This year, Scott Wilkinson was MC at the annual Value Electronics TV Shootout in New York. The test was done using TVs own on board Netflix apps to keep everything even. There was even a blu-ray player which used a switcher to send the signal to each TV. Top contenders for 2019 included the LG C9 OLED, Samsung Q90R, Sony A9G OLED, and the Sony Z9F LED LCD TV. There was also the Sony X800 Pro Reference monitor used for comparison to see how close each TV came to it. All 4K, HDR. There eight professional color grading pros as judging.
Scott says that Vizio has announced their 2019 lineup and he says that the TVs are very impressive. Vizio has been using Quantum Dot technology in their top of the line models for a few years, but this year, they have moved the technology down to the mid-range. And that's a good thing. In their top of the line Quantum PX, they have a peak brightness of 3000 NITS, which is super bright. Why so bright? Because of the high dynamic range. They need that brightness for "specular highlights" of tiny reflections. The Color Range has also been expanded.
Scott has a question from a user that wants to know how he can run his audio from the TV to his home theatre. He uses the TV's internal smart apps. Scott says that the audio return channel (ARC) that you want to use. This depends on his receiver. Current TVs have this capability. Take the HDMI out from the receiver to the ARC port. That way the sound will come out of the home theatre speakers.
This week in San Jose is the annual Super Geek Display Conference. Scott says it's the display conference of the future. And one of those future display tech advancements is Electroluminescent Quantum Dots. It's like OLED but 10 times as bright. Read his article on AVSForum here.
The big news this week was the pivotal battle of Winterfell on Game of Thrones, and the problem was it was so DARK and badly lit. Scott says that it's almost as if the filmmakers didn't take into consideration that those who are streaming would be dealing with a heavily compressed image, that would crush the details in dark areas. Add the fact that it was the most watched episode in HBO history, it had to deal with congestion as well. The episode will no doubt look better on Blu-ray and in UHD. But with the heavily compressed signal of a 4K stream, it simply didn't.
Scott saw Avengers Endgame last night and he says that even though the film is three hours long, it moves pretty well and he never checked his watch. If you're a Marvel fan, you'll find it very satisfying. Scott also said that since this was the end of the 22 movie Infinity Saga, there is no end or mid-credits scene. Scott saw it in Dolby Cinema and it was beautiful. The film was shot entirely on IMAX cameras; you don't see that much more. If you want to see it in IMAX, make sure your IMAX theater has laser illuminated IMAX or Dolby.
Scott has been testing a new in-ear monitor headphone called the REVONEXT, and when you put on the proper "tips" for your hears, the sound is really nice. Good bass, ground stereo sound. But if you use the wrong size tips, the sound degrades to being very tinny. They come with three different tip sizes and are only $30. But they're also wired headphones, so if you're a current iPhone user, you'll need a lightning adapter. Periodic Audio and Comply sell memory foam ear tips that will also work for them. Another cool function is that the cable that the IEMs use aredetachable.
Scott is back to talk about a new movie service announced at NAB .. the RED CARPET MOVIE SERVICE. Scott has been reviewing noise cancelling headphones for TechHive.com of late, and he's found that the audio quality actually improves when you turn on noise cancelling, even if you don't need it.
Leo tells Scott that he saw a movie on Netflix called the Highwaymen, and it was in Atmos! Scott says that Netflix supports Atmos at home now, as well as HDR. So it really is an impressive way to watch streaming video.
Scott is now with Tech Hive, and he's doing reviews of headphones and Bluetooth speakers. He's becoming the "Giz Wiz" of audio products. You can read his review of PURO Kids Headphones, designed to protect their hearing here. He also says that the Tronsmart Bluetooth Speaker is fantastic, and it's only $60.