HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Hamit is blind, but he's interested in getting a 4K UHD TV. Hamit got Blu-ray for the audio, and he wonders if he'll need to use UHD. Leo says that with 4 times the resolution, he'd get 4 times the data. With UHD, more dots equal more data and the content will come down via streaming or a new disc that will handle 4 times the data. Leo suspects that compression will get better and better and storage will get better as well. All those things will meet in the middle and once UHD is mainstream, the workflow will be there to support it.
Scott says that some disagree with Leo that physical media is going to die out. Leo says it's easy to tell just by seeing how many Blockbuster video stores are closing. Scott agrees and says that UHD may not even have blu-ray discs. RED is creating a new 4k network, as is Sony, streaming from the internet and storing it to the hard drive. No physical media, however. Admittedly, though, streaming relies on high speed internet and that has it's own problems.
While Leo is out of town, Scott is coming up to Leo's house to calibrate his new OLED TV with Robert Heron, and they will be recording it for a future episode of Home Theater Geeks. If people want to calibrate their home, what are the best Blu-rays to use? Scott says that Master and Commander is ideal because of the blacks and shadows which have very subtle details.
Scott says that this week at the IFA show, LG introduced a 77" OLED UHD TV and they're going to make them ever larger. Some people call them 4K TVs, but that's somewhat of a misnomer. It's got higher resolution, but it's not strictly 4k. Leo wonders if he'll regret spending so much on an HD TV with UHD coming out now, but Scott says that at those sizes, Leo really won't see the difference. There isn't really any native UHD content yet. Sony, however, is launching a UHD service but their UHD boxes will only work Sony UHD TVs.
Sundeep also wants to know what the best settings are for his HDTV at home. Leo says to use the movie mode, not the dynamic mode. Dynamic is ideal for the show room floor, but for home, movie mode is best. If he wants to calibrate his HDTV, then Leo recommends Digital Video Essentials by Joe Kane.
Roger wants an HDTV that he can use for gaming, and he needs it to have low latency. Leo says that the key feature is response time. Old style TV sets had a response time of virtually zero, which is why they're still the best option. LCDs are about 4 milleseconds, which isn't bad, but it does give some motion blur. Latency has to do with connectivity. If he can turn off processing, he'll get better performance.
Leo says that because of Scott, Leo ended up buying a $9,000 55" OLED HDTV. Leo says it's the best picture he's ever seen. Scott says that we're just now seeing OLED being scaled up to larger displays and over time, the price will drop. But it has no backlighting or edge lighting, and the blacks are pure black. Leo says it's very sophisticated with motion control, and has a voice activated remote. It just needs calibrating and Scott can't wait to do it! Scott also says that OLED's color and contrast also stays the same as you go "off axis" from the center.
Robert is about to "cut the cable." He's bought a Roku for one of his rooms, and has accounts with Netflix, Crackle, and more. He wants to know about a device that will allow him to stream videos in his main viewing area though.
Sam can get a good deal for an HDTV that's 720p. Leo says that it's a great deal because it's old. He recommends a Vizio 1080p screen. That's full high def and a Vizio will give him way more bang for his buck.
For higher end TVs, the Panasonic Viera plasma HDTVs are Leo's favorite.