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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 #818: Black Friday 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.

Duration: 00:49:08

Podcast #817: Modulus 4K Media Server

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.

Duration: 00:49:33

Podcast #816: Mohu Airwave Review

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.

Duration: 00:51:32

Podcast #815: The Best UHD Players

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.

Duration: 00:44:13

Podcast #814: The Best UHD Players

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.

Duration: 00:52:32

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

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.

Duration: 00:46:56

Podcast #812: TCL C Series 2017 C807 Review

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

Duration: 00:40:10

Podcast #811: Xfinity Instant TV and Wireless Home Theater

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.

Duration: 00:51:33

Podcast #810: CEDIA 2017 and HDMI 2.1

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.

Duration: 00:41:40

Podcast #809: New TV Shows for Fall 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 date,...

Duration: 01:00:56

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

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.

Duration: 00:58:38

Podcast #807: Sony XBR75X940 TV Review

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

Duration: 00:39:41

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

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.

Duration: 00:44:21

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

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