AV Rant #456: Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 Review

October 27th, 2015 No comments

This week we thank Tim, Pieter, Joseph, and Troy for their donations and Jefferson and Scott for supporting the podcast. Tom reviews the Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 and, overall, he likes it! In the news, Monoprice releases their Premium Audio line (Tom is getting some tubes to review) and Rob finds out (via listener Greg) that Plex is going to get 4k (LINK). We get some comments from Jackson, Darin Fong, and Ronn. Ash is looking for a fix for his acoustical problems (LINK to GiK) and he needs a way to use both his integrated amp and surround processor at the same time, Troy is wondering if he should reorient his home theater, and Infinite Gary has a question about Atmos mixes and wonders if making a speaker in-house makes it better. Steve is looking for soundbars to sell to his customers (Revel, GoldenEar, KEF, Paradigm), John is thinking of upgrading his amp, and Karl is looking for lists of DTS:X releases (LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, and LINK), needs a new screen (LINK, LINK, and LINK), wants our opinions on “An Open Letter to Apple’s Tim Cook Regarding HD Music” (LINK), and wants to know what other Home Theater podcasts we (Rob) listen to?

Jim is having a problem when shifting from 2D to 3D (LINK), Diego wants headphones for his dad (Senneiser Wireless, Oppo, PSB, Sony, Audio Technica, and Sennheiser Open Back Option 1 and Option 2), and Kyle got ripped off by a Canadian and needs our help. David is wonder if Chane speakers are any good (LINK), Pieter is curious about drapes and HDR projectors, and Bobby is confused by UPS’s for his projector (APC LINK and LINK). Bill the Stumper is now on the market for a new streaming box (Nvidia), while Kevin is wondering why he can’t use “A” weighting when level matching subs.

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AV Rant #455: Best Buy Lies

October 20th, 2015 No comments

This week, we thank Brian and Steve for their donations, Ash for the new artwork, Scott for the mention on SVS’s site (LINK), and James for the DIY absorption panel covers (LINK and mention us for 10% off). In the news, JBL Synthesis and Trinnov 3D Audio have partnered up to create the JBL Syntheses SDP-75 (LINK), Auralex has a new app that kind of sucks (LINK), Dynaudio has new speakers (LINK), Rob found a laser-powered projector, Kaleidescape supports Vidity (LINK), and Logitech has new remotes (LINK and LINK). Ian wonders why movies sound so “big” in the theaters, Gabe has some thoughts on Rock Mountain Audio Fest (Out of some dude’s head, ELAC, and MQA), and Nelson wants us to check his Audyssey settings. Kris is looking to reassign some of the internal amps of his receiver and is wondering if he did okay with the placement of his third sub. Brian is thinking of upgrading his amp, needs a new sub, and wonders why people don’t care more about audio. Jonathan is concerned about upscaling, Tim is still having problems with lossless audio, and Pieter is renovating a house in Belgium and needs advice. Nathan is looking for a DAC with a remote (Emotiva XDA-2 gen2), Martin wants to know the difference between the Marantz AV7702 and 7702 Mk2, and Ronald wants a bigger TV but isn’t sure of the size.

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AV Rant #454: It Just Goes To YouTube

October 14th, 2015 No comments

This week, we thank Mark, Kevin, Tobias and David for their donations, Ray for his help, and Paul for being awesome. You are our listeners of the week! Thanks guys! In the news, Tom will be reviewing speakers from David Janszen (LINK), Seymour Scree Excellence releases a 4 way masking system (LINK), ATI puts out new amps (LINK), Ulta HD Blu-ray before the end of the year (LINK), and Ray puts out an ELAC video (LINK). Greg found some Vizio 4k displays (LINK), John found a great site for speaker mounts (PinPointMounts), and Tom K. reveals some information about the Xbox One and how it decodes 5.1 into 7 speakers. Joshua backs up Rob in a way, Karl is wondering why Audyssey is setting his speakers way too soft and what we thought of the recent Home Theater Geeks episode about High-Res Audio (LINK), and Barney is curious about the optimal placement for Atmos-enabled speakers. Todd wants to know how to set up his dual DIY subs, Mark needs help designing his home theater space, and Ian needs a new projector lamp (LINK). Brian has decided on a screen size but now needs speaker suggestions (LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, and LINK), David wants to install Atmos speakers in a drop ceiling and has a deinterlacing question, and Jonathan loves his Nvidea Shield (LINK) and was blown away by the amount of effort it takes to get VR working (LINK). Lastly, we take a critical look at the Shun Mook Mpingo Discs (LINK).

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AV Rant #453: Dual Sub Setup Guide

October 11th, 2015 No comments

This week, we thank Tim, Brian, Tom, and Karl for their support of the podcast. Thanks guys! In the news a new ambient light-rejecting screen (LINK), new HDMI cables (LINK), Google’s Chromecast Audio (LINK and LINK), and some Atmos speaker setup help (LINK). David has a suggestion about William’s streaming weirdness, Howard is looking for a shorter power cord (LINK and LINK), and Allen is curious about ribbon tweeters and which type (direct, bipole, dipole) surround speakers to pick (LINK). Infinite Gary has some Ultra HD Blu-ray questions (LINK and LINK), Adrian wonders if Yamaha can make a good sub (LINK), and Jonathan is having second thoughts about his speaker choices. Rob has an Ethernet cable he REALLY wants to use and would like to move his gear downstairs (LINK), John has a surround speaker setup question, and David is worried that he is sitting too close to his back wall (LINK). Martin wants to know if he can save some money with a less expensive Blu-ray player (LINK), Brian is looking for a subwoofer, and Tim can’t seem to get lossless audio in his theater. Lastly, Kevin is looking for setup and calibration help for his new dual SVS subwoofers.

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AV Rant #452: Tiredcast

October 4th, 2015 No comments

This week, we thank Ilango for his donation, John, Ken, and James (LINK for the sound panel covers) for their support of the podcast, and Herb, Karl R., Jonathan, Kris, Scot, Gabe, Jason, Gary, and Scott for their words of encouragement and support. In the news audiophile op-amps (LINK) and 8k displays (LINK and LINK). Bryan is looking for a BIG picture (LINK) and wants to know what we think about BIC America speakers, Kevin wants to know why SVS doesn’t make sealed cylinder subs, and Justin is worried about upgrading his HTPC to Windows 10 and how that will affect streaming to his Denon receiver. Scott wants to know if we would buy the new Apple TV or the new Amazon Fire TV (LINK), Karl has some questions about the settings on his receiver, and Mike needs a new center, a way to deaden sound, has a recommendation for DIY custom ear-molds (LINK), and is curious how surround sound upmixers work. Jonathan doesn’t completely hate “soap opera effect,” John wants to know which services we use to stream music (LINK), and William gives us more information about his streaming weirdness. Kris is looking for very tall speaker stands (LINK and LINK), wants to know more about Atmos speakers, and wonders how to measure the dispersion of a speaker at home. Jay found an article about “HyperSound Clear” and wants our opinions (LINK), Dev is worried about how his US receiver will work in Asia (LINK and LINK) plus is curious about the Samsung 50J5100 HDTV, and Francisco is worried that his Onkyo is underpowered for this Martin Logan Theos speakers. John wants to backup all his Blu-ray discs and needs to know how (LINK, LINK, and LINK), Ken loves his Lumagen Radiance 2020 (LINK) but it is having problems with his HTPC (LINK), and Ken loves his Nvidia Shield TV.

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