Scott joins Leo to talk about the new spatial and lossless audio that Apple is offering now. Leo thinks it's essentially remastered in Dolby Atmos. Scott says that there's a variety of different models of spatial audio now, and it's essentially surrounding music. It can be done really badly, but recently, audio engineers have learned to really do it well, and Scott likes it. But Leo says it doesn't sound all that great on Apple's Airpods.
Scott Wilkinson recently did an article on how soundbars have the design flaw of using only a single HDMI port. But what if you have multiple HDMI devices you want to connect? Scott was reviewing an LG Atmos Soundbar, when he discovered the drawback. Looking around, he discovered the same problem with other soundbars as well. Leo says you can use Optical, and that makes sense. But Scott says the optical output is limited and doesn't support Dolby Atmos. The only thing that carries the Atmos bitstream is HDMI.
Scott says that the profiles and codecs for Bluetooth, like aptX, are getting better. Scott saw Captain Marvel in Dolby Vision and he said the filmmakers did a great job with the sound and picture. See it in Dolby Cinema with High Dynamic Range and Atmos sound if possible, although IMAX is also a good choice.
Rob can't seem to get Dolby Atmos out of his TV. Leo says that most TVs don't support Dolby Atmos, so he may need to get a new player and receiver that supports it. He'll also have to have enough speakers, including two "up firing" speaks in order to get Atmos at Home. The latest Apple TV just had Atmos at Home enabled. Roku's higher end players also support it. Netflix has a list of streaming devices supporting Atmos here.
Should he use LastPass on his phone? Does he need the app? Leo says that the app is just a convenience, but it's not really necessary. Android will autofill apps with LastPass, iOS not so much.
Manny also wants to know if Sonos will adopt Dolby Atmos at Home as a standard. Leo says they haven't. Atmos has that upward firing speaker design for the home, but so far, Sonos hasn't adopted it.
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Scott went and saw Ready Player One. Scott says that the film is a visual feast and they've done some great work depicting virtual reality, and the virtual characters are a little closer to being realistic. What's interesting is that for all its impressive CGI, the special effects were only rendered in 2K because that's what all computer graphics are done in. Still, it's downright impressive. And if you go see it, you should see it in Dolby Atmos. It's incredible.
Leo saw Black Panther in Dolby Cinema this week and he has to confess, Scott was right. It's a great film in a fantastic venue. Leo says he's never heard a better sounding audio track in a film. The sound was immersive, and worked really well. Scott says that Disney did a great job mixing the film and Atmos is really nice.
Scott joins us to talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Leo saw it yesterday at the fan event and he saw it in 3D, which he says ruins movies for him. Also, the projector died twice. Scott says Leo isn't the only one to have that issue. There was a showing at the AMC Burbank where the dialogue track wouldn't play and AMC wouldn't start it over. It almost caused a riot.
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.
Ron is looking for a wireless soundbar with rear speakers. Is Bose good? Scott says that he's not a fan of Bose, except for their noise cancelling headphones. Samsung just came out with a good soundbar with wireless rear speakers with Atmos, though, and that's what he'd get.