HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Steve's Pioneer Audio receiver finally bit the dust. He's looking to replace it and wants to connect Internet Radio to it. He's heard about the Onkyo NR646. Can he use the Roku in concert with it, or should he get smart capabilities in the receiver? Scott says it really depends on which app or service he wants to use, and whether or not it's on the receiver or the Roku. There might not be an option to get a receiver without those smart functions, as most TVs now have it.
Dillon has downsized to a small apartment and is looking for a smaller home theater setup without compromising performance. Scott says that the Energy Take Classic SatSub system has tiny wireless cube speakers and subwoofers. Great for apartment living.
Eric mirrors his Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to his HDTV via NetGear. But if he roots it, it won't work. Are there any alternatives to the NetGear? Scott says that's a black art, but he could mirror to his laptop and then HDMI. The chatroom says that the laptop has to be running Chrome for that to happen. The chatroom also says the Google Chromecast won't mirror just yet. Eric could connect it via an MHL cable and then run it that way. Scott says that's "so 20th century." But there is a way and it also fits in his pocket, so as long as the TV has HDMI, he's good to go.
Bill is an actor who worked on the Planet of the Apes TV series. He thinks that the new Planet of the Apes series is exploring the build up to where Charelton Heston visits the original Planet of the Apes. Could a retouch happen of the original film? Scott says that would be neat.
Jack wants to know if there are better speakers than the ones he got in the 70s. Scott says that speaker technology has changed very little in the last 100 years. So there's really little point in replacing them, except that the flexible material used by the surround may need to be replaced.
Scott saw the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the next chapter of the Apes saga. The movie takes place ten years after The Rise of the Planet of the Apes and it shows the fallout from the Simian Flu that has decimated the human population. It address the issues of how people can live together and how fear can beget violence. Scott says it's fabulous.
Lee used to have a Sony TV that would lower the volume automatically during commercials. But his new Bravia LCD doesn't do that. In fact, it's worse now because he has to turn down the volume during the action and up during the dialog. Is there a way to equalize it? Scott says there may be a dynamic range compression feature in the home theater settings that can do it. Look under "sound adjustments" for "midnight mode" or "dynamic range compression." Scott says the issue has been that on commercials, the sound is dynamically compressed and that's what's causing the perceived loudness.
Jim's old JVC projection TV is going black, so he's in the market for a new TV. Should he buy an HDTV or go UHD? How can he future proof his purchase?
Scott says that viewing from 10' away, the optimum screen size is bigger than most would think - about 70". Scott says it isn't really necessary to buy a 4K TV right now. There's not that much content out for it and the standards like color gamut and standards aren't all that settled just yet. So a 4K TV he buys today may be obsolete tomorrow. Not only that, but some TVs upscale terribly. So it's a good idea to go with HD still.
Samsung announced last week that it was going to stop making Plasma TVs. So, even though it's a superior technology to LCD, Samsung joins Panasonic and Pioneer to give up on it. That leaves LG as the last company standing. It makes sense because ultra high definition TVs are coming online and they look beautiful at 60-70". It's bound to take over the premium level category.
Leo's on Vacation in Hawaii this week, so Home Theater Geek Scott Wilkinson is filling in this weekend. So get your Home Theater questions ready!