AVexcel - Episode 99

avexcel_logo_150px.jpg

AVexcel - Episode 99
Recorded on February 8, 2019. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
- Getting into the groove
- UltraViolet is closing shop
- Display Week 2019
- Samsung's OLED screens are coming
- CES 2019 highlights
- Disney's streaming adventure
- Favorite 2018 TV deals
- New projector lust
- Air Motion Transformers
- What we're watching
- Your excellent feedback & questions 

AVexcel is 100% powered by our awesome crew of Patreon supporters - thank you! 

Visit the AVexcel website for links, show notes, contact info, and more! 

Download the MP3 of this episode 

Link to this episode page 

AVexcel - Episdoe 98

avexcel_logo_150px.jpg

AVexcel - Episode 98
Recorded on January 17, 2019. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
- Looking at 2019
- Pat's acoustic-wonder screen
- Never speak of Chromecast Audio again
- Dogs and Cats living together
- Your speaker/headphone stuff
- Whatabout #CES2019
- You need a projector
- LCD, LED, OLED, PDP, and CRT
- Your excellent feedback & questions 

AVexcel is 100% powered by our awesome crew of Patreon supporters - thank you! 

Visit the AVexcel website for links, show notes, contact info, and more! 

Download the MP3 of this episode 

Link to this episode page 

AVexcel - Episode 96

avexcel_logo_150px.jpg

AVexcel - Episode 96
Recorded on November 8, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
- Great deals on great gear
- Foldable displays are a thing
- Black Friday approaches
- Projectors vs TVs
- Contrast without sacrifice
- When to recalibrate
- 12-bit video sources
- Your excellent feedback & questions 

AVexcel is 100% powered by our awesome crew of Patreon supporters - thank you! 

Visit the AVexcel website for links, show notes, contact info, and more! 

Download the MP3 of this episode 

Link to this episode page 

AVexcel - Episode 83

avexcel_logo_150px.jpg

Recorded on June 15, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - CES 2019 countdown
  - TCL 6-Series update
  - World Cup 2018 in 4K
  - Hisense's new LCD
  - IMDB's tech specs
  - Waiting for HDMI 2.1
  - 4K HDMI cables/switches
  - What we're watching
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

AVexcel is 100% powered by our awesome crew of Patreon supporters - thank you! 

Visit the AVexcel website for links, show notes, contact info, and more! 

Download the MP3 of this episode 

Link to this episode page 

AVexcel - Episode 81

avexcel_logo_150px.jpg

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 

AVexcel is 100% powered by our awesome crew of Patreon supporters - thank you! 

Visit the AVexcel website for links, show notes, contact info, and more! 

Download the MP3 of this episode 

Link to this episode page 

AVexcel - Episode 80

avexcel_logo_150px.jpg

Recorded on May 10, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - 2018 TV reviews
  - Caavo Entertainment Assistant
  - Screen size vs room size
  - Chroma subsampling
  - Patreon Hangout details
  - In search of subwoofer outputs
  - What we're watching
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

AVexcel is 100% powered by our awesome crew of Patreon supporters - thank you! 

Visit the AVexcel website for links, show notes, contact info, and more! 

Download the MP3 of this episode 

Link to this episode page 

AVexcel - Episode 78

avexcel_logo_150px.jpg

Recorded on April 26, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - Proof of life
  - JVC RS540 first impressions
  - 2018 TCL P-Series arrives
  - Subwoofer positioning
  - Dedicated music streamers
  - Film restorations
  - ATSC 3.0 privacy concerns
  - Knowing when to upgrade
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

AVexcel is 100% powered by our awesome crew of Patreon supporters - thank you! 

Visit the AVexcel website for links, show notes, contact info, and more! 

Download the MP3 of this episode 

Link to this episode page 

Detailed show notes for this episode coming soon! 

AVexcel - Episode 74

avexcel_logo_150px.jpg

Recorded on March 23, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - Bias lighting
  - Chuffing subs
  - New calibration gear
  - Tempting 2017 TVs
  - CanJam in Los Angeles
  - Universal content search
  - Projector setup
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

AVexcel is 100% powered by our awesome crew of Patreon supporters - thank you! 

Visit the AVexcel website for links, show notes, contact info, and more! 

Download the MP3 of this episode 

Link to this episode page 

Detailed show notes for this episode coming soon! 

AVexcel - Episode 62

avexcel_logo_150px.jpg

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 

AVexcel is 100% powered by our awesome crew of Patreon supporters - thank you! 

