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How Good are Bone Conduction Headsets?

 Bone Conduction

Episode 1581

Steven from San Antonio, TX

Steven recently heard aboutHeadsets. How are they? Leo says that they use the same technology as the Bone Phone from the 70s, but better. It transmits the sound through the bone just below the temple. It promises hi-fidelity that's as good as earbuds or better. It works great for sports, driving, or anything where we can't have our ears blocked. They're bluetooth with good battery life. Leo can even use them to make phone calls.

Why do I get audio from my TV when it's turned off?

Vizio D Series TV

Episode 1565

Max from Boca Raton, FL

Max is having issues with his TV speakers on his Vizio D series TV. He keeps hearing audio coming out, even when it's off. Leo says that today's modern TVs don't really turn off anymore. They just go into a very low power mode. Leo suspects that Max's Xfinity cable box woke his TV up through HDMI. Leo recommends putting the Vizio into Eco mode and it will turn off. Then, he should turn off CEC in his TV settings.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1558

Scott is back from CES and this week he wants to talk about the audio gadgets he saw. A lot of the high end audio was at the Venetian Hotel. But Scott says that audio had a much smaller presence at CES this year, and Scott thinks that audio companies are going to be going to regional shows to offer their goods rather than spend a ton of money at CES. And it's difficult to rise above the noise at a larger convention. Smaller, regional shows offer a big fish in a small pond kind of vibe.

Why can't I listen to my music with Google Chromecast Audio?

Google Chromecast

Episode 1555

Dennis from Hoover, AL

Dennis is an audiophile and he's having issues playing music from smartphone using Google Chromecast. It wants him to upload all his music to the cloud first. Leo says that his casting app may be corrupted. He should try another one, like AllCast. From the chatroom - Google requires you to upload your music to the cloud before casting with Google Play. That's what it's designed for: to play from the phone at home using the Google Home App.

Can I watch TV with headphones and speakers?

Vizio Sound Bar

Episode 1549

Don from Santa Barbara, CA

Don recently bought a new LG TV, and he likes to watch TV with ear phones, but his wife doesn't. When he uses the earphone jack, it shuts off the speakers. What can he do? Leo says the easiest way to do it is to use dual audio outputs. Leo recommends a sound bar that he can plug into the optical port, and then he can use the headphones with the headphone jack. Vizio makes a good budget sound bar for around $100. The other option is an analog splitter.

Why won't my audio play on my other computer?

Handbrake

Episode 1525

Carl from Upland, CA

Carl transferred some podcast audio from one computer to another and it won't play on the other computer hard drive, just on the USB drive. Rich suspects a format issue. It sounds like it isn't a standard MP3 file, and as such, his Windows mp3 player is having issues playing it. Rich also says he may want to try converting the audio using VLC or Handbrake. Another possibility is that it requires some sort of "key" to play the audio. Or additional components.

How can I improve the audio on my streaming video network?

Behringer XR18

Episode 1522

Andy from LA

Andy does live video streaming at the FocusTV Network and he's having issues with live audio through his Lav mics. Leo says that network TV audio is terrible, but people never seem to notice it because viewers are paying attention to the video as well. Leo doesn't use Lav mics at all if he can avoid it. He uses a good studio microphone for the best possible sound. If he considers his talk show a radio show with pictures, and mix with the right mics, it'll sound better.

What's a good mic for video?

Plantronics USB headset

Episode 1490

Leon from Glendale, CA

Leon is a knife and armor blacksmith and makes videos on YouTube. He wants to improve the video quality over a webcam that he uses. He also needs a better microphone. Leo says webcams have a built in microphone that work close up, but from a distance, he'd really need an off camera mic. A USB microphone would work, since Leon uses a webcam. He would just need to configure it in the webcam software while capturing.

What's the best inexpensive audio restoration software?

SoundSoap

Episode 1472

David from Hollywood, CA

David got some iZotope software from the LAPostProduction Users group for restoring audio and he needs to upgrade it. Is there an alternative that isn't so expensive? Leo says that iZotope is the standard and it comes with free plugins, but the freebies are usually very limited. VST is the standard for the plugins they use, so if he can find some VST plugins, and there are thousands of them, he can use those.