HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Scott is now with Tech Hive, and he's doing reviews of headphones and Bluetooth speakers. He's becoming the "Giz Wiz" of audio products. You can read his review of PURO Kids Headphones, designed to protect their hearing here. He also says that the Tronsmart Bluetooth Speaker is fantastic, and it's only $60.
Mike's Yamaha home theatre system lost its centre channel, so he plugged in an old Luxman AV receiver and he says that the sound is incredible. Leo says that the quality of amps has changed over the years, and he's not surprised. The digital-to-analogue converter is probably much better. The choice of DAC can make a huge difference. Can he get a remote for it? Leo says if it doesn't have a remote, then no universal remote will work, since there's no remote to emulate. But if he can find out that the model did support the remote, then he can. Check out HiFiEngine.com to check.
Mike is thinking of getting an over-the-air DVR and antenna. What's the best one to get? Leo says he's a TiVO fan, but it is the priciest option out there. There's also ChannelMaster, which is a nice OTA and they don't charge for the TV Guide. Silicon Dust also makes the HD Home Run. But Leo is a fan of TiVO because it lets him ad-skip.
As for Antennas, check out TVFool.com and AntennaWeb.org.
Ken has a few Samsung 8500 TVs and would like to listen to them with headphones via TOSLINK. Leo says that TOSLINK is optical, but there are many TOSLINK-analog converters out there. Leo says to go to Monoprice.com since they make a similar box for about $20. He will also need to get an amplifier for them. Check out Headphones.com for that.
Frank bought a Sony XBR 800e. Three weeks after his warranty expired, it started having trouble. Leo says that while the warranty is expired, it's close enough that if he calls them and pleads his case, Sony may be willing to extend the coverage and fix it, and it's likely just a tuner that's gone bad. The other option is to use a third-party tuner. Leo recommends a TiVo or Channel Master product.
Scott wanted to clarify comments last week on IMAX aspect ratio. IMAX Film ratio is 1.43-1. While IMAX DIGITAL is 1.9-1. By contrast, most standard commercial movie theaters have an aspect ratio of 2.35-1. Projectors in home theater also do 2.35-1 and when you get a video or program that's below that, you get letterboxing.
Scott says that the profiles and codecs for Bluetooth, like aptX, are getting better. Scott saw Captain Marvel in Dolby Vision and he said the filmmakers did a great job with the sound and picture. See it in Dolby Cinema with High Dynamic Range and Atmos sound if possible, although IMAX is also a good choice.
Neal has a Helm home email server, but he's having issues sending his email. Leo says that ISPs are blocking email that doesn't come from an approved IP address. They will test from big companies, but little companies and personal mail servers don't get enough attention. The idea is to avoid spam. Neal can precondition a mail server by sending as many emails as he can. So create some emails on Gmail or Yahoo, and send a bunch of email to them from the home server. But Neal says his bank won't accept .EMAIL as a domain.
Scott Wilkinson joins us to talk about hearing loss. Tomorrow is World Hearing Day and Scott says hearing loss is caused by being exposed to sounds that are simply too loud. That means loud music, listening to headphones, etc. You can get custom moulded headphones with flat filters that will help musicians and radio people save their hearing. Puro Sound Labs is offering wireless, Bluetooth, noise cancelling headphones for kids, and they limit sound to 85db. Leo says Etymotics has Etymotics Kids as well.
Greg can't mirror his phone with his Samsung smarTV, but he can use his hub to search the internet. Leo says the TV has to be cast-enabled to do it, and the feature may not be turned on in the settings. It could be DNLA or AirPlay. But it also says "smart hub is trying to update." Leo says that Samsung is notorious for not updating their TVs, and it will eventually get to the point where it can't be updated online. It's clearly looking for the update though. Samsung does suggest you can reset the country and that will fix it. The wrong country code could very well cause this issue.