Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1181

Scott Wilkinson

Scott went and saw Furious 7 at the TCL Chinese Theater, where he saw it in IMAX with their new laser illuminated projectors. Scott says it was some of the best projected images he's ever seen. Amazingly deep blacks, bold colors, and incredibly bright. But even then, it can't project in high dynamic range like the Christie laser projector across the street at the El Capitan. It's still an amazing new technology, though. The good news is that the laser illuminated projection means you don't need a silver screen to project it. Which is great for 2D movies.

How can I get rid of ghosting on my 4K TV?

Episode 1180

Tom from Warren, OH
4K TV

Tom has a 4K UHD TV a few months back. Leo says that's great. Sadly, there isn't much content to stream in 4K and he really has to have a high bandwidth to get it. But he's also getting ghosting prompting him to reset the TV to get rid of it. Leo says that all LCD TVs have this. He can try and fix it by turning on 60-120-240 hz TruMotion. That will use interpolation to get rid of ghosting and smooth things out. The downside is that it looks hyper realistic.

How can I connect my home theater to my TV?

Michael from Monrovia, CA

Episode 1179

Michael bought a home theater in a box, a Panasonic A/V receiver, and a 55" Samsung TV. He has Dish TV service. He's having issues hooking everything up, though.

Leo says that everything should go through the Panasonic A/V receiver. He needs to connect the components like the blu-ray player with HDMI cables to the HDMI input on the Panasonic receiver. Then there should be one HDMI output on the receiver, and that will go to the HDMI In on the TV. If he connects the receiver to HDMI 1 on the TV, then the TV should stay on HDMI 1 all the time.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1179

Scott returns from NAB this week, after spending a week walking the halls and seeing the latest in broadcast and film technology. Leo says that it's become more and more about that, rather than the inside technology of engineers. There's a lot more focus on streaming media. Scott agrees, and says that TWiT is ahead of that curve, blazing the trail. Scott says he likes to go to NAB because seeing what broadcasters are working on points the way to what consumers will go with. And 4K was everywhere.

What is a good DVR for over the air broadcast TV?

Episode 1178

Ruth from Roseberg, OR
TIVO Roamio

Ruth ditched satellite, has the cable and bought a few Leaf antennas for her TV. She also streams sometimes with cellular internet and sometimes it fails. Leo says that may be due to bandwidth caps. Ruth says Netflix buffers while Amazon Prime has no problem. Leo says that after 6pm, Netflix is being used by everyone. And maybe Netflix hasn't pad tribute to the cell provider for higher speed internet. That practice was started by Comcast.

All Six Star Wars Movies Released in Digital

Episode 1177

All six Star Wars movies have been launched in digital HD yesterday. The entire collection costs $89.99, and is available in iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and Disney Direct. Leo says not to get it from Disney, however, because it doesn't own the first movie "A New Hope." However, Disney has a new service called Disney Movies Anywhere, which gives you access to the movies in any of the digital stores. Leo recommends against buying it from Amazon though, because that doesn't work with the Disney Movies Anywhere service.

Should I get a Slingbox or a TIVO Roamio?

Episode 1178

Jeff from Belgrade, Serbia
TiVO Roamio

Jeff wants to know if the TIVO Roamio is better than any of the Slingboxes out there. Leo says he's used TIVOs from way back. He's even written books on them. The key to using a TIVO with your cable company is to use a cable card, which turns your TIVO into a cable box. The Roamio has a Slingbox feature that would enable him to stream live TV to a tablet or computer.

Is HiFi streaming worth it?

Kevin from Ashville, NC

Episode 1175

Kevin would like to stream high resolution audio. Leo says there's two services that can do it, both for about $20 a month. There's Tidal and Deezer. Deezer hasn't started in the US yet, but will be soon. Leo says that unless he's listening on a very good stereo, he won't really tell the difference.

Will the Samsung Galaxy S4 play back 24bit audio? Leo says no. He'll need to convert it.