Crystal is looking to get a new TV. She has cable. She wants to replace her old TV. Leo says the first thing you should do is upgrade your cable coverage to HD. Then, if you're wanting a smaller TV, like a 32", they are really affordable. But get as large as you can afford. At least 42". Leo recommends Vizio. They offer the best quality for the price. The e Series is their lower end value series. Try and get LED Backlit, not Edgelit. Will it ruin reception if I put it on the wall? Leo says not really.
Scott joins Leo to talk about how important it is to calibrate your HD TV. We've heard him say that time and time again, and Scott even travels up to t Petaluma to do calibrate Leo's TVs from time to time. But it's even more important with 4K UHD TVs that have high dynamic range or Ultra HD Premium. Some you have to turn on HDR Color to enable it. It's buried deep in the menus. Ideally, have a pro do it. But it's not cheap. Costs hundreds of dollars to get a pro TV calibrator to come to your home.
Diego is going to transform one of his bedrooms into a home theater. He's budgeting about $30,000 to $40,000. Leo says his first decision is between direct view or projection. Projection can go bigger by just moving it back. If he can darken the room, it's the ideal option. He will want a projector that can handle the distance (called 'throw') to get it as large as he wants. Then he'll want to get a screen. One option is to paint his wall with special paint that reflects.
Leo bought the XBox One S with a 4K Blu-ray player, but it meant that he had to buy a 4K TV. So he bought the 65" LG B6 OLED 4K TV. Leo says it's stunning how thin the TV is. But then he had to buy the Denon 910 because the UHD signal couldn't pass through his old AV receiver. That also meant he had to buy cables. Scott says that Leo didn't have to buy new HDMI cables unless they were really old ones. Any HDMI cable from the last few years should be able to handle the 18GB connection required. The real key is the ports on the AV Receiver.
Scott says that the consumer industry has decided not to go all in on OLED, rather they will continue to focus on LCD TVs. LCDs are getting better, even approaching OLED. Sony's Z series is one such series. Scott says that the backlight in the Z series has independent LED backlights that get dimmed separately for precision control. Scott says that they are the brightest on the market and the HDR footage he's seen is remarkable, with incredible detail at extreme ends of the dynamic range. But they aren't cheap. They're around $8,000 to 10,000 for up to 65".
Scott joins us to talk about how to get the darkest possible room to enjoy your home theater. Scott has blackout curtains, 10% gray painted walls, and even black carpeting. All that serves to create a black hole for light that will give his home theater the brightest possible look while watching. Scott also uses a special woven projector screen which has a pass through feature for audio just like in a movie theater.
Scott says when choosing a TV for a computer monitor, it would be best to get 4K or even an OLED TV. In fact, a curved OLED would make for an ideal computer monitor because it's designed for optimal viewing in the center. It really comes down to reading the text. The sharper it is, the easier it would be on the eyes.
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Leo says it depends on his budget, but he'll need a big screen TV, and it's always a larger screen than you would think. If it's a media room, then a projector will likely be a better choice and he can go with as large of a screen as he wants. Projectors can range from $2,000 to $4,000 from Epson, to hundreds of thousands from Ronco. Then there's the screen itself.
He'll also want a Dolby Atmos compatible home theater system. Diego should check out AVSForum for more.
Scott has more on last week's Value Electronics Annual TV Shootout. It tests the top of the line flagship HDTVs to see which is the best of the best. It's a popular vote that looks at black qualities, contrast, color accuracy, and other metrics. The top four were the LG G6 OLED, Samsung KS9800, and the Sony X940D. The LG OLED won for the fourth year in a row.