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AVexcel is your guide to the best in home theater gear and content - no matter what your budget is!

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AVexcel is your guide to the best in home theater gear and content - no matter what your budget is!

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Switch to decaf 😂

By Relax Call Max - Mar 15 2019
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Love the show, I’m an Audiophile and can’t follow you guys, slow down please 🙏

The best!

By Raw87695 - May 17 2016
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The best there is at what they do. Just want more content output.

iTunes Ratings

74 Ratings
Average Ratings
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10
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Switch to decaf 😂

By Relax Call Max - Mar 15 2019
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Love the show, I’m an Audiophile and can’t follow you guys, slow down please 🙏

The best!

By Raw87695 - May 17 2016
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The best there is at what they do. Just want more content output.
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AVexcel

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AVexcel is your guide to the best in home theater gear and content - no matter what your budget is!

Rank #1: Episode #005

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In this overflowing episode

We thank you for listening to our longest episode (yet!)

As always, we'd love to hear from you. Contact us via email at ask@avexcel.com

Also, please follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

The AVexcel sub-Reddit is another great place for group interaction.

And, we'll be adding additional show support methods for folks who prefer an alternative to Patreon.

Enjoy!

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Recording date: January 21, 2016

Jan 24 2016
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #2: AVexcel - Episode 97

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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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Dec 10 2018
54 mins
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Rank #3: AVexcel - Episode 76

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

The rundown: 
  - OPPO Digital farewell
  - 2018 Vizio TV lineup
  - 4K broadcasting woes
  - CanJam SoCal 2018
  - Bias lighting follow-up
  - Calibration discs
  - What we're watching
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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Apr 19 2018
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #4: 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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May 02 2018
55 mins
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Rank #5: AVexcel - Episode 82

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Recorded on June 7, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron

The rundown: 
  - Sonos Beam soundbar
  - Amazon Fire TV Cube
  - Hands-on 2018 TVs
  - Vizio's Fathers' Day Sale
  - Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller
  - In search of DSD recordings
  - What we're watching
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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Jun 17 2018
54 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 33

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Patrick Norton and Robert Heron are still celebrating the home theater goodness

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

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

About that intro...

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Recorded on December 28, 2016

Jan 03 2017
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #7: AVexcel - Episode 68

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Recorded on January 18, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron

The rundown: 
  - CES survival tips
  - 2018 4K TV details
  - CES audio highlights
  - CES prototype gear
  - Channel Master SMARTenna+ 
  - Widescreen projection tips
  - What we're watching
  - Hangouts

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Jan 23 2018
51 mins
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Rank #8: AVexcel - Episode 49

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Recorded on July 7, 2017 - Patrick and Robert celebrate Disney’s first UHD Blu-ray release, pit QLED vs. OLED, witness vinyl's resurgence, consider exotic speaker components, prepare themselves for Cord Cutting Day, and so much more! 

AVexcel is made possible by our awesome crew of Patreon supporters - thank you! 

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Jul 13 2017
47 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 34

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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

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Recorded on January 12, 2017

Jan 25 2017
1 hour 37 mins
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Rank #10: Episode #024

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Welcome to episode 024 of the AVexcel podcast

Our Patreon supporters make AVexcel possible, and every bit helps

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

Sonos users rejoice

Intel's new 4K-ready chips

  • HDGuru says Sony's "Ultra 4K" streaming service coming to 7th Gen parts early 2017
  • Purchase + 48-hour rentals
  • A bit pricey
  • DIY 4K streaming dreams

Samsung’s Dolby Atmos Soundbars

  • Available now
  • Nice TechRadar review
  • HW-K950 soundbar
  • Wireless subwoofer + rear surrounds
  • 16 drivers each w/own amp
  • DTS is stereo only

Stephen is curious about MicroLED TVs

Mark emails ask@avexcel.com about CalMAN Mobile Forge

  • Free app generates test patterns w/Amazon Fire TV
  • ColorMatch software free too
  • Need a meter + CalMAN license to do more
  • Home Express workflow looks decent
    • Brightness check
    • Clipping check
    • Color temp and gamma checks
    • Color space
    • 2-pt WB setup
    • What’s missing
    • CMS analysis or setup
    • Full-range WB analysis/setup
    • Color Checker
    • Saturation Sweeps
  • Plenty of other options

