HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Dave is in the market to upgrade his HDTV and wants an affordable 60" plasma. Leo says that Dave needs to act now because many companies are getting out of the Plasma business. Panasonic makes the best plasmas, but they're not cheap. Samsung and LG also make them, but LCDs are getting better. Dave is also wondering if 3D is really any better. Leo says no. It's an additional feature, nothing more. Some are even dumping it as a feature.
Scott joins Leo today to talk home theater, especially with calibrating it for great sound. Leo's friend Pete has a question about sound when you're older. He's noticed that TV dialogue is muddled. He bought a Pioneer soundbar by Andrew Jones to compensate for it.
Jim just got a new LCD TV but doesn't get the cable service until Tuesday. He'd like to watch the Oscars. Leo says that ABC is going to stream the Oscars live, but only for those who subscribe to cable or satellite. He would have to log in to watch it over the Internet.
Roland is moving to Denver Colorado and he's concerned about how his plasma TVs will handle the change in altitude. The chatroom has come up with an article on how high Plasma TVs can go, and it may be a problem. It largely depends on what plasma TV Roland has and how old it is. Leo advises checking with the manufacturer. LCD TVs don't have that issue.
Scott Wilkinson went back stage at the Oscars this week to interview the audio guys for the Academy Awards. He said that the security was incredibly tight, but the technology being used to mix the audio for the show is incredible. The audio goes from the Dolby Theater to Capitol Records for remixing and back to the theater for the broadcast in 2.7 milliseconds! Since all the Oscar nominated songs are being performed live, it's even more impressive.
David bought a refurbished Vizio HDTV and after a few hours of using it, it started to smell. Leo says that really shouldn't happen to the degree that David smells it. His fear is that it will start smoking. Leo's advice is to never buy refurbished devices from a third party. Only buy refurbished from the manufacturer directly. The capacitors may be leaking oil and when heated, could cause the smell. If that's leaking, then it's definitely going to fail. David should try taking it back.
Brett bought a Google Chromecast and he loves it, but it needs more apps. Leo says that the SDK has opened up and he expects apps supporting Chromecast within six months. Patience, It's coming. But even as it is now, for $35, it's a bargain.
Scott is back with questions about how 4K will affect 3D and what glasses would be best. Sony uses both, but Samsung and LG both use passive technology. Vizio went with the passive glasses in 2013, but this year they dumped 3D altogether. Scott says he likes passive glasses because they're lighter and the TVs are more affordable. Passive is brighter, but even then it only lets in 50% of the light. Active glasses lets in only 30% of the light, and you have to recharge them or change the batteries. Scott also says the one good thing is that 4K offers 1080p in each eye for 3D.
Asher's parents are getting a new TV and he gets to choose what he wants. There's not a lot of TVs to choose from, however. He's looking at the LG 55" 120Hz 3D LED Smart TV for $1200. Leo says that's a good TV. He also adds that the 120Hz isn't all that important: in fact, it can create a "plastic" look. It's still a good choice, though.
Bob is retired and bought a Vizio TV, but he's a bit confused by all the ports in the back. Leo says that there's an Internet port for accessing the smart functionality, but he can also connect via Wi-Fi. The HDMI port is the port he'll want to use to connect the TV to his cable box. That's really all he needs!