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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.


HDTV Expert - Look Out, HDMI – Here Comes Super MHL!

By Pete Putman • Mar 17, 4:38pm

The newest TMDS-based display matches or exceeds the speed enhancements of DisplayPort 1.3. Where does that leave HDMI?

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #678: Review: Mohu Channels

By The HT Guys • Mar 13, 6:41am

Last year we saw a cool Kickstarter project called Mohu Channels. According to the project description you would be able to: "Create your own TV Channel Guide as a mash-up of streaming apps, websites & broadcast TV with Mohu Channels. We’re making TV fun again!"

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #677: Ten Year Anniversary Contest and VidiPath

By The HT Guys • Mar 6, 6:32am

Its hard to believe that we have been at this for ten years! We appreciate each and everyone of you and have come to think of you as family. As a way of showing our appreciation we, along with these great sponsors, have come up with a fantastic giveaway that is truly worthy of the HT Guys listeners.

Digital Rights Management (DRM)PC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Expert - EE LLC: A Million PCs and Nobody Knows Its Name

By Ken Werner • Feb 27, 4:07pm

There is a company you’ve probably never heard of whose display technology sits inside a million notebook PCs. Entertainment Experience LLC has developed a total color management system whose mathematical and vision models are embedded in multidimensional look-up tables (LUTs). Current customers include Dell and Quanta, the world’s largest notebook PC ODM. This week, I […]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #676: Interview with Gary Yacoubian, President of SVS Speakers

By The HT Guys • Feb 27, 9:14am

SVS was founded in 1998 by four audiophile/engineers who noted that customers were paying too much for lackluster subwoofer performance because of a manufacturing to sales process that was stacked against the consumer. The conventional model, where just good enough subs were sold at high markups did a disservice to customers who wanted great audio experiences but didn’t have unlimited funds.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Has Sony Finally Seen The Light?

By Pete Putman • Feb 25, 6:00pm

Recent remarks by Sony’s chairman indicate that they may be reaching the end of their rope with underperforming television and smartphone business units.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #675: Sling TV Review

By The HT Guys • Feb 20, 6:54am

The idea of cutting the cord, removing your reliance on Cable or Satellite to provide the hundreds of channels you rarely watch, has been a pipe dream for many of us. Sure, for those close enough to a transmitter, an over the air antenna really helps fill the void. Netflix and Hulu are great as well. But if you like to watch a lot of TV, you're still left wanting. Until now. Sling TV may actually be the answer.

Mobile HDTV

HDTV Expert - Pixelworks Improves Mobile Display Quality While Reducing System Cost

By Ken Werner • Feb 19, 8:29pm

We have just succeeded in wrapping our heads around the fact that quantum-dot enhancement can signficantly increase the color gamut and color saturation of LCDs with little — and eventually no — increase in system cost. Now, with its “Iris” mobile display co-processor, Pixelworks is giving us another example of improved display performance with, in […]

Wireless HDMI/HDTV

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #674: Dayton Audio XRA25 Wireless Rear Channel Amplifier

By The HT Guys • Feb 13, 8:57am

Since the beginning of this podcast we have been on the lookout for a product that will wirelessly transmit audio from your receiver to the surround speakers. To date there have been a few that sort of got the job done. To be fair, a lot depends on where your live. In areas that do not have a lot of interference you have a much better chance of success with most products. In areas where home are right on top of each other, or have a lot of wireless devices you may be better off running cable.

4K (Ultra HD)

HDTV Expert - Ultra HD: Live From the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat

By Pete Putman • Feb 12, 11:12pm

Ultra HD: Live From the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat As I write this, it is the morning of Day 2 at the annual Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat. This annual conference brings together the top minds across a wide range of disciplines in the media production business. Cameras, lenses, codecs, displays, file formats and exchanges, […]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #673: Dish Upgrade Time

By The HT Guys • Feb 6, 11:15am

This is the time of the year when HDTV and Home Theater take a quick nap. CES has come and gone, the Super Bowl is done, and there's a bit of a lull in activity until March Madness kicks in. Sure there may be some mid-season shows that pop up, but we're always looking for ways to spice things up. So what better way than a full revamp of our Dish Network gear?

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #672: Howard and Joe Rogers of RSL Speakers

By The HT Guys • Jan 30, 9:45am

We received an email from a listener in early January asking us to take a listen to some speakers manufactured by RSL Speakers. We are still in the process of setting up the review samples but we thought that RSL had such a great history that we asked Howard and Joe Rogers to come on the show and share with us their experiences in the speaker industry.

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - CES 2015: Upon Further Review…

By Pete Putman • Jan 27, 11:44pm

There's so much to take in at the International CES every year that you need a few weeks for it all to sink it. I posted my recap of the show earlier this month. Now, I want to expound on a couple of trends I saw in Las Vegas you need to watch. (Let’s move […]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #671: Best of CES 2015 Winners

By The HT Guys • Jan 23, 10:13am

We did our personal roundup of CES and told you about our favorites, but it is nearly impossible for the two of us to see everything, much less take the time to absorb it all even if we caught a glimpse of it. There are a couple items in the official winners list for Best of CES 2015 that we didn't talk about it our prior roundup.