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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 #1035: Fixing the Dialog in the Movies

    Jan 21 2022

    On today’s show we help you determine if your new HDMI cable is Ultra High Speed certified and discuss whether Samsung’s Mini LEDs are harmful to your eyes. We finished with why dialog in today’s movies is so bad and how the movie studios can fix them. Plus we read your email and look at the week’s news.

  • Podcast #1034: 2022 CES Innovation Awards

    Jan 14 2022

    On today’s show we rundown some of the 2022 Innovation Award winners. We are discussing products related to home theater and audio as well as the Smart Home for this discussion. We read your emails and take a look at the week’s news as well.

  • Podcast #1033: CES 2022

    Jan 07 2022

    This week it's all about CES 2022! So much to talk about including Sony getting into the electric vehicle market. We read your emails as well.

  • Podcast #1032: 2021 in Review

    Dec 31 2021

    Happy New Year! For our last show of 2021 we go through some of the news stories of the past year. We also have a few listener emails and some end of year news.

  • Podcast #1031: When HDMI 2.1 is not HDMI 2.1

    Dec 24 2021

    On this week’s show we take a look at the best mesh routers for 2021 and discuss whether something labeled HDMI 2.1 is actually HDMI 2.1. We read your emails and take a look at the week’s news stories as well.

  • Podcast #1030: Audiophile Two Channel System

    Dec 17 2021

    On today’s show we take a look at two budget smart thermostats and discuss whether Matter will be the glue that ties your entire house together. Finally we listen to music on an almost $25,000 two channel system. We also read your emails and go through the week’s news.

  • Podcast #1029: Technics True Wireless Headphones

    Dec 10 2021

    A few weeks ago we read an email from one of our listeners who works for Technics announcing a slew of new products. Two of which were the AZ40 (Street Price $150) and AZ60 (Street Price $230) Wireless Headphones. We expressed interest in reviewing them and were sent two pairs for review. We also read your emails and look at the week’s news.

  • Podcast #1028: Level Up your Home Theater

    Dec 03 2021

    On this week’s show we take a look at a cool gift idea for your technophobe friends that want to stay connected with you and we “ Level Up” your home theater. We also read your emails and discuss the week’s news. Plus Braden goes on a rant about his Internet provider.

  • Podcast #1027: Thankful in the Multiverse of Podcasts!

    Nov 25 2021

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We have a special show for you all. It's our second annual crossover podcast with the guys from AV Rant and The Bright Side of Home Theater. There is also a video version available on our YouTube Channel “The HT Guys”. So sit back and enjoy some Turkey while you listen to this week’s show.

  • Podcast #1026: Black Friday 2021

    Nov 19 2021

    It's that time of year again! We get to enjoy a big meal with family and friends and then start the Holiday shopping season in earnest. On today’s show we run down some of the deals we find interesting. We also read your emails and take a look at the week’s news.

  • Podcast #1025: Disney+ Gets iMax and Some Early Black Friday Deals

    Nov 12 2021

    On this week’s show, Disney+ Gets the iMax treatment and we look at some smart devices that you didn’t even know existed. We also give you a heads up on some early Blak Friday Deals. Plus we look at the news and read your emails.

  • Podcast #1024: Dune, Seven Alexa Commands You Are Not Using and Why Matter Matters

    Nov 05 2021

    On today’s show we discuss watching Dune from our home theaters, Seven Alexa commands you are probably not using, and why we think Matter really matters. Plus we have two weeks of emails and news.

  • Podcast #1023: A Very Special Episode

    Oct 29 2021

    We are on vacation this week but we still have a show. Its a little different than our typical show. This week we tell you the origin of how we became the HT Guys. We'll be back next week with new content and your emails and news.

  • Podcast #1022: Netflix's Most Popular Shows and The Best Smart Light Switches

    Oct 22 2021

    On today’s show we look at the top 15 most popular shows on Netflix and run down the ten best smart light switches according to Tom’s Guide. We comment as we have had experience with all but three of them. As usual, we read your email and discuss the news of the week.

  • Podcast #102: 4K TVs That won't Break the Bank and the New Hisense Soundbars

    Oct 15 2021

    On today’s show we look at three 4K TVs that won’t break the bank and look at the new soundbars coming from Hisense. We also read your emails and look at the news of the week.

  • Podcast #1020: Wide Color Gamut and the YIO Remote Two

    Oct 08 2021

    This week we explain what Wide Color Gamut is and how it affects your TV viewing experience. We also discovered a new remote that wants to be your Harmony Replacement. It's really sexy but it costs a pretty penny. Finally we discuss why you don’t want to mount your TV over the fireplace. All that plus your emails and the week's news.

  • Podcast #1019: Amazon Product Announcements andValue Electronics TV Shootout

    Oct 01 2021

    This week we take a look at the latest product announcements from Amazon. There are a slew of smart home products and a new FireTV that’s actually TV! Then there is the Value Electronics TV Shootout where they pick the best TV in three categories. As usual we look at the week’s news and read your emails.

