AV Rant #776: Another Brother
It’s a second episode in one week! Playing some catch up here. Rob is joined by Lee Overstreet to tackle our backlog of questions after a week off. Sony is trolling us. And Zappiti has new media player models.
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00:00:00 – Intro & Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are our 131 Patreon Patrons, including Karl M. & Martin, as well as Vincent for sending Rob an Amazon gift card.
And we greatly appreciate the notes of gratitude and encouragement from: BJ, Bertrand, Yuri, Bob, Ariel, Karl, Martin, and Blake. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!
In the news:
00:09:57 – News: Sony Perfect for PS5
Right after finally updating X900H TVs to support VRR (except…not really): https://is.gd/gM2OHM
Sony announced their Perfect for PlayStation 5 marketing plan: https://is.gd/UuLKkD
2021 Bravia XR TVs and some older models will get two new features, but are still waiting on VRR: https://is.gd/mVj6an
And Auto HDR Tone Mapping is nice, but not a Dolby Vision replacement: https://youtu.be/UJrWSuREBCo
00:16:32 – News: 2020 LG OLEDs get 120Hz Dolby Vision
While Sony markets and waits, LG OLEDs check all the HDMI 2.1 boxes: https://is.gd/vmB0xF
00:18:53 – News: – New Zappiti players (& MakeMKV)
Zappiti Neo, Reference, and Signature bring Dolby Vision and HDR10+: https://www.zappiti.com/our-products
– What is LibreDrive: https://is.gd/J7GmcH
– How to flash the firmware of a UHD optical drive, or just buy one that’s ready to go: https://is.gd/p8x9TW
00:29:39 – Comment: Gurinder suggests Andover Mills rug
We discussed black paint, velvet, and carpet. But if you want a Jet Black rug, the Andover Mills Marsily might be it: https://is.gd/VipN7d
00:31:04 – Billy: Which JVC? And anamorphic lens?
Should Billy get an NZ7 or an NZ8? And should he nix his Panamorph Phoenix Pro lens when he does?
00:39:40 – Karl M: Amp for Magnepans
Should Karl’s brother keep the Sunfire amp he has, or downsize to something else?
– Emotiva BasX A3: https://is.gd/dU7qHa
– Outlaw Model 2220 monoblock: https://is.gd/X9bBVU
– Outlaw Model 5000X: https://is.gd/fjHynZ
00:46:32 – Matt S: Monopole or di/bi-pole Surrounds?
00:53:23 – David: TV, AVR & speaker upgrades
David wants a new 85″ TV, HDMI 2.1 Receiver, and on-wall speakers for his brother.
– Samsung QN85A: https://is.gd/AbMZUf
– LG QNED90: https://is.gd/mjB0Ul
– Sony X91J: https://is.gd/27VMp6
– Onkyo NR7100: https://is.gd/iA4itf
– Klipsch RP on-walls: https://is.gd/pLqW0s
01:06:49 – Alex Y: All about miniDSP & BEQ
Just what is a miniDSP, and who needs one? And is BEQ worth getting into?
– miniDSP 2x4HD: https://is.gd/q8mXX9
– UMIK-1: https://is.gd/1Lxwqb
– MSO: Multi-Sub Optimizer: https://is.gd/dOarPe
– BEQ Catalogue: https://is.gd/SPJNSs
01:17:32 – David: 2021 Denon & Marantz AVRs?
Is an Audyssey Editor App update a clue about new Receiver models?
01:19:22 – Infinite Gary: Col-R-Tel black & white converter
01:32:25 – J.R: PS5 Settings clarification
PS5 with a Denon X3700H & LG OLED: best way to connect, why use PC mode, safe to use Game Picture Mode for all sources, and eARC.
– Rob’s XSX & PS5 settings: https://youtu.be/Z2IJnxWTF14
01:38:50 – Chris H: Panasonic UB150 vs. UB420
What makes the UB420 Ultra HD Blu-ray player worth $100 more, if anything?
01:47:44 – Jason S: All about speaker sensitivity & power
A friend of Jason’s got him doubting if Monoprice’s Amber in-ceiling speakers can hit full Reference Volume. So we go through the math (units matter!)
02:00:20 – Martin J: Towers and SBIR
Are Martin’s Q Acoustics Towers too big for his room? Is that why they’re boomy? What’s the fix? Also, why use an Apple TV 4K with a Smart TV? And our single favorite movie from the past 10 years.