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Friday
Mar082019

Podcast #886: Best Smart TVs for Streaming

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

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Friday
Mar012019

Podcast #885: HDMI 2.1

After reading Robert’s email we thought it might be a good idea to review the HDMI 2.1 specification will everyone. The following information and more is available at HDMI.org. HDMI® Specification 2.1 is the most recent update of the HDMI specification and supports a range of higher video resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, and resolutions up to 10K. Dynamic HDR formats are also supported, and bandwidth capability is increased up to 48Gbps.

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Friday
Feb222019

Podcast #884: Hollywood is Now Irrelevant

“Hollywood is now irrelevant,” says IAC Chairman Barry Diller the former CEO of Paramount and Fox, talks about the diminished power of movie studios and why “Netflix has won this game. It was these six movie companies essentially were able to extend their hegemony into everything else. It didn’t matter that they started it. When it got big enough, they got to buy it. For the first time, they ain’t buying anything. Meaning they’re not buying Netflix. They are not buying Amazon.”.

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Friday
Feb152019

Podcast #883: SVS Prime Wireless SoundBase

Ever since Ara has begun building speakers he has been searching for ways to drive them. He has tried small desktop amplifiers with some real success. His current go to is the AudioEngine N22 (MSRP $199) desktop amplifier 40W a channel. That works great for most desktop and some booksehelf setups. If you wanted to go wireless you had to add the Audio Engine B1 (MSRP $189) Bluetooth receiver. This did add AptX, including AptX HD support which allowed for high quality listening. The cost of the two totaled almost $400 and was cumbersome to “assemble”.

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Friday
Feb082019

Podcast #882: Bluetooth 5.1 and the Smart Home

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

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Friday
Feb012019

Podcast #881: Interview with the Owners of Creative Sound Solutions

Ara recently purchased a DIY Speaker kit (Model P215 $439) from Creative Sound Solutions because he has heard a lot of great things about the company and products. He reached out to Dan Poinsett and Kerry Armes the owners of Creative Sound Solutions and they agreed to come on the show and talk about their company and DIY speaker kits.

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