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The HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios. Two of the products they worked on inc…

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    Podcast #169: 5 Ways Matter Will Disappoint and Denon 2022 Lineup

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 44:30


    This week we look at five ways Matter will disappoint you at launch. Spoiler, we don't think it will. We also take a look at the new lineup of Denon Receivers for 2022. We round out the episode with email and news. News: Chromecast with Google TV (4K) is getting updated to Android 12 soon Google said to be working on free alternatives to Dolby Atmos and Vision Kaleidescape Announces Two New Movie Servers Verizon will give NFL+ discount to wireless subs 5 ways Matter will disappoint users at launch After participating in a panel on Matter at Silicon Labs' Works With event on Tuesday and conversing with attendees throughout the event, I think the initial response to Matter is going to be tepid at best and downright aggravated at worst. Full article here… New Denon Receivers for 2022 The new A/V receivers all pass 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz signals via HDMI and are compatible with just about every HDR format(Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, HLG, and BT.2020). Denon's new line-up combines popular 3D formats such as Dolby Atmos®, DTS:X®, IMAX Enhanced and Auro 3D, along with Dolby Surround, DTS:X and others. Finally, the new receivers all work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri for voice control of major functions, and Denon has added a new set of front panel indicators that visually confirm the kind of signal that's being processed (4K/8K/HDR). A-Series AVR-A1H: AVR-A1H is the latest in Denon's class-leading “A-Series” of receivers, designed to deliver the ultimate home-theater experience. With 15 channels of amplification, Denon's most powerful transformer, carefully selected parts, and hefty, high-rigidity construction, the flagship AVR-A1H delivers a professional theater experience in your home cinema, perfect for cinephiles of the greatest caliber to fill large rooms with engulfing 3D sound. The A1H will support Dirac Live upgradability with a future software update. $6,499.00 Coming Soon! X- Series AVR-X580BT: The Denon AVR-X580BT offers an entry-level AV receiver for those looking to enhance their home theater set up. This powerful 5.2 channel AVR provides 70W per channel. Could not find pricing info AVR-X2800H: Fill medium-sized rooms with more refined sound using this 7.2 channel AV receiver with 95W per channel. The Denon AVR-X2800H consists of increased HDMI 2.1 connectivity with three 8K inputs, which leads to supporting higher video resolution and refresh rates. $1,199.00 Available Now AVR-X3800H: Powering 105W per channel, the Denon AVR-X3800H 9.4 channel 8K AV receiver delivers an enveloping 3D audio experience and amazing picture quality to satisfy the most discerning home theater enthusiast. The X3800 will support Dirac Live upgradability with a future software update. $1,699.00 Available Now AVR-X4800H: This 9.4 channel AV receiver, powering 125W per channel, delivers breathtaking 3D audio that perfectly matches high-definition video up to 8K. With nine channels of amplification and up to four independent subwoofers, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X plus IMAX Enhanced and Auro 3D, this unit envelops large rooms in theater-quality sound. The X4800 will support Dirac Live upgradability with a future software update. $2,499.00 Coming Soon S-Series AVR-S570BT: For movie lovers looking to take the first step in upgrading their home theater experience or those who want better quality sound in a smaller space, this powerful 5.2 channel AVR, with 70W per channel, is the perfect entry-level accompaniment to any users' set-up. The Denon AVR-S570BT is available in North America only. Could not find pricing info AVR-S970H: Offering 90W per channel power, the Denon AVR-S970H 7.2 channel AV receiver consists of three 8K inputs, leading to an increased HDMI 2.1 connectivity and delivers support of higher video resolution and refresh rates. $899.00 Coming Soon  

    Podcast #1068: Sunday Ticket without the Satellite and The Fosi Digital Amp for Audiphiles

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 41:10


    This week we take an extended look at an email from Chris who is paying for two sports packages but still can't watch all his team's games. Is there a VPN solution? Did you know you can get Sunday Ticket from DirecTV without a Satellite? There are some limitations but we have the info. Finally we have a brief review of two portable amplifiers from Fosi Audio that pack a huge punch. All that plus your emails and the week's news! News: Netflix Estimates Ad-Supported Tier Will Reach 40 Million Viewers by Late 2023 ELAC Announces Powered Bookshelf Speakers With HDMI ARC Platin Audio's wireless (WiSA) home theater speaker system now handles Dolby Atmos Other: Commando - 'Let off some steam Bennett' PREDATOR  - STICK AROUND - KNIFE THROW VPN for dummies I use Xfinity for cable & internet service in Central PA but also have an apartment in Central NC with ATT internet.  Back home, if I subscribe to MLB.tv, I can watch all games except for the Pirates and Phillies.  My team is the Orioles.   In Central NC, the Orioles are blacked out even though the stadium is 5.5 hours away (it's only 3 hours from Central PA).  Figure that one out... Your show on 9/16 talked about Sling Box and VPNs.   I don't mind paying for a service but when you are paying (sometimes multiple times), it is frustrating to not get what you pay for. (((Ara, you'd appreciate this-I am a Washington Capitals fan.  I pay for the NHL Network, I subscribe to the ESPN+, and when I go to a youth hockey tournament, I cannot use my Roku in the hotel to watch a Caps game that night because it's on the NHL Network...which I pay for back home!))) There are alot of YouTube videos about VPNs but a simple questions is: what is the best way to use my laptop in Central NC and make it think I am in Central PA?  Xfinity will only let you watch certain "To Go" channels if you are on your home wifi.  NHL Network is one of them.  I can record the event but then only watch it after it completes the recording. Thanks guys. Chris Sunday Ticket without Satellite NFL Sunday Ticket Offer Details: NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV service is only available to non-DIRECTV customers who live in select multi-dwelling unit buildings (apartments, condos, etc.,) nationwide in the U.S. where DIRECTV service is not available Live in select areas within various metropolitan cities  Live in a residence that has been verified as unable to receive DIRECTV satellite TV service due to obstructions blocking access to satellite signals  Actively or previously enrolled college students  NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV U only available to students actively enrolled or previously enrolled within the last 18 months in post-secondary educational institutions from the date of purchase.  NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV consists of all out-of-market Sunday regular-season NFL games (based on customer's device location) broadcast on FOX and CBS.  Games broadcast by your local FOX or CBS affiliate will not be available in NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV.  Access via NFL SUNDAY TICKET App to only one game at a time based on device location. If you qualify, here are the packages and prices: NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV TO GO - $69.49 for four months or $277.96 INCLUDES Enjoy every live out-of-market game every Sunday afternoon.(Eligibility restrictions and other conditions apply) Watch on your compatible tablet, smartphone, laptop, or connected device like a game console Get real-time stats and scores Customize your Game Mix to watch up to 4 games of your choice on one screen Track up to 20 of your favorite players with Player Tracker Short Cuts: see whole games, commercial free, in 30 minutes NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV MAX - $93.49 for four months or $373.96 INCLUDES Enjoy every out-of-market NFL game LIVE, every Sunday(select int'l games excluded) Watch on your compatible tablet, smartphone, laptop, or connected device like a game console Get real-time stats and scores Customize your Game Mix to watch up to 4 games of your choice on one screen Track up to 20 of your favorite players with Player Tracker Short Cuts: see whole games, commercial free, in 30 minutes RED ZONE CHANNEL® DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE CHANNEL® Add NFL+ PREMIUM $48.00 Exclusive offer! Add NFL+ Premium to this NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV package for $48.00 (currently retails for $79.99). Enjoy replays of NFL games all season long and more Payment for MAX + NFL+ Premium must be made in full at checkout. Fosi Audio Digital Amplifies  I was looking for a new amplifier to test my speakers more in different rooms of my house. So the amp needed to be small, high quality, and inexpensive. My searching around the internet landed me on Fosi. A company I had never heard of. From the company's web site: Audio equipment company with a focus on HiFi sound Fosi Audio was founded in 2017 by a team of engineers and music lovers with the objective of delivering high-quality audio products. After years of research and development, we have mastered the art of miniaturizing HiFi sound and bringing it to any space, big or small. Fosi Audio's range of products includes speakers, amplifiers, headphones, turntables, and other hi-end audio equipment. Our goal is to make audiophile-grade sound accessible to everyone and to further the advancement of music technology. I first bought the BT20A ($75 direct from Fosi) which sounded really good.  Features: Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz (±1 dB) Output power: 100W + 100W Input mode: Bluetooth and Analog Bluetooth 5.0 core, up to 33ft connection range Size Product Size: 130 x 100 x 35mm (5.1 x 3.9 x 1.4 inches) Product Weight: 700g (1.5 lbs) The device worked great and connected instantly.The sound was quite good and would work for any desktop or temporary use outdoors. This was just the thing I needed for verifying that any speaker I build passes audio. But being so impressed with how good they sounded without Hi-Res or even AptX I looked into their higher quality amp, the  DA2120C ($160 direct from Fosi)  The 2120 is far more capable but only 80W a channel, which is imperceptible even at max volume. It takes twice the wattage to hear 3dB difference at the ear.  Features: Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz (±1 dB) Size: 180 x 130 x38mm (7x5x1.5 inches) USB Chip: Cmedia CM6642 SUPPORT 24bit/192Khz Bluetooth Chip: Qualcomm QCC3031 Bluetooth 5.0 chip supports aptX, aptX-HD, SBC, AAC Output Power: 2 × 80W at 10% THD+N Into 8 Ω The main reason I decided to upgrade is that I want to put the highest quality audio through my speakers to determine their quality. The 2120 gives me a lot of connection options, Bluetooth, USB, optical, coaxial, and RCA. There is also a remote that you can use to select the inputs, switch modes, adjust the volume, bass, treble and EQ to dial in your sound. The sound was outstanding. Listening to my favorites sounded as good as they did when using my SVS amp. Deep tight bass and bright highs. I find my latest speakers are a bit brighter than my typical JBL 2500 makeover. That is due to the fact that I ended up using a Dayton Audio 1 inch Titanium tweeter instead of the ones that come with the 2500. There is a video that goes along with this on our Youtube channel but we'll link it here as well.  In my comparison of 24bit 192Khz audio vs what was being sent via AptX Bluetooth, I couldn't hear a difference. As much as I tried I just couldn't. It could be my ears, the speakers, or even the recording. But it did sound really good. So good that it may replace my SVS amp as my main amp for my office.  If you are looking for a small portable amp check out the Fosi Audio BT20A and the DA2120C you will thank me! For our listeners who listen to the end of the show. We are giving away the BT20A. Send an email to htguys@htguys.com with Bluetooth Amp in the subject line. We'll pick a winner at random and announce it on next week's show. We won't mention this anywhere else so entries will be small.  Contest open to anyone with a US mailing address. Entries must be received by Wed October 28th at Noon Pacific Time. Void where prohibited. 

    Podcast #1067: Fluid One: Next Generation Smart Home Control and Network TV Premiers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 54:06


