There are so many great resources for home theater hobbyists on YouTube and other video platforms that it seemed like a good idea to highlight periodically what’s been catching our eye in the wider ether. This new feature, What’s on the Tube?, is an effort to point our members in the direction of useful AV and home theater how-to videos, software and hardware reviews, interesting features and short docs on the net. All the videos will be embedded below with short explanations but I assume that, like me, you may well end up following some of the YT channels in their own right. Of course, a selection of them you may well have already seen and, if so, apologies for the redundancy. Let us know if you find this feature useful or if you have suggestions for videos and their associated posters to include.
First up is how to build a constant height cinema screen masking system using a motorized curtain rail. The Canadian owner of the channel Mixture Rich appears to be more into light aircraft than home theater, but he has a pretty good solution here to make your proscenium arch a little more professional looking. For just under CA$700, here is an option that could save you multiples of that amount for an automated system from one of the top screen manufacturers.
If you’ve got the time – actually a spare one hour and thirteen minutes(!) – then listen to and watch legendary acoustical engineer Floyd Toole delivering his Sound Reproduction: Art and Science lecture. Formerly of Harman International, Toole delves into the practicalities of speaker design, acoustics, first reflections, frequency curves and common room problems. Busting just about every myth of speaker design and psychoacoustics along the way, the sequence where he discusses blind listening tests will shake your perceptions of the audio world back down to ground zero. A serious must-watch if you love AV and Hi-Fi.
Jeff of Films at Home is a movie fan and collector with some 2,800 discs in his personal library. The reviews of media and hardware from the loft room of his house are engaging and insightful, and he takes the time to watch his regular intake of titles on both 4K TVs and projectors before delivering a verdict. Without ever being over-techie or patronizing, his relaxed approach has the ability to draw you in, and consequently his subscriber audience grows by the day. It seems he has some good insider contacts at the studios, so the Films at Home channel is a good resource for finding out what’s coming down the release schedule pike. In this video from the past few days, Jeff reveals what we can expect for 4K UHD releases later this summer and in the early fall.
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