HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Scott joins Leo to talk about the new Chromecast audio. He says that the key for him is if it'll have the Tidal service, and if the quality is there, it could sound just like a CD. And what's cool is that it'll be available in any room in the house. Leo says not only that, but it empowers any wireless speaker to be a stereo. The real question is latency, especially in party mode. Scott says that Google will be bringing that in a firmware update. Leo also says if they tie Google Now to it, the party is over for Sonos.
Carl has family outdoor movie parties from time to time. He wants to be able to broadcast the sound of the movie to people who are hard of hearing and have specialized hearing aids, or those who want to use wireless speakers. Leo says that there is one called TeleLoop which uses RF technology. Leo also says he can get a micro power transmitter that can basically create a low power local FM radio station that can broadcast the audio. Scott Wilkinson says that a Bluetooth solution would be a better choice. He'd need a Bluetooth transmitter for that.
Scott got a question asking if the Onkyo TX-NR646 AV Receiver has two subwoofers, and it turns out it does. It's much better to have two subwoofers than one to make the bass response smooth. They produce the same signal and if you only have one output, you can use a Y Splitter, as long as the subs are powered.
Scott and Leo also talked about in ear headphones and how they effect hearing, so it's always important to keep that in mind when listening to your music.
Christie just bought a Samsung Galaxy Note V. Leo says to be careful with stylus because you can easily get it stuck if you put it in the wrong way. She bought it because it came with a free tablet, but she has to pay an extra $10 a month for data and Netflix won't work. She's frustrated because everybody blames the other guy. When she took it back, it worked fine at the store. Leo says that indicates that Christie's Wi-Fi connection is suspect. Leo says it could be a problem with AT&T's UVerse and their router.
Scott says that the AVSForum has been redesigned so that it's easier to get the editorial content. Scott also says that there's a lot of HDR movies coming in theater including The Martian, PAN, and the Maze Runner Scorch Trials. Scott's really looking forward to The Martian. The book is fantastic, and according to reviews from the Toronto Film Festival, the film is really faithful to the book.
Scott joins us to talk about the new Apple TV. Leo says it's odd that there's no 4K and it uses the old HDMI 1.4 standard, which Scott says can't carry the full resolution 4K bandwidth. It can't carry a limited, 8 bit color version, but it definitely won't handle high dynamic range for high frame rate. So from a 4K stand point, it's not all that great. Leo says that he recommends the Roku because it has 4K support and just about everything else but iTunes. The cool thing is search by Siri.
Scott says that Vizio has dropped 3D completely from its entire line of HDTVs and is moving towards High Dynamic Range. Leo says that some people are confused between HDR and high frame rate, or HFR. Scott says that some TV makers are still in the HFR camp and many people don't like it because of it makes the image look like a soap opera. Scott also says that LCDs can make the problem worse with motion blur and then frame interpolation is applied that makes the image look even more plasticy. How can you get rid of the soap opera effect? Look for black frame insertion.
Terri is ready to buy a new HDTV, what's a good affordable one? Leo says that the Vizio E series is a very good buy. She'll want to get a larger screen than she thinks. For 10 feet away, a minimum size is 55". Make sure it's LED Backlit with local dimming. To watch Netflix and Amazon, get the smart TV and Vizio makes the best smart TV apps. When she gets it home, she should put it into movie mode. It'll look better. She'll also want to consider getting a home theater in a box or sound bar.
Scott gets questions all the time about if we're going to get high dynamic range broadcasting. Scott says not for awhile. Most of the cameras can do it, but the delivery standards are such that it isn't capable to do so with the current standard. But that could change over time since TVs are starting to offer OLED HDR. But until the prices come down, you won't be seeing it any time soon.
Chuck keeps getting bugged by notifications to upgrade to Windows 10, but he doesn't want to because it doesn't offer a replacement for WIndows Media Center. Leo says it's rude that Microsoft deletes Windows Media Center when upgrading.