  • Podcast #1018: TCL TVs for 2021 and CEDIA Expo Best Of Show Winners

    Sep 24 2021

    On today’s show we reveal the 2021 TCL TV lineup and discuss FAST (free, ad-supported streaming television) channels. Is this the beginning of truly free TV? We also go through the list of the 2021 CEDIA Expo Best of show winners. Plus we read your emails and look at the news of the week.

  • Podcast #1017: Summer Box office Wrap-up and AirPods Pro Review

    Sep 17 2021

    On this week’s show we wrap up the Summer Box Office numbers with the top ten movies based on ticket sales and we look at two contradicting studies about streaming vs cable. We also have a review of Apple’s AirPod Pro. We also read your email and look at the news of the week.

  • Podcast #1016:Hisense's new laser TV, Bluetooth for Audiophiles and a review of a $5 smart plug

    Sep 10 2021

    We have a fantastic show for you today! Hisense announced what appears to be one of the best Ultra Short Throw Projectors on the market. We discuss Ara’s experience with his and how this may be the one to replace your regular TV. Qualcomm has something for audiophiles with their AptX Lossless codec for CD Quality Sound Over Bluetooth. Finally we take a look at a $5 smart plug from monoprice. Who would have thought that you can start your home automation journey for $5. As usual we read yo...more

  • Podcast #1015: Locast Shuts Down and Should You Evangelize Hi-res Audio to Your Friends

    Sep 03 2021

    We have a really big show this week! First off there is the news about Locast shutting down. We have what we think could be a good candidate to replace the Harmony Remote. We look at suggested seating distances based on screen size. You won’t believe this one. Then we look at an article that tries to tell you how to evangelize Hi-res audio to your friends. Plus we read your emails and look at the news.

  • Podcast #1014: What we are streaming and IPTV Services Compared

    Aug 27 2021

    This week we look at what everyone has been streaming based on minutes streamed. This is a new metric that Nielsen has developed to survive in a world where less and less of us watch live linear TV. Speaking of live linear TV we do a comparison of your IPTV options available to you. Between the two of us we have used them all. We also read your emails and take a look at some of the news stories of the week.

  • Podcast #1013: Do you still Need a Set Top Box and the TWICE 2021 VIP Awards

    Aug 20 2021

    This week we solve the mystery of what happened to HDNET and we ask the question if Set Top Hardware is still needed. Finally we go through the list of the 2021 TWICE VIP Awards. We also read your emails and give you the news of the week.

  • Podcast #1012: DirecTV Stream and the sofabaton Universal remote Control

    Aug 13 2021

    On this week’s show we opine on what is going on at AT&T and their DireTV Stream video service and we review the sofabaton U1 Universal Remote control. Can it make you forget about the Harmony? We also read your emails and go over some of the week’s news.

  • Podcast #1011: Renting Out Your Home Theater and Scarlett Johansson

    Aug 06 2021

    On this week’s show we talk about the possibility of renting out your home theater space a’la AirBnB and we also chime in on the Scarlett Johansson’s breach-of-contract lawsuit. We also have a lot of email and news to discuss!

  • Podcast #1010: Samsung TV Plus and Belkin's Soundform Connect AirPlay2 Adapter Review

    Jul 30 2021

    This week we discuss free TV on your Samsung TVs and mobile devices via Samsung’s TV Plus service. We also have a review of Belkin’s Soundform Connect AirPlay2 Adapter. And as usual, we read your emails and talk about the week’s news.

  • Podcast #1009: Dolby vs DTS - Does it still matter?

    Jul 23 2021

    This week we take a look at a new Drywall Screw that supposedly will isolate your theater from adjacent rooms. We also take a look at the differences between Dolby and DTS. Does it still matter in the era of their high definition codecs? We also read your emails and discuss the week’s news.

  • Podcast #1008: Cinemas are done and possible NFL and Apple Marriage

    Jul 16 2021

    Are Apple and the NFL close to a deal that will bring Sunday Ticket to AppleTV+? We give our thoughts on a possible deal between the two companies. We also start putting the last nails into TV and cinema operator’s coffins. All of this plus your emails and news await you on this week’s show!

  • Podcast #1007: Dirty Power and our Favorite Automations

    Jul 09 2021

    Is the power in your house dirty enough to affect your Home Theater experience? We quantify how to determine if you have dirty power and how to clean it up. We also look at our favorite Home Automation Scenes, read your emails and go through the week’s news.

  • Podcast #1006: SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer Review

    Jul 02 2021

    This week we take a look at two articles comparing Apple services to Google and Amazon. Which service is right for you? It will be a shocker how they decide! We also spent some time with the smallest thing in subwoofers this week. The SVS 3000 Micro. This small subwoofer packs a big punch. We also read your emails and take a look at the week’s news.

