AV Rant #686: Vowels are Hard

February 29th, 2020 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Jonathan and Russell for their donations, and our 108 Patreon Patrons, including Justin B.

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– Samsung’s 2020 4K QLED TVs take a step backwards: https://is.gd/ng4Ycf

– Comcast might buy Vudu from Walmart: https://is.gd/hrItHj

Comments:

– J.R. used our comments as motivation to buy new speakers and subs, but has a couple of speed-bumps. (0:15:00)

– Andrew L. wants to remind us that the Harmony Hub can work with voice assistants.

– Mike S. shows off his DIY wall treatments and trim, and shares a scary story about a rattling speaker installed behind fabric.

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AV Rant #685: Interview with Alan Hutchinson from HTMarket

February 26th, 2020 No comments

Today we have an interview with Alan Hutchinson, the owner of HTMarket:
– https://www.htmarket.com/

We hear about the origins of HTMarket and Alan’s love of home theater (including the details of his personal home theater today). Then we deep dive into HTMarket’s HT Design Quick Ship Home Theater Seating: 

how HT Design Seating began, and where it’s manufactured;

how they manage to offer their seats at such competitive prices, and why other brands can’t;

how the model lineup came to be, and where the names came from;

what configurations, controls, features, and accessories are available;

installation, finding the right fit, and figuring out how many seats you can fit in your room;

viewing distance and considering acoustics;

seating risers and seating height;

warranty and ongoing customer support;

identifying value and caring for the longevity of your seating.

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AV Rant #684: Rob Solo

February 21st, 2020 No comments

5.1 Computer Speakers & Amps, OLED Light Settings & more

Tom had to leave unexpectedly about half way through this episode. So prepare yourselves for a whole lot of Rob this week. Sorry!

Our Listeners of the Week are our 106 Patreon Patrons, as well as Tony R. and Joe K. both for talking us up to SVS.

Pictures shown in this episode:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmLtyj4W

In the news:

– Redbox launched Redbox Free Live TV: https://is.gd/zBZK2q

Comments:

– Herb from Cross-Spectrum Labs informed us that production delays in China mean he is out of stock of individually calibrated UMIK-1 measurement microphones for the time being: http://cross-spectrum.com/measurement/calibrated_umik.html

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AV Rant #683: Exit Front Wide Train Here

February 14th, 2020 No comments

UPCOMING INTERVIEW: We’ll be talking with Alan Hutchinson, the owner of HTMarket.com on Feb. 19. Our focus will be their HT Design Home Theater Seating, but feel free to ask anything HTMarket-related.

Our Listeners of the Week are Ezekiel for his donation, our 106 Patreon Patrons, including Dan, as well as Victor D. for talking us up to Blue Jeans Cable, and Andrew L. for telling Denon, NVidia, LG, and SVS that he has a “home theater by AV Rant.”

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

In the news:

– Check out https://joeyesposito.com/ for awesome independent comics and merch by Joey Esposito who first brought to our attention that…

– Netflix added the option to turn off auto-play previews and next episodes: https://is.gd/eEVieT

– Netflix is switching to the AV1 codec on Android mobile devices: https://is.gd/uVgXOy

– Disney will make Hulu available outside the USA in 2021: https://is.gd/36rhlk

– ViacomCBS wants to combine its TV and movie divisions into a single streaming service: https://is.gd/XvMTvq

Comments:

– Carl and Brian let us know that “Suspiria” and “Carnival Row” both offer Atmos audio on Amazon Prime Video.

John P. thinks the Emotiva Airmotiv A1 AirSpace upward-firing Atmos-Enabled Modules are worth a try: https://is.gd/djRQHi

– Dan describes hiring a professional ISF/THX calibrator as an educational experience, in addition to improving his picture quality.

– Damien D. turned a box spring into a seating riser.

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AV Rant #682: Suck That Tweeter

February 7th, 2020 No comments

UPCOMING INTERVIEW: We’ll be talking with Alan Hutchinson, the owner of HTMarket.com on Feb. 19. Our focus will be their HT Design Home Theater Seating, but feel free to ask anything HTMarket-related.

Our Listeners of the Week are Jacob for his donation, and our 106 Patreon Patrons, as well as SVS for featuring our recent interview with Gary Yacoubian and Nick Brown in their Feb. 2020 newsletter ( https://www.svsound.com/blogs/newsletters ), Infinite Gary for talking us up to Sewell, and Lee Overstreet for mentioning us to Accessories4Less.

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

In the news:

– Via Kris P. – MoviePass is truly dead: https://is.gd/d1ke7R

– GoldenEar Technology has been sold to The Quest Group (AudioQuest): https://is.gd/Dt8jBM

Comments:

– Andrew L. and Carl both wanted further details about putting speakers at 45 degree elevation angles and labelling them as Front and Rear Heights for maximum immersive audio format compatibility: (page 25: https://is.gd/VmcdzD )

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