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

By The HT Guys • Jul 31, 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 Expert - “The Only Disruptive Technology at Display Week”

By Ken Werner • Jul 30, 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 […]

General Interest

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

By The HT Guys • Jul 24, 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 - How Sharp Makes Its “Free-form” Displays

By Ken Werner • Jul 22, 8:50pm

For some time Sharp has been showing examples of its “free-form” displays, which do both the “row” and “column” driving through the same edge of the display, leaving the rest of the display to be cut in curves or other unusual shapes. But Sharp had not been willing to describe in detail how it distributed […]

Internet HD Video

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

By The HT Guys • Jul 17, 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.

General Interest

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

By Pete Putman • Jul 16, 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 Expert - The Dog Days of Summer…and UHDTV

By Pete Putman • Jul 16, 8:01pm

This is one of the slowest times of the year to sell TVs. But you wouldn’t know it from the Sunday sales fliers.

General Interest

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

By The HT Guys • Jul 10, 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, 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.

General Interest

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?

Service & RepairInternet HD Video

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.