Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1039

Scott Wilkinson

Scott can finally talk about "The Hobbit: The Desoluation of Smaug." It's crazy because there are over 200 different versions with different languages, high frame rate, 3D, IMAX, Dolby Atmos, and more. There's always the option to watch it in 2D, too. Scott saw it in HFR 3D. Even then, you still have the choice between Real D, IMAX3D, and Dolby3D. Scott says that high frame rate is the way to see it. HFR looks really sharp, less like film, and more like video. A lot of people object to it, saying it looking too real takes you out of the movie.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1037

Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson got to see "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" this week and while he can't really talk about the movie until it comes out, he does say that the 48 frames per second 3D presentation is far improved over the first Hobbit movie. Scott says that the first chapter, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” was uneven and inconsistent in it's 3D 48 fps presentation. But there's been improvements in the state of the art and he says that Hollywood is hoping that people will get used to it and not go back to 24 fps.

What's the difference between the Slingbox 350 and Slingbox 500?

Episode 1036

Stephanie from Arcadia, CA
Slingbox

Stephanie wants to know what the difference is between the Slingbox 350 and the Slingbox 500. The main two differences is that the Slingbox 500 has Wi-Fi built in, if the cable modem isn't close to the TV, and it's also in HD. So if the modem is close to the TV, Leo thinks she'd be fine getting the Slingbox 350.

How can I sync audio wirelessly from my TV?

David from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1036

David has two TVs separated by about 25' and connected wirelessly. But one of the TV's receivers is locking up and the audio is out of sync. Leo says that the wireless transmitter/receiver may be failing. Wireless audio syncing is a kind of dark art. Sonos is really good at that. He should check the settings in his Action Tec wireless transmitter. An audio sync device may make a difference.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1035

Scott Wilkinson

This week's home theater segment with Scott Wilkinson also marks the return of Scott's annual holiday concert known as Tuba Christmas! Scott also avoided Black Friday like the plague, even though there were some great deals to be had. Leo says that a lot of people probably scored deals on HDTVs yesterday, but Scott says that the week before the Super Bowl is even bigger. Scott's favorite TV is still plasma, too. It still has the best picture if you have a room that you can darken.

What HDTV should I get?

Episode 1034

Ricky from Albequerque, NM
HDTV

Ricky wants to get his dad a new HDTV, and he's wondering whether he should get a high end LED TV or hold out for a 4K model? Leo says that 4K isn't really going do him any good for a few years. A back lit LED HDTV is the best way to go. Since Ricky's budget is about $2500, there's a lot of choices, especially with Black Friday coming. He'll be able to get deals up to 30% off.

How can I stream my pictures to my Apple TV?

Bernie from Lakewood, CO

Episode 1033

Bernie has a bunch of old slides that he transferred to DVD, and then ripped them to his Network Attached Storage, along with image files of discs (ISOs). How can he view them on his network? Leo says that VLC is an amazing video product that will allow him to view it.

What about Apple TV? Leo says no, it can't understand ISOs. But Bernie can use his Mac with Mountain Lion or later to airplay them to Apple TV. He can just open the ISO with a Mac program like Disc Utility and then once it's mounted, he can stream it from the Mac using AirPlay.