AV Rant #440: Smooth

July 10th, 2015 No comments

This week we thank Rohan as our listener of the week! Thanks for your donation. Some news about Atmos and Game of Thrones (LINK), a nice roundup of all the new receivers coming (LINK), and Rob is for some reason really concerned about bubble wrap (LINK). We tackle Infinite Gary’s wall of questions about HDR and “vivid” modes, high resolution audio (LINK), speaker measurements in reviews (LINK), the importance of speaker quality versus room design, DTS 5.1 96/24 (LINK), the definition of “smooth”, and some info about Rives audio (LINK). Don let us know about an interesting Kickstarter project (LINK), while Barney is curious about our opinion of the state of receivers, the divide between the consumer and the high end receiver offerings, and some comments from Andrew Jones (LINK). Sushmit sent some feedback (LINK) but wonders about the performance of SVS cylinder subs versus their box subs, Jay wants an easy way to calculate standing waves in a room (LINK), and Andy was dismayed to learn how the mixing is done for movies (LINK). Nathan had a suggestion for Matt, Ken is interested in the Audiokinesis Swarm Subwoofer System (LINK) and has a question about bass in car audio, and Scott is shopping for a projector and a screen (LINK).

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AV Rant #439: Escher Apt

July 6th, 2015 No comments

This week we thank Michael, Kyle, and Sushmit for their donations along with Scott (LINK), Ceasar, and Paul. Tom briefly mentions some news from Onkyo (LINK), OLED (LINK), HDR (LINK), and the Hoover Dam (LINK). Cliff has placement questions for his subwoofers (one that is in-floor) in his temporary home theater, Greg needs help aiming his surround speakers, and Michael wants to know about the new Denon receivers and how much they’ll cost in Canada (LINK). Quintin is interested GoldenEar speakers, Jack wants a DAC to make his Shure flagship SE846 headphones sound the best (LINK and LINK), and Josh wants our thoughts on the BBE Sonic Maximizer (LINK and LINK). Kyle wants to know if his plans to get his preferred speakers up front (LINK) and the cheapest possible option (LINK) for the surrounds are a good idea. Any other options? (LINK and LINK) Barney was wondering why someone would calibrate displays for 35 (rather than 30) foot lamberts for a display shootout, Jay noticed us on a list of AV podcasts to listen to (LINK), and Tim is having some HDMI switch issues (LINK). Mike wants to know what the “Loudness” setting does (LINK), treble and bass controls, recommendations for sub-$100 portable DACs with bass controls (LINK and LINK), music players for Android (LINK), and custom earmolds for in-ear monitors. Lastly, Sushmit wants to know how to get the best possible sound from Netflix, why his speakers don’t sound like Magnepans, and what subwoofer to buy.

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AV Rant #438: Solo or Party

June 26th, 2015 No comments

Rob H. is joined by Austen Pond, Ray Coronado, and Lee Overstreet for AV Rant’s first ever four-man panel! This week, we thank John M. for telling Herb over at Cross-Spectrum Labs that he heard about their calibrated measurement microphones on AV Rant. E3 took place last week (LINK), Fox announced some HDR movies that will only play on Samsung TVs (LINK), and Yamaha revealed their newest Aventage AV Receivers (LINK). Jordan B. seeks our recommendations for a $400 2.1 sound system (LINK, LINK, and LINK), and he also wants outdoor cinema speakers (LINK). Corey B. needs AV Receiver advice for his friend in Canada. And Byron S. sent us a quiz to test “How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?” (LINK, LINK, and LINK). James B. continues to help out folks with theaters under construction, this time with an in-wall wiring guide (LINK) and an editorial on surge protection (LINK). James also wants some outdoor speakers, and we suggest Yamaha (LINK) or “Rock Speakers” (LINK & LINK). Terry Q. loves his new Marantz AV8801. And wants to backup his HD DVD collection (LINK). Bryce H. is being forced to downsize his theater, and our panel delivers a lengthy discussion on bass issues, screen size, projector choices, seating, speaker placement, and even paint! We also offer some ideas for his living room setup. Jim M. shares his experience with Atmos. Infinite Gary asks us to make a hypothetical speaker comparison (LINK vs. LINK). And Eliezer M. comments on some of the things we mentioned last week, recommends a good place to search for used gear (LINK), and asks which sampling rate is most practical. Barney wants to know what separates a “good” speaker from a “great” speaker. Scott S. plans to let us all watch his theater being built (LINK). And Matt I. has a completely digital sound system that might need to be completely replaced, although four $23 converters might be worth a try first (LINK).

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AV Rant #437: Oh-Poe

June 17th, 2015 1 comment

This week we thank Adam for his donation. Thanks buddy! John has a few tagline suggestions, Denon and Marantz announce an impressive receiver lineup (LINK, LINK, and LINK), and Oculus Rift has some consumer-level gear (LINK, LINK, and LINK). Jonathan found an interesting article about guitar amps (LINK), Sean has a question about hush boxes (LINK), and Kevin needs help calibrating his planned four subwoofers. Joshua is beginning to believe that CD quality is good enough (LINK), Brian needs a new subwoofer for under $200, and Gary has a slew of questions about jaggies, lip sync, LED color drift, projector calibration, and the new ELAC speakers (LINK). Adam is liking his AudioEngine A5’s more than his Marantz/Verus Grand Bookshelves and want to know why. Jim needs subwoofer placement help, Kris needs a new surge projector (LINK and LINK), and Michael has converted to Android and wants to stream to his home theater (LINK). Barney found an article on converting Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms to 5.1 (LINK) and wants to know about how UltraHD will work (LINK), while Bob is wondering how to pronounce Oppo.

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AV Rant #436: Flat Speakers

June 15th, 2015 No comments

This week we thank Terry, Eric, and Scott for supporting the podcast. Thanks guys!. We receive more feedback on sponsorship from Jonathan, John, Joshua, and Byron. In the news, AV Rant is on Stitcher (LINK), Quantum Dots and HDR (LINK), Harmony remotes and the PS4 (LINK), and an interview with THX about immersive audio (LINK). Andrew has a question about setting up multiple subwoofers, Tue one about group delay, and Mike needs some new in-ear monitors (LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, and Tom’s suggestions LINK and LINK). Andy has a bone to pick with Dolby, Barney is having a weird dialogue problem with his B&W soundbar, and Eric wants our recommendations for a display and three speakers for the front of his room (LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, and LINK). Alan is loving his Denon AVR-X4000 but has a video connection question, James has some suggestions for some of our listeners, and Greg recommends the Roomie App which he uses with his iWatch (LINK). Steve has some additional suggestions for listeners building a dedicated home theater (LINK), Terry is looking to upgrade his processor, and Steve asks, “If we had $10,000 to spend on a pair of speakers, which would we buy?” (LINK, LINK, and waiting for Rob to provide LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, and LINK).

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