Home Theater

What cable should I use for my TV?

Episode 1332

Laurie from Napa Valley, CA
RG6 cable

Laurie wants to move her TV across from where her cable is. Leo says she can, and she can make the cable as long as she wants, but she shouldn't use a splitter. The better the cable she uses, the better it looks too. Flat cables are for running under the carpet. She'll want low resistance RG59, RG11, or RG6 cables. RG6 is what the cable company uses and it's the best choice.

Laurie should check out BlueJeansCable.com for recommendations and descriptions.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1331

Scott Wilkinson

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.

Whats a good audio system for a dedicated home theater?

Episode 1332

Brian from Winterhaven, FL
Emotiva Air Motiv 7.1 speaker system

Brian wants to build a home theater system with a regular projector. Leo says if he has enough depth in the room he's using, it's always better over a short throw. He also wants a flat screen permanently affixed to the wall. Leo says that works, but he can also get one that can be pulled down with a remote control. He should go to MonoPrice for that. He can install it himself and save some money.

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.

What is a smart TV?

Katrina from Trinity, TX

Episode 1329

Trinity wants to understand the so-called "smart TV." Leo says all that means is that she can stream video from the internet as well as watch from cable or antenna. She'll have to have a good internet connection to do that, though. If all she is doing is streaming, she won't get the live broadcasting options like sports, news and awards. If she has line of sight to a transmitter site, she can get an antenna and that will give her what she's missing from live TV.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1329

Scott Wilkinson

Scott went up to Petaluma while Leo was on vacation to calibrate his new 4K TV LG B6. He said that the colors were a bit off, especially in the reds and blues. Leo didn't notice that. Scott says that he wouldn't notice unless he had a "reference monitor" or professional colorimeter to see it. It could also be that the process used to calibrate it was flawed, which can happen from time to time.

Should I buy an LG 4K TV?

Episode 1329

Jeff from West Los Angeles, CA
LG 4K TV

Jeff is looking at an LG 43" 4K TV with WebOS. Leo says that LG makes excellent TVs. 43" is kind of small for watching, though, especially for sports. If he can afford to go larger, Leo says he should. It all comes down to the "spousal acceptance factor." Would it be better in a dark room or lighter room? Leo says that LCDs are better in rooms where he can't control the lighting.

Why are people buying 4K TVs if there's not much content available for it?

Episode 1328

Alan from Laguna Nigel, CA
Vizio P-Series Ultra HD TV

Alan's wondering why people are buying 4K TVs when there isn't a lot of content available in 4K yet. Scott says it's because manufacturers are all making 4K TVs, and aren't even really making 1080p TVs anymore. While he's right about there not being a lot of native 4K content yet, it is growing and there is some. When you don't have 4K content, the TV will upscale it, and then the question becomes what TV has the best upscalers. So when reading reviews, look for how the reviewers evaluate the upscalers.