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AV Rant #823: The King of Phantom Centers

September 1st, 2022

Still a makeshift episode this week. Sorry for Rob’s poor audio quality. Updates on both our theaters. New AVRs from Arcam, a long-awaited Yamaha firmware update, & lots of questions!

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjA53vT

00:00:00 – Update on Rob’s Apartment

00:03:12 – Tom Updated his Theater

00:09:44 – What we Watched Rob watched Arcane: Bridging the Rift, and BattleBots. Tom watched She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, and Predator. And he got Resident Evil cancelled by Netflix: https://bit.ly/3COu2AP

00:17:50 – Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are our 139 Patreon Patrons, including Andy.
Thank you to Travis for attending the Audio Advice show, and giving Tom permission to use his photos on https://avgadgets.com/

And we appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Eric, Travis, Dale, Gurinder, Rohan, Ari, Tony, Julian, Andy, Andrew, Raf, and Aras. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:21:14 – News: Arcam 2022 Receivers
Arcam AVR11 can power 7 speakers, but process 11. AVR21, AVR31, and AV41 Pre-Pro can all process 15 speakers. And they all have Dirac: https://bit.ly/3Rm4mQ7

00:29:58 – News: Sony Raises PS5 Price
PS5 Consoles are more expensive: https://bit.ly/3TnE55I
Sony DualSense Edge customizable controller: https://bit.ly/3wJqOLa
Xbox prices are staying put: https://bit.ly/3PXefCM

00:32:26 – News: Avatar Pulled from Disney+
Disney wants you in theaters for the 4K HDR re-release: https://bit.ly/3q1bWEd

00:33:58 – News: 3 Months Free of Apple TV+
2018 – 2022 Samsung TVs: https://bit.ly/3AZF1pD
Roku: https://bit.ly/3KCriIU

00:36:14 – News: Yamaha VRR Firmware Update
Yamaha VRR is finally here: https://bit.ly/3RpYAgw

00:37:00 – REVIEW: Anker Soundcore Space A40 & Q45 Headphones
Tom was very impressed: https://avgadgets.com/soundcore-space-a40-and-q45-headphone-review-insane-value-at-any-size/

Comments:

00:42:08 – Comment: Travis – No Love for Dayton Sub
Being an SVS PB12-NSD owner, Dayton’s SUB-1200 couldn’t stack up.

00:43:07 – CORRECTION: Lior – Audyssey Editor App
Lior corrects Rob’s mistake about Audyssey Editor App target curve changes.

QUESTIONS:

00:44:56 – Eric: Mounting On-Ceiling Speakers
Where should 4 overheads go? Which Satellites & mounts?

– Monolith THX Satellites: https://bit.ly/3wIV74w
– SVS Prime Satellites: https://bit.ly/3pZR4gE
– SVS Prime Elevations: https://bit.ly/3CLTVBk
– Cambridge Audio Minx Min12: https://bit.ly/3ADZvmw
– https://avgadgets.com/best-speaker-mounts-for-walls-or-ceilings/
– Mount-It MI-SB03 Ceiling Mounts: https://bit.ly/3TnGiOy
– VideoSecu Universal Mounts: https://amzn.to/3Txh8gs
– Cambridge Minx 400M: https://bit.ly/3B1KCvM

00:53:39 – John: DIY Acoustic Panels
Frame thickness and construction, insulation safety. Also, IOGEAR UPS runtime.
– https://avgadgets.com/making-your-own-acoustic-panels-a-tutorial/
– https://avgadgets.com/are-acoustic-panels-safe/
– IOGEAR GBB1000N UPS: https://bit.ly/3AB8xRl

01:02:53 – Ari: Plugging Ported Speakers
Should an ELAC Uni-Fi UC51 Center have its ports plugged when close to a wall?
– https://avgadgets.com/the-case-against-port-plugs/

01:07:13 – Tony: Active HDMI Cable
Why would an Active HDMI cable fail? What should replace it? Also, where to put a Center speaker when using a UST projector.
– Monoprice Certified UHS Fiber Optic HDMI: https://bit.ly/3CH9OZO
– Blue Jeans Cable Series-3A: https://bit.ly/3AYzC2a

01:14:32 – Julian: From 2.1 to 5.1.2
Options for expanding a 2.1 KEF LS50 desktop setup.

01:22:21 – Andy: In-Walls to Match Ascends
Our top choice wasn’t even on Andy’s list of candidates.
– Sonance VP62: https://bit.ly/3PY5R65
– Backer Boxes: https://bit.ly/3CGhI5H

01:28:30 – Raf: Individual Sub EQ
Independent vs global subwoofer EQ, and also a workaround to keep Audyssey Dynamic EQ active w/out the bass boost.

– https://avgadgets.com/what-is-uniformity-in-speaker-response/
– https://www.minidsp.com/applications/subwoofer-tuning/dual-sub-with-mso
– https://avgadgets.com/shhh-people-are-sleeping-dynamic-range-compression-and-your-receiver/

01:36:22 – Mike: Ovomote Universal Remote
Our thoughts on: https://www.ovomote.com/

01:39:01 – Karl: Black Flooring
We discuss pet-friendly flooring.

01:43:39 – Kerry: Large TV Mount
Full-motion mount options. Plus, C1 picture settings.
– https://avgadgets.com/monoprice-commercial-series-wall-mount/
– Mount-It MI-392: https://bit.ly/3CSWxgC
– C1 settings links: https://youtu.be/hQdmrsNZQrM?t=5730
– OLED ABL Service Menu: https://youtu.be/E5qXj-vpX5Q

01:49:00 – Infinite Gary: Green Marker on CDs
An old audiophile myth gets discussed on a technical level.

01:55:29 – Andrew: Rob’s Makeshift Audio
Why do our normal AVRant recordings sound good? Why does Rob currently sound so bad?

01:57:23 – Aras: DIY Speaker Cabinets
Stuffing, binding posts, and Green Glue.
– Poly-fil: https://amzn.to/3Q29fwD
– Dayton binding posts: https://amzn.to/3KGnJkL

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