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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 #805: Surround Sound and (almost) Free Movies

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.

Duration: 00:49:51

Podcast #804: Wired vs Wireless Home Audio

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.

Duration: 00:42:08

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

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.

Duration: 00:32:01

Podcast #802: EH 2017 Products of the Year

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.

Duration: 00:38:28

Podcast #801: 2017 TV Shootout

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.

Duration: 00:50:35

Podcast #800: Wired or Wireless?

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.

Duration: 00:35:13

Podcast #799: Prime Day and Vacation Automation

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.

Duration: 00:34:54

Podcast #798: Samsung Q9F QLED TV Review

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

Duration: 00:42:15

Podcast #797: DTS Virtual:X

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.

Duration: 00:46:21

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

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."

Duration: 00:42:26

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

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.

Duration: 00:49:30

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

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.

Duration: 01:00:47

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

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.

Duration: 00:45:45

Podcast #792: Tivo Update, One Year Later…

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...

Duration: 00:41:12

Podcast #791: LeEco uMax85 Ecotv

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!

Duration: 00:46:54

Podcast #790: Hulu Live TV Beta

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...

Duration: 00:25:53

Podcast #789: 2016 - 2017 TV Show Scorecard

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.

Duration: 00:49:33

Podcast #788: Smart Home Tech and Hulu TV

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.

Duration: 00:41:28

Podcast #787: YouTube TV

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.

Duration: 00:31:15

Podcast #786: Theater Solutions SUB8S Slim Subwoofer

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 SUB8S 250 Watt...

Duration: 00:32:24

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