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A Perfect Storm to Consumers, Courtesy of the A/V Industry - Part 3 - Connectivity

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...

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HDTV Expert - You Don’t Need A Weatherman

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.

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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.

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HDTV Expert - 2016 – A Turning Point For Television

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.

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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.

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HDTV Expert - How to Make a TV Look Better

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 […]

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HDTV Expert - By The Numbers – Or Maybe Not

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.

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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?

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HDTV Expert - What Will Apple Do Next?

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. iWatch, iBust. The financial analyst […]

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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.

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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.

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HDTV Expert - 4K, Collapsing Prices, and the Declining Importance of Hardware

By Pete Putman • Sep 10 2015, 4:24pm

There are tectonic shifts happening in the worlds of consumer and professional electronics – and most of us aren’t even aware of them.

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HDTV Expert - A Trend Is A Trend – Until It Isn’t

By Pete Putman • Aug 26 2015, 6:23pm

Rumors of the demise of laptops are slightly exaggerated. At least in their present form.

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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.

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HDTV Expert - We’re Not Having Fun Anymore…

By Pete Putman • Aug 4 2015, 8:49pm

Two news items from the past week illustrate clearly that, in many ways, the once-profitable days of consumer electronics manufacturing in Japan are drawing swiftly to a close.

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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.

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HDTV Expert - “The Only Disruptive Technology at Display Week”

By Ken Werner • Jul 30 2015, 3:35pm

At SID Display Week, in an aisle on the show floor, I had a brief conversation with Candice Brown-Elliott, Nouvoyance CEO and creator of the Pentile Matrix pixel configuration widely used in Samsung OLED displays. She said that micro LED was the only disruptive technology she saw at Display Week. In addition to being a […]

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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.

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HDTV Expert - The Wires Remain The Same. Only the Format Has Been Changed (to Confuse the Innocent)

By Pete Putman • Jul 16 2015, 9:18pm

AV-over-IP…HDBaseT…BlueRiverNT…There’s something going on here, but what it is ain’t exactly clear…

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #695: Top Selling HDTVs

By The HT Guys • Jul 10 2015, 6:33am

We like to occasionally take a look at the top selling products at Amazon as a barometer of what is occurring in the larger Consumer Electronics market. Sometimes what we find shocks us, other times is confirms our suspicions, and sometimes it just flat out doesn’t make any sense at all. Today we take a look at the top 10 selling HDTVs.