HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Jamie wants to cut the cord and has heard about the Channel Master DVR for broadcast. Leo says that the chatroom recommends it all the time, and if he has a good antenna signal, it's a great option since HD is uncompressed over the air. But can he watch it elsewhere? Leo says it's fairly easy with it's ToGo capability, which would let him move his programs to his phone or tablet. He can also get just about everything online except for live programming like sports, awards ceremonies, and the news.
Leo just upgraded to Comcast's more professional internet package and it doesn't come with bandwidth shaping or caps and Netflix runs so much better. But it wasn't cheap. Scott says that moving forward, that's what you're going to need when we get into the 4K world, because ISPs are going to want to buffer the content that uses that much data.
Mark is thinking about getting Bose speakers. Leo says they sound just fine for the average users, but they do clip the highs and lows. There are better speakers out there for the money, including the Andrew Jones' Pioneer surround sound system. Other choices include Polk, Denon, and Onkyo which has a nice home theater in a box.
Scott is going to be attending THE, The Home Entertainment show. It's down in Newport Beach this week, and Scott says there's going to be a huge resurgence of Hi Resolution audio. Leo says an example of this is Neil Young's Pono Player, and even though he bought one, he's not so sure it's going to make the music any better for the average listener.
Sean is interested in getting a wireless 5.1 surround sound system. Leo says he understands the desire to get rid of wires, but they often don't work as well due to interference in the audio spectrum. It's also why he hired someone to wire his house and put them inside the walls. Wireless left/right and center speakers are OK because they're usually not that far away from each other. But surround is usually farther away.
Scott thought it would be good to talk about the news story that RedBox is closing 500 low performing kiosks nationwide. Scott doesn't think that closing 500 kiosks is a big deal considering Redbox has over 36000 Kiosks so this only represents about 1% of all their DVD portals. Leo says that it could be a sign of the times as the DVD is dying as people opt for streaming. Blockbuster has gone under. Scott is now running a poll over at AVSForums on where do you get your movies.
Paul has limited vision and wants to know if there's a TV that's friendly to the blind. He wants to be able to Dim the screen because it's too bright to see details. Leo says to change it to Movie Mode in the settings and that will help. His TV is only 42", and Leo advises at least 55" for watching from 10' away.
This week, AT&T announced that they will be acquiring DirecTV. The universe gets even smaller and that's not good for consumers.
Report: AT&T to announce DirecTV deal Sunday (USA Today)…
Scott joins us to talk about Godzilla. Leo says he saw the movie last night and even though it was in 3D, there really wasn't a lot of 3D in it. It was very subtly used to more enhance the movie, rather than rely on the 3D gimmicks. Scott says that's been his argument all along. Make 3D more subtle, because extreme 3D takes you out of the movie, and so it was smart of the director to rely on "less is more."