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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #717: HDTV Buying Guide 2015

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.

High-End Audio

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #716: Receiver Buying Guide 2015

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.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #714: Black Friday Preview 2015

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.

Internet HD Video

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #713: AppleTV Gen 4 Review

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?

High-End Audio

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #712: Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Receiver Review

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.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #711: Instant Home Theater in Two Hours or Less

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?

4K (Ultra HD)

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - odcast #710: Amazon Fire TV (4K) Review

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.

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #709: CEDIA Expo 2015

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.

PC & Laptop Technology

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #708: Chromecast Audio

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.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #707: United Object Smart Beam Laser Projector

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.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #706: Ultimate DVR

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.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #705: Yonomi – The Automation Consolidation App

By The HT Guys • Sep 18 2015, 2:03pm

Being able to control anything and everything in your home from your smartphone is pretty cool. Having to open multiple apps to do it is kinda lame. That’s what the developers behindYonomi are hoping to solve for you. Sure if you have a central server or hub, you can do it all there and control everything with one app, but is there really one server that can control any smart device? We haven’t seen it yet.

Internet HD Video

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #704: Binge Watching TV

By The HT Guys • Sep 11 2015, 7:26am

We have talked about Binge watching on the show many times. It's a relatively new phenomena where you watch multiple episodes of a TV program in rapid succession. In the early days that meant you would buy or rent seasons of the program you were interested in on DVD. Today it can be that or more likely you stream the program from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or the network’s website.

SportsLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #703: New TV Shows for Fall 2015

By The HT Guys • Sep 4 2015, 1:17pm

Few things in life are as highly anticipated as television premier season every Fall. The Super Bowl maybe? A wedding or the birth of a child perhaps? But most of them pale in comparison to the awesomeness that is premier season. All of your favorite shows coming back for another year, and a ton of new shows to potentially add to the DVR. One of them might just become your new favorite show.

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #702: Pinch Hitter

By The HT Guys • Aug 28 2015, 6:07am

Today we go through emails and news and a discuss a post by Scott Wilkinson at AVS Forum that provides 12 Tips to Tune up your HDTV with guest host Stephanie Derderian. Don't worry, Braden will be back next week!

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #700: Mobile HDTV

By The HT Guys • Aug 14 2015, 9:22am

Motorola Mobility, one time subsidiary of Google, now a part of Lenovo, just released a new app in the Google Play Store called, yep, you guessed it, Mobile HDTV. The app enables select phones and portable devices, with the proper hardware, to watch live, over-the-air HDTV right on your Android device. The concept is pretty simple, and you’d think very compelling, but it turns out most people can’t use it. The question is, why not?

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #699: Sorting Through Atmos and DTS:X Receivers

By The HT Guys • Aug 7 2015, 6:47am

There are differing opinions on which additional speakers beyond the standard 5.1 layout deliver the most immersive experience. If you decide Dolby Atmos or DTS:X are the right option for you, you may need to upgrade your receiver. Today we talk with Rob H. of AVRant and get into particulars on a whole slew of receiver options.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #698: 2015 HDTV Shootout

By The HT Guys • Jul 31 2015, 11:11am

Each year Value Electronics, an audio/video integrator with a showroom in Scarsdale New York, pits the top TVs from big name manufacturers against each other to determine the King of HDTV. This year there were four contenders, one each from Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and LG.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #697: Costco Shootout: Curved vs. Flat

By The HT Guys • Jul 24 2015, 8:49am

Costco has multiple TVs all lined up side by side. Some are worth comparing to each other, some are like comparing a Ferrari to a Kia. Both great for their own purpose and budget, but not at all similar enough to be compared. We happened to stumble into a Costco recently that had two 55 inch 4K LCD TVs side by side, one curved and one flat. And you can imagine we saw the challenge in that.

Internet HD Video

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #696: Atmos Processor Options

By The HT Guys • Jul 17 2015, 11:11am

Today we discuss some receiver options for Atmos. We are joined by Dipinjeet Sehdev Internet Marketing & Brand Relations of Kef Speakers. Here are a few receivers/pre-amps that support Atmos.