HDMI

How can I connect multiple devices to my sound bar?

4x1 HDMI Switcher

Episode 1406

Matt from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Matt has a newer sound bar, and he wants to connect multiple devices to it. Leo says that the best option here is to connect it to an AV receiver, but because his sound bar is powered, it was fighting with it. He also doesn't have an optical port on his TV, so he needs to have a way to connect that to the sound bar also.

Scott Wilkinson says that he'll need to be looking for an HDMI switch as his solution. Matt should check MonoPrice.com or Amazon Basics.

What's wrong with my HDMI connection?

HDMI

Episode 1396

Dan from Chatsworth, CA

Dan got a new cable box with Spectrum, but after a week he started to get an HDMI error because his connection has been "compromised." Scott says that the first thing to try is to power cycle the cable box. That will reload all the standard default settings. It could also be a faulty cable. So replacing the HDMI cable could solve the issue. Scott also says that being an older TV, the connection could be choking. Or maybe the HDMI connector could be failing.

How can I stream using multiple cameras?

Blackmagic Web Presenter

Episode 1387

Randy from Vista, CA

Randy has a production company working on doing live streaming through Vmix software. It will see his USB laptop cameras, but not his regular cameras because they require HDMI out. Leo says that the Blackmagic WebPresenter is a new product designed to do live streaming from a variety of cameras. At $500, it's not all that expensive either. He should check out MonoPrice. They may also have a low cost converter.

Why is my sound bar volume so low?

Energy Power™ Bar One Soundbar

Episode 1387

Ryan from Pittsburgh, PA

Ryan connects his sound bar to his TV through the headphone jack and over time, it gets harder to hear. He can have it turned up to 90% and it sounds like it's barely on. Leo says that he should try changing the sound on the TV, not the sound bar. It should raise or lower it.

There may be a setting in the TV's sound settings to treat it as a line out. That could fix it. Connecting to the optical jack is the solution, if he can, because it's a fixed level.

Is my Plasma TV dead?

Episode 1380

Miles from Long Beach, CA

Miles' HDTV suffered a power outage and now his HDMI port isn't working. Leo says a power surge likely wiped out the HDMI ports. He should check if he has another HDMI input that he can use. Leo says there may be a fuse that has blown and a repair man could replace it. That could restore his HDMI. If not, it's not an easy or affordably fixable thing. A 64" plasma is worth at least trying to get fixed. The chatroom says to make sure the polarity and grounding is correct on his plugs. An electrician can test for that.

How long can I run an HDMI cable?

HDMI Extender

Episode 1376

Brian from Montebello, CA

Brian is building a new house and is putting his AV stuff in a closet, but he needs to run a long HDMI cable. How long could he go? Leo says he won't want to go longer than 3 feet. So going with an ethernet connection with baluns on either side is the way to go. It'll amplify the signal and he can go as long as he needs. It's also called an HDMI Extender. He can find one at Monoprice here.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1366

Scott says that the new HDMI standard will be pushing 4K and 8K video at over 5400 Gbps. Will HDMI ever be replaced? Scott says that if metadata doesn't survive going through an AV receiver, it could greatly affect the HDR10 dynamic range going to the TV. Your AVR needs to support HDMI 2.0A to do that, and few manufacturers will tell you that. Dolby has launched a program to educate people on which devices will support Dolby Vision.

How can I configure my A/V Receiver for audio return?

Yamaha RX-V379BL 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver with Bluetooth

Episode 1357

Joe from Sounthbend, IN

Joe installed a TV, Blu-ray player, and a Yahama A/V receiver for his friend, but they couldn't get the audio return channel to work. Leo says one of the HDMI ports on the TV should be labeled ARC. They'd plug that into a port on the receiver, and usually it just works. Joe went through the settings in the Yamaha and he had to turn on HDMI control. After doing that, the Blu-ray player now wakes up anytime he changes the input. This is called CEC, and it automatically turns on the TV and sets the input to that device when you turn it on.

Should I repair or replace my LG HDTV?

LG HDTV

Episode 1356

Robert from California

Robert has an LG HDTV that is only six years and has died. Is it worth repairing? Scott says not really. It's actually cheaper these days to just replace the TV. Robert says that his LG has four HDMI connectors, but he's lucky to find just two in today's modern TVs. Leo suggests just getting an AV Receiver and that will handle the multiple HDMI connectors. Can he trust LG moving forward? Scott says yes.