TVs

Do I really need a router?

Episode 1432

Jim from Long Beach, CA
NETGEAR Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router

Jim has an internet enabled TV and he is about to subscribe to the internet, but does he really need a router? Leo says yes! It sits between him and the outside world and rejects security assaults by hackers. The router will also handle multiple devices, so if he has mobile phones, smart devices, a desktop or laptop, he's going to need a router to handle all that traffic. And his internet company will likely give him a router that can handle all that.

How can I get my sound bar to work with my TV?

Episode 1416

Kent from Irvine, CA
Denon AVR-S510BT

Kent bought a sound bar for his older Samsung TV. He uses a Chromecast and Roku Stick with it, but he can't get audio to work. Scott Wilkinson says that the optical out for the old Samsung is probably only for the TV's internal tuner since it's older than the advent of streaming media. There could be a setting in the menus, but he's better off going with HDMI input.

Can I use an HD splitter with a 4K TV and a 1080i TV?

Episode 1403

Frank from Camanche, CA
Xbox One S

Frank recently got a 4K smart TV and he lives in a remote area. He has a limited amount of bandwidth per month, so streaming 4K content would quickly put him over his cap. Leo advises taking his TV off the internet and just use a UHD Blu-ray player. Then he can rent Blu-rays from Redbox or Netflix. Leo recommends the Xbox One S. It's a game console, but it also has a Blu-ray DVD player built-in for games.

How can I hear dialog better on my TV?

Episode 1400

Karen from Smith Center, KS
Vizio 2017 36" 2.1 Soundbar

Karen wants to know how to make her TV sound better, especially for vocals, which are hard to hear. Leo says that vocals are mixed to be part of the center channel and if she don't have a home theater system, it can be a common problem. Leo recommends getting a sound bar. Vizio makes a good affordable one. She should also get one with a subwoofer. Then she'll have the ability to hear the center channel better and can even turn up the center channel alone to help with dialog.

Can I leave my TVs on?

Monica from California

Episode 1381

Monica wants to know if she should turn off her TV when she leaves the room or can she leave them on as she moves from room to room? Leo says that TVs use a lot of power. LCDs use the least amount, though. It's about the same as a light bulb. So it's OK power wise. It won't hurt the TV at all since they're rated for over 50,000 hours each.

Is my Plasma TV worth fixing?

Chuck from San Diego, CA

Episode 1370

Chuck has a 7 year old Plasma that doesn't power up anymore. Can it be fixed, and is it worth it? Leo says it could be, but since no one makes plasmas anymore, it may be harder to find the parts. If he doesn't know what's wrong, it could be going down a rabbit hole. But that also means his plasma TV could be worth more for parts. And he can replace that TV for a few hundred dollars and it will look pretty good.

Why are computer monitors more expensive than TVs?

Episode 1364

Matt from Ottawa, CAN
Dell UltraSharp 27"

Matt wants to know why an LCD computer display is so expensive vs. a regular HDTV. Leo says that displays are designed to be on 24/7, they're brighter, and have a broader viewing angle. The quality is likely higher with a higher resolution. They can also have CPUs. There's often a longer warranty on them, and the market supports a higher price for a special use item.