    This week we take a look at a startup home automation company, Fluid One. Their goal is to seamlessly connect your actions, your decisions, and your home. Then we go through the network shows and premiere dates. We also read your emails and the week's news.  News: Comcast plans symmetrical multigig service for 2023 Details about upcoming "Chromecast HD" leaked IKEA x Swedish House Mafia record player goes on sale next month Sonos announces long-awaited Sub Mini for $429 Fluid One: Next Generation Smart Home Control and Automation We found a super interesting Kick starter project called Fluid One. It takes home automation into the AR realm and if it works is pretty cool. From the campaign page: At Fluid, we aim to seamlessly connect your actions, your decisions, and your home - making the environment around you its own responsive interface.They are trying to raise $100,000 but at the time of this writing have only secured about $9,500 from 40 backers.  We know what you're thinking. Do we need another Home Automation controller? Probably not a typical one, but this one has some unique features that may appeal to some of you. Most notably, to control a device you simply aim your smartphone at it and the relevant controls appear on your screen. You can also use gestures with the phone like swiping up to turn something on or swipe down to turn it off.  Fluid One also makes setup straight forward as well. You aim your phone at the device, tap it and then select it from automatically discovered devices. This also places an air marker at the location.  There are some aspects of the setup that the developers claim makes it simple but based on our experience some people will find it overwhelming. The whole concept of laying out the home floor plan including furniture placement is very cool and precise. But that will turn some people off.  Setting up Zones and automations as you walk through them are also very cool, but again, many people just want a few lights to turn on at sundown. So the question is who is this system for? Do we need a home automation system this sophisticated?  Smart Device and Phone Compatibility: Fluid Lite comes directly compatible with all Homekit devices. To gain access to even more devices, Fluid One enables control over Homebridge, Home Assistant, and any IR devices, amounting to over 2000+ compatible integrations.  Fluid One will also be fully Matter compatible upon its upcoming release. The lowest pledge for the Very Early Bird Fluid One Lite is $249 which gets you access to Fluid controls in a Primary Area in your home. When the product comes to market it will cost Retail $399. INCLUDES: 4× Smart Node ESTIMATED DELIVERY Aug 2023 Only available in the United States For $799 you get the Special Fluid One Pro which gets access to Fluid Controls in a Primary Area and Automation in a Primary Area plus four Extension Areas INCLUDES: 8× Smart Node Smart Hub ESTIMATED DELIVERY Aug 2023 Fall 2022 Premiers It's that time of year when our favorite shows come back with new episodes and we get new content as well. The following is the release dates for new and returning shows on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and CW ABC ABC 2022-2023 Fall TV Lineup: New Shows and Trailers Wednesday, Sept. 21 8 p.m.: The Conners 8:30 p.m.: The Goldbergs 9 p.m.: Abbott Elementary 9:31 p.m.: Home Economics 10 p.m.: Big Sky Friday, Sept. 23  8 p.m.: Shark Tank 9:01 p.m.: 20/20 (two hours)  Sunday, Sept. 25 10 p.m.: The Rookie Tuesday, Sept. 27 8 p.m.: Bachelor in Paradise 10 p.m.: The Rookie: Feds (NEW SERIES) Sunday, Oct. 2 7 p.m.: America's Funniest Home Videos Monday, Oct. 3 8 p.m.: Bachelor in Paradise 10 p.m.: The Good Doctor Thursday, Oct. 6 8 p.m.: Station 19 9 p.m.: Grey's Anatomy 10 p.m. Alaska Daily (NEW SERIES) ABC 2022-2023 Midseason Premieres New seasons of A Million Little Things and The Wonder Years will premiere on ABC at midseason sometime in 2023. Additionally, Gina Rodriguez's comedy Not Dead Yet, Milo Ventimiglia's drama The Company You Keep, and the adaptation Will Trent will also premiere early next year. CBS CBS Lineup: All the New Shows and Trailers Coming in Fall 2022 Saturday, Sept. 17 10 p.m.: 48 Hours Sunday, Sept. 18 7:30 p.m.: 60 Minutes Monday, Sept. 19 8 p.m.: The Neighborhood 8:30 p.m.: Bob (Hearts) Abishola 9 p.m.: NCIS 10 p.m.: NCIS: Hawai'i Tuesday, Sept. 20 8 p.m.: FBI 9 p.m.: FBI: International 10 p.m.: FBI: Most Wanted  Wednesday, Sept. 21 8 p.m.: Survivor 10 p.m.: The Amazing Race Sunday, Sept. 25 8 p.m.: Big Brother Thursday, Sept. 29 8 p.m.: Young Sheldon 8:30 p.m.: Ghosts 9 p.m.: So Help Me Todd (NEW SERIES) 10 p.m.: CSI: Vegas Sunday, Oct. 2 8:30 p.m.: The Equalizer 9:30 p.m.: East New York (NEW SERIES) Wednesday, Oct. 5 9 p.m.: The Real Love Boat 10 p.m.: The Amazing Race Friday, Oct. 7 8 p.m.: S.W.A.T. 9 p.m.: Fire Country (NEW SERIES) 10 p.m.: Blue Bloods Sunday, Oct. 9 10 p.m.: NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 2022-2023 Midseason Premieres Fans will have to wait until midseason to see CBS's TV adaptation of True Lies.  Fox Fox Lineup: All the New Shows and Trailers Coming in Fall 2022 Sunday, Sept. 11 After NFL: Monarch (NEW SERIES) Monday, Sept. 19 8/7c: 9-1-1 9/8c: The Cleaning Lady Tuesday, Sept. 20 8/7c: The Resident 9/8c: Monarch (regular time slot) Wednesday, Sept. 21 8/7c: The Masked Singer 9/8c: Lego Masters Sunday, Sept. 25 8/7c: The Simpsons 8:30/7:30c: The Great North 9/8c: Bob's Burgers 9:30/8:30c: Family Guy Thursday, Sept. 29 8/7c: Hell's Kitchen 9/8c: Welcome to Flatch 9:30/8:30c: Call Me Kat Fox 2022-2023 Midseason Premieres Fox's midseason debuts include 9-1-1: Lone Star, new dramas Accused and Alert, and new animated comedies Krapopolis and Grimsburg. NBC NBC Lineup: All the New Shows and Trailers Coming in Fall 2022 Monday, Sept. 19 8 p.m.: The Voice 10 p.m.: Quantum Leap (NEW SERIES) Tuesday, Sept. 20 8 p.m.: The Voice 10 p.m.: New Amsterdam Wednesday, Sept. 21 8 p.m.: Chicago Med 9 p.m.: Chicago Fire 10 p.m.: Chicago PD  Thursday, Sept. 22 8 p.m.: Law & Order 9 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU 10 p.m.: Law & Order: Organized Crime Saturday, Sept. 24 9 p.m.: Dateline Weekend Mystery 10 p.m.: SNL Vintage Tuesday, Sept. 27 9 p.m.: La Brea Friday, Nov. 4 8 p.m.: Lopez vs Lopez (NEW SERIES) 8:30 p.m.: Young Rock NBC 2022-2023 Midseason Premieres NBC's midseason and summer debuts include Night Court, Grand Crew, American Auto, and The Blacklist. NBC has yet to announce a release date for Magnum, P.I. after rescuing the reboot from CBS's scrap pile. Production is underway, so we're unlikely to see new episodes until midseason at the earliest. CW The CW 2022-2023 Fall TV Lineup: New Shows and Trailers Wednesday, Aug. 31 8 p.m.: DC's Stargirl 9 p.m.: Wellington Paranormal 9:30 p.m.: Wellington Paranormal Sunday, Oct. 2 8 p.m.: Family Law 9 p.m.: Coroner Wednesday, Oct. 5 8 p.m.: DC's Stargirl 9 p.m.: Kung Fu Thursday, Oct. 6 8 p.m.: Walker 9 p.m.: Walker: Independence (NEW SERIES) Friday, Oct. 7 8 p.m.: IHEARTRADIO Music Festival (Night One) Saturday, Oct. 8 8 p.m.: IHEARTRADIO Music Festival (Night Two) Monday, Oct. 10 8 p.m.: All American 9 p.m.: All American: Homecoming Tuesday, Oct. 11 8 p.m.: The Winchesters (NEW SERIES) 9 p.m.: Professionals  Friday, Oct. 14 8 p.m.: Penn & Teller: Fool Us 9 p.m.: Whose Line Is It Anyway? 9:30 p.m.: Whose Line Is It Anyway? Saturday, Oct. 22 8 p.m.: Criss Angel's Magic with the Stars (NEW SERIES) 9 p.m.: World's Funniest Animals 9:30 p.m.: World's Funniest Animals The CW 2022-2023 Midseason Premieres Fans will have to wait until midseason for new episodes of Riverdale, The Flash, Superman & Lois, and Nancy Drew. Gotham Knights will join the schedule in 2023.  

    Podcast #1066: Home Theater Trends

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 41:21


    This week we take a meta look at Home Theater Trends by comparing what different groups are saying. Let's see if there are any common threads. We also read your emails and the week's news. News: Top Gun: Maverick Has Broken Another Record Upcoming Price Change Leica Set To Drop First-Ever 4K Video Projector in 2023 YouTube TV 5.1 surround sound is now available on Apple TV Five Home Theater Trends We decided to take a meta look at this subject by comparing what different groups are saying. Let's see if there are any common threads. First up is a West Palm Beach Company called ETC. The company's vision is: “company vision is to enhance our customer's lifestyle using technology to simplify their lives.” Comfort is desired more than ever - Most of us think of a home theater as a mini-theater-like space complete with stadium seating. Some people still enjoy such a space, but the trends are evolving, and people are investing more in comfortable recliners or loungers to relax while binge-watching their favorite shows. Multi-Use Rooms - Today many homeowners want to invest in home theaters, but they find it difficult to allocate an entire room to theater. This has resulted into a growing demand for modern home theaters, which allows homeowners to have a multi-use room where their whole family can sit together and have quality time. Home theater is now becoming the heart of the family by enabling people to watch movies, stream shows, or simply do gaming while sitting at their favorite place. Screens - Screens make one of the most common elements of a home theater. A good quality and a high-resolution screen is a must whether you are investing in a home theater for watching a movie, series, gaming, or streaming. The screen is truly the key focus area of home theaters. It can make or break the look and feel of your home theater. The market is expanding with many good quality screen options for home theaters, which makes it one of the key trends that will stay longer than you think. High Speed Internet - Today most people choose various OTT services available in the market to fulfill their entertainment needs. For feasible home theater installation, you need a good and reliable high-speed internet connection. Soundbars - Music and sound fanatic homeowners usually have multiple speakers scattered across the room. But this isn't viable anymore. Sleek soundbars are now increasingly becoming a common name in the home theater of this age. Today, homeowners can enjoy an elevated auditory experience with fewer wires and no clutter. Next up is Elite Home Theater Seating. Elite Home Theater Seating (Elite HTS) is an internationally recognized manufacturer of ultra-luxury home theater seating for residential and commercial projects. Color: Serene and Neutral Tones - The choice of color is a major factor in your home theater design because it sets the room's tone. For 2022, we are going with a neutral color palette. Beiges, taupe's, grey's, and creams are a great starting point, offering a blank canvas that can make even a small home theater appear larger. Furniture: Sculptured Curves - Curved furniture has proved to be a top trend in 2022. A curved form is interpreted as safe and welcoming. From subtly rounded to circular, curved furniture can add softness and a sense of effortless flow to your home theater. Comfortable Lounge Seating - The desire for comfort remains a huge trend in home theater seating ideas in 2022. With families spending more time at home, homeowners have become very creative in finding new ways to enjoy the experience.  The home theater is a place to go to relax and unwind, where comfort is key. Multi-Functional Spaces - Turn your home theater into an “entertainment space” that can be used for activities that appeal to everyone in the family. Also referred to as a media room, multi-purpose, dual-purpose or hybrid room, your home theater can also be a place to listen to music, do a home workout routine or play video games. Texture - Texture has always played a big role in interior design. This year, interior designers are predicting a huge uptick in textured materials that feel good to touch and are interesting to look at. Texture It is used to keep a space from feeling flat or one-dimensional and adds warmth and dimension. It can also be used to make a room pop. It has “visual weight,” drawing attention to itself, and creates contrast to help the room look balanced. Residential Systems serves the custom home entertainment and automation design and installation professionals with solid business solutions to real-world problems. Dedicated Spaces - Dedicated theater spaces are being specified and designed more than ever, possibly because consumers are tired of having multi-use spaces in every room of the home and want a room devoted to just being entertained. We are also seeing them being added to housing plans right from the start. Streaming is King - Media production and consumption is extremely disruptive, and some might say out of control. It's such a big topic right now the CEDIA Expo keynote will feature Greg Durkin from Guts+Data who will focus on the streaming content conundrum, the overload felt by the consumer, and what integrators can do to help. These days most visual media are being streamed, but there are so many services it's hard to keep track of them all and remember what show is on which service. Immersive Music and Atmos - Home theaters are not just for movies anymore immersive mu- sic has contributed to the new ways people are using their media spaces, driven by the surge in popularity for Dolby Atmos technology by the consumer. "So often we see that clients have not thought about how they may use their dedicated theater to listen to music," says Adam Pelz, CEO of Bespoke Home Cinemas. "Generally, consumers may be used to a 2-channel system or using headphones or Bluetooth connections in their car to listen to music. In our final walkthroughs with clients, we will spend a significant amount of time showing them what playing live concert recordings and high-fidelity music would be like in their theater environment. They leave in awe of the immersive experience." Video Processors and Calibration - Those who have been around a few decades can remember the massive demand for video processors to go along with giant CRT projectors. Back in those days it was needed to take the lower quality media formats and reproduce them at a higher quality.    However, video processors are more necessary now than ever before. "Integrators need to understand and communicate to their customers that some level of dynamic tone mapping is required to get really good HDR quality; the way it is being handled without outboard video processing is poor at best,' he says. "We are seeing huge differences in the quality of the mid-line projectors when you add a video processor." Along with video processing, video and audio calibrations can take a well-designed system and put it over the top. Video Walls - Video walls in the residential space took off back in 2017 with the introduction of The Wall by Samsung. These days there are options by the other top consumer brands and the trend is continuing to grow.

