AV Rant #657: Smaller Screen is the Answer

August 23rd, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 85 Patreon Patrons, as well as Jainan S. and James C. both for talking us up to Accessories4Less.

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

Catch Tom’s guest appearance on AVNation’s ResiWeek Podcast 185: https://avnation.tv/podcast/resiweek-185/

In the news:
– Via Michael and Karl – Disney+ launches Nov. 12 in the USA, Canada, and the Netherlands, with Australia and New Zealand getting it one week later: https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/disney-announces-support-for-the-apple-tv-ios-xbox-one-roku-and-playstation-4-plus-launch-dates-for-canada-australia-more/
– CBS and Viacom have agreed to merge into ViacomCBS: https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/13/cbs-viacom-merger-deal-30-billion/
– Plex is killing the Plex Media Player for computers: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1565936592
– 0:10:49 TCL announced the 8-Series 4K LCD TVs with Mini-LED backlighting: https://youtu.be/ShLwzxwaYAg– 0:13:00 Patrick asked why each mini-LED isn’t its own zone, and HDTVTest had the scoop on TCL’s Mini-LED roadmap to thousands of local-dimming zones in the coming years: https://youtu.be/rAOTH6RT21I

Comments:
– Jaremy Pyle shares his full theater-build experience, including his recommendations for running a portable HEPA filter, hiding wires with clever curtain placement, and Mohawk Airo carpet: https://www.mohawkflooring.com/carpet/brand/airo
– Dan and Mike S. solved their issues with turning off JVC projectors using Harmony remote Activities.

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AV Rant #656: Get Thee Room Treatments

August 16th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 85 Patreon Patrons, as well as Carlton B. for offering to help us with our website bandwidth issues, and Sammy C. for letting Accessories4Less and SVS know we sent him their way.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmG7kbze

In the news:- Disney announced their Disney+, Hulu (with ads) & ESPN+ streaming bundle for $13/month: https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1565154828
– Congrats to long-time listener Nathan D. on his engagement!
– Andrew L. says wheeling and dealing was well worth it to get his Paradigm speaker setup, and he suggests using Dricore subfloor tiles as inexpensive DIY subwoofer isolation platforms, and giving bi-pole Atmos speakers a chance.

– Sammy C. shared his updated theater that includes Focal Aria speakers, and SVS sub, and a Vizio P-Series TV, all of which we recommended to him.

– 0:18:40 Jaremy Pyle entered GiK’s photo contest, so toss a vote his way to support an AVRant Listener: https://www.gikacoustics.com/summer-giveaway-photo-contest-2019/#!gallery/1/image/27/Jeremy%20Pyle%203-min

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AV Rant #655: Better Off with Paradigms

August 9th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 84 Patreon Patrons, including DJ and Brandon, and Terry G. for talking us up to Accessories4Less when he bought a KEF HTF8003 from them.

0:01:07 Tom welcomes a new pet to his family!

Pictures shown in this episode:https://flic.kr/s/aHsmFS6Pbh

In the news:
– Jeremy Kipnis, creator of the Kipnis Studio Standard, and a Guinness World Record holder for his $6 million home theater, passed away: http://jeremykipnis.com/Jeremy_Kipnis_-_Home_Page.html
– Via Nick B. – Ascend launched their Sierra-2 EX speakers with an upgraded woofer: http://ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/speakers/SRM2EX/srm2ex.html
– Karl R. shared a Home Theater Review article talking about the dearth of Twitch App support: https://hometheaterreview.com/why-all-av-enthusiasts-should-be-upset-about-roku-losing-twitch/

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AV Rant #654: How do you feel about lamps?

August 2nd, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Stefan, Brandon, Brian, and Tim for their donations; our 83 Patreon Patrons; Andy A. for mentioning us to GiK Acoustics; and, Thomas T. for talking us up to Gary Yacoubian and the SVS team at a live event.

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

In the news:

From SDCC:
– The Orville becomes a Hulu exclusive: https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-orville-will-move-to-hulu-for-its-third-season-1836420293
– Marvel’s Phase 4 plans: https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-marvel-studios-comic-con-2019-hall-h-panel-liveblog-1836393911
– Several new Star Trek shows only on CBS All Access: https://io9.gizmodo.com/there-was-almost-too-much-news-at-the-star-trek-comic-c-1836392106

– 0:15:22 IKEA SYMFONISK are Sonos speakers at lower prices: https://www.sonos.com/en-us/symfonisk-by-sonos-and-ikea

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AV Rant #653: Smart Home DIY with Richard Gunther

July 26th, 2019 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are our 83 Patreon Patrons.

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Our special guest co-host this week is DIY home automation expert Richard Gunther. You can listen to Richard’s podcasts:


– Home: On:
 https://www.thedigitalmediazone.com/category/podcasts/home-on
– Entertainment 2.0: https://www.thedigitalmediazone.com/category/podcasts/entertainment-20
– The Smart Home Show: http://feeds.feedburner.com/soundcloud/scvz
– Let’s Talk About Thrones: https://ritualmisery.com/cat/podcasts/ltat

And find his writing at:
– The Digital Media Zone: https://www.thedigitalmediazone.com

0:10:06 Richard details his theater.

0:15:21 Richard describes the current state of DIY home automation.

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