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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 #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

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, 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

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

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