Herb needs a new TV, and his budget is around $700. What HDTV can he get? Leo says first, get the biggest he can afford. Also, while most TVs have built in sound, they're not all that great. He should look into getting a sound bar or a HTIB (Home Theater in a Box). He can save that for later though.
Marie has a Vizio 50" TV that had an extended warranty. The warranty expired and of course, the TV went out right after that. Leo says that the "pop" sound when it went out could indicate that the power supply failed or it was a defective capacitor on a circuit board.
Savon needs to get new servers and a system at work and he's considering whether to stay with Windows or go with an Apple iMac. They're so clean and easy to use, a lot less cables, etc. Leo says that's a great feature of the iMac, and it can actually be used as a Windows machine. That said, there are now plenty of iMac-like all-in-one Windows machines out there too. Even though Walt Mossberg thinks the best Windows Machine ever is a Mac, Leo believes that running Windows natively works best on a machine built for Windows.
Lee recently bought a Vizio 55" TV. However, frequently when he turns the TV off, it will either stay on or turn back on again. Leo says the TV probably senses the signal loss and then just stays on. It's perfectly normal and Leo suggests going into the TV menu settings to make sure it's set to turn off when the cable box goes off.
Eric's TV recently died and he's in the market for a new one. He's got a house that does have bright ambient light and would cause glare. Leo says that LCD is much better for rooms with that kind of lighting.
First of all, he should know that he cannot judge a TV on any showroom floor. They've set these TVs to a mode that is very bright and will appeal to people, but it's not how he'd want to watch it at home.
Jason is looking at the Toshiba LCD TV in 32", is that a good brand?
Dennis has been having a problem with his HDMI ports failing on his Vizio. Scott says that is something that only Vizio can solve. If it's under warranty, they'll fix it.
Scott says it could be a heat issue. It could also be an issue that can be solved through an external audio source like a sound bar or home theater system. Could it be a problem with the satellite receiver? Scott says that unless the TV before the Vizio had the same problem, then probably not. Check for LipSync control in the menu. Scott recommends taking the TV back since it is still under warranty and let them repair it.
First the size of the TV depends on how far away he's going to be watching from. He'll be 10-12' away from the screen, so a 60-65" TV would be best. Next he needs to consider how much ambient light there is, and if he can darken the room. He has a lot of sun coming in, so Leo recommends an LCD TV. The Plasma TVs aren't as bright and reflect light more.