AVexcel - Episode 97

AVexcel - Episode 97
Recorded on November 29, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
- California burning
- Great deals galore
- LG's updated TV chip
- JDS Labs Atom Amp
- Favorites in UHD Blu-ray
- Pat's projection tune up
- Activo CT10 digital audio player
- Your excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 81

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Recorded on May 31, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - Premium LCD quirks
  - Display Week 2018
  - Quantum dot tech update
  - AR/VR display updates
  - Nuraphone's BT headphone
  - Bluewave's GET
  - Help selling your gear
  - What we're watching
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 73

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Recorded on March 21, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - Rip all the discs
  - Blu-ray vs. Streaming
  - ELAC Debut 2.0
  - LG, Samsung, and Sony 2018 TVs
  - Upgrading to 4K
  - AVRs and Dolby Vision
  - Sub-$1500 4K projectors
  - What we're watching
  - 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 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 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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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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Episode 35

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are recompiling the home theater goodness

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Patrick's pumped for projection

Plasma TV upgrade

  • B6 OLED or KS8000 LCD
  • Image quality above all else
    • OLED's epic contrast
      • Viewing angles
  • Protect investment
    • Safe extraction
    • Secure installation
    • Wall mount
    • Check for extra warranty

Disc doings

AV extravaganza

Elevating speakers

Charles M seeks a good 4K HDR HDMI cable

Mike desires easy Atmos

LG adds HDR Game Mode

Blu-ray favs this week

Amplifications

  • Hisense H8C
  • Nanosys not owned by Samsung
    • Private company w/strategic partnerships
  • HDR clarity

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Recorded on January 31, 2017

Episode 33

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are still celebrating the home theater goodness

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Recent doings

RIP Carrie Fisher

HandBrake v1.0.0 arrives

Great Blu-ray gear

Improving speech comprehension

  • IEEE article
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • OSU researchers training neural networks
  • 'Classifier' recovers desired sound
  • The "cocktail party" problem
  • Huge improvements
  • Next gen: adaptive learning

Here comes (pre) CES

Chris from Calgary's timing Atmos

@StaggeredSix tweets crew support

For the love of a bucket of burgers

Evan tweeted a stack

  • Sub affecting hard drives
    • We guess no problemo
  • Heat is some concern

Hsu Research

Josh from NJ is moving toward projection

Bob's home theater toddler

Boe's tweeting for DAC/AMP

Tyler brings 4K UHD BD PC playback clarity

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Recorded on December 28, 2016

Episode 32

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are celebrating the home theater goodness

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So many good things

Robert's regular eye exam

Listen for life

ELAC Element Series EA101EQ-G

  • Integrated amp
  • DSP room correction

Tying it up

Panasonic doing UHD Blu-ray right

New LG laser projector

  • ProBeam smart projector
  • 2000 lumens, 1080p
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, apps, sim design
  • Price/details at CES
  • Looking for an ATSC tuner

HDMI 2.1 at CES 2017

  • Adds HDR10 dynamic metadata
  • Many unknowns
  • DisplayPort FTW

Sling AirTV Player

Value graphics card upgrade

4K UHD HDMI Switch in-hand

What we're watchin'

Audience Q&A

@Kido1986 needs a Blu-ray to show off new gear

One last thought

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Recorded on December 21, 2016

Episode 31

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are welcoming the home theater goodness

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Making us smile

Question: 4K projection screens

Coltran's looking for an AVR miracle

Pat & Rob's quality viewing picks

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Recorded on December 13, 2016

Episode #025

Welcome to episode 025 of the AVexcel podcast

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This week Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are catching the home theater goodness

Warm 4K fuzzies

  • Dearth, or not
  • Not so much wide-color/HDR

Speaking of Netflix 4K

New 4K Rokus

OLED is looking good

DisplayMate impressed with iPhone 7

  • Brightest display tech
  • Lowest reflectance
  • Superb Rec. 709/DCI color accuracy
  • "Visually Indistinguishable from Perfect"

