Scott is back to talk about a listener question that could affect all of us. He's been looking at the Denon AVRX4700, and it's supposed to have Dolby 5.1.4 or 7.1.2. What's the third digit for? Scott says that the third digit tells you how many speakers you can use overhead. It's a Dolby Atmos at Home Specs.The first mask is the number of surround speakers you can have, the middle number is the subwoofer. But if you want an Atmos system, the third number is the one you want to pay attention to.
Leo talks with Scott about his new home wiring project, where he's wiring all his devices with cat6 ethernet. Scott says that the viewer wireless points you have, the better the quality you'll have, and wiring everything will make them play the best they can.
Scott joins Leo to talk about the latest wave of virtual trade shows and conventions that have caught on in 2020. Even the political conventions have caught on to this. The benefits are that you can watch the keynotes, sessions, and other conference opportunities when you want, and you don't catch COVID. The downside is the human interaction is limited. Check out his Interview on NET Critical Conversations here.
Scott joins Leo to talk about a pair of headphones he's been reviewing. They're called the Focale Stellia headphones and at $3000, they are easily the best sounding headphones he's ever used. The main word to describe them is CLARITY. These headphones are ideal for deep listening into complex mixes. The design "opens up" the recording and Leo mentions it gives each track or instrument some space to hear everything. But $3,000?!
Read Scott's review in the link above.
Scott joins Leo to talk about the latest in trade shows he recently attended ... the virtual trade show. Scott says it was very well done, making it look like a virtual hotel/convention center with check-in spaces and dealer rooms. There were also keynote speeches and more. Over 5400 people were virtually attended, and Scott says the big advantages you can do online is that you can watch all the presentations on-demand. CES is doing a virtual conference this January. So this could be the beginning of how trade shows will be in the future.
Scott joins Leo to talk about a big announcement in Home Theater. Scott wrote an article this week about the different technologies behind today's digital home theater, digital cinema, and education projectors. The three technologies include LCD, LCOS, and DLP. All three work roughly the same way with 1" screens with micropic pixels. Those screens are then projected through lenses onto the screen. LCOS tends to be more expensive than LCD or one chip DLP projectors.
Scott joins Leo to talk about over the air television and concerns that the FCC will reclaim those broadcast frequencies, preventing people from watching TV with a conventional digital antenna. ATSC 1.0 is the standard that most people are watching on, and there is a new generation called ATSC 3.0 that we are transitioning to. As a result, the FCC is reclaiming that ATSC 1.0 spectrum to reallocate frequencies to another spectrum. As such, local broadcast stations have had to be rescanned by TVs in order to get the channel back.
Scott joins Leo to talk about a new soundbar. Normal soundbars are a long, thin device with multiple woofer and tweeter speakers built-in. You can also get an additional subwoofer that can even connect wirelessly. The Dali Katch One by DSP is a new soundbar that Scott reviewed at TechHive here. There are two sound modes, narrow and wide, and it's not cheap at $1000. You can pay extra for a subwoofer, but Scott says the Katch One is so good, you don't really need anything else.
Scott joins Leo to talk about One More wireless in-ear headphones and he says that the Triple Driver in-ear monitors sound the best. They are Bluetooth and fit around your neck and then into your ears. It has cross overs that route the sound to each ear, and come with woofers, tweeters, and a middle channel. It's a very slick design. But they are around $150, so they aren't cheap. Great headphones though.
Scott joins Leo to talk about the new microLED technology which can use Local dimming to increase contrast with greater precision. The smaller LEDs are, the smaller the zones that brighten independently. That translates into a greater dynamic range.
In other news ... CES is determined to hold the conference in January. Scott says he won't go because he doesn't want to be exposed to the CoVid19 virus.