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AV Rant #726.5: Rob’s Xbox Series X & PlayStation 5 Settings

November 21st, 2020 No comments

In this special breakout mini-episode, Rob H. goes through his recommendations for some generic settings for gaming on your TV and AV Receiver and then digs into specifics for the Xbox Series X and PlaySation 5 settings for both video and audio, and how they handle Ultra HD Blu-ray disc playback.

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AV Rant #726: You Can’t Go Too Thick

November 20th, 2020 No comments

Interested in Rob’s recommended Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 settings? You can find them here: https://youtu.be/Z2IJnxWTF14

Thankful on Infinite Podcasts is next week! That’s right, our big Podcast Crossover Event is on Thanksgiving Day! Ara & Braden, the HT Guys from the HDTV & Home Theater Podcast, DJ from the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast, and Lee, Tom & Rob from AVRant will all be together. Thank you all for your amazing support!

Our Listeners of the Week are our 125 Patreon Patrons, including Alan V., as well as Andrew L. for reaching out to Alan to share his experience building a similar home theater, and Alan C. for mentioning us to KEF. We also greatly appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from Jason, Kerry, Brian & Alan. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

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

In the news:

– Emotiva released their first headphones: $300 Airmotiv GR-1: https://is.gd/mGGOZU

– A fire at AKM’s factory in Japan could have a large impact on many audio companies: https://is.gd/AFWSmS

– HBO Max is now on Amazon Fire TV devices, but still not on Roku: https://is.gd/czoyGT

Comments:

– Dazz compares the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2-Pack vs. Megaboom.

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AV Rant #725: Donation Hat Trick

November 13th, 2020 No comments

Thankful on Infinite Podcasts is a go! You can look forward to our big Podcast Crossover Event on Thanksgiving Day! Ara & Braden, the HT Guys from the HDTV & Home Theater Podcast, DJ from the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast, and Lee, Tom & Rob from AVRant will all be together. Thank you all for your amazing support!

Our Listeners of the Week are Clay and Jonathan for their PayPal donations, plus our 122 Patreon Patrons, including John S., as well as John S. again for giving us a shout out to Cross-Spectrum Labs: https://cross-spectrum.com/ . We also thank John, Gurinder, Mitch, Jonathan & Art for their notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmS7JQWK

In the news:

– Rocketfish at Best Buy has officially certified Ultra High Speed HDMI cables up to 12 feet: https://is.gd/QhEERr

– Xbox Series and PS5 are out, but it’s not all perfect:
– PS5 lacks VRR: https://is.gd/o82xBP and 8K: https://is.gd/MQwtrd
– Xbox Series has UHD Blu-ray black level issues: https://is.gd/G894XP and a Netflix app that’s stuck in HDR all the time: https://is.gd/6WYKYj
– VRR on LG OLEDs has flickering: https://is.gd/UjKDV3
– 4K/120 on Sony’s “Ready for PlayStation 5” TVs is blurry: https://is.gd/qzywjP

– Denon & Marantz AVR firmware update adds DTS:X Pro and restores cross-pollination upmixing: https://is.gd/hnkhsi

Comments:
– Anthem pulled the manuals for their newest models (AVM70 & 90, MRX 540, 740 & 1140) offline: https://is.gd/qas956

– Gurinder got new home theater recliners.

– Nathan W. says that not retaining JVC projector polarization actually makes 3D cheaper and easier: https://is.gd/l41APj

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AV Rant #724: Bob Teaches Technicians

November 6th, 2020 No comments

Thankful on Infinite Podcasts! Ara & Braden, the HT Guys from the HDTV & Home Theater Podcast, DJ from the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast, and Lee, Tom & Rob from AVRant will all be getting together to record a special episode for Thanksgiving! We’re really looking forward to it.

Our Listeners of the Week are Alan, Aras, Kevin, Chad & Bertrand for their donations, along with our 122 Patreon Patrons, as well as Steve (from https://www.nextgenhometheater.com/ ) for convincing Rob to try the insanity approach for requesting a PlayStation VR Camera Adapter for PS5 ( https://is.gd/uYFlvb ), Blake for letting Gary Yacoubian, the CEO of SVS, know that his PB-4000 + PC-4000 purchase was thanks to our recommendation, and Stan for telling Ascend Acoustics he bought Sierra Luna Duo speakers after hearing about them from us. We also want to thank Brandon, Scott, Aras, Jay & Chad for their notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you all for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmRY84UT

In the news:

– 0:14:19 AMD announced their 6000 Series Radeon GPUs: https://is.gd/syfrmh

– 0:16:58 Anthem announced their new AV Receivers & Pre-Pros: https://is.gd/FKLPnR

– Netflix USA is raising prices: https://is.gd/NBt138

Comments:

– Herb from https://cross-spectrum.com/ gives us the scoop on the newest miniDSP microphones.

– Nick B. recommends https://www.arrow-player.com/ for horror movies and cult classics.

– Karl R. relays what Denon told him about X8500H HDMI 2.1 upgrades.

– Bob shares the end of the story about getting the power board in his LG OLED replaced.

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AV Rant #723: HDMI 2.1 Pulls a Quibi

October 30th, 2020 No comments

AVRant Listeners are really excited about our big Podcast Crossover Event! Ara & Braden, the HT Guys from the HDTV & Home Theater Podcast, DJ from the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast, and Lee, Tom & Rob from AVRant will all be getting together to record a special episode for Thanksgiving! And the response has been amazing. So thank you all so much for your support!

Our Listeners of the Week are Brandon C. for his PayPal donation, and our 123 Patreon Patrons, including Kevin. We also want to thank Kevin, Dazz, Mark, Dan, Jack, Zakir, Nathan & Jason for their notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going. We really appreciate it. And thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

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

In the news:

– 0:13:27 HDMI 2.1 problems have been reported for Denon/Marantz & Yamaha AV Receivers: https://is.gd/lCu8Qe
– Sony & LG also ran into 4K/120 VRR and Dolby Vision HDMI 2.1 problems, but have implemented settings workarounds: https://youtu.be/f5VHGEcFX5Q & https://youtu.be/EhnSgwsxlBI
– 0:18:16 AVRant Listener Nathan asks why the HDMI Forum even exists if such problems still happen, and whether HDFury might fix them.

– MiniDSP introduced the $195 UMIK-2: https://is.gd/pGfpBW
– And $550 – $750 UMIK-X: https://is.gd/inrL9l
– UMIK-X includes REW Pro: https://is.gd/LKQ6Ax
– Will Cross-Spectrum Labs calibrate these new models? https://cross-spectrum.com/

– Quibi is dead: https://is.gd/Y6yT9i

Comments:

– Dazz shares updates on his Ascend CMT-340SE replacement tweeters, music listening levels, and his wife’s speaker preferences.

– R.D. recommends the Channels App and Channels Plus DVR: https://getchannels.com/

– 0:30:05 Bob tells his tale of woe trying to get his LG OLED power board replacement.

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