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Whats a good audio system for a dedicated home theater?

Episode 1332

Brian from Winterhaven, FL
Emotiva Air Motiv 7.1 speaker system

Brian wants to build a home theater system with a regular projector. Leo says if he has enough depth in the room he's using, it's always better over a short throw. He also wants a flat screen permanently affixed to the wall. Leo says that works, but he can also get one that can be pulled down with a remote control. He should go to MonoPrice for that. He can install it himself and save some money.

What laptop should I buy?

Episode 1330

Les from Anaheim, CA
Dell Chromebook 13

Les has an older PC and he's having issues accessing his data. He's looking to get a new PC -- should he get a desktop or laptop? He uses Photoshop a lot. Leo says that Photoshop is available on both Mac or PC. Les is on a budget so a Mac is out. What about a Chromebook? Leo says that a Chromebook is great because he could use Android apps now. There are Android apps that are just as capable of photo editing as Photoshop. Snapseed, for instance.

Should I buy an LG 4K TV?

Episode 1329

Jeff from West Los Angeles, CA
LG 4K TV

Jeff is looking at an LG 43" 4K TV with WebOS. Leo says that LG makes excellent TVs. 43" is kind of small for watching, though, especially for sports. If he can afford to go larger, Leo says he should. It all comes down to the "spousal acceptance factor." Would it be better in a dark room or lighter room? Leo says that LCDs are better in rooms where he can't control the lighting.

What's a good two channel stereo system?

Episode 1327

Joey from San Diego, CA
ELAC ELEMENT SERIES EA101EQ-G INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER

Joey wants to buy a good, simple two channel stereo system. Scott says that for a budget system, Elac makes a really nice system. They recently hired Andrew Jones from Pioneer and he designs some amazing, affordable systems. Elac just released a really buttery two channel amp for about $1,000. He could get a few bookshelf speakers and he'll be good to go.

Why am I getting a popup on my Android phone?

Episode 1317

Bruce from Beaumont, CA
Samsung Active S7

Bruce is getting popups on his Android phone that says he's won something. That never happened on his Windows phone or iPhone. Leo says it's an embedded message in a website that he's visiting. Leo says that Safari may have blocked it on the iPhone. Leo says there's an app called Ghostery, which has an ad-blocker built into it. It also tells him where it's coming from. There's also a Chrome plugin that does it on the desktop.

What new mobile phone should I buy?

Episode 1317

Ron from Fallbrook, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Ron knows that the iPhone 7 is coming and he's ready to upgrade, but he needs more memory and hasn't been happy with how Apple handles images. Is there a better option out there? Leo says that since Ron still has the iPhone 4, the 6S Plus would be a huge improvement. Leo says in spite of that, Apple is still behind in design compared to Android, and he's worried about the new design which is believed to get rid of the headphone jack.

Why doesn't my old laptop connect to the internet?

Sue from Redondo Beach, CA

Episode 1316

Sue bought a new router/modem and her laptop won't connect wirelessly anymore. She's been told that her network card is bad. Leo recommends taking the laptop to a coffee shop to see if it connects via Wi-Fi. If it does, then it's just a configuration issue. Since the laptop is Windows Vista, she wants to just get a new computer. Leo says that's a much better option since Windows 10 is far better than Vista.