Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1083

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."

What speakers would be best for my garage?

Episode 1081

Jose from Buena Park, CA
Pioneer Bookshelf Speakers

Jose has built a man cave in his garage and would like to get better speakers for gaming. Leo says that he'll really want nice surround sound speakers. He doesn't need Dolby 7.1, as 5.1 will work just fine. Leo suggests avoiding Bose. It's not the best sound and not the best bang for the buck.

Scott WIlkinson recommends the Pioneer 22BS or the 52BS. It's designed by Andrew Jones and they're excellent. Onkyo and Denon make great A/V receivers as well.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1081

Scott joins us to talk about Apple's acquisition of Beats headphones, which Leo says is far more marketing than acquiring a high performance technology. He equated it to Monster cables. Scott agrees. Leo is happy, however, that headphones are making a comeback over earbuds, which really don't give music their due. Scott's favorites are the B&W P5 and the PSB M4U. They're a few hundred bucks. Leo also says that Beats has educated people to accept that high quality headphones will cost you, but it's worth it.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1077

Leo says he's thrilled because he's now got a subwoofer for his home theater and has rewired his surround speakers in the walls. Scott says the classic place for surround speakers at 110 degrees from the front of you. So not really directly behind you, but slightly so. That gives you the most enveloping sound field.

Supreme Court Reviews Aereo Decision

Episode 1077

This is the week that the Supreme Court is hearing the Aereo Decision. Aereo takes broadcast signals using thousands of dime-sized antenntas, and routes them through the Internet. Users rent DVR space in order to record TV shows and watch live TV. Leo says that it's a cool technology, but broadcasters have sued Aereo claiming copyright violations for leeching the broadcast signal out of the air without permission or paying retransmission rights. Aereo says all they're doing is renting out antennas and hard drives for their customers and they've won many times with that defense.

Could I replace my set top cable box with something else that's less expensive?

Paul from San Diego, CA

Episode 1075

Paul wants to cut the cord as he's tired of his cable bills getting higher and higher. Can he replace the set top box and save a little money? Leo says that he recently bought a TIVO that can take a "cable card." This is a card that can plug into the DVR. The cable company is supposed to support it by law, but they aren't very helpful in getting it because that set top box is a big revenue stream. So he needs to know if he can get one from his cable company. Leo says to go down to the cable store and get face to face with them about it.