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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast

All the HDTV and Home Theater news and info you need, without all the reading.

Episodes

  • Podcast #883: SVS Prime Wireless SoundBase

    Feb 15 2019

    Ever since Ara has begun building speakers he has been searching for ways to drive them. He has tried small desktop amplifiers with some real success. His current go to is the AudioEngine N22 (MSRP $199) desktop amplifier 40W a channel. That works great for most desktop and some booksehelf setups. If you wanted to go wireless you had to add the Audio Engine B1 (MSRP $189) Bluetooth receiver. This did add AptX, including AptX HD support which allowed for high quality listening. The cost of the t...more

  • Podcast #882: Bluetooth 5.1 and the Smart Home

    Feb 08 2019

    Today we discuss the new Bluetooth 5.1 specification and how it could impact your smart home. We look at the top ten global TV brands and the reasons why some have not yet bought into the Smart Speaker craze.

  • Podcast #881: Interview with the Owners of Creative Sound Solutions

    Feb 01 2019

    Ara recently purchased a DIY Speaker kit (Model P215 $439) from Creative Sound Solutions because he has heard a lot of great things about the company and products. He reached out to Dan Poinsett and Kerry Armes the owners of Creative Sound Solutions and they agreed to come on the show and talk about their company and DIY speaker kits.

  • Podcast #880: Netflix Audience Numbers

    Jan 25 2019

    Netflix audience numbers have been a mystery for some time now. World wide Netflix has 130 million subscribers but what and how much they are watching have never been disclosed by the streaming service. In a letter to shareholders Netflix has revealed some of its audience numbers and plans for 2019. We present and discuss this letter on today’s show.

  • Podcast #879: QLED vs OLED vs LED

    Jan 18 2019

    The Super Bowl is right around the corner and that is a time when many Americans buy new TVs. Right now there are three competing technologies (QLED, OLED, and LED) readily available for purchase. With the help of RTINGS.com we try to help you make an informed decision.

  • Podcast #878: CES 2019

    Jan 11 2019

    CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years - the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers.

  • Podcast #877: Predictions for 2019

    Jan 04 2019

    Time for the HT Guys to look into our crystal ball and try and predict the HDTV and Home Theater landscape for 2019. Our crystal ball isn’t as clear as a good HDTV but we faithfully give it another shot nonetheless.

  • Podcast #876: Prediction Review for 2018

    Dec 28 2018

    Wow. Another year in the books. And another year of stellar prediction results! With that it's time to see how we did with our 2018 predictions. If you’re feeling nostalgic, the predictions are from Episode 825.

  • Podcast #875: Amazing Last Minute Home Theater Gift Ideas

    Dec 21 2018

    It's just a few days until Christmas and you have a home theater lover in your circle that you haven’t been able to find a gift for. We “The HT Guys” have you covered. We have a list of items that you can go out and buy from, gasp, a physical store! Yes you’ll have to go battle the crowds but with our list it will be easy! All gifts can be had for less than $100.

  • Podcast #874: Ultimate Home Theater in a Box for 2018

    Dec 14 2018

    Each year we design a Home Theater setup that is considerably better than a typical home theater in a box. We have seen complete setups for less than $500 from manufacturers like Sony and Panasonic that quite frankly do not sound good. While our system costs more than a name brand HTIB your satisfaction will be dramatically more. Plus we include EVERYTHING you need to actually setup a home theater. Minimum components for our system are an HDTV, a receiver, a means to get content (streaming box,...more

  • Podcast #873: HDTV Buying Guide 2018

    Dec 07 2018

    Tis the season for us to go shopping and to continue to help you spend your money - one of our favorite times of the year. If you or anyone in your life is looking for a new UHD TV this Christmas, but still aren’t sure which one to buy, we’ve got you covered. We each pick two TVs and one ‘money is no object’ / ‘dare to dream’ TV for you to consider.

  • Podcast #872: Receiver Buying Guide 2018

    Nov 30 2018

    This week starts our annual shopping spree where we get to spend your money on new products for your home theater. We’ll start the spree with receivers. As always, our goal is to maximize the value for your dollar, so we aren’t necessarily concerned about getting the latest product or the latest features. It's about getting a good product at a great price so you may even see some of last year’s gear on the list. All these receivers are readily available online or at a big box s...more

  • Podcast #871: Giving Thanks 2018

    Nov 22 2018

    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 many Thanksgivings, on today's show we give you our list of consumer electronics things we are thankful for.

  • Podcast #870: Black Friday 2018

    Nov 16 2018

    The older we get, the more things seem to sneak up on us, even though we know we should be expecting them. It happened again; Black Friday is already here. Just like all the years we’ve talked about it, there are some exceptional deals to be had. The question is where to you put your focus. If you’re going to wait in line somewhere, where is the right place to maximize your reward for that time?

  • Podcast #869: SiliconDust Streaming TV Service

    Nov 09 2018

    We recently read a news story about a TV streaming service from SilconDust, makers of the HDHomerun a device that allows you to take your over the air TV signal and broadcast it over your network to mobile devices as well as set top boxes like the AppleTV.

  • Podcast #868: 2018 TV Shows, So Far

    Nov 02 2018

    To find out which shows were the most popular this year so far, Nielsen estimated the average number of US viewers tuning in to regularly scheduled programming. ABC's massive success with "Roseanne," along with CBS' high ratings across numerous shows on this list, demonstrates how broadcast networks remain the heavyweights in overall viewership — even in the age of streaming. Here are the 10 most popular TV shows of 2018 so far, according to Nielsen's ratings.