    Podcast #1065: Albums, CDs, and Hi Res Digital - Listeners Chime In

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 42:53


    This week we have three features provided by our listeners. Scott Hawk has thoughts on why CDs were considered superior to albums in the early 80s. John Lyman compares Records vs Airplay and Digital lossless and Tim Klevar reviews the Airfly Bluetooth dongle and the Sony Mark V headphones. Plus we have listener emails and news.  NBC Could Give Third Hour Of Nightly Primetime Back To Local Affiliates Samsung, Prime Video to Offer 8K Content From ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' Report: Budget-friendly Samsung displays on the horizon CD's Were Universally Recognized as Superior to Albums in the 1980s By Scott Hawk Back in 1985, cassettes were outselling records and you probably remember how terrible they were.  Cheap housings made them wobbly inside your player. Cheap tape material gunked up the heads and reels of your cassette deck with soot. They used Dolby B or no noise reduction. All this got worse if you kept them in your car.  For many people, records were not much better. Few people cleaned their records so pops, hisses and cracks were common. Plus, the record undergoes wear with each play since the needle is physically touching the grooves.  Plus, the stylus would also exhibit wear, reducing its ability to track the grooves on the record. A stylus starts off with a nice point but gets rounder over time.  So, play a record 300 times and the wear on the stylus and record obviously effects the sound quality. Most turntables were belt driven and the belts had been stretched, dried out or slipping which caused all sorts of wow & flutter.  Now, enter the CD. Even though CD players were at first expensive, within a few years all CD players sounded alike. Everyone who listened to music got an upgrade.  If you had a cassette tape, the new CD sounded amazing. And, if your tape was a few years old, the new CD sounded like it came from heaven.  If you had a worn out record playing on a worn out turntable, you also got a major sound upgrade.  And, if you listened to FM radio, you too got a huge sound upgrade.  Plus, they sounded great on the first play and the 300th. CDs were also indestructible compared to tapes and records.  No wonder everyone raved about digital music.   So, what happened since then? Today, getting a good music experience is much simpler. Any phone with even basic headphones stream good sounding music. And, nice sounding music can even come from a bluetooth speaker.  But to get music out of a turntable, you have to go through a process which has some attraction. It's certainly more of a process than using your phone. That process has some allure to it and the music will sound different. People can decide for themselves if something that sounds different is actually better. I think my own experience was not the most common. I was passionate about this as a kid.  I saved up to buy a fancy direct-drive turntable, with a floating suspension and a carbon fiber tonearm. I bought a Shure cartridge, installed it myself and adjusted the tonearm, tracking pressure and tracking angle. I'd buy a new album and play it twice … once to remove any manufacturing artifacts and then again to copy it to a Hi-Bias or Metal tape with Dolby C noise reduction. I splurged on a 3-head tape deck and cleaned it (and my records) religiously.  I'd only play the record again to replace the tape or make a mix tape.  I was very particular in getting the tape to sound as close to the record as I could.  So … a friend gets a CD player and loans it to me.  I go out and buy 2 CD's … Don Fagan's Nightfly and Dire Straits (first album).  Holy cow … it blew away my ears.  The highs on the cymbals were stunning. The dynamic range was astonishing.  The extra thump of the bass gives me chills to this day.  Even after all the effort I took to get the best sound, this new technology just ran the table. Record vs Airplay and Digital lossless a Listener's Test  By John Lyman With all the discussion I was curious about the difference in the following three formats: Streaming via AirPlay 2, USB to Amp streaming at highest rate vs a record. My setup for the test:   M1 iMac streaming to an Airport Express (Airplay 2)  - digital output into the receiver (10 Feet away) 2019 16” MacBook Pro connected to Amp using USB output set to 24 bit 192Khz  Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Evo Turntable - connected to a Cambridge Audio phono amp Amp is a Cambridge Audio CXA-81  Speakers are Wharfdale EVO 4.2  Sub is turned off and no EQ running Using Apple Music for digital content The songs I picked were  determined by the few albums I have and those that are brand new.  I also chose the first song on a side of the record so I was listening to the same thing from all sources.  I played about 1:30 minutes of the song. I went in the same order starting with streaming to Airplay, USB direct connect and then turntable. Songs used Elton John - Sweet Painted Lady (24 bit 44.1Khz  lossless from Apple)  Neil Young - Old Man (24 bit 196 Khz) Pink Floyd - Speak to Me/Breathe (24bit 96Khz) Overall I noticed the same thing  Airplay had the narrowest soundstage, was the brightest sounding of all, and the instruments did not stand out as much.  The horn on Sweet painted lady was not as pronounced.  In the chorus of Old Man where its a higher pitch and louder - the other instruments get lost.  Breathe you can't tell there are two voice at the beginning  USB Connection While Painted lady was at the same stream quality I could hear a difference. The soundstage was larger and I noticed a horn that I did not in the Airplay 2.  Old Man is where I really could hear the difference in the sound stage being a little wider and the instruments were clearer.  When they get to chorus its not as bright as the Airplay and I could easily make out the other instruments.  Breathe - I noticed there were at least two voices singing and again bigger soundstage  Album - WOW this blew me away on all three songs with a much warmer sound and clean.  Sweet Painted Lady had a great soundstage, the horn came out great along with the other instruments.  Old Man the chorus was not as high pitched as the others and I could make out more of the background singers. Speak to Me/Breathe - this is where I was blown away.  In the digital version the jump between Speak to me and Breath is very pronounced there is no ramp up to the louder music you just jump there.  On the album there was a ramp up and then the wall of music hit me.   Conclusion  I found that the higher bit rate/more information provided did create a better sound picture filling in the holes a little better because of the additional information.  I would also say the direct connection does make a difference as I noticed with Sweet Painted Lady.  However, with the majority of my listening being done during the work day or streaming around the house with a non-critical ear. I will continue to use Airplay 2 because it is easy.   However, for critical listening I will be using either a Mac hooked up directly or an Album with a good bourbon. Update  I wanted to send an update after this weekend.  I was reading an article about Open Core Legacy Patcher (OpenCore Legacy Patcher) that allows a person to install the latest Mac OS on older machines.  So I went through the process of updating my 2012 Mac mini that I use as media server.  This allowed me to load Monterey on that machine and take full advantage of Apple Music lossless on the machine and also Airplay to the machine from other devices.  I'm streaming the music over USB to my amp as it allows full 24/192 output (digital capped out at 24/96) when direct streaming.   I also received Supertramp's Even in the Quietest moments original album.  This album has a song called Fool's Overture that I have been using for speaker testing since the 90's. A great song because of so many instruments and changes really puts speakers through its paces. So I listened to this song from the album and again I noticed  a warmer and good sound stage. To me the bottom line is that both lossless and vinyl sound great for those dedicated music listening times.  The reason I believe those two give a better sound quality is similar to streaming vs a Blu-ray Disc the more information the better the end product will be and the better the sound stage.  Airfly & Sony Mark V A Listener's Review By Tim Klevar The Airfly is everything it promises to be. I bought the Duo and it allows two devices to connect. If you have cup phones and earpods, this or the Duo Pro is for you. There are two models of the Airfly: Duo and Pro. Both allow for two devices to connect. The Pro provides an “Aux in” function. The Duo is about $10 less expensive than the Pro, although neither are more than $55. Mostly, I think, cars and other things do not need this.  I bought the Duo. It works well, it is “elegant” in its design and function. It only has two buttons with dots. There is a single dot and double dot button used to connect and select the devices. Pressing either button connects to the device that was paired on that button. It charges via a USB-C port and has a USB-C to USB-A cable included. It is only about 6 inches long, but enough to get from an IFE USB to the AirFly. It is pretty cool.  The Sony Mark V headphones are everything they promise to be. I agree with Tom's and RTINGS analysis. While they do not come with aptX, they have the other main codecs, including LDAC. These seem to me to be better than the Bose 700's, which likely will not be upgraded until next year. On the other hand, the Mark V uses BT 5.2 and I was able to get about 40+ feet away from the source with no dropoff in quality or squeaks/pops. It was just as clear as when I was in the room. These work really well. They are not perfect. And pricey. But if you have the money, they are worth it. I believe it is better than the Bose 700s.  The noise canceling is super and the sound is excellent. I do not have one of the subscriptions to try the spatial 360 stuff. The ear cups fit nicely over my normal sized ears and provide a snug fit. There are only two buttons, one to power on and one to change the noise canceling levels, of which there are about 6 or 7. I have not yet been on a plane to see about engine noise, but around the house, it is a “dark” zone when I have these on. However, I notice that sometimes when I laugh or move my jaws just so, it pauses the video/audio stream and I have to double-tap the right cup to play again (I watch one or two episodes of Hogan's Heroes or Bob Newhart to relax my mind before I go to bed). It is still pretty cool that when I take them off, the stream pauses and then resumes when I put them back on.   The connection via BT was clean, and the Duke Ellington I listened to was sensational. All ambient noise in my home office was eliminated. The app is a little lame, and to get the 360 Spatial, you have to use one of 5 services, one of which is TIDAL, but the others were obscure to me (Deezer, Artist, mugs.net,, Peertracks)  I particularly enjoyed being able to use the conductive touch feature to raise/lower the volume, skip ahead and such. Just a quick swipe on the left earcup was all that was needed. They also include a 3.5mm cable for a wired connection if you run out of juice, but they are supposed to last for 30 hours at full charge. A nice thing, you can get a couple of hours with a 3-5 minute charge, although with the advent of more in-seat power this is not really a “feature.”  In theory you can use Aa-Lady to do things with the app, but I have not been able to figure that out yet. I also Have had issues trying to update the firmware. While I know that high-speed connectivity is coming, many do not have that and use the IFE system. This doohickey will let them use their BT headphones for which they paid a fortune.  

    Podcast #1064: OLED vs Mini-LED and the EISA Awards

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 50:28


    This week we look at why OLED TVs are losing the price war to Mini-LED and share some of the winners of the Expert Imaging and Sound Association EISA Awards. Plus we read your emails and look at the week's news. News: Roku Channel adds Scripps, NBC local stations to lineup Streaming Overtakes Cable in July, Leads Platform Rankings for the First Time MoviePass returns from the dead—again—on Labor Day Google TV Touts Performance and Storage Improvements Why OLED TVs Are Losing The Price War To Mini-LED The picture quality benefits of the best OLED TVs are widely known and rightly lauded – if you want images with perfect blacks and detailed shadows, OLED has long been a go-to for discerning viewers. (Full article here…) No budget OLED  Pricing levels for OLED panels remain prohibitively high and that's even with the recent addition  of Samsung Display to the supplier mix. The current situation simply doesn't work for a budget b brand, one that's focused on establishing market credentials while maintaining pricing aggressive enough to sway buyers over. Enter mini-LED: the OLED alternative Hisense expects to sell its 65-inch U8H mini-LED ULED TV for $950-$1,000. Samsung's mini-LED-backlit QN90B Neo QLED TV displays deep blacks and detailed shadows – kind of like an OLED TV for $2500. That is $500 less than LG's 77” C1 (2022). Note - there are other OLED models that are in the same price range or less than the Samsung QLED. Also you can buy a 2021 model of the C1 for about the same price as the QLED.  Competition Competition will always force manufacturers to be more efficient and price competitive. Competition is coming at OLED on two fronts, other suppliers of OLED panels and mini-LED. One thing to consider is that Mini LED is new and thus has more room to improve the process and cost. This translates to really inexpensive mini-LED panels that may be too difficult for OLED to attain. Regardless of which technology wins, this is good for consumers. Either platform will provide you with an experience reserved only for the highest end consumers of just five years ago, EISA awards The Expert Imaging and Sound Association is the community of 60 technology magazines, websites and social media commentators from 29 countries, specializing in hi-fi, home theater, photo and video, in-car and mobile electronics. Every year the EISA jury of experts rewards the best products in each class with a coveted EISA Award. This week we'll cover a few of the winners and link to the complete list (EISA AWARDS 2022-2023). Hi-Fi Floorstanding Speaker - Paradigm Founder 120H ($4499.00 Each)  Wireless Floorstanding Speaker - KEF LS60 Wireless ($6999.99 Pair)  Value Wireless Speakers - SVS Prime Wireless Powered Speakers ($600) Vinyl System - Pro-Ject X2 B ($1799)  & Phono Box S3 ($499.00) Turntable - Thorens TD 1500 ($1,500 - $2500 depending where you find it) Value Turntable - Argon Audio TT-4 (650 Euros) Home Theater Audio Best Buy Soundbar - TCL C935U We could not find the C935U on the TCL european website but based on specifications we think the Alto 8+ is the equivalent which goes for $279.99)  Home Theater Processor - Anthem AVM 90 ($7499) Home Theater Amplifier - Trinnov Amplitude 16 ($12,500)  AV Receiver - Denon AVR-X1700H ($699.00) Subwoofer - Perlisten D215 ($8995)  Media Player - Zidoo NEO S ($1300) Speaker System - Perlisten S Series (Thousands and Thousands of dollars. If you have to ask you can't afford it)   Home Theater Display and Video   Home Theater TV - Philips 65OLED 937 (We could not find any information on this TV) Best Buy LCD -  TCL 55C735 (US 5-Series) ($649.99) Premium LCD - Hisense 65U8HQ ($1399.99) Premium Mini LED - TCL 65C835 (US 8-Series) ($1999.99) Premium OLED - SONY XR-65A95K ($3999.99) UST Projector - XGIMI AURA ($2379) This was talked about last week. It is a single laser and finished 4th in that category. Home Theater Projector - Epson EH-LS12000B ($4999.00) Media Player - Zidoo NEO S ($1300)

    Podcast #1063: Audiophile vs Audio Purist - 8 Reasons to buy Discs and UST Projector Showdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 59:57


    This week we are back from vacation and have a jam packed show. We start off with a Phoenix record store owner who set the audiophile world on fire over his claim that Mobile Fidelity a company that has prided itself on using original master tapes for its pricey reissues, had actually been using digital files in its production chain.  Then we look at 8 reasons you should keep buying UHD discs. And we look at Projector Central's 2022 Laser TV Showdown. All this plus the week's news and your emails! News: Google TV rumor points to 50 live channels coming soon LG Display's 97-inch OLED panel vibrates to create ‘cinematic' 5.1 sound Step aside Google, Amazon, Roku: TiVo is coming to smart TVs Google predicts Matter will make the smart home flawless Other: P.180 Avanti EVO Flying at Jet Speeds in Italian Style with the Piaggio P.180 Avanti Evo Turboprop – AINtv How a Phoenix record store owner set the audiophile world on fire In a sometimes halting video posted to the YouTube channel of his Phoenix record shop, the ‘In' Groove, Esposito said that “pretty reliable sources” told him that MoFi (Mobile Fidelity), the Sebastopol, Calif., company that has prided itself on using original master tapes for its pricey reissues, had actually been using digital files in its production chain. In the world of audiophiles — where provenance is everything and the quest is to get as close to the sound of an album's original recording as possible — digital is considered almost unholy. And using digital while claiming not to is the gravest sin a manufacturer can commit. Full Article Here… Comments from Youtube video: So basically, MOFI just proved that all these guys who swore they could tell analog from digital were just full of crap!!

