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All the HDTV and Home Theater news and info you need, without all the reading.

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All the HDTV and Home Theater news and info you need, without all the reading.

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I have been listening for years. It’s my go to pod cast for home entertainment and technology!

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Best hdtv podcast glad I found it

iTunes Ratings

229 Ratings
Average Ratings
199
10
7
5
8

Love this show

By Gualala, CA - Jul 21 2019
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I have been listening for years. It’s my go to pod cast for home entertainment and technology!

You guys rock

By Omg2942 - Jan 28 2016
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Best hdtv podcast glad I found it

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast

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All the HDTV and Home Theater news and info you need, without all the reading.

Podcast #836: Short Throw Projectors

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There was a short throw projector on Woot! this week for $999. Not a bad price at all for the potential to have a 100” television in your family room or home theater. That got us thinking… Why aren’t more people using short throw projectors in their homes? Their price per square inch of screen real estate is by far the most cost effective way to get a huge screen at home, and the install and setup is a snap. So what gives? Why aren’t people using them.

Mar 23 2018

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Podcast #879: QLED vs OLED vs LED

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The Super Bowl is right around the corner and that is a time when many Americans buy new TVs. Right now there are three competing technologies (QLED, OLED, and LED) readily available for purchase. With the help of RTINGS.com we try to help you make an informed decision.

Jan 18 2019

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Podcast #919: Confessions of a Cord Cutter

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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!

Oct 25 2019

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Podcast #882: Bluetooth 5.1 and the Smart Home

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Today we discuss the new Bluetooth 5.1 specification and how it could impact your smart home. We look at the top ten global TV brands and the reasons why some have not yet bought into the Smart Speaker craze.

Feb 08 2019

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Podcast #827: Speaker Cables - What does High Quality Cost?

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Ara was going through some of his typical AV websites the other day and came upon an article at Electronic House about speaker wires and was very interested to see what a site for installers had to say about the subject. We have been saying for years now that you should buy high quality cables to get the most out of your system. However, we have also been saying that high quality cables don’t have to cost a lot of money. We will examine the article, credited to EH Contributor, and give you our take.

Jan 19 2018

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Podcast #888: Crutchfield Speaker Comparison Tool

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For years we have been saying that the only way to know how speakers will sound in your home is to listen them in your home. That isn’t always possible. Many online speakers companies do offer a no cost in home “Audition” of their speakers which truly allow you to hear what they will sound like in your environment. But even with that it's hard to A/B different sets of speakers. Perhaps you can have a few sets on hand and then swap out cables. But more than likely you will order a pair and if they sound good you’ll go with them.

Mar 22 2019

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Podcast #878: CES 2019

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CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years - the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers.

Jan 11 2019

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Podcast #835: Control4 & Home Automation with Adam Pizzo

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Interview with Adam Pizzo. He is a home integrator specializing in Control4. Adam is based in Toronto and was kind enough to come on the show and talk about what a home integrator can do for your home.

Mar 16 2018

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Podcast #900: Five Items Every Home Theater Needs that Cost Less than $500

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We love our home theaters and want to get the most out of them that we can. This list is not about the actual AV parts, Display, Receiver, Speakers, etc, but more about things that will help you enjoy your home theater more.

Jun 14 2019

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Podcast #834: The Devices We Can’t Live Without

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Research firm iQor recently commissioned an online survey called the Customer and Product Experience (CPX) 360 Survey (part 2). It was conducted online and polled 1,004 U.S. adults 18 and up living in a “smart household” environment from Nov. 9 to Nov. 17, 2017. The goal was to gauge customer experience and customer service expectations of buyers of consumer technology in today’s digital age. All respondents indicated they own or regularly use: a smartphone, a computer (desktop, laptop or tablet), and two or more “smart” devices.

Mar 09 2018

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Podcast #906: The 7 Best LED LCD TVs - Summer 2019 (RTINGS.com)

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The editors at RTINGS.com have just updated their Seven Best LED TVs for the Summer 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.

Jul 26 2019

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

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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”.

Oct 18 2019

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Podcast #916: New Echo Devices

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Last week Amazon introduced a slew of new Echo based products. On today’s show we try to figure out when will Amazon take over the world!

Oct 04 2019

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Podcast #903: Are AVRs too complicated? And the Best Smart Plugs for 2019

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On this week’s show we discuss whether the new Ultra Short Throw projectors that Hisense is making are a viable replacement for large format LCD/OLED display. And are AVRs too complicated which accounts for the rise in sound bar sales. Finally we go through a list of the best Smart Plugs for 2019 as decided by CNET.

Jul 05 2019

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Podcast #872: Receiver Buying Guide 2018

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This week starts our annual shopping spree where we get to spend your money on new products for your home theater. We’ll start the spree with receivers. As always, our goal is to maximize the value for your dollar, so we aren’t necessarily concerned about getting the latest product or the latest features. It's about getting a good product at a great price so you may even see some of last year’s gear on the list. All these receivers are readily available online or at a big box store. We each pick three receivers in increasing price categories, less than $500, less than $1000 and over $1000.

Nov 30 2018

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Podcast #896: Best Overall 4K TV

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We get asked what’s the best TV I can buy from time to time and we always reply with, “That depends on what you want to use it for”. Few people have a specific purpose. Mainly it's for overall viewing. So when we ran across a page over at CNET that helps you select the best TV we thought it would be great to share it with all of our listeners.

