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General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #675: Sling TV Review

By The HT Guys • Feb 20 2015, 6:54am

The idea of cutting the cord, removing your reliance on Cable or Satellite to provide the hundreds of channels you rarely watch, has been a pipe dream for many of us. Sure, for those close enough to a transmitter, an over the air antenna really helps fill the void. Netflix and Hulu are great as well. But if you like to watch a lot of TV, you're still left wanting. Until now. Sling TV may actually be the answer.

Wireless HDMI/HDTV

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #674: Dayton Audio XRA25 Wireless Rear Channel Amplifier

By The HT Guys • Feb 13 2015, 8:57am

Since the beginning of this podcast we have been on the lookout for a product that will wirelessly transmit audio from your receiver to the surround speakers. To date there have been a few that sort of got the job done. To be fair, a lot depends on where your live. In areas that do not have a lot of interference you have a much better chance of success with most products. In areas where home are right on top of each other, or have a lot of wireless devices you may be better off running cable.

Cable HDTVSatellite HDTV

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #673: Dish Upgrade Time

By The HT Guys • Feb 6 2015, 11:15am

This is the time of the year when HDTV and Home Theater take a quick nap. CES has come and gone, the Super Bowl is done, and there's a bit of a lull in activity until March Madness kicks in. Sure there may be some mid-season shows that pop up, but we're always looking for ways to spice things up. So what better way than a full revamp of our Dish Network gear?

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #672: Howard and Joe Rogers of RSL Speakers

By The HT Guys • Jan 30 2015, 9:45am

We received an email from a listener in early January asking us to take a listen to some speakers manufactured by RSL Speakers. We are still in the process of setting up the review samples but we thought that RSL had such a great history that we asked Howard and Joe Rogers to come on the show and share with us their experiences in the speaker industry.

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #671: Best of CES 2015 Winners

By The HT Guys • Jan 23 2015, 10:13am

We did our personal roundup of CES and told you about our favorites, but it is nearly impossible for the two of us to see everything, much less take the time to absorb it all even if we caught a glimpse of it. There are a couple items in the official winners list for Best of CES 2015 that we didn't talk about it our prior roundup.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #670: DIY Speaker Project

By The HT Guys • Jan 16 2015, 10:54am

The HT Guys are very DIY oriented and we love new projects! When some of our listeners emailed us about their DIY speakers we just had build one ourselves. Many of you told us about Parts Express, an online retailer for electronics, and how they have some nice speaker kits. For our first build we didn't want to get too fancy so we went with one that didn't require any assembly of the speaker cabinet but did require some soldering.

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #669: CES 2015

By The HT Guys • Jan 9 2015, 9:32am

No more virtual Vegas for us, we jumped in the HT Guys bus and made the trek back to Las Vegas this year for another round of CES. The show was as huge as ever; we lamented the passing of plasma TV, noticed that there was a significant lack of 3D demonstrations, and really enjoyed all the 4k and 8k we saw. As always, there is a lot of exiting news and product announcements to share.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #668: Predictions for 2015

By The HT Guys • Jan 2 2015, 10:25am

Time for the HT Guys to look into our crystal ball and try and predict the HDTV and Home Theater landscape for 2015. Our crystal ball is never as clears as a good HDTV but we give it a shot nonetheless. And no gimmies this year since we can't even get those right!

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #667: Prediction Review for 2014

By The HT Guys • Dec 25 2014, 10:36am

Had we just waited about 11 months on our predictions for 2014, we could have done much, much better. Hindsight is always 20/20 as they say. Our crystal ball didn't improve very much for 2014, so this year's prediction review is about as rough as years past. But we got pretty close on a few.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #29A: Ultimate Home Theater in a Box for 2014

By The HT Guys • Dec 19 2014, 11:24am

There are so many cheap Home Theater in a Box (HTIB) systems out there, most of which cost less than the price of a single good speaker! And none of them include a TV. You have to wonder how good a system that cheap can actually be? We thought, why not design a complete system, that anyone would be proud to show off but wouldn't break the bank. Our Home Theater in a Box(es) would actually look and sound really good! Minimum components for our system are a HDTV, Blu-ray Player, Receiver, and 7.1 speakers.