  • Podcast #867: Speaker Bar Giveaway

    Oct 26 2018

    Ara was called away for an emergency. Everything is A-OK, but it was one of those things that just had to be handled immediately. In the mean time, we have a brief micro-cast announcing our latest giveaway. Details can be found at: www.htguys.com/soundbar

  • Podcast #866: Receiver Recommendation, Under $500

    Oct 19 2018

    We received an email from Santosh in the Bay Area of California asking if we could recommend a receiver for a modest home theater system to go in his medium sized family room. We thought, "no problem! We know the exact receiver to recommend." However, like everyone, he did have some requirements; the biggest one being that it could not exceed $500. On Santosh’s must have list: 4K, HDR, and ARC to support Digital Audio from his smart TV.

  • Podcast #865: Top Home Theater Design Mistakes

    Oct 12 2018

    Sound & Vision author John Sciacca has spent the past 20 years in the custom installation industry, and has worked with at least a thousand clients during that time. A regular part of his job is consulting with clients on the design and installation of media rooms and home theaters. Sometimes the project is a new build (the best). Other times it involves repurposing a room or trying to fix and improve an existing room.

  • Podcast #864: The 7 Best 70-75-77 inch TVs

    Oct 05 2018

    Large TVs are becoming increasingly popular, with manufacturers releasing more models in the 70-75-77" range. The 2017 models in these sizes are becoming cheaper while the 2018 ones are now the flagships of each manufacturer. Rtings.com tested 33 TVs available in a 70-75-77" size and provided their recommendations for the best ones to buy in 2018.

  • Podcast #863: New TV Shows for Fall 2018

    Sep 28 2018

    This year’s batch of Fall TV Premieres snuck up on us a bit. Here we are, the last show in September, and just now getting to the new shows coming out. In fact, this prior week may have been the biggest week for new and returning show premieres of the season. If you missed something that looks great, the good news is that you can probably find it on Hulu or the Networks’ streaming app.

  • Podcast #862: Best of CEDIA 2018

    Sep 21 2018

    TWICE has announced the winners of their annual Best of Show awards at CEDIA Expo. The products were nominated by the manufacturers and a team of judges was employed to walk the floor and rate the products on a number of criteria, including its value, impact, and how unique it was to the market.

  • Podcast #861: Monoprice Stitch and CEDIA 2018

    Sep 14 2018

    The 2018 edition of CEDIA Expo is now history. CEDIA is one of the two big annual trade-only shows covering AV gear. CES, held each January in Las Vegas, is the big Kahuna. Apart from every electronic gadget on the planet (and some not so electronic) the main event at CES is the launch of all the new Ultra HD TVs for the coming year (not to mention the 8K sets waiting for their close-ups)...

  • Podcast #860: Konnected.io

    Sep 07 2018

    The idea behind Konnected is pretty great: It works as a bridge to connect your traditional wired alarm system to your smart / home automation system. We have a good friend, Rod, of prior Blu-ray Review fame for those who remember them, who has used Konnected. We were able to get him to join Ara to share his experience with it on the podcast.

  • Podcast #859: One week with FuboTV

    Aug 31 2018

    The HT Guys have officially joined the ranks of the cord cutters with Braden opting to cancel his Cable TV service entirely. We have been working on trimming the cord for a while, but this is cold turkey… Was cold turnkey. Braden quickly found something lacking and turned to fuboTV to fill that missing hole in his home theater.

  • Podcast #858: Streaming TV: SiliconDust, Netflix, Amazon...

    Aug 24 2018

    Everything new is still the same old thing. Netflix is the new HBO, SlingTV is the new Comcast; we aren't creating anything new, we're just recreating the same old paradigms. Are consumers really benefitting from the shift from traditional cable and satellite to streaming? Perhaps its too soon to tell.

  • Podcast #857: HT Guys Origins: Sony Pictures / ADSG

    Aug 17 2018

    Another very special episode, keeping the streak alive while on vacation, we take the opportunity to share some behind the scenes moments leading up to the formation of the HT Guys and the HDTV and Home Theater Podcast, specifically the Sony Pictures / ADSG years.

  • Podcast #856: 75 inch TV Recommendation

    Aug 10 2018

    We had a listener ask for a recommendation on a 75 inch HDTV in his price range. In true HT Guys fashion, we got a bit too involved in the research and comparisons and had to put a show together all about it. There's also some info on DIY Automation and OLED vs QLED TVs.

  • Podcast #855: Roku Wireless Speakers and AI

    Aug 03 2018

    "This solves the conundrum that lies at the heart of modern technology, threading its way from your phone to your dishwasher to your air conditioner: “Currently you need to be smart to use a smartphone,” ...At this stage AI is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s going to happen in the future, When we talk about AI many people think of voice assistants, but it’s much more than that. It’s going to be voice plus vision plus gesture recognition, plus context, plus kno...more

  • Podcast #854: Samsung’s 34-foot Onyx LED TV

    Jul 27 2018

    Last month we read a news story about the bid by Samsung to replace projectors in movie theaters. Now Digital Trends has an article that provides a few more details about this technology. Our hope is that it can find it's way into our living rooms in the not too distant future.

  • Podcast #853: Buttshaker Bonanza

    Jul 20 2018

    It’s been quite a while since we’ve talked about turning the low frequency effects from your movies and tv shows into physical movement you can feel in your furniture. We reviewed a system many years ago and loved it, but it was pricey at the time and neither of us ended up installing it. Turns out Amazon has some options that make it affordable enough to put the buttshaker experience in a lot more seats.

