Scott joins Leo to talk about 360 reaity audio, launched by Sony. Scott says SONY goes so far as to take the shape of the human ear into consideration when designing spacial audio, to make the experience more life like and Scott says it works best with Sony headphones.. The challenge, though, is that there is a lack of content, as mixing must be done to create the spacial separation of each track in the audio experience.
CES begins next week and Scott joins Leo for the 16th straight year to talk about what we can expect to see. In fact, they met at CES during the first week of the Tech Guy 16 years ago. What can we expect? Scott says we'll see more 8K displays, which Leo says is rather silly. Just how realistic do we need TVs to get to real life? Scott says that while resolution is one consideration, there is a greater sense of depth, thanks to HDR and video processing. So the depth of field looks more realistic. Upscaling will look much better as well, like going from HD to 8K. Or 4K to 8K.
Scott saw Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and he was a bit disappointed. He thought it was "stitched together" as a story, and he didn't think the Dolby Cinema was as good as he's seen before. He also thought it was too damn loud. The deep black of space was simply missing. So it was disappointing. But he does say that JJ Abrams and his team did a great job incorporating footage of Carrie Fisher that wasn't used in the last two films so that it worked rather seamless. Scott also said that the music was virtually nonstop throughout the entire film.
Scott joins Leo to talk about home theater and how well Tuba Christmas went. Scott says they had an audience of over 1,000 this year, and it was a marvelous yuletide celebration. There was even one group that tailgated in the parking lot before the concert.
Scott got an email from a listener about a Sony X900F TV and wants to know if he can improve the picture quality and how. Scott says that there's a new disc from Spiers and Munsel called "UHD-HDR Benchmark." It's a 4K Blu-ray that will enable the user to calibrate and optimize their TV to the best possible performance without having to hire a professional. He also wants to be able to control his TV and his soundbar with the same remote. Scott says that is hard to do since their Sony remote is not a universal remote. Leo says you can maybe turn on CEC and it could control your soundbar.
Black Friday may have passed, but with Cyber Monday just two days away, Scott is back with another round of killer home theater deals. Scott says that Best Buy has been open later this weekend, and the larger TVs are very cheap ... 75" for $750! Unbelievable deals, sure, but Scott warns that you may end up with compromised performance. If you can't really see the difference, it may not have that huge an impact, but to the educated home theater eye, once you learn what to look for, you can't unsee the flaws. So when it comes to BlackFriday deals, sometimes, ignorance is bliss.
Scott joins Leo after a brief bout with Larengitus, to talk with Leo about this year's Black Friday deals. Scott says that while rumors are that Black Friday deals are for products just made for Black Friday, he says that isn't true at all. They are mostly for overstock, last year's models, and even this year's models. Abe's of Maine has killer deals on OLED TVs, including the LG C9, for 52% off. 65" C9 $1750.
In the speaker category, the Sony Core SSCS3 and the CS5 Bookshelf are 50% off at Best Buy. You can even buy a Sony Atmos system for half off. Klipsh is also 50% off.
Scott joins Rich to talk about an issue connecting a tape deck to a modern AV receiver with no tape in/tape out option. Scott says older receivers had that feature to record and playback certain AV signals. But that went away about 20 years ago. No receiver that Scott knows supports that anymore. With modern streaming, nobody really records anymore. But with certain receivers, including the Marantz NR1509, you can still record it. Look for a preamp out or pre-out port.
Scott answers questions this week. One reader is having the issue that he can't see his 4K AppleTV on his one HDMI port, but will on his other port. Scott says that some of those HDMI inputs operate at the highest possible bandwidth of 18GB per second, while the others operate at 10.2 GB per second. 4K will not work at 10.2GB per second, so chances are, the reader is plugging it into the wrong port. You may also need to go into the settings an tell the TV to stream at the highest bandwidth. This is due to manufacturers wanting to be as compatible as possible with legacy equipment.
Scott joins Leo to answer a question about subwoofers. Dan bought a pair of subwoofers to go with his speaker system. Scott says that proper positioning of your subwoofer can make all the difference when setting up your home theater speakers, and these days, having two subwoofers is a good thing. But they also take up a lot of space. So, he's selling his speakers to get bookshelf models. Scott recommends listing them on AudioGon.com. It's designed to specifically sell your audio/video equipment. Another option is AVSForum.com.