AV Rant #607: Left Wall Open Room Layout

September 7th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Brannon M. for his donation, our 67 Patreon Patrons, and Noah L. and Abhue F. for letting us know that our podcast feed wasn’t updating on Google Play.

In the news, Sony has a new 4K projector lineup, JVC announced their new 4K lamp-based projectors, and Epson announces the replacement model for the 5040UB.

The Samsung Q900FN 85” 8K QLED TV will be available for purchase this year. LG says production of their 88” 8K OLED TV is starting soon. And Sharp, Vestel, and TCL all have 8K TVs, too.

LG showed a 173” modular microLED display at IFA. Sony has official prices for their Master Series displays. Sonos has a new Sonos Amp. And the alpha firmware to add Dolby Vision to the Xbox One only works with certain displays. Read more…

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AV Rant #606: SVS 3000 Series Confirmed

September 1st, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Marc for his donation, our 68 Patreon Patrons, including Ron W. who also talked us up to SVS CEO Gary Yacoubian at a live event. Thank you!

In the news, SVS has removed the Plus Series of subwoofers from their website, but they all but confirmed for us on Twitter that a new SVS 3000 Series are coming to replace them. Promising news on the Apple TV 4K Atmosfront as Atmos titles are now appearing in iTunes, and the audio is switching automatically. The Panasonic UB820 Ultra HD Blu-ray player is the first device to support both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. And the 8K resolution Samsung Q900R QLED TVs leaked before their official announcement at IFA, although it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with where 8K stands today.

Chris H. updated us on his plans to improve his dialogue intelligibility by moving his Center speaker closer to seated ear height. And Jason S. let us know that after some HDMI troubleshooting, Marantz is repairing his SR7011 that was purchased from Accessories4Less, meaning they’re honoring their warranty on refurbished units as promised. Read more…

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AV Rant #605: We Love Atmos?

August 24th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 67 Patreon Patrons, as well as James C. for helping Tom with some merch for Fearless Mobile Climbing.

In the news, a large group of companies have formed the HDR Gaming Interest Group and laid out a Best Practice Recommendations for Game HDR Creation document.

Andrew S. suggests locking your streaming device to 60 Hz output to alleviate lip sync issues with Amazon Prime Video. Kris P. shares more evidence that Apple TV 4K Atmos support will likely involve internal decoding and re-encoding. And (0:17:33) Carleton B. let us know about the Monoprice Whole Home Audio app for Android and iOS that works with both the Dayton DAX66 and Monoprice 6 Zone Matrix Controller after adding a Global Cache iTach IP or iTach WiFi to the RS232 port. Read more…

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AV Rant #604: BenQ EW3270U Review

August 17th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 65 Patreon Patrons, including Brandon W. and Patrick P.

Tom reviews the BenQ EW3270U computer monitor with HDR and DCI-P3 color support.

In the news, Screenwriter John August has a list of popular movies that cannot be found anywhere online, and a recommendation to use JustWatch.com to check if any online service offers the particular movie you’re looking for. And the Oscars are adding a new Popular Film award. Read more…

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AV Rant #603: Troubleshooting HDMI

August 10th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 62 Patreon Patrons, including John S.

In the news, Nathan D. sent us word about the new miniDSP SHD Series stereo pre-amps with Dirac and Volumio built in. And HDMI LLC announced new Active Cable certification and eARC compliance testing.

Allen G. corrected Rob’s description of which variables have an effect on the speed of sound in air. Brandon N. got his Aperion Verus II Grand Center speaker to stop sounding hollow and bright. And Tara send us a link to instructions for changing which audio tracks are selected by default when using MakeMKV. Read more…

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