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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 […]


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.


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!


HDTV Expert - How Sharp Makes Its “Free-form” Displays

By Ken Werner • Jul 22 2015, 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 […]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #691: 4DX: The Savior of Cinema?

By The HT Guys • Jun 12 2015, 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?

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #688: Vinyl Records: A Love/Hate Relationship

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.


HDTV Expert - NAB In The Rear View Mirror

By Pete Putman • Apr 25 2015, 1:28am

It’s been over a week since I got back from Las Vegas and edited all of my photos and videos. But once again, NAB scored big numbers with attendance and there were enough goodies to be found in all three exhibit halls, if you were willing to put in the time to pound the pavement. […]


HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #681: Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote and Hub

By The HT Guys • Apr 3 2015, 5:47am

If memory serves, the very first product review we ever did on the HDTV Podcast was a very early Harmony remote. Back in the days before Harmony was acquired by Logitech. Before the touchscreen models came out. But the remote was revolutionary in how simple it made it for anyone to control even a complex home theater with a single remote, and often just a single button.


HDTV Expert - Fat TVs Come Back

By Ken Werner • Jun 13 2014, 5:10am

A few years ago Samsung introduced very thin large-screen LCD-TV sets with LED edge-lighting and thin light-guide plates (LGPs). The company earned its place in the infamous marketing hall of fame by ignoring reality and calling these sets 'LED TVs,' which has confused TV consumers and salesmen every since. With these thin, elegantly designed sets, […]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #629: Sharp 2014 Quattron+ Televisions

By The HT Guys • Apr 4 2014, 3:35pm

We mentioned the upcoming Quattron+ technology from Sharp in our CES roundup earlier this year.The tech just got real. Sharp has announced several new LED LCD models for 2014 that feature the technology. Along the lines of JVC's e-Shift technology we discussed a couple episodes back, Quattron+ looks like a clever bridge between the 1080p LED LCD televisions of today and the 4K and/or OLED televisions of tomorrow.


HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #625: Gefen TV Wireless Extender for HDMI 60 GHz

By The HT Guys • Mar 7 2014, 7:12am

Through the years we've had the opportunity to check out several wireless audio, video and wireless HDMI systems. Everytime we do it, the quality goes up and the price goes down. This week we're adding one more option to your list of choices for wireless HDMI. It's the Gefen TV Wireless Extender for HDMI (GTV-WHD-60G). List price is $449. But if you look around, you can find it for around $300 online. The first Gefen wireless HDMI system we reviewed back in 2009 had a list price of $999.


HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #619: What’s Hot Right Now (2014 Time Capsule)

By The HT Guys • Jan 24 2014, 7:43am

Today’s Show: What's Hot Right Now (2014 Time Capsule) We didn't update it in 2013, but back in January of 2012, we put together a snapshot of the then-current HDTV landscape we could refer back to in the future. Since we often look back at the technologies and prices of years gone by with shock […]


HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #613: HDTV Buying Guide 2013

By The HT Guys • Dec 13 2013, 8:45am

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. We're back with another annual edition of the HDTV buying guide. Staying true to form, we're going to break the sets down into categories by screen size, just like we did last year.


HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #604: Understanding Speaker Specs

By The HT Guys • Oct 11 2013, 6:53am

We threw out a speaker specification a couple episodes back while reviewing the Cerwin Vega VE Series Speakers and afterwards realized that we all may not share the same level of comfort and understanding with the various specs and measurements thrown around when shopping for or comparing speakers. Of course how they sound to you is really all that matters, but often a solid understanding of what all those numbers mean can help you make a more informed buying decision.


HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #601: New TV Shows for Fall 2013

By The HT Guys • Sep 20 2013, 7:29am

It's that time of year again - a whole fall slate full of new HDTV shows. These new shows give ut the opportunity to make new friends, share some laughs, and have an adventure or two, all from the comfort of your comfy living room sofa. When we were kids we looked forward to Christmas and the first day of summer. As adults, we look forward to the fall more than anything else. Yes, the kids are back in school, but also our favorite shows are coming back with new episodes and we get the opportunity to fill the DVR with brand new series.


HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #597: Google Chromecast review

By The HT Guys • Aug 23 2013, 6:21am

There was a lot of buzz a couple weeks back when Google announced the release of a new HDMI device called the Chromecast ($35). We weren't immune to the curiosity, so we ordered one. The popularity made them tough to get, but when ours finally arrived, we couldn't wait to see if it would live up to expectations. We'll admit, we set our own expectations. Google didn't do much to hype it up. They simply said, here it is, at a very reasonable price, have at it.


HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #587: CE Pro Brand Analysis 2013 and Home Theater Design Tips & Mistakes

By The HT Guys • Jun 14 2013, 6:47am

CE Pro, the magazine for professional consumer electronics installers, is back with another annual installment of the CE Pro Brand Analysis. They put out the survey every year to determine what brands dealers, integrators and resellers offer the most. While we were checking out this year's update, we came across another White Paper about Home Theater Design Tips & Mistakes that covered some points we thought would be worth talking about.

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HDTV Expert - Two Words for InfoComm: LED and 4K

By Ken Werner • Jun 13 2013, 3:46am

InfoComm 2013 — being held this week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida — was once primarily a projector show. There are still a lot of projectors to be seen, but the center of gravity has moved to flat panels, and if you were looking for two words to describe this year’s [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #584: Plasma vs LED

By The HT Guys • May 24 2013, 6:03am

We have been talking about the demise of plasma for at least three years. But with each passing year manufacturers come out with plasma TVs that are simply the best TVs on the market. In a CNET article titled Best HDTVs Overall, the top 5 TVs were plasma, and that doesn't even include the forthcoming Panasonic ZT60 which won best of show at CES. In the following paragraphs we'll try to compare and contrast the plasma and LED LCDs and see if there is a real reason why LEDs are putting plasma out of business.

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HDTV Expert - Once More, Back to the – Window??

By Pete Putman • Mar 25 2013, 11:27pm

HDTVexpert tests yet another box full of indoor digital TV antennas. Read on to see which ones performed best!