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4K (Ultra HD)

Is 4K Resolution Important to Consumers?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • May 6, 4:19pm

Which is simpler to you as consumer, using the term UHDTV or call it 4K?

About 3.75K?

The audio/video industry has been increasingly complex since the introduction of the home theater concept, and grew excessively complex with digital TV and connectivity. You may be alone if you never had any HDMI or HDCP issues. The higher 4K bandwidth requirements and reinforced content protection of 4K (HDCP 2.2) bring instant obsolescence of perfectly functional home theater equipment including relatively new UHDTVs, most unable to be upgraded by the manufacturer.

Blu-ray

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #685: How to care for your HDTV

By The HT Guys • May 1, 12:50pm

Most of us want to preserve the life of our home theater investments. Some, who want to upgrade, may not. For those, do the exact opposite of what we talk about. For the rest of us who want to protect our hard-earned investment, to make sure our televisions to last as long as possible, there are a few simple things to remember to make sure you get the most hours you can from it. Most of these apply to any piece of electronics you have in your theater: receivers, DVRs, Blu-ray players, projectors, you name it.

High-End Audio

A 9.1ch Surround Wireless Theater “On your Head”

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Apr 26, 1:53am

This headphone is for home theater installations not for mobile devices, it uses a base unit that serves as HDMI switcher as well, and it should appeal to movie viewers rather than video game enthusiasts.

The headphone plays multi-channel movies with an immersive field effect and reproduces surround sounds with relatively accurate localization. It should be particularly suitable for living spaces that are not adequately insulated for the high volume levels of typical home theater speakers/subwoofers, such as apartments, dorms, and shared environments where a surround multi-speaker setup may bother others.

The headphones may be a solution to the hearing impaired, which is becoming a very high percentage of the US population, and who usually tend to increase the volume of the center channel speaker for better speech intelligibility on a movie, or all the channels, imposing his/her preferred higher volume to other viewers who maybe listening to the same source using the speaker setup in ...

Cable HDTVLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Expert - NAB In The Rear View Mirror

By Pete Putman • Apr 25, 1:28am

It’s been over a week since I got back from Las Vegas and edited all of my photos and videos. But once again, NAB scored big numbers with attendance and there were enough goodies to be found in all three exhibit halls, if you were willing to put in the time to pound the pavement. […]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #684: ZyXEL 1200 Mbps Powerline Network Adapters

By The HT Guys • Apr 24, 8:30am

If you have been with us for a while you know that we have been testing powerline adapters since the beginning. Our first product claimed that it could achieve 85Mbps. And in a controlled world it probably could, but in our homes we were lucky that we got 10Mbps. Still at the time, that was enough bandwidth to support Blu-ray players that didn’t come with built in WiFi.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #683: Panasonic Home Automation

By The HT Guys • Apr 17, 6:38am

Panasonic may not make plasma TVs anymore, forgive us for not being over that, but it still hurts. But they have jumped into the Home Automation game with a system they’re calling thePanasonic Home Network System. We got a chance to check out two of the bundles they have available to get you up and running quickly, the Home Monitoring & Control Kit and the Home Surveillance System.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #682: Next Generation Broadcast TV

By The HT Guys • Apr 10, 6:54am

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have their year meeting in Las Vegas in the Spring every year. When we worked for Sony Pictures we would get excited about going and demonstrating the gear we were developing as well as seeing what other companies were showing off. It was not quite as hectic as CES but it was still a great time. Nowadays we are a little more focused on what we take away from the NAB show. In particular of interest this year is the ATSC 3.0 specification. This year there will be some demos of the technology.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - The Cruelest Month, Indeed…

By Pete Putman • Apr 9, 10:37pm

In T.S. Eliot’s 1922 poem The Waste Land, he opens with this verse: “April is the cruelest month…” For many Japanese manufacturers, those words couldn’t ring more true. One in particular is Sharp, who has been struggling with profitability ever since the Great Recession. In a recent news story from TWICE, the company confirmed it […]

