Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1392

Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson saw Wonder Woman last night at a smaller Dolby Cinema theater. Scott enjoyed it in Dolby, but he says that the film is too long. It is, however, a great depiction of a female hero that isn't over sexualized like most women are. Meanwhile, Leo saw Game of Thrones for the first time in 4K HDR. He realized that he's seeing much of the details, and it really shows how much the actor's characters are aged. It's so realistic that maybe they should stop using makeup when shooting in high def or beyond.

How can I get my TV shows off an old DVR?

Episode 1391

Bob from Leonia, NJ
Series 2 TiVo back

Bob was a Time Warner Cable client, but now he's with Spectrum and his "enhanced DVR" box is starting to fail. Leo says that chances are, it's the hard drive that's starting to fail. How can he get the shows off before he returns them? They say there's no way to do it since the data is encrypted. Leo says that the cable won't help him get those off because they are afraid of piracy. If it's a cloud based DVR, then he'd be OK. If not, he's out of luck.

How can I turn up the dialog on my TV?

Episode 1390

Joyce from San Clemente, CA
Volume Knob

Joyce listens has a harder time listening to dialog on TV because everything else is louder. What can she do? Leo says shows are mixed for surround sound and if she doesn't have that, the spoken word can get overwhelmed by other sound and music. Some TVs and audio receivers have center channel settings that would allow her to turn up the center channel so she can hear it. Most TVs have that feature. If she doesn't have a center channel speaker, she should get one. It will help a lot.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1388

Scott Wilkinson

Angus wants to hook up some old speakers to his 32" HDTV. What's the most affordable way to do this? Leo says who cares if the picture is small, if the sound is big? Scott agrees and says that the best solution is to get the most affordable A/V speaker or amp you can afford and hook it up. Make sure it has an optical/digital input (also known as TOSLINK). Scott checked at LifeWire, and they say the Pioneer VSX 531 for $200 is the best value for the money.

Why is my sound bar volume so low?

Episode 1387

Ryan from Pittsburgh, PA
Energy Power™ Bar One Soundbar

Ryan connects his sound bar to his TV through the headphone jack and over time, it gets harder to hear. He can have it turned up to 90% and it sounds like it's barely on. Leo says that he should try changing the sound on the TV, not the sound bar. It should raise or lower it.

There may be a setting in the TV's sound settings to treat it as a line out. That could fix it. Connecting to the optical jack is the solution, if he can, because it's a fixed level.

Why can't I stream TV from my computer anymore?

George from Weymouth, MA

Episode 1387

George can't seem to watch streaming TV on his Samsung computer anymore. The icons have even disappeared. Leo says he thinks that George is no longer in mirror mode. He's in "extended" mode and that's why he can't see his icons. Set it for mirror mode, and it all should pop up. Netflix is also smaller. Leo says that may be a resolution issue via copy protection. The cable may also have gone bad.

Why can't I buy apps in the Google Play Store with my Nvidia Shield tablet?

Episode 1385

Shane from Indianapolis, IN
Nvidia Shield Tablet

Shane has an Nvidia Shield gaming device and every time he tries to buy something from the Google Play Store, he gets an error. Leo recommends clearing the cache, restarting and then resetting his Play account. The problem is that the Nvidia Shield has Android 7 and it doesn't give him access to his Google Play settings. That may leave Shane with only one option — to reset the Shield itself.