    Vacation Special - Best 65" TV for under $1K and The HT Guys were Pilots

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 20:24


    This week Ara is on vacation again but we didn't want to leave you hanging so we have a special show. We go back to the early 2000s and learn how Ara and Braden became pilots for a very brief moment. And we also look at the best 65" TV for less than $1000 Other: Join the Neat Exchange - Social Media for Whiskey Drinkers Ara's Woodworking Join the Flaviar Whisky Club and get a free bottle Best 65-Inch TV Under $1,000 (RTINGS.COM) The Hisense 65U8G is the best 65-inch TV under $1,000 we've tested (full review here). It's an impressive TV, with outstanding contrast, excellent black uniformity, and high HDR peak brightness. It has the Android TV smart platform built-in, with an easy-to-use interface with a large selection of apps, so you're sure to find your favorite streaming content. It supports HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, meaning you can get a great HDR experience from any streaming service or external source. Visibility won't be an issue if you want to use it in a well-lit room, thanks to its excellent reflection handling and amazing SDR peak brightness. It's also an amazing TV for playing video games, with an excellent response time, resulting in very clear motion with little blur behind fast-moving objects. It has low input lag and supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC Compatible variable refresh rate technology, which can help reduce tearing in some games. It's also great for PS5 or Xbox Series S|X gaming, with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on two ports. 8.4 Mixed Usage  8.6 Movies  8.2 TV Shows  8.0 Sports  8.8 Video Games  8.6 HDR Movies  8.8 HDR Gaming  8.3 PC Monitor  Pros: Outstanding contrast. High peak brightness. Excellent reflection handling. Excellent response time. Cons: Image degrades when viewed at an angle.  

    Podcast #1062: Video IPTV Service How to Stop Subscriber Loss for Cable and Satellite

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 41:26


    This week we take a look at a new IPTV service called Vidgo and the five reasons why services like Vidgo are taking subscribers away from Cable and Satellite TV Services. Can they stem the flow? Perhaps but it's unlikely they will do what is needed. We also read your email and the news of the week. News:  Disney+ update adds Atmos Spatial Audio on Apple TV 4K, breaks Atmos on Android TV Nest cameras can now, at long last, livestream to Chromecast with Google TV TCL REPORTS 10.15M GLOBAL SMART TV SHIPMENTS OVER THE FIRST HALF OF 2022 LG debuts CineBeam projector lineup Other: NextGen TV: Auton, Anywave Launch Broadcast Internet Trial in Bend, Oregon | TV Tech Vidgo IPTV Service Stream with Vidgo for 110+ channels of LIVE sports, entertainment news, local, and so much more. Every Vidgo subscription gives you access to 14,000+ shows and movies, with 100+ hours of new content added daily. Timeless hits, blockbuster movies, classics, and new releases - all at your fingertips. Grab your popcorn and get comfy! More info… 5 Reasons The Cable and Satellite Services are losing Subscribers We have talked about Cable and Satellite systems dying a slow death for quite some time. This is a slow death that has been going on for almost ten years. Today we talk about what is causing it and how the cable companies can not only reverse it but thrive. The most obvious is that there are streaming alternatives that provide on demand entertainment. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Apple as well as the networks provide streaming content. You no longer need a set top box provided by cable and satellite companies to watch anything that is being broadcast to the masses. Ironically you need high speed internet and for most of us that is being provided by cable companies. This is a missed opportunity for better bundles by cable providers. We are no longer willing to pay for a ton of channels that we don't watch. We joke about getting what we want (a la carte programming) is costing us more, which is true. However, for the same amount or slightly more money, we get an unproportionally large amount of programming. When we first opined that it would be great to just watch the channels we wanted and only pay for them, we had no idea what was coming in the way of content. There is just so much content out there that you have to subscribe to more services which ends up driving up the cost of your “TV”  plan. And it is good content!! No more summer doldrums as far as TV programming goes. If you have a limited budget you now allocate it to other services and not cable or satellite.  Companies like ESPN, Discovery, and HBO have made their content available directly to the consumer. No need for a cable or satellite service to get some of the best programming on TV. Cable and Satellite service costs have really risen to the point where the pain of separating is less than the pain of remaining on the service.  Back in the day if you wanted to watch something it had to be on TV. Now we watch on our phones, tablets and computers. It is so easy to take your content with you using streaming providers. Your entertainment is now portable both inside and outside the house. With IPTV every room in the house can easily be connected to your streamers. Gone are the days when adding a TV to a bedroom was an ordeal to string cable to it. Now if you have wifi you can add a TV. So what can be done to reverse this trend? In our opinion there is nothing that can be done. However, the cable providers can steer into the skid and go full IPTV. We looked into adding a cable TV and an Internet bundles and on paper it looked comparable so why not just go with getting both services in one place.  Well it's the fees and hidden costs that get you. We could not find a true IPTV service through Cox. Sure they had an option where you could watch your TV on different devices. But all their plans required a set top box that you have to rent. Plus the costs are only guaranteed for two years and require a two year commitment. And to top it off, there are a bunch of fees that just break the bank and make this an uncompetitive choice for almost everyone. For cable companies to survive, they have to stop being cable companies and embrace the fact that they are now primarily Internet Service Providers that can also offer IPTV at a lower cost that other IPTV services.   

    Podcast #1061: Braden's New Speakers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 52:49


    This week we discuss Bluetooth getting it's biggest upgrade in years, NFL+ launching it's own streaming service and Braden tells us if his new speakers were worth the wait. Plus we read your emails and news of the week. News: It looks like the next Apple TV 4K might be ready to go 8K LG And Samsung's Next-Gen OLED TV Price War Is On, And We're All Winners Comcast may buy set-makers to boost smart TV efforts ‘Stranger Things' Keeps Top Spot on Parrot Analytics Demand Chart Bluetooth is getting the biggest upgrade in years This latest evolution to the Bluetooth specification known as Auracast enables Bluetooth streaming “to an unlimited number of nearby audio devices." - This has so many cool uses. Imagine being at an airport gate and being able to connect your headphones to your particular gate announcements. That way you never have to wonder if the last call to board that you just heard was for your flight or for the gate across the way.  But more traditionally you can share your music with friends headphones or you can listen to the audio of a TV in a sports bar.   There is also the new LC3 codec, which is designed to be a much more efficient way to transmit audio. That either means much higher audio quality at the same bit rate than the current baseline SBC codec, or even slightly better audio quality at less than half the bit rate. A lower bit rate means lower power consumption, which should translate to longer battery life. This would be nice if you can decide which way to go. If you were going for a long bike ride you may forgo the highest quality for longer battery life.  Other features include better support for true wireless earbuds, since Bluetooth LE Audio allows each individual earbud to maintain its own separate connection with the source device. And it's also hoped that, combined, all LE Audio's features will serve as a massive benefit for future hearing aids. The last thing that is left is whether or not it will be integrated into existing devices. While it may be possible to add support for Bluetooth LE Audio through updates in the present devices, most people might have to purchase better hardware. NFL+ The National Football League (NFL) has launched its own streaming service called NFL+. Beginning with the 2022 season. There are two subscription options for NFL+. The basic plan costs $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year.  Live out-of-market Preseason games across devices Live local and primetime Regular Season & Postseason games on your phone or tablet Live game audio for every game (Home, Away, and national Calls) NFL Library programming on-demand, ad-free For $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year, the NFL+ Premium gives you all the features of the basic tier plus some extras.  Condensed game replays across devices (ad-free)  Coaches Film (which lets fans study the game in-depth) Braden's New Speakers Braden took delivery of his new speakers (CSS Criton 2TD-X Tower Kit MSRP $1074) this week and we get his thoughts on hs Historic Speakers.  Specifications: Crossover Point: 1800 Hz Recommended Power: 20-100 watts Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohm Frequency Response:  +/- 1.5 dB from 35 Hz to 17 kHz anechoic  +/- 3 dB from 30 Hz to 20 kHz anechoic  20 Hz to 20 kHz in room Sensitivity: 90 dB External Dimensions: 44"H x 8.5"W x 10.5"D (111cm H x 21.5cm W x 26.6cm D) Weight 36 lbs (16.3Kgs) each

    Podcast #1060: Are TV Reviews Valid Any Longer and the New Vizio Lineup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 33:25


    This week we discuss whether TV reviews are worth using on the current crop of TVs and we look at the US use of Smart TVs growing even beyond the pandemic induced growth of 2020. Vizio announced their new lineup with the glaring omission of a new P-Series model. And finally we read your emails and look at the week's news. News: YouTube TV Hits 5M Subs Hulu Driving More Subscribers For Disney Than Disney+ ESPN+ Price Hike Coming Aug. 23rd, Monthly Rate Jumps to $9.99 Why 2022 TV reviews are a HOT MESS (Digital Trends) TV reviews in 2022 have gotten messy. From delayed delivery and restricted availability, to confusing firmware updates, and unnecessarily deep dives, TV reviews don't look anything like they used to, and that's become a problem. (Youtube Video) Supply Chain issues causing delays in TV shipments which means it's harder to get TVs for review. Some reviewers have to go to the manufacturer's site for review. But you are reviewing the TVs on the manufacturer's terms which means you won't necessarily get the full picture. Because there is a lack of TVs that are available for review some reviewers dive so deep into the minutiae they may expose something that does not affect 99% of the watching experience but they complain loudly. Then the TV manufacturers, wanting no bad press, over react and fix the issue and inadvertently break something else. Which results in the TV you bought a month prior turning into a different TV due to a firmware update. This may or may not be a good thing. But it kind of does invalidate aspects of any previous reviews. U.S. TV Homes Using A Smart TV To Stream Up 15 Percentage Points Since 2020 Hub Entertainment Research reveals the huge pandemic-era shift in consumption patterns. The big question in a post-growth era for Netflix: Is this shift still happening? Full article here… New Vizio Smart TVs for 2023 Vizio has announced its 2023 collection of new M-, V-, and D-Series smart TVs. However, there weren't any new P-Series products announced. Vizio says that its existing 65- and 75-inch P-Series Quantum TVs, and 85-inch P-Series Quantum X TV will all continue to be sold until at least the end of 2022. A quick search of the Vizio website showed none available. For reference, Vizio lists the 85” P Quantum X for $3100. It is possible that the high end chips required for these TVs are in short supply but we'll have to wait until the end of the year for any info.  Press release… Vizio M-Series Quantum X Specs: Size options: 65- and 75-inch 4K resolution Full Array LED with local dimming (FALD) 800 nits of brightness Dolby Vision, HDR10+ 120 Hz native refresh rate AMD FreeSync VRR Wi-Fi 6E Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast Built-in Smarthome compatibility: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit Price: $850–$1,200 Vizio M-Series Quantum 6 Specs: Size options: 43-, 55-, 65-, 70-, and 75-inch 4K resolution Full Array LED Dolby Vision, HDR10+ 60 Hz native refresh rate - This is what saves you $250 AMD FreeSync VRR Wi-Fi 6E Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast Built-in Smarthome compatibility: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit Price: $350–$950   Vizio V-Series Specs: Size options: 43-, 50-, 55-, 58-, 65-, 70-, and 75-inch 4K resolution Full Array LED Dolby Vision, HDR10+ 60 Hz native refresh rate - this and no Quantum color is why it's less expensive AMD FreeSync VRR Wi-Fi 6E Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast Built-in Smarthome compatibility: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit Price: $289–$780   Vizio D-Series Specs Size options: 24-, 32-, 40-, and 43-inch 1080p resolution Full Array LED HDR Gaming 60 Hz native refresh rate AMD FreeSync VRR Wi-Fi 5 Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast Built-in Smarthome compatibility: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit Price:$160–$250    

    Podcast #1059: The Kaleidescape

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 65:59


    This week we have a special guest host DJ Briggs of “The Bright Side of Home Theater” podcast filling in for Braden. We do the usual things like read your email and discuss the week's news. But we also discuss how much DJ loves his Kaleidescape video server. News: Your Sonos Ray soundbar just got an update it desperately needed NFL Sunday Ticket: “We'll Be Moving to a Streaming Service” Google Unveils $49 Nest Mini with Better Sound, Dedicated Machine Learning Chip Compact Terra Movie Server  Storage for approximately 300 (18TB), 200 (12TB), or 100 (6TB) 4K movies Downloads a 4K HDR movie in as little as 10 minutes, at up to 800 Mbps Ability to play back and download content at the same time Distributes up to 5 simultaneous playback streams in 4K HDR when connected to Strato C players The compact size allows the server to be rack mounted side-by-side with the Strato C Kaleidescape's compact Terra movie server and Strato C movie players offer upgraded performance compared to Strato S, pulling key features from the top-level Terra sever into a smaller and less expensive package. Strato C Movie Player Plays movies from Terra, compact Terra, and Strato S Compact and quiet for dense rack installations or local placement in a room New wall mount option lets you mount the Strato C behind a TV for local placement Ideal for additional viewing zones in residential and marine applications Custom 1RU rack shelf with faceplates for one or two players sold separately Kaleidescape designed the Strato C movie player to provide an immersive home cinema experience, with better audio and video playback quality than most commercial theaters. Strato C is a premium 4K Ultra HD movie player that supports high dynamic range (HDR) and lossless multichannel audio including Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, DTS:X, and DTS-HD Master Audio. Strato C plays movies from a Terra, a compact Terra, or a Strato S over a network, with bit rates up to 100 Mbps and frame rates up to 60 fps.  

