This week during the gaming conference E3, Microsoft announced the most powerful gaming console ever made. It's called the Xbox One X, and it's smaller, heavier, liquid cooled and more powerful than any other console on the market. It also comes with a 4K Blu-ray player with HDR support built-in. Scott says that the HDR capability of the player is really more important than the resolution simply because most people won't really see the difference unless they have a screen that's 70" or larger. But HDR is really noticeable, even on sets under that size.
Ron wants to know if it's worth the money buying a 4K Blu-ray player. Leo says only if he's planning on buying a 4K TV and only if he's planning on getting one over 55" in size. Then he'll want not only a UHD Blu-ray player, but also a 4K TV that supports HDR.
Scott joins us to talk home theater and has questions from the chatroom. Is there a great ultraHD BluRay? Scott says that Oppo is the best out there. It supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, and 4K. But it doesn't support streaming, and Oppo says that since people get streaming from other devices, that it wasn't necessary for Oppo to get caught up in that. They just focus on having the BluRay player still be best at playing discs. It's everything you want in a player, and at $550, it should. Another option is the Xbox One S, but it doesn't support DolbyVision yet.
Scott says that the new HDMI standard will be pushing 4K and 8K video at over 5400 Gbps. Will HDMI ever be replaced? Scott says that if metadata doesn't survive going through an AV receiver, it could greatly affect the HDR10 dynamic range going to the TV. Your AVR needs to support HDMI 2.0A to do that, and few manufacturers will tell you that. Dolby has launched a program to educate people on which devices will support Dolby Vision.
Today Scott and Leo talk about differing HDR standards. There's HDR 10, which is an open standard, and there's also Dolby Vision HDR. When buying a TV, you should make sure it's UHD Premium, which means that it will be 4K and HDR.
There should be 100 HDR Blu-ray titles by year's end, but Leo thinks physical media is on it's way out.
Michael just got the 2016 Vizio M-Series and he wants to know what the "Calibrated Mode" is. There is no "Movie Mode." There's also a Vivid Mode. Stay away from Vivid Mode. That's for the show room floor. "Calibrated" isn't really calibrated, it's their best guess. So it may not be ideal, but it's worth a try. Standard Mode is the closest he'll get to a Movie Mode. There's also a color temperature setting of "warm" that he'll want, or 6500K.
Kevin bought an OLED HDR TV and he's worried that with two different HDR formats, it will soon be obsolete. Scott doesn't think so. In fact, HDR 10 is an open standard and most TV makers will support it. Dolby Vision, however, is a required license. All content streaming in HDR is supported by HDR 10 as is HDR Blu-ray. Even rival Dolby Vision supports HDR 10 so if a TV doesn't recognize Dolby, it will play HDR 10. So it'll most likely survive long into the future.
Charles is looking for an HDR capable Samsung TV. Scott says that the KS series are definitely Ultra HD Premium. What is 'HDR compatible' mean? Scott says HDR Compatible means it can take the HDR signal, but it may not display it in HDR. HDR Capable can do that, however. So he has to be cautious of marketing speak.