AV Rant #786: DJ’s Canadian Burnage

December 17th, 2021 Comments off

Fun collection of questions this week, including: bias lighting, Dynamic HDR Enhancer vs HDR Optimizer vs dynamic tone mapping, acoustically transparent drywall, a ground-up theater planning session, and much more!

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00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are our 137 Patreon Patrons, including Mel, as well as Mitch for letting SVS know he heard about their Black Friday sale from us.
We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Keshaun, Mitch, Mel, Lars, and Junior. Thank you to everybody for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:11:24 – News: YouTube TV is back on Roku
Via Nelson – Roku and Google worked out their differences with one day to spare on their expiring contract: https://is.gd/n0YzWi

00:14:07 – News: Emotiva prices will go up in ’22
Costs have gone up, and Emotiva cannot absorb them with their already low margins: https://is.gd/BrLh6U

00:15:03 – News: TCL Google TVs pulled from shelves
Via Jorge & Eric – TCL R546 & R646 TVs have been pulled from Best Buy due to interface complaints: https://is.gd/VBxbJW

00:18:01 – News: New PS5 side panel colors
Sony sued 3rd party panel makers out of business. But now you’ll be able to get something other than white: https://is.gd/tDb0qz

Comments:

00:19:29 – Comment: Michael – SVS Prime Elevation better than expected
In a head-to-head comparison with Ascend Sierra-2, it wasn’t as big a difference as expected.

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AV Rant #785: Weird Kid Rob

December 10th, 2021 Comments off
Rob admits to being weird. Surprising no one. Plus he and Tom answer your home theater and AV questions! As always!

Lots of interesting comparisons this week: QD-Display vs OLED, PlayStation Plus vs Xbox Game Pass, 75″ TVs, XLR vs DMX cables, 2 seats vs 3 seats, LG CX vs C1, acoustically transparent vs below the screen, and SVS Prime vs Ultra. Plus a bunch of other questions, too. Enjoy!

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

Our Listeners of the Week are our 137 Patreon Patrons, including Ron.
We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Ron, George, and Chris. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:09:15 – News: 97″ OLEDs will be 4K
We thought they’d be super expensive 8K TVs, but apparently they’ll be 4K: https://is.gd/wBbCQM

00:14:33 – News: Sony QD-OLEDs in 2022
Looks like Sony will use quantum dot OLED panels from Samsung for an A95K Series: https://youtu.be/-5ISJlsZMqA

00:17:31 – News: Android 12 for TV
Finally, frame rate switching and a 4K interface! https://is.gd/g246mz

00:21:11 – PlayStation Now becomes a PS+ tier
PlayStation Plus will introduce 3 tiers in 2022 to compete with Xbox Game Pass and Cloud Gaming: https://is.gd/uhepDd

Comments:

00:24:31 – Comment – Nathan: Acoustic Frontiers room planning
A suggestion to figure out your seating first and go from there: https://is.gd/nHgRla

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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

Comments:

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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