Top Blu-ray Discs to show off your Home Theater
We are often asked about what blu-ray discs we use to show off our system. Here are the HT Guys recommended discs based on our Blu-ray reviews to show off your home theater. If you have a go to disc that you always use please post it to the comments section or send us an email.
Super 8 looks luscious and cinematic. The warm colors pop on screen and help feature the stylish clothing of the 70′s with including crazy multi-colored shirts and all of their plentiful patterns. The film grain is light, but it does not impend on the clarity, you’re able to see every loose hair, pre-teen pimple, and even the shine on braces. I was quite impressed by the shadow detail. Even though a good amount of this film happens in the dark, very little details are lost to the night.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The clarity was astounding, I was able to see loose hairs, pores, complex patterns on fancy suits, winkles, and tiny beads of sweat. I’ve never seen a movie with this much fast moving CGI appear this clean and free of any compression problems. Shadows and colors were handled with such skill it seemed as if the giant robots from outer space were real. Their was hardly any film grain, and it made the robots look hyper-realistic. Landscapes of a crumbling downtown Chicago were impressive, and brought home the scale of the battle. Colors were a little warm an made colors more vibrant.
Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Mission Impossible has impressive video performance and presents a smooth detailed picture throughout the film. With clean clarity it’s easy to see tiny wrinkles on faces, fine details in clothing, and textures in bricks and cobblestone. Colors seem a bit cold in a few scenes, but still remain to look natural and help feature the stunning colors like the red walls of the Kremlin, and the beautiful orange colored sand of the Dubai desert. Film grain is light, and very little details are lost to the darkness.
It’s almost unfair to judge the video quality of a computer animated film of this caliber. Hundreds of people are paid to make sure the colors are vivid and the details are stunning, and it shows. Kung Fu Panda 2 looks fantastic on Blu-ray. The individual black and white hairs on Po are easily seen, due to the stunning clarity. Detail on peacock feathers, individual drops of water, and fireworks all shine with clean crispness. Colors are vivid and help bring the beautiful colorful landscapes of China to life. No details are ever lost in the shadows and show no sign of compression issues.
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Father’s Day Gift Guide for the Home Theater Lovin Dad!
It’s that time of year again where Dads get to to have the spotlight for a whole day! If you are like us, the love of your family is all you need to make your day worth it! But if the family insists on getting you something it may as well be something that you will enjoy. After all, who needs another tie! Print out this page and leave it someplace where the family can find it. Our goal was to create a list that didn’t break the bank so even your teenagers could find something that would make you smile!
Logitech Squeezebox Radio Music Player with Color Screen (Buy Now $150) – If your dad likes to listen to music while he works, then why not make it possible for him to listen to his entire library and then some! The Logitech Squeezebox Radio is a network device that brings a world of music to the garage or workshop. Listen to Internet radio, subscription services, or your personal digital music collection anywhere in your home, all over your Wi-Fi network.
Video Streamer – There are so many options to chose from here. If your dad is into the iTunes ecosystem an AppleTV is the perfect choice. It goes for $99. Perhaps you want the flexibility of a Roku box. They have models ranging in price from $59 to $89. Maybe you want a versatile streamer for less than $50? Then the Netgear NeoTV is perfect gift! Either way dad will always have something to watch.
5 Pack 1-Foot Extension Power Cable – If your dad is into home theater he probably has a bunch of components plugged into a power strip or conditioner. Since switches, video streamers, or slingboxes all have different sized plugs it’s hard to make them all fit in a typical power strip. These little cables make it possible to use every space on your power strip regardless of the plug shape! They are well worth the $10 (Buy Now) they cost so you may want to buy two sets!!
Belkin PureAV® PF30 Home Theater Power Console – Now that you have the one foot extension cables you need something to plug them into. The Belkin PF30 will protect dad’s equipment as well as clean up dirty power. If you have dirty power you’ll hear and see an improvement. If you don’t have dirty power the PF30 will protect dad’s equipment from power surges! At $90 its a small price to pay for piece of mind!
Home Automation – We have talk quite a bit about home automation. This is a gift where the whole family benefits. Why not have a smart home? There are plenty of gadgets and protocols available. Start out small and work your way up to a full system. Here is a list of a home automation products starting at about $30 (Home Automation Products).
If none of the above speak to you or your dad. You can always go with a few Blu-ray Movies. You can find a great selection of movies starting at $5. Or maybe an HD video camera for less than $100. You can pick up the Kodak ZX5 for $87.90. Its 1080p and waterproof so you can take it to the beach this summer. And of course, if you have to, you can still buy dad a tie!
Posted by The HT Guys, June 7, 2012 10:42 PM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.