audio

Which New Phone Should I Buy for Audio?

Pixel 2.

Episode 1733

Gloria from Pacoima, CA

Gloria watches TV on her phone but she's not happy with the audio on her Google Pixel 2. Leo says it may be related to what Leo was talking about with surround sound. Many phones are in stereo or mono and as such, the audio is problematic since most TV and movies are mixed for surround sound of movie theaters. As such, the soundtrack gets "mushed" together. 

One solution is to get a Bluetooth speaker and use that to listen. They can connect wirelessly and give much better sound than the speakers on mobile phones. Headphones would also work. 

Scott Wilkinson ... Amplified and Converted

Scott

Episode 1723

Scott joins Leo to talk about the Helm Audio DB12 AAA pocket headphone amp. It uses THX amplifier technology. Noise measurements are far lower in total harmonic distortion than any chip-based amp. And while the price of the DB12AAA is $200, it does make a huge difference in audio from a mobile device. But since mobile phones have eliminated the headphone jack in favor of Bluetooth headphones, users would need an adapter to use it.

Can I Use an Old Sansui Receiver as an Audio amp for My Plasma TV?

Sansui

Episode 1713

Vince from Covina, CA

Vince has a Sansui receiver from the 70s. Can he still use it with his home system and his Pioneer Elite Plasma TV? Leo says to check out ClassicReceivers.com. It really comes down to the output. He won't be able to use it for video, though because of the HDMI connectors. He can get a device that will take the audio portion and route it to the old Sansui device. 

How can I extend the range of bluetooth?

Bluetooth

Episode 1619

Jeff from Manhattan, NY

Jeff has seen old time radios that have had a bluetooth receiver put in them so you can use them as a cool, retro bluetooth speaker. Leo says those a really cool idea. Is there such thing as a bluetooth extender? Leo says there is, but bluetooth is designed to be short-range. WiFi is a lot better and has five times the range. There are plenty extenders though that boost the range. Miccus makes a bluetooth extender with 160-foot range for $40.

Check out these old time radio bluetooth receivers at Wavelengthantiques.com

How Good are Bone Conduction Headsets?

 Bone Conduction

Episode 1581

Steven from San Antonio, TX

Steven recently heard aboutHeadsets. How are they? Leo says that they use the same technology as the Bone Phone from the 70s, but better. It transmits the sound through the bone just below the temple. It promises hi-fidelity that's as good as earbuds or better. It works great for sports, driving, or anything where we can't have our ears blocked. They're bluetooth with good battery life. Leo can even use them to make phone calls.

Why do I get audio from my TV when it's turned off?

Vizio D Series TV

Episode 1565

Max from Boca Raton, FL

Max is having issues with his TV speakers on his Vizio D series TV. He keeps hearing audio coming out, even when it's off. Leo says that today's modern TVs don't really turn off anymore. They just go into a very low power mode. Leo suspects that Max's Xfinity cable box woke his TV up through HDMI. Leo recommends putting the Vizio into Eco mode and it will turn off. Then, he should turn off CEC in his TV settings.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1558

Scott is back from CES and this week he wants to talk about the audio gadgets he saw. A lot of the high end audio was at the Venetian Hotel. But Scott says that audio had a much smaller presence at CES this year, and Scott thinks that audio companies are going to be going to regional shows to offer their goods rather than spend a ton of money at CES. And it's difficult to rise above the noise at a larger convention. Smaller, regional shows offer a big fish in a small pond kind of vibe.

Why can't I listen to my music with Google Chromecast Audio?

Google Chromecast

Episode 1555

Dennis from Hoover, AL

Dennis is an audiophile and he's having issues playing music from smartphone using Google Chromecast. It wants him to upload all his music to the cloud first. Leo says that his casting app may be corrupted. He should try another one, like AllCast. From the chatroom - Google requires you to upload your music to the cloud before casting with Google Play. That's what it's designed for: to play from the phone at home using the Google Home App.