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HDTV Magazine Podcasts Archive (July, 2008)

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #296 - RCA SelectaVision and Orb Audio Mod 2 speakers

By The HT Guys • Jul 25 2008, 6:22am

From time to time our listeners send us emails asking us to review equipment that they are interested in buying or themselves. Recently we received an email from Kris asking us to take a look at the Orb Audio line of speakers. We were able to obtain the Orb Audio Mod 2 speakers with an upgraded Uber Ten subwoofer. The total cost for the 5.1 system was $1597 including standard ground shipping.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #295 - Interview with Clint DeBoer of Audioholics.com

By The HT Guys • Jul 22 2008, 5:47am

For today's show Ara had a chance to connect with Clint DeBoer, editor-in-chief of Audioholics.com about a recent article they published entitled Long HDMI Cable Bench Tests - Monster Cable Shootout. It's a great article and a great interview.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #294 - Playstation Movie Downloads

By The HT Guys • Jul 18 2008, 6:37am

Sony announced on Tuesday that that they would begin offering movies and TV shows for download to the Playstation 3 through the Playstation store. Movies are available from Disney, Fox and Warner Bros in addition to the obvious inclusion of Sony Pictures titles. The system is setup much like Vudu and AppleTV, new release movies can be rented for $3.99 in standard def and $5.99 in high definition or purchased in SD for $14.99. Older titles are available for rent for $2.99 for SD, $4.50 for HD and $9.99 for purchase. So the big question is, "How does Sony's offering stack up against Vudu or AppleTV?"

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #293 - When to Upgrade your Gear

By The HT Guys • Jul 15 2008, 5:40am

We get email after email asking for advice on when is the right time to upgrade your home theater equipment. The answer, of course, is always "right now," but that isn't always possible. Often we have to compromise in one area to upgrade another. So what components are the most important to keep up to date? Which ones can wait a while? Let's take a look.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #292 - Haggling with A/V Retailers and the EMA 2008 Annual Report

By The HT Guys • Jul 11 2008, 6:03am

With money tight and more of it going to fill up your gas tank instead of your AV rack we thought it would be a great time to discuss an article on haggling. Jennifer DeFeo has written an article for Electronic House entitled "10 Tips for Haggling with A/V Retailers". We also discuss the highlights of the Entertainment Merchant Association 2008 Annual Report.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #291 - Vizio 50 inch 1080p Plasma

By The HT Guys • Jul 8 2008, 6:29am

We have been trying to get a hold of a Vizio TV for review for some time now but with no luck. This weekend while the family was in Costco stocking up on supplies Ara spent some time looking at the Vizio 50 inch 1080p Plasma. In actuality this feature is more of a Costco roundup than an in depth review of the TV.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #290 - John Griffin from Dolby Labs and Google MediaServer

By The HT Guys • Jul 4 2008, 7:12am

Happy Fourth of July! If you have the day off, we hope you're enjoying it; if you have to work, we hope you get a day off real soon. We didn't take the day off but instead interviewed John Griffin from Dolby Laboratories and tested out Google's new MediaServer gadget.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #289 - Like it or not, BD-Live is coming

By The HT Guys • Jul 1 2008, 7:26am

We've never really been into special features on discs, but what if the
special features weren't actually on the disc, but were on the Internet? Like it or not, BD Live looks like it's coming in full force
very soon. It could be cool, or it could just be a lot of hype.