Amplify Dialog in Movies and TV Shows

Sometimes, it can be difficult to hear the dialog in movies and TV shows. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do about it.

If you're listening on the TV's internal speakers, open the TV's audio menu and see if there are bass and treble controls. If so, turn down the bass and/or turn up the treble while watching something with people speaking, but do it only as much as necessary to make the dialog understandable.

Even better, connect a soundbar to the TV, which will improve the sound quality overall and dialog intelligibility in particular.

What HD TV should I buy?

Episode 1086

Edgar from San Diego, CA

Edgar is also in the market for an HDTV. Leo likes Plasmas because they have the most cinematic look, but most manufacturers are getting out of plasmas because people are buying LCDs. LCD TVs have improved a lot over the past few years. Should he wait for UltraHD? Leo says we're starting to get more UHD content, so it won't be long before Leo will advise making the switch. It does look a lot better. But Leo says he's better off not buying a 4K TV right now. He should just get a very good 1080p with the knowledge he'll be going UHD in about 4-5 years.

How can I play movies from my Nexus 7 on my TV?

Episode 907

Ashley from London, England

Sometimes content bought from the Google Play store, or the Apple iTunes store for that matter, can only be played on the device it was purchased on. But if the Nexus 7 supports DLNA, and he has a TV that supports DLNA, it could play content to the TV wirelessly similar to AirPlay on the AppleTV. Another way to do it is through the Nexus 7's USB connector. He could buy a MediaLink HD adapter, so he could just plug it into his TV using HDMI.

Scott Wilkinson, Home Theater Geeks

Episode 908

Yesterday, Scott was at the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association Show (CEDIA) and what was really telling was how few TV and home theater manufacturers were there. Leo says that's due to the bad economy and Scott agrees. While there weren't many TVs there, there were several 4K manufacturers showing their version of what is likely an LD designed LED TV (resolution of 3840x2160). Sony was there, LG, and even JVC. It surprised Scott that all the TVs were edge lit, and for a price of around $20,000, that's really disappointing.

What big screen TV would you recommend?

Episode 898

Eric from Chino Hills, CA

Eric bought a 70" Sharp Aquos LED backlit TV, but had problems getting lines down the screen. He had it replaced and had the same problem again. Leo says he had the same thing happen when he brought the 70" TV to Regis and Kelly, and he suspects it's from all the shipping and handling of it. He also thinks that it stands to reason that bigger screens will be subject to more faults. Eric probably just had bad luck, and it's most likely not every TV that's a problem. If that were the case, we'd probably be hearing a lot more about it.