HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Scott has a couple questions about home theater setups in basements.
Stanford wants to know how to connect wireless headphones to his HDTV. Scott says there's always a minijack that allows you to plug headphones in. But you'll likely need an adapter which lets you plug it in. It'll be analog, but it'll work great.
Max bought a Panasonic VT50 and the sound is terrible. Leo says that TV manufacturers put speakers on TVs almost as an afterthought since a home theater system is now the norm. They just put the speakers in to say the TV has sound.
Art wants to listen to his blu-ray movies via bluetooth with a wireless set of headphones. Leo says he would need a Bluetooth dongle. Some work well, but a lot don't. There's another issue of battery life. Leo also says that Art will want a headphone and Bluetooth adapter that supports the stereo A2DP spec. There's a number of them for sale on Amazon. Check out the Miccus Home RTX Transmitter/Receiver.
Lee recently bought a Vizio 55" TV. However, frequently when he turns the TV off, it will either stay on or turn back on again. Leo says the TV probably senses the signal loss and then just stays on. It's perfectly normal and Leo suggests going into the TV menu settings to make sure it's set to turn off when the cable box goes off.
Leo finally setup the Sonos Playbar Soundbar, and while it's overpriced, it was very easy to setup. Leo was able to sync all of the speakers wirelessly, add a "party mode," where all speakers play the same sound, or movie mode that simulates surround. It can also connect to the Sonos woofer. Thumbs up, but it is pricey.
Rich just upgraded to DISH Network's Hopper, but is only getting a green screen by HDMI connection. Leo says that it could be a copy protection issue and recommends trying a different HDMI. It may also be that Rich's TV doesn't support HDCP, and the Hopper is HDCP compliant. Also, he should make sure he's plugging the cable into the proper port. The port or cable could be bad. Try the easy stuff first. Then contact DISH.
Scott has a new poll at AVS Forum - Is the end of physical media inevitable? With more people choosing streaming options for their entertainment needs, what's the point of getting physical media? Well, Leo says that while streaming is convenient, the enthusiast will play the quality card and say that Blu-ray discs are a far better experience because streaming is highly compressed. Streaming is also hard on films, like Lincoln, that have a lot of dark lighting and colors.
Mike is excited that he can use the Roku 3 as his Time Warner cable box. Leo says that while Mike still has to pay for Time Warner Cable, he can finally use a quality, tiny box, rather than that large and junky box by Time Warner.
Scott is going to see a movie with a projector that will be projecting with lasers! The film is GI Joe: Retaliation. The projector uses a red, blue, and green laser which hits the chip and then reflects out to the screen. It's based on the Texas Instruments DLP design. Experts claim that with lasers they'll be able to get them as bright as a conventional projected movie, and twice as bright as a regular 3D movie.