Scott joins Leo to talk about this year's Black Friday deals. There was a ton of great Black Friday deals, but Scott says a lot of them were very low-end models. Most were edge-lit LCD TVs. Not a great way to watch TV, but they are cheap. Scott recommends looking at Series 5 TCL LCDs, though. Still affordable and a model up. Vizio's M Series is comparable, as is the Hi-Sense H8 series. If you can find them on black Friday sales, and this year the sales are going for far longer than just one day, then go for it.
Scott joins Leo to talk about TV calibration. Scott says that most TVs have a THX or Cinema Mode that is pretty good. Use the Disney WOW calibration DVD and you can get your TV dialed in about 80% of what a professional calibrator can do.
Scott also says that at Black Friday, there are so many models to choose from. What's best? Scott recommends the following models:
Vizio M7 or higher
Samsung Q8 or higher
Sony M700 or higher
Best review site for TVs is RTings.com.
Scott Wilkinson joins Leo to talk about the ELAC speakers that Leo finally decided on. Scott says they are very affordable and offer a lot of bang for the buck.
Scott joins Leo to talk about how Black Friday is already here with "Black November" deals already starting. Scott says that this means that we may see the end of the crowds fighting over doorbuster deals on the day after Thanksgiving.
Headphones like the Bose Quiet Comfort QC35 Mk. II are discounted 33%.
Newegg is offering a deal on the Polk TL1600 Subwoofer Satellite speaker system for $179, a 60% discount.
Scott joins Leo to talk about this year's World Series, and how it's being streamed in 4K HDR. But it isn't being shot in 4K. In fact, on Fox, it's still being broadcast in 720p. But it is being shot in 1080p HDR. The 1080p HDR raw video is being upscaled to 4K for the stream. You can get it on the Fox Sports App. But the 4K AppleTV may not give you HDR. So go with the Roku Ultra if you have it.
Also, previous games are not streamed in 4K HDR, only the live stream.
Scott joins Leo to talk about how the iPhone Pro 12 shoots video in Dolby Vision high dynamic range. Leo says it then plays it back in all three HDR standards and can edit them as well. And it's very impressive. It can also shoot 4K at 60 frames per second. Completely cinematic.
In other news, this week was Amazon Prime Days, and Scott saw that Amazon was pointing out better prices on TVs at other places like Best Buy. But Scott didn't really see any great TV deals and Leo thinks the deals are much better elsewhere.
Scott joins Leo to talk about projectors. Projectors are still popular in spite of how direct view LCDs and OLEDs have come down in price for larger sized screens. Scott says that even short-throw projectors (STPs) are a decent option to replace a flat panel in your home. More companies are getting into the STP space with prices are around $4-5,000. Samsung is right behind with a laser STP for $3500. You can get up to 100-120" for less, while LCD TVs max out around 95" for the same price. \
Scott joins Leo to talk about streaming. Leo recently wired his streaming box with Cat6 Ethernet to get a much more consistent stream, and it made a huge difference. Scott agrees and says that Ethernet doesn't really have distance limitations like WiFi can. Some thing ethernet will only last up to 50 feet, but Scott says that isn't true, per se. It really comes down to your bandwidth, the kind of ethernet cable you have, etc. Ultimately, you can get up to a gigabit of bandwidth up to 120 feet with Cat6 Ethernet, and that's plenty for most people's needs.
Scott Wilkinson is reviewing new speakers from Klipsch called The Fives. They are five in speakers that have a dedicated phono preamp, bluetooth connectivity, and other connections. Scott says that they are pretty darned good. Sounds quality is refined, but a bit restrained. Still very good. Check out Scott's TechHive review here.