Home Theater and AV Questions Answered
AV Rant #864: Welcome Joe K!
Say hello to Joe K. He’s a long-time AV Rant Listener, a CEDIA member, and a new guest co-host for us this week. We dig into the recently announced mixed reality headsets: Apple Vision Pro and Meta Quest 3. We introduce Joe, dive deep on a bunch of home theater questions, and get some insight […] The post AV Rant #864: Welcome Joe K! appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #863: Bon Voyage, Tom!
Spears & Munsil released a new UHD Benchmark Test Disc. HSU Research celebrates their 30th anniversary. Sony announced the mysterious Project Q for PS5. Netflix brings their crackdown on password sharing to the USA. The new Max app broke HBO Max buttons and Apple TV functionality. And we wish Tom and his family happy travels […] The post AV Rant #863: Bon Voyage, Tom! appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #862: Status Between 3ANC Earphone Review
Tom reviews the Status Between 3ANC Wireless Earphones. Ascend Acoustics launched their new flagship ELX Series Tower speakers. Telly TV costs $0 and uses a second screen to constantly show you ads. YouTube makes their ad load even worse. And more shows & movies than we thought are disappearing from Disney+ and Hulu. Pictures shown in […] The post AV Rant #862: Status Between 3ANC Earphone Review appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #861: Go Out and Listen to Something!
Marantz is offering an online exclusive color option for their Cinema 40 & 50 AVRs. Hulu will be added to your Disney+ app by the end of the year, along with a price increase. SignUp Captions is a free browser extension that adds sign language to Disney+ and Netflix titles. And Samsung will start buying […] The post AV Rant #861: Go Out and Listen to Something! appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #860: The Curse of Dr. Toole!
Rob is back! Premium Audio Company added new features to Onkyo, Integra & Pioneer AVRs, including Klipsch Optimized Mode. Disney+ added an ASL option to Ant-Man. LG Display’s 10.5G OLED factory is delayed again. And BenQ announced new projector models. Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjADb6k 00:00:00 – Intro 00:04:27 – What We Watched Rob […] The post AV Rant #860: The Curse of Dr. Toole! appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #859: Streaming Channel Surf Mode
Rob is away so Lee steps in. We’ll get to your questions next week! This week – rambling on random AV and home theater topics! News: PAC rolls back prices: https://www.soundandvision.com/content/pac-rolls-back-klipsch-pioneer-elite-pricing Topics Made In China (or wherever). What are we giving up for low-cost products? Tom and Lee discuss overplanning your home theater – https://avgadgets.com/planning-vs-experimentation-in-home-theater/ […] The post AV Rant #859: Streaming Channel Surf Mode appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #858: Now AI Generated!
Sofabaton X1 Universal Hub-based Remote has been available for over a year now. Andrew from AVGadgets.com has written a “One Year Later” update. DVD.com a Netflix Company will mail its last red envelope on Sept. 29. And Amazon says they’re using AI to add Dialogue Boost to a selection of Prime Video shows and movies. […] The post AV Rant #858: Now AI Generated! appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #857: TV Series Break In
HBO Max and Discovery+ will merge May 23 to become Max, with a new app and pricing tiers. SMPTE is working with all the other industry acronyms to create a Cinema HDR standard. And Tom’s SVS subs bottomed out! Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAAgVV 00:00:00 – Intro 00:03:02 – What We Watched Rob watched […] The post AV Rant #857: TV Series Break In appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #856: Nuh-Uh, Vincent!
