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AV Rant #707: 3D Front Wide Controversy

July 10th, 2020 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 121 Patreon Patrons. And we also appreciate the notes of gratitude from John, Luke, Dan, and Tate. Thank you all for continuing to listen!

Tom is back! We get a TL;DR version of what’s kept him away from the podcast the past two weeks. And we once again want to thank Lee Overstreet for filling in as guest co-host during that time.

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– Monoprice Monolith amplifiers have gone up in price: https://is.gd/P2bFf5

– Outlaw Audio has replaced their Model 5000 amp with the Model 5000X, which adds XLR inputs and has a higher price: https://is.gd/sEz4Ac

– Via Andrew L. – The Versatile Video Coding (VVC or H.266) codec standard has been finalized: https://is.gd/Mqh9io

Comments:

– Mike, Dan & Andrew say that Overlord, Pacific Rim: Uprising, and Independence Day are immersive audio showcases worth checking out for their use of overhead effects.

– Gurinder tells us how his SVS Sledge amplifier replacement went.

– Michael I. warns that GiK Acoustics is experiencing shipping delays at the moment.

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AV Rant #706: 2 Hour+ Club

July 3rd, 2020 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 119 Patreon Patrons, including Clarence K., as well as Ken S. for telling Parts-Express we recommended them for buying speaker wire.

Tom was forced to be away again this week, so a huge thank you to Lee Overstreet for being our guest co-host for the second week in a row!

Pictures shown in this episode:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmPb9HX2

In the news:

– Vizio announced their 2020/2021 TV lineup with HDMI 2.1 ports and features: https://youtu.be/MfI3RbDgxRE
– Vizio’s first OLED TVs are the first in North America with every flavor of HDR: https://is.gd/DGxC6W
– Vizio’s P Quantum X models have lots of local-dimming zones, and 3,000 nits: https://is.gd/7lMTO7

– YouTube in 4K is coming to Apple TV 4K hardware, but details about HDR and codecs are scarce: https://is.gd/fYRcjJ

Comments:

– Aidan C. shared a doc listing which versions of Plex on various hardware support the most audio and video formats: https://is.gd/N9BJrE

– Brian F. shares a funny story about his home theater maybe sounding too realistic.

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AV Rant #705: Speakers in Hand, Must Use

June 26th, 2020 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 120 Patreon Patrons, as well as Neil M. for letting SVS know his dual PC-2000 Pro purchase was our recommendation and writing us a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts, and Monty N. for telling RBH his EP-1 earphone purchase was thanks to us. We also want to thank Art, Brian, and Neil for sending us notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going. Thank you all for continuing to listen!

Tom is away this week, so Rob is joined by Lee Overstreet as our guest co-host.

Check out Rob’s appearance on the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast: https://nerdylegion.com/episodes/brightsideht-39
The host, DJ, throws some questions Rob’s way, and then we dive deep into Netflix’ She-Ra and the Princesses of Power!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– Several Samsung Blu-ray player models got stuck in a startup loop: https://is.gd/PwJzRk
– And via Jason S., Sound & Vision’s article explains that it might have been due to expiring SSL Certificates: https://is.gd/TiCtmN

Comments:

– Martin D.’s Epson Pro Cinema 4040 projector died, but Epson delivered a replacement to him in one day.

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AV Rant #704: 2D Rob

June 19th, 2020 1 comment

Our Listeners of the Week are our 121 Patreon Patrons, as well as Gurinder for sending Rob an Amazon gift card, Victor D. for giving us a shout out anywhere he buys electronics, and Neil M. and David B. for both talking us up to SVS. We also want to thank Greg, Kevin, Dan, and Carl for their notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you all for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– Sony revealed the PS5 console design, including both a “Digital Edition” and a version with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive: https://is.gd/aM52D6

Comments:

– Dazz made an unboxing video for the Ascend Acoustics SE Series speakers: https://youtu.be/N6wsfKOo4VQ

– Lee O. shares his positive impressions of the Sonos Move outdoor speaker.

– Carl C. points out that most media playback apps for Windows include the option to bitstream audio output, so leaving the normal Windows audio output as stereo is likely the best setting. And Tom shares his latest Xbox One audio trial update.

– Christian advocates for OSMC (Open Source Media Center) and their Vero hardware: https://osmc.tv/store/

– Neil M. bought dual SVS PC-2000 Pro cylinder subs, and writes in to tell us we were right, and that both SVS and Richer Sounds in the UK provided great service. Neil also shares his clever idea of using pillow cases as cheap, easy Bass Trap coverings.

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AV Rant #703: Jitter, Judder, Dumber

June 12th, 2020 No comments

Congrats again to Scott M. whose name was drawn from our list of Patreon Patrons to receive a model of a sci-fi spaceship from Andrew L.!

Our Listeners of the Week are Derek and Manuel for their donations, and our 121 Patreon Patrons. And we also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going that we received from: Bob, Ari, Greg, Nathan D., Nathan W., Rob, and Joe. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNHS29k

In the news:

– 0:10:08 Denon announced their 2020 X-Series Receivers with (limited) HDMI 2.1 support and some nice feature upgrades, including promised future support for DTS:X Pro: https://is.gd/AQl8Ro

Comments:

– Alex M. notes that the Disney+ app on Xbox One supports Atmos audio now.

– Damien D. confirmed with Monoprice directly that the Alpha Series backer boxes work with both the 8″ and 6.5″ Alpha in-ceiling speakers: https://is.gd/d16o1F

– Nathan D. thought we’d get a laugh from his stereo UE Boom outdoor speaker positioning.

– Joe K. just wanted to share the equipment rack and SVS SB16-Ultra subwoofer changes he’s made during quarantine.

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