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 surround 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. So he listens to them on his Elac speakers.
Scott joins Leo to talk about Vizio's latest line of LED LCD TVs ... the MQ7 series. Scott says that starting with the MQ7, Vizio offers full-array local dimming, which Scott recommends. It's great for gaming and has variable refresh rates. The next step up is the PQ8 and PQX. And it's a pretty nice TV.
Scott joins Leo to talk about a new streaming speaker system out there called Coo Coo, which streams live music from all over the world. Scott says the idea is that the music is designed to go with the speakers and so you need to subscribe to the season. Four seasons a year. It's a completely live performance, with no recordings, that are streamed directly to the speakers over the Internet. And when there isn't a concert scheduled, you hear live ambient sound from nature or a city square.
Scott joins Leo to talk about a new dual-cell LCD that's coming out, which will bring LCD closer to OLED in terms of quality and will make halo-ing and bloom a thing of the past. And it will be in the same price range as OLEDs. The first models will be coming out from HiSense and they promise to be a marked improvement over standard LED LCD TVs. There's also a new immersive sound design that promises high-quality surround-style sound from a single speaker.
Scott got an email about whether it's a great time to upgrade from a 10-year-old TV and what TV should she buy? Should she go with LED or OLED? She hears that OLED TVs burn out too often and that a QLED is better. Scott disagrees. Most of the problems with OLED have been cured, though there is still a problem with burn-in if you leave it on the same image all day. But even then, with pixel shifting, the potential of burn-in is minimal. So don't worry about OLED, and it's far better than Sony's QLED.
In home theater news, Scott Wilkinson says that Chromecast and Roku have announced support for HDR 10+ high dynamic range content. Scott says this update is far more important than any boosting of resolution past 4K. Increasing the dynamic range can easily be seen from across the room, while a boost in resolution will not. So it'll have a much bigger impact to the viewer.
Scott recently posted a review of Clear Crescent Wireless Speakers, which support Airplay 2, which carries a much higher bitrate than Bluetooth. It uses WiFi instead, meaning you need to be on the same network. But it's far superior in sound quality with 1.3GB/s streaming bandwidth. It also simulates a wide field audio spectrum. It also has party mode and Chromecast.
Scott joins Leo to talk about the news that Logitech has decided to end production of their Harmony Remote control. Citing a diminishing market due to an increase in voice control through assistants like "Alexa," Logitech continues to support and sell the existing inventory, but will no longer develop or manufacture them.
Today, Scott is joining Leo to talk about the new LG OLED. LG is the leader now in creating OLED TVs, and this week they announced the 2021 OLED lineup, which includes a dozen different models, including a new low-end version called the A1. The 48" A1 is $1300. Not a bad price for OLED. It is a little less capable with a refresh rate of 60Hz, and it doesn't have a variable refresh rate that gamers love. But for $200 more, you can get that in the next model up.
Scott joins Leo to talk about an online conference he attended this week: The Hollywood Tech Retreat. Scott says he likes this kind of conference because it can all be done on-demand so that you can revisit the presentation at any time. Very inside Hollywood and professional. This year's big thing was a continuation of last year's advancements ... post-production in the cloud. Frame.io presented their new Camera to Cloud function, which will push your dailies instantly up to the cloud so that that post-production can begin in real-time.