Visit the AVexcel website for links, show notes, contact info, and more! 

Download the MP3 of this episode 

Link to this episode page 

Detailed show notes for this episode coming soon! 

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

AVexcel is 100% powered by our awesome crew of Patreon supporters - thank you! 

Visit the AVexcel website for links, show notes, contact info, and more!

Download the MP3 of this episode

Link to this episode page

AVexcel - Episode 51 show notes 

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!

AVexcel is 100% powered by our awesome crew of Patreon supporters - thank you! 

Visit the AVexcel website for links, show notes, contact info, and more!

Download the MP3 of this episode

Link to this episode page

AVexcel - Episode 50 show notes 

AVexcel - Episode 43

Recorded on May 25, 2017 

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are modding the home theater goodness 

Our Patreon supporters make AVexcel possible, and we thank 'em all 

The tingly bits

Sweet Q&A

Headphone design redux

Final words

Thank you

Visit us at AVexcel.com

We appreciate your feedback

Enjoy

Subscribe to AVexcel

Download the MP3

Link to this episode page

AVexcel - Episode 38

Recorded on March 7, 2017 

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

Our Patreon supporters make AVexcel possible, and we thank 'em all 

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

Thank you

Visit us at AVexcel.com

Connect with us

Enjoy

Subscribe to AVexcel

Download the MP3

Link to this episode page

Episode 35

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are recompiling the home theater goodness

Our Patreon supporters make AVexcel possible, and we thank 'em all

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

Thank you

Visit us at AVexcel.com

Connect with us

Enjoy

Download the MP3
Subscribe to AVexcel on iTunes or RSS
Link to this episode page

Recorded on January 31, 2017

Episode 34

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are compiling the home theater goodness

Our Patreon supporters make AVexcel possible, and we thank 'em all

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

Thank you

Visit us at AVexcel.com

Connect with us

Enjoy

Download the MP3
Subscribe to AVexcel on iTunes or RSS
Link to this episode page

Recorded on January 12, 2017

Episode 30

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are preloading the home theater goodness

Our Patreon supporters make AVexcel possible, and we thank 'em all

Stimulating the senses

Chinese OLEDs

The new stuff: CES 2017

Netflix Offline

DirecTV Now

Bright Room Viewing

Donovan's curious about Pat's sound

Blu-ray movies for less than $10

Patreon Hangout - stay tuned!

Thank you

Visit us at AVexcel.com

Connect with us

Enjoy

Download the MP3
Subscribe to AVexcel on iTunes or RSS
Link to this episode page

Recorded December 1, 2016

Episode #027

 

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron have returned for more home theater goodness

Our Patreon supporters make AVexcel possible, and we thank every one of them

The guys are (finally) back

  • Adventures and shoveling dirt
  • More Patreon Hangouts

Shop smarter every day

  • Black/Cyber/<insert name> <insert day(s)>
  • @snubs shopping laws
    • Know what you want
    • Know what it's priced at
    • Know what a real sale is

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

Adventures in China + Hong Kong

  • 14,700+ miles/14 days
  • Planes, trains, cars, buses, foot
  • Hisense in Qingdao
    • Traffic automation masters
    • R&D facility
    • Assembly
    • (Destructive) testing
    • Subjective/objective analysis
    • RF/Anechoic chamber
    • Laser Cast TV
      • 4K DLP short throw laser
      • Screen is the key
      • See it in action at CES
      • ~$10K retail price
  • H8C Series TV out now
  • HDR H10C soon
  • Watching cell phones being born
  • Nantong...Shenzhen...Beijing
  • Kowloon/Hong Kong
    • Great public transit
    • No VPN needed
  • Powerplug adapter to rule them all
  • USB power pack
  • Travel more
  • Air quality concerns
  • N95 and P95 filtering recommended

Thank you

Visit us at AVexcel.com

Connect with us

Enjoy

Download the MP3
Subscribe to AVexcel on iTunes or RSS
Link to this episode page

Recorded on November 14, 2016

Episode #021

Welcome to episode 021 of the AVexcel podcast

Our Patreon supporters make AVexcel possible, and every bit helps

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

Thank you!

Samsung KS9800 Update

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

More 4K Olympics

Thank you

We appreciate the Patreon support that makes AVexcel possible

Visit us at AVexcel.com

Connect with us

Enjoy

Download the MP3
Subscribe to AVexcel on iTunes or RSS
Link to this episode page

 

Recorded July 28, 2016