Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

How can I cut the cable?

Jonathan from Palmdale, CA

Episode 1440

Jonathan also wants to cut the cable because he's been paying $200 a month for TV service! That's outrageous. Leo agrees and if you can put up a TV antenna and get your local TV broadcasts, then you can stream the rest online. Check out AntennaWeb.org to see if you can get over the air broadcasts in your area.

Scott Wilkinson and the upgrade cascade of 4K

Episode 1440

Scott says that the latest TV shootout, now sponsored by CE Week, was decided on a vote by professional colorists, but the difference is the same ... LG won. Sony and Samsung were a close second and third though. But what's the difference between the Sony and Samsung OLED? Scott says that the processing is better, but likely not worth paying $1000 more for. And while he bought the Sony himself, he would have no problem buying an LG and they are offering some pretty killer Black Friday deals. A 55" LG B7 is selling for $1499 during Black Friday. That's a fantastic deal.

What OLED TV should I buy?

Derek from California

Episode 1440

Derek wants to know if the QLED is as good as an OLED or Plasma. Leo says that the QLED isn't an OLED or a Plasma. It's an LED LCD screen. Plasma is dead now because nobody makes them anymore and OLED is the once and future king. If you want something similar, then OLED is where you want to be. Additionally, you'll want to get 4K HDR. It looks far better than plasma. Leo recommends checking out the 2017 Value Electronics TV Shootout. The winner was the LG E7 OLED. But here's a tip - the B series has the same screen. The only difference is a curved screen or smart TV extras.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1438

Scott Wilkinson

Scott joins Leo to talk about the OLED burn-in problem that some LG phone users have been complaining about. Scott says that OLED TV makers have been using a technique called "pixel shifting" or "pixel orbiting" to combat burn-in since the pixels are subtly and constantly changing. Now phone makers are using the same technique. But it's odd because Leo says that both Samsung and Apple are using OLED screens and there haven't been many complaints. Scott says as long as you don't have the same TV image on for hours at a time, burn-in won't be an issue.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1436

Scott WIlkinson

Leo got the Apple TV 4K yesterday and says it looks really good. Scott says there's some really great stuff in it and he thinks it could be a Roku killer. It's very polished and crisp. Scott says that the one problem the Apple TV 4K has is that the up conversion feature isn't the best and as such, anything you watch that isn't 4K at 60p doesn't look all that great. Apple is planning to address the problem with a TVOS firmware update 11.02 which will feature "auto switching" that will fix the up convert problem.

Vizio has great customer service.

Episode 1434

Jim from Charleston, WV
VIZIO D-Series 55” Class Full‑Array LED TV

Jim was having an issue with a blue line on the bottom of his Vizio and they shipped out a replacement TV with professional installation to replace the TV. It was a great customer service experience. Leo says that's a fantastic thing that rarely happens these days. Margins have shrunk so drastically that we lose that kind of support service. Vizio also has a really good product, so they're standing behind it.

Amazon Echo or Google Home?

Episode 1433

Nancy from Tarzana, CA
Amazon Echo Show

Nancy has an Android phone, her kids have iPhone. Which assistant should she get, Amazon Echo or Google Home? Leo says it doesn't really matter, but for Nancy, using the Google Home would be similar to Android's voice assistant. The Echo has been out for a few years now and it's a mature system, whereas Google Home just came out not long ago. Google Home is better for facts because of its search knowledge. Amazon Echo is better for home automation. It works well with a variety of Internet of Things devices. Google Home isn't quite there yet with Internet of Things.

Why don't my AirPods work with the Apple TV?

Episode 1433

Tom from New Hampshire
AirPods

Tom uses his AirPods with his AppleTV and after a recent tvOS update, he has no volume. He called AppleCare and they said he shouldn't have that capability in the first place. But Tom says it worked just fine until the tvOS update. Leo says it sounds like Apple broke the connection in the update. That's terrible. It may be that he'll just have to re-pair them to the Apple TV. He should try another set of Bluetooth headphones or a speaker as well. If that works, then it should work with the AirPods since they use the same Bluetooth standard.

How can I get rid of the interference with my Sonos Home Theater?

Episode 1432

Peter from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
PLAYBASE + SUB + 2 Ones

Peter has a Sonos wireless home theater and he's having some interference issues. Leo says that Sonos uses its own spectrum, and he can select standard WiFi instead. But chances are, he's running into plain old congestion as other home theater and Wi-Fi units are taking up the bandwidth. If he can, he should move it over to the 5GHz channel instead. He'll have to re-pair them, but it'll be worth it. It could also be an issue with Sonos' new 8.1 firmware update. Both Leo and Doctor Mom are experiencing the same thing, so there's something going on.