HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Bill is interested in the new LED backlit projectors. Leo says that the LED projectors he's seen aren't very bright. Leo's not sure though, and is going to ask Scott Wilkinson if he saw any decent LED projectors. Since the bulbs last so much longer, it would be much more cost efficient.
Scott got to spend time back stage at the Grammy's yesterday. He said that what's cool about the Grammy's is the live performances. He's heard that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the last two surviving Beatles, may perform together. They also broadcast in 5.1 Dolby, so that's cool.
Question: Eric has a small theater room 10'x9'. He'd like to use a projector. What should he get and what screen size?
Scott has a computer running Windows XP. It's his calibration computer and he doesn't put it online. Leo says that there isn't anything wrong with that as long as it's not used online. This week's question is: What is the best HDTV Calibration utility to buy? Scott says he really likes Disney's World of Wonder (WOW) Disc. It's hosted by Goofy and they walk you through the process of calibrating your TV in a fun, Disney way. Scott says that it has an excellent walk-through with some great demo content.
Robin is looking to cut the cable and wants to use an over-the-air antenna to get live TV. Leo says that if she can get reception, then an antenna can take over for the satellite and she'll end up with a very nice, and more uncompressed HD broadcast. Leo advises going to AntennaWeb.org and see what she can get in her area based on her address. It'll also recommend the best antenna for her area.
George listens to TWiT with his Roku. He says he knows the Chromecast doesn't have a lot of apps on it, but he decided to try one to stream websites from his browser to the TV. He wanted to do that from a cheap Android tablet running Jellybean, but Google won't let him into the Play Store. Leo says that's because it's not an "AOSP" version of Android. That's what makes it cheap.
Scott is back from CES, and he actually walked over 24 miles looking at the latest gadgets and HDTVs. He saw a lot of 4K, and TVs with curved screens. Leo says there's no real benefit from a curved screen, and Scott says that's especially true at the smaller 50" sizes. But for a bigger 105" TV, it may help.
Blake is tired of the rising prices of DirecTV. What are her alternatives? Leo says that it's still probably cheaper than cable. Of Course, Blake could "cut the cable" altogether and stream everything. But live broadcasts would still be an issue.
Steve has a 47" Vizio that he's had for a few years. But after an hour, the color begins to die out until he turns it off for awhile. Should he get it fixed or just buy a new one? Leo says that it sounds like a poor solder connection, but at $400 for a repair, it probably isn't worth it since a new TV would cost $600.
All HDTVs have interpolation to handle with motion, but Steve doesn't like it because it looks plasticy. Leo recommends turning that off.
Leo says that LED is the way to go. Also, Steve should get the backlit LED models, not the edge lit.
Max bought a Panasonic Viera Plasma HDTV. Leo says those TVs are great. Max paid the Geek squad to come out and calibrate it. Leo says Max was probably lucky, as it's unlikely the Geek squad is professionally trained for monitor calibration. It's best to get it out of dynamic mode. "Movie mode" is best, then he should play with the contrast and color until it's to his liking.