Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1173

This week on Home Theater Geeks, Scott walked with a guest about a silent film called "The Passion of Joan of Arc," which was thought to have been lost in a fire long ago. Then a copy was found in a closet in a Norwegian mental hospital, and in relatively intact position. MTI Film restored the film recently and Scott had the president on HTG to talk about it. Now there's an "Oratorio" that is designed to go with the film. There's even a DVD that you can get through Criterion, and there's a 2K scan which could be released on Blu-ray.

How can I stream music wirelessly through the house?

Episode 1172

Rick from Placerville, CA
Sonos Play:3

Rick wants to know if he could use a Bluetooth receiver to stream music from his computer upstairs to his internet radio downstairs. Leo says probably not. Bluetooth is only 30' and it probably won't go through the floor. There would also be lag issues. That's why Leo uses Sonos to do this, and it works great because it uses DNLA.

How can I get a better signal to my Roku box?

Episode 1172

Archie from Hawthorne, CA

Archie has a Wi-Fi router and has connected his Roku, but he's not getting good enough reception and it buffers a lot. Leo says the farther the router is from the Roku, the less connection can be made. But Leo also suspects that the router isn't giving Archie as much bandwidth as he needs. It could be due to congestion.

If his router supports the 5 GHz band, it's a much better choice for streaming. He can also take the old router and put it in bridge mode and use it as a repeater to pass along the signal.

How good are cheap Bluetooth receivers?

Episode 1171

Laurie from Maui, HI
AmazonBasics Bluetooth 4.0 Audio Receiver

Laurie wants to stream music from her iPhone or iPad and she has a ton of music on a hard drive. How can she connect the two and create a streaming audio solution through surround sound? Can she add a Bluetooth receiver to her surround sound system? She uses a Panasonic Home Theater in a Box.

Leo says one option is a $25 Bluetooth Audio Receiver that she can get from Amazon. Leo wouldn't spend more than that. Make sure it uses A2DP, which is stereo Bluetooth.

What 40" TV is best for displaying photos with accurate color reproduction?

Episode 1171

Tim from La Crescenta, CA
Vizio E-Series 42" TV

Tim wants to know what 40" TV is best for color reproduction with photography. Leo says that the Sony Grand Vega was the top of the line back in the analog days. Leo says that he'd go bigger if he can. Bigger is always more immersive and more realistic. But in the 40" range, he can get one for under $300.

How can I cut the cable and still DVR programs?

Episode 1170

Jeff from Los Angeles, CA
TiVo Roamio

Jeff has had it with Time Warner. He's tired of paying $180 for TV, Internet, and phone, especially since he only watches a handful of channels on that cable subscription. He also hates it when he can't get his voicemail deleted even though he's retrieved the voicemail over email. His DVR has also been completely erased due to a service issue. How can he cut the cable? How can he record everything he needs all at once after doing so?

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1169

Scott Wilkinson

Scott went to a three day audio engineering conference about the future of audio entertainment. Scott says that there's a ton of news in the audio world, including the adoption of multiple subwoofers in the home, which offers the smoothing out of the bass response. Other advancements including dubbing with new bass techniques, and other details which should make the home theater experience more like the movies.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1165

Scott wants to chime in on Net Neutrality since it does affect Home Theater Geeks who rely on streaming video. If there had been tiered access, it could affect our entertainment options. Leo says that there hasn't really been a prime example of this, save Comcast and Verizon shaking down Netflix for "interconnect." But that's a prime example of what Scott calls "paid prioritization." And this Net Neutrality decision should stop that. But internet service providers are going to sue against the new rules as well. So it's not over yet.