  • Podcast #1005: Best OTA DVR for Cord Cutters

    Jun 25 2021

    We were on vacation this week but that didn’t stop us from putting together a show for you. We take a look at the best OTA DVR for cord cutters and we have an abbreviated email and news segment.

  • Podcast #1004: Netflixland and is your TV's Sharpness too high?

    Jun 18 2021

    Are you ready for Netflixland? We discuss how Netflix is opening up an e-commerce site. We also take a look at the best Roku TVs in 2021 and why you should not set your TV’s sharpness very high. As usual we read your emails and discuss the week’s news.

  • Podcast #1003: Finally a Reason for Atmos!

    Jun 11 2021

    On today’s show it's all about Dolby Atmos. First up is the ten best Dolby Atmos scenes and if that is not enough we discuss how to stream Dolby Atmos music. We end with our impressions of listening to Dolby Atmos music on Apple Music. We also read your emails and the week’s news.

  • Podcast #1002:

    Jun 04 2021

    In this week’s show we look at the number of DVD, Blu-ray and UHD discs that have been released, run down the new flagship receivers from Denon and Yamaha, and answer the question, should I buy an 8K TV? Plus we read your email and take a look at the news.

  • Podcast #1001: Email and News

    May 28 2021

    On this week’s show we play catch up with your emails and the news from the past two weeks. We’ll have a traditional shw next week.

  • Podcast #1000

    May 21 2021

    It's our 1000th episode so we thought it would be fun to go down memory lane. It has been so much fun getting to know all of you. Some we know well and have developed personal relationships with. Others came and went as things in their lives changed. To Industry members, thank you for your support! To our listeners, thank you for subscribing, downloading and listening to our show. It's because of you that we are here today and will be here tomorrow!

  • Podcast #999: Is an $80K Sony Projector Worth the Money and a $25 Harmony Remote Replacement

    May 14 2021

    On today’s show we look at a CNET article that covers the best home theater projectors for 2021 and then we ask if a $80,000 Sony projector is worth the money. We also take a look at a simple universal remote and ask if it can replace the Harmony. We read your emails and take a look at the week’s news as well.

  • Podcast #998: Top Five Movie Rentals for the Week and The Best LED TV

    May 07 2021

    On today’s show we take a look at the top five movie rentals for the week, discuss a movie called Nobody, invite ourselves onto The Bright Side of Home Theater Podcast, and answer the question, “What’s the Best LED TV” right now. Pulse we read emails and discuss the news of the week. Don’t forget to enter to win a fantastic SVS sound system to celebrate our 1000th episode.

  • Podcast #997: Understanding Digital TV Signal Reception and B&W PI7 Headphones Review

    Apr 30 2021

    On today’s show we announce a fantastic giveaway to celebrate our 1000th show. Be sure to enter the contest! We also discuss Apple being sued for terminating the account of someone with $25,000 worth of apps and videos. With ATSC 3.0 around the corner we discuss what can cause issues with over the air reception of Tv signals. We have a review of the B&W PI7 wireless headphones. All this and your emails and the week’s news

  • Podcast #996: New AppleTV and Wyze V3 Review

    Apr 23 2021

    On today’s show we run through some of the new features on the recently announced AppleTV, look at the tradeoff of using an indoor TV outdoors in a protected environment, and we have a short review of the Wyze V3 outdoor camera. We also read your emails and take a look at the week’s news.

  • Podcast #995: End of the Road for the Harmony Remote and DIY Speaker Building

    Apr 15 2021

    We’re back! After a laptop mishap the show returns with a discussion about the Harmony Remote going end of life, a discussion on SpaceX's Starlink Satellite Internet service, using smart home devices to provide you weather alerts, and finally a discussion on Ara’s journey to becoming a DIY speaker builder. We also read your emails and discuss the news of th week.

  • No Show This Week

    Apr 08 2021

    No show this week due to technical difficulties. We’ll be back next week. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Podcast #994: Wifi Gremlins Begone!

    Apr 01 2021

    On this week’s show we take a look at twelve things that the Jetsons predicted correctly back in 1962. Ring introduces three new automation devices and Ara gets to the bottom of his Wifi woes. We also read your email and take a look at the week’s news stories.

  • Podcast #993: Gary Yacoubian and Nick Brown of SVS

    Mar 26 2021

    This week we discuss whether there is a market for a $200 quad tuner DVR that doesn’t come with storage and we talk with SVS President and CEO Gary Yacoubian and Vice President of Marketing Nick Brown about two new cool products that SVS recently released. We also read your emails and take a look at the week’s news.

  • Podcast #992: Channels DVR and the Best IPTV Service

    Mar 19 2021

    On this week’s show we discuss a super inexpensive solution to charging your outdoor devices via the sun, we dive a little deeper into the Channels DVR, and finally, we look at the best IPTV solutions for you. Plus we read your emails and take a look at the news.

  • Podcast #991: Locast2Plex and Chromecast Whole House Audio

    Mar 12 2021

    On this week’s show one of our listeners shares his experience using the Chromecast for whole house audio. Then we take a look at Ara’s journey to make locast2plex work on his Raspberry Pi. As usual we read listener emails and this week’s news.

