AVRant Podcast #637.0 - AV Rant vs Best Buy (Seating Risers, Atmos + DTS:X SoundBars & more)


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Our Listeners of the Week are Virgil for his donation, our 81 Patreon Patrons, and David, Virgil, and Romaine for talking us up to Accessories4Less, Ascend, and RBH.

In the news, TCL and Vizio are issuing firmware updates to add Dolby Vision from Xbox One S/X support to their TVs, but LG 2016 OLEDs can't be updated: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnarcher/2019/04/01/xbox-one-dolby-vision-problems-vizio-gives-its-final-response/. And if you pay for Amazon Prime, you can get 12 months of Nintendo Switch Online for free: https://lifehacker.com/amazon-prime-members-can-get-12-months-of-nintendo-swit-1833692949 .

Herb from Cross-Spectrum Labs reminds anyone installing resilient channels on walls to make sure they're open-side-up. And We share some of this week's April Fool's jokes, including: Emotiva True-Canine Subwoofer: https://emotiva.com/products/airmotiv-sub-woofer ; Pioneer LaserDisc to UHD universal disc player: https://twitter.com/UltraHDBluray/status/1112698690924408835 ; and Monoprice Monolith Cassette Series: https://www.monoprice.com/pages/monolithcassetteseries .

0:10:51 Scott B. has a wide open, echoing room, so we suggest printed panels, SVS Prime Elevation speakers, and angled in-ceiling speakers to counteract his sloped ceiling.

0:20:43 Josh gets reassurance to stick with his plans for in-ceiling Surrounds, an SVS SB-3000, and a Samsung QLED.
- AudioCheck.net bass sweep maker: https://www.audiocheck.net/audiofrequencysignalgenerator_sweep.php

0:33:44 Mitch R. wants suggestions for speakers to audition to replace his B&W. He already has Revel, KEF, and Ascend in mind, so we add: RBH, Focal, Legacy, Dynaudio, SVS, and Aperion to the mix.

0:39:03 Mark R. has an upgrade plan. We go over in-ceiling Atmos speakers, suggest upgrading to dual SVS PC-2000 subs, say it's fine to use a bookshelf Center, and recommend a BenQ HT3550 projector: https://www.benq.com/en-us/projector/cineprime-home-cinema/ht3550.html

0:47:29 Mike S. wants tips on building a seating riser. We say to follow Audioholics' plans, but eliminate the U-boat risers to prevent shaking: https://www.audioholics.com/diy-audio/multifunction-theater-seat-riser

0:54:59 Mario S. asks if he should exchange a Denon Receiver with a minor malfunction.

0:56:24 Raj needs maximum value on a projector and subwoofers after exhausting most of his budget.
- BenQ HT2050A: https://www.amazon.in/BenQ-DLP-1080p-Projector-HT2050A/dp/B077TG22H3/
- Rythmik LVX12: http://rythmikaudio.com/LVX12.html

1:08:33 Valeriy S. might have OLED burn-in, and wants to know if there's anything that might help.

1:17:02 Phil C. gets our recommendation for a screen size over 80 inches with a Sony X900F, Samsung Q8FN, or Q6FN if he needs a lower price. Then we discuss Atmos + DTS:X SoundBar options:
- Yamaha Sound Projector: https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio_visual/sound_bar/ysp-5600/index.html
- Sony HT-Z9F: https://www.sony.com/electronics/sound-bars/ht-z9f
- Samsung HW-N850: https://www.samsung.com/uk/audio-video/soundbar-n850/

1:24:55 Billy gets our differing responses to Best Buy installers telling him not to wall-mount the speakers he bought.

1:30:16 Jason G. asks about macroblocking on a Vizio TV.

1:32:14 Tap T. asks if he should get the forthcoming Epson 5050UB or a JVC X790.

1:34:05 Virgil is setting up his new theater area in a room that will require compromised Surround speaker placement. And we let him know we think 15-inch subs will do for his room.

1:39:30 Chris M. gets our further take on his plans to expand to Atmos, since he doesn't want to move any existing speakers.

1:42:51 Nathan D. asks about Samsung's "adaptive sound" feature in their new 2019 TVs.


Host: Tom Andry and Rob H.

Intro & Outro by Austen Pond

Art provided by listener Ash

Ending music by listener Ted
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