Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1335

Scott Wilkinson

Scott saw Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, directed by Ang Lee, which was shot in 3D HFR at 120fps. The problem with shooting at that high frame rate is that few theaters can display it. Scott says that Lee is trying to push the boundaries of cinema with a new visual language that breaks the barriers up by 24 fps to save film stock. The problem is there's few projectors that can handle that amount of data. Scott says it's gorgeous, and very compelling. Shooting at that frame rate also meant not being able to wear makeup. Required more of a method acting technique, and more.

Why is my TV reception worse after getting FIOS?

Episode 1333

Bonnie from Devore Heights, CA
HDMI Cable

Bonnie has a Sharp LCD TV, had FIOS TV installed yesterday, and now the picture quality is terrible. She cancelled it, but now it's still not any better. Scott suspects that the cable that they replaced her HDMI with was faulty or cheap and that caused the inferior reception. Scott suggests connecting her DVD player via component and then connect the satellite box via HDMI, and get a different cable. That should solve it.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1333

Scott Wilkinson

Scott says that Robert Heron went to Leo's house this week and recalibrated Leo's TV. He found that using his equipment, it ended up being OK. He used a different meter and the results were consistent and far better. That leaves Scott to conclude that his meter may have been out of adjustment. But that's also useful information because it points to the potential of a faulty profile that can cause errors in calibration. Leo says that if that error happens 15-20% of the time, then how do you trust your calibrator? Scott says it's not a common occurrence.

What cable should I use for my TV?

Episode 1332

Laurie from Napa Valley, CA
RG6 cable

Laurie wants to move her TV across from where her cable is. Leo says she can, and she can make the cable as long as she wants, but she shouldn't use a splitter. The better the cable she uses, the better it looks too. Flat cables are for running under the carpet. She'll want low resistance RG59, RG11, or RG6 cables. RG6 is what the cable company uses and it's the best choice.

Laurie should check out BlueJeansCable.com for recommendations and descriptions.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1331

Scott Wilkinson

Darren's living room is all glass and the only place to put his TV is above the fireplace. Scott isn't much of a fan of that because the viewing angle is hard on the neck. Will it be bad for the TV, though? It shouldn't be affected by heat, because a fireplace is protected from heat transfer into the walls. The chatroom says to take the fireplace out and put the TV there.

Whats a good audio system for a dedicated home theater?

Episode 1332

Brian from Winterhaven, FL
Emotiva Air Motiv 7.1 speaker system

Brian wants to build a home theater system with a regular projector. Leo says if he has enough depth in the room he's using, it's always better over a short throw. He also wants a flat screen permanently affixed to the wall. Leo says that works, but he can also get one that can be pulled down with a remote control. He should go to MonoPrice for that. He can install it himself and save some money.

Can I mount my LCD to the fireplace?

Episode 1331

Darren from Los Angeles, CA
Above Fireplace Pull-Down Full-Motion TV Wall Mount

Darren's living room is all glass and the only place to put his TV is above the fireplace. Scott isn't much of a fan of that because the viewing angle is hard on the neck. Will it be bad for the TV though? It shouldn't be affected by heat because a fireplace is protected from heat transfer into the walls. The chatroom says to take the fireplace out and put the TV there.

What is a smart TV?

Katrina from Trinity, TX

Episode 1329

Trinity wants to understand the so-called "smart TV." Leo says all that means is that she can stream video from the internet as well as watch from cable or antenna. She'll have to have a good internet connection to do that, though. If all she is doing is streaming, she won't get the live broadcasting options like sports, news and awards. If she has line of sight to a transmitter site, she can get an antenna and that will give her what she's missing from live TV.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1329

Scott Wilkinson

Scott went up to Petaluma while Leo was on vacation to calibrate his new 4K TV LG B6. He said that the colors were a bit off, especially in the reds and blues. Leo didn't notice that. Scott says that he wouldn't notice unless he had a "reference monitor" or professional colorimeter to see it. It could also be that the process used to calibrate it was flawed, which can happen from time to time.