  • Podcast #990: Shrinking Movie Release Windows and the Future of Cinemas

    Mar 05 2021

    On this week’s show we run down the top ten rentals for the week and discuss release windows for movies. Does the shrinking window spell doom for movie theaters? We also read your emails and cover the news of the week.

  • Podcast #989: Audiophile or Audio-Fooled?

    Feb 26 2021

    On this week’s show we discuss the ten most used voice commands we gave our digital assistants in 2020. Then we look at the Spotify announcement that they will offer a “High Quality” experience called HiFi for their subscribers. This leads us into a discussion about what is “High Quality” streaming audio. We read email and discuss the sad news that Frys is no longer.

  • Podcast #988: ATSC 3.0 is here and the Best Non-OLED TV

    Feb 19 2021

    This week we help a listener future proof his new AVR purchase and we answer the question, “Where can you watch ATSC 3.0 Content?” We wrap up with the best Non-OLED TV available. We also read your emails and look at the week’s news.

  • Podcast #987: Harbottle Audio Interview

    Feb 12 2021

    A couple of weeks ago a listener, Tim Diebert, emailed asking us to review a subwoofer that he owns made by Harbottle Audio. On today’s show we speak with their Technical Director Cody Heibert about their subwoofers and what they have coming in a few months. We also read your emails and go through the week’s news.

  • Podcast #986: Do you need a Calibrator?

    Feb 05 2021

    On this week's show we look at which streaming services were nominated for Golden Globe Awards and we ask the question; “Should you pay to have your TV/Projector Calibrated?” We also read your emails and take a look at the news.

  • Podcast #985: Kef's New Subwoofer and Five Home Tech Trends for 2021

    Jan 29 2021

    On today’s show we discuss a new technology from Kef that gets big sound from a small subwoofer. We also take a look at the top home technology trends for 2021. Pulse we have your emails and the news of the week.

  • Podcast #984: CES 2021 Awards

    Jan 22 2021

    This week we wrap up our CES 2021 coverage with the CES Awards show. We look at what Products Engadget, Digital Trends, CNET, and CES thought were notable and newsworthy. As usual we look at your emails and discuss the news of the week.

  • Podcast #983: CES 2021

    Jan 15 2021

    It's CES but not like the usual CES that we are accustomed to. This year it is all virtual and as a result we can’t tell you how incredible the latest Micro LED TV looks. There are some great sounding technological improvements that have us excited for the future. This is a long show but we are sure we missed something. If there is a product or announcement you think we should take a look at please let us know. Next week we’ll discuss what others saw as “Best of Show”. W...more

  • Podcast #982: Wyze Smart Bulb and Discovery Plus is Here

    Jan 08 2021

    On this week's show we take a look at an incredible deal on smart light bulbs from Wyze. Four Smart bulbs for less than $8 a piece. We also have a first look at Discovery Plus. What we think is a solid streaming service. And we read your emails and discuss the news of the week.

  • Podcast #981: Wonder Women, Best Products from 2020, and CES Preview

    Jan 01 2021

    It's a new year and we have a new show for you today. Did you watch Wonder Women on Christmas? Millions did! The HT Guys did as well and we discuss what we thought. We also go through the best tech products of 2020 and finish off with a preview of CES 2021. All that plus email and news. Happy New Year!

  • Podcast #980: AirPod Max, Predictions, and the Best Streamer of 2020

    Dec 25 2020

    In our last show for 2020 we discuss the Apple AirPods Max. Are these big and expensive headphones from Apple worth the high price? We look at 7 CE Predictions for 2021 from This Week in Consumer Electronics and finally, what was the best streamer for 2020. All this plus your email and news of the week!

  • Podcast #979: Speaker Buying Guide

    Dec 18 2020

    In our last buying guide of 2020 we take a look at speaker systems. For this list we are looking at a 5.1 setup which will be more than what 90% of our listeners need. If you are in the other 10% who wants more, all these speakers can easily be upgraded to a 7.1 or 5.1.2 system for a few dollars more.

  • Podcast 978: HDTV Buying Guide 2020

    Dec 11 2020

    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. There are some incredible TVs out there with fantastic pricing.

  • Podcast #977: Receiver Buying Guide 2020

    Dec 04 2020

    It's that time of year where we get to spend your money. This season we start off with AV Receivers. We take a practical approach with these guides in that we try to get you the best bang for your buck. Well we do indulge with one of our selections. Here is our AV receiver buying guide for 2020. Plus we read your email and cover the week’s news

  • Podcast #976: Thankful on Infinite Podcasts!

    Nov 26 2020

    We have a special show for you today. The AV Rant Guys (Tom Andry and Rob H), along with DJ Briggs of the Bright Side of Home Theater join us for a fun filled podcast that gives thanks to you our listeners.

