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AVRant #96: Sorry Ted

October 2nd, 2008

Ted is mad about a few things. Tom responds. Under $300 Blu-ray players are in stores. J found them. Read the comments below the post for some FANTASTIC information from Rob and others. What is the future for consumer electronics? Let us know what you think below. Tom gives his opinion. If you are having problems registering, let us know. Jaime gives us the last flaming Onkyo 805 update. Could Tom do a budget display shootout? Maybe‚Ķ How to properly use your SPL meter. Rob has a new job. A discussion of Wal-Mart sponsored piracy. A review of a few new TV shows. iTunes is a black hole of information. Thanks for listening and don’t forget to vote for us at Podcast Alley.

Dina looks odd as a blonde.

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  1. jaysonbarnett
    October 2nd, 2008 at 18:31 | #1

    Anyone looking for pirated hondas. Im selling them really cheap. I also have some strollex watches SUPER cheap.

  2. jaysonbarnett
    October 2nd, 2008 at 18:38 | #2

    O yeah this is jason with the blown polks and polk made it right but im am still fight onkyo for thier customer service. I will NEVER buy onkyo again, they have made me feel like this is all my fault, and this lady was yelling at me and the manager hung up on me. I am actually selling my onkyo and do not have enough money for a new receiver but am willing to wait to save for a dennon or something. Everytime i look at that receiver i want to break it. I love movies so much that for me to live without a receiver is huge. Well my panasonic speakers (built in to tv) will have to do.

  3. October 2nd, 2008 at 21:13 | #3

    Jason, I feel for you dude. Drop me an email with a full description of everything that happened. I’ll see if we can get you in touch with the right person if nothing else.

  4. Rob
    October 2nd, 2008 at 21:46 | #4

    Wow, so much to say this time!

    First, Jason, sorry to hear about all that. That sucks! And it’s really a shame that Onkyo isn’t doing very well on the customer support side of things, because they really did a great job IMO these past couple of years in pushing big time to be tops in price-to-performance ratio. But you’re certainly not the first person I’ve heard of having big problems with their customer service, so it’s really a shame.

    Second, to Tom and J, thanks for the kind words in saying you found my post about Blu-ray players helpful. I share the general tone of frustration most of the Audioholics’ editors seem to have about Blu-ray and the way it is being handled by all the companies involved!

    Third, I’m the same Rob you mention in the podcast who called in with the “Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones (made by Monster Cable)” review.

    That’ll be really cool if you put my review up on this website. I definitely think any discriminating listeners would want to know exactly why they should stay far away from these over-priced WAY over-hyped headphones.

    In a nut shell, I can see how some people may still like them, but they just don’t live up to their claims…at all. That’s what has me upset about them. If they’d just said, “we think these are some really good noise cancelling headphones with better bass and detail”, I would have been ok overall. I still would not have kept them, but I wouldn’t have been upset at all. But the reason I got upset over them is because they’re specifically marketed as being “studio quality”, “high end” and “the way [Dr. Dre] hears [his music]” while he’s mixing in the studio. As I say in my review, if that’s what Dr. Dre hears? He either has hearing loss, or else (more likely) it’s just a flat out lie and pure bull**** marketing.

    None-the-less, despite how disappointed and angry I was, I did stay calm and patient while I went through the process of returning them. So Tom and Dina should know, I’d be happy to work for you guys. :p But do be warned; I may have been “persistent and polite”, but I was really angry underneath. I’m Canadian though…so we just know how to hide it really well :p

  5. jaysonbarnett
    October 3rd, 2008 at 15:32 | #5

    Hey thanx Tom but i am just done with onkyo, but i do have to say i have always bought onkyo products. I think they sound great and for the price WOW!!!. Looking back i have spent 5000.00 on onkyo products through out my life so they lost a loyal customer. I install A/V here in san fransisco bay area and recommend onkyo to people on a budget and this will not happen again. I have sold hundreds of 805’s to people and they do not realize how much money they will lose from me. In the corporate world my money is nothing about in the real world they are losing alot. On a lighter note here are some pics of my new EPIK CALIBER which has cracked alot of my sheetrock. I am not joking i think it is almost to much sub for my small room. I can hear a spot of sheetrock splitting and making noise.
    look at the differnece in size in comparison to the velodyne to the right. I love this sub and when the bass hits my lights dim

  6. October 6th, 2008 at 08:40 | #6

    Knight Rider was absolutely horrific. In fact, it was so bad it was like watching a train wreck. I couldn’t pull my eyes away. I’ll never buy a Ford now.

    The only thing that was worse, was that Sci-Fi show running on Sunday that took the “dramatic zoom” to new levels. EVERY SINGLE SHOT (I am NOT exaggerating) was punctuated by a fast zoom in or out). It’s like someone went to the Robert Rodriguez school of single-camera filmmaking and then took a bunch of speed before getting behind the camera.

    Anyone who even channel surfed past that movie would have stopped to gawk at its incredibly poor cinematography.

  7. zhimbo
    October 10th, 2008 at 13:16 | #7

    The whole Samuel Jackson role in that GawdAwful shark movie was genius. GENIUS!

  8. Raul in HD
    March 3rd, 2009 at 14:47 | #8

    LOL!! breakin period for Plasmas

    1. warm up with soft image
    2. Slow Motion, with vivid color
    3. slow and eazy, slow and eazy

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