  • Podcast #852: The best projectors

    Jul 13 2018

    Whether you're outfitting a small space for an occasional movie night, upgrading your living-room home-entertainment system, or building a dedicated home theater, Engadget has a projector recommendation for you.

  • Podcast #851: 4K Streaming and Home Theater Earbuds

    Jul 06 2018

    fuboTV (fubo.tv), the leading sports-first live streaming TV service in the U.S., has launched 4K HDR10 support in Beta, becoming the first virtual multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPD) to offer content in ultra-high definition and high dynamic range.

  • Podcast #850: OLED and HDR

    Jun 29 2018

    We have a few topics to cover, some arising from emails from listeners, some ripped straight from the headlines, and a couple from articles we've enjoyed and wanted to share. All of this culminating with a discussion on how HDR could potentially impact the expected lifespan of an OLED TV.

  • Podcast #849: A very special...

    Jun 22 2018

    This week's episode is a very special one: The HT Guys go on vaction. With limited time to plan and record, and no access to email or news stories, the guys still work hard to bring a short show together. Braden shares a story about bridging the past and the present and Ara recalls a very special moment for him from his time at Sony Pictures/ADSG. Until next week!

  • Podcast #848: E3 Show with Rod Williams

    Jun 15 2018

    HT Guys Senior Correspondent Rod Williams found himself at the E3 show and had some great insights and stories to share with the HT Guys audience. E3 is short for the Electronic Entertainment Expo and 2018 marks 24 years of E3. At the show, hardware manufacturers, software developers, and publishers from the video game industry present new and upcoming products to the attendees, primarily retailers and members of the video game press. The event, organized by the Entertainment Software Associati...more

  • Podcast #847: Father’s Day Wish List

    Jun 08 2018

    Whether you are a dad, have a dad, know a dad or are married to a dad, odds are there’s some sort of a Farther in your life somewhere. And odds are that Father would really enjoy having their home theater tricked out for Father’s Day this year. If you’re wondering what you should gift, here are a few of the items on our wish lists.

  • Podcast #846: Canceled or Renewed 2018

    Jun 01 2018

    If you’re getting dizzy watching shows that were canceled a while ago, make a revival on a different network, only to have that network cancel some shows that were also quite popular, causing them to move to yet another network, or a number one rated comeback show that was practically guaranteed another season get abruptly canceled for crazy tweets, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Here’s the full list of what’s gone, what‘s coming back, and what network to...more

  • Podcast #845: HDR Explained and SVS Soundpath Review

    May 25 2018

    HDR stands for high dynamic range. Theoretically, the technology can provide a higher level of contrast between light and dark images on the screen to create a much more realistic image. We say theoretically because some of the first titles coming out of Hollywood have been somewhat underwhelming. Just like going to HD, Hollywood will get better at mastering in HD. As will the move to better HDR formats.

  • Podcast #844: CNET’s Guide to Smart Living

    May 18 2018

    While this may or may not be the year of home automation (or maybe it was last year?), the idea of making some aspects of your home more automated or “smarter” is becoming much more approachable and affordable. CNET recently put together a collection of articles about how to get into the game that offer some interesting tips and pointers. This isn’t a definitive guide for the hard core home or life hacker, but it helps those who aren’t yet in the game to dip a toe in the ...more

  • Podcast #843: Sony A8F Review from RTINGS.COM

    May 11 2018

    Today we have a review of a Sony A8F OLED TV from RTINGS.com. The A8F is a OLED 4K HDR TV with 4K HDR Processor X1™ Extreme, Acoustic Surface™ technology and Android TV. The Acoustic Surface is supposed to produce deeper bass by vibrating the glass. We’ll see if that is what the reviewers experienced below. It comes in three sizes 55”, 65”, and 77”. Read the full detailed review at RTINGS.com.

  • Podcast #842: VR Jackets and Mobile Movie Theaters

    May 04 2018

    Disney Research teamed with MIT to build a bizarre virtual-reality "force jacket" that can simulate physical sensations. Including creepy ones. Combine that with the Royole Moon, a virtual 800-inch curved movie screen (about 66 feet) you can strap to your head and home theater just got a lot weirder.

  • Podcast #841: OLED Burn-in Follow Up

    Apr 27 2018

    We asked our listeners - who are also OLED owners - to give us their own direct experience with OLED, especially related to burn-in. We got some great feedback. Maybe it'll change your mind on buying an OLED. Or maybe not.

  • Podcast #840: Real Life OLED Burn In Test

    Apr 20 2018

    Walking through a large electronics store the other day something caught our eye on one of their OLED display televisions. While you’d like to hope it was the vivid, realistic images on screen, it wasn’t. It was the obvious burn-in. And it was bad. You could clearly see a shadow of the bottom logo bar / ticker from content they must use regularly peeking through what would have otherwise been a stellar video presentation. The burn-in scare was one of the factors that ultimately led t...more

  • Podcast #839: Channel Master SMARTenna+ Review

    Apr 13 2018

    Channel Master has introduced a new indoor antenna that gives the Mohu Leaf a run for the money. The Channel Master SMARTenna+ is a mostly paper thin amplified antenna that can easily be placed inside your home and pulls in quite a few channels. There is a processor built into the bottom of the antenna which helps “Steer” the antenna to maximize the reception. No more moving the antenna around until you find the right position. Just press a button and the signal is locked in. ...more

  • Podcast #838: Short Throw Projector Follow Up

    Apr 06 2018

    On Episode 836 we talked about the idea of short throw projectors for home theater use and asked the question: Why aren’t more people using them in their homes? Their price per square inch of screen real estate seems like, at least on paper, the most cost effective way to get a huge screen at home. So why aren’t they flying off the shelves? We had a ton of great listener feedback on it, so we decided to create a feature out of it.

