HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
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."
Leo says that the G-Box runs XBMC and it may be that he needs to run a plugin that will add a channel guide. Another issue is that guides tend to cost money. Leo recommends Googling XMBC and "repository," he'll find one he can install. Here's some places to look: XBMCHub.com, http://superrepo.org/, and XBMC's Wiki.
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 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.