Internet HD Video

HDTV Expert - LG Is “All In” With OLED TVs

By Pete Putman • Apr 9, 10:03pm

Yesterday (April 8), LG formally launched its new line of OLED televisions at The Garage on Manhattan’s upper west side. In addition to showcasing the 65-inch 65EG9600 ($8,999) and 55-inch 55EG9600 ($5,499) UHDTVs, LG also held a press briefing in conjunction with Netflix’ latest streaming series, Daredevil, which is available starting Friday, April 10. I […]

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #681: Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote and Hub

By The HT Guys • Apr 3, 5:47am

If memory serves, the very first product review we ever did on the HDTV Podcast was a very early Harmony remote. Back in the days before Harmony was acquired by Logitech. Before the touchscreen models came out. But the remote was revolutionary in how simple it made it for anyone to control even a complex home theater with a single remote, and often just a single button.

4K (Ultra HD)3D HDTV

DVDO Introduces 4x4 Ultra HD Matrix Switcher Designed for Ultimate Flexibility in Residential and Commercial Applications

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 2, 8:55am

DVDO®, Inc., an award-winning provider of high-quality video connectivity solutions, today announced the availability of the Matrix44™, the 4K HDMI® matrix switcher that provides four HDMI 2.0 inputs and four discrete HDMI 2.0 outputs to transmit up to 4K at 50/60Hz while supporting 3D, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Designed for both home and commercial use, it provides intuitive control, fast independent switching and discrete outputs for installers and home theater enthusiasts. Matrix44 is now available at an MSRP of $1499 from authorized DVDO distributors, dealers and online partners.

4K (Ultra HD)High-End Audio

New Pioneer Models Give Consumers the Latest Technologies for the Ultimate Entertainment Experience

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 2, 8:25am

Pioneer Home Entertainment USA continues to provide consumers with an immersive home theater experience by introducing two new Pioneer branded home theater receivers designed to support today’s high quality audio and video formats. The VSX-830 5.2-channel and VSX-1130 7.2-channel receivers offer the latest combination of connectivity and performance features including HDCP 2.2 compliant, HDMI® 2.0 specification for the highest video signal transfer, built-in Wi-Fi®, built-in Bluetooth®, DSD file playback, subwoofer EQ and more. In addition, the VSX-1130 offers Dolby Atmos® (5.1.2) and MCACC Pro refining its Dolby Atmos capabilities.

Broadcast

Ed's View - The Empire Fights Back

By Ed Milbourn • Apr 1, 5:20pm

Under assault from the burgeoning OTT IP services, the staggering behemoth that is the US Television broadcast industry will soon deliver a major frontal offensive. And it's a real blockbuster! My sources tell me that on Wednesday, April 1, a gigantic US broadcasting consortium (consisting of NAB, ATSC, several major station groups, and the five major TV networks) will announce a comprehensive petition to the FCC and Congress to amend the 1996 Telecommunications Act. This amendment petition would allow broadcasters to use their spectrum to deliver premium subscription programming. Oh, but that's not all...

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #680: Wireless Surrounds that Work

By The HT Guys • Mar 27, 6:01am

We have been on a quest to find a wireless surround solution that not only works but works well! Maybe its because we live in a noisy home or neighborhood but we have not found a solution that has worked well. Either we would get static or in many cases we got nothing. Our last ditch effort took a product that worked with laptops and mp3 players and adapted it to work with our AVR.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #679: Speaker Terminology

By The HT Guys • Mar 20, 6:45am

Ara has recently started a new hobby of building his own speakers at home. In the course of building them, talking about them and creating videos to show how he does it, we realized there quite a few speaker terms and some tech jargon we may throw around that not everyone is familiar with. Some of you may know this inside and out, for others it’ll be a refresher and for some, parts of this may be brand new, but we’ve compiled a glossary of sorts, based on some prior episodes and some new stuff, to make sure we’re all in on the conversation when talking about speakers.