Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Why didn't my Roku work with a projector?

Episode 1297

Rick from Pleasant Hill, CA
Roku 4

Rick is a member of a user group called the Diablo Valley User Group and they had a shootout between Roku and Apple TV. When he plugged in the Roku 4, though, he got no signal. Could it have been a DRM issue? He's heard that running an HDMI cable through a splitter will strip out the DRM. Leo says it depends on the splitter. Usually sold from China, they can have that advantage, but they can't say so because they'll be blocked.

AppleTV has HDCP, and Rick said it works. So it's probably not a DRM issue. It's more likely an HDMI handshaking issue. It could even be a bad cable.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1297

Scott Wilkinson

Scott joins us to talk about E3 and Microsoft's announcement of the new XBox One S, which will offer not only 4K gameplay, but will have a 4K Blu-ray player as well. For $299, it'll be the most affordable UHD Blu-ray player on the market. It also has the new HDCP 2.2 copy protection, so every bit of the chain will have to support that or you won't be able to watch movies on it.

Microsoft also announced Project Scorpio, which is next year's game player. You'll also need a 4K receiver and Scott says you can get one in the $500 range that also gives you HDR, Atmos, and 4K.

How can I convert my headphones into bluetooth?

Bob from Las Vegas, NV

Episode 1296

Bob has a pair of headphones that he loves and and older receiver. He would like to convert them to bluetooth. Leo says it can be done with a bluetooth transceiver. They come out of China and aren't very expensive. Rocketfish makes one. OroTech. You can easily get one for under $100 or even $50. You'll want one that plugs into the optical audio out to keep it digital for the least signal degradation. You'll also want the A2DP standard.

Do I really need to buy a 4K TV?

Leo from Buena Park, CA

Episode 1294

Leo from Buena Park thinks that buying a 4K TV is overdoing it right now because there just isn't enough content out there. Leo Laporte says that was true with the HD handover, and he'll see more flaws with a better resolution. HD has been quickly adopted and now everything is in HD. Leo Laporte thinks that will be likely with 4K as well, just not as fast. So it's up to him whether he wants to pay the extra money for 4K or just wait. But sooner or later, that choice will be made for him.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1293

Scott Wilkinson

This week, Scott Wilkinson is at the "THE Show" (The Home Entertainment Show). Scott says it's a stereo home entertainment show and it's amazing just how popular stereo is. THE Show is at the Hotel Irvine and it's all about speakers, preamps, and power amps. There are also tube amps, which many love the sound of. Tube amps are very retro but the sound is fantastic. They aren't as powerful as solid state amps, though. It's all about a high resolution audio movement, which effects us more emotionally than mp3s.

How can I connect my Sony TV to Bluetooth speakers?

Episode 1292

Avis from Santa Ana, CA
Sonos Play:1

Avis has a Sony LCD TV and she says that she's having trouble connecting her Bluetooth speakers and home theater to it. They work with her tablet and mobile phone, but not her Sony TV. Leo says that Sony doesn't put the A2DP Bluetooth profile in the TV OS (although this year's models do). That's probably why it can't pick it up. Also, only one device can connect to Bluetooth at a time. So she can't have it do double duty.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1289

Scott Wilkinson

Scott joins us to talk 4K TV. Leo's getting ready to buy a new OLED TV and Scott recommends going with LG. It has high dynamic range but also supports both standards Ultra HD Premium and HDR 10. Then you can stream no matter what standard services like Vudu support. The G6 is great, but the B6 is more affordable and if you don't need the included sound bar that the G6 has, the B6 is a better bargain.