AV Rant #749: Six Overhead Speakers?
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00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are Benjamin and Jayson for their PayPal donations, along with our 123 Patreon Patrons, as well as Daniel for telling SVS he bought subwoofers from them because of us, Paul for mentioning us in his user review over at Monoprice and talking us up to RSL, and Herb from https://cross-spectrum.com/ for helping out Rob and letting us know that individually calibrated UMIK-1 measurement mics should start shipping again in about a month: https://cross-spectrum.com/measurement/calibrated_umik.html
We also want to thank Mike, Kris, Daniel, and Clara for their notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!
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00:09:48 – In the news:
– via Karl – Kaleidescape is offering a $3,000 discount when you bundle one of their systems with a high-end Sony projector: https://is.gd/zfv1Qs
00:15:46 – Comments:
– Patricio gives a thumbs up to the Fosi TDA7498E compact Class-D amplifier: https://is.gd/VhcNCK
– Jonathan gives his opinion about which is the best voice assistant.
00:20:02 – Jason C.
asks how much of a difference room acoustics are making and how to treat his open Living Room, whether he should curtain the range over which EQ is applied, and how he should aim his Surround speakers.
00:41:54 – Ilango
asks on behalf of some friends for suggestions for on-wall speakers, a tiny subwoofer, an AV Receiver that can wirelessly supply two other rooms, a record player, a disc player, a pair of Towers, a whole house wireless audio system, and something compact for the bedroom setup.
– Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-240D on-walls: https://is.gd/3ROeNJ ; https://is.gd/ozUDde
– SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer: https://is.gd/Pw5TT3 ; https://is.gd/lYXRAC
– Yamaha TSR-700/RX-V6A: https://is.gd/ahaGtj ; https://is.gd/sqxpLa
– Audio-Technica AT-LP120X: https://is.gd/et5SBR ; https://is.gd/sws4pA
– Yamaha TT-N503 MusicCast Turntable: https://is.gd/1M2kfT ; https://is.gd/yip8l5
– Sony X800M2 Ultra HD Blu-ray Universal Disc Player: https://is.gd/WE8xUP ; https://is.gd/lNJDmD
– SVS Prime Pinnacle: https://is.gd/xgRULk ; https://is.gd/oVu19a
– Yamaha WXA-50 MusicCast Amp: https://is.gd/srMZOh ; https://is.gd/vJAxzr
– Yamaha MusicCast 50 Speaker: https://is.gd/lLghsk ; https://is.gd/9qPiL9
01:01:08 – Monty N.
asks about orientation and window and door placement for his dedicated room that is under construction. He also asks about subwoofer, speaker, Receiver, and amp options. Plus he asks if he needs a 20 amp circuit, and six overhead speakers.
01:10:13 – Jack R.
wants to know how to make sure the voltage coming out of his Receiver’s pre-outs matches the needs of his external amplifier.
01:12:08 – Karl R.
gets our take on the online chatter about cassette tapes making a comeback.
01:15:17 – Patrick P.
needs a small subwoofer under $300.
– Monoprice SSW-12: https://is.gd/suM8UK
– Dayton SUB-1000: https://is.gd/h6e6Y7
01:18:29 – Mike P.
asks if he needs external amplifiers for his car, his headphones, and for his outdoor speakers.
– SVS Prime Wireless SoundBase: https://is.gd/EKNo7i
01:25:06 – Kris B.
gets specific video output settings for his Apple TV 4K that’s connected to a JVC NX7 projector.
– NVidia Shield Pro: https://is.gd/klShCn
01:30:47 – Daniel D.
asks what he would need, short of an expensive 13-channel Receiver, to expand his setup to six overhead speakers.
01:35:03 – Greg L.
has us go over some unorthodox ways to potentially connect and power two pairs of side Surround speakers.
01:40:14 – Paul H.
wants to know where the madness stops when it comes to the number of speakers in our theaters, and why we keep saying that overhead speakers ought to aim straight down and not be aimed at any listeners directly.
01:49:17 – Andrew L.
gets our take on GiK’s suggestion to push your speakers as close to the wall as possible if you can’t have them at least 3 1/2 feet away.