Comcast X1 DVR getting Netflix

The lack of UHD PC monitors w/HDR

CEDIA Expo

Monoprice Monolith Line

PlayStation 4 Updates

Michael NotMike asked via Facebook if we know why there aren't more UHD BD players

We love Projector Central

seerpea asks about more HDR content

  • Wants more classics
  • Film has HDR potential
  • Financial incentives

Robert’s Comcastic adventures

  • @comcastcares on Twitter saves day
  • Replaced modem/router - both were fine
  • Line to house was culprit

What we're watching

  • Classic Star Trek on Netflix
  • Blu-ray goodness
  • Marco Polo
  • Captain America: Civil War

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Recorded September 26, 2016

Episode #023

Welcome to episode 023 of the AVexcel podcast

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This week Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are smiling at the home theater goodness

Robert is Olympic-ed out

  • Awaiting live 4K/UHD/WCG

Off the record

  • "Listened to your Olympics show. All the content is archived in full recorded resolution on Spectra Logic tape libraries. You didn't get this from me."
  • Other clients
    • National Geographic
    • NBC
  • Robots manage our growing archives
  • NAS = Networked Attached Storage
  • Backblaze hard drive stats

Intel Developer Forum

  • Kaby Lake CPUs 4K ready
    • Native HDCP 2.2 support
    • HEVC Main10/10-bit
    • VP9 10-bit video decoding
  • Pat playing Overwatch on Intel graphics
  • Project Alloy VR platform

Best seat in the room

  • Southern Motion theater seating
    • Power headrests
    • Fold down drink tables
    • USB charging
    • “multimedia sofas”
  • What's your movie/TV seat of choice
  • Pat's spousal acceptance factor
  • Robert's 4K office chair

Enterprise Home Theater

Archiving Blu-rays

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HDMI cables for everyone

Evan has pixel shift concerns

@ajsmith tweets, “Any network ever broadcast live in 1080P? Are we going to compressed 4K first?”

  • Neulion’s 4K60 UFC 200 fight was the best we've seen so far
  • Broadcasters use 1080i as it converts nicely into 1080p30
  • 24p movies in 1080i film processed into original 1080p24
  • 1080p60 live streaming is doable today
  • ATSC 3.0 before we see much 4K live action

New Blu-ray Movies

Tim's tl;dr

Talking to the TV

8 vs. 4 Ohm

  • Pete encourages more experimentation
  • Use a good amp
  • THD can go up as resistance drops
  • Run speakers "small"
  • LFE to the sub

Robert’s crazy calibration week

  • Pro monitor LUT generation
  • Pro-tip: reset display to widest color gamut before doing LUT
  • OLED’s separate calibration for HD/HDR10/Dolby Vision
  • The KS9800 leaves the building
    • Impressed; yearning yet for more
    • 2015 JS9500 still a great TV
  • FlatpanelsHD’s Dolby Vision FAQ

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Recorded August 26, 2016

Episode #019

Welcome to episode 019 of the AVexcel podcast

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This week Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are honing the home theater goodness

Epic late night enjoyment

HDR10 Update

Amplifications

New flix

4K Integral

  • HDR10 metadata injector
  • 2x2 matrix switch on steroids
  • Stylish dip switches

4K Roku TVs arrive

The randoms

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Recorded June 27, 2016

Episode #016

Welcome to episode 016 of the AVexcel podcast

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This week Patrick Norton and Robert Heron assist with the home theater goodness

E3 Expo and WWDC went down this week

Robert appreciating the glory of DOOM

New Blu-ray and UHD Blu-ray releases

Checking the top torrents (tor)

The death of the Xbox One DVR

Apple's WWDC coverage via The Verge

  • New Apple TV/tvOS apps & updates
  • Sling TV
  • Fox Sports Go
  • NBA 2K
  • Minecraft Story Mode
  • Sketch Party
  • tvOS has 6,000 apps - 1300 video related
  • App to feature-match Siri Remote
  • YouTube voice search
  • Single Sign-on
  • Live channels

