AV Rant #480: iClever Bluetooth Headphones Review
Tom starts us off with a review of iClever IC-BTH04 Bluetooth earphones that include a nifty magnet system to keep them around your neck with a retail price of $50.
In the news, Yamaha Receivers got their DTS:X firmware update, and more Denon & Marantz Receivers can now decode Auro-3D (for a $200 upgrade fee). Sony launched a new Ultra HD streaming service called ULTRA that includes HDR titles for $30. Fandango is renaming M-Go and calling it FandangoNow. Joseph P. gave us the heads up about the California School of Seismology using SVS PB13-Ultra subwoofers to simulate earthquakes. And David F. and Efrain sent us links to some April Fools’ jokes in the forms of a Solid Gold Subwoofer driver, and KEF Hydro Blaster.
Kris I. had deliveries from both Accessories4Less and Aperion Audio go awry, but he’s pleased that both companies quickly made things right. And Lee V. heard us talking about LEDs being too bright, so he suggests using after-market car window tint for a cleaner look than tape.
Harvie W. asks if larger Tower speakers are worth it in a small room. Richard B. gets our recommendation for the Yamaha NS-AW592 Outdoor Speakers for his newly covered patio. And Carlos M. wants to know if dual HDMI outputs on a player will allow him to bypass a non-HDCP 2.2 AV Receiver. We also point to Monoprice’s new Blackbird 4K HDCP 2.2 HDMI switch. And we talk about the XTZ Sound Cinema S2, EMP Tek E3b, Ascend Acoustics HTM-200SE, and NHT SuperZero 2.1 as good candidates for on-ceiling speakers.
Bill S. gets our in-wall speaker recommendations, which include: KEF, Focal, and RBH Sound. Infinite Gary asks if we agree with Scott Wilkinson that Vizio’s new P-Series displays are better for very bright rooms than an LG OLED. And Michael R. asks about using the Keuwlsoft SPL Meter app for Android to confirm that he has everything set to Reference Volume.
Greg asks our opinion of PSB speakers. Sam P. wonders why Netflix looks better than DirecTV and gets us to recommend Vizio’s new P-Series to him. And Filipe wonders about some additional Center speaker options as well as the power handling rating listed in speaker specs.
Jason wonders if it’s worth picking up a pair of used Polk RTi6 speakers to expand his system to 7.1. Adriano M. gets more input on using curtains as acoustic absorption. And Karl R. takes us to task over saying Atmos might never catch on at home while fantasizing about owning the largest IMAX theater in the world.
Steve W. asks what he should do in order to add a Center speaker to his system. Ashley S. has questions about getting 5.1 audio out of a Mac Mini as well as why different Blu-ray releases of the same movie would have different aspect ratios. And Luis E. wants great sound on a “Costco budget”, which leads us to strongly recommend a Pioneer Andrew Jones 5.0 speaker package with an SVS subwoofer to handle his large room size.
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