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What budget HDTV should I buy?

Episode 1215

Terri from Laguna Nigel, CA

Terri is ready to buy a new HDTV, what's a good affordable one? Leo says that the Vizio E series is a very good buy. She'll want to get a larger screen than she thinks. For 10 feet away, a minimum size is 55". Make sure it's LED Backlit with local dimming. To watch Netflix and Amazon, get the smart TV and Vizio makes the best smart TV apps. When she gets it home, she should put it into movie mode. It'll look better. She'll also want to consider getting a home theater in a box or sound bar.

Should I get a home theater system or just a sound bar?

Onkyo HT-S3500 660 Watt 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker/Receiver Package

Episode 1204

Joshua from New Jersey

Josh is looking to get a new Home Theater system. Should he get a sound bar or a Home Theater in a Box? Leo says that the only reason to get a sound bar is because he doesn't want the complexity of a home theater system. A home theater system requires an AV Receiver, speakers, center channels, sub woofer and wire. But a sound bar can have the bar and a subwoofer for the better ones. Pioneer's Andrew Jones SB23 is the best according to Home Theater Guru Scott Wilkinson.

What's the best budget wireless home theater option?

Sound Bar

Episode 1058

Mark from Richland, WA

Mark just bought a Vizio SmartTV and he wants to get an inexpensive home theater system to go with it. Leo says the best thing to do is buy an A/V receiver that can drive up to 5 speakers plus a sub woofer. A lot of people opt for the Sound Bar option because they don't have to deal with wires. He should get one with a subwoofer to go with it.

What's the best way to get surround sound at home?

Denon Receiver with Boston Acoustics Surround

Episode 1046

Max from West LA

Max bought a Panasonic Viera Plasma HDTV. Leo says those TVs are great. Max paid the Geek squad to come out and calibrate it. Leo says Max was probably lucky, as it's unlikely the Geek squad is professionally trained for monitor calibration. It's best to get it out of dynamic mode. "Movie mode" is best, then he should play with the contrast and color until it's to his liking.