AV Rant #764: Have a Little Shootout

July 23rd, 2021 No comments

Check out Rob’s latest appearance on the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast with our friend DJ: https://www.brightsidehometheater.com/episodes/robhstreaming
https://youtu.be/FchwwEblfDU

00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are our 127 Patreon Patrons, including James W.
We also greatly appreciate the notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going from: Justin B., Brandon, Gurinder, Rob W., Jeremy W., and James. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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00:08:00 – Rob’s Xbox Series X glitch
Shout out to Xbox Support for the quick repair and great customer service!

In the news:

00:10:41 – Valve Steam Deck
Valve announced a portable gaming PC: https://is.gd/JKQUSO

– Netflix wants to get into streaming gaming: https://is.gd/HUY1rJ

– The National Association of Theatre Owners blames Disney+ for Black Widow’s big second weekend box office drop: https://avgadgets.com/theater-owners-release-tone-deaf-response-about-black-widow/

Comments:

– Gurinder just needed to vent about missing out on some clearance OLED deals.

– James W. gives kudos to KEF UK for providing great service, even outside of warranty.

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AV Rant #763: Mo Xbox Audio Mo Xbox Problems

July 16th, 2021 No comments

We watched Black Widow via Disney+ Premier Access, and Tom’s Xbox Series X gave him – you’ll never guess this – audio troubles.

00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Brett for his PayPal donation, plus our 126 Patreon Patrons. We also want to thank Jack, Jay, Don, Michael (and his dad), Gurinder, Bret, and John for sending us notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

00:06:07 – Our thoughts on Black Widow
and its opening weekend that included $60 million from Disney+ Premier Access: https://avgadgets.com/black-widow-was-a-success-and-this-changes-everything/

00:14:24 – News: Nintendo announced the Switch (OLED Model):
https://avgadgets.com/nintendo-switch-oled-what-you-need-to-know/

– NBCUniversal movies will stream exclusively on Peacock after theaters for four months, then come to Amazon Prime Video: https://is.gd/T40p1a

– Via Karl – Reavon’s $1,700 UBR-X200 Ultra HD Blu-ray hopes to replace Oppo: https://is.gd/oG9Lm7

Comments:

00:22:06 – Tom’s newest Xbox audio woes

00:28:34 – Comment: Nelson W.’s DIY panels

00:30:43 – Comment: John Q. improved his 3-sub setup

00:36:07 – Comment: John O. recommends Antlion ModMic
– Antlion ModMic: https://is.gd/XSHJcM
– Ablet Boom Mic add-on: https://is.gd/ID4yzb

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AV Rant #762: Gaming Headset Roundup

July 9th, 2021 No comments

Rob went on the hunt for a gaming headset in the $150 – $250 CAD price range. Apparently, nearly everything marketed at gamers is an underperforming rip-off! Listen to the end to hear what he ended up with.

00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Levi and Kevin for their PayPal donations, plyus our 126 Patreon Patrons, including Rob W. and Fred.
Congrats to DJ. He chatted with Brent Butterworth on the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast, and gave us a lovely shout out: https://www.brightsidehometheater.com/episodes/brentbutterworth
And we appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Bob, Rob W., Andrew, Jay, Billy, and Fred. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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00:08:22 – In the news:

– YouTube TV is offering “4K Plus” as a $20/month Live TV add-on: https://is.gd/P4UHMp

– Via Karl – Quentin Tarantino bought the Vista Theatre: https://is.gd/ynlA7V

00:11:58 – Comments:

– Andrew thanks us for our honest advice, even when he doesn’t want to hear it. And he shares his latest purchase, made possible by saving money elsewhere.

00:14:47 – Tom tried Xbox bitstream passthrough audio

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AV Rant #761: Not Hardcore Enough

July 2nd, 2021 No comments

00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Jonathan & Matt for their PayPal donations, plus our 126 Patreon Patrons, as well as Alex for telling Ascend Acoustics his speaker purchase was based on our recommendation. We also want to thank Alex & Jay for their notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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00:10:04  – In the news:

– Xbox Series X/S can output Dolby Vision at 120 Hz, and LG’s 2021 OLEDs are the first TVs to support it: https://is.gd/9C4bqt
– https://avgadgets.com/what-is-a-qned-tv/

– Designed for Xbox monitors promise features, but not performance: https://is.gd/zfpOhG

– Resolution Games quickly doubled back on Oculus Quest VR in-game ads: https://is.gd/IM00aC

– Via Karl – Netflix has a movie deal with Spielberg’s Amblin Partners: https://is.gd/TOcOvY

– Amazon Fire TV streaming devices finally have Peacock: https://is.gd/baWPCU

00:23:33 – Comments:

– Gurinder sorted out his projector noise issues with JVC, and continues to recommend using shipping pallets to build a riser.

00:26:28 – Jack R. found the j5create JCA374 USB-C Multi-Adapter
lets his Microsoft Surface Tablet output 7.1 audio when other USB-C to HDMI adapters didn’t: https://is.gd/DS2a4e

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AV Rant #760: Flat Cat Sub

June 25th, 2021 No comments

00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Michael and Rafal (apologies for our pronunciation!) for their PayPal donations, plus our 126 Patreon Patrons.We’d also like to thank Jay, Lance, Mark, Dan, Brenda’s Husband/Tara’s Dad (Andrew), and Chad for their notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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00:10:02 – In the news:

– HDTV Test got a pre-production Onkyo TX-RZ50 Receiver and found it has three fully functional HDMI 2.1 inputs. Plus they have info on other Onkyo, Integra, Pioneer, and Pioneer Elite AVR models, including pricing: https://youtu.be/u9zJOYLYX_U

– Oculus Quest VR games are getting ads, and Facebook wants to you know they thought of lots of ways your private data could be shared, but they won’t do it: https://is.gd/V9HkBM

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