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AV Rant #647: IMAX Enhanced is DEAD!

June 14th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Shannon, as well as our 82 Patreon Patrons, and Jason G. for talking us up to SVS when he bought a Prime Wireless SoundBase and an SB-1000 subwoofer.

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

In the news:
– Via Carl – HDHomeRun Scribe and Servio OTA DVR solutions: https://www.cordcutters.com/you-can-now-order-hdhomerun-scribe-and-servio-boxes
– Google Stadia is $10/month and you still have to buy games: https://store.google.com/us/product/stadia_founders_edition?hl=en-US
– Details about Xbox Project Scarlett from E3: https://ign.com/articles/2019/06/09/next-xbox-scarlett-specs-release-rumors-games-leaks-e3-reveal
– Josh S. shares details about installing 5G infrastructure.
– Aaron C. says his JVC rep told him no more X790 projectors are being made.
– 0:17:13 Denon’s X8500H manual paints a bleak picture of what IMAX Enhanced does to audio signals: http://manuals.denon.com/AVRX8500H/NA/EN/DRDZSYyrtgycpw.php

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AV Rant #646: 6K Displays Are Here!

June 7th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 81 Patreon Patrons, including Travis, as well as Alvin for telling Accessories4Less his Onkyo TX-RZ730 Receiver purchase was thanks to our recommendation.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmE1XEaW
In the news:
– Apple’s WWDC: Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR: https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/03/apple-wwdc-2019-most-important-news/
– LG’s 88″ 8K Z9 OLED costs $30K: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnarcher/2019/06/03/lgs-8k-oled-tv-now-on-sale/
– 48″ OLEDs in 2020: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1559553128
– Sony ULTRA 4K streaming service shuts down July 26: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1559288629

– Mitch R. made his speaker upgrade choice after bringing in Ascend Sierra RAAL, RBH Signature Reference, and B&W 700 Series Towers for auditions.- Damien D. modeled Tom’s speaker placement advice FTW.
– Ilango upped his Bluetooth earphone budget, and is happy with his Shure SE215.
– Cesar deployed absorption behind his seats with great results for his Center channel.

Corrections:
– 0:28:26 Shane T. reminded us about the Anthem Room Correction (ARC) Genesis software update, and shares his comparison with Dirac: https://www.anthemarc.com/arc-genesis/index.php
– 0:32:53 Lee V. notes the NVidia Shield can output Amazon Prime Video in 5.1 DD+ and Atmos. And he thinks his Epson 5040UB projector automatically switches into HDR mode, so we clarify how Epson HDR projectors handle picture mode settings.

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AV Rant #645: DIY Diffusion and You

June 1st, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 82 Patreon Patrons, including Grant M., as well as Carl and Tap who both bought subs from SVS during their Memorial Day sale and let SVS know we recommended them.

Photos shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmDRiRNR

In the news:- Via Karl, Tap & Kris
– Universal Music Group has partnered up with Dolby to release thousands of Dolby Atmos music mixes: https://www.universalmusic.com/dolby-atmos-music-experience-music-like-never-before/
– Fusion Research announced their $7,000 4K Genesis Movie Server: https://www.cepro.com/article/fusion_research_4k_uhd_movie_server
– Microsoft’s Project xCloud streaming gaming service can support all existing Xbox One games: https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2019/05/24/project-xcloud-more-for-gamers-and-developers/
– Fox announced the Ultra HD Blu-ray of Alita Battle Angel will include both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1558503366

– Jim B. recommends JBL’s SP6II in-wall speakers and finding deals on: https://slickdeals.net/

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AV Rant #644: Hanging Sub

May 24th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Jainan, Patricio, Terry, and Thomas for their donations, also our 81 Patreon Patrons, including Ilango, as well as Dan for sending us some Amazon gift cards, Miguel for telling Parts-Express his Triplett SPL Meter purchase was thank to our recommendation, and Tom for mentioning us to AV Science when he bought his JVC RS540 projector.

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

In the news:
– Disney now owns all of Hulu: https://variety.com/2019/digital/news/disney-full-control-hulu-comcast-deal-1203214338/
– Many AV Rant Listeners alerted us that Sound United bought Onkyo and Pioneer: https://www.cepro.com/article/sound_united_to_pick_up_integra_onkyo_pioneer_brands
– The co-founder of Paradigm now owns 100% of Paradigm, Anthem, and Martin Logan: https://www.soundandvision.com/content/paradigm-co-founder-buys-paradigm-anthem-and-martinlogan
– The Sony X800M2 Ultra HD Blu-ray player doesn’t auto-switch Dolby Vision: https://youtu.be/aiij4UzMUi4
– Sony and Microsoft are teaming up for game streaming: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1558346908
– An iTunes bug downgraded a bunch of 4K movies to HD: https://www.techradar.com/news/itunes-bug-causing-many-users-4k-titles-to-be-downgraded-to-hd

– Carl informed us that all four of the new CalMAN Home calibration software options include full manual calibration workflows: https://store.portrait.com/consumer-software.html

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AV Rant #643: Sorry, Josh

May 17th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 80 Patron Patrons, including Mel, as well as Rob W. for letting SVS know his dual PB-1000 purchase was because of our recommendation, and Damien D. for mentioning us to Accessories4Less when he bought a Denon X4400H.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmyc94kb

In the news:
– Samsung rolled out the firmware that adds the Apple TV app and AirPlay 2 to their TVs: https://www.avsforum.com/samsung-launches-airplay-2-and-apple-tv-app-support/
– Via Karl R. – Hub Entertainment Research survey, “Entertainment in the Connected Home”: https://advanced-television.com/2019/05/08/study-just-half-of-4k-tv-owners-have-watched-4k-content/

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