Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Why can't I stream from my mobile phone to my Samsung 4K TV?

Episode 1247

Mark from Covina, CA
Google Chromecast

Mark bought a Samsung 4K Curved TV and it won't find his phone unless he unplugs it. Leo says that Samsung's DLNA is notoriously terrible. It stops, drops, and loses connections. Leo's suggestion as an alternative is Google Chromecast. It works perfectly because the hardware connection from the Chromecast is straight into the TV.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1247

Scott Wilkinson

Scott hasn't seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, but he has heard nothing but good things. It seems that most people are writing reviews just saying that they like it, and not giving any plot details. Leo says that it's on track to be the highest grossing opening film of all time. As for 3D, there's really nothing in the movie that takes advantage of it. It was largely invisible. Scott says that's why he's going to see it at the El Capitan in Dolby Vision with Dolby Cinema High Dynamic Range.

Why does my Roku give me copy protection warnings?

Curtis from Virginia

Episode 1246

Curtis has been watching Leo on Roku and lately he's been getting HDCP errors for unauthorized access. Leo says that's just nuts. There's no reason why that's on there. But it's also problematic because everything needs to be HDCP compliant. It's clearly a spurious message because Leo's podcasts aren't copy protected. He can power it off and unplug the Roku, then plug it back in. But it's clear that something is confused.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1245

Scott Wilkinson

Scott got a question about tuning up a Vizio M60 TV. Is there a guide for doing so? Scott says it's a challenge to do that because different manufacturers have different nomenclature. But Scott did publish a few tips at AVSForum for that specific model. First thing is to take it off the "dynamic" mode that all TVs are set on to make them look good on the show room floor. Set the TV to the "movie" or "cinematic" mode.

Is there a speaker comparable to Bose, but less expensive?

Episode 1242

Abby from Burbank, CA
Audio Engine B2 Bluetooth Speaker

Abby really likes the way Bose sounds, but she is wondering if she'd be able to find a less expensive speaker that has a similar sound. Leo says that Pioneer makes a great one by Andrew Jones. Leo's favorite is Audio Engine B2 Bluetooth Speaker. This is a powered speaker that looks like regular stereo speakers. She could pair the speaker to her phone, and play radio through it from the phone.

Who makes the best affordable 4K Projector?

Abraham from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1242

Abraham is looking for an affordable 4K Projector. His budget is $3,000 to $4,000. Leo says that Sony makes several 4K projectors in that price range, but Epson is Leo's favorite. Their Cinema line is the best out there. But he should remember that 4K is more expensive because of the higher resolution. Look at native resolution, not enhanced. Leo says there's very little 4K content and what is out there is usually streamed online and is heavily compressed. It's not quite time yet for 4K and he would advise going 1080p for now.

Why can't I play streaming audio from my phone on the Samsung Radiant360 Bluetooth speaker?

Episode 1242

Trisha from La Costa, CA
Samsung Radiant360 R7 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Speaker

Trisha recently bought a Samsung Radiant 360 Speaker, but it apparently has to be controlled by a Samsung app on her smartphone. The problem is that she can't play the streaming audio from a separate app she likes. Leo says that is weird. Most speakers pair directly to the phone via Bluetooth, and anything that she could play on her phone could go through the speaker. The app seems to be designed to control multiple speakers in different rooms.