AV Rant #633: Almost Better

March 8th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Travis, Mark, Gary, and Juan for their donations, as well as our 84 Patreon Patrons.

GIVEAWAY: James C. has kindly offered to give away a Philips Hue 2-Bulb Starter KitDonate $5 or more to AV Rant before March 11, 2019. We will randomly select one donor’s name and put you in touch with James. If we receive $200 or more in total donations by March 11, James will also include an Echo Dot.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmBk9W8z

In the news, Sony is replacing their professional BVM-X300 OLED mastering monitor with the “Light Modulating Cell Layer” dual LCD BVM-HX310, similar to the Hisense dual LCD consumer TV shown at CES. And the BenQ CinePrime HT3550 is a $1,500 4K DLP projector claiming 95% DCI-P3 color capability.

Nathan D. shared a laugh over the $1,300 RELAXA 530 Anti-vibration platform. Moanis shares his experience importing a Panasonic UB420 Ultra HD Blu-ray player. And Derek F. explains why the NVidia Shield and Apple TV 4K can’t play HDR videos on YouTube.

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AV Rant #632: Philips Hue Giveway

March 4th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 84 Patreon Patrons, and Infinite Gary for talking us up to Philharmonic Audio.

GIVEAWAY: James C. has kindly offered to give away a Philips Hue 2-Bulb Starter KitDonate $5 or more to AV Rant before March 11, 2019. We will randomly select one donor’s name and put you in touch with James. If we receive $200 or more in total donations by March 11, James will also include an Echo Dot.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmBjnef1

In the news, Microsoft is adding Dolby Surround Upmixing built into Xbox One consoles.

Matthew H. provided links to the BenQ Direct Online Refurbished Outlet and Epson Clearance Center. Both are great places to find deals on projectors.

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AV Rant #631: Dual Subs

February 22nd, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Chad, Neil, Chris, and Luke for their donations, as well as our 82 Patreon Patrons, and Mark T. for talking us up to Accessories4Less.

In the news, Samsung won’t be making any more Blu-ray or Ultra HD Blu-ray players. And Panasonic and Samsung showed off their full 2019 TV lineups.

The CEDIA Podcast posted an excellent episode with Dennis Erskine with many useful details about home theater soundproofing and construction. And Aaron C. helps us out with a reminder and correction that the Harmony Hub uses the smaller 2.5mm outputs for its mini IR blasters.

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AV Rant #630: WAY Better

February 15th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 81 Patreon Patrons, including Bryan W., and James C. for donating via PayPal, being a Patron, talking us up to Accessories4Less when he bought some KEF LS50 speakers, and sending Lee a birthday gift card!

Many things conspired against our schedules this week. So Lee Overstreet is our guest co-host. Our thanks to him for filling in on super short notice, once again.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmAH8fS7

In the news, Karl R. gave us a heads up about Sonos teaming up with Sonance. Anthem announced their new Anthem Room Correction (ARC) Genesis software. And Disney+ will be the only place to stream Captain Marvel.

Mike H. shared a Smarter Every Day video that helps to visualize how multiple different frequencies can be added together to create any waveform.

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AV Rant #629: Wall Flex

February 8th, 2019 1 comment

Our Listeners of the Week are Ray, Steve, and James for their donations, our 80 Patreon Patrons, and Mark R. for telling Parts Express we recommended them.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHskRwHZN3

In the news, UltraViolet is shutting down July 31. Brent Butterworth wrote an article, Eardrum Suck: The Mystery Solved explaining the sensation sometimes caused by active noise cancelling. And CalMAN Home will bring AutoCal for compatible TVs to the lowest price yet.

Tap T. mentioned GreenToe as a possible way to haggle online. Richard B. recommends using contact paper rather than paint to change the color of speakers. Mike S. let us know about a bunch of successful updates in his theater build. Jason G. confirmed that Amazon Echo devices can be grouped. And Steve from Next Gen Home Theater likely has wireless interference.

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