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Getting Started With Basic Home Automation: Control4 Edition

Getting Started With Basic Home Automation: Control4 Edition

Adrienne Maxwell recently wrote a great update to a popular story we ran a few years ago. That piece--Shopping for Smart Home Products? Here's What to Expect--is a great overview for do-it-yourselfers looking to dip their toes in the world... Continue Reading

Feature News Stories

HomeTheaterReview.com is famous for their insightful home theater, consumer electronics and AV industry Featured News Stories. No other specialty AV publication offers such insights into the consumer electronics industry than HTR and these articles written by the likes of Jerry Del Colliano, Adrienne Maxwell, Andrew Robinson and others are as good as it gets when it comes to taking a hard look at the future of the hobby, passion and business known as audiophilia, consumer electronics and home theater.

In this section you will find all the original stories and editorials written by the Home Theater Review staff.

Feature News Stories Archives

May 14, 2018

Vinyl's Revival Is Already Fading

Jeff Berman examines the state of vinyl's mini renaissance. While there are still some positive signs, there are also signs that the revival has peaked. Continue Reading
Vinyl's Revival Is Already Fading

May 07, 2018

Shopping for Smart Home Products? Here's What to Expect.

Adrienne Maxwell hits the major retailers in her area--Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowes--to assess the state of DIY smart home automation. Continue Reading
Shopping for Smart Home Products? Here's What to Expect.

Apr 30, 2018

What AV System Would You Buy for a 14-Year-Old?

Jerry Del Colliano reminisces about the first stereo system he got on his 14th birthday and asks this question: what AV components would you choose for a kid today to get him or her excited about our hobby? Continue Reading
What AV System Would You Buy for a 14-Year-Old?

Apr 23, 2018

Behind the Scenes at Netflix's AV Lab

Adrienne Maxwell pays a visit to Netflix's AV Lab, where audio and video specialists help Netflix filmmakers make the best use of advanced technologies like HDR and Atmos. Continue Reading
Behind the Scenes at Netflix's AV Lab

Apr 16, 2018

Random Thoughts and Observations From Axpona 2018

On a whim, Jerry Del Colliano decided to attend Axpona this past weekend. It was his first trip to this particular audio show. Find out what he thought in this week's featured news story. Continue Reading
Random Thoughts and Observations From Axpona 2018

Apr 09, 2018

What OPPO Digital's Goodbye Means to Your AV System

In a sad development, OPPO Digital has announced that the company is winding down all of its product production and manufacturing. Jerry Del Colliano discusses what this means for AV enthusiasts. Continue Reading
What OPPO Digital's Goodbye Means to Your AV System

Apr 02, 2018

What I Learned During My Trip to Technicolor

Find out what Adrienne Maxwell learned during her recent tour of the Technicolor facility in Hollywood. Continue Reading
What I Learned During My Trip to Technicolor

Mar 26, 2018

Before You Cut the Cord, Pick Up the Phone

It's easy to understand why people "cut the cord" on their cable or satellite TV bill these days. I just... Continue Reading
Before You Cut the Cord, Pick Up the Phone

Mar 19, 2018

Understanding Dolby Vision Calibration, Part One

Adrienne Maxwell discusses the Dolby Vision calibration process--how it's similar to and different from HDR10 calibration--and walks through the steps using VIZIO's P Series UHD monitor. Continue Reading
Understanding Dolby Vision Calibration, Part One

Mar 12, 2018

Promising Signs for UHD Blu-ray, But Challenges Remain

Jeff Berman discusses where things stand with the Ultra HD Blu-ray format: the many promising signs, as well as the challenges that remain. Continue Reading
Promising Signs for UHD Blu-ray, But Challenges Remain

Mar 05, 2018

The Last Days of THIEL Audio

They say, if you wanna become a millionaire in the wine business, start with $20,000,000. The same can be said... Continue Reading
The Last Days of THIEL Audio

Feb 26, 2018

Going Inside the HomeTheaterReview.com Reference System

Looking for some inspiration for your home theater and whole-home AV system? Jerry Del Colliano describes how he transformed his 1950s home into a modern AV lover's paradise. Continue Reading
Going Inside the HomeTheaterReview.com Reference System

Feb 19, 2018

Looking for 4K Content? Here Is What's Available Right Now

If you think there's not enough 4K content to justify buying a 4K TV, think again. Adrienne Maxwell provides an overview of the 4K sources that are currently available, as well as what's coming soon. Continue Reading
Looking for 4K Content? Here Is What's Available Right Now

Feb 12, 2018

How Many Monthly Payments Are Too Many?

From its inception in the 1950s through all of the 1970s, television content was pretty much free. In the 1980s,... Continue Reading
How Many Monthly Payments Are Too Many?

Feb 05, 2018

The 22 Immutable Laws of New-School Audio/Video

Jerry Del Colliano offers 22 immutable laws of AV to help you navigate the changing landscape of our industry. Continue Reading
The 22 Immutable Laws of New-School Audio/Video

Jan 29, 2018

What Can the Music Industry Learn from Dropmix?

Have you played Dropmix yet? Dennis Burger has, and he's now obsessed with it. He also thinks the game's popularity should teach the music industry some important lessons. Continue Reading
What Can the Music Industry Learn from Dropmix?

Jan 22, 2018

What Really Happened with Classé Audio?

Jerry Del Colliano provides more details on Classé Audio's recent sale from Bowers & Wilkins to Sound United. Continue Reading
What Really Happened with Classé Audio?

Jan 18, 2018

When Did CES Jump the Shark for AV?

Jerry Del Colliano weighs in on the current state of affairs between CES and the specialty AV market. When did things go sour, and can they be reconciled? Continue Reading
When Did CES Jump the Shark for AV?

Jan 15, 2018

Adieu, CES

Adrienne Maxwell reflects on her latest (and probably last) trip to the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Continue Reading
Adieu, CES

Jan 08, 2018

Should You Buy a Retail Protection Plan for That New TV?

Jeff Berman takes a closer look at some of the TV protection plans offered by big-name retailers. Are they worth it? Read on to find out. Continue Reading
Should You Buy a Retail Protection Plan for That New TV?

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