AVexcel - Episode 102

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AVexcel - Episode 102
Recorded on May 2, 2019. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
- GoT exposes contrast woes
- GOOG and AMZN playing nicer
- Disney+ is coming
- Qobuz brings hi-rez audio
- HDMI best practices
- For those who rent discs...
- Shade vs Hue
- In search of 4K PiP
- What we're watching
- Your excellent feedback & questions

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AVexcel - Episode 86

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Recorded on July 12, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - Dolby Vision on Xbox
  - HDMI audio extraction
  - Sonos adds AirPlay 2
  - Sennheiser HD1 review
  - Value calibration hardware
  - World Cup streaming snafu
  - 4K calibration discs
  - Beach party boomboxes
  - What we're watching
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 72

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Recorded on March 9, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - The Mother of the MP3
  - Affordable OLEDs
  - Channel Master SMARTenna+ 
  - Samsung 2018 TVs revealed
  - LG 2018 OLED pricing/availability
  - 4K sports streaming
  - RF console adapters
  - Antenna combiners
  - Favorite movies
  - HDMI cable specs
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 59

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Recorded on October 5, 2017. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron  

The rundown: 
  - New Roku gear/updates
  - Google's best phone
  - Schiit's sweet tone control
  - Line level output redux
  - Bias in AV testing
  - Your excellent feedback & questions

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AVexcel - Episode 58

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Recorded on September 28, 2017. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron  

The rundown: 
  - Dolby Vision vs HDR10 visuals
  - Amazon grows Alexa family
  - An OLED bargain
  - HDMI splitters and switches
  - Vinyl adventures
  - Amp rating rabbit hole
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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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

Thank you 

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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

We love your email ask@avexcel.com

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 #020

Welcome to episode 020 of the AVexcel podcast

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This week Patrick Norton and Robert Heron support the home theater goodness

Pat returns from mandatory R&R

Comic-Con 2016

  • Great summary over at io9
  • DC Suicide Squad
  • DC Wonder Woman trailer
  • Luc Besson’s Valerian coming 2017
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Spider-Man Homecoming
  • Black Panther panel    
  • Neil Gaiman’s American Gods on Starz in 2017
  • CW’s Riverdale this Fall
  • Luke Cage via Netflix
  • No release date for Marvel’s The Punisher yet

Glorious pixels

Premium HDR TV roundup

BitTorrent TV

  • BitTorrent News via BitTorrent Live
  • Apple TV and OS X - other platforms soon

Better Wi-Fi for all

NBC 4K Olympic coverage from Rio

  • DirecTV coverage to include 8-screen mosaic
    • Channels: NBC, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, USA Network, + NBC Universo
    • 720p per tile on 4K TV
  • Also, 4-channel quad-1080p view
    • NBCSN, Bravo, USA Network, + local affiliate
  • No live 4K coverage
    • Most available after one-day delay
  • Events: swimming, track and field, basketball, the men’s soccer final, judo, + “Rio scenic”

Eddy Cue: Apple TV’s Plans

  • Questions
    • Live streaming service
    • 'Skinny' bundle
    • Creators vs platform providers

JVC RS400 projector

  • Similar to DLA-X550R
  • Calibration update
  • New HDR update
  • Old cables/new projector
  • Lamp changes over time

Mark's 2-channel amp quest

Anthony needs low-lag HDMI extension

andcbii asks about the XAVC-S codec

Thank you

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Recorded July 27, 2016

Episode #010

Welcome to episode 010 of the AVexcel podcast

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This week Patrick Norton and Robert Heron enter the home theater goodness

Pat's sweet sounds

We have a date...

Home theater room setup

Sony's 2016 TVs arrive

Dolby Cinema is (slowly) spreading

Send us your thoughts

Eric's quality option for assisted listening

Greg says the science agrees with 2+ subs

All the science papers (Tor)

Daniel says VUDU does HD on the PC

Cam's upgrade path with an HDMI 1.4 AVR

Roku's epic audio setup guides

@NeXTchef's need to convert old RF output

  • Emulate and enjoy

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Recording date: March 8, 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 #007

Welcome to episode 007 of the AVexcel podcast!

Our show grows through audience support and every bit helps!

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

Please comment below or drop us an email at ask@avexcel.com

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Recording date: February 10, 2016