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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.

PC & Laptop Technology

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #708: Chromecast Audio

By The HT Guys • Oct 9 2015, 6:18am

We have been enjoying whole house audio for years now. Braden has a nice Sonos system in place while Ara has gone with an Airplay solution. We each have multiple zones including the garage and bathrooms where we can listen to our music in a casual setting. The Sonos solution uses Sonos designed speakers or it can use a bridge to add powered speakers or receivers to the system. Apple uses their technology called Airplay which allows you to connect powered speakers connected to an Airport Express or one to the many receivers and third party powered speakers that support Airplay.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #707: United Object Smart Beam Laser Projector

By The HT Guys • Oct 2 2015, 8:54am

One pico projector that’s getting a lot of attention is the United Object Smart Beam Laserpico projector. Not only is it tiny, small enough to fit in any travel bag, it has some unique features that make it quite compelling as the centerpiece to your portable home theater. We had the opportunity to play with one recently and it was a lot of fun.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - What Will Apple Do Next?

By Ken Werner • Sep 30 2015, 6:10pm

Whenever I hear this question, my curmudgeonly inclination is to answer, “Who cares?” Perhaps a better question is “What revolutionary new product would allow Apple to continue earning profit margins far larger than the industry average?” In fact, it’s very hard to imagine Apple coming up with such a product. iWatch, iBust. The financial analyst […]

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #706: Ultimate DVR

By The HT Guys • Sep 25 2015, 6:58am

We have been using DVRs now for the past 10 years or so and they have come a long way since when they were first introduced. But with that said there are still a few features that could take the DVR to a whole new level. We have a few ideas for the Ultimate DVR and so do you.

4K (Ultra HD)

Living with 4K - HDMI Connectivity: Good Luck with 4K Content Protection

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Sep 24 2015, 5:30pm

Are you ready to enjoy some 4K content for your precious 4K TV/projector?

Some 4K content is starting to be made available to consumers, such as streaming sources like Netflix, received by the UHDTV directly using the included TV app (if you have the app, and if your Internet connection is faster than 15Mbps).
Sony and Nuvola 4K players have been also around for quite some time to download or stream 4K content and movies. The difference between streaming from these players with streaming directly from the UHDTV is...

4K (Ultra HD)

Living with 4K - 4K Large Venue Projectors, a Path for Consumer Home Versions

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Sep 24 2015, 4:28pm

If you are a true home theater technology enthusiast having a large screen, powerful projector, speakers up to the neck, hi-end preamps and amps, black curtains, screen masks, a dark cave to improve contrast and visual concentration for the best possible image, etc., in other words, a priority based in quality technology for the best possible sound and video, rather than investing mostly in seating, starlight ceilings, light sconces, movie posters, and pop corn machines, which is what most people do when thinking about their home theaters, then, keep reading, this piece is for you.

Recent InfoComm 2015 and east coast AV conferences reminded me that there is a light at the end of the true 4K-home-projector tunnel, laser or otherwise, that may compete in today’s Sony’s-only-4K-land.

I am talking about projectors that do not play tricks faking 4K images with e-shift/wobulated solutions using 1080p DLP or LCD HD imagers. True 4K Cinema projectors at home, without being a Quentin Tara ...

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #705: Yonomi – The Automation Consolidation App

By The HT Guys • Sep 18 2015, 2:03pm

Being able to control anything and everything in your home from your smartphone is pretty cool. Having to open multiple apps to do it is kinda lame. That’s what the developers behindYonomi are hoping to solve for you. Sure if you have a central server or hub, you can do it all there and control everything with one app, but is there really one server that can control any smart device? We haven’t seen it yet.

Internet HD Video

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #704: Binge Watching TV

By The HT Guys • Sep 11 2015, 7:26am

We have talked about Binge watching on the show many times. It's a relatively new phenomena where you watch multiple episodes of a TV program in rapid succession. In the early days that meant you would buy or rent seasons of the program you were interested in on DVD. Today it can be that or more likely you stream the program from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or the network’s website.

Cable HDTV

HDTV Expert - Display Interfacing: Welcome to Babylon

By Pete Putman • Sep 10 2015, 5:53pm

HDMI, DisplayPort, superMHL – all competing standards that promise faster connections with the advent of UHD. Is it time to re-think the way we switch and distribute video and audio?

General Interest

HDTV Expert - 4K, Collapsing Prices, and the Declining Importance of Hardware

By Pete Putman • Sep 10 2015, 4:24pm

There are tectonic shifts happening in the worlds of consumer and professional electronics – and most of us aren’t even aware of them.

Service & Repair

HDTV Expert - xFinity: “The Future of Awesome” Is Looking A Bit Less Confusing…

By Pete Putman • Sep 9 2015, 10:09pm

After repeated service outages, phone calls, and emails to Comcast’s executive office, everything is working as it should be…three months later.

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Expert - Are the Folks at QD Vision Worried?

By Ken Werner • Sep 9 2015, 4:03pm

Although QD Vision’s message at Display Week in San Jose was bullish, if I worked there I’d be worried. Why is that? TV set architecture is progressing along two parallel paths: 1) Very thin sets with LED edge lighting, and 2) somewhat thicker sets with direct backlighting. Initially, QD Vision’s Color IQ linear quantum-dot optical […]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #703: New TV Shows for Fall 2015

By The HT Guys • Sep 4 2015, 1:17pm

Few things in life are as highly anticipated as television premier season every Fall. The Super Bowl maybe? A wedding or the birth of a child perhaps? But most of them pale in comparison to the awesomeness that is premier season. All of your favorite shows coming back for another year, and a ton of new shows to potentially add to the DVR. One of them might just become your new favorite show.

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #702: Pinch Hitter

By The HT Guys • Aug 28 2015, 6:07am

Today we go through emails and news and a discuss a post by Scott Wilkinson at AVS Forum that provides 12 Tips to Tune up your HDTV with guest host Stephanie Derderian. Don't worry, Braden will be back next week!

General Interest

HDTV Expert - A Trend Is A Trend – Until It Isn’t

By Pete Putman • Aug 26 2015, 6:23pm

Rumors of the demise of laptops are slightly exaggerated. At least in their present form.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #700: Mobile HDTV

By The HT Guys • Aug 14 2015, 9:22am

Motorola Mobility, one time subsidiary of Google, now a part of Lenovo, just released a new app in the Google Play Store called, yep, you guessed it, Mobile HDTV. The app enables select phones and portable devices, with the proper hardware, to watch live, over-the-air HDTV right on your Android device. The concept is pretty simple, and you’d think very compelling, but it turns out most people can’t use it. The question is, why not?

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #699: Sorting Through Atmos and DTS:X Receivers

By The HT Guys • Aug 7 2015, 6:47am

There are differing opinions on which additional speakers beyond the standard 5.1 layout deliver the most immersive experience. If you decide Dolby Atmos or DTS:X are the right option for you, you may need to upgrade your receiver. Today we talk with Rob H. of AVRant and get into particulars on a whole slew of receiver options.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - We’re Not Having Fun Anymore…

By Pete Putman • Aug 4 2015, 8:49pm

Two news items from the past week illustrate clearly that, in many ways, the once-profitable days of consumer electronics manufacturing in Japan are drawing swiftly to a close.

General Interest

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

By The HT Guys • Jul 31 2015, 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.