Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

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.

Why can't I play music with my Echo on my stereo?

Episode 1461

Mike from Bakersfield, CA
Amazon Echo Dot

Mike is trying to connect his Echo to his Yamaha home stereo system, as well as his computer speakers. But when he starts playing it, it disconnects and plays on the Echo speaker. Leo says he'll have to set it up with the Echo app. The trick is to use the right command. He should be specific. For instance, he could tell it "Echo, play music in the living room."

Why does HDMI drop out on my AV receiver?

Episode 1461

Tom from Pasadena, CA
Samsung 4K TV

Tom is having an issue with his Samsung 4K TV. The HDMI through his AV Receiver drops and he has to reacquire it. Leo says that it all comes down to his source. There's a feature called Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) that allows a streaming box to switch his AV Receiver automatically. It's annoying and happens to Leo all the time. So he should check his source in the AV Receiver. Then he should disable CEC everywhere. Samsung calls this feature "AnyNet Plus."