Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Scott Wilkinson Back Stage at the Oscars

Episode 1061

Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson went back stage at the Oscars this week to interview the audio guys for the Academy Awards. He said that the security was incredibly tight, but the technology being used to mix the audio for the show is incredible. The audio goes from the Dolby Theater to Capitol Records for remixing and back to the theater for the broadcast in 2.7 milliseconds! Since all the Oscar nominated songs are being performed live, it's even more impressive.

Why does my refurbished Vizio TV smell like burnt marshmallows?

Episode 1060

David from Reseda, CA
Vizio TV

David bought a refurbished Vizio HDTV and after a few hours of using it, it started to smell. Leo says that really shouldn't happen to the degree that David smells it. His fear is that it will start smoking. Leo's advice is to never buy refurbished devices from a third party. Only buy refurbished from the manufacturer directly. The capacitors may be leaking oil and when heated, could cause the smell. If that's leaking, then it's definitely going to fail. David should try taking it back.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1059

Scott Wilkinson

Scott is back with questions about how 4K will affect 3D and what glasses would be best. Sony uses both, but Samsung and LG both use passive technology. Vizio went with the passive glasses in 2013, but this year they dumped 3D altogether. Scott says he likes passive glasses because they're lighter and the TVs are more affordable. Passive is brighter, but even then it only lets in 50% of the light. Active glasses lets in only 30% of the light, and you have to recharge them or change the batteries. Scott also says the one good thing is that 4K offers 1080p in each eye for 3D.

What's the best budget wireless home theater option?

Episode 1058

Mark from Richland, WA
Sound Bar

Mark just bought a Vizio SmartTV and he wants to get an inexpensive home theater system to go with it. Leo says the best thing to do is buy an A/V receiver that can drive up to 5 speakers plus a sub woofer. A lot of people opt for the Sound Bar option because they don't have to deal with wires. He should get one with a subwoofer to go with it.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1057

Scott thinks it's a really bad idea to let Comcast get control of Time Warner. It's already a monopoly in local markets with cable service, but if they get Time Warner, they'll also control the Internet. Scott says that Comcast would be servicing one out of three homes in the US and that's way too much power. Leo says there's plenty of evidence of anticompetitive behavior on the part of Comcast. Scott agrees and says that the merger just might go through since rulings have come down to allow media companies to own more and more.