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HDTV Magazine Podcasts Archive (March, 2009)

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General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #366 - Speaker Wire Myths Busted

By The HT Guys • Mar 27 2009, 7:23am

Speaker Wire Myths Busted: Today we tackle some of the myths we have heard related to speaker wiring.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #365 - Gefen Wireless HDMI Adapter (EXT-WHDMI)

By The HT Guys • Mar 24 2009, 7:24am

One issue many of us come across when setting up our home theaters is that the TV would look great in a particular spot in the room that is not necessarily the best spot for the source equipment. The dilemma is how do you get the video to the TV or projector. Gefen has you covered in this case. Their new wireless HDMI adapter will transmit HDMI audio and video up to 30 feet using Ultra-Wideband technology. But that is going to come at a cost. For that capability Gefen is selling the WDHDMI for $999. Still for some of you that cost is less than the cost of ripping up walls and running physical cables.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #364 - Mac Mini Video Server Update

By The HT Guys • Mar 20 2009, 6:38am

We first talked about using a Mac Mini as a video server way back in March of 2007. It has served us well now housing more than 150 movies, almost 1500 songs and podcasts, and dozens of HDTV that was recorded via the HD Homerun. Just over two years later we have upgraded one of our three Mac Minis with the latest offering from Cupertino. The version the HT Guys chose was the $799 model that comes with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. The older Minis did a good job with almost all the video we through at it. The one exception is overly compressed 1080i content. So how does the new Mini hold up with 1080i and 1080p? Listen in...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #363 - Most Important Inventions of the last 30 Years

By The HT Guys • Mar 17 2009, 2:08pm

When you think of the most influential inventions of the last 30 years, what would you put on that list? That's exactly what a panel of eight judges from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania was asked to do. The Internet and mobile phones made the top of the list. There's a few items missing from their list that have changed our lives dramatically.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #362 - What if AppleTV Replaced my DVR?

By The HT Guys • Mar 13 2009, 7:08am

If you have been listening to our show for a while you know that Braden would really like an a la carte sway to buy TV. It makes sense, why pay for 300 channels when in reality you only watch about 30 or 40. And really you probably only watch about 10 to 15 90% of the time. So the other day Ara missed an episode of Lost and was forced to watch it via the ABC website. After about 5 minutes of so called streaming HD video he got fed up and downloaded an HD version from iTunes. It cost $2.99 but had no commercials. The quality was quite good and it even had 5.1 audio. Something that makes watching Lost quite enjoyable. That got us wondering. Could heavy TV watchers like ourselves get by with buying TV programming A la Carte style via AppleTV. This would also work if you have an HTPC with iTunes on it.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #361 - Refresh Rate and Response Time

By The HT Guys • Mar 10 2009, 6:53am

We get a handful of emails every week asking about Refresh Rates and Response Times: what are they? are they different? do I care? While refresh rate applies to any TV technology, response time is something an LCD buyer needs to know about. And with the rapid growth of LCD sales, it looks like just about everyone these days is an LCD buyer. So what do they mean and why do you care? We're glad you asked...

Blu-ray

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #360 - Blu-ray Rentals and Home Theater Tricks

By The HT Guys • Mar 6 2009, 7:39am

Lots of content to cover in this episode. Of course there's news and email. We also have the monthly review of the top 20 shows on TV. The core of the show covers a couple articles that we thought were interesting. First off, is Blu-ray a rental format, or should you buy discs? and then a few cool, cheap home theater tips and tricks.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #359 - Universal Remote Control 2.0

By The HT Guys • Mar 3 2009, 8:12am

We first mentioned the AirRemote application for the iPhone on Episode #286, noting that it should be coming soon and that it looked pretty cool. CE Pro recently posted a nice writeup about it. While we haven't tried it ourselves just yet, it does look like a very interesting concept. Although the power isn't just in using the iPhone to control your TV and Surround Sound receiver, it goes much deeper than that. Unfortunately we aren't quite there yet.