    Vacation Special - Part of the HT Guys Origin Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 19:54


    This week Ara is on vacation but we didn't want to leave you hanging so we have a special show. We go back to the mid nineties and learn how Ara almost gave up software to become a projectionist. Enjoy!

    Podcast #1058: Best Budget HDTV and A Streamer's Dream Site

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022


    This week we take a look at the Hisense UG6 as the best budget TV (from RTINGS.com) and we take a look at a streamers dream site called “The Streamable”. Plus we read some listener emails and the week’s news.

    Podcast #1058: Best Budget HDTV and A Streamer's Dream Site

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 41:55


    This week we take a look at the Hisense UG6 as the best budget TV (from RTINGS.com) and we take a look at a streamers dream site called “The Streamable”. Plus we read some listener emails and the week's news. News: Ads Are Officially Coming to Netflix Disney, Apple and Amazon keep waiting as NFL considers Sunday Ticket offers 'Top Gun: Maverick' Soars As Tom Cruise's First Billion-Dollar Movie Dolby Vision Now Available On Hisense's L9G TriChroma Laser TV Best Budget TV (RTINGS.COM) The best budget TV we've tested is the Hisense U6G (Full Review) (65” $549.99). It's a great all-around TV that delivers good picture quality and offers performance that rivals some more expensive options, but you won't get some of the same features. For example, it has fewer gaming features than both the Hisense U8G and LG C1 OLED, but if you don't need those features, it's a great choice that'll save you some cash. If you tend to stream a lot of content, you won't have to worry about getting an external streaming device because the built-in Android TV has a ton of apps available to download. Even if you watch content from a cable box, the picture quality is good because it upscales lower-resolution content without any issue. It's also impressive when watching movies in dark rooms because it displays deep blacks with outstanding black uniformity. Unfortunately, if you want to enhance your movie-watching experience and connect a receiver, the U6G doesn't have eARC support to pass high-quality audio formats. If that's important to you, the Hisense U6GR is similar in performance and supports eARC. However, the U6G delivers the best picture quality for a budget TV and is easier to find. 8.0 Mixed Usage  8.3 Movies  7.8 TV Shows  7.7 Sports  8.2 Video Games  8.0 HDR Movies  8.1 HDR Gaming  7.9 PC Monitor  PROS Excellent contrast. Outstanding black uniformity. Decent reflection handling. Huge selection of streaming apps. CONS Image degrades when viewed at an angle. Ads throughout the smart interface The Streamable The Streamable is a website that helps you find the best way to stream anything. If you have wanted to know how to watch a movie or even find out if a movie is available to buy, rent, or stream through a service this website is for you! The website is full of useful information to anyone who streams their entertainment. There is a tool to help you find the best TV service for what you watch. It's called the “Service Matchmaker”. Here you can enter sporting teams or networks you are interested in and it will give you a list of services that support it. Note - the site makes a commission on any purchases you make through them.  Ara entered the Los Angeles Dodgers as a criteria and the only option was DirecTV Stream. Looks like he is not changing services soon. If I were a Rams fan Sling TV Orange package comes up as a possibility. However, so does DirecTV stream at a higher monthly cost. Even with the cost, Streamable says it's the better option based on the channels available and other features. But if I were strictly making a financial decision SlingTV is the way to go. Searching Top Gun Maverick yielded “Top Gun: Maverick is not available to stream with a subscription service.” Nor did it provide any insight as to when it would be available for streaming. But searching for Jurassic World Dominion revealed that it will be available for streaming on Peacock on October 7. A little more than 90 days after it hit the theaters. Not day and date but not six months later either. The site is pretty comprehensive in that you can search on sports, TV Series, movies, channels, devices, and more. It's really the streamers best friend. What we'd like to see happen with streamable Of course this is a pipe dream but why not. We'd like to see streamable integrated with smart TVs and set top boxes. It would also be nice if this integration automatically picked up the services you subscribe to. Displayed search results would be listed by the least expensive way to watch first with clickable links. If none of your services are able to stream a title then it would list options to stream if available, and clicking on them would take you to a one click signup page.   If you stream “The Streamable” should be your go to site!    

    Podcast #1057: DTS Play-Fi Soundbars Challenge WISA and 8K TV Sales

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022


    This week we take a look at the top ten movies on Netflix and talk about DTS Play-Fi becoming a challenger to WISA with their new Play-Fi Soundbars. We also discuss why 8K TV sales are not really doing anything worldwide. Plus we read your emails and the week’s news.

    Podcast #1057: DTS Play-Fi Soundbars Challenge WISA and 8K TV Sales

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 44:34


    This week we take a look at the top ten movies on Netflix and talk about DTS Play-Fi becoming a challenger to WISA with their new Play-Fi Soundbars. We also discuss why 8K TV sales are not really doing anything worldwide. Plus we read your emails and the week's news. News: Major Smart Home Milestone Achieved! Z-Wave Alliance Surpasses 4,000 Certified Devices Amazon overhauls Fire TV user interface Chromecast with Google TV users get first crack at profiles Nokia Is Working On A Chromecast-Like Streaming Stick Netflix's most watched films, ranked The following are Netflix's most watched movies, based on Netflix's own reporting of total hours viewed in the first 28 days of each titles' release. Any changes are in bold text.  Red Notice, an action movie starring Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds -- 364 million hours. Don't Look Up, a dark comedy with a star-packed cast -- 359.8 million hours.  Bird Box, a post-apocalyptic movie starring Sandra Bullock -- 282 million hours. The Adam Project, a sci-fi adventure comedy -- 233.2 million hours. Extraction, an action movie starring Chris Hemsworth-- 231.3 million hours. The Unforgivable, a drama about a woman rebuilding her life after prison -- 214.7 million hours. The Irishman, a period Mafia epic directed by Martin Scorsese-- 214.6 million hours. The Kissing Booth 2, a teen rom-com sequel -- 209.3 million hours. 6 Underground, a Michael Bay explosion-fest starring Ryan Reynolds -- 205.5 million hours. Spenser Confidential, an action-comedy starring Mark Wahlberg -- 197.3 million hours. DTS Play-Fi Launches Play-Fi Home Theater for Soundbars Play-Fi Home Theater Extended in TVs to support new Speaker Configurations. DTS Play-Fi Home Theater is both expanding the feature-set and availability. Full press release from DTS here… Play-Fi Home Theater for Soundbars Support for wireless surround sound has been added to the latest generation of Play-Fi soundbars, speakers and subwoofers. You can create a wireless home theater using multiple Play-Fi products as the cornerstone of your system. TYou can add up to two subwoofers and optional rear satellites or amplifiers for surround sound with support up to 7.2.4. Play-Fi Home Theater for TVs Enhancements Available beginning with 2022 TV models, Play-Fi Home Theater for TVs will allow Play-Fi speakers or amplifiers to be used either as stereo pairs with the TV, or alternatively to be used as left and right speakers with the TV serving as the center channel for a surround sound system. This functionality augments existing home theater functionality enabled in 2021 TVs including: Using the TV's built-in speakers as the front channels of a surround system or upgrading them with a Play-Fi enabled soundbar to improve audio quality without wiring between TVs and external speakers or electronics. Select Philips TVs will be first to launch with these features. New and Recently Launched Play-Fi Products New products continue to launch featuring DTS Play-Fi in 2022 and more products are on the way. Products that have launched or are launching soon include: Audiolab Omnia Streaming Amplifier Hisense AX2106GW 2.1 Soundbar Hisense U5120GW 5.1.2 Soundbar Integra DRX-2.4, DRX-3.4, DRX-5.4 AVRs Loewe klang bar5 mr 5.1.2 Soundbar Loewe klang mr1, mr3, and mr5 Speakers Onkyo TX-NR5100, TX-NR6050, TX-NR6100, TX-NR7100, and TX-RZ50 AVRs Full 2022 range Philips Ambilight TVs running on Android TV Philips Fidelio FB1 7.1.2 Soundbar Philips Fidelio FW1 Subwoofer Philips Fidelio FS1 Speaker Philips B8907 Soundbar Philips B8507 Soundbar Pioneer VSX-LX105, VSX-LX305, VSX-LX505 AVRs SVS Prime Wireless Pro Powered Speakers SVS Prime Wireless Pro Streaming Amplifier Products that Support Play-Fi Surround There are two elements of product required for Play-Fi Surround. They are the concepts of the Master and its Surrounds. In order to have Play-Fi Surround, you need at least one product that can be the Master, and you need two to act in Surround as Left and Right respectively. Any Play-Fi product can act as Surround Left or Right, but the Master has special requirements, and is limited to select products. The latest DTS Play-Fi soundbars will allow you to create configurations up to 7.2.4—complete with height channels for Dolby Atmos—simply by adding more Wi-Fi-connected Play-Fi speakers. 8K TV Adoption is Much Lower Than Expected 8K TV has been getting a lot of hype, especially from Samsung, but the latest numbers show that consumers aren't taking the bait. Full article here… According to a recent report from Omdia research only 350,000 8K TVs were shipped to dealers worldwide in 2021, which amounts to only 1.5% of total TV shipments. With Samsung offering the most models, 65% of the 250,000 were from them. What is interesting is that according to the report, Samsung didn't ship any 8K TVs to Japan. What makes this significant is that Japan is the only country that actually offers 8K TV broadcasts on a limited basis.   By the end of 2022, the number of 8K TV households is expected to break down as follows: REGION NUMBER OF 8K TV HOUSEHOLDS Western Europe 305,000 North America 269,000 China 244,000 Asia and Oceania 121,000 Eastern Europe 115,000 Japan 48,000 Latin America and the Caribbean 43,000 The Middle East and Africa 37,000 World Total 1,181,000 The following factors affect 8K TV Adoption: Although almost all TVs on store shelves 43-inches and larger are 4K UHD TVs, there are still millions of consumers that own 1080p Full HD sets and most of the content they are watching is HD and not even 4K.  Although 8K TVs work with content sources currently available and perform upscaling of 4K content, to take full advantage of an 8K TV you need access to content that has been made in native 8K. To date, there is very little content to justify the purchase of an 8K TV. Even though 8K TVs offer more pixels per inch, it's nearly impossible to notice an improvement in picture quality unless seated within a few feet from the screen. Our eyes simply can't resolve 8K resolution at a real world seating distances. In terms of streaming in 8K only YouTube, Vimeo, and a few other apps offer any 8K content and it is very limited. To stream 8K you need upwards of 50 Mbps or higher broadband speed. There is no 8K TV broadcasting (except in Japan as mentioned previously). The ability to broadcast in 4K is still slowly being rolled out in the U.S. 8K TV broadcasting is a long way off.  Movie and TV studios don't have an end-to-end 8K production and distribution capability of any consequence. Also, movie theater projectors currently in use are either 2K or 4K. This means that there is no incentive to make movies in 8K.  It has been indicated that the current UHD Blu-ray Disc format will be the last disc-based format available. There are no plans to make an 8K disc format available to consumers. Although some PC and console gaming platforms are starting to include 8K gaming capability, there aren't a significant number of 8K games being released.

    Podcast #1056: Has Netflix Jumped the Shark and Broadlink's FastCon Smart Home Protocol

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022


    This week we try to determine whether Netflix has jumped the shark and what they can do save the company. We also take a look at a new smart home protocol from Broadlink called Fastcon. It's highly reliable and very affordable. We also read your emails and discuss the week’s news.