Inity Acoustics offers absorption panels & bass traps at good Canadian prices, but there’s a catch if you’re outside of Ontario. MQA filed for Appointment of Administrators (bankruptcy) in the UK. And we’ll be playing catch-up next week. Sorry! Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAzkLn 00:00:00 – Intro Star Wars Celebration chat. 00:04:13 – What […] The post AV Rant #856: Nuh-Uh, Vincent! appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #855: Defining Soundstage
HDMI QMS disappoints. JOLED closing down. New Onkyo, Pioneer & Integra flagship AVRs. And what is soundstage anyway? The post AV Rant #855: Defining Soundstage appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #854: The Devil’s Bed
Lee Overstreet joins Rob this week. We cover RSL’s new, big Speedwoofer 12S subwoofer, Denon & Marantz’ new speaker configuration flexibility, a fix for 2023 LG OLED auto-dimming, and Roku ending support for their first 4K device. Plus, lots of your home theater questions! Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAxw7i 00:00:00 – Intro 00:03:03 – […] The post AV Rant #854: The Devil’s Bed appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #853: Rob’s, Comma,
Dirac Live Room Correction is now available for the newest Denon & Marantz Receivers. YouTube TV got a big price bump, but if you were paying for 4K Plus, it’s actually a bit cheaper now. And much of our discussion this week falls into the category of setting expectations, and putting commas where they should be. […] The post AV Rant #853: Rob’s, Comma, appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #852: A Denon Died, Don’t Despair
We discuss the biggest Oscar winners from the 95th Academy Awards. Roku’s own branded TVs are available for sale exclusively at Best Buy. Filmmaker Mode for Dolby Vision is in the works for next year. And Clint’s Harmony Hub and desktop software both stopped working, so switching to the smartphone app now seems mandatory. Pictures […] The post AV Rant #852: A Denon Died, Don’t Despair appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #851: Rob’s Brief Review of PS VR2
Rob had a brief time to try out his PlayStation VR2 last week, so he shares his thoughts and impressions. SVS released their 3000 In-Wall Subwoofer System after beefing it up and increasing the price. Sony unveiled their 2023 TV lineup, but without prices, and with disappointing news for all but their QD-OLED flagship. Pictures […] The post AV Rant #851: Rob’s Brief Review of PS VR2 appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #850: Monoprice Dark Matter Sentry Mic Review
Tom reviews the affordable Dark Matter Sentry USB Microphone from Monoprice. Netflix announced price drops for dozens of countries. 2022 reports show Samsung, TCL, and LG dominating TV sales. And a helpful correction informs us that playing Atmos Music from Amazon Music Unlimited on your home theater system is now possible. Pictures shown in this […] The post AV Rant #850: Monoprice Dark Matter Sentry Mic Review appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #849: Misattribution
New KEF R-Series Meta. Sonos Era Smart Speaker with Atmos. Samsung QD-OLED prices. And what's really responsible for audible differences? The post AV Rant #849: Misattribution appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #848: COVID & Modems Attack!
This week’s episode is a little rough. Tom is sick, and his modem was having problems. So apologies for being a little out of sorts. Hopefully we can make it up next week! Trinnov Active Acoustics is essentially a Double Bass Array. Martin Logan released new Motion and Motion XT Series speakers. And WARNING: Mark […] The post AV Rant #848: COVID & Modems Attack! appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #847: Corporate Bad Decisions
Netflix quickly walked back their anti-account sharing blockages and temporary codes. Sightline at AMC is here to charge different movie ticket prices depending on your seat. Sony announced their new lineup of ES Series AV Receivers. And Denon’s A1H manual describes some interesting feature changes. Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjArf7X 00:00:00 – Intro & […] The post AV Rant #847: Corporate Bad Decisions appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #846: Stewart is Cheating
We (mostly) fixed our YouTube video quality! Lee’s got mail. Emotiva released their 13.4-ch BasX MR1 AV Receiver. ZapperBox is a simple ATSC 3.0 tuner. Netflix posted their new anti-sharing rules. Samsung’s 77″ S95C QD-OLED price. And LG (kind of) brings back DTS. Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAqmqb 00:00:00 – Intro & What We […] The post AV Rant #846: Stewart is Cheating appeared first on AV Rant.
AV Rant #845: Super Bass EXTREME!
Netflix has a new co-CEO and will broaden its crackdown on password sharing this quarter. MediaTek’s Pentonic 1000 HDMI chips aren’t quite as feature-rich as we’d hoped. Certain bass traps are a raw deal. And Rob’s excited about our What We Watched segment this week. Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjApw4B 00:00:00 – Intro 00:01:11 – […] The post AV Rant #845: Super Bass EXTREME! appeared first on AV Rant.