  • Podcast #837: Interview with ReelGood.com founder David Sanderson

    Mar 30 2018

    James from Illinois sent us an email tipping us off to a service at Reelgood.com. Reelgood is an extensive streaming guide, with every TV show and movie available to stream online. Browse through every TV series and movie and sort by title, release year, genre, IMDB rating, and, most important -- see where to watch it. Then play with a single click or tap.

  • Podcast #836: Short Throw Projectors

    Mar 23 2018

    There was a short throw projector on Woot! this week for $999. Not a bad price at all for the potential to have a 100” television in your family room or home theater. That got us thinking… Why aren’t more people using short throw projectors in their homes? Their price per square inch of screen real estate is by far the most cost effective way to get a huge screen at home, and the install and setup is a snap. So what gives? Why aren’t people using them.

  • Podcast #835: Control4 & Home Automation with Adam Pizzo

    Mar 16 2018

    Interview with Adam Pizzo. He is a home integrator specializing in Control4. Adam is based in Toronto and was kind enough to come on the show and talk about what a home integrator can do for your home.

  • Podcast #834: The Devices We Can’t Live Without

    Mar 09 2018

    Research firm iQor recently commissioned an online survey called the Customer and Product Experience (CPX) 360 Survey (part 2). It was conducted online and polled 1,004 U.S. adults 18 and up living in a “smart household” environment from Nov. 9 to Nov. 17, 2017. The goal was to gauge customer experience and customer service expectations of buyers of consumer technology in today’s digital age. All respondents indicated they own or regularly use: a smartphone, a computer (desktop...more

  • Podcast #833: Philips Hue Lights

    Mar 02 2018

    For many home automation is limited to lights turning on and off at prescribed times. Others would like the ability to control their lights while they are away from home. For these people full blown automation is not necessary. There are a growing number of products that will let you do this. They range from smart wall plugs to wifi connected light bulbs. One such solution are Hue lights.

  • Podcast #832: Smart Speakers and Dumb Aspect Ratios

    Feb 23 2018

    If you haven’t already invested in one of the many smart home speakers on the market, this summer you’ll have even more options, as Facebook plans to unveil its own version of voice-enabled smart home speakers, called Fiona and Aloha. Looking like something one might buy at Hobby Lobby, the $70 ClearStream View is a large, black picture frame with cutouts for family photos. Concealed in its back is a flat HDTV antenna.

  • Podcast #831: Apple HomePod Review

    Feb 16 2018

    Most are probably well aware that Apple released it's smart speaker, the HomePod ($349), last week. As you would imagine you can’t click a link without somehow landing on a page that has a review. Well we’re adding our two cents to the discussion. But we’ll try to be succinct.

  • Podcast #830: Disney Streaming Service, Subwoofers and High End DIY

    Feb 09 2018

    Disney's Netflix competitor, a streaming service for movies from Disney properties like Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars, will arrive in late 2019. AVSForum compiled their list of the best subwoofers of 2017. And with the CA-1, Control4 introduces their most affordable smart-home controller yet with Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and optional Z-Wave support.

  • Podcast #829: Five Reasons to Automate Your Home

    Feb 02 2018

    The HT Guys have been singing the praises of home automation for about ten years now. It starts slow with one device and then quickly becomes an obsession. But it's the one thing that we have added to our homes that gets no pushback from family members. So if you are thinking about going down the home automation rabbit hole and are looking for a way to justify it, we have you covered. This is our list of five reasons to automate your home.

  • Podcast #828: Samsung’s MicroLED Bet

    Jan 26 2018

    We first stumbled across Samsung’s new MicroLED technology when we were reading up on CES, and specifically the giant 146” TV the South Korean electronics giant had on display this year. A TV so big, they actually just call it “the wall.” The technology intrigued us, and we thought it may have intrigued a few of you as well, so we took it on ourselves to dive a bit deeper into what it is and why we, as lovers of great televisions, should care.

  • Podcast #827: Speaker Cables - What does High Quality Cost?

    Jan 19 2018

    Ara was going through some of his typical AV websites the other day and came upon an article at Electronic House about speaker wires and was very interested to see what a site for installers had to say about the subject. We have been saying for years now that you should buy high quality cables to get the most out of your system. However, we have also been saying that high quality cables don’t have to cost a lot of money. We will examine the article, credited to EH Contributor, and give y...more

  • Podcast #826: CES 2018

    Jan 12 2018

    CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years - the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers.

  • Podcast #825: Predictions for 2018

    Jan 05 2018

    Time for the HT Guys to look into our crystal ball and try and predict the HDTV and Home Theater landscape for 2018. Our crystal ball isn’t as clear as a good HDTV but we faithfully give it another shot nonetheless.

  • Podcast #824: Prediction Review for 2017

    Dec 29 2017

    It's hard to believe that another year has gone by! With that it's time to see how we did with our 2017 predictions.

  • Podcast #823: Happy Holidays 2017

    Dec 22 2017

    The HT Guys are officially on Christmas Vacation right now, but that won’t stop us from putting up a new podcast. The HDTV and Home Theater Podcast doesn’t take vacation. It’s not like home theater or the consumer electronics industry takes a break at the end of the year, so how can we? We hope you’re surrounded by friends and loved ones and can cozy up by a nice warm fire and enjoy another installment of the show. Merry Christmas.