Apple's Home for iOS 10

Robert doings

AVexcel doings

  • Play Store coming soon
  • We grow on the support of our audience
  • Thanks to everyone who has sent us an email, tweet, Reddit, and/or positive thought

Dave wants to know if he can enjoy UHD Blu-ray on his PC

@josefabres0600 wants to optimize TV's contrast setting

  • Using DVD/BD player as source device
  • Quick contrast setup
    • Reduce contrast to 50%
    • Increase until peak white levels disappear/change color
    • Reduce contrast to return detail/minimize color shifting

Matt in North Carolina asked about adding Bluetooth audio support

Francois is looking for a 46" 4K TV recommendation

XBox One S

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Recording date: June 13, 2016

Episode #015

Welcome to episode 015 of the AVexcel podcast

Our Patreon supporters make AVexcel possible, and every bit helps

This week Patrick Norton and Robert Heron assist with the home theater goodness

Yeah, we're back!

A loving pet needs a good home

Recently watched

Robert doings

Internet of Thingies

Console upgrade goodness

Mike's seeks solace from pixelated shadows

Tom asks about Dolby Vision and HDR10

Todd asks about DIY video calibration

This podcast is made possible by you!

  • Hangout and Movie Club soon!

Watching and loving this week

New 4K Blu-ray releases

Don asks about Bluetooth (BT) audio

James reminds us to be mindful of the greater world

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Recording date: June 2, 2016

Episode #009

Welcome to episode 009 of the AVexcel podcast

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This week Patrick Norton and Robert Heron bask in home theater goodness

On the table

Samsung's UHD Blu-ray player arrives

Lab time: 2016 Samsung KS9500 LCD

Blu-ray movies of interest

Going 4K...slowly
 
Daniel asks about the fate of AnyDVD HD

AnyDVD lives (in Belize)!

Michael's tip for Chris' power woes

TampaOrange via Reddit loves Marantz

kpbearfl via Reddit on DTS:X

Marc needs white stereo RCA cables

Steve asks if the time is now for ultra-high definition

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Recording date: March 2nd, 2016

Episode #008

Welcome to episode 008 of the AVexcel podcast

Our show grows through audience support, and every bit helps

This week Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are enveloped in home theater goodness

HBO's Vinyl
 
Hosko's lens cleaning rules

PC cleaning must-haves

Protect your investment

1080p TV deals are vanishing

Get your 4K on (now)

Keith's TV doesn't decode the VP9 codec

Send us your questions ask@avexcel.com

Richard is curious about SiliconDust tuners

AV calibration training

Tom asks if it's OK to copy calibration settings

Luxury headphones

A great week for new Blu-ray releases

Rotten Tomatoes purchased by Fandango

Ron wants the best streaming service

Chris wonders why his gear freezes/crashes

  • Simplify setup to one device
  • Line conditioners for clean power

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Recording date: February 22, 2016

Episode #005

In this overflowing episode

We thank you for listening to our longest episode (yet!)

As always, we'd love to hear from you. Contact us via email at ask@avexcel.com

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Recording date: January 21, 2016

Episode #004

Robert and Patrick have returned from the 2016 CES in Las Vegas brimming with juicy details about the favorite gear they saw.

In this episode, the guys fondly recall:

And viewer questions about alternatives to Blue Headphonesa solid 4K AV receiver, and a great 5.1 speaker kit value.

Our AWESOME audience has pushed us past our second Patreon milestone goal! The support is sincerely appreciated, and AVexcel wouldn't be possible without YOU!

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Recording date: January 12, 2016

Corrections (minor or otherwise)

  • LG didn't mention the use of "moth's eye" technology (it was Samsung), but LG is incorporating a triple-layer of anti-reflective/anti-glare film on its best 2016 TVs
  • Quantum dots emit light when stimulated by electrons or photons