  • Podcast #975: Black Friday Roundup

    Nov 20 2020

    It's another Black Friday and the HT Guys have you covered. This year is a bit different as many companies go virtual with their Black Friday Deals. We can go through every deal out there but we do highlight a few that we really like. Let us know if you participate this year and what you get. All that plus your emails and news of the week!

  • Podcast #974: Roku vs FireTV and the Top 5 Object Based Surround (ATMOS) Movies

    Nov 13 2020

    On today’s show we take a look at the Top Ten most watched shows on Youtube, we compare Roku vs FireTV and DJ Briggs of The Brightside of Home Theater gives us his top five Object Based Audio (ATMOS) movies to give your home theater system a workout. All that plus your emails and news of the week!

  • Podcast #973: Black Friday will be radically different from prior years"

    Nov 06 2020

    On today’s abbreviated show we look at Walmart, Target, and Best Buy’s Black Friday plans and we read your emails and discuss this week’s news.

  • Podcast #972: Tribit Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Earbuds and Vizio OLED TV

    Oct 30 2020

    On this week’s show Ara’s gives us his impression of the Tribit Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Earbuds that we talked about a couple of weeks ago. We also look at the Vizio OLED TV Review by RTINGS.com. We also read your emails and take a look at the news!

  • Podcast #971: Hoobs Home Automation Hub

    Oct 23 2020

    This is a very short show this week. Ara is on vacation but we pre-recorded two segments. Ara purchased a Tribet FlyBuds wireless headphones with Active Noise Cancelation for his trip. The full review will be next week. These are just his initial thoughts. We also review the HOOBS Home Automation Hub. No news or email this week.

  • Podcast 970: UST vs Projector vs Large Format TV

    Oct 16 2020

    On this week’s show we look at what movies are trending for on demand viewing and we try (again) to help Braden decide between a UST Projector, a traditional projector and a large format TV. We also look at email and news of the week.

  • Podcast #969: Google Pixel Buds 2 and the Best HDMI Cable for your new 4K TV

    Oct 09 2020

    We have a short show for you today. We take a look at the Google Pixel Buds 2. Google’s new true wireless earbuds and we find you the best HDMI cables for your new 4K TV. Great news! If you are connecting components it won’t cost you more than $10 a device! Pulse we have your emails and News of the week.

  • Podcast #968: Sony noise Canceling Headphones and Amazon's product Announcements

    Oct 02 2020

    On this week’s show we take a look at the Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise Canceling Headphones and all the new gear Amazon recently announced. We read some email and news stories as well.

  • Podcast #967: Hearing Loss and Hi Res Audio

    Sep 25 2020

    On this week’s show we ask if you would be OK sharing your wifi with your neighborhood as part of a Mesh network to improve the reliability of your wireless devices. That’s what Amazon wants to do with the project Sidewalk. We also discuss Hi Res Audio and old folks hearing. Are these recordings in Hi Res format worth it? As usual we read your emails and check out the news of the week.

  • Podcast #966: The 6 Best TV’s - Summer 2020 according to RTINGS.COM

    Sep 18 2020

    On today’s show we discuss the four places to avoid putting your Amazon Echo and the six best TVs of the Summer 2020 (as if anything good can come out of 2020 ;-). We go through listener emails and discuss some of the news of the week in an action pack episode!

  • Podcast #965: New Samsung UST Projector, Optimized 4K Encoding, and Hue Outdoor Lights

    Sep 11 2020

    On this week’s show Samsung introduces two new Ultra Short Throw Laser Projectors, Netflix starts streaming 4K content with shot-optimized encoding using a 4K VMAF model to reduce the bandwidth load on networks. We also include a discussion of Ara’s new outdoor lighting using Hue Outdoor lights. Video included! We have listener emails and a voice comment along with the latest news.

  • Podcast #964: Samsung Hybrid QD-OLED, Six Cheap Security Devices, and the Optoma CinemaX P2

    Sep 04 2020

    On today’s show, Samsunghas a hybrid TV in the works that combines the best of OLED and QLED named QD-OLED. Nothing confusing there! We discuss six super cheap home security devices and Optoma released the P2CinemaX UST Projector. All that plus news and your emails!

  • Podcast #963: Micro vs Mini LED and Rob Jones CTO of Enclave Audio

    Aug 28 2020

    On today's show we compare Micro and Mini LED and have an Interview with Rob Jones the CTO of Enclave Audio, makers of a wireless 5.1 home theater system that is easy to set up anywhere in your home without the need of speaker wire. And as always we read some listener email and take a look at the news of the week.

  • Podcast #962: Do You need 8K? Spoiler Alert… the answer is No!

    Aug 21 2020

    This week we ask whether Allen should open his factory sealed Empire Strikes Back VHS tape so he can digitize it. We also breakout sales of the top 10 selling discs by format, Finally we make a case for not buying an 8K TV just yet. We also read your emails and take a look at the news on an action packed episode!!

