Mark would like to connect up to four monitors on his laptop. Can he connect two by USB? Leo says that it will work. There are a lot of USB monitors out there. But there may be a limit that the video processor can push pixel-wise. So it depends on your video card. Look at your specs. And if you are using an external GPU, you'll need a driver to do that as well. But don't go above 1080p. That'll help.
Louie is having home theater issues when he switches from his TV to blue-ray and back. He's getting flickering. Leo says that there's an HDMI handshake that happens between your AV receiver and the television. So, Leo says it sounds like the handshake may be failing for some reason. It could be as easy as a bad cable. Probably the HDMI cable. The TV ports may also be slightly expanding when they get hot. So try a different HDMI port to be sure.
Joe would like to connect a pair of headphones to his LG TV. But when he does, the volume is very faint. Does he need some sort of amplifier? Leo says that most TVs get their audio from HDMI and the Audio Return Channel. If Joe has a home theater system or AV receiver, it's better to plug into that instead of the TV. What Leo thinks is maybe Joe needs to enable the setting in the TV menu. There are headphone amplifiers. Check out headphones.com for suggestions on which to get. There's plenty of options out there.
Will is ready to buy a new Mac Mini with the M1 Apple Silicon processor. He wants to use it for photography. What monitor should he get? Leo says to avoid the Apple XDR display. It's just too damn expensive. The Mac Mini supports Thunderbolt and HDMI, so it can drive many models. Dell makes some really nice monitors for 200-300, but their UltraSharp line would be similar to Will's old iMac. You can get a 27" Dell UltraSharp for $359.
Paul was recently gifted an Apple Cinema Display. But it doesn't light up if he plugs it in. Leo says there's no on/off switch on that old ACD. You just have to plug it into a computer that has a display port to get it to turn on. You may need an adapter for Display Port to HDMI.
Paul wants to also know what's the best streaming box. Leo says that Roku seems to be the most compatible, but some ISPs have deals with other boxes like Apple which can give it better programming or preferred traffic. So Apple TV may also be a good choice depending on your ISP.
Bruce is having issues with his TV that the audio gets out of sync and the video goes blank on his TIVO Edge. Leo says it's losing HDMI sync when you run it through the AV receiver. And it's likely the AV Receiver that's causing it since Bruce isn't having issues connecting through his Xbox or directly. Is there a setting he needs to look for in his AVR? Look in the settings for eliminating the sync handshake. That's what's dropping out. If you can make it always on, it would never have to lose the handshake. Leo also suspects a new HDMI cable may solve the problem.
Hans would like a good home theater receiver and turntable that can also work as his home theater. Leo is a fan of Denon. Onkyo and Marantz are also very good. They are very affordable and give you a lot of bang for your buck. Be mindful of how many inputs the AVR has, because it can double as an AV receiver. So count up your HDMI devices you have hooked up and it'll point you to which model to get. Leo, for instance, has seven devices he connects to his. Also make sure it can support 4K and HDR to future proof your system, as well as Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound.
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.
Steve's church is doing live stream using the Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro. But he's having issues with the church's laptop, which is older keeping the stream going, while also powering a Powerpoint to project on the wall. Each will have different resolutions. Leo says that the projector is analog VGA, while the ATEM is HDMI out. The good news is that the ATEM has multiple HDMI ports. Leo suspects that the old laptop just has analog out.
Bernie ordered a Blackmagic ATEM Mini to learn how to do video streaming and switching. But he hasn't gotten it yet. Leo says that it works great as an affordable streaming device. But he has a problem with connecting his webcams because it requires HDMI in. Leo says that he uses DSLRs because they offer clean live HDMI out. Is there an affordable USB to HDMI adapter?