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.
Scott says that this week at the IFA show, LG introduced a 77" OLED UHD TV and they're going to make them ever larger. Some people call them 4K TVs, but that's somewhat of a misnomer. It's got higher resolution, but it's not strictly 4k. Leo wonders if he'll regret spending so much on an HD TV with UHD coming out now, but Scott says that at those sizes, Leo really won't see the difference. There isn't really any native UHD content yet. Sony, however, is launching a UHD service but their UHD boxes will only work Sony UHD TVs.
Leo says that because of Scott, Leo ended up buying a $9,000 55" OLED HDTV. Leo says it's the best picture he's ever seen. Scott says that we're just now seeing OLED being scaled up to larger displays and over time, the price will drop. But it has no backlighting or edge lighting, and the blacks are pure black. Leo says it's very sophisticated with motion control, and has a voice activated remote. It just needs calibrating and Scott can't wait to do it! Scott also says that OLED's color and contrast also stays the same as you go "off axis" from the center.
Two years ago, Scott and Leo saw prototypes for large screen OLED TVs ($15,000 for a 55" TV). Two years later, LG announces a 55" curved OLED screen for $9,000. Why the curve? Scott says that it has little to do with technical benefits, and more to do with differentiation. Are they better? Scott hopes to find out. Leo says he just bought one and perhaps he and Robert Herron can come up to Leo's house to calibrate and test it.
While last week was the Super Bowl, it was also the biggest TV shopping week of the year as people went out to get a big screen TV to watch the big game. People were looking at plasmas and LED LCDs. Leo's also in the market to upgrade his TV. Should he wait for OLED? Scott says that a 55" OLED will premiere in the US market in March for $12,000! The cost should come down, but the yields are notoriously small with high failure rates. That's why OLED TVs are expensive right now. But over time, Leo says it'll get better. The same thing happened with LCDs.
There were 150,000 people seeing thousands of gadgets, TVs, cameras and more. But aside from TVs, there really wasn't much interesting at CES this year, at least not that would change the world. Chiefly absent from CES this year was 3D, so, as Leo would say - our long national nightmare is finally over. The huge thing was, as expected, 4K Ultra High Resolution. This is double the resolution in each direction, or 4 times HD. They're too expensive to really turn the market over this year, though, at $12,000-25,000!