By Pete Putman • Jan 28 2016, 6:21pm
We’re almost a month removed from the 2016 International CES, which was quite the crowded bazaar of electronic gadgets.
I’ve already reported on what I saw at the show; now, I want to take a few minutes to do some “Monday morning quarterbacking.” Quarterly reports in this week from two of the CE world’s titans […]
By Pete Putman • Jan 15 2016, 12:57am
I’m a little less than a week back from one of the world’s largest trade shows, the 2016 International CES.
According to press releases from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the new name for the Consumer Electronics Association, upwards of 170,000 people attended the show this year, which was spread out over several venues in […]
By The HT Guys • Dec 11 2015, 7:53am
Tis the season for us to go wishlist shopping and help you spend your money - one of our favorite times of the year.
If you happen to be lucky enough to have budget for a new HDTV this Christmas, but still aren’t sure which one to buy, we’ve got you covered.
Unlike years past, we’re going to skip the budget categories, and the screen size categories and jump right to our top picks.
We each pick three TVs and one ‘money is no object’ / ‘dare to dream’ TV for you to consider.
By Pete Putman • Dec 7 2015, 11:27pm
It’s a safe bet your next television will look and perform much differently than the one you bought five years ago.
By The HT Guys • Dec 4 2015, 2:17am
It is that time of year where we get to spend your money again! This week we concentrate on receivers.
Our goal with these guides is not necessarily about getting the latest product.
It's about getting a good product at a great price so you may see some of last year’s gear on the list.
All these receivers are readily available online or at a big box store.
Just like last year’s Buying Guide, we’re going to skip the budget categories jump right to our top picks.
We each pick three receivers and one ‘money is no object’ / ‘dare to dream’ receiver for you to consider.
By The HT Guys • Nov 20 2015, 7:36am
Black Friday is an ever-evolving event and every year we can’t get enough.
This year, some stores are opening way earlier, others are skipping Black Friday altogether.
If you’re planning to wait in line, we wish you the best of luck.
Just like prior years, the deals are as good as ever.
Looking back, the deals we thought were unreal are totally inflated now.
By Pete Putman • Nov 17 2015, 11:41pm
Thinking about buying a new Ultra HDTV this holiday season? Check the power consumption numbers - you may be surprised.
By The HT Guys • Nov 13 2015, 6:47am
It's fair to say there are three big names in streaming set top boxes, Roku, Apple, and Amazon.
Yes we know there are others but these are the biggest right now.
We reviewed the Amazon Fire TV a few shows ago (Podcast #710) and we will review the Roku 4 in the near future but today it's the AppleTV 4.
It comes in two incarnations, the 32 GB will run you $149 and the 64GB will run you $199.
We took the 64 GB version for a spin.
The one big feature that is missing is that the AppleTV does not support 4K.
Is that a deal breaker?
By Ken Werner • Nov 12 2015, 10:12pm
It is a retailing insight that dates back to an ancient time, the time of CRT TV sets: “The way to make a TV look better is to connect it to a really good loudspeaker.” Sounds like a recipe for an analog, standard-def, monophonic home-theater system, doesn’t it? Some of those old TV salesmen may […]
By Pete Putman • Nov 9 2015, 8:12pm
Some recent market research indicates that cord-cutting is picking up speed.
Or is slowing down.
But maybe it’s more the former than the latter.
By The HT Guys • Nov 6 2015, 7:21am
The HT Guys upgrade equipment faster than most just so we can stay on top of the latest technology.
So when the 4K Fire TV product was released and our current receiver could not send a 4K signal to the TV we figured what better reason to upgrade.
We chose the Pioneer Elite VSX-90 7.2 Channel Receiver with Atmos mainly because it is a capable receiver and it didn’t break the bank.
By The HT Guys • Oct 30 2015, 6:20am
Amazon Prime changed the game.
You can have pretty much anything you need, including an entire home theater, delivered to your home in two days or less.
And you never have to get off the couch.
A recent conversation with a friend who needed a TV and an HDMI cable and had them delivered in an hour using the new Prime Now app got us thinking.
What if you wanted an entire home theater delivered to your home within an hour or two? Is that even possible?
By Ken Werner • Oct 30 2015, 1:32am
In early October, VIZIO and Dolby Laboratories announced pricing and availability of the VIZIO Reference Series TV sets, which the companies described as “the industry’s first-ever complete High Dynamic Range solution with Dolby Vision™ playback technology.” The series consists initially of two models, one of which you might be if you’ve had a good year, […]
By The HT Guys • Oct 23 2015, 10:48am
We are big fans of streamers.
Whether it be Roku, Apple, or Amazon there is a streamer out there that makes watching movies as convenient as pressing a button on your remote.
So when all three updated their offerings we knew we were going to be spending some time in front of the TV evaluating them.
First up is the Amazon Fire TV in 4K.
By Pete Putman • Oct 22 2015, 3:09pm
Next March marks a defining moment in the history of broadcasting: The Federal Communications Commission will hold an auction to see if TV stations REALLY want to stay on their UHF channels, or sell their spectrum space off to the highest bidder and either (a) move to another UHF channel, (b) move to a VHF […]
By The HT Guys • Oct 16 2015, 7:02am
Each year CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) holds an event where the industry gathers to show off their wares.
Kinda like a mini-CES, but also like a best of CES, we’ve been to a few of these and actually enjoy the show more than CES.
It takes the parts of CES that we are interested in and compresses it down to a more manageable show.
We didn’t go this year but that won’t stop us from talking about some of the products we think are interesting.
This year the show was from October 14-17 in Dallas, TX.
By The HT Guys • Oct 9 2015, 6:18am
We have been enjoying whole house audio for years now.
Braden has a nice Sonos system in place while Ara has gone with an Airplay solution.
We each have multiple zones including the garage and bathrooms where we can listen to our music in a casual setting.
The Sonos solution uses Sonos designed speakers or it can use a bridge to add powered speakers or receivers to the system.
Apple uses their technology called Airplay which allows you to connect powered speakers connected to an Airport Express or one to the many receivers and third party powered speakers that support Airplay.
By The HT Guys • Oct 2 2015, 8:54am
One pico projector that’s getting a lot of attention is the United Object Smart Beam Laserpico projector.
Not only is it tiny, small enough to fit in any travel bag, it has some unique features that make it quite compelling as the centerpiece to your portable home theater.
We had the opportunity to play with one recently and it was a lot of fun.
By Ken Werner • Sep 30 2015, 6:10pm
Whenever I hear this question, my curmudgeonly inclination is to answer, “Who cares?” Perhaps a better question is “What revolutionary new product would allow Apple to continue earning profit margins far larger than the industry average?” In fact, it’s very hard to imagine Apple coming up with such a product.
The financial analyst […]
By The HT Guys • Sep 25 2015, 6:58am
We have been using DVRs now for the past 10 years or so and they have come a long way since when they were first introduced.
But with that said there are still a few features that could take the DVR to a whole new level.
We have a few ideas for the Ultimate DVR and so do you.