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 77

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Recorded on April 19, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron 

The rundown: 
  - Robert's new headphones
  - Learning to listen
  - Pat's Caavo considerations
  - Streaming bitrates
  - ATSC 3.0 approaches
  - Avoid OLED burn-in
  - Atmos speaker upgrade
  - Tiny surround sound speakers
  - Your 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 43

Recorded on May 25, 2017 

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are modding the home theater goodness 

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The tingly bits

Sweet Q&A

Headphone design redux

Final words

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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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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 #029

 

Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are maximizing the home theater goodness

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The guys are (finally) back

What excites your senses

  • Domestic bliss
  • Mayhem in moderation
  • Less Mad Max in Bay Area

Speaker acceptance factor

Full-bore 3D sound setup

We want your questions ask@avexcel.com

Two Patreon Hangouts down + many more to come

Brian aka @neccros Tweeted a need for Class-T amplification

HDMI Follow-up

Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) Follow-up

  • Not 'no metadata', but a scene-referred signal
  • For live production, not stuff on discs/streaming
  • Some 4K projectors support HLG now

Favorite Blu-ray/4K/Streaming

Transducers for all the LFE

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Recorded November 23, 2016

Episode #027

 

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

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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

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Recorded on November 14, 2016

Episode #019

Welcome to episode 019 of the AVexcel podcast

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

Epic late night enjoyment

HDR10 Update

Amplifications

New flix

4K Integral

  • HDR10 metadata injector
  • 2x2 matrix switch on steroids
  • Stylish dip switches

4K Roku TVs arrive

The randoms

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Note: check mic positioning

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Recorded June 27, 2016

Episode #011

Welcome to episode 011 of the AVexcel podcast

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

Noise considerations: HVAC

Upgrade TV sound

Vizio SmartCast P-Series TV

News

Virtual Reality headsets

Do you care about VR? Let us know! 

CanJam Social 2016
Ossic X 3D Headphones

  • Head-tracking
  • 8-drivers
  • HRTF calibrated
  • Kickstarter project    

We love our supporters
 
The many Flavors of Audyssey MultiEQ

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Recording date: April 7, 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

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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