Louie wants to know if there's a higher quality CD for audio. Scott says that SACD or Super Audio CD is one. It was meant to succeed CD, but online music distribution pretty much killed it. He can still get them online and they do offer better audio specs than CDs do. How do they compare to Blu-ray audio? It's just a different technology, with Blu-ray audio using PCM to store a lot more data, while SACD uses DSD. Blu-ray audio has better specs up to 24 bits, while CD audio is 18bits. He can also get greater dynamic and frequency range.
Joey wants to buy a good, simple two channel stereo system. Scott says that for a budget system, Elac makes a really nice system. They recently hired Andrew Jones from Pioneer and he designs some amazing, affordable systems. Elac just released a really buttery two channel amp for about $1,000. He could get a few bookshelf speakers and he'll be good to go.
Scott says that Andrew Jones has some new, budget speakers that perform way above their price range. WAY above, as Scott puts it. But he also hears that Jones has left Pioneer and got to ELAC, a German turntable and speaker company. ELAC wants to get back into the US market so Jones has designed some even better speakers than he ever has at Pioneer. The new speakers are called the Elac Debut line and Scott says that the B5's and B6s are really nice. There's also floor speakers (F5) and Center (C5s).
Pete wants to get a sound bar to replace his aging home theater system. Leo says you can do it, it's a good option especially for a smaller room. But he won't get the separation and quality of home theater. Sound bars are popular and do a great job, though. Pioneer makes one that Scott Wilkinson likes called the SP-SB23W. It's designed by Andrew Jones and is very affordable at around $400. Scott says it sounds really good.
Steve has a sound bar and wants to boost the center channel. Leo says that he would have to have Dolby 5.1 to be able to do that, and Scott Wilkinson recommends the Andrew Jones 5.1 sound bar from Pioneer. But if it's 2.1, he shouldn't get it because he won't be able to do what he wants with just "simulated" surround sound.
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.
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.
Sean is interested in getting a wireless 5.1 surround sound system. Leo says he understands the desire to get rid of wires, but they often don't work as well due to interference in the audio spectrum. It's also why he hired someone to wire his house and put them inside the walls. Wireless left/right and center speakers are OK because they're usually not that far away from each other. But surround is usually farther away.