LCD

Can I mount my LCD to the fireplace?

Episode 1331

Darren from Los Angeles, CA
Above Fireplace Pull-Down Full-Motion TV Wall Mount

Darren's living room is all glass and the only place to put his TV is above the fireplace. Scott isn't much of a fan of that because the viewing angle is hard on the neck. Will it be bad for the TV though? It shouldn't be affected by heat because a fireplace is protected from heat transfer into the walls. The chatroom says to take the fireplace out and put the TV there.

How can I plug an LCD TV into an old cable box?

Episode 1240

Joey from Laguna beach, CA
Component cables

Joey inherited an LCD TV and he needs an adapter to plug in from his old coax cable box. Leo says that coax is an analog connector designed largely for over the air antennas, rather than digital, which is what HDMI or DVI is. Leo says it's going to cost Joey more to get a Coax to DVI converter than it would just to get a new cable box. Then he can get an inexpensive HDMI to DVI adapter. He'll also need a separate sound cable. Since Joey also has component, another option is to go from Component to DVI. That's an inexpensive option as well. But then he could end up with sync issues.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1199

Scott Wilkinson

Scott keeps getting questions about when to buy a new Ultra High Definition TV, and he says it's all in the timing. Unless you're an early adopter that has money to burn on a new TV every year or two, the timing just isn't right to get a 4K TV. Sure, prices have dropped, but there isn't a standard that is wide spread just yet. Plus, with four times the resolution, you either have to get a screen that is over 70" or you have to sit up to half as close. Otherwise, you lose the benefit of the additional resolution and you may as well own an HDTV.

Why does my LCD screen flicker?

Episode 1147

Roger from Pasadena, CA
LCD monitor

Roger's LCD monitor is "flashing" after about a minute and then settles down and works again. Leo says that it may be a bad cable, which would be an easy fix. But it's more likely that the monitor is aging and the transformer or power supply is starting to fail, requiring it to "warm up" before use. It's not really worth fixing. Monitors are so cheap now, Roger should probably just get a new one.

Should I buy a 4K TV or a 1080p OLED TV?

Episode 1144

Marco from Chatsworth, CA
HDTV

Marco is thinking of buying either a Samsung 55" 4K LCD or an LG OLED 1080p TV. Which should he buy? Leo says that OLED is amazing and it will actually look better than the LCD 4K by Samsung.

Marco shouldn't worry about future proofing, because the 4K standard hasn't been defined yet and it's very likely a 4K TV bought today won't be as good as it can be down the road. He should wait to buy 4K until after the standards are set. Right now, there's no reason to get it. So he should go with the OLED. That's what Leo did, and he loves his.

What HD TV should I buy?

Edgar from San Diego, CA

Episode 1086

Edgar is also in the market for an HDTV. Leo likes Plasmas because they have the most cinematic look, but most manufacturers are getting out of plasmas because people are buying LCDs. LCD TVs have improved a lot over the past few years. Should he wait for UltraHD? Leo says we're starting to get more UHD content, so it won't be long before Leo will advise making the switch. It does look a lot better. But Leo says he's better off not buying a 4K TV right now. He should just get a very good 1080p with the knowledge he'll be going UHD in about 4-5 years.

Is the 80" Vizio TV a good product?

Episode 1067

Olivier from Newport Coast, CA
Vizio TV

Olivier is about to buy an 80" TV. He's trying to decide between two LED TVs, one is a Vizio. There's quite a price difference. Leo says that Vizio had made it's mark by offering high quality TVs for the money, and Leo says that it's good enough for the money. Leo says there is one flaw with any LED LCD: they're slow. Manufacturers have added frames to make up for this, which is why there are 120hz and 240hz options. The result is a plastic-like picture. So he should make sure to turn "interpolation" off in the settings.