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

By The HT Guys • Jul 3, 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, 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.

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

By The HT Guys • Jun 19, 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 Expert - Sharp Makes a Big Play for Ultra HDTV

By Pete Putman • Jun 12, 9:50pm

Last Wednesday, Sharp held a TV showcase in Lower Manhattan and showed that they’re still committed to the North American television market. Said commitment came in the form of nine models of Ultra HD (3840×2160) sets, ranging in size from 43 inches to a wall-sized 80-inch model. Some background is useful before I proceed. Nine […]

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

By The HT Guys • Jun 12, 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?

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HDTV Expert - Xfinity: The Future Of Confusion (Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Tried To get Along With Comcast)

By Pete Putman • Jun 8, 9:27pm

It all started innocently enough a couple of weeks ago, when I started experiencing issues with Internet connectivity. And it turned into a circus of confusion. First, some background: I’ve had Comcast service at my home address for close to 18 years now, and there have definitely been some ups and downs in my relationship […]

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

By The HT Guys • Jun 5, 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.

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HDTV Expert - Waiting for Godot

By Ken Werner • May 29, 9:45pm

It takes a long time to develop novel display technologies. As a result, product designers sometimes express a desire for display characteristics that the industry cannot supply — at least not yet, and maybe never. It can work the other way, though. Candice Brown Elliott’s brilliant Pentile Display architecture was initially developed to improve efficiency, […]

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

By The HT Guys • May 29, 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, 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.

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HDTV Expert - The Amazing, Shrinking LED Pixel Pitch

By Ken Werner • May 20, 6:37pm

Not many years ago, if you went out to buy an LED sign you could choose between a pixel pitch of 6 mm (for viewing at large distances) and a pixel pitch of 12 mm (for viewing at very large distances). But over the the last few years, as seen at trades shows such as […]

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HDTV Expert - Ultra HD Blu-ray: Getting Closer

By Pete Putman • May 19, 8:56pm

On May 12, the Blu-ray Disc Association announced it had completed the specifications for Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and concurrently released a new logo to go with the format. UHD BD supports a maximum image resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, refreshed at a variety of frame rates (including 60 Hz) with a maximum of 10 bits […]

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

By The HT Guys • May 15, 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.

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HDTV Expert - OLED TV: Second Wind?

By Ken Werner • May 14, 8:04pm

A combination of company announcements, seemingly reliable reporting, and just plain rumors make it reasonable to believe that OLED Television is finally getting its second wind. The reliable reporting centers on LG Display increasing its panel production, with LG Electronics modestly decreasing some set prices. The rumors center on Samsung re-entering the OLED-TV business, but […]

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

By The HT Guys • May 8, 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.