  • Podcast #961: Fall TV and Sonos ARC

    Aug 14 2020

    On today’s show we breakdown the Top 50 Disc sellers format market share and look at a few shows that were either canceled or renewed for the upcoming Fall season with the most thorough resource we have found on this subject from Rotten Tomatoes. Finally we take a look at the Sonos ARC soundbar with a review from the Verge. All that plus your email and news!

  • Podcast #960: Mulan, Cheap 98 inch 4K TV, and TCL 8-Series

    Aug 07 2020

    On today’s show we discuss Disney releasing Mulan on Disney+ with an additional $29.99 charge. Is this the world we have been hoping for? We also take a look at a really “cheap” 98 inch 4K TV. And finally we try to determine if the new TCL 8 Series mini-LED TVis Braden’s next buy. All that plus news and your emails

  • Podcast #959: Alexa Live 2020

    Jul 31 2020

    On today’s show we ask the question whether a $300 toaster with a touchscreen is worth buying. We take a look at Klipsch’s Soundbar killer the Fives and we give you a rundown of the Alexa Live 2020 conference. All that plus your emails and news!

  • Podcast #958: Do Soundbars Suck?

    Jul 24 2020

    On today’s show we look at how people are using their smart speakers with their smart TVs, ask the question, if Soundbars Suck, and provide you with the definitive resource list for finding content on Netflix. As usual we read you listener email and go through some news stories for the week.

  • Podcast #957: Sony A8H OLED TV Review RTINGS.com

    Jul 17 2020

    On today's show we discuss How Streaming Services will retain subscribers, run down the top ten movie titles based on sales, and leave you with a review of the Sony A8H OLED TV. All that pulse your emails and a rundown of some news stories from the week.

  • Podcast #956: Marantz 2020 Lineup

    Jul 10 2020

    We have a full show today with a quick followup to last week’s Eufy camera review that includes the Pan and Tilt version. We discuss our question of the day: Would you pay $280 for a High fidelity power cable for your AV system? We take a brief look at Home Theater Review’s discussion of the NAD T778 and we run through the new receivers just announced by Marantz.

  • Podcast #955: eufy Security Indoor Camera

    Jul 03 2020

    We are always on the lookout for new home automation/security devices. Especially ones that really deliver and don’t cost a lot of money. The eufy Security Indoor Cam 2K does exactly that. At just $40 a pop, this is an absolute no brainer! Add the fact that it works with Amazon, Google, and will work with HomeKit in July, this is the camera that every HT Guys listener should own.

  • Podcast #954: Ten Facts about the Over The Top Transition

    Jun 26 2020

      On today’s podcast we bring you 15 Smart Home Devices that are worth Every Penny and Ten Facts about the Over The Top (OTT) Transition. And, as usual, we read some listener email and go through the top news stories of the week.  

  • Podcast #953: Listener Hoobs Review and HDR Formats

    Jun 19 2020

    This week we have a Listener review of Hoobs, a plug and play hub that makes smart accessories compatible with your favorite ecosystem. We give you some ideas for getting yourself that Father’s Day gift your family didn’t get you, and we discuss the different HDR Formats.

  • Podcast #952: New Denon X-Series AVRs

    Jun 12 2020

    On today’s show we take a look at Denon’s new X-Series AVRs that are packed full of new features. The new models are the Denon AVR-X6700H ($2499), AVR-X4700H ($1699), AVR-X3700H ($1199), and AVR-X2700H ($849 MSRP).

  • Podcast #951: HDMI Cables and Streaming Based on Your Viewing Habits

    Jun 05 2020

    On today’s show we take a look at streaming services from different points of view. What’s the best service for your watching habits. We finish with looking at the different Active HDMI cables available at Monoprice.com. But of course no show is complete without reading your emails and checking out the news of the week!

  • Podcast #950: Setting Up AV over IP

    May 29 2020

    Many of our listeners ask us about the best way to setup distributed AV systems. Mainly for audio but occasionally video as well. In the old days of analog this was a complex task that required a ton of wiring and big heavy equipment. Now that IP is almost everywhere (both wired and wireless) it's much easier to do. The following are things to consider when setting up a distributed digital AV system. We laso run down a list of top projectors in their category and ask what will it take to get yo...more

  • Podcast 949: Vintage Stereo Commercials and Best Practices for Optimizing your Smart Home

    May 22 2020

    Karl sent us an email with a link to a Youtube video loaded with stereo commercials from the 70s and 80s. It was fun going down memory lane. We go through the commercials and discuss what has changed over the years. We also round out the discussion with some cool Smart Home products and how you can optimize their use!

  • Podcast #948: Android Apps for TV, Did AT&T Abandon DirecTV, and What are We Streaming

    May 15 2020

    On today's show we take a look Android Apps for TV, discuss whether AT&T abandoned DirecTV, and we run down a list of what we are streaming. Plus we have some great content linked from YouTube that will help pass time while you are stuck at home.

