HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Jack wants to know if there are better speakers than the ones he got in the 70s. Scott says that speaker technology has changed very little in the last 100 years. So there's really little point in replacing them, except that the flexible material used by the surround may need to be replaced.
Scott saw the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the next chapter of the Apes saga. The movie takes place ten years after The Rise of the Planet of the Apes and it shows the fallout from the Simian Flu that has decimated the human population. It address the issues of how people can live together and how fear can beget violence. Scott says it's fabulous.
Lee used to have a Sony TV that would lower the volume automatically during commercials. But his new Bravia LCD doesn't do that. In fact, it's worse now because he has to turn down the volume during the action and up during the dialog. Is there a way to equalize it? Scott says there may be a dynamic range compression feature in the home theater settings that can do it. Look under "sound adjustments" for "midnight mode" or "dynamic range compression." Scott says the issue has been that on commercials, the sound is dynamically compressed and that's what's causing the perceived loudness.
Jim's old JVC projection TV is going black, so he's in the market for a new TV. Should he buy an HDTV or go UHD? How can he future proof his purchase?
Scott says that viewing from 10' away, the optimum screen size is bigger than most would think - about 70". Scott says it isn't really necessary to buy a 4K TV right now. There's not that much content out for it and the standards like color gamut and standards aren't all that settled just yet. So a 4K TV he buys today may be obsolete tomorrow. Not only that, but some TVs upscale terribly. So it's a good idea to go with HD still.
Samsung announced last week that it was going to stop making Plasma TVs. So, even though it's a superior technology to LCD, Samsung joins Panasonic and Pioneer to give up on it. That leaves LG as the last company standing. It makes sense because ultra high definition TVs are coming online and they look beautiful at 60-70". It's bound to take over the premium level category.
Leo's on Vacation in Hawaii this week, so Home Theater Geek Scott Wilkinson is filling in this weekend. So get your Home Theater questions ready!
Scott was in New York when the Aereo decision came down and he says that the decision was the proper one, feeling that strictly speaking, the service was a retransmission. It's sad that customers are without a viable alternative, but it was the right decision because copyright was being violated.
Doctor Mom liked Aereo because once we went digital, she couldn't get any over the air broadcast signals. It gave her the option of a more affordable service. Now that Aereo has been turned off, she can't get anything without paying expensive cable and satellite bills.
Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia sent an email out to his customers today saying that Aereo's service has been "paused" after what they called a "massive setback." The Supreme Court decided this week that Aereo's service violated copyright law. Leo says a pause is an understatement and he doesn't think Aereo can come back from this.
Steve had heard that Leo likes Onkyo receivers, and now is wondering what features he should make sure it has: Airplay? Bluetooth? Pandora? Leo says he doesn't really use any of that. It's far easier to use his smartphone for some of those features. The processors are slow for those things anyway. Steve should go with the Roku or his Internet enabled TV to do those things. One feature he liked is the number of HDMI inputs -- the more the better. Should he get a 4K TV? Leo says not right now. It's coming, and it'll be great. But it's way too early in the game to invest in a 4K TV.