Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Are expensive speaker cables better than regular cables?

Canare 4S11 Speaker Cables

Episode 1597

Tony from Bowie, MD

Tony wants to know if high-end Speaker Cables are worth the money. He spent $400 on some recently. Leo says HOLY COW. They also offer a "break in service." Is that worth the money? Leo says that cables don't need to be broken in, but the Speakers may. $400 for cables is pretty steep. There's no real way to measure if expensive gold cables are any better than lower cost cables. It's entirely subjective, whether you think it sounds better or not. But if it sounds better to you, then it is better. So, why not?

Scott Wilkinson ... super bright

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1596

Scott says that Vizio has announced their 2019 lineup and he says that the TVs are very impressive. Vizio has been using Quantum Dot technology in their top of the line models for a few years, but this year, they have moved the technology down to the mid-range. And that's a good thing. In their top of the line Quantum PX, they have a peak brightness of 3000 NITS, which is super bright. Why so bright? Because of the high dynamic range. They need that brightness for "specular highlights" of tiny reflections. The Color Range has also been expanded.

Scott Wilkinson ... ARC

Scott

Episode 1592

Scott has a question from a user that wants to know how he can run his audio from the TV to his home theatre. He uses the TV's internal smart apps. Scott says that the audio return channel (ARC) that you want to use. This depends on his receiver. Current TVs have this capability. Take the HDMI out from the receiver to the ARC port. That way the sound will come out of the home theatre speakers. 

Scott Wilkinson .... left in the dark

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1588

The big news this week was the pivotal battle of Winterfell on Game of Thrones, and the problem was it was so DARK and badly lit. Scott says that it's almost as if the filmmakers didn't take into consideration that those who are streaming would be dealing with a heavily compressed image, that would crush the details in dark areas. Add the fact that it was the most watched episode in HBO history, it had to deal with congestion as well. The episode will no doubt look better on Blu-ray and in UHD. But with the heavily compressed signal of a 4K stream, it simply didn't.

Scott Wilkinson ... Endgame

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1586

Scott saw Avengers Endgame last night and he says that even though the film is three hours long, it moves pretty well and he never checked his watch. If you're a Marvel fan, you'll find it very satisfying.  Scott also said that since this was the end of the 22 movie Infinity Saga, there is no end or mid-credits scene. Scott saw it in Dolby Cinema and it was beautiful. The film was shot entirely on IMAX cameras; you don't see that much more. If you want to see it in IMAX, make sure your IMAX theater has laser illuminated IMAX or Dolby.