    Podcast #1056: Has Netflix Jumped the Shark and Broadlink's FastCon Smart Home Protocol

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 46:14


    This week we try to determine whether Netflix has jumped the shark and what they can do save the company. We also take a look at a new smart home protocol from Broadlink called Fastcon. It's highly reliable and very affordable. We also read your emails and discuss the week's news. News: LG 'Objet' OLED Evo TVs prioritise both style and substance Android TV reaches 10K streaming apps There's a new OLED TV panel manufacturer on the block Cox explores a smart TV strategy Other: doitforme.solutions Sonos Voice Assistant - what is it, how does it work, how does it compare? Apple Inks 10 Year Global Deal for Major League Soccer Has Netflix jumped the shark? - Listener email and discussion Just been thinking about Netflix and wanted to share my thoughts  The old saying from Happy days when the Fonz jumped a shark tank on water skis and Happy Days was never the same. Innovation & Interface No one can say that Netflix was not an innovator in the DVD delivery and then streaming service.  They showed everyone what could be done and pioneered the streaming services.  A wise person in the software business who I work with to create our company's digital platform told me this that our product was visionary and ahead of anything currently on the market.  He then said let's make sure that we keep pushing forward because the competition is coming and this is their starting point.  Netflix in my opinion is no longer the innovator they once were and have fallen behind the crowd.  I believe the lack of integrating into a box or TV streaming OS really hurts them.  This is my main way to find new stuff to watch and the what's next makes decisions easier.  Their interface I believe is one of the worst of the main stream services.  They have gone to allowing algorithms show you movies/shows that it thinks you would want to watch.  I have a soft side I don't always need to see thing blow up in what I watch.  Trying to find the vast majority of their library is difficult.  The other streaming service allow you to see everything they have very easily again in my opinion. Cost of main stream streamers & Business Model Netflix 4k streaming at $19.99 Disney Bundle – No ads 4k streaming - $19.99 Netflix - 1080P only - @ $15.49 HBO Max - 4k streaming @ $14.99 Disney Bundle adds - $13.99 All others are under $10 a month I believe    They raised their prices at the wrong time as inflation was starting to it creep up they raised the prices and in reality or the #1 & 2 highest priced streaming services as the Disney bundle is 3 separate services.  Also, it was kick in the face to be charging $15.49 for 1080P streaming – this is when I said goodbye.  I have kept my Paramount, Discovery, Apple TV+, subscription because their prices is low and upgraded to Peacock without commercials because the per month price is under $10.  I do get the Disney bundle and HBO Max free and if I had to pay for them I would pay from HBO Max & Disney Plus – wait for the $1 deal from hulu to sign back up. Their business model of binging is great for consumers but not the corporations.  Once Netflix jumped the shark with their prices I decided I could just wait till the late summer and re-activate for a month or two to see all their good content and then put the service back on pause.  Disney & HBO have the weekly release that to me makes more invested in their services and they have good content.   Future Does NetFlix go the way of Blackberry, MySpace or can they reinvent themselves?  This is the questions each stockholder is asking right now.  If I were in charge first thing I would do is realize that I'm no longer the only big dog and be honest about my place in the streaming world.  I would integrate with the Box and TV OS's integrated search.  I would redesign my interface.  I would change my $15.49 price to allow for 4K streaming.   I would not buy Roku as that does not help you but spend money.  If your plan is to make it the only way to get Netflix then you really don't know your place in the streaming war.  If you want to buy something look for a content provider with a big catalog if there is one left.  I hope Reid can see beyond his ego and reshape Netflix to be competitive and still deliver great content and reasonable price.  Roku Staffers Swirl in Netflix Acquisition Rumors  Roku stock was up nearly 10% Wednesday morning as internal discussions focus on the possibility of a tie-up with a streaming giant that suddenly needs help with advanced advertising Full article here… Ad supported streaming? - With Roku Netflix would not have to share revenue with other hardware makers.  Broadlink FastCon Smart Home Protocol We have spoken a lot about Matter this year as a way to unify the Smart Home market. Well there is another protocol that has recently been released that has some pretty cool features. We're talking about the Broadlink FastCon Smart Home Protocol. FastCon BLE is a patented communication technology based on Bluetooth Low Energy developed by BroadLink, boasting many advantages over their previous Wi-Fi based smart products. Benefits include: Zero Setup: Power up > Device Appears Batch Installation: Add up to 90 devices in one second Super Mesh Network: Extends signal range up to 500m covering all your house even in commercial buildings. Max 250 devices require only one gateway - saves your cost and time implementing and won't crash your router anymore No Internet Required: The fastest control experience is direct local access Almost all controls especially for lighting are operated locally (except voice control) Bluetooth connection enables you to control devices via App or switch at home No Account Required: Boot up, open the app and add your devices Guaranteed Success Rate: 99.99% device discovery and control rate. Enhanced mesh repeating mechanism guaranteed the delivery of control commands but avoiding duplicated signals Low Cost: Very cost-effective FastCon BLE Chipset, which lowers device cost What devices are on the market? Broadlink has a lot of devices and from what we can tell you can do your entire home with their devices and here is the kicker, their products are inexpensive. They even have an IR remote that allows you to integrate your smart home with your home theater. The best way to get started is with a starter kit that consists of 3 A19 Bluetooth Color Changing Light Bulbs with Music Sync, 1 Wireless Scene Switch and a Hub. While the Hub is not required for local control, it does allow remote access of your home as well as voice control via Alexa or Google Home. All of this for the whopping price of $34.99! There are Smart Touch Wall Light Switches available for $24.99 for the 1 Gang model that requires a hub but not included. The version that comes with a hub is only two dollars more ($26.99). Someone is taking a loss on the hub! There is a model that allows you to control three light lights for $30.99.  There are also two types of wall plugs, and the cheapest one available is $5.99 and is a simple on and off switch. The second version has a dimmable night light that sells for $11.99 You can use the $24.99 Smart Button (includes a hub) to kick off scenes and automations as well as control lights and turn on your home entertainment system. To control your home entertainment system you will need the Mini IR Universal Remote Control which runs $25,99.  They support almost all TVs and entertainment systems on the market today. But with this remote you are not limited to TVs. You can control AC Units, blinds, and pretty much anything that takes an IR command.  This system looks similar to Insteon in the sense that it is proprietary. We didn't find a Thermostat that works with it so keep that in mind. It is also unlikely that Broadlink will support Matter anytime soon. If you go this route you may be on an island. Albeit a nice tropical island.  

    Podcast #1055: Sonos Ray - Ecovent - Costco TVs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022


    This week we discuss the Sonos Ray Sounbar and we found a solution for controlling which rooms in your house get all the cool or warm air from your HVAC system. Finally we take a walk through Costco and look at their TV department. We have some breaking news about Insteon turning their servers back on along with the rest of the week’s news. We also read your emails in an action packed episode!.

    Podcast #1055: Sonos Ray - Ecovent - Costco TVs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 54:39


    This week we discuss the Sonos Ray Sounbar and we found a solution for controlling which rooms in your house get all the cool or warm air from your HVAC system. Finally we take a walk through Costco and look at their TV department. We have some breaking news about Insteon turning their servers back on along with the rest of the week's news. We also read your emails in an action packed episode!.  News: NESN Becomes First Regional Sports Net to Launch DTC Service Ring is raising the cost of its cheapest subscription by 99 cents a month New Google TV app turns your iPhone into a virtual remote Cable & Satellite Lost Around 1.45M Customers in Q1 2022 Other: Signal GH on the iOS App Store From Top Gun Instructor to Four Star Admiral: A Conversation with Sandy "Jaws" Winnefeld Building a TRUE 4k home cinema projector (it's awesome) Samsung caught cheating in TV benchmarks, promises software update - FlatpanelsHD What's New in tvOS 16 for Apple TV: Features and Enhancements Insteon Server is Back Online! (Eastern US 4:21 PM 07JUN2022) Sonos Ray Soundbar Review: Great TV Sound on a Budget, Even Better for Music The $279 Ray is the closest thing yet to a Sonos One speaker in soundbar form, and that's high praise. Full article here… Ecovent Whole Home Zoning System A few weeks ago we talked about trying to keep an entire home at the same temperature by using sensors throughout the house. Ara mentioned that in his home to get the upstairs cool he needs to keep the downstairs cold. Reverse in the winter for heat. Rather than getting a second A/C unit Ara bought portable A/C units for the bedrooms upstairs. But this is a manual process albeit one that works well when there are people in the house to turn the units on. At that time we opined that it would be great if there was a way to control the vents automatically to send the air where it was needed.  Richard from San Diego heard our call and let us know about a company called Keen Home that has solved the problem with their Ecovent Whole Home Zoning System. We have no relationship with the company nor do we have experience with the product so this is just for information. We reached out to the company to see if we can get a representative to come on our show.  The following is from the Keen Home Website: The Ecovent Whole Home System replaces 80% of your home's existing airvents to optimize airflow throughout your entire home. The Ecovent Sensors, Hub, and a Sensi Thermostat enable the Ecovent App to set specific room temperatures, giving you the ultimate climate control. You adjust the temperature in any room from your app. The Sensors gather and transmit climate data in every room. Your Ecovent Vents then open and close to redirect airflow in your home and make every room the right temperature. Mark vacant rooms to allow air to go where you are. Save your favorite room setpoints and schedule them for automated comfort. Adjust your settings easily while away from home. Add your Sensi thermostat to the Ecovent app for end-to-end control of your home's HVAC system. Shopping for TVs at Costco Samsung QN85QN85BD (85”) for $3999.99 Oddly enough Samsung is selling them for the same price on their website. Amazon has it for $3997. Looks like the only discounts available on this TV is the 2021 model which goes for $3345 at Amazon. The only difference we can see is that the 2022 model has speakers at the top that support Dolby Atmos. In our opinion you will be better served with the 2021 model and saving $500.  Quantum Matrix with Mini LEDs 4K Resolution with AI Upscaling Quantum HDR 24x Optimized Eye Comfort Mode: Enjoy an optimized display without lifting a finger. Its lighting system evaluates the brightness of your space to tailor your screen contrast The Costco version comes with a $65 Samsung streaming credit. LG OLED77C1AUB (77”) for $2599.99. Like the Samsung this OLED is going for the same amount on LGs website for the PUB version which appears to be the non warehouse store equivalent. At the time of this writing we could not find the 2022 model at Amazon. But the 2021 was available for $2596. Self-lighting OLED: Perfect Black, Intense Color, Infinite Contrast  α9 Gen4 AI Processor 4K with AI Picture Pro/Sound Pro  Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos  webOS + ThinQ AI w/ Magic Remote  Gaming: G-SYNC Compatible, FreeSync, VRR, ALLM The Costco version comes with a $100 streaming credit. Sony XR77A80CJ (77”) The best we can tell is that this is a 2021 model and the warehouse store equivalent of the XR77A80J. Feature wise they are identical. The 80J goes for $2799.99 on Sony's website and is also available at Amazon for $2599.96. COGNITIVE PROCESSOR XR™ – Revolutionary TV processing technology that understands how humans see and hear to deliver intense contrast with pure blacks, high peak brightness, and natural colors. XR TRILUMINOS PRO™ - Rediscover everything you watch with billions of accurate colors and see impressive picture quality that is natural and beautiful to the human eye. XR OLED CONTRAST – Feel the beauty of OLED contrast with pure blacks and lifelike brightness. DOLBY VISION8, IMAX ENHANCED9, NETFLIX CALIBRATED MODE10 – Enjoy immersive and engaging cinematic content as the creator intended. The Costco version comes with a $200 credit to Bravia Core which brings the cinematic experience home. Enjoy streaming high-quality movies included with BRAVIA CORE™, exclusively on select Sony TVs Samsung QN75Q60BD (75”) for $1399.99 Samsung is selling them for the same price on their website. Amazon has the 2021 model available for $1197 at Amazon. The only difference we can see is that the 2022 model has more audio processing as compared to the 2021 version. In our opinion you will be better served with the 2021 model and saving $200.  Quantum processor Lite 100% Color Volume with Quantum Dot Dual LED  Quantum HDR Smart TV with Multiple Voice Assistants Object Tracking Sound Lite SolarCell Remote The Costco version comes with a $65 Samsung streaming credit.    

    Podcast #1054: Streaming hits record levels and Microns OLED

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022


    This week we have a holiday shortened show where we briefly discuss Microlens OLED and Streaming to your TV hitting record levels. We also answer a few emails and read the week’s news.

    Podcast #1054: Streaming hits record levels and Microns OLED

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 32:39


    This week we have a holiday shortened show where we briefly discuss Microlens OLED and Streaming to your TV hitting record levels. We also answer a few emails and read the week's news. News:  U.S. Netflix Usage Up Despite Sub Loses LG Unveils Star Wars Special Edition OLED evo Samsung will soon stop making traditional LCD panels Nielsen: Streaming Hits Record Levels, Accounts for 30% of TV Viewing While total TV viewing declined, streaming volume stayed steady and increased its share Full article here … LG Display demonstrates a prototype WOLED display with a microlens MLA array Article Here What is microlens technology? Think of it like microscopic glasses that are attached to the OLED layer and that these glasses increase the light output. From a paper (Novel fabrication method of microlens arrays with High OLED outcoupling efficiency) published in Science Direct - After attaching a hemispherical microlens array with contact angle of 50.4° onto the OLEDs, the luminance was enhanced by approximately 117%.  

    Podcast #1053: UST Projectors - Mistakes with Soundbars - Smartthings and Matter

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022


    This week LG Debuts a new 4K UST Laser Projector and we discuss five mistakes everyone makes with Sonos Soundbars. Finally, Samsung begins integrating it's SmartThings home automation platform with Matter capable devices. We also read your emails and the week’s news.

