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Every week the hosts put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.

Every week the hosts put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.
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Every week the hosts put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.








Podcast #870: Black Friday 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

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

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

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:


Podcast #866: Receiver Recommendation, Under $500

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

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

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. 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

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

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

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:

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

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...

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

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

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

"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 knowledge … You need to...


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

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

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

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

fuboTV (, 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.