AV Rant #466: The Hiss Covers The Hum

December 31st, 2015 No comments

This week, we thank Todd and Herb (from Cross-Spectrum Labs) for their donations, and Tony, Corey, and Kevin for their support. You are our listeners of the week! In the news, Cross-Spectrum labs is now selling the MiniDSP 2×4 units (LINK). This means you can get your calibrated mics and MiniDSPs in one place. Convenient!. Also, for custom installers, the Noise Control Conference is taking place in Providence, Rhode Island this coming June. If anyone would like to make a presentation themselves, they can submit a paper and pay an admission fee at the following link: http://noisecon16.inceusa.org/Aperion Audio has new Verus II speakers on the way. They’ve re-engineered the tweeter (which is now patented), which also means a new crossover and higher power handling: https://www.aperionaudio.com/verus-2-grand-tower-xd. Karl points out that Apple might be developing a way to get high-rez music (LINK), Todd corrects Rob (LINK), and Nathan loves is DSPeaker Anit-Mode and recommends it (LINK). Infinite Gary wonders about Power Sound Audio and review terminology (LINK), Andrew wants enough sub to pressurize his WHOLE HOUSE, Dev is having problems with his Woo Audio WA2 tube headphone amp, and Tim is looking for help for his friend’s theater build. Rami’s build needs to be clean (in-wall/in-ceiling speakers only), has a bar taking up much of the back of the room, and has a fireplace up front. This is going to be a tough one. Terry’s Oppo BDP-95 is on the fritz and needs help, Bill doesn’t like the placement of his surrounds, and we tackle Sean’s big theater build.

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AV Rant #465: Not A Fan

December 24th, 2015 No comments

This week, we thank John, Vincent, and Stephen for their donations. Likewise, a shout out to Zach for recognizing Tom’s voice. Thanks guys! You are our listeners of the week! In the news, Tom updates his Phiaton BT 100 NC review, Denon and Marantz have announced dates for when their first waves of DTS:X firmware updates will be available (LINK and LINK), and some movie made a bunch of money (LINK). Infinite Gary shares a video from T.H.E. Show (LINK) and Toby found a video where someone demoed speakers (LINK). Steve has a new receiver and a DVDO Edge Green video processor and some questions about connections, Joseph wants to know which MiniDSP to buy, and John is looking at a NAD and wants to add room correction (MiniDSP is the answer). Michael needs a UPS for his projector but it has to be small (LINK, LINK, and LINK), Jeff is having HDMI and Denon problems (LINK), and Mark has a QHD display that isn’t playing nice with his receiver. Vince wants to know what we think of center channels, John wants to add front wide speakers to his set up, and Ian is considering upgrading to EMP Tek speakers and wants to wire them in parallel. Scot wants a new receiver and needs our help, Michael is considering a second sub and would like suggestions, and Teemu needs help placing his surround backs. Ryan wants to know where to boost his bass, Monty clarifies his question on projector placement (LINK), and Brent is going to do the Subwoofer Crawl and has a question. Shawn is building a home theater and wants help, Mark wants to place his subs and the front of the room and has a question about phase, and Infinite Gary wants to know what we want for Christmas. Merry Christmas to all you AV Ranters!

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AV Rant #464: 2nd Interview with Gary Yacoubian of SVS

December 18th, 2015 No comments

That’s right! We did a second interview with Gary Yacoubian of SVS. We talk about their most popular subs, their new SoundPath accessories, and much more. When we say, “Much more,” we mean Gary has annoucement of a new product that you will ONLY hear here (for now). This is the podcast you can’t miss!

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AV Rant #463: Wiring Multiple Surround Speakers

December 17th, 2015 No comments

This week we thank Grant, Kris, and Jacob for their donations. You are our Listeners of the Week! Thanks guys! In the news, Emotiva announces the XPA Gen.3 amps (LINK), a new Emersa line of ICE amps (LINK), and Airmotiv passive speakers (LINK). How much is your TV watching you? The Wirecutter does the research for you (LINK). Toby keys us in to a DIY speaker project (LINK), Diego tells us how to control multiple identical devices with a Harmony Hub remote (LINK), while Joseph finds another rediculous product from AudioQuest – meet the Jitterbug (LINK and LINK). Ryan reminds us that Atlantic Technology sells B-Stock speakers for cheap (LINK), Tom K. loves his HDHR Viewer and Plex2cvs plugins for PLEX (LINK and LINK), Tom B. wasn’t impressed with PinPoint Universal mounts overall, and Bob reports that his Sony TV’s and Denon receiver’s HDMI-CEC are playing nice together. Grant wants to add five speakers for Auro 3D and Atmos, Mike is curious about the ZTE Axon phone’s claim of Hi-Fi Audio (LINK), and Tom K. has two options for how to spend his money. He’s probably not going to like our answer. Ian has added a third row of seats and wants a second surround speaker to help cover all the seats, Anthony isn’t loving his new 65″ 4K Vizio M Series, and Kris gives us an update and is curious as to what we think is the future of receivers. Timothy loves his Infinity Overture 2 towers but one woofer is making a weird noise. What should he do? Infinite Gary is looking for something more out of his theater and thought a Stereophile article (LINK) might have a point, Jimmy wants to know our thoughts on the Devialet Phantom (LINK – warning .pdf), and Finite Gary is looking for one remote to rule them all. Is the RTI T2X the solution (LINK)? Jacob is considering a refurb but is worried about quality, he also needs a small footprint sub, and Nicholas is looking for a projector and screen to match the performance of his Kuro (Elite Screens AcousticPro UHDSeymour AVEluneVision Reference Studio AudioWeave 4K).

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AV Rant #462: Gremlins

December 14th, 2015 No comments

This week, we thank Shannon and James for their donations (James provided an old laptop to help out Tom) plus Bill for talking us up to Emotiva. Thanks guys! You are our listeners of the week! In the news, Vudu now hos 11 movies in UHD and HDR plus more (LINK), Kurt from Blue Jeans Cable explains HDMI cables (LINK), and there is a new sub-$1000 projector king of the block – and it is BenQ again (LINK)! Ray weighs in on MiniDSP vs. Behringer DSP-1124 Feedback Destroyer, Dave recommends “Theatre Test” app for the Apple TV for bass sweeps at a reasonable price ($3), Infinite Gary reports fewer TVs sold this Black Friday (LINK), and Paul had Rob over again. David wants a comparison between Audyssey and Dirac, John is having issues with bass and Dirac, and Monty needs help purchasing a screen. Nathan is looking to add immersive audio but doesn’t want to lose his manual EQ on his Yamaha, Kris is planning for immersive audio and has some questions, and Nicholas wants to know if he should buy more Sierra 2’s or CBM-170’s. Efrain picked up a PS4 on Black Friday and wants to know what to expect, Jonathan responds to our comments last week, and Michael is looking for an upgrade over his HSU HB-1 MK2 speakers (Ascend Acoustics CMT-340SE, EMP Tek R55Ti Towers, KEF Q500, NHT Classic Three, Revel Performa3 M106Ascend Acoustics Sierra Towers). Ken has a problem with phase, Michael is wondering about Kodi, and Barney wants streaming DTS HD-MA and Dolby TrueHD (don’t we all). Bill figured out his problem with his sub and Roku box, Shannon is looking for height speakers, and Alan had a great experience with Epson customer support.

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