    Podcast #1053: UST Projectors - Mistakes with Soundbars - Smartthings and Matter

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 51:27


    This week LG Debuts a new 4K UST Laser Projector and we discuss five mistakes everyone makes with Sonos Soundbars. Finally, Samsung begins integrating it's SmartThings home automation platform with Matter capable devices. We also read your emails and the week's news. News: Hey Sonos! Company Debuts Entry-Level Soundbar, Voice Control For Music, And New Roam Colors Google TV app to add casting as Android TV ecosystem grows to 110M monthly active device Disney+ beats estimates with 7.9M new subscribers in Q1 Samsung SmartThings begins testing Matter devices on its platform Roku and Element partner for their first outdoor TV LG Debuts New 4K UST Laser Projector LG Electronics is expanding its premium CineBeam 4K laser projector lineup with the new Ultra Short Throw (UST) laser projector (model HU915QE), the follow up to the HU715Q released earlier this year. LG's latest flagship home cinema solution can produce sharp 90-inch images when placed 2.2 inches (5.6 centimeters) from the wall, or 120 inches at a distance of 7.2 inches (18.3 centimeters). The HU915QE plays movies and streaming content in 4K HDR, using HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping to analyze and adjust image brightness every single frame. With LG's webOS smart platform onboard, the HU915QE lets users watch all their favorite shows from streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube, and Apple TV without an additional device. They can also wirelessly stream content via Screen Mirroring, Apple AirPlay2, and Bluetooth. On top of that, its built-in 2.2 Channel, 40-watt speaker system enhances the viewing experience with strong, rich audio. Users can also connect up to two LG Bluetooth speakers at once. LG CineBeam 4K laser projector (model HU915QE) with the latest UST technology will be available in the first half of 2022. No pricing available but Value Electronics is advertising it for $6000 to $6500.. 5 mistakes everyone makes with Sonos soundbars Got a Sonos Beam or Arc? Don't make these classic mistakes Full article here… Mistake 1: ignoring Trueplay room calibration Mistake 2: leaving the TV's sound output in PCM Mistake 3: not trying the speech enhancement feature Mistake 4: not playing with the 'Loudness' feature Mistake 5: missing the new height adjustment feature HOW SAMSUNG'S SMARTTHINGS IS THINKING ABOUT MATTER AND THE FUTURE OF THE SMART HOME The smart home is about to change. Soon, you won't have to choose a smart light bulb or door lock just because it works with your smart speaker. Instead, you'll be able to buy a smart device, bring it home, and it will work with any voice assistant or app you choose. At least, that's the promise behind Matter, a new standard created by Samsung, Google, Apple, and Amazon. Most importantly, you won't be locked into the platform you chose. If you decide you want to switch to SmartThings from Google Home, or go with Amazon Alexa over Apple HomeKit, any Matter-enabled devices can come with you. Full article here… Founded 10 years ago on Kickstarter, SmartThings is one of the only standalone consumer smart home hubs from the early days of the DIY smart home boom that's still alive and kicking. The SmartThings hub is one of the few consumer-level devices with multiple radios in it, including Wi-Fi, Zigbee, and Z-Wave, allowing it to control a much wider range of smart home devices.  It also works with cloud-to-cloud software services and is one of the most compatible smart home platforms. There's voice assistant support, too, for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant as well as Samsung's Bixby. It was acquired by Samsung in 2014. Since the acquisition, Samsung has moved away from manufacturing any SmartThings hardware, offloading both the standalone hub and many of the sensors to device maker Aeotec. The company has said it's focusing all efforts on the SmartThings app and supporting Samsung's connected products through software.  The following are questions to Mark Benson, the newly appointed Head of SmartThings US, Samsung's home automation arm  What is the future for the SmartThings hub with Matter on the horizon? The  standalone SmartThings V3 Hub and the Aeotec SmartThings Hub will be updated to support Matter when it launches in the fall. SmartThings is getting integrated more deeply across the Samsung portfolio, with SmartThings Hub software built into select 2022 Samsung Smart TVs, Smart Monitors, and Family Hub refrigerators. These devices will also allow users to connect a wide variety of existing smart home devices, as they will be updated to get Matter as a controller support, as the new standard becomes available. We also plan to support Matter as a controller on our SmartThings Hub V2. This will enable our existing users to connect and control Matter devices. Will the built-in hubs have any low-power wireless radios, as the standalone hubs do? What about Thread? Low-power wireless protocols are a crucial part of the Matter standard and will definitely come to the Samsung SmartThings products with built-in hub functionality. More details to come later on actual implementation of Thread technology, but Thread's really important to us. Communication with Zigbee devices will be possible through the SmartThings Dongle, allowing connectivity to a wide range of smart home devices. You say Samsung is integrating Matter as a controller — does this mean that Samsung's connected devices (washing machines, robot vacuums, TVs, etc.) will not be exposed to other Matter controllers (such as Amazon Alexa or Apple HomeKit)? This year, we will focus our efforts on bringing Matter as a controller to multiple surfaces across the Samsung portfolio. This means most 2022 Samsung Smart TVs, Smart Monitors, and Family Hub refrigerators. SmartThings Hubs will not act as a Matter bridge, so non-Matter devices will not be bridged or exposed to other Matter controllers. That said, Matter-enabled SmartThings hubs will continue to support existing devices and protocols (e.g. Zigbee, Z-Wave) to provide SmartThings customers with flexible connectivity options. Where do you see Matter taking SmartThings? With connectivity becoming more standardized, where SmartThings competes in the future will be different. The user experience is the competitive space that will differentiate platforms and companies — things around use cases in the home, cooking, taking care of your pets, managing energy usage, setting the lighting just right, and locking the doors at night. Having those things just work and be simple and easy to understand so that users can control their homes and manage their homes well is why we're excited about Matter.

    Podcast #1052: Will Matter Fix the Smart Home?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022


    This week we discuss how matter will fix the smart home. Well it won’t fix the smart home completely but it will make adding new devices faster. Pulse we have an abbreviated email and news segment since one of us went to Alaska.

    Podcast #1052: Will Matter Fix the Smart Home?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 30:49


    This week we discuss how matter will fix the smart home. Well it won't fix the smart home completely but it will make adding new devices faster. Pulse we have an abbreviated email and news segment since one of us went to Alaska. News: Classic Japanese audio brand Onkyo files for bankruptcy Hisense announces its own Fire TV, starting at $530 Other: Join the Neat Exchange - Social Media for Whiskey Drinkers Ara's Woodworking Join the Flaviar Whisky Club and get a free bottle Google says Matter Still Set to Fix the Biggest Smart Home Frustrations In early 2019, Michele Turner sat down for dinner with her colleague Grant Erickson. Joining them at the restaurant in Silicon Valley's Woodside were two of their counterparts from Amazon and two from Apple. Turner and Erickson both worked for Google. The hosts of this dinner party were Tobin Richardson and John Osborne from the Zigbee Alliance. The aim of the evening was simple: fix the smart home. Full article here…  

    Podcast #1051: Sony's 2022 Lineup with Availability and Pricing

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022


    This week we take a look at Sony’s 2022 TVs and Projectors with availability and pricing information. We also read your emails and take a look at the week’s news.

    Podcast #1051: Sony's 2022 Lineup with Availability and Pricing

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 50:47


    This week we take a look at Sony's 2022 TVs and Projectors with availability and pricing information. We also read your emails and take a looks at the week's news. News: Sonos may roll out its own voice assistant next month Leviton launches HomeKit-enabled Decora Smart No-Neutral Switch, Dimmer, and Bridge aimed at older homes Are Sluggish Smart TV Shipments Really Behind the Growth Problems for Netflix and Other Streamers? Just Look at This Chart Google Nest cameras now work with Amazon Alexa devices Dish, Sling TV Report Increased Sub Loses Other: Sinclair and Bally Announce Their Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Platform is Coming in June Fans struggling to watch Mavs, Stars and Rangers games on Bally Sports may soon have a solution Same-day theatrical and streaming releases are dead, says theater owners CEO - FlatpanelsHD Netflix Dolby Atmos problems with new Apple TV 4k  2021 new gen Apple tv 4k Dolby Atmos Problems | MartinLogan Audio Owners Forum Some Apple TV Users Complain of Dolby Atmos Audio Issues - MacRumors Dolby Atmos stuttering on newest gen Apple TV MyQ With Alexa – Here's How! (Step-By-Step Instructions) Sony 2022 TVs — QD-OLED, Mini LED, Master Series And More The Sony 2022 TV lineup features an updated XR processor, promising Sony's Bravia XR TVs to ramp up image processing power across 4K OLED TVs, a QD-OLED TV and the brand's first Mini LED TV. Full article here… Sony Debuts Three New Native 4K HDR Laser Home Cinema Projectors Sony Electronics has revealed three new Native 4K HDR Home Cinema laser projectors, featuring what the company calls the world's smallest Native 4K SXRD 0.61-inch panel (3840 x 2160), enabling a compact chassis design. New wide dynamic range optics in combination with Triluminous Pro algorithm deliver an unmatched 4K HDR experience on the large screen. Powered by Sony's “X1 Ultimate for projector,” the picture processor based on technology used for its BRAVIA TV series and optimized for projectors, this processor enables unique features like Dynamic HDR Enhancer and Object-based Super Resolution to create expanded dynamic range and extreme clarity, heightening the viewing experience. The new models are: The VPL-XW7000ES is Sony's new Native 4K HDR laser model in the range, with 3200 lumen and Live Color Enhancer that provides vivid images even in bright home living spaces. This model also features a new 70mm diameter Advanced Crisp Focused (ACF) lens with aspherical front element and floating focus group that delivers high clarity. The VPL-XW7000ES has a suggested retail price of $27,999.99 and is available to order summer 2022 at Sony Electronics, Amazon, Best Buy, and other authorized dealers. The VPL-XW6000ES offers a bold, crisp entertainment experience with 2500 lumen of brightness, generated by a long-lasting laser light source, for vibrant images even on a large screen. Available in either black or white, this model also features an all-new 0.61-inch SXRD panel for high brightness, inky blacks, vibrant colors, rich tones and textures, clear cinematic motion, and image smoothness. Utilizing Flagship-level X1 Ultimate for projector brings the best of Sony's BRAVIA TV video processing for projection, resulting in high dynamic range imagery with texture, color, contrast, and realism. The VPL-XW6000ES has a suggested retail price of $11,999.99 and is available to order summer 2022 at Sony Electronics, Amazon, Best Buy, and other authorized dealers. The VPL-XW5000ES addition to Sony's Home Cinema lineup is a 2000 lumen laser model that delivers high contrast and object-based HDR remastering for real-time picture processing. On the XW series, over a billion colors are brought to life by Triluminos Pro, which features the ability to display 95 percent of DCI-P3 Color Gamut. The VPL-XW5000ES has a suggested retail price of $5,999.99 and is available to order summer 2022 at Sony Electronics, Amazon, Best Buy, and other authorized dealers.

    Podcast #1050: 5 Mistakes Everyone Makes With Their TVs, and How to Fix Them

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022


    This week we look at 5 mistakes people make with their TV Settings and how to fix them and long time listener Jerry documents his transition from the Insteon Home Hub to Home Assistant. We have no email but we do discuss some of the week’s news in an episode that includes a discussion about Mead, Bourbon, Beer, and Moonshine!

    Podcast #1050: 5 Mistakes Everyone Makes With Their TVs, and How to Fix Them

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 36:09


    This week we look at 5 mistakes people make with their TV Settings and how to fix them and long time listener Jerry documents his transition from the Insteon Home Hub to Home Assistant. We have no email but we do discuss some of the week's news in an episode that includes a discussion about Mead, Bourbon, Beer, and Moonshine!  News: Harman Kardon Citation MultiBeam 1100 soundbar boasts Dolby Atmos audio Roku welcomes Apple Music to its lineup Alexa can tell you when your security camera detects a person or package Wyze takes on Ecobee, Nest with new room sensors for its smart thermostat 5 mistakes everyone makes with LG OLED TVs, and how to fix them Thanks to their irresistible combination of futuristic, super-slim designs and consistently outstanding picture quality, LG OLED TVs have become the darlings of the high-end TV world – they're not only among the best OLED TVs, but the best TVs of any kind. The problem is that few TVs are set up to deliver their best possible viewing experience out of the box, so if you haven't picked the right settings, you're not getting the most from your TV. So let's look here at some of the most common set up mistakes LG OLED owners make that may be stopping them from getting the viewing experience they deserve. Full article here… Cheat Sheet for Insteon Replacement with HomeAssistant (2.0)  Like many I was shocked to see my Insteon hub with a permanent red light and my expensive IOT  devices inoperative.   A good number of ex-Insteon users are looking to other implementations of home management system  and I soon discovered that HomeAssistant does work with Insteon Devices. The help pages are well done and explain the procedures well. I am back up and running with HomeAssistant following the  instructions, but it is not simple and here are some of the fine points.  The definitive solution involves either the HomeAssistant server hardware or a Rasberry Pi with the  software installed. You can run the system using Virtual system implement ations such as Microsofts's  Hyper-V or VirtualBox.   I suggest you try Virtual Box before you decide to buy dedicated hardware. I found the Hyper-V  unusable, as I have with other implementations, but the VBox works… though was not stable enough in  my hands for a permanent install.  So with Ara's financing I bought a Raspberry Pi on Amazon with the additional bits and pieces you NEED:  mico-SD card for the system; mini-HDMI connector for a display as well as getting a mouse and  keyboard to attach and of course an ethernet cable. Here are the nice install instructions:  https://www.home-assistant.io/installation/raspberrypi/  The set-up is self generated and you really just follow the questions.   If you did this right, the home screen will appear on any web browser populated by a lot of devices you never thought you had, including the hub..  Each of these will then show up on your home screen which is your interface, as well as on your smart  phone. My goal was to get the cameras that I use in my astronomical observatory to work, which I did https://www.astrobin.com/users/jerryyyyy/  There are many viable “canned” interfaces and contingency programming and the home page is entirely  customizable… I am still learning and a real time sink. The biggest problem is initializing some devices. The hub interface seems worthless as it never showed  all my devices and I basically had to add them back in one by one. I made a spreadsheet with the MAC  address and set fixed IP addresses for many… If you do not know what I am talking about when I  mention MAC addresses or IP addresses, you will be in trouble because you need to mess with your  router and set up “fixed IP addresses” for some devices… also cameras have BOTH Wi-Fi and Ethernet  MAC Addresses… On the other hand, if you know what I am talking about, this is a piece of cake.  My to-do list:  Get the motion sensor up and running (Appears to be impossible).  See if there is a way to pan work the cameras (Maybe learning more Python).  Get the GPS location off my iPhone into the system… yes you can get this through the App.  Find some good models for home pages and automations… there are tons but hard to choose.  The one I have is pretty basic.  Bottom line, all in all this is a viable option if you are familiar with the basics of networking.  Essential Afterthought: How to back-up your installation. I learned that to shut down the Pi you do not  pull the power cord… you go to the Linux shell and “sudo halt” luckily my install came back after that  adventure. You can backup and reinstall the SD card contents using Win32 Disk Imager:  https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/  If you put this system together, you do not want to lose it!  

