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AV Rant #732: Christmas Games

December 25th, 2020

Merry Christmas!

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In the news:
– Cyberpunk 2077 has been riddled with problems and pulled from the PlayStation Store: https://is.gd/ObktfL

– HBO Max is now on Roku devices: https://is.gd/afuUdI
– And PS5, too: https://is.gd/PYbRAD

– Chromecast with Google TV will get the Apple TV App in early 2021, with Android TV devices to follow: https://is.gd/1R6TdL

– Samsung’s 110-inch microLED TV is $155,000: https://is.gd/bkiEso

– 0:20:29 Via Joe K. – we have confirmation that Denon & Marantz’ DTS:X Pro update includes Front Wide speaker support for Dolby Surround Upmixer, and Upmixer cross-pollination.


– Chris C. shared the results of following our advice.

– Carl & Ilango recommend the CyberPower SL700 slim battery backup UPS (https://is.gd/BP8Ifm) and Tripp Lite UltraBlok compact surge outlet (https://is.gd/7puN60).

0:25:05 Joe K. praises Marantz and JVC for their feature-adding firmware updates, and also the Datacolor SpyderX Pro colorimeter. He painted his ceiling black, and asks how he should acoustically treat his ceiling.
– Datacolor SpyderX: https://is.gd/sDbO0j
– GiK GridFusor: https://is.gd/LuJXQ7

0:38:50 Brendan asks if his Martin Logan Dynamo sub is sufficient, and which SVS sub to pair it with.
– SVS SB-2000 Pro: https://is.gd/5Ko0nJ

0:43:38 Paul T. is trying to decide between Xbox Series X and PS5, so he asks about Dolby Vision & Atmos, controllers, TV settings, VRR & ALLM.

0:58:19 Kevin H. loves everything he bought except his KEF T101 on-wall speakers, so he asks for replacements.
– RBH Ultra-1: https://is.gd/OmO0vi
– Klipsch RP on-walls: https://is.gd/pLqW0s
– Ascend HTM-200SE: https://is.gd/npXANQ

1:03:44 Keith S. has been gaming on a plasma, so he confirms he’ll be ok with an OLED, and he asks which AV Receiver to buy for his 5.1 setup.
– Yamaha RX-V6A: https://is.gd/YRLu5P
– Yamaha TSR-700 Costco version: https://is.gd/ahaGtj

1:07:37 J.R. has had problems with the stereo analogue inputs on two different Denon Receivers, and we actually think it might be because of his RCA cables.
– Blue Jeans RCA cables: https://is.gd/nEnETg

1:13:47 Bertrand asks about track lighting on rails, ceiling acoustic treatments, conduit vs surface-mounted cable runs, TV mounts, battery backup, HVAC, bass traps, Plex, and AirPlay.
– Transdeco 3-in-1 TV stand: https://is.gd/O4flaZ
– APC Back-UPS Pro “Gaming” BR1350MS: https://is.gd/2eeWiB

1:36:05 Manuel T. asks if his brother’s choice of the NAD T778 Receiver is on point.

1:39:44 Andrew L. asks about Zone 2 speaker setup and options.

1:43:34 Shawn W. wants a cheap music streaming device with analogue output.
– Amazon Echo (3rd Gen): https://is.gd/pKY64i

1:47:55 Clara worked with Rob via Twitter to sort through Enhanced HDMI port settings, and NVidia Shield output settings.

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