Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

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.

Why can't my smart TV connect to the internet?

Greg from Kansas

Episode 1288

Greg is in a rural area and he has a Panasonic Viera LCD. He got a new Asus router, but it won't work with it. Leo says he doesn't like smart TVs because they're dumber than a box of rocks. It's obvious that it can't connect. He could try running an ethernet cable to it. That's how Leo connects his Viera. Sometimes it takes a few minutes for the TV to realize it's online, so let it sit for awhile. If he can get onto any channel, then he can eliminate a hardware issue.

Can I test the signal strength of an HDMI connection?

Episode 1286

Jay from Providence, NC
Monoprice HDMI signal tester

Jay wants to test his HDMI signal strength because he can't use his Mac with his TV. Monoprice has an HDMI tester. Leo thinks it's more likely a cable compatibility issue, though. He'll need to have the most recent HDMI spec and if his Mac is too old, that could be the issue. Apple doesn't want to really support copy protection issues.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1283

So the Jungle Book came out and Leo says it's fantastic. But they made the deliberate choice to make a combination live action for the human actors, and then CGI for the rest of the animals in the Jungle. The reason is something called "the uncanny valley," which states that as humans, we are so fine tuned to how a human being should look and if it's the slightest bit off, we instantly see how fake it is. We don't get that with animals or other animated characters. So in the Jungle Book, it completely works.