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AV Rant #821: Bad Day for Optoma

August 11th, 2022 Comments off

Free tickets are still available for the Home Theater & Audio Show being hosted by Audio Advice in Raleigh, NC Aug 19 – 21. Email us if you’d like some. Or use our promo code: AVRANT22 for $5-off 3-day passes when you register: https://live.audioadvice.com/attend/register/

Warner Bros. Discovery is making big changes, particularly to HBO Max. ProjectorScreen and Projector Central had an Ultra Short Throw projector shootout with surprising winners. And we answer lots of questions, including prioritizing a huge list of potential upgrades.

Pictures shown in this episode:https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjA2myP

00:00:00 – Intro
Rob finished the 3rd season of The Orville: New Horizons. Tom watched Prey, and started The Sandman.

00:12:47 – Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are Raf for his PayPal donation, plus our 139 Patreon Patrons, as well as Mario for his heads-up about Best Buy’s Sonance MAG6 in-ceiling speaker flash sale, and Seth for arranging our free tickets and promo code for the Audio Advice show.
Thanks also to Julian and Dane for sending photos with permission to use them on https://avgadgets.com/
And we appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Matt, Ryan, Ilango, Julian, and Mark. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:17:16 – News: Warner Bros. Discovery Big Changes
Following their merger and new CEO taking over, there’s upheaval at Warner Bros. Discovery, with big impacts to HBO Max and its content: https://dcdr.me/3bKNK5q

00:30:49 – News: Ultra Short Throw Projector Shootout
ProjectorScreen.com and Projector Central hosted a UST projector shootout for 14 models under $6,500 with some surprising results: https://bit.ly/3PaEdCh

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00:33:31 – Comment: Infinite Gary – Spade-to-Banana Adapters
A successful way around plastic guards on speaker binding posts: https://amzn.to/3SgOr74

00:33:40 – Comment: Ryan – Refurbished Epson Projectors
Returned his Optoma UHD55, picked up a refurb Epson 6040UB.

00:35:09 – Comment: Dan – Adjusting Sub Position
Shared the experience of listening to bass sweeps in different seats with his girlfriend.

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AV Rant #820: Rob Hates Everything

August 4th, 2022 Comments off

Audio Advice is hosting a Home Theater & Audio Show in Raleigh, NC from Aug 19 – 21. If you’d like to attend, email us. We’ll have a small number of free tickets to give out, as well as $5-off promo codes.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjA1twm

00:00:00 – Intro

Rob watched Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. Tom watched the latest season of Love, Death & Robots, and started Only Murders in the Building.

00:10:45 – Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Doug & Carolyn, Dane, and Michael for their PayPal donations, plus our 138 Patreon Patrons, including Chris and Bertrand, as well as Gurinder and Stan for sending movie codes, and Seth for helping us out with those Audio Advice Home Theater & Audio Show tickets & promo codes.

We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Julian, Greg, Gurinder, Dale, Kris, Shawn, Martin, Raf, Bertrand, Stan, and Seth. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:17:36 – News: Power Sound Audio Promo

10% – 20% off speakers (except Towers): https://bit.ly/3oSlsca

00:18:29 – News: Auro-3D Bought Out

Auro Technologies has been purchased by Saffelberg Investments: https://bit.ly/3SmivOC

00:19:32 – News: Aperion Theatrus Series

High sensitivity, high power-handling, on-wall speakers using folded ribbon tweeters: https://bit.ly/3Qiyag4

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AV Rant #819: Carol-what?

July 28th, 2022 Comments off

Emotiva teased a new 13.2-channel Receiver. Avatar and Titanic are being remastered in HDR and high frame rate. And our listeners provide 100% blackout solutions that don’t involve aluminum foil! Plus lots of questions, including a deep dive into Front Wide speakers.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzZA77

00:00:00 – Intro
Rob finished and loved the first season of Arcane: League of Legends. Tom started Dead to Me, and the third season of The Umbrella Academy.

00:14:24 – Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are Raf for his PayPal donation, plus our 138 Patreon Patrons, including Dale and Aaron, as well as Tim for giving us a shout out to Accessories4Less, Curt for treating Tom to lunch in person, and Martin for sending a movie code.

Thanks to Doug & Carolyn who sent photos with permission for Tom to use them on https://avgadgets.com/

And we appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Tim, Brian, Dale, Jonathan, Aaron, and Doug & Carolyn. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:21:03 – News: Emotiva BasX MR-1 Receiver
Emotiva teased their new 13.2-channel BasX MR-1 AV Receiver at the Texas Audio Roundup!: https://youtu.be/6N9BoFQg4r8?t=26

00:23:52 – News: Avatar & Titanic in TrueCut MotionLightstorm Entertainment is remastering Avatar and Titanic in 4K, HDR, and high frame rate, using Pixelworks’ TrueCut Motion for theatrical re-releases: https://bit.ly/3zBNsqu

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00:29:50 – Comment: Vince & Karl – 100% Blackout Solutions
Vince vouches for Blackout EZ Window Covers: https://amzn.to/3czYu6E
Karl suggests a roller blind system: https://youtu.be/cGLdUK46uG0

00:31:16 – Comment: Tim – Denon Bluetooth Output FirmwareDenon added Bluetooth headphone output to 2019 Receiver models via a firmware update: https://bit.ly/3z9B2VG

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AV Rant #818: Will We Recommend Flat Passive Subs?

July 21st, 2022 Comments off

Monoprice expanded their Monolith THX Certified In-Wall Speaker lineup, and Amazon Prime Video finally updated their user interface. We get back to what we’ve watched over the past two weeks.

And check out our interview with Jason Ehrlich, Sales Development Specialist, from Kinetics Noise Control, Inc. We delve into soundproofing and acoustic treatments: http://www.avrant.com/av-rant-817-interview-with-jason-ehrlich-from-kinetics-noise-control-inc/

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

00:00:00 – Intro Rob watched Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, and has thoughts on Season 1 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. He’s keeping up with The Orville: New Horizons, Only Murders in the Building, and Better Call Saul. And he started The Afterparty, and Arcane: League of Legends.
Tom watched the new Resident Evil series on Netflix, and finished Ms. Marvel.

00:20:09 – Listeners of the Week Our Listeners of the Week are Aras for his PayPal donation, plus our 138 Patreon Patrons, as well as Greg for letting AV Science know we frequently recommend them. We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Curt, Aras, Gurinder, Dazz, and Kris. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!
In the news:

00:23:10 – News: Monolith THX-465IW & THX-275IW Larger & smaller Monoprice Monolith THX Certified in-wall speaker models: https://bit.ly/3PBQsby

00:27:00 – News: Amazon Prime Video’s New User Interface Amazon Prime Video is finally rolling out an updated interface: https://bit.ly/3ISlh9P

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AV Rant #817: Interview with Jason Ehrlich from Kinetics Noise Control, Inc

July 18th, 2022 Comments off

We interview Jason Ehrlich, Sales Development Specialist, from Kinetics Noise Control, Inc. to learn all about their soundproofing and acoustic treatment products and installations.

Visit https://kineticsnoise.com/ to learn more!

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzYgu8

00:00:00 – Intro

00:05:37 – Introducing Jason Ehrlich

00:07:45 – Introducing Kinetics Noise Control

00:10:04 – Jason’s Current Home Theater
– https://thebuttkicker.com/

00:11:57 – Kinetics’ Home Theater Products
– https://kineticsnoise.com/home

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