  • Podcast #947: Set Top Boxes, Tomorrow's World, and Outdoor Cameras

    May 08 2020

    On today's show we take a look at comparison of Set Top Boxes from Roku, Amazon, Google, Apple, and NVIDIA. More Info... We also found a cool video from 1989 that tried to predict what the home of 2020 would look like. They were eerily accurate! Video here Finally we take a look at the best outdoor security cameras for 2020. More Info...

  • Podcast #946: HDMI-CEC

    May 01 2020

    On the last podcast we talked about using HDMI CEC to replace a universal remote for certain applications. Mainly for those who may have one or two set top boxes connected to their TV with the audio running through ARC to a sound bar. In this case we said that your TV’s remote could control everything. We received a few emails asking us to explain the concept a bit further.

  • Podcast #945: Cool IFTTT Applets and Devices

    Apr 24 2020

    Many of us have some sort of home automation device in our homes. Many of the products we had do not necessarily work together unless you are using a framework from Google, Amazon, or Apple. That’s where IFTTT comes in. IFTTT connects devices that normally don’t talk to each other with something called an Applet.

  • Podcast #944: TV Show Renewals and Cancellations

    Apr 17 2020

    Today we discuss how MLB, NHL, and NBA might have to refund a portion of the m oney they rec eived for their TV packages. We also point out that there is a great deal going on on the Vizio P-Series QuantumX. Finally we run down which TV shows are cancelled or are coming back for another season.

  • Podcast #943: The 7 Best 4K TVs - Spring 2020 (RTINGS.com)

    Apr 10 2020

    The editors at RTINGS.com have just updated their Seven Best Best 4K TVs for the Spring and we bring those to you. RTINGS.com is a great resource when you are looking to buy a new UHD TV. They have the most thorough reviews of any site on the Internet. All the TVs that we discuss come with an in depth review that can be found at the links below.

  • Podcast #942: TV Ratings a Different Look

    Apr 03 2020

    Ever since we could remember Neilson has been the main way for networks to get their read on what America is watching. You would think by now with all the new technology that is available to us we would have a better method to rate what we watch. Enter the website TV Series Finale. The site was started in 2005 and was devoted to the last episodes of TV shows, It quickly morphed into a site that tracked if a show was renewed or canceled. In fact we use their info each year when we discuss the sam...more

  • Our First Podcast from 15 years ago

    Mar 31 2020

    The HT Guys would like to thank all our listeners for 15 years of support. Many of you have been with us since day one and others joined soon thereafter. Be kind when you listen to our first episode as we didn't have a clue to what we were doing. We hope you like this trip down memory lane The HT Guys Ara Derderian and Braden Russell

  • Podcast #941: Streaming Day and Date Content is Here!

    Mar 27 2020

    So you are stuck working from home or are on temporary furlough. Either way you may find that you have more time on your hand and don’t know what to do. The HT Guys have you covered. There are plenty of new movies that were in or scheduled to be in theaters that are available for digital purchase or rental. Today we’ll run down the list and hope you can find something worth watching!

  • Podcast #940: Streaming through the quarantine

    Mar 20 2020

    On today’s show we discuss three articles: "I used cloud gaming exclusively for a month. Here’s what happened", "In a Potential Game-Changing Decision, NBCUniversal Will Make Theatrical Movies Available On Demand Immediately", and "Here’s how to try every major streaming service for free during the coronavirus quarantine."

  • Podcast #939: Streaming and Cord Cutting

    Mar 13 2020

    On Today’s show, in addition to your email and news, we review the year 2013, ask you “How do you Stream your Entertainment, and finally look at your top streaming attributes.

  • Podcast #938: AT&T TV???

    Mar 06 2020

    How many TV services does AT&T have? Let’s count them. There is DirecTV, U-Verse, AT&T TV Now, and AT&T Watch TV. Kind of confusing huh. Well there is one more newly minted TV service from AT&T simply named AT&T TV.

  • Podcast #937: Best 80 Inch TVs (RTINGS.com)

    Feb 28 2020

    By now you all know that we have been searching for the best large format TV to emulate a projector and screen. We know nothing beats a 120 inch screen but with that comes some drawbacks like installation, cost, and light control. Ara settled on an Ultra Short Throw Projector which does really well in a fully lit room. The entire setup cost him just under $4000. Braden is still looking for that one TV that will say buy me. Our friends at RTINGS.com must have known Braden was in the market for su...more

  • Podcast 936: Top Ten TVs at Amazon Based on Sales

    Feb 21 2020

    On today's show we take a look back at the year 2012, discuss how to make your HDMI connected devices work with Hotel HDTVs, take a poll on home much our dedicated home theaters cost, and finally give you the top ten HDTVs at Amazon based on sales.

  • Podcast #935: LG CineBeam HU85LA 4K UST Laser Projector

    Feb 14 2020

    This week we Discuss options for streaming movies for free! And we take a look at the LG CineBeam HU85LA 4K UST Laser Projector

  • Podcast #934: Should You Buy a TCL Series 4 UHDTV?