Front Projection

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #665: Projector Buying Guide 2014

By The HT Guys • Dec 12 2014, 10:20am

We aren't done spending your money yet. And we're still loving every minute of it. This one hits really close to home; ever since we've made the move to front projection home theaters, we just sit around drooling over what our next projector might be. If you haven't jumped into the front projector yet, maybe 2015 will be your year. And you can start it with a wonderful Merry Christmas to yourself. We each pick two projectors and one ultimate projector for those who may have more disposable income to play with.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #664: Receiver Buying Guide 2014

By The HT Guys • Dec 5 2014, 10:04am

It is that time of year where we get to spend your money again! This week we concentrate on receivers. Our goal with these guides is not necessarily about getting the latest product. Its about getting a good product at a great price so you may see some of last year's gear on the list. All these receivers are readily available online or at a big box store. Just like the HDTV Buying Guide, we're going to skip the budget categories jump right to our top picks. We each pick three receivers and one 'money is no object' / 'dare to dream' receiver for you to consider.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #663: HDTV Buying Guide 2014

By The HT Guys • Nov 28 2014, 10:29am

Tis the season for us to go wishlist shopping and help you spend your money - one of our favorite times of the year. 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. Unlike years past, we're going to skip the budget categories, and the screen size categories and jump right to our top picks. We each pick three TVs and one 'money is no object' / 'dare to dream' TV for you to consider.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #662: What We’re Thankful for ’14

By The HT Guys • Nov 21 2014, 11:22am

Each year at this time of year we do a show where we discuss what we are thankful for. There are the obvious things to be thankful for like our families, especially our wives who put up with our home theater obsessions. And of course we are thankful for you, the listener/reader of our show. So as is tradition over the last six Thanksgivings, on today's show we give you our list of consumer electronics things we are thankful for.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #661: Black Friday Preview 2014

By The HT Guys • Nov 14 2014, 9:43am

Another year passes, another Black Friday approaches. True to form, the deals are as good as ever. Looking back, the deals we thought were amazing look like a rip off now. In 2008 the cheapest Blu-ray player was $128 and a 50-inch 720p plasma was going for $900. In 2009 the Blu-ray player price dropped to $78 and you could get a 50-inch 1080p plasma with a Blu-ray player for $1000. In 2013, plasma TVs were still all the rage. Can't find any this year

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #660: Jack Sharkey of KEF on Dolby Atmos

By The HT Guys • Nov 7 2014, 11:59am

A few listeners have written and asked us what our take on Dolby Atmos is. Since we don't have any gear capable of decoding Atmos we thought we'd enlist Kef's own Jack Sharkey (Internet Marketing & Event Coordinator) to discuss this technology. Kef has announced the R50 Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers which will help bring this technology to life.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #659: ATSC 3.0, Google Nexus Player and Movies for Halloween

By The HT Guys • Oct 31 2014, 9:58am

No tricks, just treats. A special Halloween episode full of everything you want in your bag; even better than candy. From the promise of Ultra HD over the air with ATSC 3.0 to the next, or yet again, entry into the set top market from Google. And if that isn't enough, we also have a great list of movies for those looking for something to do after the kids are done knocking on your door this Halloween. Grab a tootsie roll, sit back, and enjoy.

4K (Ultra HD)

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #658: VIZIO P702ui-B3 Ultra HD TV Review

By The HT Guys • Oct 24 2014, 9:56am

VIZIO P702ui-B3 70-Inch 4K UHD We have been talking about 4K TVs for what seems like an eternity. This week Ara finally took possession of his VIZIO P702ui-B3 70-Inch 4K UHD (Buy Now $2498). Now before you all say "no one can see the difference on a screen that size sitting at a normal distance", hang on until we get to the performace part of the review. As soon as Vizio announced this set at CES Ara knew it was going to be his first 4K TV.

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #657: Dual Lamp Projectors

By The HT Guys • Oct 17 2014, 11:52am

Electronic House recently posted an article titled 'Home Theater Projector Tips for Multipurpose Rooms.' The basic premise is that projectors aren't just for man caves or dedicated theater rooms, but can be used very effectively in what we've traditionally called a family room but what a lot of integrators are now calling media rooms, multipurpose rooms or hybrid entertainment room

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #656: Movie Theaters Enter the Fourth Dimension

By The HT Guys • Oct 10 2014, 12:05pm

It will come as no surprise that the HT Guys will opt to wait for the Blu-ray version of popular movies so that we can enjoy them in the comfort of our own homes. We know that we are not alone, many of our listeners are doing the same. As our hobby grows, people are setting up relatively inexpensive home theaters that provide a quite enjoyable experience. Others will spend a little more money and create an experience that rivals what you get in the cinema.