Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

How can I find my lost Apple TV remote?

Jonathan from Long Beach, CA

Episode 1424

Jonathan wants to know how he can find his Apple TV remote. He's frustrated because he loses it all the time. Rich says it's almost always in a seat cushion. The good thing is that iOS11 supports the Apple TV remote natively, so if you installed iOS 11, you have the Apple Remote on your phone.

Another option is to get TILE, it's a tracker that will enable you to find anything you put it on. There's also TRACKR. Does the same thing. Sideclick is another one.

Can I use my Echo to control my stereo?

Steve from Wichita, KS

Episode 1423

Steve is visually impaired and he wants to know if he can use the Amazon Echo to control his Sonos stereo system. Leo says yes! You can set it to the auxiliary input and then you can use the Echo to control it. That's the way to do it. The Apple Home Pod will also be able to do it in December. Go for the DOT though. Leo has his DOT connected to his and it works great.

Why is my TV reception so bad?

Episode 1422

John from Bay City, MI
HDHomeRun Prime

John has cut the cord and he's having trouble streaming live sports with an over-the-air antenna. He says that the antenna plugged into the TV is ideal, but the HDHomeRun and Tablo have issues. That points to the culprit, then. Leo says LCDs have issues with live movement and a higher refresh rate will smooth that out. John should look for a higher frame rate in his TV's settings.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1422

Scott Wilkinson

Scott went to the CEDIA convention last week and he's seeing more 4K projectors out there. Most of them are 1080p, but will accept a 4K signal that is a faux 4K because they "wiggle the pixels" (called Wobulation). There are a few true 4K projectors, but they're over $30,000. Scott also says there's no point in waiting for full 4K because it's going to be awhile before they are affordable, and by then, it'll be something completely different. Has projection seen better days? Scott doesn't think so. It's still the best way to get that cinematic immersive experience.

Should I sell my Sonos home theater gear or upgrade?

Episode 1419

Jim from Orange County, CA
Sonos Play:5

Jim doesn't know if he should sell his Sonos stuff or wait. Leo says that there's going to be a Sonos event in the next month, and there's a new Play 5 speaker coming with voice command. So it wouldn't hurt to keep his powder dry until he knows what Sonos has in mind, and if they have new gear, the old gear will go down in price.

What's the best tuner for my HDTV?

Episode 1419

Michael from San Juan Capistrano, CA
TiVo Roamio

Michael put up an HDTV antenna, and for eight months he saved hundreds over a cable bill. Leo says it's also a lot better because it's not compressed. He used it on his new 65" HD TV. But his tuner died. What does Leo recommend to replace the bad tuner he had? Leo says that Hauppauge has one. Most of the tuners are mostly commodity brands. Leo's guessing that there's one factory in China that makes them and slaps different nameplates on them.

Why doesn't my Amazon Fire Stick work with my TV?

Episode 1418

Steve from Simi Valley, CA
Amazon Fire Stick

Steve can't seem to get his Amazon Fire Stick to work on his TV, but it works fine in his other TV. Leo says that the older TV may not have the latest HDMI standard and so the Fire Stick can't "handshake" with the TV. There could be a firmware update to his TV, so he should look into that. He could also try unplugging his TV, let it set for a minute, then plug in his Fire Stick and turn it back on. That way it could handshake from scratch. The other issue may be copy protection. If his TV is old enough that it isn't HDCP compliant, it could be that the Fire Stick won't support it.

Why can't I play iTunes playlists to my Bose wireless speakers?

Episode 1418

Joe from Harbor City, CA
Bose SoundTouch 10

Joe connected his Bose network-connected speakers to his Mac, but he can't get the music to play via iTunes. Leo says it sounds like the Bose software is conflicting or doesn't know where to look for his music in the iTunes library. Joe should look in his settings to see where it thinks his music library is. It may just be looking in the wrong place. He did that, but the Bose SoundTouch software also only shows 30 of his files. Leo says it could have damaged his playlist database.