HDR

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1517

Questions - Wayne wants to get a 4K TV. What model should he get, the Vizio P Series or the Sony Bravia? The Sony X900F is about $2000, and the Vizio P Series is close to the same price. Scott says don't get the X850F, even though it's $500 cheaper. It has an edge lit LED backlight, and that could cause uneven lighting. The X900F and the Vizio P series use full array local dimming, so it's illumination is more uniform and has better contrast. Worth the extra money.

What TV should I buy?

Samsung QLED TV

Episode 1509

Michael from Miami, FL

Michael is looking to get a TV and wants to know if he should get 1080p or 4K. Leo says he should definitely get 4K moving forward. But even more importantly, he should get a TV with HDR. It has a much nicer look. Leo's choice is the LG B6 OLED. It comes down to budget though. Michael wants a TV that has no bezels. He wants to hang it on the wall like a painting preferrably an 80" model. Leo says that Vizio has a nice one.

What 4K TV should I buy?

LG B7

Episode 1501

Tom from Oceanside, CA

Tom is buying a new TV today and wants to know what to get. Leo says it depends on his budget. If he's spending a few thousand, then OLED is the way to go. Better yet, he should get a larger size than he would think. If he's at less than a 10' viewing distance, 55" is OK, but Leo likes 70". HDR makes a significant difference if he likes to watch movies. 4K, for sure. But everything else in the chain has to be 4K HDR in order to get the benefit.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1493

Scott says that high dynamic range on a projector TV is years behind HDR on flat panel TVs, so some projector users have chosen to wait to upgrade to 4K until the technology catches up. And that makes total sense. Scott also was disappointed with the visual look of Solo: A Star Wars Story. He was expecting great high dynamic range, but instead, it was rather washed out, and it turns out it was an artistic choice by Ron Howard, the director. Leo said it sounded great in Atmos though. Scott agrees, but it was rather harsh.

Should I upgrade from my plasma TV?

LG OLED B7A

Episode 1485

Mark from Los Angeles, CA

Mark has a 2012 Panasonic Viera and wants to know if he should upgrade to 4K. Leo says that the Viera was a plasma TV and it's really the best quality there is. And it still works! Yes, there's 4K, yes there's HDR. But 4K is only important if he's really close to the screen. Chances are, it won't be all that much of a difference. HDR, on the other hand, offers superior dynamic range. But unless he sees them side by side, he might not notice it. So Leo advises keeping that plasma TV until it dies. He can always upgrade then. And when he does, he's going to want to get an OLED.

When should I buy a 4K TV?

LG OLED B7

Episode 1483

CJ from Whittier, CA

CJ is really into 4K HD Blu-rays, and he wants to know if he should buy a 4K HDR TV now, or wait until Black Friday? Rich says that streaming is the future and Blu-ray discs are going away. He's going to want to get 4K HDR with Dolby and HDR10. Those are the two standards. He can wait until Black Friday, but the best time to get a TV is just before the Super Bowl.

How large should I make my home theater screen?

Home Theater

Episode 1469

Ed from Temecula, CA

Ed is going to be building a video wall for a home theater room in his house. What screen size should he get? Scott Wilkinson says that 14' away with a 60-degree field of vision, it's going to need to be pretty large. Scott says that Samsung's "The Wall" is a great option if money is no option. It'll be available later this year and has micro LEDs. It's 146". Can Ed daisy chain LED TVs? Scott says the bezels will be very distracting. The only real solution here is projection and he'll also want an ambient light rejecting screen if he can't darken the room completely.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1463

Scott saw Marvel's latest super hero film Black Panther at a Dolby Vision theater this week and it was amazing. Currently, there are only about 100 Dolby Vision theaters in the US (33 in LA), but it's definitely worth the money to see it. The HDR and Atmos sound is fabulous, and it just enhances how good the story is. Check out Scott's review at avsforum.com here. What surprised Scott though, is that while Black Panther was amazing in Dolby Vision, Star Wars: The Last Jedi wasn't.

Day Before Big Game Is the Biggest TV Buying Day of the Year

LG B7A OLED

Episode 1460

The day before the Super Bowl is the biggest TV buying day of the year — even bigger than Black Friday. That's because it's also the end of the model year and they want to clear out the old models to make room for the new models. Leo says that there are some times you want to wait for the latest and greatest, but right now is not that time. LCD and OLED TVs are still dominant and will be for a few more years until MicroLEDs take hold. So if you were waiting, don't! If you have an HD TV and wonder if you should buy 4K, now is the time because of HDR 4K TVs.