Home Theater

What's a good two channel stereo system?

Episode 1327

Joey from San Diego, CA
ELAC ELEMENT SERIES EA101EQ-G INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER

Joey wants to buy a good, simple two channel stereo system. Scott says that for a budget system, Elac makes a really nice system. They recently hired Andrew Jones from Pioneer and he designs some amazing, affordable systems. Elac just released a really buttery two channel amp for about $1,000. He could get a few bookshelf speakers and he'll be good to go.

Why can't my Blu-ray player play my DVDs?

Episode 1327

Joselyn from Orange County, CA
UBD-K8500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Joselyn has a Samsung Blu-ray player and it won't play a Blu-ray that she bought. David says that it may need to have its firmware updated. Hollywood is so afraid of piracy that they constantly change the encoding of the copy protection, so consumers have to keep updating the firmware in order to play it. She can just go to Settings > Firmware update.

How can I avoid image retention (ghosting) on my TV?

Episode 1327

Greg from Cardiff, CA
LG OLED TV

Greg hears that image retention is an issue with OLED TVs. Scott says it's possible, but not nearly as bad as it was with Plasma in the early days. But with Plasma, it got much better as the technology matured, and with OLED it's sure to get better as it goes along. The key is to keep the image from being static. OLED can dim the image if there is a static image, and maybe even go into a screen saver mode, but Scott says not to pause the image for very long. He could run into problems, though, if he watches a lot of news programming since they tend to have a static ticker at the bottom.

Should I wait to buy a 4K TV?

Episode 1327

Leo from Anaheim, CA
Vizio 2016 P-Series TV

Leo wants to know if he should wait until February (Super Bowl time) to get his 4K TV. He's noticed there still isn't that much content out there. Scott says that's true. It's comparable to when HD first came out and most people were watching upscaled TV until the content caught up. Leo can get HD streaming and at least 720p broadcast, and of course Blu-ray discs. Now that we're moving into 4K, it's still going to take awhile for 4K content to come out, and even then TV broadcasts won't catch up for awhile, if ever.

How can I get better FM radio reception?

Episode 1327

Louie from Orange County, CA
FM Antenna

Louie wants to know what the key is to get better FM radio reception. Scott says it depends on where he is with respect to the broadcast tower. If there's a good line of sight, then he probably doesn't need much. If it's on his roof, then he's removed the obstruction of his house, which can block the signal. David also says that streaming media boxes usually have FM radios, and they can stream, so that's an option if he has bad reception.

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.