  • Podcast #822: Ultimate Home Theater in a Box for 2017

    Dec 15 2017

    Each year we design a Home Theater setup that is considerably better than a typical home theater in a box. We have seen complete setups for less than $500 from manufacturers like Sony and Panasonic that quite frankly do not sound good. While our system costs more than a name brand HTIB your satisfaction will be dramatically more. Plus we include EVERYTHING you need to actually setup a home theater. Minimum components for our system are a HDTV, Blu-ray Player, Receiver, and 7.1 speakers. ...more

  • Podcast #821: HDTV Buying Guide 2017

    Dec 08 2017

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and whether you celebrate Christmas, a different holiday, or nothing at all, we can all agree that somehow getting a new HDTV in your life on or around the 25th of December would be a good thing. If you happen to be lucky enough to have budget for a new HDTV this Christmas season, but still aren’t sure which one to buy, we’ve got you covered. We each pick three TVs and one ultimate HDTV present for you to consider.

  • Podcast #820: Receiver Buying Guide 2017

    Dec 01 2017

    This week we get to spend your money on a new receiver for your home theater. Our goal with these guides is not necessarily about getting the latest product. It's 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. We each pick four receivers in increasing price culminating in one ‘money's no object’ / ‘dare to dream’ receiver for you to consider. N...more

  • Podcast #819: What we're thankful for '17

    Nov 24 2017

    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 many Thanksgivings, on today's show we give you our list of consumer electronics things we are thankful for.

  • Podcast #818: Black Friday 2017

    Nov 17 2017

    Another year passes, another Black Friday approaches. This year there are some exceptional deals out there. The question is where to you put your focus. We are focusing on TVs since many want to upgrade to 4K HDR. There are some really good ones out there. We also throw in some UHD Players and home automation to round out the list.

  • Podcast #817: Modulus 4K Media Server

    Nov 10 2017

    If Kaleidescape, Roku, TiVo, AnyDVD, Alexa, PlayOn, Sonos, UEI and Plex had a baby … it might look like an M1 media server from Modulus. One of the showstoppers at CEDIA Expo 2016 and 2017, thing lets you play, stream, record, store and share virtually any type of media from one box - no switchers and complicated installations required.

  • Podcast #816: Mohu Airwave Review

    Nov 03 2017

    Last CES Mohu introduced a product that we really were excited to get our hands on. The Mohu Airwave is wireless device that integrates live, local TV with free streaming channels. The Airwave costs $150 and right now is only available at Best Buy.

  • Podcast #815: Battle of the Big TVs

    Oct 27 2017

    Braden is packing up all his earthly belongings and moving them, along with his family, to a new home. One of the items that isn’t leaving, however, is the 100” projection screen in the family room. It’s staying with the house. And there’s nowhere to put it in the new house anyway. Instead, the family will be watching TV and movies on a more traditional television set. Just which one is still up in the air.

  • Podcast #814: The Best UHD Players

    Oct 20 2017

    In the run up to Black Friday we thought we’d give you a quick run down on the best UHD players on the market. There are no guarantees that these will go on sale but you can use these models as a reference point. The information come from three sites that we use for our own research.

  • Podcast #813: Whole House Audio, Z-Wave and Smart Speakers

    Oct 13 2017

    Use the freedom and flexibility of any Bluetooth speaker(s) to create your own, DIY multi-zone audio system. Z-Wave is making installation easier with SmartStart - this may just be the year of home automation. If not, it certainly is the year of the smart speaker, and for some reason October was the month of the big reveal.

  • Podcast #812: TCL C Series 2017 C807 Review

    Oct 06 2017

    This week we wanted to take a look at what on paper is an incredible TV bargain. Seriously, a 65 in 4K UHD that supports Dolby Vision HDR for about $1,100! We’re talking about the TCL 65C807 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model). The question is whether it's worth it? Read the full detailed review at RTINGS.COM

  • Podcast #811: Xfinity Instant TV and Wireless Home Theater

    Sep 29 2017

    Comcast is launching yet another video streaming service for you to consider purchasing. The cable giant announced today it's launching Xfinity Instant TV, what is essentially a bundle of local broadcast networks, for $18 per month. The service will only be available to Comcast broadband subscribers. Download this Episode. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fj...more

  • Podcast #810: CEDIA 2017 and HDMI 2.1

    Sep 22 2017

    Well you knew it wouldn’t last forever, but HDMI 2.0 is about to become the old standard and you guessed it, you will need another cable. But do you really need to upgrade? The HT Guys will help you sort it out.

  • Podcast #809: New TV Shows for Fall 2017

    Sep 15 2017

    As we get older, we gain a deeper appreciation for the subtle joys in life. And few things in life are as joyous an occasion as television premiere season every Fall. You’ve been waiting for what feels like an eternity for your favorite shows to come back for another season, and not just that, there will be a bunch of new shows that could become one of your favorite shows of all time. If you’re interested, Entertainment Weekly has a great post with all the Fall TV Premiere Dates by d...more

  • Podcast #808: In Part 2, David Dicks Busts Speaker Myths

    Sep 08 2017

    In part two of our interview with David Dicks of Common Sense Audio, makers of Audio Nirvana full range drivers, we discuss and bust some Speaker Myths. Ara used the Classic 5 drivers on his latest speaker build.