New RIVA WAND series

  • Compact style ARENA
    • 3 ADX drivers
    • Three passive radiators
  • Table sized FESTIVAL model
    • 6 ADX drivers
    • Four passive radiators
  • Playback
    • High-resolution music, podcasts, YouTube
  • Wi-Fi, DDMS, Spotify Connect, AirPlay, DLNA, Bluetooth, Google Cast
  • MP3, ALAC, APE, FLAC, FLAC HD, HLS, WMA, WAV

Pat's sound

Labor Day = odd Blu-ray releases

Browncoat fo' life

Pat's testing mesh networks

Calibration corner

Robert enjoys low voltage lighting

Anyone going to CEDIA or RMAF

  • Let us know

Patreon live events + dedicated RSS feed...finally

Last minute

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Recorded August 31, 2016

Sep 23 2016
53 mins
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Rank #11: AVexcel - Episode 72

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Recorded on March 9, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron

The rundown: 
  - The Mother of the MP3
  - Affordable OLEDs
  - Channel Master SMARTenna+ 
  - Samsung 2018 TVs revealed
  - LG 2018 OLED pricing/availability
  - 4K sports streaming
  - RF console adapters
  - Antenna combiners
  - Favorite movies
  - HDMI cable specs
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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Mar 13 2018
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #12: AVexcel - Episode 80

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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 

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May 27 2018
49 mins
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Rank #13: AVexcel - Episode 71

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

The rundown: 
  - OTA antenna setup
  - Caavo next-gen remote
  - Thoughtful HomePod testing
  - Vizio TVs add Alexa
  - Smart TV security issue
  - Phase vs. Polarity
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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Feb 19 2018
52 mins
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Rank #14: Episode #022

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Welcome to episode 022 of the AVexcel podcast

Our Patreon supporters make AVexcel possible, and every bit helps

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

Fun time

Foxconn acquires Sharp

VR doings

Kris is blinking at NHK's 8K + 22.2-channel doings

Samsung KS9800

Vizio M/P-Series HDR10 update

Joe wants projection w/fewer cords

Bai's OTA antenna reception woes

Check our sweet AVexcel show notes

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Recorded August 12, 2016

Aug 16 2016
34 mins
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Rank #15: AVexcel - Episode 57

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Recorded on September 20, 2017. 

Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron

The rundown: 
  - ATMOS upgrade options
  - Noise-canceling earphones
  - An excellent mobile DAC/Amp
  - HULU + Spotify super deal
  - CEDIA 2017: amps/procs
  - Projection aspect ratios
  - Low-latency 4K TVs
  - Constant-beamwidth transducers
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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Sep 22 2017
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #16: Episode #023

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Welcome to episode 023 of the AVexcel podcast

Our Patreon supporters make AVexcel possible, and every bit helps

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

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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

We depend on the support of our listeners

Wear eye and ear protection when appropriate

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Recorded August 26, 2016

Sep 07 2016
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #17: AVexcel - Episode 81

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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 

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Jun 10 2018
54 mins
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Rank #18: AVexcel - Episode 67

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Recorded on January 4, 2018. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron

The rundown:   - Happy New Year
  - 2018 LG OLED details
  - Premium powered speakers
  - Devialet's Phantom
  - Peachtree Audio's deepblue
  - Projection screen masking
  - CES preparations
  - Your excellent feedback & questions

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Jan 09 2018
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Rank #19: AVexcel - Episode 60

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Recorded on October 12, 2017. 
Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron

The rundown: 
  - Amazing Stories returns
  - Defining an audiophile
  - Calibrating surround speakers
  - Dolby Vision optimization
  - Sound meter settings
  - Your excellent feedback & questions 

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Oct 17 2017
58 mins
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Rank #20: Episode 35

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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

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Recorded on January 31, 2017

Feb 05 2017
54 mins
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