HDTVs

Should I repair my LCD TV?

Episode 1046

Steve from Hermosa Beach, CA

Steve has a 47" Vizio that he's had for a few years. But after an hour, the color begins to die out until he turns it off for awhile. Should he get it fixed or just buy a new one? Leo says that it sounds like a poor solder connection, but at $400 for a repair, it probably isn't worth it since a new TV would cost $600.

All HDTVs have interpolation to handle with motion, but Steve doesn't like it because it looks plasticy. Leo recommends turning that off.

Leo says that LED is the way to go. Also, Steve should get the backlit LED models, not the edge lit.

What HDTV should I buy?

HDTV

Episode 1046

John from San Diego, CA

John was planning to cut the cord, so he bought a Roku. He's discovered he doesn't have an HDMI port on his old TV, though. So he needs a new one. Leo says that there's many options that won't break the bank.

Vizio has a great line of affordable HDTVs. He should go as big as he can afford. Leo likes 50" to start and he can get them for around $500.

Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1041

Scott joins Leo today and Leo wants to know the best way to see the Hobbit. Scott says Dolby Atmos is wonderful, if you can. Peter shot the film at high frame rate (HFR) 48 fps and a lot of people object to it. Scott also says that next month we'll see the newest models of HDTVs and right now is a great time to get a new 2013 model TV. Check out his buyer's guides at AVSForum. This year may just be the last year to get a plasma TV. Leo says that's sad because they really do have a superior picture quality.

Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1035

This week's home theater segment with Scott Wilkinson also marks the return of Scott's annual holiday concert known as Tuba Christmas! Scott also avoided Black Friday like the plague, even though there were some great deals to be had. Leo says that a lot of people probably scored deals on HDTVs yesterday, but Scott says that the week before the Super Bowl is even bigger. Scott's favorite TV is still plasma, too. It still has the best picture if you have a room that you can darken.

What HDTV should I get?

HDTV

Episode 1034

Ricky from Albequerque, NM

Ricky wants to get his dad a new HDTV, and he's wondering whether he should get a high end LED TV or hold out for a 4K model? Leo says that 4K isn't really going do him any good for a few years. A back lit LED HDTV is the best way to go. Since Ricky's budget is about $2500, there's a lot of choices, especially with Black Friday coming. He'll be able to get deals up to 30% off.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1011

Scott says that this week at the IFA show, LG introduced a 77" OLED UHD TV and they're going to make them ever larger. Some people call them 4K TVs, but that's somewhat of a misnomer. It's got higher resolution, but it's not strictly 4k. Leo wonders if he'll regret spending so much on an HD TV with UHD coming out now, but Scott says that at those sizes, Leo really won't see the difference. There isn't really any native UHD content yet. Sony, however, is launching a UHD service but their UHD boxes will only work Sony UHD TVs.