AV Rant #743: Interview with Gary Yacoubian from SVS on the 1000 Pro Series Subwoofers

March 4th, 2021 No comments

Today we are proud to present our interview with the President and CEO of SVS, Gary Yacoubian. We dive deep into SVS’ brand new 1000 Pro Series subwoofers: https://www.svsound.com/collections/1000-pro-series-subwoofers
We also discuss SVS’ general design philosophy, their focus on customer service, the way they’ve tackled the challenges during the pandemic, and we get the tiniest tease of the next SVS product announcement that will be revealed in just a couple of weeks.

Check out our video version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Qhk2xldqfwc

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AV Rant #742: ASR Flame ON! (Audio Science Review Rant)

February 26th, 2021 No comments

1:31:59 – We’ve avoided discussing Audio Science Review. But the time has finally come. And our take might not be what you’d expect.

Our Listeners of the Week are Kevin for his PayPal donation, plus our 126 Patreon Patrons, as well as Infinite Gary for talking us up to Monoprice, and Dale for telling VideoSecu we recommended them. We also thank Mario for giving Tom permission to use his pictures on https://avgadgets.com/ .

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmUvtbo8

In the news:

– Via Karl – Spotify HiFi lossless streaming is on the way: https://is.gd/r5ztCt

– Via John – Zack Snyder’s Justice League has a 1.37:1 aspect ratio: https://is.gd/CXH42r

Comments:

– Gurinder found that changing his WiFi channel bandwidth improved stability, even though it lowered theoretical throughput: https://is.gd/7nKayz

– Byron followed his head (and our advice) instead of his heart with his RBH SV-661/R purchase.

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AV Rant #741: Jens, Yens, Yan(s), HELP!

February 19th, 2021 No comments

0:09:00 Thank you to Ken and Mike for sending in some corrections about getting the highest Spotify streaming quality and Dolby Atmos audio in games on Xbox.

Our Listeners of the Week are Jens and Joseph for their PayPal donations, plus our 124 Patreon Patrons, including Andy, as well as Andy again for giving us a shout out to Accessories4Less, and Mike for giving Tom permission to use his photos on https://avgadgets.com/. We also want to thank Jason, Aaron, Seth, Jens, Ken, Byron, Carl, and J.R. 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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In the news:

– Streaming video service subscriptions are well ahead of forecasts:
– Disney+ reached 95 million: https://is.gd/0ebECO
– Netflix surpassed 200 million: https://is.gd/Lnz5p4
– HBO is two years ahead of projections: https://is.gd/diddfx
– And HBO Max will finally expand beyond the USA this summer: https://is.gd/46KOw3

Comments:

– Aaron let us know that completed panels from GiK have long wait times, but DIY materials are available to ship quickly, if you want to assemble your own: https://is.gd/9ePvuX

– J.R. shares some updated photos after painting and adding dual SVS PC-2000 Pro cylinder subs, just like we recommended.

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AV Rant #740: SVS 13-Ultra Subwoofer Amplifier Upgrade Kit Impressions

February 12th, 2021 No comments

0:13:00 Rob shares his experience installing and listening to the SVS 13-Ultra Subwoofer Amplifier Upgrade Kit in his PC13-Ultra cylinder subs, which upgrades them to the features of the PC-4000 models: https://www.svsound.com/products/svs-13-ultra-amplifier-upgrade-kit

Our Listeners of the Week are Matthew for his PayPal donation, plus our 124 Patreon Patrons, including Steve and Bertrand. We also want to thank Aaron, Seth, Tyler, Andrew, Rob, and Shannon for their notes of gratitude to us for keeping the podcast going. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

0:09:00 We start with an apology to the Magnolia rep who recommended our podcast to Kamran. We misunderstood what was said by whom. But Rob also went for a laugh at someone else’s expense, and that wasn’t cool. So Rob says, sorry. A token of recompense has been sent. And hopefully our apology is accepted, and we’re all good 🙂

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– Vincent Teoh from HDTV Test analyzed the PS5 and Xbox Series X as Ultra HD Blu-ray players: https://youtu.be/JFpakgvCKck

– Samsung announced the prices of their 4K & 8K Neo QLED TV lineup: https://is.gd/HbB6jO

Comments:

– Jack R. shared Everyday Home Repairs’ video on the PS Audio Power Port Classic wall outlet: https://youtu.be/cRJLqCnLsDU

– Vizio’s 85″ P Quantum X was discounted to $2,500, and the latest firmware got 4K/120 VRR working: https://is.gd/tXNTL3

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AV Rant #739: Tom Procrastinates & Explodes

February 5th, 2021 No comments

Our Listeners of the Week are Lee O. for his PayPal donation, plus our 123 Patreon Patrons, including Nathan, as well as Joe for sending photos with permission for Tom to use them on https://avgadgets.com/ . We also want to thank everyone who let us know about our email server bounce back issues. Hopefully those are fixed! And we appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from Nathan, Manny, Nick, and Cory. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

Pictures shown in this episode:
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In the news:

– The Audiophile Reference Disc might have some good demo tracks, but we suggest skipping The Audiophile’s Guide: The Stereo Book: https://is.gd/njSMST

– Google is closing their Stadio Game Studios: https://is.gd/iCQO4E

– Kaleidescape has added rentals for Strato systems: https://is.gd/BCYpAO

Comments:

– Nick and Nathan describe how our interview with Todd Welti ( http://www.avrant.com/av-rant-737-interview-with-todd-welti-on-subwoofers/ ) helped them in their system.

– Joe K. got Netflix working from his Panasonic Ultra HD Blu-ray player on his 1080p projector by changing the HDCP Output setting.

– James S. let us know his printed fabric from SpoonFlower was a disappointment.

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