By The HT Guys • Jun 26 2015, 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.
By The HT Guys • Jun 5 2015, 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.
By The HT Guys • May 22 2015, 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.
By The HT Guys • Feb 27 2015, 9:14am
SVS was founded in 1998 by four audiophile/engineers who noted that customers were paying too much for lackluster subwoofer performance because of a manufacturing to sales process that was stacked against the consumer.
The conventional model, where just good enough subs were sold at high markups did a disservice to customers who wanted great audio experiences but didn’t have unlimited funds.
By The HT Guys • May 2 2014, 8:13am
We recently reviewed the NuForce AVP-18 all-digital HT dedicated preamp/processor (MSRP $1095) paired with the NuForce MCA-20 multi-channel amplifier (MSRP $1995).
Our goal was to compare the performance of separates with the performance of a high quality AVR to see how they'd stack up.
We used to hold the position that for just about everyone, the AVR would be more than good enough...
By The HT Guys • Apr 25 2014, 6:40am
On the last show we read a news story that SONY announced pricing and availability for their new line for 4K TVs.
This week we thought we discuss in a bit more depth the latest from SONY.
For starters there are a total of nine UHD TVs.
The nine TVs are tiered on entry, mid, and high and range in price from $2,100 up to $25,000.
By The HT Guys • Dec 27 2013, 6:03am
At the start of each new year we look into our high def crystal ball to make our best predictions on what we think the coming year will bring in the way of HDTV and Home Theater.
The ball tends to be a bit cloudy, and each year we struggle to even get close to 50%.
So let's take a look at how we thought 2013 would shake out to see how we did.
By The HT Guys • Jul 26 2013, 7:35am
In our last episode we spelled out the reasons the Blu-ray disk, and the DVD for that matter, may not be around for much longer.
That sparked some healthy debate at the watercooler and in our email.
As you can imagine, pristine, high quality audio and video aren't the only reasons to hang on to the disk format.
In the interest of point-counterpoint, 'we report, you decide,' this week we'll cover the reasons why Blu-ray could hang around for a while.
By The HT Guys • May 31 2013, 6:16am
There's a lot of buzz in the home theater industry around the forthcoming Ultra High Definition, or UHD televisions, sometimes called 4K TVs.
It turns out the UHDTV specification, often referred to simply as Rec.
2020, gives us quite a bit to be excited about, quite a bit more than just a bump in resolution.
When we'll ever get content for it, or whether or not televisions will really be able to take advantage of it anytime soon remains to be seen.
But the spec looks good.
By The HT Guys • Feb 15 2013, 8:26am
A few weeks ago we received an email from a good friend of the show, Jack, telling us about an article he read about HDMI cables.
He pointed us to a comment to the article where a reader said that with better HDMI cables changing channels resulted in the tuner locking onto it about a Â½ second faster than with cheap cables.
(Note: in the accompanying video we credit Michael with sending us the email and actually seeing a difference in lock speeds.
Michael helped us with the setting up the test cases).
By The HT Guys • Apr 13 2012, 4:57am
We love looking for speakers that make whole house audio simple and provide high quality sound.
There are plenty of choices out there, but few can fill a large room with sound and deep bass all from a package that measures 10.75" (27cm) x 7" (18cm) x 7.75" (20cm).
We are talking about the Audioengine A5+ powered speakers.
By The HT Guys • Aug 12 2011, 5:27am
A trend that we have been following for a while now is portability of your media.
In the future many believe that the cloud will house all our media and make it available to us everywhere we go.
But until we have universal high speed access at low costs we will remain dependent on physical storage.
The current crop of portable devices have at most 64GB of storage so often you have to compromise on what media you take with you.
By The HT Guys • Jul 1 2011, 5:17am
For many, a true home theater is one that has a projector and screen.
This type of setup can range in cost from a few thousand to tens of thousands or dollars.
Most of the cost goes into the projector but a good percentage is also taken up by the screen.
Ara's Black Diamond II screen goes for about $2700 online.
Today we are going to discuss a way to save as much as 95% on the cost of screen and still have a high quality experience.
All you need is some specialized paint, elbow grease, and a weekend.
We're talking about painting your screen onto a wall.
By The HT Guys • Jun 17 2011, 5:05am
On the last two shows we discussed an initiative by the Consumer Electronics Association to eliminate over the air (OTA) broadcasts of television signals.
In CEAs findings they stated that only 8% of the US population receives their signals through the air.
We feel that this number is artificially stated as low.
The survey polled 1,256 adults but it did not say where the respondents were located.
If the survey was done in rural communities that number may be as high as 25%.
By The HT Guys • Apr 22 2011, 6:39am
Recently we were talking with an old friend of ours who works for a movie studio in the Blu-ray production facility.
This got us thinking about what it takes to create a disc filled with all that high definition goodness.
Today we are going to take a high level look at what is entailed in producing a Blu-ray disc.
By The HT Guys • Jan 28 2011, 10:22am
Oppo has been around since 2004, about a year longer than the HT Guys.
We’ve watched them go from a company that built high performance upconverting DVD players to one that builds high performance Blu-ray Players.
Today we take a look at the latest in the Oppo lineage, the BDP-93.
The player is all black with a brushed aluminum face.
The fit and finish is first rate and looks great in our equipment stack.
The BDP-93 has a MSRP of $499.99 and is available today.
By The HT Guys • Sep 10 2010, 5:54am
Over the last few months we highlighted Home Automation companies that were on the high end side.
While these system are what we all dream of, almost all of us can’t afford them.
However, there is no reason that we can’t have a fully functional home automation system without breaking the bank.
When we read an article at Electronic House entitled Home Automation FAQs for Beginners we thought it would be a good idea to talk a bit about Home Automation for beginners.
By The HT Guys • Jul 30 2010, 6:44am
We all know someone who has to own the absolute best gear on the market.
They don't care how much it costs.
Whether its a receiver that "reproduces sounds that only dogs can hear" or its the guy who buys the most expensive video processor for his equally expensive projector, we all have stories of friends or acquaintances that match that description.
By The HT Guys • May 21 2010, 6:23am
Each year in the middle of May the TV season wraps up here in the US.
High Definition TV is a big part of our HD experience and from time to time we like to take the pulse of what Americans are watching.
On today's show we want to recap the top 20 shows based on Nielson's rating system.
By The HT Guys • Apr 23 2010, 5:34am
We're big fans of being able to listen to your music in any and every room in your house.
In the past that meant connecting your multi zone receiver to speakers placed throughout your house.
Sonos makes the entire process a snap.
Each Sonos S5 ZonePlayer is a 5 speaker system with an all digital design that produces high quality audio.