HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Steven recently picked up an XBox X for gaming. He wants to play Fortnight in 4K at 120hz. What's a good TV for that? Leo says the TCL 6 Series is a good choice. Scott says that the HiSense H series will also give you a lot of bang for your buck. LG uses HDMI 2.1, which will future proof your gaming experience. So that may be a better choice. The downside is, most of LG's budget LCD TVs aren't that great. Get the OLED if you can afford it. The 65" LG OLED CX is around $1900 on Amazon. Nice TV.
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.
Gary wants to know if there's a way to change the closed captioning from being displayed where it does. Leo says that sometimes, TVs use different positioning for CC1, CC2, etc. Some systems allow you to modify the style of the captions for background, size, outlined, etc. Depends on the provider you use. Check out this article from the NY Times.
Scott recently picked up the iPhone 12 Pro Max for shooting video. He says it feels solid, but it also feels heavy. He says the camera is so good, he uses it to shoot TV shows on a local cable network. But now he needs a TV with Dolby Vision to edit the video on it.
Marilyn's TV suddenly stopped working. Is it worth repairing or should she just buy a new one? Leo says that these days, LCD TVs are simply not worth repairing. Even if it's a simple fix, the cost of repairing it with parts, she can buy one that is larger and 4K. Then there's the fact that the TV repairman is a lost art nowadays. So get a new one.
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.
Tim would like to set up his mother's TV to be able to change channels by voice activation. Leo says that the Amazon Fire with an IR blaster would be a great option. She could just talk into the remote. Can he create a remote access for the FireTV as he can with Amazon through the Echo? Leo says that there is a smartphone app that can work as a Fire TV remote, and you can perhaps use that on Tim's phone to make any changes. But you have to be on the same WiFi network for it to work.
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.