In 2016 we finally got the UltraHD TVs we’ve been waiting for. Not just offering resolution, but offering expanded color gamuts, dynamic highlights, and a visual experience that goes beyond what we’ve had before. The Roku Premiere+ is the media streamer for those UltraHD displays. The Roku 4 only really offered added resolution, while the Premiere+ adds full HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 support for wide color gamut and HDR, removes the noisy fan, and costs less. Notably for Vizio and projector owners, it can do Amazon Instant Video with UltraHD resolution, HDR, and WCG. It is the best media streamer today if you want the widest selection of UHD content with HDR and WCG along with the easiest interface. (more…)
With the Holiday season approaching, we put down our thoughts on what we used this past year that was useful or fun in our home theaters. Lots of these aren’t things we have reviewed, but things we want in our home theater for ourselves, or things we want to own and test.
Summary: Sausage Party follows Frank, a hot dog in a grocery store. All of the food in the store yearns to be purchased by shoppers, who they refer to as gods. The gods will then take them to the Great Beyond (outside the store) where all of their dreams will come true. When a jar of honey mustard is purchased and then returned, it begins to tell them stories about what the Great Beyond is really like, shattering the image for Frank. He must now make a journey to find out what the truth actually is while working to save his girlfriend Brenda (a hot dog bun) at the same time. (more…)
We are currently working on an update to our $2,000 Home Theater Guide that is coming this week, but today we created the $5,000 Home Theater Guide. Putting this together really showed how good of a system you can get for this much today. You can have a reference quality display and a high-end audio system that will put most theaters to shame. There are really no sacrifices to be made here, and it’s a system that any of our reviewers could run for all of the gear we use.
Summary: Star Trek Beyond finds the crew of the USS Enterprise continuing their five year mission to explore deep space. When a strange ship arrives at their newest starbase, Yorktown, the Enterprise sets off to help them rescue their crew inside of an uncharted nebula. This turns out to be an ambush, as a massive swarm of attack ships destroys the Enterprise, causing everyone to eject.
Now trapped on the planet Altamid with no way to signal star command, the members of the ship that have not been captured must try to survive while working to rescue their crew and stopping Krall from unleashing an ancient bio-weapon on the rest of the galaxy. (more…)
In our first part of this series, we covered our room design and some of the issues we would have to overcome. We also painted the walls to be more ideal for a home theater environment and decided to install some wall shelving to hold media and equipment. This installment we are going to focus on installing that wall shelving and how it works out and then the selection of gear for the room. Continue Reading →
Summary: The sequel to The DaVinci Code, Angels & Demons finds Robert Langdon being called in by the Vatican to help solve a mystery. Following the death of the pope, as the cardinals assemble in Rome to choose his successor four of them have been kidnapped. At the same time, at the Large Hadron Collider, someone has stolen a vial or anti-matter that they captured from a collision of protons. Now the Vatican is being threatened by the anti-matter, which will incinerate the whole city if the battery holding it runs out. Robert Langdon has very little time to unravel the mystery around the Illuminati and find the Cardinals and anti-matter in time.
I recently reviewed the Vizio P65-C1 and liked it to the point that I kept it. There was one drawback for us: no integrated TV tuner. As a household that ditched cable years ago, we rely on an OTA tuner to watch live sports, presidential debates, and other programming. We had an old TiVo HD with a tuner laying around, but since we no longer paid for service it worked as a dumb box with no channel guide at all. Instead of buying another standard tuner to use with the Vizio, I decided to try out an HDHomeRun. (more…)
This summer we bought a house, which meant goodbye to the days of renting. With the housing market here being crazy, we were often forced to move to a new house as the owner would decide to cash in on the market and sell. I had gotten lucky with the past two houses we rented as both offered me large 12’x25’ basement rooms for a home theater. Despite the rather large headaches of getting gear into a basement, where narrow staircases can prevent large TVs from easily making the trip, they worked well for my work and personal enjoyment. Continue Reading →
Summary: The franchise makes its long-awaited return with Director Paul Feig’s unique and hilarious take on the classic supernatural comedy, led by the freshest minds in comedy today, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. Together they team up to save Manhattan from a sudden invasion of spirits, spooks and slime that engulfs the city.
Directed by Paul Feig and written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, GHOSTBUSTERS: ANSWER THE CALL is based on the 1984 Ivan Reitman film, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. It is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal and executive produced by Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Dan Aykroyd, Tom Pollock, Joe Medjuck, Ali Bell, and Michele Imperato Stabile.