Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Ellie from Honolulu, HI Comments

Ellie wants to know what touch screen smart remote Scott likes. Scott says he's not a fan of touch screen remotes because you have to look down to find the touch button and the screen is bright which affects your vision as you return to watching the program. He prefers hard buttons. But Ellie has a sight issue. Scott says that there are remotes that have voice control out there. BlueMoo is interesting.

Scott's favorite universal remotes are the Logitech Harmony Remotes. They're easy to program as well by using the Logitech website as the remote is connected to the computer.

Watch Ed from Hollywood, CA Comments

Ed wants to get a new TV and while he's at it, he wants to get a good home theater system. Scott says that the Pioneer Andrew Jones system is one he really likes. Andrew Jones recently moved over to ELAC and they have the Debut series, which is a little more.

Watch Bill from Yucca Valley, CA Comments

Bill is looking to buy a midrange TV around Black Friday. He's thinking about Hitachi's 1080p 55 inch TV. Scott says that Hitachi got out of the TV business awhile ago, so chances are it will be an old model, and Scott would be hesitant about that.

Scott says that for a high quality, low cost TV, he recommends Vizio -- especially from the M-Series and up. The M Series is terrific if he can stretch his budget a tad beyond $400.

Watch Ricky from Albuquerque, NM Comments

Ricky is looking to get an OLED TV. Scott says that currently LG is the only one making them, and they're lower end 1080p models. Those models are also curved. LG also has a 65" flat version, though.

LG did have trouble over the summer, where the screen had an irregular image that only was seen in a dark picture. It was a panel problem and they addressed it pretty quickly. The EG9600 is the 2015 OLED, and it's pretty good, but again it's cured, and only 1080p.

Watch Dave from Riverside, CA Comments

Dave lives in an apartment complex and has a surround sound home theater system, but sadly he can't use it because of his neighbors complaining. Are there surround sound headphones? Scott says there's a few ways to go about that. He could simulate it with a DTS Headphone X algorithm, but it has to be included in the AV receiver. Dolby has Dolby Headphone, which is another AV option. Mozaex makes a set of headphones that are surround, but they're not cheap. The Smith Realizer is the Rolls Royce of surround sound simulation which he would plug his headphones into. But it's about $3,000!

The chatroom says that FongAudio has software that helps simulate surround sound. Scott says he heard a very early version of it, and it had promise.

Watch Brent from Eastvale, CA Comments

Brent has AT&T Uverse with the HD package, and on live programming such as football games and TV shows, the sound will cut out from time to time. He doesn't have the same issue watching movie channels, however. He has a Denon surround system that's only a couple years old. Scott thinks if it's only happening on certain channels, it would lead him to believe this is an issue on AT&T's end and not his. Scott suggests calling AT&T to report this to them.

Bob the cable guy called in to suggest that since Brent has a DVR, he should try recording the channel that has the audio dropouts. If he's able to play it back with the cutouts, then chances are its coming from the provider.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Robbie from California Comments

Robbie has been having issue with the Netflix app in his Phillips TV. The audio is really low. Scott says that's not uncommon for TVs -- they're not very smart. He recommends connecting the Roku separately and running Netflix through that. If it does the same thing, then he may need to go into the audio settings and see if there's a limiter or something that's enabled.

Watch David from Palm Beach, FL Comments

Dave is looking for a new TV and he can't decide between 4K and OLED. Scott says that LG makes 4K OLEDs. They're not cheap, but he doesn't have to choose if he can afford $3k-5k. There are 1080p OLEDs, the 55" EG9100 is $2,000. That's closer to what "mere mortals can afford."

There's nothing better than OLED. Scott's 1080p OLED TVs are curved though, and he's not a fan of the curved design. But OLEDs are the best design since HD.

Watch Elliot from Boston, MA Comments

Elliot wants to know how he can get his DVR programs. Is there a box for it? Scott says that Hollywood is against getting the digital bits off a DVR because of piracy concerns. So really, the best solution is to exploit the analog hole, if there's analog connections. But this means he may not be able to get the HD signal. It'll either disable the output or downgrade to SD. Scott says it's silly, people are not going to sell copies on a blanket in their front yard, they just want a backup copy of the videos they record. But that's the way it is now.

Watch Marsha from Mission Viejo, CA Comments

Marsha is looking for a great bluetooth speaker. Scott has been looking at the BenQ Electrostatic Speaker of late and it's pretty cool. The low frequencies are handled by the main body, but the swing out speakers handle the electrostatic design. They're about $300.

The RIVA Turbo sounds really great. The FuGoo is great, but it's still around $300.

If Marsha wants to go cheaper, she'll get what she pays for. Scott doesn't recommend Bose, even though they're marketed greatly. Their noise canceling headphones are great, however.

The Chatroom says the Logitech UE Mini Boom is good for under $100. The Wirecutter recommends that.

Amazon Basics BTV1 is $50.

Denon's DSB200 Nvia $200.

The FuGoo Tough is $165 and it's incredible.

Watch David from San Diego, CA Comments

Scott says that a preamp is really the brains of the system. An AV Receiver is a preamp with additional amplifiers built in. The preamp does all the work to decode the digital audio and send it out to the speakers. It can also simulate an acoustic environment. So it's pretty important.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Richard from Torrance, CA Comments

Richard has looked at the Vizio Reference Series and the LG 65" OLED. How do they compare? For absolute picture quality, Scott says that the OLED wins, but both produce a gorgeous picture. The Vizio Reference series used LED backlighting with Quantum dots that has an amazingly wide color gamut and it's the first to use Dolby Vision dynamic range. OLEDs have a benefit though that over time the image won't degrade. Can the LG mount a sound bar with it? Scott doesn't know, but the Vizio comes with a sound bar built in.

Watch Christian from Ventura, CA Comments

Christian bought a Logitech Harmony remote and it doesn't detect an auto off sequence. Scott says that the Harmony remotes have a help button which can try and figure out what went wrong and troubleshoot the problem. But the auto off may be an issue in the TV settings and not the remote. Scott says that a Universal Remote Control is far more programmable and flexible. So that may be a better solution.

Watch Ben from Omaha, NB Comments

Ben watches his TV with an over the air antenna and it occasionally loses signal. Scott says that generally speaking, an OTA antenna inside a home, like an apartment, works best near a window and within line of sight of the transmitter. Scott recommends going to AntennaWeb.org to find out how to maximize his TV reception. He can input his location and it will let him know where to point the antenna. Titan.tv is another source.

Watch Amin from Rancho Cucamonga, CA Comments

Amin wants to know who makes a good in-ceiling speaker for surround sound. Scott has multiple suggestions of companies that would make good speakers for this:

All make great speakers and they work really well with Dolby 5.1 surround sound systems.

Watch Jim from Menifee, CA Comments

Jim isn't sure whether or not he should spend the $300 for a new bulb in his 52" JVC 720p DLP projection TV. The TV will only be for gaming and DVDs. Scott says he could get a new 50" TV for $500 or $600, which is more expensive than replacing the bulb, but then he would have a more modern TV. Scott's recommendation would be to spend a little extra and get a new TV. But for gaming, it might be worth replacing the bulb, because DLP has very fast response times.