HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Scott is a certified home theater calibrator, having received his cert from THX, but ISF is also a good cert. He recently got a question about calibrating a BenQ projector for his home theater system. Where can he find one other than from Best Buy? Scott says that ISF has the contract to train Best Buy calibrators, but Scott wouldn't really worry about Best Buy. He would just get recommendations on who is the best in his area.
Jason bought a Panasonic Viera 4K TV two years ago. What he wants to know if he buys a newer Samsung 4K TV, will it be as good? Leo says in fact, it'll be better. Todays' 4K TVs have HDR, which is great for color and dynamic range. Leo says they're all pretty good now and you can't even notice upscaling on lower resolution content. So buy all means, pick up a Samsung.
Suzie is retired and called to cancel her cable, so she can stream. But when she did, the cable company doubled her interest costs! Leo says that's what they do, to punish you for getting rid of their TV service. Leo says you can always get an antenna and try and watch broadcast, but depending on where you live, you could be too far away. Check out TVFool.com to see what TV stations are available. They'll also recommend an antenna. AntennaWeb.org is another. Cut the cable!
A few questions. Caller is having issues with his ARC in his home theater system. A SmarTV needs to be able to run audio from the TV to the home theater system without latency. That's where AV ARC (audio return) option comes in. But your home theater and TV has to support it. It is essentially sending the audio the other way along with HDMI system. It also needs CEC, consumer electronics control. You also need a high speed HDMI cable, and you have to be sure to plug it into the right HDMI port, which will be labeled HDMI ARC.
Questions - Wayne wants to get a 4K TV. What model should he get, the Vizio P Series or the Sony Bravia? The Sony X900F is about $2000, and the Vizio P Series is close to the same price. Scott says don't get the X850F, even though it's $500 cheaper. It has an edge lit LED backlight, and that could cause uneven lighting. The X900F and the Vizio P series use full array local dimming, so it's illumination is more uniform and has better contrast. Worth the extra money.
Scott had a chance to get a HiSense Dual Laser projector, but unfortunately, he has no room to set it up! Scott says that Moore's Law can apply to mirrors in a laser projector. They are incredibly tiny and are getting smaller all the time. The laser gets reflected and projected onto the screen with better resolution and color, which the mirrors flip back and forth in a phase called "Wobulation."
Larry bought a used TV and the audio doesn't work on one channel, except for commercials! Leo says that could be due to secondary audio programming (SAP). The channel may not support that. He should try turning that off. He should try using some headphones and see if they work. If he can hear the channel, it's clearly something wrong with the audio processing on the TV, or with the speaker setup. He should set up mono sound and see if that works.
HiSense came to the Eastside studios today to install a short throw projection system that puts up to 100" screen from about a foot away. Scott says it uses lasers to draw the image on the screen, and it looks really impressive, even in ambient light. The projector also comes with a sound bar and sub woofer, and the audio quality is quite good. And it should be since it costs $10,000!
Vino recently cut the cable and is streaming YouTube TV, but he's having trouble streaming on his Sony TV on Roku. It turns on by itself. Leo says that it's likely a CEC problem, which has to do with the HDMI settings. It's basically designed to automatically turn on the TV when he turns on his Roku. It doesn't work very well on Sony. So he should go into the settings and turn off BraviaLink. That'll solve it.
Scott likes to highlight the "home theater of the month" and this month it's a home theater in Los Angeles that is completely blacked out, with 9 speakers around you, 6 above you, and an array of sub woofers behind the projector screen. It also has recliner seats. The owner actually built an addition to his house for it, and built the system himself. He's also added three feet of sound absorption material and acoustic panels all around the room. Scott says there's less than 1db difference in sound in any seat. So there's not a bad seat in the house.