Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Can I get my TV to read menus for me?

Episode 1327

Kenny from Springfield, MO
Samsung J5500

Kenny is vision impaired and is looking for a way to have his TV read the channels and menus aloud. Scott says that he's never heard of that and neither has David. The chatroom says the Samsung J5500 can, though. Scott doesn't know if there is much choice out there for that, which is a shame because accessibility is important. If it's in the J series, it's probably in the K Series as well.

Is my UHD TV HDR compatible?

Trevor from Hawthorne, CA

Episode 1326

Trevor bought a Vizio TV, but it doesn't have a tuner for over the air reception. Leo says that most of the time people don't need tuners because they have cable or satellite. Trevor returned it and went with a Samsung. Leo says the Samsung is just as good. If he's going for over the air content, he could get a Channel Master DVR which works as both. Is it HDR? Leo says it may be. SUHD is HDR compatible, though it came out before the UltraHD premium spec was formalized.

Why is my streaming so unreliable?

Ray from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1326

Ray is having trouble streaming. It buffers a lot. Leo says that if his router is a few years old, it could slow down and become less reliable. Rebooting the router will bring it back, but then it'll happen again. So he should get a new one. His TV's Wi-Fi may also be getting "promiscuous," meaning it is jumping to a stronger signal every time it finds one. He can also go into his router and adjust the "lease time for DHCP" to make it longer before it acquires a new IP address. He can also get a dual band router, which will have 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz.

Why can't I cast to my PC using AllCast?

Damian from Spokane, WA

Episode 1320

Damian is trying to get an app called AllCast to work on his PC with AllCast Receiver, but it won't work for him. It works on his brother's PC, though. Leo says that AllCast is a great program that allows you to cast to it through Chromecast and it was designed to work with any streaming player. You can even turn your PC into a Chromecast like device. It's kind of a hack, though, so it may not work consistently.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1319

Scott Wilkinson

Scott says that some movies are very effective on the silver screen and there are some that just work better in the movie theater, especially when equipped with Dolby Vision with Atmos Immersive Sound. Though you can get Atmos at home now. You can go to a nearby draft house theater which will serve you dinner and drinks while you're watching the movie. That's a great night out. Scott says that exhibitors are trying to find any way to get people to come out to the theater and improved projection and audio systems, along with those dinner theaters are definitely a good way to get people out.

Is it worth buying a 4K TV?

Episode 1318

Trevor from Hawthorne, CA
Vizio E-Series TV

Trevor says that if you're having trouble with your router, look for a router firmware upgrade. That often fixes connectivity problems.

Trevor is thinking of getting a curved 4K OLED TV. Leo says that there's no benefit to a curved TV. In fact, the design flaw of the curve is that a reflection will spread across the entire screen. On top of that, it's awful for people watching on the sides. It's all just marketing. He should get a flat screen.