Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Why does Roku tell me I'm not connected to the Internet?

Karen from Lake Elsinor, CA

Episode 1472

Karen gets a warning that she isn't connected to the internet on her Roku, when she is. What gives? Leo says he has the problem as well, and he believes it's because the internet will experience momentary drop outs from time to time and the Roku software doesn't handle drop outs very well. He doesn't know what the fix is though. You could restart the Roku by unplugging it and letting it reboot. But that's frustrating to do when the show is still playing. Getting a newer model will fix it. Leo says the Roku Ultra and it doesn't do it.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1471

Leo saw Black Panther in ATMOS/Dolby Vision this week and he has to confess, Scott was right. great film in a fantastic venue. Leo says he's never heard a better sounding audio track in a film. The sound was immersive, and worked really well. Scott says that Disney did a great job mixing the film and Atmos is really nice. Leo also wants to get ATMOS at Home, and is thinking of Elac. Scott says that Andrew Jones has designed some pretty nice ones. The Debut series is nice. An upward firing system that bounces the sound off the ceiling.

How large should I make my home theater screen?

Episode 1469

Ed from Temecula, CA
Home Theater

Ed is going to be building a video wall for a home theater room in his house. What screen size should he get? Scott Wilkinson says that 14' away with a 60-degree field of vision, it's going to need to be pretty large. Scott says that Samsung's "The Wall" is a great option if money is no option. It'll be available later this year and has micro LEDs. It's 146". Can Ed daisy chain LED TVs? Scott says the bezels will be very distracting. The only real solution here is projection and he'll also want an ambient light rejecting screen if he can't darken the room completely.

Can I fix my TV?

Episode 1467

Joe from Victorville, CA
Samsung HD TV

Joe has an issue with a thin black line that has suddenly appeared on his LCD. Leo says that means a row of pixels is dead and it's unfixable. It happened to Leo once on the air when he showed it on Live with Regis and Kelly. Generally, it's a physical hardware issue, and these things are made so thin, that he can't really get in and fix it. It will need to be replaced.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1465

Scott Wilkinson

Scott says that Best Buy is removing CDs from their inventory now, and Leo says that more brick and mortars are doing that since optical media is on its way out. This week, though, the conversation is about home theater speakers. What speakers should you get to make the most out of the home theater experience? Scott says that you can measure how accurately a speaker replicates the sound on a presentation, but it doesn't include the effect of a room's acoustics. So even the most accurate measurement isn't really all that accurate.

How can I get the audio from my satellite receiver to my analog speakers?

Episode 1464

Peter from Santa Clarita, CA
Component Video + Digital Coaxial and Digital Optical Audio to HDMI Converter

Peter switched from one satellite company to another. On his old satellite receiver, he had an HDMI output he could run to his TV and RCA audio outputs that he could run to his outdoor speaker system. his new unit no longer has the RCA audio output. It has an AV Out, a 1010 round port, and a digital audio out. How can he convert the audio? Leo says he can get a little dongle that could convert either the digital audio out or even from the HDMI out. He would need an adapter that will strip the audio out of it.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1463

Scott Wilkinson

Scott saw Marvel's latest super hero film Black Panther at a Dolby Vision theater this week and it was amazing. Currently, there are only about 100 Dolby Vision theaters in the US (33 in LA), but it's definitely worth the money to see it. The HDR and Atmos sound is fabulous, and it just enhances how good the story is. Check out Scott's review at avsforum.com here. What surprised Scott though, is that while Black Panther was amazing in Dolby Vision, Star Wars: The Last Jedi wasn't.