup settings from one Receiver to another would work, and why a second sub at the front of the room would purely be for looks.

01:06:12 – Dale P: Mic Stand and Bitstream vs PCM

We give our mic stand picks for holding a UMIK-1. Then we deep dive into bitstream vs PCM.

– Samson MK-10: https://amzn.to/3IhtGDw

– Amazon Basics Boom Stand: https://amzn.to/3nL0ACY

01:16:21 – Terry: Auro, 4 Ohm, New Speakers

We revisit AuroMatic Upmixing, talk about 4 ohm vs 8 ohm speaker impedance, describe GoldenEar’s characteristic sound, and suggest which speaker brand fits Terry’s needs best.

– Aperion Novus Series: https://bit.ly/3Ra8fsh

01:36:04 – Mark: THX and AccuEQ Settings

We go over Onkyo EQ for Standing Waves, THX Re-EQ, THX Loudness Plus, Dolby Loudness Management, and Dolby Volume. With names like those, who could possibly get confused?

– https://avgadgets.com/curves-of-equal-loudness-what-are-they-and-do-i-want-them/

– https://avgadgets.com/shhh-people-are-sleeping-dynamic-range-compression-and-your-receiver/

01:47:10 – Mike: Compact Quad Subs

Mike was advised to go with four SVS SB-2000 Pro for his room size. We discuss whether we agree, and suggest a less expensive option.

– RSL SpeedWoofer 10S MKII: https://bit.ly/3bIkNXl

01:52:43 – Vince: Do Denon & Marantz Sound Different?

Their reps say they sound different. What’s the deal?

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