4K

Do I really need a Blu-ray player for my 4K OLED TV?

Episode 1531

John from San Diego, CA

John bought a Samsung OLED 4K TV. Does he really need to get a Blu-ray player for it? All he really watches is Netflix and it's pretty good. Leo says that streaming gets compressed, so even though it looks pretty good, Blu-ray is uncompressed and it will look FAR better. The way you can tell is by looking for "macro blocking." You'll see it in solid blacks, and it'll show bands, instead of a smooth gradient. You'll also see some jaggies in titles and text. But Leo says in spite of that, Netflix does a good job. It just depends on if you want the perfect image or not.

Should I repair my 4K TV?

Sony XBR 930D 4K TV

Episode 1527

Murray from New Jersey

Murray has a Sony XBR 930D 4K TV, and it has horizontal lines across the bottom of the screen. Then it looks like it has a double image after awhile. Leo says it sounds like a hardware failure. Scott says that it sounds like LCDs are stuck open, or that the edge backlighting on the 930 are running a muck. Bottom line, it's broken. He may be able to have it repaired under warranty since it's under 2 years old. But if not, it'll likely cost more to fix it than buying a new TV.

What 4K TV should I buy?

LG B7

Episode 1501

Tom from Oceanside, CA

Tom is buying a new TV today and wants to know what to get. Leo says it depends on his budget. If he's spending a few thousand, then OLED is the way to go. Better yet, he should get a larger size than he would think. If he's at less than a 10' viewing distance, 55" is OK, but Leo likes 70". HDR makes a significant difference if he likes to watch movies. 4K, for sure. But everything else in the chain has to be 4K HDR in order to get the benefit.

Why did my TV stop supporting 4K streaming?

Vizio 4K TV

Episode 1499

Richard from West LA, CA

Richard got a Vizio 4K TV and suddenly it says his TV isn't capable of receiving 4K, when it has been for the last two years. Leo suspects there's a "handshake" problem between the DirecTV box and the TV itself, and it's usually the culprit of HDMI cables. He should try replacing the cable first. But he'll have to be sure to have a cable that is certified for high speeds of 18GB per second. Amazon sells them for about $10. He could also try another HDMI input to see if that fixes it.

Should I upgrade from my plasma TV?

LG OLED B7A

Episode 1485

Mark from Los Angeles, CA

Mark has a 2012 Panasonic Viera and wants to know if he should upgrade to 4K. Leo says that the Viera was a plasma TV and it's really the best quality there is. And it still works! Yes, there's 4K, yes there's HDR. But 4K is only important if he's really close to the screen. Chances are, it won't be all that much of a difference. HDR, on the other hand, offers superior dynamic range. But unless he sees them side by side, he might not notice it. So Leo advises keeping that plasma TV until it dies. He can always upgrade then. And when he does, he's going to want to get an OLED.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1475

Scott went and saw Ready Player One. Scott says that the film is a visual feast and they've done some great work depicting virtual reality, and the virtual characters are a little closer to being realistic. What's interesting is that for all its impressive CGI, the special effects were only rendered in 2K because that's what all computer graphics are done in. Still, it's downright impressive. And if you go see it, you should see it in Dolby Atmos. It's incredible.

How large should I make my home theater screen?

Home Theater

Episode 1469

Ed from Temecula, CA

Ed is going to be building a video wall for a home theater room in his house. What screen size should he get? Scott Wilkinson says that 14' away with a 60-degree field of vision, it's going to need to be pretty large. Scott says that Samsung's "The Wall" is a great option if money is no option. It'll be available later this year and has micro LEDs. It's 146". Can Ed daisy chain LED TVs? Scott says the bezels will be very distracting. The only real solution here is projection and he'll also want an ambient light rejecting screen if he can't darken the room completely.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott WIlkinson

Episode 1436

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.