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Plex HTPC HD Audio Video Tutorial

August 15th, 2016 8 comments

PrintOne of our awesome AV Rant Podcast Listeners requested a bit of a step-by-step tutorial on getting full, lossless HD Audio and Immersive Audio bitstreams from an HTPC to an AV Receiver, as well as how to play physical Blu-ray discs in full quality from a PC, and how to set up a nice media library using Plex.

Rob H. decided to take a stab at putting together a simplistic slideshow presentation and posted it to YouTube. It’s not exactly great production values, but some folks might find a few useful tidbits of information in there, so we hope you enjoy it!

AV Rant #338: Waveforms and Eye Rolls

August 7th, 2013 Comments off

Ever wonder what a waterfall plot was and how to read it? Wonder no longer. You and Liz will learn just what they are, how they work, and, most importantly, what they tell you. Still confused? Here are three videos to help you out. Tom previews his Samsung BD-F5900 Blu-ray player review. Is it worth $120? Time Warner and CBS are fighting. Who loses? You do, of course. Netflix adds the ability to make multiple profiles within one account. Let the rejoicing begin. Liz has a suggestion for their next improvement. Rob got a surprise from a listener. Is there a new format war on the horizon? Eh…probably not. Tom finally gets around to talking about the Leap Motion. Do you need one? Again, probably not. But it is super cool. This weeks recommendations are: Rob: – a site where you can build your own test tones. Liz: not the lab-burger but to get yourself to Hamburg to have a miniature made of yourself. Tom: – for under $100, you can get a calibrated microphone for measuring your home theater.


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AV Rant #337: Unfortunate Turing of Phrase

July 31st, 2013 Comments off

This week we welcome listener Jason to the podcast. Jason has just cut the cord (as of last week) and tells us all about it. Like every other tech source on the web, we discuss Google’s Chromecast, what it is, how it works, and how it has already been hacked. Dell’s Project Ophelia is also new(ish) which is a dongle that turns your display into a PC…sort of. Alan Turing is being exonerated…for being gay. About time for a man that did so much and got a pretty raw deal in return. Sound & Vision is being merged into Home Theater mag and they are letting most of the S&V staff go. We discuss (Jason is a subscriber so he has a lot invested here). Tom wants to discuss his new Leap Motion but there is no time. This week’s recommendations – Liz: Cloud Atlas. Rob: five Canadian websites for AV gear (listed below). Jason: Do you research and buy the best you can even if it means you have to wait to fill out your home theater. Tom: Good Cops and Rubber Pipe Insulation Tape. That last one might sound weird but, compared to this episode, it’s fairly tame. Plus, your home theater will thank you.

Rob’s Canadian Website recommendation:

1) Audio Video Unlimited (higher end retail):

2) Electronics For Less (TVs & Electronics):

3) Sonic Boom Audio (SVSound):

4) Eastporters (projectors & screens):

5) Just One Cable (the Monoprice of Canada):


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AV Rant #334: OTA DVRs

July 10th, 2013 2 comments

Tom is on the market for a OTA DVR and he and Rob discuss a few options. Tom was leaning heavily toward Boxee.TV until they sold to Samsung and Samsung killed them. Other suggestions include the TiVo Premier (have to pay for the service though), the ChanelMaster CM-7000PAL (which has been replaced with a newer, less good unit), the TVIX (need someone to translate the Korean for us), and the DIY XBMC (very tweaky). Of course, Rob is an advocate of the HTPC. We tackle user questions from Art, Jon, and Keith. If you had $2000-$5000 to spend, what would you spend it on? Rob and Tom weigh in. Yes, Tom said subwoofer but you knew that was coming. He also had other, less predictable answers. Rob has a Blu-ray suggestion and Tom promises to start making Streaming suggestions beginning next week.


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AV Rant #333: Cat’s Away

July 6th, 2013 Comments off

This week Tom is on vacation so the kids are running wild. Rob and Liz talk about new Pioneer offerings (an AV Receiver with HDBaseT, a new Andrew Jones Sound bar), new separates offerings from Yamaha, and the politics and complications of royalty checks from Internet-based radio. Is Pandora the bad guy? Listen in for Rob and Liz’s take on a songwriter’s complaint. Rob answers a listener question about room acoustics and room correction — good to see that different experts mostly agree. The Guardian has a useful, hands-on review of Google Glass and finally Liz asks for your political opinions — should Channel 4 broadcast the Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan? Should it interrupt regular programming to do so? What do you think about Wikileaks becoming an official political party in Australia? 


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