  • Podcast #807: Sony XBR75X940 TV Review

    Sep 01 2017

    We were poking around the other day at RTINGS.COM trying to decide what TV was the right one to share with the podcast. What we stumbled upon was no ordinary TV. It currently sits at number one on the leaderboard for TVs measuring in between 70 and 75 inches. It's the Sony XBR75X940. Read the full detailed review at RTINGS.COM

  • Podcast #806: David Dicks of Common Sense Audio Busts Audiophile Myths

    Aug 25 2017

    We speak with David Dicks of Common Sense Audio makers of Audio Nirvana full range drivers. On today’s show we discuss and bust some Audiophile Myths. Ara used the Classic 5 drivers on his latest speaker build.

  • Podcast #805: Surround Sound and (almost) Free Movies

    Aug 18 2017

    We realized recently how much we used to talk about surround sound, why it matters, why people should really spring for it if they don't have it. But we don't much anymore. We just assume everyone has it or everyone knows about it now. But if you don't, you really should. You don't know what you're missing until you try it.

  • Podcast #804: Wired vs Wireless Home Audio

    Aug 11 2017

    We recently read an interview with some home installers discussing wired vs wireless solutions for home audio. We have always said that nothing beats physical wires for reliability and speed. However, times have changed and and wireless has come a long way. So what do these experts think about the subject today? Note - these are the views of an A/V Installer and dealer.

  • Podcast #803: Element 55” 4K Ultra HDTV, Fire TV Edition Review

    Aug 04 2017

    In addition to the plethora of native Smart TV interfaces on the market, we’ve seen TVs come out with the Smart interface provided by a third party like Roku or Google. Amazon has recently jumped into that group as well by partnering with TV manufacturers to bring the full FireTV experience directly into the television set. We got our hands on the 55” 4K model from Element and got to play around with it for a bit.

  • Podcast #802: EH 2017 Products of the Year

    Jul 28 2017

    The Electronic House annual Products of the Year contest surveys many of the best and most innovative smart home devices on the market today. Everything from simple light switches to full-blown automation systems. The entries are submitted by manufacturers and are organized into categories so you can easily find the types of products that interest you.

  • Podcast #801: 2017 TV Shootout

    Jul 21 2017

    4K, OLED, Ultra HD, and HDR sets included in the best of TV Shootout for 2017. This year’s Shootout is quite different from years past, but still pits the best of the best HDTV sets agains one another until one emerges victorious. This year is was done as part of CE Week on Wednesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York.

  • Podcast #800: Wired or Wireless?

    Jul 14 2017

    The #2 homebuilder in the U.S., Lennar Homes, has become the first major homebuilder to adopt “Wi-Fi Certified Home Design,” a new Wi-Fi Alliance seal that ensures your home wireless network is designed for “whole-home connectivity, with no dead spots.” Sounds great, until you realize they aren't running wired connections anymore.

  • Podcast #799: Prime Day and Vacation Automation

    Jul 07 2017

    Back for the third installment, Amazon Prime Day hits next week. There's a lot to be ready for, and so many deals to be had. And with summer vacation season in full swing, we also have an in-depth look at how we use automation to make us feel at home while on vacation. Maybe some of our ideas will spark some new additions to your own home automation setup. And if you're lucky they may even be on sale on Prime Day.

  • Podcast #798: Samsung Q9F QLED TV Review

    Jun 30 2017

    Back in May we introduced you to RTINGS.COM and mentioned that we would feature some of their TV reviews on our site from time to time. This week is the first of such reviews and we start off with the Samsung Q9F QLED. Read the full detailed review at RTINGS.COM

  • Podcast #797: DTS Virtual:X

    Jun 23 2017

    DTS Virtual:X bridges the gap between the DTS:X codec and the reality of so many consumer's homes, allowing everyone to enjoy multi-dimensional sound regardless of room size, layout, or speaker configuration.

  • Podcast #796: Tips From THX: Getting the Most Out of Your Home Theater

    Jun 16 2017

    Scott Wilkinson, a regular contributor at AVSForum.com, asked THX CTO Scott Francis "to outline some basic tips from THX to optimize the location and setup of the display, speakers, and seating in order to get the most out of the entire system, whether it’s just you, your immediate family, or a big party watching movies, TV shows, or sports."

  • Podcast #795: Interview with David Dicks of Common Sense Audio

    Jun 09 2017

    We speak with David Dicks of Common Sense Audio makers of Audio Nirvana full range drivers. Ara used the Classic 5 drivers on his latest build.

  • Podcast #794: Best Home Theater Brands, as rated by CEPro

    Jun 02 2017

    The 2017 CE Pro Brand Analysis shows that integrators are using a wide variety of products to satisfy increased consumer demand for streaming media systems, voice-controlled automation systems, and robust networks that are capable of supporting today’s bandwidth-reliant entertainment technology.

  • Podcast #793: Interview with Daniel O’Keefe of RTINGS.com

    May 26 2017

    On today’s show we have an interview with Daniel O’Keefe of RTINGS.COM. We will be publishing some of their reviews on HTGUYS.COM from time to time so we wanted to introduce their site to you. We’ll also get a couple of TV recommendations from Daniel as well as a discussion on 4K and HDR.

