HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Scott spend the week watching Avengers: Age of Ultron in various versions, including 3D and laser projected. He's coming around to Leo's point of view that 3D just isn't that great a format. Laser projection, by contrast, gives you a brighter image, and when it's Laser 3D, it works quite well unless you wear prescription glasses, where the polished inner surface bounces light around and the reflection is quite distracting. So he's quickly starting to see Leo's point. Leo likes the idea of immersion, and the more realistic a movie the better.
Brian has a home theater setup with a home theater PC and he's worried that Windows has abandoned the Home Theater PC concept, including Windows Media Center. Leo says that it has been a long time coming since Microsoft has killed Windows home server in favor of Windows 8. Now killing Windows Media Center is just part of that. Microsoft doesn't want to be in the media center business, they want customers to get an XBox One.
John from New York calls in to ask Scott a Home Theater question - John has a Samsung Plasma HDTV that's starting to get horizontal lines and was told that to avoid replacing it, if he can replace the "Y axis" board to repair it. Thoughts? Scott says that it could be some sort of driver circuitry and it begs the question ... should you repair it or replace it with an LED TV. The rule of thumb is to keep replacement parts for up to 7 years, so there may be parts available for at least the next few months.
Emily has a new LG 55" HD TV but the sound isn't so good. What are her options for an affordable home theater option? Leo says that TV speakers are more of an afterthought because they have to have them. But TV makers expect people to buy a home theater system.
Star just bought a Westinghouse LCD TV and a basic antenna setup. She's not getting many channels. Leo says it may be too distant for a tabletop square antenna. A roof antenna may be the way to go.
Ed has a Sharp 42" TV from Best Buy, but it's having issues pixelating during action scenes. Leo says that could be a motion compensation issue. He should look in the settings for "AquoMotion" and turn that on. This feature adds frames to overcome blurriness. But the downside is, he could end up with a hyper real, plastic-like look.
Tom has an Apple TV and he just got a message on his YouTube app that the device isn't compatible anymore. Leo said there's a new update to the YouTube app that has broken the app on older Apple TVs. Leo says one possibility is to jailbreak it. If he needs to, he should check out Google's supported list of devices here. And he can always start the video on his YouTube app on the iPad or iPhone and then AirPlay it.
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.
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.
Brad bought a TCL 55" Roku TV recently. He uses the built-in media player, but wants to know if he can play back MKV files. Leo says that Plex would play it, and he could run Plex through it. But he'd need a computer to run Plex.