We’re late but it’s Liz’s fault. And there was all sorts of noise and stuff on her end so…Tom did his best. She’ll say it was an open window but it sure sounds like someone unwrapping candy to me. This week, Tom asks for Liz’s reaction to the hiatus. They discuss monetizing the show. Feel free to chime in over email or on the Facebook page. Ron has a question about TV size. Sanus has a new cabling solution that Liz thinks is ugly (not that it matters) and Tom thinks is cool. Especially for the price. Comcast is encrypting “free” channels because…well…they suck. Tom has a bit of a meltdown over some Emotiva news. And by “bit” we mean “call the nuthouse, we have a new patient.” Tom has a continued (he forgot he already ranted on the first bit before) Yamaha rant. Liz shares an article interviewing Steve Hoffman – one of the most renowned recording professionals in the music industry. Want to be part of a reality show snuff film? Here’s your chance. Here’s a link to the Dilbert cartoon Liz mentioned.
Yep, we’re back and all your questions will be answered. Tom and Liz discuss all the new watches that are either coming out (like the Pebble), or being talked about. What do you think? Will watches be the new thing? Sony (surprisingly) comes out with the first “affordable” 4k displays. You might not buy one but we’re betting you know someone that will. Liz isn’t sure about this new Facebook Home wrapper for your phone. Do we really need more Facebook? A question from Luis about hiding wires or going wireless. Big changes to the podcast coming soon. We’re anxious to hear your input. Start sending your questions in.
Rob H. and Will take over the podcast this week for an extra nerdy episode. Samsung has a new ”unprecedented” TV design, and a way to make your “old” Smart TV smarter. Meanwhile LG is finally shipping OLED, and has smarter TVs, too. Intel is getting into set top boxes andIPTV. Rob thinks he knows why. And Will knows why it probably won’t work. A very small and inexpensive AirPlay hack? Sounds good to us! But what if you want to store and organize way more content? We deep dive on Synology NAS, and Will promises to keep us updated.Marantz has a new pre-amp. Emotiva has new amplifiers to go with it. And we wrap up with rants about Bose, Surround speakers, and market forces.
This week, Lee Overstreet guest co-hosts with Liz over the holiday weekend. We discuss favorite new Christmas presents (Lee got a printer, Liz’s family got tablets). LG is offering a new TV line with embedded Google TV. Lee thinks Apple will be forced to reinvent the internet-connected television. Liz thinks the Houston Texans are in a Richard-measuring contest with the Dallas Cowboys, and really loves 3D printing technology, especially when it can print LPs.Lee gives an in-depth look at his 2012 and 2013 projects — archiving and sharing home media — Cassettes, records, VHS, you name it.
Rob H flies solo to host a special Christmas episode for this week. Flat Panels, Sound Bars, Low Cost Speakers, Entry Level Audio, Room Acoustic Treatments, Power Conditioning, Front Projectors, Projection Screens, Subwoofers, Speakers, Receivers and Amps – Rob totally geeks out to bring you his take on Home Theater Value, and the products he thinks are worth your attention and dollars. This is pure Gear Lust, people! Happy Holidays! Links to all the products mentioned are below the cut.