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AV Rant #784: Thin is In

December 3rd, 2021 Comments off

Samsung’s quantum dot OLED TVs get a marketing name. But don’t expect them to rival LG OLED prices and sizes any time soon. We also dig into the confusing limitations of certain streaming apps on certain streaming devices, and why even an HD Fury can’t help.

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00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Jacob for his PayPal donation, plus our 135 Patreon Patrons, including Ron.
We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Mike, Gurinder, Jeremy, Nathan, Joe, Gav, and Ron. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:12:56 – News: Roku firmware broke YouTube TV app
Via Karl, Roku OS 10.5 created so many problems, they rolled it back: https://is.gd/oX2XGe

00:15:36 – News: Samsung QD-Display
Samsung is using QD-Display as the name for their quantum dot OLED TVs that have begun mass production, but with reportedly low yields.
– QD-Display: https://is.gd/XmszWK
– QD OLED mass production: https://is.gd/BSNkn5
– 34″ monitor and low yields: https://youtu.be/AB7Lbia7Nlc

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00:23:01 – Comment: Erod – Stewart Filmscreen manual masking
– Stewart WallScreen manual masking: https://is.gd/7lxtwL

00:25:20 – Comment: Bertrand – Fist Test
If you want to approximate angles, Rob suggests using your compass and level apps on your phone instead.

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AV Rant #783: DJ Gets Tricked

November 26th, 2021 Comments off

We hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving, and our Thankful in the Multiverse of Podcasts crossover event!
Now we’re here with our regular Q&A episode, plus our favorite annual SVS Black Friday sale!

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00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Jaremy for his PayPal donation, plus our 135 Patreon Patrons.
We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Richard, Monty, Jaremy, Michael, Gurinder, and @SnoopAugieDog. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:12:38 – News: SVS Black Friday Sale
The original SB-1000, PB-1000, SB-2000, and PB-2000 are back for a limited time at great prices. Use the code “GoDual21” for an additional 5% off when you buy two: https://is.gd/OlxuN7

Comments:

00:14:55 – Comment: John, Karl, Ron – Apple Family Sharing
– workaround for an Apple ID with no credit card: https://is.gd/iLXSjZ
– Apple Family Sharing: https://is.gd/NvGASD

00:19:42 – Comment: Daniel – Smoke test
A great suggestion to use a smoke test to check the seal and soundproofing of your room.

00:20:33 – Comment: Nathan – AES study on 2-ch vs. 22.2-ch
It seems that a large number of speaker channels reduces our perception of acoustic differences: https://is.gd/vBASJk

00:23:46 – Comment: Jason – Yamaha 2021 AVRs in stock

00:24:13 – Comment: Jaremy – Techthusiasm
Check out Jaremy’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/Techthusiasm

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AV Rant #782: Thankful in the Multiverse of Podcasts 2021

November 25th, 2021 Comments off

Welcome to Thankful in the Multiverse of Podcasts!

It’s our 2nd annual 3-show, 6-man crossover event between the HT Guys, Ara & Braden, from the HDTV & Home Theater Podcast, DJ from the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast, and Tom, Rob & Lee from AV Rant Podcast.

We chat about what we’re thankful for this year in the world of home theater, and answer a bunch of questions from our listeners!

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AV Rant #781: Dolby Circle of Hell

November 19th, 2021 Comments off

Monoprice has a new affordable series of Monolith Encore speakers. And we go extra long this week to get to more of your home theater and AV questions!

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00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Jonathan and Gav for their PayPal donations, plus our 135 Patreon Patrons, including Bastian, Eric, and Alvin, as well as Gurinder for sending us Amazon Gift Cards.
We also want to thank Chris for giving Tom permission to use his photo on https://avgadgets.com/
And we appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Brad, Mike, Bastian, Garrett, Chris, Romaine, Eric, and Vince. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:10:23 – News: Monoprice Monolith Encore Series Speakers
The Monolith Encore B6, C6, and T6 appear to be high value, well-designed speakers: https://is.gd/vHJJ7o

Comments:

00:15:24 – Comment: Gurinder
Electrical boxes really are a flanking path for sound transmission between rooms.

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AV Rant #780: Post-it Note Solution

November 12th, 2021 Comments off

Our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving get-together is coming up soon! The HT Guys, Ara & Braden, DJ from Bright Side Home Theater, and Rob, Tom, and Lee will all take part in a crossover event episode! And now’s your chance to ask a question for all six of us. Send it in quick!

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

00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Nelson for his PayPal donation, and our 133 Patreon Patrons, including James W. & Bertrand, as well as Eric & Vince, who both sent us Amazon gift cards, and Nelson who sent some Movies Anywhere codes.
We also greatly appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from Rob W, Gav, Andy, John, Luke, and Bertrand. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:12:28 – News: IMAX Enhanced on Disney+
13 Marvel movies on Disney+ will offer a switching aspect ratio to preserve the IMAX presentation. DTS audio is in the works: https://is.gd/cad6FW

00:17:37 – News: Optoma UHZ50 + no screen
Via Karl – The UHZ50 4K laser projector has a 1080p 240Hz Game Mode and compensation for colored & uneven walls if you refuse to use a screen.
– https://is.gd/KmSuuM
– https://is.gd/59V9Y7
– https://is.gd/YUsa8g

00:21:14 – News: Sony & LG TV firmware updates
– Sony Auto HDR Tone Mapping is a bust: https://youtu.be/ukB21sxGQbs
– Sony’s “final” VRR update for X900H didn’t fix anything: https://is.gd/Fl4bzZ
– Sony X85J is 1st to get proper VRR: https://is.gd/a7Xvxh
– LG brings 120Hz Dolby Vision only to 2020 & 2021 models: https://is.gd/vmwKGW
– LG & Amazon Prime Video are 1st to offer Automatic Filmmaker Mode: https://is.gd/cSyMg6
– Samsung still shuns Dolby Vision, announces HDR10+ Gaming: https://is.gd/gHKoXu

Comments:

00:25:04 – Comment: James – Apple TV+ free on LG TVs
Get 3-months of Apple TV+ by signing up through your LG TV, all the way back to 2016 models: https://is.gd/anWXsu

00:25:27 – Comment: Alan – Denon X3600H Audyssey Editor App issue

00:26:50 – Comment: James – Leicester “Lester” Square

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