By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 23 2016, 7:00am
At Consumer Electronics Show (CES) LG Electronics introduced on January 5, 2016 four new lines of 4K OLED UHDTVs, from the 55” to the 77” sizes, I was told at the show that one line was available for pre-order, and more recently (one month later) the company announced pre-order availability of other models.
I must comment that this is not as most manufacturers do at CES, they typically show new models or even just prototypes and then take months for consumers to been able to purchase them, and in many cases the products never get to market.
The unveiled lines were all 4K HDR-enabled OLED TVs.....
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 20 2016, 3:00pm
Today a 4K movie from the Sony 4K Entertainment service takes about 40GB of space on the Sony 4K player and takes long hours to be downloaded even with my Internet fiber-optic line of 100 Mbps.
Certain ISP providers may make more difficult the delivery of high resolution content such as 4K, for example, a subscriber of Comcast ISP has data-caps on the range of 300GB per month and is charged $10 per each 50GB exceeding that cap.
The total cost of ownership of downloading a 4K movie that already cost $30 from Sony could grow another $10 for just receiving the movie over the Internet if the monthly data-cap was already exceeded.
When I compared with other ISP competitors...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 19 2016, 3:00pm
Consumers often ask what they could buy with some reasonable level of future proof in light of how expensive many components are.
We all know that the A/V industry never stops, but now is moving much faster in both fronts of audio and video (and connectivity), to the point that not even recently announced 2016 top-of-the-line UHDTVs that are not yet available for purchase would be able to provide some future proof comfort longer than a few months after they will be released, why?
For example, some known features that are part of the UHDTV phased standard will create obsolescence, such as...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 17 2016, 3:00pm
The implementation of HDR is also impacting HDMI connectivity.
HDMI has to be able to recognize the metadata that tells the display and source device what to do with the HDR signal, this prompted the release of the HDMI 2.0a version, making HDMI 2.0 obsolete because UHD video is moving rapidly toward HDR, which also makes obsolete the A/V Receivers/Pre-pros/HDMI switchers in the system that have HDMI but not version 2.0a because they would be blocking the path of the HDR metadata before reaching an HDR capable display, which would degrade the original HDR image to an non-HDR quality.
HDMI standard-speed cables and HDMI 2.0 chipsets may...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 16 2016, 1:30am
I started this "Living With 4K" series of articles back in 2012.
As you may recall, after Infocomm 2015 in Orlando in June, I covered with interest the evolution of 4K projector technology from the commercial industry in the hope that soon consumers could have more options than Sony 4K projectors, and the faux-4K projectors from JVC, Epson, Panasonic, Wolf, and others.
Several years ago I thought that introducing faux-4K projectors at a lower price...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 15 2016, 3:00pm
The first article of this series was about audio, this article is about video, the following articles will cover connectivity, not-too-distant-future, Internet and Broadcasting, and the Final thoughts.
Streaming and downloading SD, HD, UHD content with various compression algorithms (MPEG-4, HEVC, VP9, etc.) and various levels of image quality affected by the ISP connection is a concept that is generally accepted by consumers primarily due to convenience; more details are covered in the part-5 article regarding Internet and Broadcasting.
UHDTV started over 3 years ago as...
By Pete Putman • Feb 12 2016, 10:04pm
Sharp, a 100-year-old Japanese manufacturing giant, announced last week it is considering a takeover offer from Hon Hai Precision Industries of Taiwan, a/k/a/ Foxconn – the manufacturer of your iPhones, iPads, and lots of other Apple products.
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 12 2016, 3:00pm
Regardless what A/V gear you buy today it is already obsolete for some functionality or feature, primarily due to HDMI and 4K with HDR, but audio is not as innocent as it seems compared to the former.
Consumers know that manufacturers want them to buy again and replace components that are still perfectly functional for the legacy content they already have, but there is not a single component on a home theater that maybe fully compatible with the rapidly changing features and standards that are continuously emerging and most components are not upgradeable.
Most consumers may resist the urge of upgrading, and continue with...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 12 2016, 7:45am
As part of the "Living with 4K" series of articles I started in 2012 I cover equipment, content, services, etc.
and today I am just introducing the arrival of a much awaited Set-top-box system from one of the main players of video services, now in 4K, Dish Network.
A few years ago, in October 2012, I reviewed the Dish Network Hopper on this article.
I compared its functionality and user interface with my current cable service but my primary objective was to compare and evaluate Dish Network's HD image quality, which was a notch inferior to my cable service.
Dish Network has just made available...
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.