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 92

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AVexcel - Episode 92
Recorded on October 4, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
- The Dude in 4K UHD
- Caavo's new Control Center
- Samsung's 85-inch 8K TV
- LG C8 OLED sale
- Netgear's Orbi speaker
- Badass entry-level audio gear
- DIY 4K Kaleidescape
- Your excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 91

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Recorded on September 27, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
- Supersized TV bargains
- The sweet iPhone XS
- Oculus Quest
- WTF is Qobuz...
- Chromecast Audio = impressive
- The "Best" TV...
- LG video processor shootout
- Your excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 84

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Recorded on June 28, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - Samsung OLED TV rumors
  - Balanced audio cables
  - DNS rebinding
  - LG laser 4K projector
  - Preamp usage
  - OLED burn-in
  - JVC projector calibration
  - 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 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 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 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 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 30

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are preloading the home theater goodness

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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!

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Recorded December 1, 2016

Episode #026

Welcome to episode 026 of the AVexcel podcast

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

ask@avexcel.com - that’s the email to reach us

DisplayMate goes gaga for LG OLED

  • 2016 LG OLED's breaking records
  • Lots to learn/study
  • Color accuracy, contrast, luminance, accuracy...
  • Lowest screen reflectance
  • Very fast response time
  • "Visually Indistinguishable from Perfect"

Google I/O 2016

The Internet of Crap

New firmware for Vizio M/P series TVs

  • Via Matthew McRae at Vizio
  • HDR10, PQ, ARC, PS4 fix and more
  • 4:4:4 fix "coming soon"

HBO's biggest premiere: Westworld

Bloomberg: Netflix to 50% self-produced

DThink Tweeted us about a Smart Antenna

@Ken_Addison wants Amazon HDR on a 2016 Vizio

Bobo's eyeing those sweet Monoprice subs

  • Using Denon S500BT w/2 sub pre-outs
  • Monoprice sub has L/R ins
  • Use the Left input on each sub

We love Projector Central

Plex Cloud

RedFox's regular discounts

David Pogue: digitize your tapes NOW

New Blu-rays this week

Doings and transpirings
Robert

Patrick

  • Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
    • Public event, but not free
    • Zoo Audio
    • KEF
    • Audio Quest
    • DIA's Demon Stallion aka Blucifer
    • Head-Fi (dot ORG)
  • Dirac Live: real-time room correction
    • Not quite Get Smart's "Cone of Silence"
  • Pulling 12AWG speaker cable
  • Arc-fault circuit interrupters
  • Everything I love is being canceled
  • Agent Carter...Roadies...
  • Not canceled: GoT, Ballers, and Billions

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Recorded October 5th, 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

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

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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