AVexcel - Episode 95

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AVexcel - Episode 95
Recorded on November 1, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
- Post-Halloween cool-down
- Epson Home Cinema 4010
- Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
- Dolby Atmos on Amazon Prime Video
- Red Dead Redemption 2's faux HDR
- Tekton's Impact Monitor Theater
- Pixel 3 initial impressions
- YouTube Premium
- 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 70

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Recorded on February 8, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - 4K HDR Olympic options
  - ESPN's new streaming service
  - DirecTV Now upgrades
  - Subwoofer selections
  - Border crossing tips
  - Your excellent feedback & questions

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AVexcel - Episode 69

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Recorded on February 5, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - Super Bowl LII not in 4K
  - Olympics in 4K HDR
  - Apple's HomePod
  - OLED's videophile feature
  - Hisense's dual-laser projector
  - Projection screen quests
  - More CES highlights
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 62

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Recorded on November 18, 2017. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - Vandersteen Model 5A Carbon
  - Xbox One's HDR Fix
  - Black Friday picks
  - TVs, projectors, sound
  - The best OLED deals
  - More HDR streaming
  - Burning Amp
  - Atmos calibration
  - 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 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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Episode 36

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are eyeballing the home theater goodness

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2017 TV Pre-orders

Glorious sound

Speaker positioning vs basic setup

Vizio settles w/FTC

Ultimate HTPC GPU

AV101: High Frame Rate

Mike appreciates video calibration

Alan clarifies Dolby Vision AVR support

HD/HDR streaming pics o' the week

Classic console doings

Google Play access coming

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Recorded on February 14, 2017

Episode 34

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are compiling the home theater goodness

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Post CES 2017

  • Plague
  • Eye candy
  • Sweet sounds

TVs

  • LG Wallpaper OLED
    • Ribbon cable for power+AV
  • Samsung QLED
    • Quantum color volume
    • AutoCal via CalMAN
    • HLG DirecTV demo
  • Sony
  • Panasonic
    • EZ1000 OLED
    • Superb picture quality

Projectors

  • Panasonic holographic projection film
  • LG ProBeam 1080p laser projector
    • Smart apps + ATSC tuner
  • JVC 4K HDR laser projector
    • DLA-RS4500 ~$35K
    • DCI color and beyond
    • Blue-laser light engine
    • 6-banks of 8-diodes
    • Fixed phosphor design
  • Hisense 4K Laser Cast soon
  • EVP/Elite Screens light-rejecting demos
  • Sony 4K HDR short throw projector

TV tech doings

High-resolution audio

All the sound

Dolby Cinema

Tips, tricks, and help

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Recorded on January 12, 2017

Episode #021

Welcome to episode 021 of the AVexcel podcast

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

Vizio sold to LeEco

  • $2 Billion
  • Will be operated as wholly owned subsidiary
  • Inscape data business to be spun off into privately owned company led by Vizio CEO William Wang
  • Deal expected to wrap up later this year

@FmHolty noted Vizio HDR10 update

Color gamuts explained

Brian seeks a 3D audio upgrade

@Aiden_deJong's looking to drive 4-ohm speakers

Keep pets cool and hydrated

@KenKobra asks 2K OLED or 4K LCD

  • OLED contrast > pixel count
  • Great TVs at great prices

David K wants widescreen cinema

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Samsung KS9800 Update

  • Full array local dimming
  • 1300+ nits peak brightness
  • New UI + IoT functionality

More 4K Olympics

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Recorded July 28, 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

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Recorded July 27, 2016

Episode #017

Welcome to episode 017 of the AVexcel podcast

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

For the love of headphones

But first, a summary...

New Blu-ray movies this week

Wirecutter's Best Soundbars

Connect with us

Top 2016 Smart TV Platforms

Gregg wants a UHD BD Player

Ron asks what's up with Vizio + HDR10

  • Service rep said no HDR10 coming
  • Vizio CTO: "...sometime later this Summer..."
  • Robert's take: ain't happening
  • No HDR10 = no UHD Blu-ray
  • Samsung KS8000 = worthy alternative

The random

Bo's eyeing SpectraCal's MobileForge app

Thomas likes LG's LED projector

Quantum Dot-ery

LG E-Series OLED TV

  • Comparing to the competition

Going long...for home theater love

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Recorded June 16, 2016

Episode #013

Welcome to episode 013 of the AVexcel podcast

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

Watching this week

Robert's new laptop is well-behaved

More live streaming options

Sub stuff

Question: DIY video calibration

We appreciate our Patreon supporters

Premium sound

We love our supporters

The AVexcel sub-Reddit is a great place for group interaction

We thrive with our audience's participation - thank you

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Recording date: April 21, 2016

Episode #003

We've crushed our first Patreon Milestone Goal, and it's all thanks to the support of our awesome fans!

For AVexcel Episode #003, Robert and Patrick dive into:

  • Roku 4 - tested and reviewed
  • Sharp LE653U TV - tested and reviewed
  • Vizio Reference Series - Dolby Vision for the masses
  • New 1080p OLED TV = Even better value
  • A great LED projector reviewed
  • Amazon vs Google/Apple - video streaming showdown
  • Hulu's almost ad-free option
  • EFF - a fair use update

And, much more!  Please join us!

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Recording date: October 29, 2015