In today's modern and geeky world, simple tasks can quickly become a complicated and involved process. This is particularly true for turning on and watching a particular program on an HD TV, especially if it's part of a home theater system. Here's what you need to know in order to operate any home theater system:
Marco is thinking of buying either a Samsung 55" 4K LCD or an LG OLED 1080p TV. Which should he buy? Leo says that OLED is amazing and it will actually look better than the LCD 4K by Samsung.
Marco shouldn't worry about future proofing, because the 4K standard hasn't been defined yet and it's very likely a 4K TV bought today won't be as good as it can be down the road. He should wait to buy 4K until after the standards are set. Right now, there's no reason to get it. So he should go with the OLED. That's what Leo did, and he loves his.
John wants to play stuff from his computer to his TV, but it doesn't have HDMI out. Leo says that if you have DVI Out on your computer, you can buy an adapter that will allow you to connect it to your TV. Other options include
Scott says he would get the Sony X950B 4K TV. Roger says that one won't work for him. David adds in that if money were no object, he'd get an OLED TV, but that would be a curved screen. Scott says he might opt for the LG 77" for $30,000, but Roger apparently is at least a little price conscious. Scott thinks that at 77", a curved screen might be ok. LG's screens also are only slightly curved, not as curved as Samsung's displays. The Vizio Reference Series will be making a 65" display, and both Scott and David recommend waiting for that one.
David bought a refurbished Vizio HDTV and after a few hours of using it, it started to smell. Leo says that really shouldn't happen to the degree that David smells it. His fear is that it will start smoking. Leo's advice is to never buy refurbished devices from a third party. Only buy refurbished from the manufacturer directly. The capacitors may be leaking oil and when heated, could cause the smell. If that's leaking, then it's definitely going to fail. David should try taking it back.
David has two TVs separated by about 25' and connected wirelessly. But one of the TV's receivers is locking up and the audio is out of sync. Leo says that the wireless transmitter/receiver may be failing. Wireless audio syncing is a kind of dark art. Sonos is really good at that. He should check the settings in his Action Tec wireless transmitter. An audio sync device may make a difference.
Asher is moving to Toronto, but he won't be able to use the same ISP where he's going. He's wondering what ISP he should choose. Leo says he's not a fan of Rogers. Too expensive and terrible service. If he can get an ISP with fiber, that would be ideal. The Chatroom says that Bell Canada is available in Toronto.
Dave wants to know if he should get a 4K TV right now. Leo says no. There's no 4K content right now, nor any easy way to get it. UHD is just not ready for primetime yet. So he can go ahead and get another HDTV. TV manufactures are just trying to get people to buy it because HD sales have plateaued.
DJ has a 1080p Plasma TV and all of his HDMI inputs have all died. According to his research, it's a common issue and it's going to cost him up to $500 to repair. Leo says it was likely a lightning strike that shorted out the controller. So DJ wants to know that since he has to buy a new TV, should he future proof and get a 4k TV?
Sundeep also wants to know what the best settings are for his HDTV at home. Leo says to use the movie mode, not the dynamic mode. Dynamic is ideal for the show room floor, but for home, movie mode is best. If he wants to calibrate his HDTV, then Leo recommends Digital Video Essentials by Joe Kane.