HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Scott hasn't seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, but he has heard nothing but good things. It seems that most people are writing reviews just saying that they like it, and not giving any plot details. Leo says that it's on track to be the highest grossing opening film of all time. As for 3D, there's really nothing in the movie that takes advantage of it. It was largely invisible. Scott says that's why he's going to see it at the El Capitan in Dolby Vision with Dolby Cinema High Dynamic Range.
Curtis has been watching Leo on Roku and lately he's been getting HDCP errors for unauthorized access. Leo says that's just nuts. There's no reason why that's on there. But it's also problematic because everything needs to be HDCP compliant. It's clearly a spurious message because Leo's podcasts aren't copy protected. He can power it off and unplug the Roku, then plug it back in. But it's clear that something is confused.
Karen's kids want to stream video and she needs to make her TV "smart." Will a computer do that? Leo says that's way too complicated. The best way to do it is to pick up a Roku streaming box. It doesn't include Apple's iTunes, but it will stream Amazon Prime like her kids want. Leo recommends going with the Roku.
Scott got a question about tuning up a Vizio M60 TV. Is there a guide for doing so? Scott says it's a challenge to do that because different manufacturers have different nomenclature. But Scott did publish a few tips at AVSForum for that specific model. First thing is to take it off the "dynamic" mode that all TVs are set on to make them look good on the show room floor. Set the TV to the "movie" or "cinematic" mode.
Jay is going to "cut the cable" from his HD provider but he wants to still do DVR recordings over the air. Leo says it can be done. Check out ChannelMaster.com. TIVO may do it as well, but it requires a monthly fee.
Scott is back, talking about this weekend's Tuba Christmas! It's Scott's annual Christmas concert where he plays with hundreds of other Tuba players. Also, being the holidays, he's posted several home theater buyer's guides at AVS Forum. He's got guides for speakers, Blu-ray players, A/V receivers, and more.
Abby really likes the way Bose sounds, but she is wondering if she'd be able to find a less expensive speaker that has a similar sound. Leo says that Pioneer makes a great one by Andrew Jones. Leo's favorite is Audio Engine B2 Bluetooth Speaker. This is a powered speaker that looks like regular stereo speakers. She could pair the speaker to her phone, and play radio through it from the phone.
Abraham is looking for an affordable 4K Projector. His budget is $3,000 to $4,000. Leo says that Sony makes several 4K projectors in that price range, but Epson is Leo's favorite. Their Cinema line is the best out there. But he should remember that 4K is more expensive because of the higher resolution. Look at native resolution, not enhanced. Leo says there's very little 4K content and what is out there is usually streamed online and is heavily compressed. It's not quite time yet for 4K and he would advise going 1080p for now.
Trisha recently bought a Samsung Radiant 360 Speaker, but it apparently has to be controlled by a Samsung app on her smartphone. The problem is that she can't play the streaming audio from a separate app she likes. Leo says that is weird. Most speakers pair directly to the phone via Bluetooth, and anything that she could play on her phone could go through the speaker. The app seems to be designed to control multiple speakers in different rooms.
Abby's TV is starting to die and they want to buy a new 50" LCD TV. Sadly, they missed Black Friday. Leo says the good news is that Samsung's Black Friday deal runs until the end of the month, so she's not out of luck yet. And they're selling them for half price. Should they buy a 4K TV? Leo says he isn't really sure it's time for it yet, as there's still no content for it. She could stream Netflix with it at 4K, but it's going to kill her bandwidth. Also, she'd have to get a 4K Blu-ray player, but there won't be many available until next year.