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...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 16 2016, 1:30am
I started this "Living With 4K" series of articles back in 2012.
As you may recall, after Infocomm 2015 in Orlando in June, I covered with interest the evolution of 4K projector technology from the commercial industry in the hope that soon consumers could have more options than Sony 4K projectors, and the faux-4K projectors from JVC, Epson, Panasonic, Wolf, and others.
Several years ago I thought that introducing faux-4K projectors at a lower price...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 15 2016, 3:00pm
The first article of this series was about audio, this article is about video, the following articles will cover connectivity, not-too-distant-future, Internet and Broadcasting, and the Final thoughts.
Streaming and downloading SD, HD, UHD content with various compression algorithms (MPEG-4, HEVC, VP9, etc.) and various levels of image quality affected by the ISP connection is a concept that is generally accepted by consumers primarily due to convenience; more details are covered in the part-5 article regarding Internet and Broadcasting.
UHDTV started over 3 years ago as...
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.
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 12 2016, 3:00pm
Regardless what A/V gear you buy today it is already obsolete for some functionality or feature, primarily due to HDMI and 4K with HDR, but audio is not as innocent as it seems compared to the former.
Consumers know that manufacturers want them to buy again and replace components that are still perfectly functional for the legacy content they already have, but there is not a single component on a home theater that maybe fully compatible with the rapidly changing features and standards that are continuously emerging and most components are not upgradeable.
Most consumers may resist the urge of upgrading, and continue with...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 12 2016, 7:45am
As part of the "Living with 4K" series of articles I started in 2012 I cover equipment, content, services, etc.
and today I am just introducing the arrival of a much awaited Set-top-box system from one of the main players of video services, now in 4K, Dish Network.
A few years ago, in October 2012, I reviewed the Dish Network Hopper on this article.
I compared its functionality and user interface with my current cable service but my primary objective was to compare and evaluate Dish Network's HD image quality, which was a notch inferior to my cable service.
Dish Network has just made available...
By Pete Putman • Jan 28 2016, 6:21pm
We’re almost a month removed from the 2016 International CES, which was quite the crowded bazaar of electronic gadgets.
I’ve already reported on what I saw at the show; now, I want to take a few minutes to do some “Monday morning quarterbacking.” Quarterly reports in this week from two of the CE world’s titans […]
By Pete Putman • Jan 15 2016, 12:57am
I’m a little less than a week back from one of the world’s largest trade shows, the 2016 International CES.
According to press releases from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the new name for the Consumer Electronics Association, upwards of 170,000 people attended the show this year, which was spread out over several venues in […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Pete Putman • Nov 17 2015, 11:41pm
Thinking about buying a new Ultra HDTV this holiday season? Check the power consumption numbers - you may be surprised.
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?
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 […]
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.
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.
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?
By Ken Werner • Oct 30 2015, 1:32am
In early October, VIZIO and Dolby Laboratories announced pricing and availability of the VIZIO Reference Series TV sets, which the companies described as “the industry’s first-ever complete High Dynamic Range solution with Dolby Vision™ playback technology.” The series consists initially of two models, one of which you might be if you’ve had a good year, […]
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.