home theater

Scott Wilkinson ... Super Bowl Sunday

Episode 1259

Over at AVS Forum, Scott has posted an article on "Ten Terrific TVs for Super Bowl Sunday." He advises to avoid "house brands" like Element, Insignia, Sceptre, etc. If you need a value label, Vizio is the way to go. Leo agrees and says that Vizio's software is excellent. But there's also LG, Samsung, and Sony. All those are worth investing. And if you're having a party, you want the largest one you can afford, and make sure it has an IPS panel, not VA. IPS gives you a wider viewing angle.

What's a good wireless stereo speaker?

Scott from Malibu, CA

Episode 1258

Scott has an iMac and MacBook Air and he is concerned about upgrading to El Capitan because it may break some of the software he uses. Leo says he should always upgrade to the latest. The upgrade is really easy to do and it doesn't break many utilities. He could roll back if there is an issue, but Leo says he probably won't have to. Some really old software may have issues, but that's only if the software is reliant on the old Rosetta interface, which Apple killed a long time ago. So anything written in the last few years won't be an issue.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1255

Scott Wilkinson

A caller can't seem to find the Vizio Reference series TV. He's looked everywhere. Scott says that the Vizio Reference series is their top of the line, using quantum dots to get a higher dynamic range and color gamut, and also supporting Dolby Vision. Leo says that Vizio has traditionally been a second tier value brand, but the Reference series shows that they can play with the 1st tier boys. The 65" is about $6,000. But where can you buy it? Scott says to go to Vizio.com and sign up for a special order.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1253

Scott Wilkinson is back from CES and put 26 miles on his feet. There, he saw a new backlighting technology for LCD TVs. Instead of a white LED backlight, they use blue LEDs and a film emdedded with tiny spheres, called quantum dots, which absorb the blue photos and re-emit another color with precision. The result is the combination of red/green/blue, which equals white. It's almost as accurate as laser.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1251

Scott Wilkinson

Scott is at CES for the latest in Home Theater and all the TV manufacturers are introducing new models of high dynamic range 4K TVs. There's finally a standard from the UHD Alliance called "Ultra HD Premium." But there's also a competing standard. Scott says that even though we have a budding format war, this time, they are largely interoperable. The 4K Blu-Ray players coming out are a lot cheaper as well, starting at $400. The first Blu-ray player was $1,000. So we're getting better at that and Leo says that by next year, they'll be under $100.

Why can't I stream from my mobile phone to my Samsung 4K TV?

Episode 1247

Mark from Covina, CA
Google Chromecast

Mark bought a Samsung 4K Curved TV and it won't find his phone unless he unplugs it. Leo says that Samsung's DLNA is notoriously terrible. It stops, drops, and loses connections. Leo's suggestion as an alternative is Google Chromecast. It works perfectly because the hardware connection from the Chromecast is straight into the TV.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1247

Scott Wilkinson

Scott hasn't seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, but he has heard nothing but good things. It seems that most people are writing reviews just saying that they like it, and not giving any plot details. Leo says that it's on track to be the highest grossing opening film of all time. As for 3D, there's really nothing in the movie that takes advantage of it. It was largely invisible. Scott says that's why he's going to see it at the El Capitan in Dolby Vision with Dolby Cinema High Dynamic Range.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1245

Scott Wilkinson

Scott got a question about tuning up a Vizio M60 TV. Is there a guide for doing so? Scott says it's a challenge to do that because different manufacturers have different nomenclature. But Scott did publish a few tips at AVSForum for that specific model. First thing is to take it off the "dynamic" mode that all TVs are set on to make them look good on the show room floor. Set the TV to the "movie" or "cinematic" mode.