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Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1299

Scott Wilkinson

Scott saw Independence Day Resurgence last night. It was a little disappointing and felt like there were too many writers in the room. It was fun to see the band back together 20 years later, though, and there was lots of nostalgia. The younger actors don't bring it as well, though. It did look fantastic in Dolby Cinema, at least. This gives you the movie in high dynamic range through Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. It really is the way to see it. It'll cost more, but it's really worth it. Scott has a list here.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1297

Scott Wilkinson

Scott joins us to talk about E3 and Microsoft's announcement of the new XBox One S, which will offer not only 4K gameplay, but will have a 4K Blu-ray player as well. For $299, it'll be the most affordable UHD Blu-ray player on the market. It also has the new HDCP 2.2 copy protection, so every bit of the chain will have to support that or you won't be able to watch movies on it.

Microsoft also announced Project Scorpio, which is next year's game player. You'll also need a 4K receiver and Scott says you can get one in the $500 range that also gives you HDR, Atmos, and 4K.

Do I really need to buy a 4K TV?

Leo from Buena Park, CA

Episode 1294

Leo from Buena Park thinks that buying a 4K TV is overdoing it right now because there just isn't enough content out there. Leo Laporte says that was true with the HD handover, and he'll see more flaws with a better resolution. HD has been quickly adopted and now everything is in HD. Leo Laporte thinks that will be likely with 4K as well, just not as fast. So it's up to him whether he wants to pay the extra money for 4K or just wait. But sooner or later, that choice will be made for him.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1293

Scott Wilkinson

This week, Scott Wilkinson is at the "THE Show" (The Home Entertainment Show). Scott says it's a stereo home entertainment show and it's amazing just how popular stereo is. THE Show is at the Hotel Irvine and it's all about speakers, preamps, and power amps. There are also tube amps, which many love the sound of. Tube amps are very retro but the sound is fantastic. They aren't as powerful as solid state amps, though. It's all about a high resolution audio movement, which effects us more emotionally than mp3s.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1291

Scott attended a meeting that indicated that virtual reality is the next great trend in cinematography, but that it's in it's infancy and that cinematographers should start experimenting with shooting in VR by using cheaper cameras like the Ricoh Theta S. Leo says that may be true, but he prefers to be told a story, told what to look at. When you're looking around, if you think about it, the story teller has failed in telling that story.

Leo does say that Virtual Reality is great for gaming though. It blows their minds.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1289

Scott Wilkinson

Scott joins us to talk 4K TV. Leo's getting ready to buy a new OLED TV and Scott recommends going with LG. It has high dynamic range but also supports both standards Ultra HD Premium and HDR 10. Then you can stream no matter what standard services like Vudu support. The G6 is great, but the B6 is more affordable and if you don't need the included sound bar that the G6 has, the B6 is a better bargain.

Can I test the signal strength of an HDMI connection?

Episode 1286

Jay from Providence, NC
Monoprice HDMI signal tester

Jay wants to test his HDMI signal strength because he can't use his Mac with his TV. Monoprice has an HDMI tester. Leo thinks it's more likely a cable compatibility issue, though. He'll need to have the most recent HDMI spec and if his Mac is too old, that could be the issue. Apple doesn't want to really support copy protection issues.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1283

So the Jungle Book came out and Leo says it's fantastic. But they made the deliberate choice to make a combination live action for the human actors, and then CGI for the rest of the animals in the Jungle. The reason is something called "the uncanny valley," which states that as humans, we are so fine tuned to how a human being should look and if it's the slightest bit off, we instantly see how fake it is. We don't get that with animals or other animated characters. So in the Jungle Book, it completely works.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1277

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is for the hard of hearing. It's called the Turtle Beach HyperSound Clear Audio System. It provides high directional sound that will beam clear sound to a "sweet spot" for people to be able to hear it. It's not cheap at about $1700, but what's interesting is that everyone else can hear the stereo at normal volume. It's a bit pricey, but when you consider the cost of hearing aids, it suddenly looks more affordable.