AVexcel - Episode 100

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AVexcel - Episode 100
Recorded on February 28, 2019. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
- Episode 100
- Samsung's best 4K TV
- The Disc is Dead
- Streaming audio goodness
- Robert's Tools of the Trade
- Ceiling speakers
- What we're watching
- Your excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 99

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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 

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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 89

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Recorded on August 30, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
- Sonos Amp-age
- Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM3
- Samsung 8K TVs
- New Sony and JVC 4K projectors
- Sennheiser's sweet buds and bar
- Robert's headphone amp/dac
- Cooling the hot HT
- Your excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 88

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

The rundown: 
  - Samsung 8K TV
  - Pat's recent viewings
  - CEDIA 2018 preview
  - TV as a center channel speaker
  - Auto-calibration hell
  - Pat's favorite headphone
  - What we're watching
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 85

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

The rundown: 
  - Add a shelf to your TV
  - Netflix ULTRA
  - Samsung TVs going FreeSync
  - All about the nits
  - Google Home in Home Theater
  - HDR10+ compatibility
  - Pat's 'Brass Against' obsession
  - What we're watching
  - 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 63

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Recorded on December 1, 2017. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - CES 2018 is coming
  - Samsung’s 150-inch “TV” 
  - HDMI 2.1 approaches
  - Roku TV surprise
  - New OLED materials
  - The joy and pain of vinyl
  - iFi Micro iDSD DAC/amp
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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AVexcel - Episode 39

Recorded on March 14, 2017 

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

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Great 2017 TVs Arrive

AV101: bi-wiring

  • Each speaker gets its own amp wire
  • Not bi-amping

Pat's speaker doings

Great questions

Viewing doings

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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 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 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 #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

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