AV Rant #821: Bad Day for Optoma
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Warner Bros. Discovery is making big changes, particularly to HBO Max. ProjectorScreen and Projector Central had an Ultra Short Throw projector shootout with surprising winners. And we answer lots of questions, including prioritizing a huge list of potential upgrades.
Pictures shown in this episode:https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjA2myP
00:00:00 – Intro
Rob finished the 3rd season of The Orville: New Horizons. Tom watched Prey, and started The Sandman.
00:12:47 – Listeners of the Week
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In the news:
00:17:16 – News: Warner Bros. Discovery Big Changes
Following their merger and new CEO taking over, there’s upheaval at Warner Bros. Discovery, with big impacts to HBO Max and its content: https://dcdr.me/3bKNK5q
00:30:49 – News: Ultra Short Throw Projector Shootout
ProjectorScreen.com and Projector Central hosted a UST projector shootout for 14 models under $6,500 with some surprising results: https://bit.ly/3PaEdCh
00:33:31 – Comment: Infinite Gary – Spade-to-Banana Adapters
A successful way around plastic guards on speaker binding posts: https://amzn.to/3SgOr74
00:33:40 – Comment: Ryan – Refurbished Epson Projectors
Returned his Optoma UHD55, picked up a refurb Epson 6040UB.
00:35:09 – Comment: Dan – Adjusting Sub Position
Shared the experience of listening to bass sweeps in different seats with his girlfriend.
00:38:24 – Bertrand: Super Chunk DIY Bass Traps
We discuss modifications for a lower ceiling, air gaps, and what he’ll actually hear.
00:48:02 – Mel: New Media Room Plans
We discuss soundproofing, acoustic treatment, seating distance, speaker placement, and using a system for both movies and 2-channel listening.
01:03:33 – Mike: Wiring Four Overhead Speakers
We discuss minimum distances, series vs parallel, and how to physically wire pairs of overhead speakers.
01:09:25 – Matt: ALL the Upgrades
A laundry list of ideas are prioritized for time and money.
– SVS 13-Ultra to 4000 Amp Upgrade Kit: https://bit.ly/3p8ZMIR
– Calibrated UMIK-1: https://bit.ly/3bHcs6T
– miniDSP 2×4 HD: https://bit.ly/2jWhfTb
– JVC Calibration Software: https://bit.ly/3vWvsFb
– Sherwin-Williams Gray Screen: https://bit.ly/3QvxST6
– Tricorn Black: https://bit.ly/3PchyFB
– Sonance MAG6 in-ceilings: https://bit.ly/3A6aiG7
– MAG6 Back Cans: https://bit.ly/3pbIOK6
01:40:04 – Eddie: NAD AVR not showing Atmos
We go over the reasons Atmos might not show up on a Receiver’s front panel.
01:41:42 – John: EIA vs FTC Wattage
How important is it for an amp’s wattage to meet or exceed a speaker’s power handling? And what’s EIA vs FTC Wattage?
– FTC & EIA Power Ratings: https://bit.ly/3QxAsrB
01:45:44 – Karl: Laser Projector Shootouts
We discuss the dangers of evaluating projectors based on side-by-side images and videos posted online.
01:50:44 – Daniel: Bedroom AV Receiver
If HDMI 2.1 isn’t a priority, and only 3 channels are needed, which AV Receiver should he get?
– Denon X1600H from A4L: https://bit.ly/3zSQQMW
– Denon S660H: https://bit.ly/3JLUKvn
01:52:40 – Infinite Gary: RCA Interconnects
If you just want a cleaner look and uniform lengths, which RCA interconnects do we recommend?
– Monoprice Digital Coax: https://bit.ly/3QwnudM
– Monoprice Stereo RCA: https://bit.ly/3QiM6qI
– Blue Jeans Cable LC-1: https://bit.ly/3dm9BQY
– SVS SoundPath RCA: https://bit.ly/3dnIB3O
01:54:33 – Jonathan: Cleaning Your Projector
What maintenance and cleaning should be done on his Sony projector?
01:57:30 – Raf: Audyssey Pro & MultEQ-X
We discuss options for either Audyssey Pro or MultEQ-X add-ons, and whether independent subwoofer EQ is possible.
– MultEQ-X Software for Windows only: https://bit.ly/3AcbXLh