AVexcel - Episode 56

Recorded on September 14, 2017. 

Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - Apple TV goes 4K
  - CEDIA 2017 roundup
  - New laser projectors
  - Sweet looking screens
  - Superb speakers for all
  - Useful AV gear
  - Cordcutting grows
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 55

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Recorded on September 1, 2017 

Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 

  - CEDIA 2017
  - Great cables
  - Samsung's new OLED
  - LG's new superphone
  - 24-bit vs 16-bit recordings
  - HDR10+ brings dynamic metadata
  - A great free CD ripper
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 54

Recorded on August 24, 2017 

Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 

  •   Post-eclipse glow 
  •   LG's new Dolby Vision 4K Blu-ray player 
  •   Roku ruling the world 
  •   CD archiving app of choice 
  •   4K UHD streaming gear 
  •   TV moving/installation tips 
  •   Your excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 53

Recorded on August 17, 2017 

Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 

  • Netflix vs Disney 
  • Star Trek Discovery 
  • MQA on Tidal 
  • Apple going 4K 
  • Canon does color in the dark 
  • Excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 52

Recorded on July 21, 2017 

Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron

The rundown:

  • A Tidal rant
  • Traveling with good AV
  • CEDIA - a favorite trade show
  • Answering your awesome questions
    • Video compression
    • Searching for great OLED deals
    • TV speaker upgrade on a budget
    • Bigger screen TVs
    • Rear-channel speaker options
    • Your first Blu-ray movie
    • Headphones for everyone

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AVexcel - Episode 51

Recorded on July 21, 2017 

Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron

The rundown:

  • Affordable HDTV reception
  • Dolby Cinema's milestone
  • Tweeter upgrades
  • The people's UHD TV
  • Answering your awesome questions

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AVexcel - Episode 50

Recorded on July 14, 2017 - Patrick and Robert celebrate a milestone with details of Alexa on Android TV, VR's increasing affordability, a little AV101 with LOUDNESS, an interview with the quantum dot masters at Nanosys, and so much more!

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AVexcel - Episode 49

Recorded on July 7, 2017 - Patrick and Robert celebrate Disney’s first UHD Blu-ray release, pit QLED vs. OLED, witness vinyl's resurgence, consider exotic speaker components, prepare themselves for Cord Cutting Day, and so much more!

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AVexcel - Episode 47

Recorded on June 22, 2017 

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are embracing the home theater goodness 

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The tingly bits

Thank you for your support of AVexcel

Pat soaks in Focal

Your great communications

Christian's archiving discs

Tyler needs a good headphone cable

@KBraunPhoto needs surge protection

@cousin_dave's Pioneer Home AV sighting

Robert's LUT adventures

Happy birthday, dear Quake

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AVexcel - Episode 46

Recorded on June 15, 2017 

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are building the home theater goodness 

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The tingly bits

More 4K projection

AV101 - a quiet base

  • Quiet rooms make for better listening

Sweet Q&A

OTA adventures

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AVexcel - Episode 45

Recorded on June 9, 2017 

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are igniting the home theater goodness 

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The tingly bits

Pat's Buffy-o-rama

Your awesome feedback

AV101

Eyeballs on...

Listening time

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AVexcel - Episode 44

Recorded on June 1, 2017 

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are absorbing the home theater goodness 

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The tingly bits

You asked

Patrick Norton's super-interview w/Audeze co-founder and CEO, Sankar Thiagasamudram

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AVexcel - Episode 43

Recorded on May 25, 2017 

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are modding the home theater goodness 

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The tingly bits

Sweet Q&A

Headphone design redux

Final words

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AVexcel - Episode 42

Recorded on May 18, 2017 

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are rectifying the home theater goodness 

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The tingly bits

Direct input

Remembering

Calibration doings

  • 2016 LG C6 OLED
  • 2015 Samsung JS8500 LCD
    • Best flat LCD of that year
  • Both TVs: superb white balance/color after setup
  • TIP: avoid adjusting WB controls higher - go lower

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AVexcel - Episode 40

Recorded on May 4, 2017 

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are nurturing the home theater goodness 

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Time to double-check the levels

May the 4th be with you

Bandwidth sucking neighbors

  • A good network helps
  • Better CPUs on UHD streamers
  • The beauty of discs

Patrick's MiniDSP project

  • Creating sub-channel from stereo source

Vizio is Vizio again

So many lumens

Scott's in search of a great $500 TV

Pat's interview preview

What we’re watching

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AVexcel - Episode 39

Recorded on March 14, 2017 

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are returning to the home theater goodness 

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Great 2017 TVs Arrive

AV101: bi-wiring

  • Each speaker gets its own amp wire
  • Not bi-amping

Pat's speaker doings

Great questions

Viewing doings

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AVexcel - Episode 38

Recorded on March 7, 2017 

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are listening to the home theater goodness 

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Exciting the senses

Pat's electrostatic adventures

AV 101: Electrostatic loudspeaker

Sonos PLAYBASE

  • Sound-base design
  • ~2.3 inches high
  • 10 speakers
    • Class D drivers for each
    • 6 mids
    • 3 tweeters
    • 1 sub
  • $700

LG W7 Wallpaper OLED

  • An all around better OLED
  • Superb HD reproduction
  • New 2-pt HDR calibration
  • ~20ms HDR game mode
  • 65-/77-inches

And then some...

What we're watching

Gaming goodness

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Episode 37

Recorded on February 22, 2017 

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are recovering the home theater goodness 

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Pat's audio exploration

Caavo

Calibration apps: Apple TV

Your AV answers

Value '4K' UHD TV considerations

  • Most do superb HD
  • Most lack color/brightness for good UHD
  • Cheat by lowering picture contrast

Eye-candy picks of the week

Robert's Calibrated Mic

Kubo and the Two Strings

Samsung Q8 arrives

  • Brushed stainless chassis/stand
  • Curved screen design
  • >1500-nits + dang good DCI

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