    Podcast #1049: 400Gbps Internet speeds Evoca TV and the High Prices of TV Services

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022


    This week we talk about a world with 400Gbps Internet speeds and a new TV service that combines OTA and IPTV. Also, are we spending more for our A La Carte TV services today than what we used to spend for bundled cable programming when HDTV came on the scene. We also read your emails and the week’s news.

    Podcast #1049: 400Gbps Internet speeds Evoca TV and the High Prices of TV Services

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 36:45


    This week we talk about a world with 400Gbps Internet speeds and a new TV service that combines OTA and IPTV. Also, are we spending more for our A La Carte TV services today than what we used to spend for bundled cable programming when HDTV came on the scene? We also read your emails and the week's news. News: Philips' high-end OLED907 and OLED937 TVs revealed early Discovery+ Reached 24 Million Subscribers Before Merger with Warner Bros. TV Buyers More Motivated by Screen Size and Picture Quality Than Price Sennheiser's new true wireless earbuds put the pressure on the Sony WF-1000XM4 Yamaha updates its Aventage AVRs to add HDMI 2.1 gaming features and HDR10+ support Comcast Reports 400 Gbps Internet Speeds in Hollowcore Fiber Test Comcast becomes the first U.S. ISP to deploy advanced Hollowcore Fiber with faster speeds, lower latency Full article here… Evoca TV Cable is more expensive. Satellite is inconsistent. Evoca is the only home entertainment option that uses NextGen technology, combining the best of broadcast and streaming to deliver crystal-clear picture quality at a fraction of the cost. For the best Evoca experience, simply pair the Scout receiver with an antenna to enjoy live news, sports and entertainment. And where available, we deliver your favorite shows using an ATSC 3.0 signal that doesn't hog bandwidth. It's better picture quality with less buffering, the way TV was meant to be. Evoca's receiver that works with a standard TV antenna and your internet connection. Scout uses an innovative blend of broadband and broadcast to search and adjust for optimal bandwidth. That means, if you're watching TV, you won't have to compete for bandwidth with other people in your house playing games, videoconferencing, or streaming video. You'll still get the best picture with less buffering or glitchy stuff, the way TV should be. Imagine that. TiVo: Average U.S. Pay TV Customer Is Paying $204 a Month for Broadband and Video Entertainment With the total monthly bill for connected services approaching the payment for cheap subcompact car, the subscription market does seem a bit ... saturated Full article here…

    Podcast #1048: Insteon Servers Shut Down and Home Assistant

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022


    This week we discuss the shutting down of Insteon servers and what you can do to continue using your Insteon automation products and we have an interview with Tony Willis where we discuss his Home Assistant setup that is one of the ways to keep your Insteon devices working. Plus there is a lot of Netflix news and we read your emails.

    Podcast #1048: Insteon Servers Shut Down and Home Assistant

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 62:19


    This week we discuss the shutting down of Insteon servers and what you can do to continue using your Insteon automation products and we have an interview with Tony Willis where we discuss his Home Assistant setup that is one of the ways to keep your Insteon devices working. Plus there is a lot of Netflix news and we read your emails. News: Netflix stock plunges 38% on shocking subscriber loss Netflix, Disney+, HBO losing billions to illegal password sharing TiVo Stream 4K First To Fully Integrate With YouTube TV IMDb TV Rebrands as Amazon Freevee Sony's flagship soundbars just got support for another spatial audio format Insteon Discussion Insteon servers offline.  Company had a change in management in 2017 and tried to pivot it's products (with different manufacturers and partnerships). This did not go well and caused the decline of the company. According to our source the present automations should still work but you will not be able to check the status of your home or make changes.  If you are using Idigo Domotics control SW you will see no changes, likewise if you are using Home Assistant You can also use an ISY controller. But you'll need a 2413S INSTEON Dual-Band PLM to talk to the devices. The devices are no longer being sold but you can find them on ebay for, get this, $1000. If the hub was your only interface to your switches, Home Assistant may be your only way back in. Apparently Home Assistant has access to the inner workings of the hub and can take over the automation process. But as you will hear in a little bit, you will need to get into the weeds making everything work. Insteon was one of the first partners with Apple's Homekit. However, Apple did not have everything finalized and it cost Insteon a lot of money to support it. As a result the product was very buggy and did not work well. My own experience with the Homekit integration was so bad that I moved away from Insteon. They never really got it to a point that I thought was bullet proof. There is hope… Things are happening that may see the servers turn back on. I can't say much more than that. Warning - Do not factory reset your device under any circumstances as it will not be recoverable. /r/insteon Is where you can get information from other Insteon users Home Assist Interview with Tony Willis Home Assistant is open source home automation that puts local control and privacy first. Powered by a worldwide community of tinkerers and DIY enthusiasts. Perfect to run on a Raspberry Pi or a local server.  

    Podcast #1047: Is all the content creation reducing the quality of what we watch?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022


    This week Monoprice introduces three new THX Certified compact on-wall home theater speakers and we discuss Plex’s latest beta features that can help you navigate every streaming service you have. We also ask the question if all the content creation going on right now dilutes the quality of what we are watching. Plus we read your emails and discuss the week’s news.

    Podcast #1047: Is all the content creation reducing the quality of what we watch?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 49:30


    This week Monoprice introduces three new THX Certified compact on-wall home theater speakers and we discuss Plex's latest beta features that can help you navigate every streaming service you have. We also ask the question if all the content creation going on right now dilutes the quality of what we are watching. Plus we read your emails and discuss the week's news. News: YOUTUBE TV ADDS 5 CHANNELS TO LINEUP AirPods security flaw could put some private data at risk HBO Max's Apple TV app gets a much-needed overhaul TP-Link's first WiFi 6E mesh system is available to order TCL's latest smart TVs boast 144HZ refresh rates, HDR10+ Other: 35mm cinema film and digital audio - by Nava Whiteford Michael J. Kohut - Wikipedia Michael J. Kohut Inventions, Patents and Patent Applications Monoprice Introduces three new THX Certified compact on-wall home theater speakers Monoprice has just added three THX certified on-wall home theater speakers to its popular Monolith line. The Monolith M-OW3 combines front left, center, and right channels into a single thin wall-mounted speaker. Each channel features a high-performance 4.5-inch concentric driver with an inset 20mm silk dome tweeter, an optimized waveguide, and two 4.5-inch passive radiators. Monoprice claims a flat frequency response from 70Hz to 20kHz and it has been THX Certified Select Certified. Sensitivity is 84.8dB with 4 ohms nominal impedance, five-way spring-loaded binding posts and keyhole slots on the back for easy wall mounting. The smaller Monolith M-OW1 speaker pair also uses the same drivers per unit. Ideally suited for use as front-, center- and surround-channel speakers.  Lastly, the Monoprice's Monolith THX Certified Compact Satellite speaker pair. Monoprice bills them as a perfect solution for front left and right, height or surround channels, again featuring the same drivers. Though smaller in form factor than the other on-wall options, these cube  shaped speakers have a flat frequency response down to 80Hz.    All of the speakers are available immediately. The Monoprice Monolith M-OW3 is $500; the Monoprice Monolith M-OW1 also costs $500, and the Monoprice Monolith Compact Satellite speakers are $250 per pair Plex's latest beta features can help you navigate every streaming service you have Plex's latest beta features are a modern solution to a modern problem — having to search through HBO Max, Netflix, Disney Plus, and like, three other services to find something to watch. The company announced a new “Discover” feature, which aggregates and recommends content from various streaming services and a universal watchlist that gathers everything you want to watch all in one place. Full article here… State of Play The video streaming industry has reached a tipping point The amount of video programming today is staggering—and growing. As of February 2022, Gracenote, a Nielsen company, listed more than 817,000 unique program titles across U.S. traditional TV and streaming services, with many of those titles featuring hundreds of individual episodes and chapters. Back in December 2019, there were just over 646,000 unique program titles. While many of those titles form the bedrock of the traditional TV universe, more recent content, especially during the past two years, has been developed for over-the-top (OTT) release across the growing expanse of streaming services. And as choice proliferates, consumers will increasingly rely on content platforms and services to provide them with the content they're most interested in.  

    Podcast #1046: Number one on Netflix and Streaming Trends and Motivations of Samsung TV Owners

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022


    This week we discuss the number one streaming films/shows on Netflix across the world and we take an in-depth view into streaming trends and motivations of Samsung TV owners. Plus we read your email and take a look at the week’s news.

    Podcast #1046: Number one on Netflix and Streaming Trends and Motivations of Samsung TV Owners

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 52:53


    This week we discuss the number one streaming films/shows on Netflix across the world and we take an in-depth view into streaming trends and motivations of Samsung TV owners. Plus we read your email and take a look at the week's news. News: Bluetooth devices set to hit new high by 2026 Roku Extends Deal to Support Amazon Prime Video, IMDb TV LG's next OLED panels should suffer fewer dead pixels QD-OLED is great for TV lovers, but not for the reason you think TCL closes the gap to LG when it comes to smart TV sales Other: F-14s vs MiG-28s - May 1986, a Danger Zone in the Indian Ocean You Should Probably Stop Using Your Wyze Camera Right Now What is the World Streaming on Netflix? Number 1 in Film English Language -  The Adam Project with 17.72 million hours viewed.  After accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self for a mission to save the future. IMDB Rating 6.7 out of 10 Rotten Tomatoes 68% Critics 76% Audience Number 1 in Film Non-English Language - All Hail  with 24.28 million hours viewed. After failing to predict a destructive hailstorm, a famous meteorologist flees to his hometown and soon finds himself on a journey of self-discovery. The Argentinian dramedy made the Top 10 in 32 countries. IMDB Rating 5.6 out of 10 Rotten Tomatoes N/A Critics 33% Audience Number 1 in TV English Language -  Bridgerton with 251.74 million hours viewed.  Wealth, lust, and betrayal set against the backdrop of Regency-era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family. IMDB Rating 7.4 out of 10 Rotten Tomatoes 82% Critics 77% Audience Number 1 in TV Non-English Language - Business Proposal with 32.52 million hours viewed. In disguise as her friend, Ha-ri shows up on a blind date to scare away her friend's prospective suitor, but plans go awry when he turns out to be Ha-ri's CEO -- and he makes a proposal.  IMDB Rating 8.8 out of 10 Rotten Tomatoes N/A Critics 94% Audience Is it Cake Skilled cake artists create mouthwatering replicas of handbags, sewing machines and more in a mind-bending baking contest inspired by a popular meme. Is it Cake came in at #3 with 26.51M hours viewed. IMDB Rating 5.7 out of 10 Rotten Tomatoes N/A Critics 39% Audience  

    Podcast #1045: Sonos Smart Sound Bars?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022


    This week we discuss Sonos adding “Smart TV” Features to their Sound Bars and we take a look at the Best 4K Projectors according to CNET. We also read your emails and take a look at the week’s news.

    Podcast #1045: Sonos Smart Sound Bars?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 34:51


    This week we discuss Sonos adding “Smart TV” Features to their Sound Bars and we take a look at the Best 4K Projectors according to CNET. We also read your emails and take a look at the week's news. News:  LG's 97-inch G2 OLED looks set to cost as much as a fancy new car Bowers & Wilkins Introduces Panorama 3 Soundbar Samsung's S95B QD-OLED TV Finally Has A Release Date And Price, But Where's The ‘QD' Bit? 5.1 surround sound for YouTube TV is on the way to Roku and Android/Googe TV Apple confirms Friday Night Baseball free for at least 12 weeks Sonos starts hiring to build “Home Theater OS” Sonos has ambitions not just to be the platform of choice for home audio but for home theater, too, according to several new job postings discovered and reported by Protocol. The job listings suggest several new areas of expansion for Sonos, and they paint a picture of a much broader home theater strategy than the sound bar-driven one the company focuses on now. Full article here… Best 4K Projectors for 2022 (CNET) 4K projectors offer huge, ultra high resolution images for the ultimate movie night. Here are the best ones. Full article here…  

    Podcast #1044: The Beginnings of "Fuzz Tone" - CD Fun Facts - 2022 LG Pricing

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022


    This week we further discuss the beginning of the “Fuzz Tone” in music, give you some fun facts of the Compact Disc and rundown the availability and pricing of the 2022 LG line of HDTVs. Plus we read your emails and go over the week's news.

    Podcast #1044: The Beginnings of "Fuzz Tone" - CD Fun Facts - 2022 LG Pricing

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2