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  • TV Recomendations

    Linus Tech tips was really hot on the TCL 4K tv too. The 55” is $650. I bought a 55” Sony 4K a year and a half ago for almost $2000 and it doesn’t have HDR. My recommendation is if you’re gonna go 4K, get one with HDR. Especially if you have a PS4 Pro or an XB1X. 
    I don't know a ton about the TCL brand but they've been getting amazing reviews from everywhere I've seen.  It all depends what size you want and how much you want to spend.  Personally I will always have a TV and never a projector because of the quality I can get with an TV vs. a projector.  I don't have a room where a projector could be set up to look good because there is too much ambient light and I don't want to put 100% blackout curtains up.  My 2 go to brands are Sony and Samsung for LED TVs and LG for OLED TVs.  Also if you are going 4k I highly recommend getting something that does HDR as well.  Basically 4k is your resolution (how many pixels) and HDR is contrast related (how vibrant colors are/can be) when watching HDR capable content.

    If you are looking budget TVs, like @KingKobra Vizio's M and P series are very good.  Feel free to throw questions out on this if you have specifics.  
    roxbombers
  • Soundbar Recommendations

    If you can find this somewhere or are ok with buying online, this is a pretty solid soundbar and a pretty damn good deal.

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-2-1-channel-hi-res-soundbar-system-with-wireless-subwoofer-and-digital-amplifier-black/4890100.p?skuId=4890100
    ghm3Chinaski
  • Soundbar Recommendations

    MrX said:
    So it all really depends what are you wanting from it.  Personally from doing home theater installs Sony seems to me to have superior audio compared to your more common brands.  If don't know anything about SONOS check it out and see if that's something that interests you.  Amazing product but is a little costly.
    If you're OK spending a little more Definitive Technology is 100% my go to brand for anything speakers.  

    My biggest issue with soundbars is the constant question of using HDMI using ARC (Audio Return Channel) or just using an optical cable and not getting higher quality audio.  ARC basically tries to send information both ways from the TV to the soundbar and from the soundbar to the TV and is an awful system with what I've experienced.  It seems to be so hit or miss whether it works or not.  

    I use ARC with my Sony TV and soundbar - not sure if being the same brand makes the handshake less prone to issues for some reason - but for me at least it has worked perfectly and definitely is convenient. Small things like being able to see the volume level on the TV screen are nice, and it also streamlines the # of cables - I have just 1 HDMI going up to the tv from the soundbar.

    The nice thing is most modern TV's have both so you can always try it. Is there a loss in sound quality when using optical? I guess it depends on the decoding in the tv?
    When I was doing installs I did have the best luck with ARC with Sony products but typically it is so sporadic when it seems to work and not work.  Some work perfectly and some don't work at all.  Basically the best audio you are going to get using an optical cable is Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1  Optical cables don't have the bandwidth to do Dolby Digital HD, DTS HD, Dolby Atmos, or DTS X. 

    Most blu rays have the capability to do Dolby Digital HD or DTS HD and all 4k blu rays is where you pull in Dolby Atmos and DTS X which essentially can add height channels to your typical 5.1 or 7.1 system.  The only way to get any HD audio is through an HDMI cable going directly to your audio source whether that be a soundbar or a receiver.  Then typically you will go to the TV from that audio source.  
    KingKobraChinaski
  • Soundbar Recommendations

    So it all really depends what are you wanting from it.  Personally from doing home theater installs Sony seems to me to have superior audio compared to your more common brands.  If don't know anything about SONOS check it out and see if that's something that interests you.  Amazing product but is a little costly.
    If you're OK spending a little more Definitive Technology is 100% my go to brand for anything speakers.  

    My biggest issue with soundbars is the constant question of using HDMI using ARC (Audio Return Channel) or just using an optical cable and not getting higher quality audio.  ARC basically tries to send information both ways from the TV to the soundbar and from the soundbar to the TV and is an awful system with what I've experienced.  It seems to be so hit or miss whether it works or not.  

    If you have any specific questions or want opinions on specific soundbars feel free to reach out to me.  I used to install home theater systems and consider myself an audiophile.
    Chinaski
  • Last Movie You Saw & What Did you Think

    Travis said:
    Finally caught Thor Ragnarok the other day. It was super fun. I had kind of given up on the whole Avengers wing of the MCU (Guardians movies aside) because they just felt so disposable, but the three I've tried out over the last 6 months of so (Winter Soldier, Black Panther, and Ragnarok) have been really fun. Was Ultron good? The trailers for Infinity Wars look pretty awesome. Is a massive catch-up in order? Are there any must sees/totally skip-able ones? Any guidance would be appreciated.

    Oh, we also did catch Dr. Strange and that was a fun way to spend a couple hours too.
    The list you threw out there of the past 3 you've tried in the past 6 months are definitely some of the better Marvel movies.  I just did a rewatch of ALL the movies and I can say Ultron was not nearly as good as any of those you had just listed.  I would highly recommend you watch Captain America Civil War if you haven't already seen it.  Easily my favorite Marvel movie to date.

    So Avengers Age of Ultron is not the greatest movie but I think it is definitely needed in order to understand the direction they are going.  Watch this movie before you watch Captain America Civil War.  I hope this helps some and feel free to direct message me if you have any questions or want to know any specifics. 

    The most important thing to know about Infinity War is the importance of the Infinity Stones that have been brought up in the various movies.  Ultron is somewhat important because of this plus it has an introduction to one of the "new" Avengers character.  I would skip Thor Dark World solely because the movie was horrible.  I would also say skip Iron Man 3 as it's not vitally important and you'll get the main importance of it from Captain America Civil War. 
    Travis