AV Rant #810: Reading the Room…Correction
We bookend our questions this week with lengthy discussions about room correction and why certain changes are perceived the way they are. An open, reflective room prompts some unexpected recommendations. And Samsung fixed their QD-OLEDs with firmware.
Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzSjAi
00:00:00 – Intro
Tom & Rob both watched the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Rob watched the new Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers movie. And Tom watched Stranger Things 4, and Brave.
00:21:55 – Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are Aras, Bill, and Raf for their PayPal donations, plus our 141 Patreon Patrons, including Dale, as well as George for talking us up to GiK, and Dale for talking us up to SVS.
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In the news:
00:27:38 – News: Xbox Cloud Gaming Stick Cancelled
Microsoft says they’re pivoting away from the Xbox Streaming Stick that was announced last year: https://engt.co/3zbdzVp
00:32:09 – News: Samsung QD-OLEDs Fixed
Firmware for Samsung’s S95B QD-OLEDs has quickly arrived to fix Filmmaker Mode and remove the test pattern trickery: https://youtu.be/VpDBAZ0vNuo
00:34:12 – News: Anthem ARC Genesis Beta
We’re impressed by Anthem’s new approach to subwoofer-speaker phase alignment: https://youtu.be/L8RObv5DWu8
00:37:12 – Comment: Colin – Screen / Picture Off
A great tip we didn’t think of for listening to an HDMI source without having your TV showing an image.
00:38:56 – Comment: Zach – OLED Dimming Update
Our suggestion to lower the OLED Pixel Brightness setting was a success.
00:40:38 – Comment: Mark – SVS Service Rubbing Off on Others?
A year later, and a different subwoofer brand is now willing to replace a faulty amp for free. Mark also recommends “The Losers” as a sleeper home theater hit.
00:42:12 – Jonathan: Double Checking Room Correction
We discuss what was targeted by someone Jonathan hired to calibrate his audio system. Plus we say how Audyssey Dynamic EQ could still be applied without touching what was done.
01:01:02 – George: HDMI-ARC or New AVR?
We go over George’s room treatments. Then we discuss his options for getting 4K HDR to his TV despite his older Receiver.
– Denon X2700H from A4L: https://bit.ly/3aeGj5n
– Denon X3700H from A4L: https://bit.ly/3GH2mxP
– Integra DRX-3.4: https://bit.ly/38ZGLEv
01:15:31 – Dan: Back Cans vs Backer Boxes
We finally say, explicitly, which is better for sound quality.
01:22:21 – Blake: Challenging Open Room Setup
Blake’s in-laws want to duplicate his home theater experience, but in a bright, open, reflective room. So we give some surprising suggestions.
– Sony A80J: https://bit.ly/3GMiTjP
– Sony A80K: https://bit.ly/3MebTO7
– Sony HT-A9: https://bit.ly/3zguJkQ
– Sony SW5 Sub: https://bit.ly/3M88YWV
– KEF Wireless: https://bit.ly/3xbheBi
– SVS 3000 Micro: https://bit.ly/3NirzB6
– SVS SoundPath Tri-Band Wireless Adapter: https://bit.ly/3maGyRO
01:41:36 – Infinite Gary: Why Dim Scenes Look Murky
We explain the lack of detail and realism in dim scenes on Gary’s DLP projector.
01:46:15 – Joseph: Corner Bass Traps Have to be Triangles?
Is the shape of corner bass traps important?
01:48:57 – Paul: Why Don’t I Love My New AVR?
After spending a lot to get a new AVR with Dirac, Paul is preferring how it sounds with it off. We explain the many reasons why that might happen.Facebook Page. Click here for our YouTube channel where you can see the recordings of our show videos. Download Tom’s FREE superhero-themed ebook Bob Moore: No Hero wherever ebooks are sold (or given away in this case). Visit Tom's website for download links as well as links for the two full-length followups - Bob Moore: Desperate Times and Bob Moore: Hostile Territory. Check out AVGadgets.com where Tom is the new Editor-in-Chief! Download Tom's NEWEST book, Touch of Pain from Amazon now!