AV Rant #408: Our Listeners ROCK!

November 5th, 2014 2 comments

This week we have Michael, Fred, Rohan, Eli, Dave, Leighton, J.S., and Efrain to thank for supporting the podcast. We can’t believe how supportive you have all been and we thank you. In news, Tom is reviewing some headphones from Alpine (LINK), plasma finally dies (LINK), JansZen releases some new speakers (LINK), and Mavel reveals their movie lineup for the next few years (LINK). Click HERE to see the AV Rant sponsored race car in action. Fred say one of those curved OLED TVs in person (LINK) and wasn’t impressed, Ashley clues us in to some things we got wrong last week about his Logitech Z-5500 speakers, Emma reminded us that a listener pointed out that Despicable Me predicted curved screens, and Eliezer found a phone preamp with more than just the RIAA curve (LINK). David had some thoughts on Room EQ Wizard integration into your system, Jeff has replaced an older, huge SVS with two smaller ones and reports, and Efrain reports on the Geek Pulse XFi DAC (LINK). Bruno needs a projection screen, Fred needs help buying speakers and a receiver, and Monte is curious how we’ll handle the transition to 4k, Andy has a new SVS sub and needs some setup help, and Greg wants us to help him spend $1000. John is curious why he’s having issues setting his contrast on his plasma, Michael is having problems streaming his HD content, Dave has an Onkyo with odd volume readout, and Leighton wants to know if we think he should buy two or four subs.

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AV Rant #407: The Room Treatment Episode

October 30th, 2014 1 comment

This week we thank Eliezer and Niclas as our listeners of the week. Thanks for your support! In the news – Sonos sues Denon over Helios (LINK) and Google killed Revolv (LINK). Lee lets us know about an Onkyo repair and warranty extension (LINK), Michael is finally happy with his set up now that his has finished following all our advice, Rohan wants to know if there is anything else he can do to his room, and Tony found a great chart for you DIY absorption panel types (LINK). Michael is looking for a high-end analog-only preamp, Andrew has some confusion about how to implement the Room EQ Wizard curves, and Robert is looking for upgrade options. Don wants to know if we would recommend spending money on speakers or room treatments, Ryan wants to add room treatments (LINK and LINK) but doesn’t know where to start (he also found a room treatment company and wants our opinions LINK), and John has some followup questions to our recommendations for his planned home theater (LINK and LINK). Jay wants us to double-check his basement plans, Greg is curious about separates vs a receiver, Infinite Gary wonders about Auromatic vs Dolby Surround, and Ashley has some plans for his computer speakers and wonders if they’ll work (technically…yes). Bruno, Fred, and William – we’ll get back to you next week.

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AV Rant #406: DIY Speakers Win Rocky Mountain

October 22nd, 2014 1 comment

Special thanks to our listeners of the week Roland K., Cameron K., and Frederick R. Your donations help keep the podcast going! Thanks guys! This week, HSU put out 2 new subwoofers (LINK and LINK), Auro-3D comes to Denon and Marantz (LINK), Jason wants Tom to know there are Pacific Rim sequels on the way (LINK), Rob is excited about the new Mac Mini (LINK), and there is evidence that cable a la carte is on the way (LINK and LINK). Ray let us know that we butchered Dennis Erskine’s name last week and Aussie Gary joined our Hangout After Party last week and suggests checking out Samuel Barber’s “Agnus Dei, Op. 11″, Music and Monarchy by David Starkey (LINK), or The Tudors for the music. Aussie Gary also thought there might be something in a pre-fab room-within-a-room a la these portable “Office Pods” he found online (LINK). Gabe visited the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (LINK) and reports that the LXmini from Linkwitz Lab (LINK) stole the show. This DIY speaker solution costs about $400/pair and requires a bit of wood and PVC pipe to construct. Check out the details here and here. Tim is looking for the best bang-for-buck in projectors where the “diminishing returns” start to kick in, needs subwoofer placement advice, and clarifies his speaker needs. Jeff wants to use his Ultimate Ears UE Boom Bluetooth speakers with his receiver and wants to know how (LINK), Michael got his new sub and is loving it but has a crossover question and two-channel stereo issue, and John wants our opinion on the $130 Dayton Audio Sub-1200 subwoofer (LINK and LINK). Lior fixes his Onkyo by adding fans (LINK) but has a pushed-in tweeter that needs fixing (LINK and LINK for the drop-in replacement). Lastly Cameron asks about what to look for in a receiver’s specs to know that it can pass full 18Gbps 4k over HDMI plus he needs a 3.5mm cable and wants to know if he needs to spend money on a more expensive one while Kris has a new 4K display and wants to know what settings to use with his Oppo BDP-103.

 

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AV Rant #405: Phantom Receiver

October 21st, 2014 1 comment

SVS released a new cylinder subwoofer and Jay wants to know what we think (LINK). Oh, and some new speakers too. Sammy want our take on the $330k a pair Tesseract speakers (LINK). Apparently, our race car driver Paul has to crash the AV Rant car in order to win (LINK). Works for us but stay safe Paul! Michael shares a story, asks for some of ours, and tells us about TVMobili – another HTPC front end (LINK). Tony tells us about his in-wall speakers and back boxes, Gaylen still hasn’t replaced his broken Onkyo, and David has a story about an AV Rant fan that Tom really wants to believe. Gary has a question about creating realistic audio and is interested in the new Pioneer Atmos receivers. Stephen has a couple of questions about folded ribbon tweeters, Nathan shared an article about 4k that has Rob almost saying something negative about another person (LINK), and Rohan needs some subwoofer buying advice.

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AV Rant #404: Pyramids are Dumb

October 19th, 2014 1 comment

In a week where we recorded two podcasts back-to-back, Tom couldn’t find time to post either. He submits himself to your judgement and prays for mercy. In this podcast, we hear from Jeff and his SVS PB12-Plus/2, Tony found a speaker company in Australia that he wanted us to look at (LINK), and Nick explains why he chose to audition two Aperion Audio Verus Grand Center speakers rather than their bookshelf speakers. After hearing our interview with Chis from Audyssey (LINK), Jon tried out the Audyssey Media Player App and gives us a review and Eliezer has a little fun with Zu Audio (LINK and LINK). Moanis has a question about which surround speakers he should buy, Wilson has some questions about Audyssey and the Pinnacle speakers (LINK), and Barney wants to know if we think a room can be optimized for both surround sound and two channel music (LINK). Fred is shopping for subs and took Tom’s advice about spreadsheets (LINK and LINK) and Tim is building a new home theater and needs equipment advice. Look for another episode in a couple of days.

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