AV Rant #816: OLED on the Ceiling?
Netflix gets Sennheiser AMBEO Spatial Audio. We tackle lots of questions this week, particularly about projection setups and trying Surround Backs. Plus, Tom doesn’t think aluminum foil on your windows is classy.
Pictures shown in this episode:https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzXPRm
00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week
We skip talking about what we watched this week to get to the questions sooner (plus we didn’t watch much!) And we talk a bit about infrasonic perception.
Our Listeners of the Week are Dale and Bill for their PayPal donations, plus our 138 Patreon Patrons, including Daniel and Bertrand, as well as Dale for sending Rob an Amazon gift card, Gurinder (and SVS) for pointing out out prominent mention in SVS’ latest newsletter, and Joseph for talking us up to ElectronicsForLess.ca
Thank you to Bill for sending in photos with permission for Tom to use them on https://avgadgets.com/
And we appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Dale, Mike, Daniel, Ben, Bertrand, Dazz, Ryan, and Joseph. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!
In the news:
00:13:35 – News: Netflix gets Sennheiser AMBEO Spatial Audio
If you’re using a 2-channel audio system, certain Netflix titles now provide an enhanced stereo soundtrack that uses Sennheiser’s AMBEO rendering to approximate surround sound and immersive audio: https://bit.ly/3uEPHXp
00:18:12 – Aras: OLED on the Ceiling
Aras asks about in-wall speakers in an exterior wall, building his own speaker cabinets, mounting his OLED in front of a projection screen using a swinging ceiling mount, building a partial false wall, field of view, and then a TV for his daughter, and internet bandwidth.
– Fireplace TV Mounts: https://bit.ly/3AJtyLm
– Motorized TV Ceiling Mount: https://amzn.to/3O6mtHR
– TCL 43S455: https://bit.ly/3Iy5zkd
00:45:50 – Ben: Aluminum Foil Over Windows
Ben asks about a false wall and acoustically transparent screen vs normal fixed frame with on-wall speakers, choice of on-walls, subwoofer, seating, and how to completely black out his windows.
– Ascend Sierra Duo LCR: https://bit.ly/3RwToYT
– Ascend Sierra Luna: https://bit.ly/3yG64E3
– Focal 300 On-walls: https://bit.ly/3c7LV2i
– Dual SVS SB-2000 Pro: https://bit.ly/3bZKcMj
– HT Market HT Design Seating: https://bit.ly/3AOlCIS
01:04:21 – Jonathan: More Expensive Screen
Jonathan shares his experience going from an OLED to a projector, then asks if more expensive screens are worth it.
01:10:50 – Martin: More Speaker Choices
We previously narrowed down his list. Now he asks about a couple of new candidates.
01:16:25 – Mike: ButtKickers with Headphones
Mike gets our take on which subs to buy, how useful ButtKickers would be, how to run ButtKickers with headphones, and DIY panel details.
– Duct Butter: https://thd.co/3PqrkVf
01:30:03 – Daniel: When to Replace Lamp
We detail when he should replace the lamp in his BenQ HT3550i projector.
01:32:41 – Dale: Projector for a Friend
Dale’s friend wants a 4K, HDR projector upgrade, and doesn’t like the sound of “wobble-K”.
– Epson LS12000: https://bit.ly/3uJNdXy
– Sony VW325ES: https://bit.ly/3uKuMCn
– JVC NP5/RS1100: https://bit.ly/3PlZLgp
01:36:50 – Bertrand: Mismatched Surround Backs
Will using mismatched Surround Backs be a fair audition?
01:39:32 – Ryan: Upgrade Order
Ryan wants new Front speakers, a second sub, and a new AV Receiver. But in what order should he buy them?
01:52:42 – Bill: Swapping SVS Models
Bill jumped the gun and ordered a full set of SVS speakers before hearing our advice. Now he wonders if he should swap some models for the ones we recommended.
01:57:15 – Infinite Gary: Journey to Multi-Channel
What was our journey to a multi-channel setup? Plus AV Receiver licensing fees, and the importance of speaker extension when you aren’t using any subwoofer.