AV Rant #819: Carol-what?
Emotiva teased a new 13.2-channel Receiver. Avatar and Titanic are being remastered in HDR and high frame rate. And our listeners provide 100% blackout solutions that don’t involve aluminum foil! Plus lots of questions, including a deep dive into Front Wide speakers.
Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzZA77
00:00:00 – Intro
Rob finished and loved the first season of Arcane: League of Legends. Tom started Dead to Me, and the third season of The Umbrella Academy.
00:14:24 – Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are Raf for his PayPal donation, plus our 138 Patreon Patrons, including Dale and Aaron, as well as Tim for giving us a shout out to Accessories4Less, Curt for treating Tom to lunch in person, and Martin for sending a movie code.
Thanks to Doug & Carolyn who sent 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: Tim, Brian, Dale, Jonathan, Aaron, and Doug & Carolyn. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!
In the news:
00:21:03 – News: Emotiva BasX MR-1 Receiver
Emotiva teased their new 13.2-channel BasX MR-1 AV Receiver at the Texas Audio Roundup!: https://youtu.be/6N9BoFQg4r8?t=26
00:23:52 – News: Avatar & Titanic in TrueCut MotionLightstorm Entertainment is remastering Avatar and Titanic in 4K, HDR, and high frame rate, using Pixelworks’ TrueCut Motion for theatrical re-releases: https://bit.ly/3zBNsqu
00:31:16 – Comment: Tim – Denon Bluetooth Output FirmwareDenon added Bluetooth headphone output to 2019 Receiver models via a firmware update: https://bit.ly/3z9B2VG
00:33:02 – Kris: Kaleidescape Quality
Is Kaleidescape’s audio & video quality superior to Ultra HD Blu-rays?
00:40:55 – Chris: Moving to Florida
Tom has advice and warnings about moving close to Disney World.
00:48:33 – Infinite Gary: Audyssey & Atmos Experiments
Gary asks about binding posts that don’t accept Spades, Auto-Setup crossover settings, Audyssey Dynamic EQ vs creator’s intent, going from four to six overheads, and why 3dB louder volume requires twice the Watts.- Spade to Banana Adapters: https://amzn.to/3SgOr74
01:11:28 – Brian: Which SVS Surrounds?
We talk through which SVS speaker models we think Brian should use as Surrounds.
– SVS Prime Satellites: https://bit.ly/3PHjw23
– SVS Ultra Surrounds: https://bit.ly/3S9HSD1
01:18:56 – Mike: All About Front Wides
We dive deep into Front Wide speakers: which Receiver models have them, which formats and upmixers use them, and native vs non-native matrixing.
01:31:55 – Gabriel: Bigger Screen, Limited Space
We have suggestions for fitting a larger projection screen in the space between two windows.
– Silver Ticket Thin Bezel: https://bit.ly/3cNQ0Jq
01:36:39 – Dale: 4K Projector, Lasers Only
Dale’s friend has narrowed down what (he thinks) he wants in a new projector. We weigh in.
– https://www.projectorcentral.com/Sony-VPL-XW5000ES-Laser-Projector-Review.htm– Epson LS12000: https://bit.ly/3S3a1Mb
– Sony XW5000ES: https://bit.ly/3OCf1En
– JVC DLA-NP5: https://bit.ly/3zCW6Fk
01:45:24 – Jonathan: Projector Using SDR Mode for HDR
We discuss the decision Jonathan’s calibrator made to have his Panasonic Ultra HD Blu-ray player convert HDR discs to SDR, BT.2020 output, and keeping his Sony projector in SDR mode for HDR content.
01:52:18 – Aaron: New Layout, Which Speakers?
Water damage forced a renovation. We discuss sub placement, speaker configuration & placement, and which speakers to buy.