Kent has upgraded his home theater system, and he's noticed that all the streaming services aren't streaming in 5.1 surround sound. Leo says that SLING will stream in 5.1 when available, but that's the real trick. If it's available. And even then, live TV is just in stereo. On-demand though, you can get 5.1. Netflix does it. The issue is just live TV, and that's only in stereo.
Larry is having trouble listening to dialog when he's watching TV. Leo says that today's modern movies and TV shows are mixed for surround sound, which is expected to come out of the center channel speaker. It's expecting that people have their own home theater systems that have multiple speakers for those channels. If one just relies on the TV speakers or a home stereo, that dialogue can get muddled as it's squashed together. One thing to do is make sure the TV isn't interpreting sound as surround. It'll be in sound settings. There may also be a setting to boost vocals.
Scott is back to talk about a listener question that could affect all of us. He's been looking at the Denon AVRX4700, and it's supposed to have Dolby 5.1.4 or 7.1.2. What's the third digit for? Scott says that the third digit tells you how many speakers you can use overhead. It's a Dolby Atmos at Home Specs.The first mask is the number of surround speakers you can have, the middle number is the subwoofer. But if you want an Atmos system, the third number is the one you want to pay attention to.
G Scott wants to know if he can stream 4K with Dolby without any special devices. Leo says if you have a 4K streaming box, you can plug them into your AV receiver, and if it has audio return, it should do Dolby. But Leo says he bought an all-new AV system for it. But remember that live broadcast TV won't be shot in 4K; it'll be upscaled to it. Then you'll need a 4K capable smart box.
Scott saw Avengers Endgame last night and he says that even though the film is three hours long, it moves pretty well and he never checked his watch. If you're a Marvel fan, you'll find it very satisfying. Scott also said that since this was the end of the 22 movie Infinity Saga, there is no end or mid-credits scene. Scott saw it in Dolby Cinema and it was beautiful. The film was shot entirely on IMAX cameras; you don't see that much more. If you want to see it in IMAX, make sure your IMAX theater has laser illuminated IMAX or Dolby.
Tom heard about Dolby Atmos at Home coming to the Apple TV. Is there a sound bar that will support it? Leo says that Atmos at Home works by bouncing sound off the ceiling. This simulates speakers mounted from above. But a sound bar would only give him a hint of it. It won't really give him the same experience as an Atmos at Home Theater system. There is a listing of sound bars over at the Dolby site though, and Leo likes the Vizio.
Don has Vizio 70" HDTV running through a Sony 7.1 surround sound system, but when he enables the CEC functionality, it takes away the 7.1 Dolby surround. Leo says that CEC lets him turn on the Apple TV and lets it control the receiver. The problem is, results vary from TV to TV, so one TV may give him the center channel while the next doesn't. Leo advises turning off CEC and let the receiver handle it. It's more likely that the device isn't encoding it properly.
Scott went and saw Beauty and the Beast this week. Scott says that the movie spends a lot of time in the dark and Scott recommends seeing it in Dolby Cinema to get the best possible impact. The high dynamic range really makes a difference. You can see "shadow detail" in the dark and the atmos soundtrack is wonderful. Very immersive. The photo realistic CGI of the Beast is terrific. Very interesting. Leo says some actors are worried about it, but other actors like the idea that they'll be immortal and their estate will be able to care for their descendants.
James is in the process of building a home theater/recreation room combination. He's still building the walls, so wiring right now will be easy to do. Leo recommends not doing wireless, he should have everything wired. He should have wired internet to all of those devices as well. The room is 17' by 13', and the 17' wall has a fireplace in the middle with a TV above it. He plans to keep the TV there. The only negative to it is that it forces people to look up higher, but he has a reclining chair, so that makes it a little easier.
Josh is looking to get a new Home Theater system. Should he get a sound bar or a Home Theater in a Box? Leo says that the only reason to get a sound bar is because he doesn't want the complexity of a home theater system. A home theater system requires an AV Receiver, speakers, center channels, sub woofer and wire. But a sound bar can have the bar and a subwoofer for the better ones. Pioneer's Andrew Jones SB23 is the best according to Home Theater Guru Scott Wilkinson.