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Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1372

Scott Wilkinson

Scott went and saw Beauty and the Beast this week. Scott says that the movie spends a lot of time in the dark and Scott recommends seeing it in Dolby Cinema to get the best possible impact. The high dynamic range really makes a difference. You can see "shadow detail" in the dark and the atmos soundtrack is wonderful. Very immersive. The photo realistic CGI of the Beast is terrific. Very interesting. Leo says some actors are worried about it, but other actors like the idea that they'll be immortal and their estate will be able to care for their descendants.

What do I need to build my home theater room?

Episode 1353

James from California
LG B6 OLED TV

James is in the process of building a home theater/recreation room combination. He's still building the walls, so wiring right now will be easy to do. Leo recommends not doing wireless, he should have everything wired. He should have wired internet to all of those devices as well. The room is 17' by 13', and the 17' wall has a fireplace in the middle with a TV above it. He plans to keep the TV there. The only negative to it is that it forces people to look up higher, but he has a reclining chair, so that makes it a little easier.

Should I get a home theater system or just a sound bar?

Episode 1204

Joshua from New Jersey
Onkyo HT-S3500 660 Watt 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker/Receiver Package

Josh is looking to get a new Home Theater system. Should he get a sound bar or a Home Theater in a Box? Leo says that the only reason to get a sound bar is because he doesn't want the complexity of a home theater system. A home theater system requires an AV Receiver, speakers, center channels, sub woofer and wire. But a sound bar can have the bar and a subwoofer for the better ones. Pioneer's Andrew Jones SB23 is the best according to Home Theater Guru Scott Wilkinson.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1157

Scott Wilkinson

Scott has a few questions this week. Matias from Sweden has a pair of Mirage OM6 Speakers, BMW Surrounds, and he was thinking about getting a Mirage center channel speaker. Scott says that's a good idea. He'll want to match his speakers as much as possible and it's a good idea to make sure he keeps the speakers out in the open because they are omni directional. That allows for bouncing sound off the walls and that gives it a nature tonal quality.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1149

Scott Wilkinson

Steve got a new TV and he wants to integrate it into his sound system. Leo says that the centerpiece of the modern era is the TV, and we're trying to duplicate the experience with surround sound. Leo says that the existing receiver will probably not work. Steve will need an A/V receiver. He doesn't want rear speakers, though. Leo says Steve at least needs a subwoofer and a center channel. He should get the TV at eye level and have the speakers on either side of it. He could use a "phantom" center speaker. Not nearly as good, but it will do the job.

How can I connect my HDTV into my existing sound system?

Episode 1149

Steve from Mill Valley, CA
Pioneer bookshelf speakers

Steve got a new TV and he wants to integrate it into his sound system. Leo says that the centerpiece of the modern era is the TV, and we're trying to duplicate the experience with surround sound. Leo says that the existing receiver will probably not work. Steve will need an A/V receiver. He doesn't want rear speakers, though. Leo says Steve at least needs a subwoofer and a center channel. He should get the TV at eye level and have the speakers on either side of it. He could use a "phantom" center speaker. Not nearly as good, but it will do the job.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1141

Scott Wilkinson

Scott says that going to a live concert should be the benchmark for comparison of recorded music. There is nothing like a live performance for hitting the listener more on an emotional level. In fact, data shows that the brain is more active listening to live music than an mp3 which tosses out 90% of the audio quality. A high end audio company called Meridian has just announced a new technology that will provide "master quality authenticated" capture to make sure listeners hear exactly how the music was recorded and mixed.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1047

Scott Wilkinson

Scott is back from CES, and he actually walked over 24 miles looking at the latest gadgets and HDTVs. He saw a lot of 4K, and TVs with curved screens. Leo says there's no real benefit from a curved screen, and Scott says that's especially true at the smaller 50" sizes. But for a bigger 105" TV, it may help.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1013

While Leo is out of town, Scott is coming up to Leo's house to calibrate his new OLED TV with Robert Heron, and they will be recording it for a future episode of Home Theater Geeks. If people want to calibrate their home, what are the best Blu-rays to use? Scott says that Master and Commander is ideal because of the blacks and shadows which have very subtle details.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Is Coming at 48p

Episode 928

Shot at 48 frames per second (known as high frame rate - HFR), Peter Jackson's Tolkein epic "The Hobbit: An Unexpected journey comes to theaters next week. Jackson shot at 48p in order to create the sharpest possible image to help the audience get immersed into the story. There's been some resistance because people say it doesn't look "film like," (or shot at 24 fps). But Scott says it'll look fabulous. Detailed. Crisp and clear. But the problem is, it starts looking less like film and more like video.