Scott joins Leo to talk about how Vinyl records are making a comeback. Over 14 million vinyl records were sold last year, a 9% increase and over 12% growth over the last decade. He saw a news item about a company in Austria that has created a new way to make records. Scott says a ceramic stamper is able to make the same record from the first to 10,000th pressing, making it less frequent to replace it. There's also a new format called HD Vinyl, which claims to expand dynamic range of a recording by 30%.
Bad news in home theater as OPPO has announced they are closing their doors, gradually ceasing operations. So the question is, do you buy an existing OPPO player or not? Scott says that they will be honoring their 2-year warranties on existing purchases. But after that, it's all over for what many considered to be one of the best manufacturers of DVD players in the world. Leo says that's because streaming has albeit taken over physical media and most people aren't buying DVDs anymore.
Paul created a "man cave" with a great home theater system, but now he's getting a 60" Samsung UHD TV for the family room. He wants to get a good, budget sound bar. Leo says that one of the best out there is from Vizio.
Nathan discovered a new app called CTV Global Go on his Apple TV that he can't get rid of. He keeps resetting his Apple TV to get rid of it and it keeps coming back. Leo says that it's possible his internet carrier is doing it, but that would be odd since the app is a competitor to Rogers Cable. His mobile carrier could do it. It's possible that if the app is on his iPad or iPhone, it could sync over. He should check settings on the Apple TV for syncing apps. He should disable that, then reset the Apple TV again.
Mike bought a Logitech Harmony universal remote control but it won't work with his Comcast box. Leo suspects it's because his latest box doesn't use IR, only RF (radio). Leo says that Harmony does make an IR to RF extender that would convert it.
Leo saw Black Panther in Dolby Cinema this week and he has to confess, Scott was right. It's a great film in a fantastic venue. Leo says he's never heard a better sounding audio track in a film. The sound was immersive, and worked really well. Scott says that Disney did a great job mixing the film and Atmos is really nice.
Ed is going to be building a video wall for a home theater room in his house. What screen size should he get? Scott Wilkinson says that 14' away with a 60-degree field of vision, it's going to need to be pretty large. Scott says that Samsung's "The Wall" is a great option if money is no option. It'll be available later this year and has micro LEDs. It's 146". Can Ed daisy chain LED TVs? Scott says the bezels will be very distracting. The only real solution here is projection and he'll also want an ambient light rejecting screen if he can't darken the room completely.
Scott says that Best Buy is removing CDs from their inventory now, and Leo says that more brick and mortars are doing that since optical media is on its way out. This week, though, the conversation is about home theater speakers. What speakers should you get to make the most out of the home theater experience? Scott says that you can measure how accurately a speaker replicates the sound on a presentation, but it doesn't include the effect of a room's acoustics. So even the most accurate measurement isn't really all that accurate.
John is looking at his 43" screen and thinking it's way too small. How large should he get for his next one? Leo says that 43" is way too small to get an immersive experience. Sitting at 8-10 feet away, he'll want to get the largest screen that he can afford. He should check out the RTings size calculator here. There's also the "spousal acceptance factor" to keep that in mind. John should at least have a 55-60" screen.
The day before the Super Bowl is the biggest TV buying day of the year — even bigger than Black Friday. That's because it's also the end of the model year and they want to clear out the old models to make room for the new models. Leo says that there are some times you want to wait for the latest and greatest, but right now is not that time. LCD and OLED TVs are still dominant and will be for a few more years until MicroLEDs take hold. So if you were waiting, don't! If you have an HD TV and wonder if you should buy 4K, now is the time because of HDR 4K TVs.