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HDTV Magazine Podcasts Archive (February, 2008)

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HTPCs & Laptops

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #253 - Ara's A/V Network

By The HT Guys • Feb 24 2008, 2:42am

We've received a few emails asking for Ara to describe his A/V network. By now you probably know that at the center of the system is a Mac Mini serving up DVDs but what else can it do and how many zones does Ara have in his house. Today's show will take you through a virtual walk through of Ara's home....

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #252 - Blu-ray Backlash

By The HT Guys • Feb 22 2008, 2:26pm

We had planned some very different content for today's show, but something very strange happened this week. There seems to be a huge backlash against Blu-ray for some reason. It caught us somewhat by surprise, but the trend is too strong to ignore, so we just have to talk about it. If the war really is over, and by most accounts it is, why aren't people rejoicing in the peaceful times ahead? Why can't we put the differences behind us and move on to soak in all our movies in HD on one kind of disc, and maybe enjoy a little wide scale adoption at the same time?

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #251 - Mitsubishi 73" DLP In-Store Impression

By The HT Guys • Feb 18 2008, 5:19pm

Today we go through an article published in Sound and Vision Magazine entitled M-Card: Possible Its a guide that will help you obtain and use the new Multi Stream Cable Card.

Braden has been contemplating a new screen for his home theater, and the 73" DLP from Mitsubishi would fit quite nicely. So just like any good audio video enthusiasts would do on the weekend, he packed up the kids and spent some quality time at Best Buy and Magnolia to check it out.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #250 - AppleTV

By The HT Guys • Feb 15 2008, 3:30pm

When Steve jobs introduced the next generation of AppleTV it took Ara about 30 seconds to decide it was worth buying the device. If for only satisfying his curiosities. So Ara purchased the new AppleTV about a month ago and there it sat until Tuesday of this week. That's because the device is essentially identical to the previous AppleTV but now with a new version of software the AppleTV is a brand new Machine...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #249 - How to Paint Your Home Theater and Insight Media's CES 2008 Best Buzz Awards

By The HT Guys • Feb 9 2008, 8:24pm

Most of us believe that what color you choose to put on the walls is a decision that should be left firmly in the hands of the aesthetics committee. But according to an article from the online version Electronic House magazine, the home theater enthusiast may want to weigh in on the decision. It seems there are some very good colors to use in the home theater, and some very bad colors.

And yes we went to CES, but no we didn't see everything. Insight Media just released their "Best Buzz" awards for CES 2008 and they mentioned a few products we either didn't see or didn't talk much about, so we thought it would be good to go over some of them. The Best Buzz awards are given by Insight Media at CES, and other trade shows each year. You can't petition to win - you win by showing a product or technology that gets people talking - something that creates buzz because of its uniqueness, innovation, styling, boldness or is just plain cool.

Finally a listener put together a A/V room wi ...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #248 - Samsung BD-UP5000 and Audioengine AW1 reviews

By The HT Guys • Feb 8 2008, 1:28pm

Listener Mike sent in a review of the Samsung BD-UP5000 combo Blu-ray and HD-DVD player. We review the Audioengine AW1 Wireless Audio Adapter. And the top 10 things we really wish could have been in high definition.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #247 - How Much Will my Home Theater Cost and Monoprice HS-102 1X2 HDMI Distribution Amplifier

By The HT Guys • Feb 4 2008, 9:51pm

We go over an article published at ElectronicHouse.com entitled How Much Will my Home Theater Cost? It describes what you can expect to get for $5K, $10K, $20K, $50K and $100k. We give your our take on the article. This is an audio feature but you can follow along with the link to the original article

We also review the Monoprice HS-102 1X2 HDMI Distribution Amplifier...