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%.
There's talk that Apple has bought a MicroLED display company called MicroView. Some think that indicates they're going to make a TV, but MicroView tends to mean that they are going to bring those screens to mobile phones or even the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch displays 320 dpi, but Scott has heard of breakthroughs to 1600 dpi. If you get to the point that you can't see the dot, then it becomes pointless to get any sharper. Leo says that the reason to get DPI that high is for Virtual Reality, and that really may be what Apple is up to.
Scott says he's looking forward to Ready Player One because it should look fabulous in Dolby Vision.
Scott also recently saw A Wrinkle in Time, and discovered that many theaters aren't showing it at the Dolby Cinema theater, because they're keeping Black Panther showing in the best possible format. But Scott says that it was a "visual feast." A beautiful looking film.
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.
Scott saw Marvel's latest super hero film Black Panther at a Dolby Vision theater this week and it was amazing. Currently, there are only about 100 Dolby Vision theaters in the US (33 in LA), but it's definitely worth the money to see it. The HDR and Atmos sound is fabulous, and it just enhances how good the story is. Check out Scott's review at avsforum.com here. What surprised Scott though, is that while Black Panther was amazing in Dolby Vision, Star Wars: The Last Jedi wasn't.
Scott says that the Olympics is being broadcast in 4K and HDR. There are three different options to view it:
1) On Demand from Comcast with the XFinity X1 Box
3) Dish Network.
This week is the week to buy a new big screen TV, according to Scott Wilkinson. Everyone wants to watch the Super Bowl on a big screen 4K TV, and this week is a bigger week to buy than the week of Black Friday. Here's a list of great deals compiled by Scott from AVS Forum. Not only will the Super Bowl look great in 4K HDR, but also the Winter Olympics.
Scott was at CES this week, putting over 26 miles on his feet in four days. And while there really wasn't much technology for most categories, there were some exciting announcements for home theater including a new MicroLED TV. This contains microscopic LEDs that are less than 1mm in size emitting red, green and blue. The advantage is that microLED can get a lot brighter than OLED or plasma and it can be dimmed down to nothing. So you get incredible blacks and really bold colors.
This week was the Flat Panel Shoot Out for HDTVs, and Scott has the results. This year, the shootout took place in association with CE week and featured mostly flagship TVs in a head to head evaluation. All TVs were professionally calibrated and fed the same TV feed. Then professional colorists made the determination of what TVs were best. There was also a Sony 30" OLED Broadcast video monitor which was used as the standard to compare to.
Scott joins Leo to talk about how January is the big time to buy a new TV because the NFL playoffs are in full swing and people want their new TV before the Super Bowl. It's also the time that TVs get discounted because TVs we see announced at CES will begin selling in the Spring. Is there any upgrade we'll see in 2018 worth waiting for? Scott says maybe not, but CES always has something new coming and Scott has heard of something that is really exciting. But on the whole, Scott only expects incremental improvements, or what Leo calls "fins" this year.