HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Scott has a few questions today. One is from a home theater fan who bought his components separately. The problem is that his Lexicon PrePro preamp doesn't have HDMI. So he's thinking of upgrading to a Marantz AV7005. Scott says it's a very good choice.
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.
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?
Gregory bought a big screen surround sound system and he's never been able to get better than 720p on his TV, not 1080i. Leo says that 1080i is 720p, so he's fine there. That's all Greg's 1080i TV can handle anyway.
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 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.
Scott got an email from a viewer that wants to hold viewing parties. He wants to create a 150' screen, but the problem is that the room he uses has windows. How can he black them out? Leo suggests curtains. Scott agrees and says that Black Out shades are even better. Fixed and custom made inserts that will black out those windows when you insert them into the Window frame. That's the best idea. Scott also recommends the Epson 5030UB projector $2300, and there's Elite Screen's 150" with Cinegrade 5D screen material. Leo also recommends screens from MonoPrice.com. They're very affordable.
Michael has one HDMI port going to his receiver that acts as a kind of switcher. But his antenna goes into coax. Leo says that Michael needs to get a digital box now because nobody really broadcasts in analog anymore. Leo says a TV with digital out could be routed to the tuner, but there will be audio sync issues.
Scott chimed in on the last call from Addy in London, who wanted to know what the best headphones were for under $40. Scott recommended checking out the "Wall of Fame" at innerfidelity.com. Here are the in-ear headphones Scott recommends:
Robert got a 65 Inch Samsung HDTV that he wants to hook up a computer to. Leo says that an Intel NUC is a good idea because it has HDMI ports, is inexpensive, and will work great. They're hockey puck sized, and perfect to create a home theater PC. Robert will need an external hard drive for storage though. This is a great idea for a HTPC project.