Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Kenny from Springfield, MO Comments

Kenny is vision impaired and is looking for a way to have his TV read the channels and menus aloud. Scott says that he's never heard of that and neither has David. The chatroom says the Samsung J5500 can, though. Scott doesn't know if there is much choice out there for that, which is a shame because accessibility is important. If it's in the J series, it's probably in the K Series as well. The Chatroom says that Samsung's Tizen software has it available, so he should look in that section of his settings.

The latest model Apple TV has this option as well.

Watch Louie from Orange County, CA Comments

Louie wants to know what the key is to get better FM radio reception. Scott says it depends on where he is with respect to the broadcast tower. If there's a good line of sight, then he probably doesn't need much. If it's on his roof, then he's removed the obstruction of his house, which can block the signal. David also says that streaming media boxes usually have FM radios, and they can stream, so that's an option if he has bad reception.

Watch Leo from Anaheim, CA Comments

Leo wants to know if he should wait until February (Super Bowl time) to get his 4K TV. He's noticed there still isn't that much content out there. Scott says that's true. It's comparable to when HD first came out and most people were watching upscaled TV until the content caught up. Leo can get HD streaming and at least 720p broadcast, and of course Blu-ray discs. Now that we're moving into 4K, it's still going to take awhile for 4K content to come out, and even then TV broadcasts won't catch up for awhile, if ever. Broadcast HD looks even better than cable if he has a good signal, though.

4K/UHD will use ATSC 3.0. Currently, we're using ATSC 1.0. So that standard hasn't been deployed yet, and it isn't even completed yet. ATSC 3 promises to be more efficient with its codecs and compression and it could help push broadcasters towards 4K and beyond. NHK in Japan wants to broadcast the 2020 Olympics in 8K. The landscape could be dramatically different in a few years.

Watch Barbara from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Barbara is on a fixed budget and can't afford to pay for faster internet. She watches a lot of streaming and it buffers a lot, though. David says she can go into her Netflix settings and turn down the resolution settings to SD, which should limit the buffering. She could also watch in off hours.

The chatroom says that if her router is old, it will start buffering content a lot. A new router will definitely help speed things up. If she's just renting her equipment from the provider, asking them to give her a DOCSIS III modem will also help. Updating the router firmware never hurts either.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Brandon from Portland, ME Comments

Brandon wants a good display for his Raspberry Pi computer. David says that the official Raspberry Pi 7" Touch Screen display is available on Amazon for $75. Scott wonders if he can just use a tablet for that.

Watch Greg from Cardiff, CA Comments

Greg hears that image retention is an issue with OLED TVs. Scott says it's possible, but not nearly as bad as it was with Plasma in the early days. But with Plasma, it got much better as the technology matured, and with OLED it's sure to get better as it goes along. The key is to keep the image from being static. OLED can dim the image if there is a static image, and maybe even go into a screen saver mode, but Scott says not to pause the image for very long. He could run into problems, though, if he watches a lot of news programming since they tend to have a static ticker at the bottom. He can also adjust his picture settings to 'Movie Mode' which isn't as bright. Most TVs are set to be very bright out of the box for the show room floor. So resetting it to Movie Mode will help as well.

When will be a good time to buy and OLED TV? Scott says Black Friday is always a good time. As we get close to the holidays, it will be a good time, and of course, just before the Super Bowl.

Watch Joselyn from Orange County, CA Comments

Joselyn has a Samsung Blu-ray player and it won't play a Blu-ray that she bought. David says that it may need to have its firmware updated. Hollywood is so afraid of piracy that they constantly change the encoding of the copy protection, so consumers have to keep updating the firmware in order to play it. She can just go to Settings > Firmware update.

Watch Joey from San Diego, CA Comments

Joey wants to buy a good, simple two channel stereo system. Scott says that for a budget system, Elac makes a really nice system. They recently hired Andrew Jones from Pioneer and he designs some amazing, affordable systems. Elac just released a really buttery two channel amp for about $1,000. He could get a few bookshelf speakers and he'll be good to go. The Chatroom says that Peachtree amps also have a good reputation.

What about Solid State vs. Tubes? Scott says that is a religious debate in audio land. It comes down to feel. Tubes give off a kind of warmth to the sound, which is caused by harmonic distortion. Some really like it, but it's not an accurate depiction of the sound.

Watch Charles from Ontario, Canada Comments

Charles is looking for an HDR capable Samsung TV. Scott says that the KS series are definitely Ultra HD Premium. What is 'HDR compatible' mean? Scott says HDR Compatible means it can take the HDR signal, but it may not display it in HDR. HDR Capable can do that, however. So he has to be cautious of marketing speak.

What's the best 4K TV for under $1500? Scott says it's Vizio hands down. The P-Series includes a 55" TV for $1500. It uses an IPS panel with a wider viewing angle. Scott says the 60" is better for colors at $2,000, though. The M-Series is a step down, but it also supports HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. He could even go for the 75" for about $3500 and that's not bad either.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch JC from Mississippi Comments

JC has clients who are buying HDR TVs and sound systems. He usually gets called to calibrate stuff, and he needs to know where he could be trained in HDR. Scott says there are two places: Imaging Science Foundation and then THX. Scott has taken both courses and they are very good.

SpectraCal is the software that most people use for calibration and they have a link for training on how to use their product. Also, Michael Chan at TLVEXP.CA, has a series of videos on how to calibrate in HDR affordably. Those are good places to start. He'll also need a meter, like a colorimeter or a spectroradiometer (which is more expensive). He should expect to spend at least $1,000 if he's doing it professionally.

Watch JC from Mississippi Comments

JC wants to know if there are HDR projectors available. Scott says there are, but they're lagging behind TVs. That'll change over time.

JC wants to put a projector and screen in his attic. Scott says he doesn't need anything really fancy, and Epson has a great home cinema projector. The Epson Home Cinema 3100 is $1300 and projects in 1080p really nicely. There's also the 3700 and 3900 for a few hundred more. Other brands include BenQ and Optima.

(Disclaimer: Epson is a sponsor)

Watch Archie from Hawthorne, CA Comments

Archie is getting older and having trouble with his hearing, but he loves to listen to old 78 records. He doesn't like listening with headphones because he can hear too many of the clicks and pops. CDs are too clean. Archie could use an equalizer to boost certain frequency ranges so he can hear them better. There may not be that much of a benefit if he's lost a lot of his hearing, though. There are hearing aids that are designed for that and they are programmable, but they aren't cheap.

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Watch Ron from Moorpark, CA Comments

Ron is looking for a wireless soundbar with rear speakers. Is Bose good? Scott says that he's not a fan of Bose, except for their noise cancelling headphones. Samsung just came out with a good soundbar with wireless rear speakers with Atmos, though, and that's what he'd get.

Watch Michael from Yorba Linda, CA Comments

Michael just got the 2016 Vizio M-Series and he wants to know what the "Calibrated Mode" is. There is no "Movie Mode." There's also a Vivid Mode. Stay away from Vivid Mode. That's for the show room floor. "Calibrated" isn't really calibrated, it's their best guess. So it may not be ideal, but it's worth a try. Standard Mode is the closest he'll get to a Movie Mode. There's also a color temperature setting of "warm" that he'll want, or 6500K.

Should he pay to have it calibrated? Scott says no. The chatroom says that Vizio recommends "Calibrated" for HDR and deep blacks. Then he could get the Disney WOW disc for $30 at Amazon and do a self calibration.