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AVRant #61: Super Dark Internet In-Ceiling Amps

April 22nd, 2008

iPhones are obnoxious. Clint broke AV Rant and admits it. Not all geeks are helpful (probably because we don’t look like Dina). What’s the deal with the Wii? Tom got a chance to play one recently and reported. Josh wants to know if he’s going to hurt his eyes by watching movies in a dark room. Kevin’s got a specific question about his setup that we really can’t answer but try anyways. Alex has a very important question. A listener comments on our discussion of the “super internet” which sparks some more ideas with Tom and Clint. Jason wants to buy an amp… Tom and Clint give some advice. Upgraditius is a terrible condition. A user has a question about in-ceiling speakers. Installers can be your friend. Clint went to the Rush concert and had a great time. Do you protect your hearing? Here’s that link Tom promised you. A new contest is announced – enter now to win something from here. Thanks for listening and don’t forget to vote for us at Podcast Alley.

Contest Rules:
This contest is open to people in the Continental US only. If you live on the moon and REALLY want something on our prize list and are willing to pick up the shipping, feel free to enter. Just realize that you will be picking up the shipping if you want the prize. Listen to the podcast to see how to enter. We’ll be discussing this contest more in future episodes. Contest is open until I decide it is closed. If you’d like to discuss your eligibility or your opinion on how these contests should be run, feel free to contact me at [email protected] Remember, it’s free and supposed to be fun. Let’s not ruin it with a bunch of whining.

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  1. jaysonbarnett
    April 22nd, 2008 at 12:26 | #1

    hey tom how do i email you guys? i can not find any of your emails.

  2. April 22nd, 2008 at 12:58 | #2

    Hey Clint, what kind of ear plugs did you wear for that concert? I use some 3M ear plugs when riding my motorcycle, but they are designed to filter out machine noise and let some of the vocal come through. You said that they were pretty flat for the noise reduction. Let us know. Thanks!

  3. jaysonbarnett
    April 22nd, 2008 at 13:23 | #3

    Also i am jason the concord guy on the show and i was trying to ask about bi-amp with me onkyo 805 to the rti8’s with an external amp, and yes i am addicted to A/V stuff.

  4. April 22nd, 2008 at 22:54 | #4

    First of all, the whole “sent from my….” thing was started by Blackberry. I was surprised Apple actually “followed” somebody on something like this… Anyway, I can indeed change it so it does NOT say that, but choose not to precisely because it tweaks guys like Tom for me to leave it on there. And I am in my forties, but do not drive a Jag. More like a Toyota truck with 250k miles on it…

  5. April 22nd, 2008 at 22:56 | #5

    Clint – can’t believe you went to see Rush. I have seen every tour since Signals – but have yet to get to see Snakes & Arrows. Hoping to catch it later this summer. By the way, lots of that old cheesy video is sorta there for nostalgic purposes – most of it is from past tours, back when it was actually cool! They are now 33 or so years in as band (same members, have never broken up). Okay, so I’m a fan. Can you tell?

  6. lesser evil
    April 23rd, 2008 at 23:42 | #6

    http://www.usspeaker.com/homepage.htm have some matching Tannoy ‘in ceiling’ and ‘in-wall’ speakers. If the speakers are going in the drywall, you probably don’t want to install something low end that you will want to upgrade before you move or otherwise leave the house. Same vendor have and Radian in ceiling speakers. All might go well with the Velodyne SV-1W ‘in wall’ sub woofer. It’s all free advice so you’re sure to get your money’s worth.

  7. April 23rd, 2008 at 23:58 | #7

    The earplugs I have are these:


    The regular, not the ‘baby blues’…

  8. April 24th, 2008 at 09:59 | #8

    Here’s the deal with the wii: it appeals to non-gamers. I think this is why it is so popular and will last. They are hitting a segment of people who would never sit down with a PS3 and play gears of war, for example. I don’t think they are targeting guys like Tom and Clint, for example.

  9. zhimbo
    April 24th, 2008 at 12:17 | #9

    Those etymotic er20 plugs are great. I won’t go to a Big Loud Concert without them.

  10. AustinM
    April 24th, 2008 at 13:11 | #10

    I hate it when people do this, but I can’t resist. J, no one will ever sit down to a PS3 and play Gears of War; that is impossible.

  11. April 24th, 2008 at 15:56 | #11

    oops. guess I just exposed myself as a non-gamer… Make that an Xbox 360…..


  12. AustinM
    April 24th, 2008 at 16:34 | #12

    I’m not much of one either, but as I said, I couldn’t resist.

  13. April 25th, 2008 at 08:48 | #13

    J – I hear what you are saying but I think my original point still applies. These non-gamers also don’t have the dedication to stick around and support the console. It is selling so hot mostly because of non-gamers telling their non-gamer friends how great it is. Now that they’ve had a little time to live with it, that’s going to slow down. And once that happens, the console is dead. IMO.

  14. AustinM
    April 25th, 2008 at 09:54 | #14

    I agree with you Tom. I read an interview where someone compared it to a viral video/web meme. They blaze brightly but most people play a month or two of Wii Sports, tell their friends how cool it is, and then just let it sit there on the shelf collecting dust. Then the friends perpetuate the cycle.

  15. April 25th, 2008 at 10:28 | #15


  16. David
    April 25th, 2008 at 20:53 | #16

    As a Wii owner I have to disagree. I play quite frequently. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is the greatest FPS ever. The controls are so much more natural. Trying to aim a gun with a control stick, the way one does in Halo for example, is a major PITA. With the Wii controls, you just point the way you would naturally point a gun and move with the control stick. Much more intuitive than a control pad. I will concede that MP3 is missing the online play component, but I’ve heard other titles like Super Smash Brothers Brawl and Mario Kart have online play and are great titles. I’m sure MP4 will have online death matches. And online play with Wii is FREE, unlike the subscriptions that required for xbox live.

  17. Raul in HD
    February 10th, 2009 at 20:32 | #17

    jaysonbarnett like Nike, Just Do it. You can never go wrong in buying an AMP!!! oh yes ammmmppppp…. lol

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