AV Rant #660: Open Up! AV Police!

September 13th, 2019 2 comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Tom, Paul, and Stefan for their donations, as well as our 87 Patreon Patrons, including: Josh V., Bastian from Germany, and Justin B. We also thank Tue for his additional website help, and Tom K. for mentioning us to SVS when he bought a PC13-Ultra.

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

0:08:03 Tom shares his first Dolby Cinema experience.

In the news:

– Via Carlton B. – JVC is adding Frame Adapt HDR to their 4K D-iLA projectors: https://hdguru.com/jvc-4k-d-ila-firmware-update-enhances-hdr10/

– TCL’s Smart Screen is another vertical TV: https://is.gd/dVdLKo

– Panasonic’s MegaCon 55″ dual layer LCD: https://youtu.be/BCjMLU5v9bs

– Panasonic transparent OLED: https://youtu.be/fkQWJnAYqds

Comments:

– Joseph H. shares a laugh over a cable break-in service: https://www.morrowaudio.com/products/break-in-service

– Robert G. noticed Spears & Munsil’s UHD HDR Benchmark how-to articles: http://spearsandmunsil.com/3rd-edition-articles/

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AV Rant #659: Ignore at Your Peril

September 6th, 2019 4 comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 86 Patreon Patrons, as well as Carlton B. for helping Tom and Clint with our website bandwidth issues, and Terry G. for talking us up to SVS when he bought a PC-2000 from their outlet store.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmGFUKm3

Lee Overstreet is our guest co-host this week.

In the news:
– Via Nick B. & Karl R. – Dolby has withdrawn their upmixer restriction: https://www.audioholics.com/audio-technologies/dolby-widthdraws-from-restricting-non-native-upmixing-a-win-for-consumers
– Via Nick B. – Ascend launched the Sierra Luna Duo speaker: https://is.gd/nazIaz
– Via Gary, Karl R. & Jay A. – Filmmaker Mode is coming to UHD Alliance TVs: https://is.gd/AAFL3Z

OLED TV news:
– LG Display’s OLED factory in China is complete: https://is.gd/GFY3rQ– Vizio set to launch OLED in 2020: https://is.gd/wnggmj– Samsung factories transitioning from LCD to QD-OLED in South Korea: https://is.gd/WULGcY

Comments:
– David F. refuses to get an Apple TV 4K, so he shares his HTPC upgrades.
– 0:27:48 Adam P. shares photos of his theater where we said to fix most of his issues by installing a smaller screen.

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AV Rant #658: Flour Sack Art Attack

August 30th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 85 Patreon Patrons, and Tom D. for letting Elite Home Theater Seating and Accessories4Less know that his purchases were thanks to us; and, he also shares the story behind his movie posters that were hand-painted on flour sacks in Ghana.


Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:


– KEF added the smaller, sealed Q250c Center to their Q-Series: https://is.gd/LkGU34


– Disney’s D23 event included confirmation that Disney+ will offer 4K, HDR/Dolby Vision, and Atmos: https://is.gd/VS9DG7

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AV Rant #657: Smaller Screen is the Answer

August 23rd, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 85 Patreon Patrons, as well as Jainan S. and James C. both for talking us up to Accessories4Less.

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

Catch Tom’s guest appearance on AVNation’s ResiWeek Podcast 185: https://avnation.tv/podcast/resiweek-185/

In the news:
– Via Michael and Karl – Disney+ launches Nov. 12 in the USA, Canada, and the Netherlands, with Australia and New Zealand getting it one week later: https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/disney-announces-support-for-the-apple-tv-ios-xbox-one-roku-and-playstation-4-plus-launch-dates-for-canada-australia-more/
– CBS and Viacom have agreed to merge into ViacomCBS: https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/13/cbs-viacom-merger-deal-30-billion/
– Plex is killing the Plex Media Player for computers: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1565936592
– 0:10:49 TCL announced the 8-Series 4K LCD TVs with Mini-LED backlighting: https://youtu.be/ShLwzxwaYAg– 0:13:00 Patrick asked why each mini-LED isn’t its own zone, and HDTVTest had the scoop on TCL’s Mini-LED roadmap to thousands of local-dimming zones in the coming years: https://youtu.be/rAOTH6RT21I

Comments:
– Jaremy Pyle shares his full theater-build experience, including his recommendations for running a portable HEPA filter, hiding wires with clever curtain placement, and Mohawk Airo carpet: https://www.mohawkflooring.com/carpet/brand/airo
– Dan and Mike S. solved their issues with turning off JVC projectors using Harmony remote Activities.

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AV Rant #656: Get Thee Room Treatments

August 16th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 85 Patreon Patrons, as well as Carlton B. for offering to help us with our website bandwidth issues, and Sammy C. for letting Accessories4Less and SVS know we sent him their way.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmG7kbze

In the news:- Disney announced their Disney+, Hulu (with ads) & ESPN+ streaming bundle for $13/month: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1565154828
– Congrats to long-time listener Nathan D. on his engagement!
– Andrew L. says wheeling and dealing was well worth it to get his Paradigm speaker setup, and he suggests using Dricore subfloor tiles as inexpensive DIY subwoofer isolation platforms, and giving bi-pole Atmos speakers a chance.

– Sammy C. shared his updated theater that includes Focal Aria speakers, and SVS sub, and a Vizio P-Series TV, all of which we recommended to him.

– 0:18:40 Jaremy Pyle entered GiK’s photo contest, so toss a vote his way to support an AVRant Listener: https://www.gikacoustics.com/summer-giveaway-photo-contest-2019/#!gallery/1/image/27/Jeremy%20Pyle%203-min

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