  • Podcast #792: Tivo Update, One Year Later…

    May 19 2017

    Last May, on Episode 740, we talked about moving to a Tivo based system for home television instead of a (typically) much more expensive standard Cable or Satellite package. We built our system around the Tivo Bolt and a few Tivo Minis for whole-house DVR. The idea was that if we could get rid of all the Cable company or Satellite company boxes and just get down to the one CableCard needed for the Bolt, we could drastically reduce our monthly television bill. Braden has been living the experimen...more

  • Podcast #791: LeEco uMax85 Ecotv

    May 12 2017

    We at the HT Guys are always striving to find TVs that can closely mimic the experience that a projector gives you. Shortly after CES we discussed the LeEco uMax85 Ecotv which, from a screen size perspective, is identical to a projector experience for all but those with a dedicated theater room. The uMax85 is a whopping 85 inches, 4K, supports wide color and HDR and only costs $5,500! No way you’re getting a 4K HDR projector for that much!

  • Podcast #790: Hulu Live TV Beta

    May 05 2017

    This week Hulu released their paid beta for live TV. That means you have the privilege of paying $40 a month to help them find their bugs. But in all honesty it's actually pretty good minus a few user interface issues that should get buzzed out with feedback from everyone paying $40 a month. The interface was intuitive and made sense. Hulu is already somewhat organized around TV shows, so it feels like a bit of an app-based DVR. Add live content behind that and it simply feels like it belongs th...more

  • Podcast #789: 2016 - 2017 TV Show Scorecard

    Apr 28 2017

    Each TV Season we like to preview the shows that are coming up as well as wrap up the year with which shows are coming back. On today’s show we’ll go through the major networks and give you the information you need to determine whether it's worth binging on a show this Summer. We’ll also cover some shows from the cable networks as well as streaming services like Amazon and Netflix.

  • Podcast #788: Smart Home Tech and Hulu TV

    Apr 21 2017

    We discuss a couple interesting takes on how to use smart home technology to enable those who may not otherwise want to jump into something so “techie.” Voice control alone could be huge for many as they age or those with serious injuries or disabilities.

  • Podcast #787: YouTube TV

    Apr 14 2017

    Youtube has just entered the IPTV market and if you live in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, or Philadelphia you can sign up today. Like the other IPTV services available you can sign up for only $35 a month with no commitments and you can cancel anytime. Unlike the other services there is only one plan with a few add on channels. Download this Episode. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.i...more

  • Podcast #786: Theater Solutions SUB8S Slim Subwoofer

    Apr 07 2017

    Home Theater without a subwoofer is like pumpkin pie without whipped cream, chips without salsa, a burger without fries. Some things are just meant to go together. And when you don’t have them both, you don’t really get the full experience of either. Typically, to get good bass in your home theater, you need to have a giant subwoofer the size of a small coffee table in the room somewhere. But they aren’t always easy to place. If that’s your dilemma, the Theater Solutions ...more

  • Podcast #785: D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD

    Mar 31 2017

    The D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD (MSRP $199.95) camera is the first camera that makes use of Apple’s HomeKit technology. It's not an ugly, bulky Wifi camera that most are used to, but one that can be easily integrated into your home, while still providing a complete feature set in 1080p resolution.

  • Podcast #784: Invention Roundup

    Mar 24 2017

    From time to time we talk about new ideas we’ve come across on some of the crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Some we happen upon ourselves, some we get alerted to by listener emails, tweets, etc. But these sites are literal treasure troves of inventions and predictions of what our homes, our home theaters and our lives may look like in a few years. Instead of just waiting for one of these ideas to come across our desks, we decided to do some digging to find out what the inv...more

  • Podcast #783: In Wall Subwoofers

    Mar 17 2017

    We recently received an email from Jim in Carlsbad CA asking why there weren’t many reviews of in wall subwoofers. This got us thinking about it. It seems reasonable because how many reviewers are going to commit to ripping a hole in their drywall to test out something that they are going to have to give back when they are done? So how do you make an educated decision?

  • Podcast #782: Live TV Streaming Options

    Mar 10 2017

    We have friends, and you probably do as well, who are constantly asking about options for cutting the cord or otherwise reducing their high monthly cable or satellite bill. We have experience with a couple of the options, but not all of them. In an effort to better serve those friends of ours that need our help, we decided to compile a “compare and contrast” on the three main options available today: SlingTV, Sony Playstation Vue and DirecTV Now.

  • Podcast #781: LG 65UH6150 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

    Mar 03 2017

    We have been talking about 4K TVs for about three years. We were pretty early to the 4K scene and as being early adopters we missed out on TVs with HDR and support for the wider color gamut. Such is the problem with being an early adopter. But we knew it was only a matter of time before one of us would buy another TV and this time it would support HDR and Wide Color. As it turns out Ara was the one who recently purchased an LG 65UH6150 (Buy Now $1079) and is quite pleased with what LG has sold h...more

  • Podcast #780: Hollywood Post Alliance Retreat and Other Topics

    Feb 24 2017

    A wide and varied range of topics for this week. First we'll discuss what came out of the ATSC Summit at the annual Hollywood Post Alliance Retreat. Then we talk about the potential for a resurgence of domestic US Television manufacturing. Reality or pipe dream? Then a great deal on a bias lighting kit from Amazon.

  • Podcast #779: Gary Yacoubian Discusses 16-Ultra Subwoofer

    Feb 17 2017

    This year SVS introduced the world to their 16-Ultra subwoofer line at CES. It was so well received that it was awarded a CES Innovation Award. On today’s show we speak with SVS President Gary Yacoubian where we discuss this achievement.

  • Podcast #778: Is Your TV Spying on You?

