Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1229

Scott Wilkinson

Scott is in Dallas for the Custom Entertainment Design Information Association Show, or CEDIA, where he's been seeing a lot of new home theater stuff including laser projectors. Epson introduced a low cost one last year and this year Sony joins the list. But by "low cost," Scott says that they cost around $10,000. Even the huge commercial cinema projector companies are starting to look at home theater projection, but not everyone can afford their $150-400,000 price tags. More affordable options are high brightness projectors, which offer improved illumination, for around $3,000 to 4,000.

How can I AirPlay Netflix?

Episode 1228

Jerry from Idaho
Apple TV

Jerry has been traveling around via RV and he's having issues connecting to the internet, especially with his iPhone and Apple TV through hotspot mode. Leo says it's probably not fast enough to stream Netflix through his iPhone. But it's also very possible that AT&T is blocking Netflix or slowing it down. AT&T doesn't like that unlimited plan that Jerry has, and it's possible that they are throttling his connection after a certain amount of data. He's even tried it with Chromecast and it won't work either.

Will SiliconDust's HDHomeRun record over the air video?

Episode 1228

Jonathan from Georgia
SiliconDust HDHomeRun

Jonathan has found that SiliconDust's HDHomeRun will record over the air video digitally so he can watch it through the network via ethernet. That way he doesn't have to capture it to move it, he can just record it and network his other TVs to it. It's about $130. There's also a Cable Card version. Leo says that the Chatroom has been talking about it for awhile.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1227

Dick DeBartolo

Dick was shown the Vizio Reference series 65" and 120" series 4K HFR TVs. The 120" version will cost $130,000! But the 65" is more affordable at $6,000. Leo says that Vizio started off as an affordable TV brand, but they've recently been going up to the premium level of late thanks to that Reference series. But $130,000?! For that price, customers will also receive immediate access to certain Warner Bros. Home Entertainment 4K Ultra HD Dolby Vision mastered titles via the popular video on-demand streaming service, Vudu.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1227

Scott Wilkinson

Scott got to see The Martian in high dynamic range at a theater in Los Angeles. But the interesting part is that AMC decided not to show the film in 3D HFR. So if you want to see it in 3D, you'll have to see it in regular theaters. Scott believes that it has to do with sterilizing Dolby 3D glasses, and also because AMC has a contract with RealD for 3D presentation. So you won't be able to see it in 3D HFR, unfortunately. But even then, it's definitely worth seeing.

The Steve Jobs Movie Is Good, but Not Biographical

Episode 1227

Leo says that he saw the Steve Jobs movie and he thought for a work of fiction, it wasn't that bad of a film. But if you go to see it expecting to see a biography of the life of Steve Jobs, you'll be sorely disappointed. It's even less accurate thank Sorkin's other biopic, The Social Network. It's a complete work of fiction and should have been called anything but Steve Jobs. The really sad part is that no mention was made of Steve's family life. But having said that, for a work of fiction, it's a pretty compelling work of art.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1225

Scott Wilkinson

Scott joins Leo to talk about the new Chromecast audio. He says that the key for him is if it'll have the Tidal service, and if the quality is there, it could sound just like a CD. And what's cool is that it'll be available in any room in the house. Leo says not only that, but it empowers any wireless speaker to be a stereo. The real question is latency, especially in party mode. Scott says that Google will be bringing that in a firmware update. Leo also says if they tie Google Now to it, the party is over for Sonos.

How can I broadcast audio from a movie wirelessly?

Carl from Irwindale, CA

Episode 1223

Carl has family outdoor movie parties from time to time. He wants to be able to broadcast the sound of the movie to people who are hard of hearing and have specialized hearing aids, or those who want to use wireless speakers. Leo says that there is one called TeleLoop which uses RF technology. Leo also says he can get a micro power transmitter that can basically create a low power local FM radio station that can broadcast the audio. Scott Wilkinson says that a Bluetooth solution would be a better choice. He'd need a Bluetooth transmitter for that.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1223

Scott Wilkinson

Scott got a question asking if the Onkyo TX-NR646 AV Receiver has two subwoofers, and it turns out it does. It's much better to have two subwoofers than one to make the bass response smooth. They produce the same signal and if you only have one output, you can use a Y Splitter, as long as the subs are powered.

Scott and Leo also talked about in ear headphones and how they effect hearing, so it's always important to keep that in mind when listening to your music.

Why can't my tablet stream Netflix?

Christie from Valencia, CA

Episode 1221

Christie just bought a Samsung Galaxy Note V. Leo says to be careful with stylus because you can easily get it stuck if you put it in the wrong way. She bought it because it came with a free tablet, but she has to pay an extra $10 a month for data and Netflix won't work. She's frustrated because everybody blames the other guy. When she took it back, it worked fine at the store. Leo says that indicates that Christie's Wi-Fi connection is suspect. Leo says it could be a problem with AT&T's UVerse and their router.