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Neil’s Messy Basement 41: Bridging Display and Audio Through Superior UHD Blu-ray on PC

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4K UHD Blu-ray is a conundrum on PC, and yet PC is the BEST platform for getting our Blu-ray movies looking and sounding their absolute best. So what is best exactly?

This episode begins with an explanation of why 4K HDR technologies are so radically different from FullHD 1080P displays. We then discover the unique challenges that HDR technologies present to the projection industry. In particular, why is HDR on projector so difficult compared to HDTV?

This leads us to an opportunity! Can the quality gap be closed between 1080P FullHD projectors and 4K HDR projectors? Can 4K HDR projectors and HDTVs be coaxed to do a better job than the way they perform out of the box?

To help answer these questions, the hour is rounded out with a step by step guide on how to get 4K UHD Blu-ray discs running on PC and looking and sounding their best on both 1080P SDR displays and 4K UHD HDR displays with the power of PC and modern graphics cards.

Pay close attention to the disclaimers in the video and research the legality and copyright responsibilities in your area. There is much debate on the steps necessary to make PC compatible with 4K UHD Blu-Ray and this is outside our area of expertise.

Why 1080P FullHD and 4K UHD Are so Far Apart
Is There a Bigger Story Here? (What I Learned From the AVS Forum)
Introduction to Blu-ray
How to Play 4K UHD Blu-ray on PC
MakeMKV Software
Madshi’s MadVR
DAUM Potplayer
The Real Moment of Truth

Neil’s Messy Basement 40: The Ultimate Setup Guide For Surround Sound, Projection, and HDTV

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This 55 minute episode is designed to be a single go-to reference for:

  1. Getting your surround sound system perfectly set up, calibrated, and sounding its best.
  2. Properly mounting and focusing your home cinema projector.
  3. Calibrating your projector or HDTV so that all the fine details are seen in your favorite movies and home entertainment.

This video also explains why calibration is so important and what we are trying to achieve so you can make your own adjustments according to taste. Read More

Neil’s Messy Basement 39: Review of the Sound Blaster X3

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Arguably one of the most innovative audio devices I’ve seen in a long time, Creative Labs Sound Blaster X3 delivers contemporary sound card benefits along with new Super-XFI technology for headphones users.  This is also the first entry I’ve worked with that supports PC as well as games console and Mac.  There are caveats, but well worth checking out.

The full review goes in-depth on several fronts: music, games, virtual reality, and special headphones surround sound testing.

More videos to share in 2021.  Happy New Year everyone!

Neil’s Messy Basement 38: The Surround Sound Base, Onkyo TX-NR595 Review

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Neil’s journey continues towards making the PC the ultimate media and entertainment center and saving big dough in the process.

While the audio video receiver (AVR) is the required base for the Dolby Atmos and DTS-X surround sound experiences we all crave, they have really come a long way from just being the box that you connect to your speakers.

With the framework of an Onkyo TX-NR595 product review, Neil gives an indepth look at the receiver’s features, explains some of the most confusing audiophile lingo, and gives some setup advice so that your audio results sound great the first time.  Clearly, receivers have come a long way in just a few short years.

Here is the program’s table of contents:

Specs / Features
Choosing the Right Speakers
How Speaker Setup is Done
Audio Customizations
How Does it Sound?
Virtual Height Speakers
Network Stream Services
Special Compatibility Features
Final Scoring
OK!  What’s Next?

Catch the full Neil’s Messy Basement series here!