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General Interest

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.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #694: High Resolution Audio vs CD

By The HT Guys • Jul 3 2015, 8:20am

Over the past few months you have heard us mention high resolution audio on the show. There are audiophiles out there that swear that if you want the best quality audio then you must listen to high resolution audio. Others out there will tell you that CD quality is just as good. Then there are some that say mp3 or AAC files will suffice for the kind of listening most of us do.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #693: What the H?

By The HT Guys • Jun 26 2015, 6:17am

In the transition from High Definition Television to Ultra High Definition TV, we’ve seen the acronym dictionary go from bad to worse. On the good side, HDTV was multiple video resolutions and display formats, like 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p, while UHD is essentially just one. Some call it 4K, some call it UHD, some call it 2160p, but it all really boils down to the same thing for the TVs we’ll buy as consumers - 4 times the resolution of 1080p.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #692: Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver

By The HT Guys • Jun 19 2015, 5:54am

Both iOS and Android device users have easy ways to wirelessly transmit audio. For Apple users, Airplay sends music to the AppleTV and various Airplay speakers. Android users have Chromecast which has similar functionality. But what if you want to OS agnostic solution? Fortunately for you there is the Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #691: 4DX: The Savior of Cinema?

By The HT Guys • Jun 12 2015, 6:17am

Movie theaters are faltering, at least in our opinion. The large format home theater has reached a price point where it is attainable for many of us. And TVs are so big, you can practically create a large format home theater with just an LCD TV. No need for a projector or a screen or the hassle of running wires to the back of the room. And if anyone can have a huge home theater, what’s the allure of the traditional movie theater?

Events & TradeshowsHigh Definition Production

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #690: T.H.E. Show

By The HT Guys • Jun 5 2015, 6:10am

The Home Entertainment Show (The Show) was in Irvine last week and we had an opportunity to stop by and see some really cool products. The Show is like CEDIA and CES but on a much smaller scale and with a focus on high end audio. It is a much more intimate way of seeing some of the most expensive products in the home audio world.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #689: What is the Future of TV?

By The HT Guys • May 29 2015, 7:15am

We came across an article written by Jason Hirschhorn posted at LinkedIn titled 7 Deadly Sins: Where Hollywood is Wrong about the Future of TV. It is a very well written, thought provoking article with a great deal of supporting data. And charts. Lots of charts. This is our re-tweet/re-linkedin of Jason’s post, with a bit of our own reaction to and discussion of his points.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #688: Vinyl Records: A Love/Hate Relationship

By The HT Guys • May 22 2015, 10:10am

We have spent a lot of time discussing high vs low quality audio on the show lately. A full feature on the subject is still in the works and should be available sometime in the summer. But along the way we have had a few of you tell us that you still listen to Vinyl on turntables. At the same time we have seen a few companies reintroduce turntables to the market so figured why not take a listen and more specifically introduce some younger ears to how we used to listen to music back in the day.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #687: What to watch, What not to watch

By The HT Guys • May 15 2015, 6:38am

It’s that time of year again. The time when television executives clean the slate to prepare room for the new shows that will debut next fall. Also the time when you get to go through your scheduled or recurring recordings, your season passes, and clean out the ones that have been cancelled. Every year something gets cut too early. Hopefully one of your favorites isn’t on that list.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #686: Dolby Vision

By The HT Guys • May 8 2015, 6:11am

There has been a lot of talk about the HDR content for our new 4K TVs. There have been a lot of questions too. We decided it was best to go to a well respected source for some answers. On this podcast we speak with Roland Vlaicu Vice President of Consumer Imaging at Dolby and we discuss Dolby Vision.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #685: How to care for your HDTV

By The HT Guys • May 1 2015, 12:50pm

Most of us want to preserve the life of our home theater investments. Some, who want to upgrade, may not. For those, do the exact opposite of what we talk about. For the rest of us who want to protect our hard-earned investment, to make sure our televisions to last as long as possible, there are a few simple things to remember to make sure you get the most hours you can from it. Most of these apply to any piece of electronics you have in your theater: receivers, DVRs, Blu-ray players, projectors, you name it.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #684: ZyXEL 1200 Mbps Powerline Network Adapters

By The HT Guys • Apr 24 2015, 8:30am

If you have been with us for a while you know that we have been testing powerline adapters since the beginning. Our first product claimed that it could achieve 85Mbps. And in a controlled world it probably could, but in our homes we were lucky that we got 10Mbps. Still at the time, that was enough bandwidth to support Blu-ray players that didn’t come with built in WiFi.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #683: Panasonic Home Automation

By The HT Guys • Apr 17 2015, 6:38am

Panasonic may not make plasma TVs anymore, forgive us for not being over that, but it still hurts. But they have jumped into the Home Automation game with a system they’re calling thePanasonic Home Network System. We got a chance to check out two of the bundles they have available to get you up and running quickly, the Home Monitoring & Control Kit and the Home Surveillance System.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #682: Next Generation Broadcast TV

By The HT Guys • Apr 10 2015, 6:54am

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have their year meeting in Las Vegas in the Spring every year. When we worked for Sony Pictures we would get excited about going and demonstrating the gear we were developing as well as seeing what other companies were showing off. It was not quite as hectic as CES but it was still a great time. Nowadays we are a little more focused on what we take away from the NAB show. In particular of interest this year is the ATSC 3.0 specification. This year there will be some demos of the technology.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #681: Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote and Hub

By The HT Guys • Apr 3 2015, 5:47am

If memory serves, the very first product review we ever did on the HDTV Podcast was a very early Harmony remote. Back in the days before Harmony was acquired by Logitech. Before the touchscreen models came out. But the remote was revolutionary in how simple it made it for anyone to control even a complex home theater with a single remote, and often just a single button.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #680: Wireless Surrounds that Work

By The HT Guys • Mar 27 2015, 6:01am

We have been on a quest to find a wireless surround solution that not only works but works well! Maybe its because we live in a noisy home or neighborhood but we have not found a solution that has worked well. Either we would get static or in many cases we got nothing. Our last ditch effort took a product that worked with laptops and mp3 players and adapted it to work with our AVR.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #679: Speaker Terminology

By The HT Guys • Mar 20 2015, 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.

General Interest

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

By The HT Guys • Mar 13 2015, 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 2015, 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.

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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 2015, 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.