HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Tom is interested in a pico projector. Leo says they're not very bright and have low resolution. The idea of having a projector in your pocket that can connect to a mobile phone is pretty cool, though. Will they last? It's anyone's guess, but brightness may be the biggest issue.
Shown above: AAXA P300 Pico Projector (Amazon)
Bonnie has a Sharp LCD TV, had FIOS TV installed yesterday, and now the picture quality is terrible. She cancelled it, but now it's still not any better. Scott suspects that the cable that they replaced her HDMI with was faulty or cheap and that caused the inferior reception. Scott suggests connecting her DVD player via component and then connect the satellite box via HDMI, and get a different cable. That should solve it.
Scott says that Robert Heron went to Leo's house this week and recalibrated Leo's TV. He found that using his equipment, it ended up being OK. He used a different meter and the results were consistent and far better. That leaves Scott to conclude that his meter may have been out of adjustment. But that's also useful information because it points to the potential of a faulty profile that can cause errors in calibration. Leo says that if that error happens 15-20% of the time, then how do you trust your calibrator? Scott says it's not a common occurrence.
Laurie wants to move her TV across from where her cable is. Leo says she can, and she can make the cable as long as she wants, but she shouldn't use a splitter. The better the cable she uses, the better it looks too. Flat cables are for running under the carpet. She'll want low resistance RG59, RG11, or RG6 cables. RG6 is what the cable company uses and it's the best choice.
Laurie should check out BlueJeansCable.com for recommendations and descriptions.
Darren's living room is all glass and the only place to put his TV is above the fireplace. Scott isn't much of a fan of that because the viewing angle is hard on the neck. Will it be bad for the TV, though? It shouldn't be affected by heat, because a fireplace is protected from heat transfer into the walls. The chatroom says to take the fireplace out and put the TV there.
Brian wants to build a home theater system with a regular projector. Leo says if he has enough depth in the room he's using, it's always better over a short throw. He also wants a flat screen permanently affixed to the wall. Leo says that works, but he can also get one that can be pulled down with a remote control. He should go to MonoPrice for that. He can install it himself and save some money.
Darren's living room is all glass and the only place to put his TV is above the fireplace. Scott isn't much of a fan of that because the viewing angle is hard on the neck. Will it be bad for the TV though? It shouldn't be affected by heat because a fireplace is protected from heat transfer into the walls. The chatroom says to take the fireplace out and put the TV there.
Trinity wants to understand the so-called "smart TV." Leo says all that means is that she can stream video from the internet as well as watch from cable or antenna. She'll have to have a good internet connection to do that, though. If all she is doing is streaming, she won't get the live broadcasting options like sports, news and awards. If she has line of sight to a transmitter site, she can get an antenna and that will give her what she's missing from live TV.
Scott went up to Petaluma while Leo was on vacation to calibrate his new 4K TV LG B6. He said that the colors were a bit off, especially in the reds and blues. Leo didn't notice that. Scott says that he wouldn't notice unless he had a "reference monitor" or professional colorimeter to see it. It could also be that the process used to calibrate it was flawed, which can happen from time to time.
Jeff is looking at an LG 43" 4K TV with WebOS. Leo says that LG makes excellent TVs. 43" is kind of small for watching, though, especially for sports. If he can afford to go larger, Leo says he should. It all comes down to the "spousal acceptance factor." Would it be better in a dark room or lighter room? Leo says that LCDs are better in rooms where he can't control the lighting.