May 17 2019

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Podcast #920: Optoma CinemaX P1 UST Projector

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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.

Nov 01 2019

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Podcast #886: Best Smart TVs for Streaming

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More and more people are streaming content these days. At one time it was a cool novelty but today it's how many of us get our television. Netflix and Amazon are at the forefront of 4K UHD content followed closely behind by Apple, Amazon, and Google. So with all this content out there you may be asking yourself which TV should buy that works best with streaming content.

Mar 08 2019

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Podcast #843: Sony A8F Review from RTINGS.COM

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Today we have a review of a Sony A8F OLED TV from RTINGS.com. The A8F is a OLED 4K HDR TV with 4K HDR Processor X1™ Extreme, Acoustic Surface™ technology and Android TV. The Acoustic Surface is supposed to produce deeper bass by vibrating the glass. We’ll see if that is what the reviewers experienced below. It comes in three sizes 55”, 65”, and 77”. Read the full detailed review at RTINGS.com.

May 11 2018

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Podcast #831: Apple HomePod Review

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Most are probably well aware that Apple released it's smart speaker, the HomePod ($349), last week. As you would imagine you can’t click a link without somehow landing on a page that has a review. Well we’re adding our two cents to the discussion. But we’ll try to be succinct.

Feb 16 2018

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Podcast #926: TV Buying Guide 2019

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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.

Dec 13 2019

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Podcast #925: Speaker and Receiver Buying Guide 2019

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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.

Dec 06 2019

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Podcast #924: What we are Thankful for

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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.

Nov 28 2019

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Podcast #923: Black Friday Guide 2019

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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?

Nov 22 2019

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Podcast #922: Why Your Home Theaters Probably Stink (A Counterpoint)

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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.

Nov 15 2019

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

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

Nov 08 2019

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Podcast #920: Optoma CinemaX P1 UST Projector

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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.

Nov 01 2019

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Podcast #919: Confessions of a Cord Cutter

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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!

Oct 25 2019

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

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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”.

Oct 18 2019

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Podcast #917: IOGEAR Wireless 4K UHD

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One of the reasons Ara ended up buying his UST projector system is that he didn’t want to route new cables in his hard to reach crawl space. However, he may have reconsidered that decision had he known about the IOGEAR 4K UHD transmitter/receiver kit (MSRP $299.95).

Oct 11 2019

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Podcast #916: New Echo Devices

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Last week Amazon introduced a slew of new Echo based products. On today’s show we try to figure out when will Amazon take over the world!

Oct 04 2019

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Podcast #915: Fall TV 2019

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It's that time of year when baseball crowns a world champion and football dominates our weekends. But there is something else that we are happy about at the HDTV and Hometheater podcast… TV is out of reruns! Today we run down the Fall TV schedule from ABC, CBS, CW, Fox, and NBC.

Sep 27 2019

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Podcast #914: CEDIA 2019

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Last week more than 20,000 home tech pros and 500+ exhibitors convened in Denver for the 2019 CEDIA Expo. This week the HT Guys run down some of the cool product announcements that came out of the show.

Sep 20 2019

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Podcast #913: Robert Spivack of DoItForMe.Solutions

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This week we have an interview with Robert Spivack owner of DoItForMe.Solutions.

Sep 13 2019

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Podcast #912: Make Your Family Love Your Smart Home and Filmmaker Mode

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This week we take a look at what it takes to make your family love the Smart Home you created and what Hollywood directors are doing to make sure you watch their movies the way they intended.

Sep 06 2019

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Podcast #911: Hacking a Sonos Speaker, Best Wifi Speakers, and Samsung entering the OLED game

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This week we take a look at taking apart a $99 powered Ikea Sonos speaker and transplanting it into any speaker you want. No allen wrenches are required. Then we take a look at the Best Wifi speakers of 2019 and finally we discuss Samsung entering the OLED market.

Aug 30 2019

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Podcast #910: What happened to the HTPC?

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When we first started doing the podcast many many years ago, the Home Theater PC was a thing. DIYers built them from scratch and others who were not so technically inclined could buy fully built ready to go products from third party vendors. Xbox owners were lucky enough to have the Windows Media Center client built into their gaming consoles so they could leave the PC in an office and still have the HTPC experience in the family room.

Aug 23 2019

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Podcast #909: Sonos Company Profile

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Sonos was one of the first companies that sent our fledgling podcast equipment to review. We were just starting as were they. It made us feel like we were legitimate and could make a go of this podcast thing. Now almost a thousand podcasts later we are still going and so are they. One of us has grown exponentially and the other records a podcast every week! This week we are going to profile Sonos Inc. Much of this information comes directly from the Sonos website.

Aug 16 2019

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Podcast #908: Story Time

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Ara and Braden go back in time to talk about a then revolutionary communication protocol that they worked on.

Aug 09 2019

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Podcast #907: Sevenhugs Smart Remote Review

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We were asked by a listener to take a look at the Sevenhugs Smart Remote ($199 without contextual awareness and $299 with) a few weeks back. The makers of the remote call it “The world’s smartest and easiest to use remote control. Stop wrestling with remotes and apps and simplify how you control your entire home.” That’s quite a statement in a world that has plenty of smart remotes. The question is whether that is a true statement or not. There is a video that goes along with this review that will provide much more context on our youtube channel (The HT Guys)

Aug 02 2019

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