    Feb 10 2017

    Much has been made about a recent complaint filed by the FTC and the New Jersey Attorney General alleging that while you’ve been watching TV on your Internet connected Vizio HDTV, unbeknownst to you, it has been watching you back. As Ara and Braden are both owners of Internet connected Vizio televisions, they are both victims of this snooping. But what did Vizio actually do? Is it a terrible invasion, or not really that big of a deal? Are other manufacturers doing the same thing? Let&rsquo...more

  • Podcast #777: Oppo UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Review

    Feb 03 2017

    Many of you (us included) have gone out and purchased a 4K TV sets but still have Blu-ray players connected to them. Sure these TVs do a good job at upconverting your 1080p content but we want more. We want native content at full bandwidth! There have been UHD players on the market for about a year that run about $300. Still many decided to wait. Some hoping for lower prices and others waiting for Oppo Digital to release their UHD player. If you were like us and waiting on the Oppo, your wait is...more

  • Podcast #776: Whole House Music with Chromecast Audio and Grace Digital CastDock X2

    Jan 27 2017

    We’ve been on a quest for DIY whole house music for nearly a decade. Going all the way back to the Squeezebox from Slim Devices. We even tried a digital media player with a built in FM broadcaster we could pick up on our old school radios throughout the home. Over time, Braden settled in on Sonos while Ara landed on an Airport Express solution. There are other options, though, so we decided to check out what Chromecast Audio from Google can do.

  • Podcast #775: Audioengine HD3 Powered Bookshelf Speakers

    Jan 20 2017

    We listen to so much audio sitting at our computers, whether it be a Youtube video, your music library, or watching something on Netflix, we may as well have some nice speakers to listen on. Sure you can buy bookshelf speakers and hook up an amp and then you need to find room on your desk to fit everything. Or you can buy some speakers designed for the desktop with an amp built in. They range from junk to really good. Read that as cheap to expensive.

  • Podcast #774: Predictions for 2017

    Jan 13 2017

    Time for the HT Guys to look into our crystal ball and try and predict the HDTV and Home Theater landscape for 2017. Our crystal ball is never as clears as a good HDTV but we give it a shot nonetheless.

  • Podcast #773: CES 2017

    Jan 06 2017

    It’s that time of year again, the time when countless hordes of tech hungry people descend on Las Vegas, Nevada to geek out on all the new technology manufacturers are showing off. Last year close to 180,000 people attended. But that number didn't include these two guys. This year, like last year, instead of walking the convention show floor, we surfed the convention show coverage to bring you all the highlights and juicy tidbits we could find.

  • Podcast #772: Monoprice Monolith M560 Planar Headphones

    Dec 30 2016

    When we first got into the HDTV thing way back when Monoprice was our goto company for high quality cables that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Since then they have grown into a big company that sells so much more than cables and rock bottom prices.

  • Podcast #771: Prediction Review

    Dec 23 2016

    It's hard to believe that another year has gone by! With that it's time to see how we did with our 2016 predictions.

  • Podcast #770: Ultimate Home Theater in a Box for 2016

    Dec 16 2016

    Each year we design a Home Theater setup that is considerably better than a typical home theater in a box. We have seen complete setups for less than $500 from manufacturers like Sony and Panasonic that quite frankly do not sound good. While our system costs more than a name brand HTIB your satisfaction will be dramatically more. Plus we include EVERYTHING you need to actually setup a home theater.  Minimum components for our system are a HDTV, Blu-ray Player, Receiver, and 7.1 speakers. ...more

  • Podcast #769: Receiver Buying Guide 2016

    Dec 09 2016

    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. It's 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 last year’s Buying Guide, we’re going to skip the budget categories jump right to our top picks. We each pick thr...more

  • Podcast #768: HDTV Buying Guide 2016

    Dec 02 2016

    It’s beginning to look a lot like whatever holiday you may be celebrating this holiday season. Or that you may not be celebrating - not that there’s anything wrong with that. But we grew up celebrating Christmas, so we know what we’re hoping to see under the tree with our names on it. If you happen to be lucky enough to have budget for a new HDTV this Christmas season, but still aren’t sure which one to buy, we’ve got you covered. Like last year, we’re droppin...more

  • Podcast #767: What we're thankful for '16

    Nov 24 2016

    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 many Thanksgivings, on today's show we give you our list of consumer electronics things we are thankful for.

  • Podcast #766: Black Friday Preview 2016

    Nov 18 2016

    If you’re going to set up camp and secure a great spot in line for Black Friday sales, you probably want to make sure you’re at the right store. There may be one killer deal at one store, but ten almost killer deals at another. We’ve done all the research so you'll know where to camp out Thursday night. Looking back on years past, in 2008 a 50-inch 720p plasma was going for $900. In 2009 you could get a 50-inch 1080p plasma with a Blu-ray player for $1000. Fast forward to last ...more

  • Podcast #765: Ray Super Remote

    Nov 11 2016

    Just like a conductor’s baton a good remote control is mandatory to conduct and direct the use of your home theater. We’ve reviewed so many over the years. Ara has settled on the Simple Control application running on an iPad Mini while Braden uses the Logitech Harmony Remotes around his home. But today we are taking a look at the Ray Super Remote (Buy Now $249) which creators bill as the “the ultimate touchscreen universal remote control”.

  • Podcast #764: Kodi

    Nov 04 2016

    There has been an explosion of devices recently, or perhaps going back a couple years, that are based on the Kodi Media Center software or include Kodi as a standard app you can run along with other the other apps available on the device. A simple search at Amazon for ‘Kodi’ yields pages and pages of options for devices. Intrigued by this streaming platform that seems to have taken off like wildfire, we decided to pick up one of these little boxes and see what all the fuss is about. ...more