    Feb 07 2020

    This week we review the year 2011 and why you shouldn’t buy a TCL Series 4 HDTV.

  • Podcast #933: Micro LED vs Mini LED and ATSC 3.0 TVs

    Jan 31 2020

    This week we discuss three articles: Seven of our best tips for your Sonos system - Popular Science, MicroLED vs. Mini-LED: Which display technology will power your next TV? - Digital Trends, and Want free 4K from an antenna? Here's the 2020 TVs with Next Gen TV tuners built-in - CNET

  • Podcast #932: Home Cinema Streaming

    Jan 24 2020

    We were alerted to an article at Home Theater Review by one of our listeners, Tom Green, regarding Home Movie streaming. We link to it here: Home Cinema's Streaming Future Is Now. The author states that for reference material they still use UHD Bluerays “But for day-to-day viewing, many of us here on staff have migrated almost entirely to streaming consumption.”

  • Podcast #931: Best of CES 2020

    Jan 17 2020

    This week we take a look at the best of CES.

  • Podcast #930: CES 2020

    Jan 10 2020

    After a few year Hiatus we returned to Las Vegas for CES. Because we were there on our day job’s behalf we did not get to see everything that CES has to offer. We focus on the main players. We’ll do a susquent show on the cool things that were reported on but not seen by us.

  • Podcast #929: Happy New Year!

    Jan 03 2020

    Happy New Year!! Today we discuss a network strategy for all those new Home Automation devices you bought for Christmas as well as reading your emails and discussing a few News stories.

  • Podcast #928: Predictions Review 2019

    Dec 27 2019

    At the beginning of each year we make predictions as to what we think will happen in the area of HDTV, Home Theater, and Home Automation. We usually hit at about 40% correct. This year, thanks to some generous judging we only got to 33%. So let’s see how close, or far, we came in our predictions.

  • Podcast #927: Smarthome Buying Guide 2019

    Dec 20 2019

    We have been touting the Smarthome for a few years now but somehow have never put together a Buying Guide. So for 2019 we are going to fix that. After all, this is the year of home automation.

  • Podcast #926: TV Buying Guide 2019

    Dec 13 2019

    Back in the day you had top tier TV manufacturers like Sony, Panasonic, and even RCA. Everything else was second rate. That meant the picture wasn’t very good. There really weren’t any features to speak of. It was all picture quality. Yes you could buy a cheap 20 inch TV for your den or bedroom which didn’t look that great. But who cared you were probably only watching the news or Johnny Carson before you went to bed.

  • Podcast #925: Speaker and Receiver Buying Guide 2019

    Dec 06 2019

    Each year in December put out seperate buying guides for receivers, speakers, and TVs. This year with the shortened buying window we decided to double up on our guides. Today we take a look at speakers and receivers. The things that make sound! We have also decided to give you a collective guide rather than our individual picks targeting an entry, mid, and “high” level product. We put high in quotes because in our hobby, high can be really high.

  • Podcast #924: What we are Thankful for

    Nov 28 2019

    This week the HT Guys are thankful for all our loyal listeners who have been with us throughout our 15 years of podcasting. We also discuss a THX tuned speaker system that does not need an AV Receiver and the first DIY Security system that is HomeKit ready.

  • Podcast #923: Black Friday Guide 2019

    Nov 22 2019

    Well Black Friday is almost here. Just like all the years we’ve talked about it, there are some exceptional deals to be had. The question is where do 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 #922: Why Your Home Theaters Probably Stink (A Counterpoint)

    Nov 15 2019

    We found this article over at CEPro titled Why Your Home Theaters Probably Stink which immediately put us on the defensive. We understand that CEPro is aimed at integrators and that in their context a Home Theater is not what we have in our family rooms. Regardless, we wanted to challenge the notion that our modest home theaters stink! We’ll go through the article point by point.

  • Podcast #921:Network TV Update and the Best Cheap Earbuds

    Nov 08 2019

    Network TV update and what are the best cheap earbuds from RTINGS.com

  • Podcast #920: Optoma CinemaX P1 UST Projector

    Nov 01 2019

    For the past year or two we have been talking about removing our projectors and replacing them with very large format TVs. There are a few manufacturers that produce TVs greater than 85” in size and we were stuck in analysis paralysis. There is a video that accompanies this review. Please watch it to help understand the capabilities of this projector.

  • Podcast #919: Confessions of a Cord Cutter

    Oct 25 2019

    We received a great email from our listener Dennis Comfort describing his journey to becoming a cord cutter. Well maybe a cord swapper. Whatever you call it he saved $90 a month! Thank you Dennis for sharing your experience with us!

  • Podcast #918: Best 4K Projector and Affordable 65" TVs

    Oct 18 2019

    This week we discuss two articles at AVS Forum. The first one is the “Best 4K Home Theater Projectors on Amazon”. The second article is the “Best Affordable 65” TV”.