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AV Rant #832: New Bulb, Who Dis?

November 3rd, 2022

Lee Overstreet joins us while Tom is away this week. Monoprice’s Monolith Audition Series speakers look solid at low prices. And Epson’s EpiqVision LS300 & LS800 bring improvements over last year’s Ultra Short Throw projector models.

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00:00:00 – Intro & What We Watched
Visible progress in Rob’s apartment. And he watched Black Adam. Lee asks all of you, what should he watch? He’s looking for good, new Sci-Fi movies.

00:14:44 – Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are Joseph for his PayPal donation, plus our 139 Patreon Patrons, including Bastian.
We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Aras, Eric, Nick, Wayne, Brannon, Bastian, Greg, and Kris. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:17:31 – News: Monolith Audition Series Speakers
Monoprice’s new entry-level look solid at low prices: https://bit.ly/3T2UMC2

00:22:31 – News: Epson EpiqVision UST Projectors
LS300 & LS800 bring improved form factor and performance over last year:
– https://bit.ly/3WkzJhr
– https://bit.ly/3DWPrbq


00:27:55 – Comment: Wayne – Thursday Night Football Streaming
The device you use might be the difference between great vs unwatchable.

00:30:58 – Comment: Yanick – Simple Home Cinema
A big fan of https://simplehomecinema.com/ Pro Guides.


00:32:42 – Greg L: Single KEF LS50 Meta
Super puzzling results with his projector lamp replacement. And how to best compare and utilize a single KEF speaker.

00:48:16 – Tony: 65″ Living Room TV
Leaning OLED, should he go LCD?
– LG C1: https://bit.ly/3sT6KUj
– Sony A80J: https://bit.ly/3FEwafO

00:51:30 – Ilango: How Apple TV Audio Works
What’s up with lossless output and Plex on Apple TV?
– Infuse: https://apple.co/3Dzr569

00:58:16 – Aras: DIY Distortion?
In-ceiling speakers in DIY cabinets seem good with some content, but producing distortion with others. Plus speaker wire gauge.
– https://avgadgets.com/speaker-wire-cable-gauge/

01:09:05 – Infinite Gary: Side Wall Reflections
YouTube vs CD audio, Atmos without overhead sounds, laser projector dimming, and how much sound reflection is “correct”?

01:26:24 – Eric: Roku & HDMI Upgrade?
Any benefit when using a 1080p projector?

01:29:39 – Brannon: Studio Apt Layout
Ecstatic about USG Ensemble Acoustical Drywall: https://bit.ly/2JAzryl
Setting up a studio apartment home theater.
– SVS Black Friday SB-2000: https://bit.ly/2V7ApGj
– SVS SB-2000 Pro: https://bit.ly/3FzemD0
– Focal 300 Series on-walls: https://bit.ly/3WqLHG7
– Aperion Novus on-walls: https://bit.ly/3NwhzVC
– Denon X3800H: https://bit.ly/3h6mznM

01:44:51 – Jeremy: HDMI-CEC Weirdness
Power on stopped working after running Audyssey.
– Marantz HDMI Control: https://bit.ly/3sU3mZc

01:47:31 – Joseph: Native CinemaScope Projector?
We discuss why we love getting the screen width that you want, but then having a 16:9 aspect ratio for IMAX, 1.85:1, and even 4:3, quite possibly with motorized masking.

01:56:29 – Bastian: Small Theater, Big Speakers
First dedicated theater room. We discuss layout, seating distance, screen size, and which of his many pairs of speakers to deploy.

02:13:54 – Jay: AVRs going Class-D?
With NAD’s M23 measuring so well, will Class-D take over?
– https://www.audioholics.com/amplifier-reviews/nad-m23-amplifier

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