While Leo is on vacation, Scott Wilkinson is filling in! Scott is the editor of AVS Forum, plus host of the TWiT podcast Home Theater Geeks. Joining him today is David Vaughn of Sound and Vision Magazine.
Scott is in Dallas for the CEDIA home theater show and it's all about 4K projection and high dynamic range. OLEDs are also huge and in 4K the blacks are inky black with no light leak. They're really gorgeous. Calibrating HDR TVs is a whole new ball game and you really need to have it professionally done by a certified calibrator.
Scott joins Leo to talk about how important it is to calibrate your HD TV. We've heard him say that time and time again, and Scott even travels up to t Petaluma to do calibrate Leo's TVs from time to time. But it's even more important with 4K UHD TVs that have high dynamic range or Ultra HD Premium. Some you have to turn on HDR Color to enable it. It's buried deep in the menus. Ideally, have a pro do it. But it's not cheap. Costs hundreds of dollars to get a pro TV calibrator to come to your home.
Leo bought the XBox One S with a 4K Blu-ray player, but it meant that he had to buy a 4K TV. So he bought the 65" LG B6 OLED 4K TV. Leo says it's stunning how thin the TV is. But then he had to buy the Denon 910 because the UHD signal couldn't pass through his old AV receiver. That also meant he had to buy cables. Scott says that Leo didn't have to buy new HDMI cables unless they were really old ones. Any HDMI cable from the last few years should be able to handle the 18GB connection required. The real key is the ports on the AV Receiver.
Scott says that the consumer industry has decided not to go all in on OLED, rather they will continue to focus on LCD TVs. LCDs are getting better, even approaching OLED. Sony's Z series is one such series. Scott says that the backlight in the Z series has independent LED backlights that get dimmed separately for precision control. Scott says that they are the brightest on the market and the HDR footage he's seen is remarkable, with incredible detail at extreme ends of the dynamic range. But they aren't cheap. They're around $8,000 to 10,000 for up to 65".
Scott joins us to talk about how to get the darkest possible room to enjoy your home theater. Scott has blackout curtains, 10% gray painted walls, and even black carpeting. All that serves to create a black hole for light that will give his home theater the brightest possible look while watching. Scott also uses a special woven projector screen which has a pass through feature for audio just like in a movie theater.
Scott says when choosing a TV for a computer monitor, it would be best to get 4K or even an OLED TV. In fact, a curved OLED would make for an ideal computer monitor because it's designed for optimal viewing in the center. It really comes down to reading the text. The sharper it is, the easier it would be on the eyes.
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Scott has more on last week's Value Electronics Annual TV Shootout. It tests the top of the line flagship HDTVs to see which is the best of the best. It's a popular vote that looks at black qualities, contrast, color accuracy, and other metrics. The top four were the LG G6 OLED, Samsung KS9800, and the Sony X940D. The LG OLED won for the fourth year in a row.
Scott saw Independence Day Resurgence last night. It was a little disappointing and felt like there were too many writers in the room. It was fun to see the band back together 20 years later, though, and there was lots of nostalgia. The younger actors don't bring it as well, though. It did look fantastic in Dolby Cinema, at least. This gives you the movie in high dynamic range through Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. It really is the way to see it. It'll cost more, but it's really worth it. Scott has a list here.