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AV Rant #433: Soundproofing

May 22nd, 2015 1 comment

This week Tom completes his review of the BenQ treVolo portable electrostatic bluetooth speaker. We thank Shannon and Rob W. for their donations and James and Shannon for their support. We cover some news from Onkyo and Hauppauge. James likes inwall speakers from SnapAV (LINK), Nelson’s dad got a 90″ Sharp and he wanted to share (LINK), and Infinite Gary has questions about Betamax. Joshua has a mirror issue (LINK), Kris “I Don’t Live in a McMansion” got his new SVS subs and now has some Audyssey questions, and Alan has some suggestions for cable management (LINK) along with a question about backer boxes for in-wall speakers (LINK). Ashley has some video calibration questions, Dave is looking for a display (LINK) and Blu-ray player (LINK) for his non-Audiophile friends, and Don is confused by SVS’s Merlin advice. Rob M. wants to know if he should go HDMI or HDbaseT for his long run, Scott shares some knowledge about home theater construction costs, and Efrain called Trinnov. Jonathan sent us a link to an article from a person that REALLY hated Age of Ultron (LINK), Brian got a defective unit from Accessories4less and reports, and Alan and Rob W. tell us how they remodeled their basement and made the coolest absorption panels ever (respectively). Look for individual posts about their tips soon.

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AV Rant #432: Oppo PM-3 Headphone Review

May 13th, 2015 No comments

Tom finally reviews the Oppo PM-3 headphones comparing them the Oppo PM-2s, the V-Moda Crossfade M-100s, and the Alpine Headphones. This week we thank Scott, Steven, and Jose for their donations and John for his support. In the news, Ultra HD, Pioneer gets HDMI 2.0, Oculus Rift, and a use for 4k and curved screens. James has some tagline suggestions (see our Facebook page for specifics), Richard wants to know our thoughts on compression tweeters/drivers and JTR speakers (LINK), and Robert thinks that movies mixed for 7.1 sound better than those mixed for 5.1. Caesar has some questions about HDR (High Dynamic Range) and HDMI 2.0a (LINK), Jeb isn’t convinced we’re right about how to handle dual subs in oddly-shaped rooms, and Scott wants to buy a receiver. Tim’s planned home theater has changed and he wants to know if our suggestions have as well, Mike is having an odd subwoofer problem, and Jonathan found a turntable that uses frickin’ lasers instead of a needle (LINK and LINK). Dev is having a weird problem with his Dayton Sub-1200 (LINK), Bill is wondering what distortion sounds like (particularly harmonic distortion), and Ian is having dialog intelligibility problems. Lastly, Rob (a different Rob) is purchasing a home and needs help planning his home theater.

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AV Rant #431: Who Needs a Voice?

May 11th, 2015 No comments

Special thanks this week to James B., Efrain M., Richard W., and Kris “I don’t live in a McMansion” I. for their generous donations! We also thank E. Don and Lior M. for helping out the podcast, as well as Alexander S. and Alan C. for letting some online retailers know they made purchases thanks to AV Rant (LINK and LINK)! And last but not least, we thank Paul MacDonald once again for our awesome AV Rant car decals…oh, and for staying up for 27+ hours straight to watch all 11 Marvel movies with Rob! (LINK and LINK). If you want to know more about the Etymotic earplugs we mentioned, here’s the (LINK).

Jay A. sent us a new tag line suggestion. Let us know what you think and feel free to send in your own!

This week, Windows 10 means the end of Windows Media Center (LINK and LINK).

Paul B. wants our take on the new Axiom Audio Aeris wireless speakers (LINK). Cesar D. is getting an Emotiva XMC-1, but wants to know what happened to all the alternatives (LINK). And Adrian A. asks if Front Height speakers are worth his effort.

Jay A. noticed the very similar-looking “four pack” tweeters on the XTZ Cinema Series speakers (LINK) and Kreisel Sound speakers (LINK).

Fred R. praises Herb from Cross-Spectrum Labs where he’s buying a calibrated UMIK-1 (LINK). Fred has lots of measurement questions, so we try to help him out with helps files (LINK), a tutorial video (LINK), and an example of what to look for (LINK).

Bill W. is building a new theater (LINK). He also has a games room and wants to know how to share sources (LINK).

Kyle G. is also building a new theater. He needs some inexpensive soundproofing methods (LINK, LINK, and LINK). He planned on acoustic panels from 4seating (LINK), but we like GiK better (LINK). And he planned on Premier Acoustic speakers, but we suggest alternatives (LINK, LINK, LINK, and LINK) plus a subwoofer option (LINK).

Jonathan F. has “solved” music in his life. Sammy C. shows us that tubes are alive and well at the Lone Star Audio Fest (LINK), and Bill R. needs some help figuring out the listening modes on his Integra AV Receiver.

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AV Rant #430: Electrostatic Immersion

May 2nd, 2015 No comments

Special thanks to Jason for the reminder and Cesar and Lior for the support! This week, Tim needs help with subwoofer placement, Cesar and Eliezer give differing opinions on Martin Logan speakers, and John found a funky subwoofer cable he wants explained. Rob updates his recommendation for a portable DAC for Thomas (LINK), Jonathan sent us the worlds weirdest book review (LINK), and Nikhil wants to know what color to paint his media room (LINK). Listener Jeff tried out Kodi and loves it for its gapless streaming of multi-channel audio (LINK), Jason reviews the Sennheiser RS180 headphones (LINK), and Jack has DVD-A problems. Infinite Gary weighs in on using three center channels as your front three speakers idea, Jay and Byron send us down the “Immersive Audio” rabbit hole (LINK and LINK), and Marvin is loving Jared’s theater. Speaking of Jared, he wrote in to help out Lior with his 50Hz null and Lior wrote in to tell us how our advice has helped. Alan let us know how his theater is coming, that he hates sheetrock, and that he found a portable speaker that isn’t half bad (LINK). Lastly Allen wrote in to thank us for the MiniDSP tutorial and Jose let us know what he thinks of Rythmik’s customer service.

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AV Rant #429: Broke

April 24th, 2015 No comments

Special thanks to Thomas for not taking our advice and still managing to become listener of the week. SVS must be tired of hearing our name by now! There were some trailers released this week (LINK and LINK) and Tom and Rob react. Lior has a big dip in his frequency response and wants to know how to fix it (LINK). Joel did a LOT of trouble shooting to verify that there is definitely something wrong with his receiver and not the SPL meter app on his phone (LINK). Rob found Alan a way to measure his seven speakers individually (LINK), Jeb had a weird experience with egg cartons, and a lot of people liked the picture we posted on Facebook this week (LINK). Jay thinks that Rob is ready for DTS:X, Joel has a question about audio settings and PS4s or Xbox Ones, and Alexandre shared a video of a space shuttle launch (LINK). Tom likes drones – especially if they are speaker drones, Kris needs a new receiver, and Alan needs help placing his subs. Mike is looking for an app to let him hear outside sounds through his headphones (LINK and LINK), Thomas wants a portable DAC/Amp (LINK and LINK), and Jose and John have broken gear.

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