Scott has a computer running Windows XP. It's his calibration computer and he doesn't put it online. Leo says that there isn't anything wrong with that as long as it's not used online. This week's question is: What is the best HDTV Calibration utility to buy? Scott says he really likes Disney's World of Wonder (WOW) Disc. It's hosted by Goofy and they walk you through the process of calibrating your TV in a fun, Disney way. Scott says that it has an excellent walk-through with some great demo content.
Steve has a 47" Vizio that he's had for a few years. But after an hour, the color begins to die out until he turns it off for awhile. Should he get it fixed or just buy a new one? Leo says that it sounds like a poor solder connection, but at $400 for a repair, it probably isn't worth it since a new TV would cost $600.
All HDTVs have interpolation to handle with motion, but Steve doesn't like it because it looks plasticy. Leo recommends turning that off.
Leo says that LED is the way to go. Also, Steve should get the backlit LED models, not the edge lit.
John was planning to cut the cord, so he bought a Roku. He's discovered he doesn't have an HDMI port on his old TV, though. So he needs a new one. Leo says that there's many options that won't break the bank.
Vizio has a great line of affordable HDTVs. He should go as big as he can afford. Leo likes 50" to start and he can get them for around $500.
John bought a new Vizio TV a few weeks ago and the remote control has died. Leo says to do the obvious things like replace the batteries first, and reset the TV. It just could be a bad remote, though. Leo recommends bringing it back since it's only been two weeks since he bought it.
Scott joins Leo today and Leo wants to know the best way to see the Hobbit. Scott says Dolby Atmos is wonderful, if you can. Peter shot the film at high frame rate (HFR) 48 fps and a lot of people object to it. Scott also says that next month we'll see the newest models of HDTVs and right now is a great time to get a new 2013 model TV. Check out his buyer's guides at AVSForum. This year may just be the last year to get a plasma TV. Leo says that's sad because they really do have a superior picture quality.
Brian is thinking about getting a second TV, his first was a Pioneer Kuro, which he loves. Leo says that plasma is still the best, but sadly all TV manufacturers are getting out of the plasma game. Leo says that the Pansonic ST60 is the best on the market. It's an amazing product.
This week's home theater segment with Scott Wilkinson also marks the return of Scott's annual holiday concert known as Tuba Christmas! Scott also avoided Black Friday like the plague, even though there were some great deals to be had. Leo says that a lot of people probably scored deals on HDTVs yesterday, but Scott says that the week before the Super Bowl is even bigger. Scott's favorite TV is still plasma, too. It still has the best picture if you have a room that you can darken.
Black Friday is a great time to be in the market for an HDTV, but a lot of the TVs aren’t even worth the outrageously low prices. Home Theater Expert Scott Wilkinson found some good deals to look out for:
Ricky wants to get his dad a new HDTV, and he's wondering whether he should get a high end LED TV or hold out for a 4K model? Leo says that 4K isn't really going do him any good for a few years. A back lit LED HDTV is the best way to go. Since Ricky's budget is about $2500, there's a lot of choices, especially with Black Friday coming. He'll be able to get deals up to 30% off.
Scott joins Leo talk pregame for Black Friday. Scott says that Black Friday is early this year with merchants offering Black Friday deals right now! Some will even open on Thanksgving night. Scott says that BFAds.net is one of the best portals for finding the best deals from retailers.