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AV Rant #769 – Morally Questionable Generator

August 27th, 2021

Monoprice has some beefy new Monolith subwoofer models, and we read the Onkyo TX-RZ50 AV Receiver manual cover-to-cover so you don’t have to.

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

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Shout out to Aras for correcting our mix up of the movies The Piano and The Pianist. We definitely goofed on that one!

In the news:

00:08:59 – News: Monoprice Monolith 2,000 Watt THX Subwoofers
– https://avgadgets.com/monolith-by-monoprice-13-thx-subwoofer/
– The new 13-inch model is available now for $1,600: https://is.gd/f691RR
– A new 16-inch model for $2,000 is on its way: https://is.gd/plt76N

00:14:57 – News: Onkyo TX-RZ50 AV Receiver details
– The TX-RZ50 product page is up on Onkyo’s website, so we read the manual cover-to-cover and picked out the items of interest: https://avgadgets.com/onkyo-rz50-thx-certified-av-receiver-overview/

 – DTS Play-Fi Home Theater is on its way to compete with WiSA: https://is.gd/9OQFiC

– Via Karl – Ohio State University researchers demonstrated plates with embedded metamaterial resonators that could improve soundproofing: https://is.gd/g1nAi9

00:23:51 – Comments:

– Paul figured out why Dolby Vision from his Apple TV 4K wasn’t making it to his TV, and learned a lesson about testing HDMI cables before putting them inside a wall.

– Gurinder compared a Sony A80J vs. LG CX OLED and was a little surprised by the winner.


00:27:31 – Bertrand: Swap Towers for Bookshelves?
He also asks if he should add Surround Backs, and where to hire a professional calibrator and instructor in Canada.
– Lion AV instructor Michael Chen: https://www.lionav.com/michael-chen/

00:34:29 – Patrick P: NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0) Tuner
– SiliconDust HDHomeRun Flex 4K: https://is.gd/hb7Guk

00:38:10 – Dave B: 30-foot HDMI Cable
– Ultra High Speed Fiber Optic: https://is.gd/BpMD1Y
– Premium High Speed Active Monoprice DynamicView: https://is.gd/exGf2I
– Premium High Speed Active Blue Jeans Cable Series-3A: https://is.gd/aUKCYn

00:40:39 – Jason: Dual Tape Deck
– Marantz PMD-300CP: https://is.gd/Wooq8H
– Califone 2395AV Boombox: https://is.gd/HTPQuh
– Cassettes Refuse to Die: https://is.gd/2Wn89V

00:44:28 – Alex Y: Speaker toe-in rules
– https://avgadgets.com/home-theater-101-basic-speaker-setup-guide/

00:55:11 – Mark N: Panamax MR4300 ground lug usage

00:58:43 – Jason S: Center within a cabinet
Does a Center speaker need to be sealed if it’s going in a cabinet? Jason also asks for speaker suggestions, and if it’s ok to use a speaker wire to RCA adapter for a subwoofer signal.
– Paradigm Founder 70LCR: https://is.gd/BCqtc6
– KEF R2c: https://is.gd/ii9Lda ; R3: https://is.gd/QxVqdC & R8a: https://is.gd/YFpiRY
– Ascend Horizon RAAL: https://is.gd/dXX3PA ; Sierra-2EX: https://is.gd/Qh37ty & Luna: https://is.gd/FBJlcj
– Martin Logan Motion 50XTi: https://is.gd/Xi8Vez ; 35XTi: https://is.gd/3X2RTk & FX: https://is.gd/bFhWlL
– SVS Ultra Center: https://is.gd/UqiUQZ ; Bookshelf: https://is.gd/XpQB1P & Surround: https://is.gd/0Fdwxs
– Aperion Verus III Grand Series: https://is.gd/osoicG
– Speaker wire to RCA adapter: https://is.gd/ACK21I
– Outlaw OAW4 Wireless Kit: https://is.gd/dISn3T
– SVS SoundPath Tri-Band Wireless Kit: https://is.gd/LvuWX8

01:21:23 – Infinite Gary: Dynamic Range Compression for dialogue
Gary also asks if the SVS PB-3000, Monolith 13, and JL Audio Fathom subwoofers would sound noticeably different in his room.
– https://avgadgets.com/shhh-people-are-sleeping-dynamic-range-compression-and-your-receiver/

01:28:56 – Victor D: Environmental & moral concerns about generators
He also asks if he should get a dedicated network music player.
– Amazon Fire TV Cube: https://is.gd/L5nr4C

01:36:48 – Ian R: Reflected vs. emitted light

01:44:46 – Karl R: Anything better than Stewart Filmscreen?

01:51:25 – Jay A: OLED vs. Pioneer Kuro

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