HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Scott Wilkinson joins Leo to talk about the Seiki UHD $1500 4K TV. Scott says that CNet reviewed the TV and the word is that there's plenty of pixels, but that doesn't equate to a good picture. In fact, they say the picture is pretty poor. Leo says that to be fair, there really isn't any content out there to push 4K, only gaming can show it off. The TV can only accept 30fps, so even for gaming, it's lacking.
Scott is back from the Rennaisance Faire, where he enjoyed turkey legs, drank a flaggon of ale, and played his sackbutt horn. What's going on in home theater?
Kapeil bought a Blu-Ray player not too long ago and video from it looks plastic, like a soap opera. Leo says that Kapeil's Panasonic LCD TV is set to a high frame rate (either 120 or 240Hz), but the Blu-ray streams it as 30fps. So the TV "interpolates" by adding frames, and upconverts the video. Kapeil needs to go into the program settings and disable interpolation. Panasonic calls this "Smooth Motion".
Penny just put her home theater Mac Mini into a cabinet to childproof it and now it's overheating. Leo says that needs better airflow. Raising it off the cabinet shelf is a good idea, or take it out and put it higher up so it can stay cooler.
David built a home theater PC and when he boots up, his sound card doesn't remember the settings to be able to watch TV. Leo says that's been a common problem and can be very frustrating. There has to be a way to save settings somewhere, but Windows isn't offering to do that. Leo has a hunch it's the source that should be saving it, and that would be the sound card driver. The chatroom says that the user access control (UAC) will prevent remembering.
Scott says that Amazon is planning on releasing a competitor to the AppleTV and Roku. Leo says that while Amazon is doing it to control streaming options, it won't do anything different, so what's the point?
Ken is a trucker and he wants to know how he can access his home DVR. Leo says SLINGBOX is the way to go. All he'll need is an internet connection and he can watch live TV from a laptop, tablet or even a smartphone. He should just make sure to have two tuners in his satellite so he doesn't change the channel on people at home. Dish has a deal with Slingbox that has a DVR with Slingbox built-in.
Cindy just got a new LG 3D HDTV, but the glasses aren't that great. Is there a better brand of glasses? Leo says no. They're not going to be any better because the technology is a passive 3D, which just appears dim. It's just the nature of the 3D beast. Cindy says it doesn't even really look 3D all the time. Leo says that Oakley makes better 3D glasses but Cindy has to know if it's RealD 3D or some other technology. She needs to get the right glasses for the type of 3D that the TV uses. The best ones are made by Gunnars.