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AV Rant #691: Ceilings Are Optional

April 3rd, 2020 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Lee O. for his donation, our 113 Patreon Patrons, including Francis A., as well as Tap, Tom, Christian, Karl, Cesar, and everyone else who has sent messages of gratitude and good vibes our way. Thank you all so much!

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In the news:

– Amazon Prime Video is adding user profiles: https://is.gd/3enrQF

– Via Lee H. – LG’s WebOS gets a dedicated Movies Anywhere App: https://is.gd/Fpof0D

Comments:

– Jon Z. shared some photos of what happened when one of his Ascend Sierra-2 speakers fell off its stand.

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AV Rant #690: Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW Wireless In-Ear Headphones Review

March 28th, 2020 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 111 Patreon Patrons, including Mark R., as well as Joe K. for letting many vendors know we recommended the products his company just installed in a seniors’ home, Brian F. for talking us up to SVS, Ted M. for sending Rob an Amazon gift card, Jorge S. for putting his AVRant donation towards his local charities instead, and all of the AVRant Listeners who expressed gratitude for us continuing to do the podcast. Thank you!

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0:16:57 Tom reviews the $150 Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW fully wireless in-ear headphones: https://is.gd/rCC6bA

In the news:

– Disney, Universal, and Warner Bros have made movies that are still “in theaters” available online for $20, while Sony and Lionsgate plan to follow: https://is.gd/rEMHHj

– Sony unveiled detailed PS5 specs: https://is.gd/7lkkwU

Comments:

– Allen G. recommends the Amazon Fire TV Recast as a network-attached OTA DVR: https://is.gd/LxSifn

– Ted recommends checking out https://amcoustics.com/ for more than just their Room Mode Calculator: https://amcoustics.com/tools/amroc

– Rob reminds listeners about the home theater spreadsheets at https://carltonbale.com/home-theater/home-theater-calculator/ that were recommended by Alan Hutchinson during our HTMarket HT Design Home Theater Seating interview: http://www.avrant.com/av-rant-685-interview-with-alan-hutchinson-from-htmarket/

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AV Rant #689: HTMarket HT Design Seating & Ascend SE Speakers Listener Reviews

March 20th, 2020 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 110 Patreon Patrons. Thank you all so much for your support!

Stick around to the end to hear Nick B.’s review of the HTMarket (https://www.htmarket.com/) HT Design Seating lineup, and Damien D.’s review of the Ascend Acoustics (http://ascendacoustics.com/) CMT-340SE and HTM-200SE speakers.

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In the news:

– Via Andrew L. – Disney+ is now supporting Atmos audio on devices other than just the Apple TV 4K.

– WiSA will add Dolby Atmos support via a future firmware update: https://is.gd/NxsnJQ

– Microsoft revealed the internals, ports, and specs for the Xbox Series X: https://is.gd/RYtyci

Comments:

– Damien D. suggests a scene in Iron Man 2 that has audio moving vertically for Infinite Gary.

– Steve H. suggests running an LCD projector in High Altitude Mode for a few hours to see if that clears a dust blob in the light path.

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AV Rant #688: We Still Helped

March 13th, 2020 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Davide for his donation via PayPal, our 110 Patreon Patrons, including PJ, Jason H., and Gib who increased his monthly donation amount, as well as Ken B. for sending Rob an Amazon gift card and letting Accessories4Less know that we recommended them, and both Chris H. and Lee H. for talking us up to Aperion Audio.

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– RedBox is renting Ultra HD Blu-rays from their kiosks in 15 US cities: https://is.gd/P1r6ef

Comments:

– Francis A. is glad we mentioned the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast: https://nerdylegion.com/podcasts/brightsideht

– Gurinder didn’t suck the tweeter.

– Dan C. updates us on his PS4 Pro HDR settings issues that we thought were caused by his HDMI cables.

– Nick B. found our HTMarket interview with owner Alan Hutchinson helpful: http://www.avrant.com/av-rant-685-interview-with-alan-hutchinson-from-htmarket/

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AV Rant #687: Tom’s SVS Speakers Impressions

March 6th, 2020 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 108 Patreon Patrons, as well as Chris M. for talking us up to SVS.

0:01:52 We won’t call it a full review, but Tom starts the podcast by giving his early impressions of his 9 new SVS Ultra and Prime Satellite speakers.

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– LG Display’s OLED factory in China is months behind schedule: https://is.gd/UXZ1nA

– Scott Wilkinson’s article for TechHive describes the results of a double blind test of 8K vs. 4K resolution: https://is.gd/sdTbXe

Comments:

– John P. shares his results after following our subwoofer recommendations and Rob’s 12 Step Guide to Setting Up Dual Subwoofers: http://www.avrant.com/a-12-step-guide-to-setting-up-dual-subwoofers

– Karl R. wants to let everyone know about all the free content available from archive.org‘s VHS Vault: https://archive.org/details/vhsvault

– DJ disputes the claim we made last week that you’ll only use projector screen masking thrice. He ALWAYS uses his for 2.35:1 content.

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