AV Rant #475: Mpingo Perfume
This week, we thank Tim and Gabe for their donations, and Phil B. for mentioning us to “The Listening Post” in New Zealand. In the news, Raspberry Pi 3 is available now for $35 with WiFi and Bluetooth built in. And 23 years later, someone finally found the hidden menus in Mortal Kombat arcade cabinets.
Karl R. commented that so far, Blu-ray releases that include DTS:X actually have DTS:X when you rent them from Redbox. We apologize to Tyler F. for somehow misplacing his questions from a few weeks ago. He’d like suggestions for <$3,000/pair speakers, and we mention: Ascend Acoustics Sierra Towers with RAAL ribbon upgrade, Aperion Audio Verus II Grand Towers, and Magnepan MMG trial. Richard C. has an oddly-shaped, open concept room with many placement restrictions. We first suggest some potential layout options, including a retractable screen in front of a window plus a flat panel above the fireplace. For a new flat panel, we recommend waiting until July for the Philips 8600 Series on a Z-Line 3-in-1 TV stand. For speakers,Satellite speakers from NHT, or Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1 LCR with HTM-200SE Surrounds plus theAmphony Model 1800 Wireless Speaker Kit. For subwoofers, HSU ULS-15 Mk2 or Power Sound Audio S1500. And a Marantz SR5010 AV Receiver from Accessories4Less.
Jason H. wants us to compare the Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2 to the stock Sierra Horizon. Richard F. wants some clarification on the “LFE” vs. “LFE+Main” “Subwoofer Mode” setting. And Toby H. sent us a video of a $1 million system that is extremely rant-worthy. Wesley M. has mysterious volume fluctuations from his cable box after adding a Denon AVR-X4200W to his system. John W. wants to know if an SVS SB-1000 can contend with his new, larger room size. And Jonathan F. wonders exactly how ELAC’s 4Pi Super Tweeteradd-on might work. Chris T. wants to know where to position his bi-pole Surround speakers, and Tom and Rob disagree! Kris I. wants our take on the Epson 5030 vs. Sony VPL-HW40ES projectors, asks about screen size and aspect ratio options along with throw distance choices, and wants a very inexpensive Monoprice HDMI Switch. Infinite Gary asks about a mono setup vs. a SoundBar and using an outboard EQ on a SoundBar. James B. sent us some very interesting information on a new acoustic “metasurface” absorptionthat could allow for tiny, effective bass traps. Tim P. wants to know if an NHT SW2P subwoofer could match up with his SVS PB10-NSD. And Gaylen needs a new OTA DVR, and we suggest the TiVo BOLT, Channel Master DVR+, Xbox One TV Tuner, or HDHomeRun Network Tuner. Gabe M. found some more opinions on MQA audio downloads. Josh Z. has a dual subwoofer placement question. And Tom K. has subwoofer and Y-splitter connection questions. Thanks for listening. Check out our Facebook Page. Click here for our YouTube channel where you can see the recordings of our show videos. Download Tom’s FREE superhero-themed ebook Bob Moore: No Hero wherever ebooks are sold (or given away in this case). Visit Tom's website for download links as well as links for the two full-length followups - Bob Moore: Desperate Times and Bob Moore: Hostile Territory. Check out AVGadgets.com where Tom is the new Editor-in-Chief!