AV Rant #624: Breaking In Your Brain

January 8th, 2019 No comments

Happy New Year! Our Listeners of the Week are our 73 Patreon Patrons, including Gib G. And James C. for the Amazon gift cards he sent to Tom and Rob as Christmas presents. If you’d like to support AV Rant with a one-time donation, you can do so via PayPal.

Tom is still on holiday break this week, so Rob H. is joined by Lee Overstreet.

In the news, Mark from Accessories4Less let us know that the Focal Bird Series is truly at an end now. A potential replacement are the Boston Acoustics A-Series, with the SoundWare 4.5 being a great Little Bird alternative. Oppo released beta firmware adding HDR10+ to their discontinued Ultra HD Blu-ray players. Pioneer announced HDR10+ via future firmware. And TCL joined the HDR10+ group. LG has a 21:9 TV with motorized speakersrollable OLEDDTS:X & Atmos Soundbars, and the HU85L Ultra Short Throw Laser 4K projector. Dirac has a multi-subwoofer module for Dirac Live. 2018 LG OLEDs have a weird flashing issue; and HDTV Test figured it out.

Austen Pond still has QSC USA 850 amplifiers for sale. Kris I. and Earle confirmed what the Subwoofer Level Adjust setting does. Kris P. shared some helpful tips for navigating Amazon Prime Video. Ted M. shared his story of detailed turntable setup, and what he got for Christmas for his theater. And Damien D. let us know that 7.1 streaming content does exist.

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AV Rant #623: Converting Analogue Videotapes to Digital

January 1st, 2019 1 comment

Today we present an interview with Lee Overstreet in which we discuss the fascinating process of converting various analogue videotape formats into digital files that can be archived and shared more easily.
Below are links for some of the resources mentioned throughout the episode:

Contact info:- Lee Overstreet on Twitter: @LeeOverTweet
– Lee Overstreet’s YouTube Channel

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AV Rant #622: Pressurizing Large Rooms

December 21st, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 79 Patreon Patrons, including Damien C., Justin B., and Richard P., as well as Greg L. for telling AV Science we recommended buying his JVC DLA-RS540 projector from them, Dave for recommending the Kuhn Rikon garlic press to Tom, and James C. for sending Rob a Christmas present!

In the news, IMAX is abandoning its VR Experience plans. And NVidia Shield supports 5.1 audio from YouTube.

0:08:29 Austen Pond, our former producer, is selling some QSC USA 850 professional stereo amplifiers. You can reach him @AustenPond on Twitter or via our email if you’re interested.

Karl R. noted the high demand for Oppo’s discontinued Ultra HD Blu-ray players.

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AV Rant #621: Protection Mode and Hums

December 14th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Robert G. for his donation, our 76 Patreon Patrons, Jason Gregg an Greg, who both offered to give Tom’s brother a replacement PS3, and Boshko, who told SVS his dual PB12-NSD purchase was because of us.

In the news, Karl R. let us know that Arcam has joined the IMAX Enhanced program. The latest firmware update fixed the HDR light fluctuation issue on 2018 LG OLED TVs. Oppo is now licensing HDR10+, even though they’ve stopped making 4K Blu-ray players. And Tom Cruise went hilariously old school to get you to turn off motion smoothing.

Infinite Gary recommends the Music Hall MMF-1.5 Turntable, although we’ve a sneaking suspicion it’s based on the same design and parts as the Fluance RT81, which is based on the Audio-Technica AT-LP120.

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AV Rant #620: Subwoofer Door

December 7th, 2018 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Daniel and James C. for their donations, our 75 Patreon Patrons, including Jeff K. and James C., and Jonathan F. for letting RBH know he heard about their Black Friday sale from us, and James C., who completes his Listener of the Week trifecta by talking us up to SVS when he bought a PB12-NSD subwoofer during their Black Friday sale.

In the news, we heard from our former Producer, Austen, who has resumed work on our dual subwoofer setup instructional video. Netflix subscription prices have increased in Canada. And Tidal now works within Plex.

Infinite Gary shared an NPR interview with Sean Olive and Scott Metcalfe about vinyl, CD, and mp3 audio quality. Karl R. found posters of the THX “Deep Note” and Dolby milestones. Jonathan F. thinks cable DVR cutters should consider streaming Live TV services, and CNET’s channel list can help you decide which one. And Mike S. gives a quick update on his long HDMI and other cable woes.

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