AV Rant #762: Gaming Headset Roundup

July 9th, 2021 No comments

Rob went on the hunt for a gaming headset in the $150 – $250 CAD price range. Apparently, nearly everything marketed at gamers is an underperforming rip-off! Listen to the end to hear what he ended up with.

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

Our Listeners of the Week are Levi and Kevin for their PayPal donations, plyus our 126 Patreon Patrons, including Rob W. and Fred.
Congrats to DJ. He chatted with Brent Butterworth on the Bright Side Home Theater Podcast, and gave us a lovely shout out: https://www.brightsidehometheater.com/episodes/brentbutterworth
And we appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Bob, Rob W., Andrew, Jay, Billy, and Fred. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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00:08:22 – In the news:

– YouTube TV is offering “4K Plus” as a $20/month Live TV add-on: https://is.gd/P4UHMp

– Via Karl – Quentin Tarantino bought the Vista Theatre: https://is.gd/ynlA7V

00:11:58 – Comments:

– Andrew thanks us for our honest advice, even when he doesn’t want to hear it. And he shares his latest purchase, made possible by saving money elsewhere.

00:14:47 – Tom tried Xbox bitstream passthrough audio

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AV Rant #761: Not Hardcore Enough

July 2nd, 2021 No comments

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

Our Listeners of the Week are Jonathan & Matt for their PayPal donations, plus our 126 Patreon Patrons, as well as Alex for telling Ascend Acoustics his speaker purchase was based on our recommendation. We also want to thank Alex & Jay for their notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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00:10:04  – In the news:

– Xbox Series X/S can output Dolby Vision at 120 Hz, and LG’s 2021 OLEDs are the first TVs to support it: https://is.gd/9C4bqt
– https://avgadgets.com/what-is-a-qned-tv/

– Designed for Xbox monitors promise features, but not performance: https://is.gd/zfpOhG

– Resolution Games quickly doubled back on Oculus Quest VR in-game ads: https://is.gd/IM00aC

– Via Karl – Netflix has a movie deal with Spielberg’s Amblin Partners: https://is.gd/TOcOvY

– Amazon Fire TV streaming devices finally have Peacock: https://is.gd/baWPCU

00:23:33 – Comments:

– Gurinder sorted out his projector noise issues with JVC, and continues to recommend using shipping pallets to build a riser.

00:26:28 – Jack R. found the j5create JCA374 USB-C Multi-Adapter
lets his Microsoft Surface Tablet output 7.1 audio when other USB-C to HDMI adapters didn’t: https://is.gd/DS2a4e

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AV Rant #760: Flat Cat Sub

June 25th, 2021 No comments

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

Our Listeners of the Week are Michael and Rafal (apologies for our pronunciation!) for their PayPal donations, plus our 126 Patreon Patrons.We’d also like to thank Jay, Lance, Mark, Dan, Brenda’s Husband/Tara’s Dad (Andrew), and Chad for their notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmW4veMN

00:10:02 – In the news:

– HDTV Test got a pre-production Onkyo TX-RZ50 Receiver and found it has three fully functional HDMI 2.1 inputs. Plus they have info on other Onkyo, Integra, Pioneer, and Pioneer Elite AVR models, including pricing: https://youtu.be/u9zJOYLYX_U

– Oculus Quest VR games are getting ads, and Facebook wants to you know they thought of lots of ways your private data could be shared, but they won’t do it: https://is.gd/V9HkBM

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AV Rant #759: Brenda’s Husband

June 18th, 2021 No comments

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

Our Listeners of the Week are our 125 Patreon Patrons, including Niels & Bertrand. We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from Karl, Art, John, Niels, Albert, Jack & Bertrand. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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00:07:20 – Correction
Last week Rob mistakenly said there wasn’t any way to listen to Atmos Music from Apple Music on a full speaker system via HDMI. Happily, the Apple TV 4K can, in fact, output Atmos Music: https://is.gd/V99eVk

00:10:59 – Denon/Marantz SPK618 HDMI Adapter

00:13:18 – In the news:

– IKEA & Sonos introduced the $199 Symfonisk Picture Frame Speaker: https://avgadgets.com/ikea-and-sonos-symfonisk-on-wall-picture-frame-speaker/

– Apple TV+ will only be free for 3 months with the purchase of an Apple product starting July 1st: https://is.gd/MLbkCZ

– Xbox Cloud Gaming is coming to Smart TVs and an Xbox Streaming Stick: https://is.gd/puJnuL

00:21:00 – Comments

– Infinite Gary filled us in on the naming of the TCL Chinese Theatre: https://is.gd/DvIGxq

– Brenda’s Husband, Andrew P., corrects his previous oversight.

00:23:01 – Andrew B.
shares how he built a subwoofer into his seating riser.

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AV Rant #758: Soured on Separates

June 11th, 2021 No comments

Rob is WRONG. Apple TV 4K CAN output Atmos Music from Apple Music via HDMI. That information was clarified shortly after we recorded this episode: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212182 . So when we get to J.R.’s questions about an hour and 20 minutes in, you can marvel at just how wrong Rob’s answer was!

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

Our Listeners of the Week are Jack, Lance, and a different Jack for their PayPal donations, plus our 124 Patreon Patrons, including Daniel, Jack & Andrew, as well as Gurinder who is hopefully getting his JVC projector noises sorted.
We also want to thank Jack & Andrew for giving Tom permission to use their photos on https://avgadgets.com/
And we appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from Daniel, Jack, Jay, Alber, Shannon, Stephen, Andrew & Mike. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmVZepxb

00:11:50 – In the news:

– Voxx International, the parent company of Klipsch, has agreed to buy Onkyo: https://is.gd/rU2pfJ

– Via Karl – Alamo Drafthouse Theaters has emerged from Chapter 11, and has plans to expand: https://is.gd/H51bi2

– Via Karl – AMC Theatres might acquire ArcLight Cinemas, including the Cinerama Dome: https://is.gd/ZfZRaU

– Via Mike – Plex can bitstream lossless audio from the Xbox’ Plex app after a pending Xbox update.

00:20:44 – Comments:

– Andrew B. shares his “Synthesis on the cheap” theater build results.

– Lance M. got unexpectedly good results after sealing his cylinder subs.

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