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AVRant #151: Slip of the Tongue

October 29th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Tom goes on and on about being a geek in this one. How setting the distance of your subwoofer can affect its performance. Center channel woes – what causes muddiness and how to fix it. A preview of an extra AV Rant episode on the horizon. What’s the deal with pro versions of displays versus consumer versions? Might a pro version be right for you? Do we trust the auto-calibration functions of our receivers? What do you think? Thanks for listening and don’t forget to vote for us at Podcast Alley.


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  1. Penthouse
    October 30th, 2009 at 22:18 | #1

    In response to the poll, you’ve mentioned The Speaker Company speakers on a previous podcast, so I tried a pair. I liked them so much that I bought a center and surrounds, also. Thanks Tom!

  2. Rob
    November 1st, 2009 at 15:58 | #2

    For Leif, re: muddy centre speaker

    in my experience, muddy sound from a centre speaker is usually due to having your seat too close to the rear wall. Many people have their couch pushed right up against the back wall and this causes all sorts of audio problems. In simple terms, the sound from your centre speaker is bouncing off of the wall behind you. And since that wall is so close, the reflected sound is very strong, causing the centre channel as a whole to sound muddy and indistinct. I do not know if this is the case for Leif, but some easy advice is to try and always pull your seat away from the rear wall and/or to put some absorption directly behind you 🙂

  3. Rob
    November 1st, 2009 at 16:49 | #3

    I’m getting more and more into using “pro” gear in the home theatre. The level of performance for the price is just so much better in a lot of cases.

    As Tom pointed out, a pro monitor will often be a rather “bare bones” display. But so long as you can provide your own speakers, your own mount and you can work with the typically smaller selection of inputs, the actual display quality itself is usually very high – especially for the price. This was basically the case fir the Pioneer KRP-600M that I bought. It was mostly intended as a “commercial” display. The kind they would use for a newsroom or an entertainment TV show or an airport – that sort of thing.

    In audio, pro gear holds tremendous value as well. Studio monitors are almost always made to be as accurate and linear as possible. Something like the Behringer B2030P audio monitor offers absolutely amazing sound quality for its very low price. Pro audio speakers are often very plain-looking and often physically larger and more boxy. But if accurate sound reproduction is your only goal, it’s awfully hard to beat the value offered by pro studio monitor speakers.

  4. Reorx
    November 2nd, 2009 at 00:44 | #4

    I used to design and setup media classrooms at a university. When we used Professional Display’s and Projectors we could care less about the internal scaling, speakers, number of connections. We always used External video scalers. And as long as the monitors had a HDMI or BNC connections we were good to go.
    When we compared internal to external scalers a few yrs ago, it was no contest. External was the way to go.

    We used mostly all Anchorbay products.

    It would be interesting to see a audioholics shoot out on scalers.

    Anyways, keep up the good work.

    • November 2nd, 2009 at 10:08 | #5

      Pent – You’re welcome.

      Rob – Sitting close to a wall can definitely have that effect. Good point.

      Reorx – We actually tried to set up a scaler shootout a ways back. I wasn’t the head of it so I’m not sure what happened. I’ll ask Clint though I imagine we just didn’t get anyone to send us their products.

  5. ivanrlynn
    November 3rd, 2009 at 23:47 | #6

    Just a little info on the Sky service added to the Xbox 360, This is the UK’s and Ireland’s Satellite HD + TV provider, they do some radio on there also, love the show folk’s!

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