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A Perfect Storm to Consumers, Courtesy of the A/V Industry - Part 2 - Video

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...

General Interest

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.

High-End Audio

A Perfect Storm to Consumers, Courtesy of the A/V Industry - Part 1 - Audio

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...

4K (Ultra HD)

Living with 4K– Introducing 4K Dish Network Hopper

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...

HDTV Expert - CES 2016: Some Second Thoughts

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 […]

HDTV Expert - CES 2016 In The Rear View Mirror

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 […]

General Interest

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.

General Interest

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.

High-End Audio

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #716: Receiver Buying Guide 2015

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.

General Interest

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.

Environment / Green

HDTV Expert - More Pixels + Bigger Screens = More Power Consumption

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.

Internet HD Video

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #713: AppleTV Gen 4 Review

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?

General Interest

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 […]

General Interest

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.

High-End Audio

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #712: Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Receiver Review

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.

General Interest

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?

Technology

HDTV Expert - Dolby Vision Will Soon Be Available in a Consumer TV Set

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, […]

4K (Ultra HD)

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - odcast #710: Amazon Fire TV (4K) Review

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.

Broadcast

HDTV Expert - One Man’s Junk IS Another Man’s Treasure!

By Pete Putman • Oct 22 2015, 3:09pm

Next March marks a defining moment in the history of broadcasting: The Federal Communications Commission will hold an auction to see if TV stations REALLY want to stay on their UHF channels, or sell their spectrum space off to the highest bidder and either (a) move to another UHF channel, (b) move to a VHF […]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #709: CEDIA Expo 2015

By The HT Guys • Oct 16 2015, 7:02am

Each year CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) holds an event where the industry gathers to show off their wares. Kinda like a mini-CES, but also like a best of CES, we’ve been to a few of these and actually enjoy the show more than CES. It takes the parts of CES that we are interested in and compresses it down to a more manageable show. We didn’t go this year but that won’t stop us from talking about some of the products we think are interesting. This year the show was from October 14-17 in Dallas, TX.