home theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1207

Scott Wilkinson

Scott joins us with the news that Sharp is selling their TV arm to HiSense, and is getting out of the TV business for good. Scott hasn't been much of a fan of Sharp TVs, and they only enjoyed about 3% of the market share. So it's not surprising that they're getting out. It's ironic, because Sharp invented LCD technology and will likely keep making the LCD screens for others.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1205

Scott Wilkinson

Scott saw "Pixels" and he enjoyed it because it appealed to his inner nerd. The graphics are gorgeous. He went to see it because it was shown in Dolby Vision's High Dynamic Range. There's only five theaters in the US that support it. The next movie in HDR will be Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

Should I get a home theater system or just a sound bar?

Episode 1204

Joshua from New Jersey
Onkyo HT-S3500 660 Watt 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker/Receiver Package

Josh is looking to get a new Home Theater system. Should he get a sound bar or a Home Theater in a Box? Leo says that the only reason to get a sound bar is because he doesn't want the complexity of a home theater system. A home theater system requires an AV Receiver, speakers, center channels, sub woofer and wire. But a sound bar can have the bar and a subwoofer for the better ones. Pioneer's Andrew Jones SB23 is the best according to Home Theater Guru Scott Wilkinson.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1201

Scott Wilkinson

Scott joins the show today to talk about the latest in high frame rate. For the last 100 years we've watched movies at 24fps because film was expensive and that was the slowest you can run a projector and maintain a fluid movement. But now, with digital, more directors are experimenting with higher frame rates for a more realistic depiction of the story. Leo says that some people think it looks better. But the argument is that there are people who really love HFR, and some who absolutely hate it. Like 3D.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1199

Scott Wilkinson

Scott keeps getting questions about when to buy a new Ultra High Definition TV, and he says it's all in the timing. Unless you're an early adopter that has money to burn on a new TV every year or two, the timing just isn't right to get a 4K TV. Sure, prices have dropped, but there isn't a standard that is wide spread just yet. Plus, with four times the resolution, you either have to get a screen that is over 70" or you have to sit up to half as close. Otherwise, you lose the benefit of the additional resolution and you may as well own an HDTV.

How can I watch two different programs on my Roku via Slingbox?

Episode 1197

Doug from Diamond Bar, CA
Slingbox 500

Doug wants to know if he can use an HDMI splitter to divide his Slingbox with his Roku Box and control both. Leo says no because he won't be able to control them. Older Slingboxes have up to five HDMI ports in the back (the Slingbox 500 only has one), so if he has an older Slingbox, he could daisy chain them and control them. But Doug should remember that only one person can control it.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1197

Scott Wilkinson

Scott really wants to see Inside Out because it's being shown in high dynamic range laser projection. But he's busy getting ready for CE Week, the midterm CES conference in New York. While there, he's also going to attend the Value Electronics TV Panel shootout between the best TVs from each of the manufacturers. Joe Kane is also doing a presentation on High Dynamic Range TV, which Scott says looks stunning, and that Samsung will be first out of the gate to offer an HDR TV.

What are my alternatives to Windows Media Center?

Episode 1195

Jerry from Mission Viejo, CA
HD HomeRun PRIME

Jerry is upset that Microsoft has discontinued Windows Media Center. Leo says that's because Microsoft wants to drive users to the XBox One, where they will be offering options similar to Windows Media Center.

Leo says the HDHomeRun PRIME is a cable top box that uses a cable card to do many of the same functions as Windows Media Center for $150. He'll be able to take his cable card out of his computer and into the HDHomeRun PRIME.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1195

Scott says that Andrew Jones has some new, budget speakers that perform way above their price range. WAY above, as Scott puts it. But he also hears that Jones has left Pioneer and got to ELAC, a German turntable and speaker company. ELAC wants to get back into the US market so Jones has designed some even better speakers than he ever has at Pioneer. The new speakers are called the Elac Debut line and Scott says that the B5's and B6s are really nice. There's also floor speakers (F5) and Center (C5s).