HDTV

Is my Plasma TV worth fixing?

Chuck from San Diego, CA

Episode 1370

Chuck has a 7 year old Plasma that doesn't power up anymore. Can it be fixed, and is it worth it? Leo says it could be, but since no one makes plasmas anymore, it may be harder to find the parts. If he doesn't know what's wrong, it could be going down a rabbit hole. But that also means his plasma TV could be worth more for parts. And he can replace that TV for a few hundred dollars and it will look pretty good.

Why did my antenna stop getting one of my channels?

Episode 1354

Jill from Los Alamitos, CA
Digital TV antenna

Jill watches TV using an antenna over the roof. Leo says that's the best quality HDTV because it isn't compressed. Suddenly, however, channel 2 (2.1) is missing on her TVs, while her mom still has them. Leo says that Jill is likely on an edge area where it can work, but may not work at other times. She should check out TVFool.com and it will tell her what channels are available in her area. One TV may have a more sensitive tuner than the other, or it could be that less cable is also used, minimizing attenuation.

Can I mount my LCD to the fireplace?

Episode 1331

Darren from Los Angeles, CA
Above Fireplace Pull-Down Full-Motion TV Wall Mount

Darren's living room is all glass and the only place to put his TV is above the fireplace. Scott isn't much of a fan of that because the viewing angle is hard on the neck. Will it be bad for the TV though? It shouldn't be affected by heat because a fireplace is protected from heat transfer into the walls. The chatroom says to take the fireplace out and put the TV there.

Is it worth replacing the bulbs in a 720p rear projection TV?

Jim from Menifee, CA

Episode 1235

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.

Calibrate Your HDTV

HDTVs, by default, come set up to be put on display in a showroom. The settings are cranked up to the extreme, with vibrant and bright colors designed to catch your eye among a sea of TVs. While it may seem desirable, it doesn't provide for much of a cinematic experience and is not at all accurate to colors in the real world. This is why calibrating the TV can make it a much better experience overall.