Blackie would like to create a surround sound system with a minimum of wires. Doable? Scott says that there are wireless systems that work quite well. He'd probably still want to wire the front speakers. But the surround speakers and subwoofer can be wireless. Vizio's soundbar as a dedicated wireless subwoofer and surround speakers could work. But they'll need to be plugged in or be connected to the subwoofer, which would be in the back of the room.
Rich bought a P50 Vizio that died after 6 months. He got a replacement, which lasted about a year and a half. Then the replacement died. All sound, no picture (intermittently). He's also been having issues with HDMI. Scott says that Vizio's have a known issue with failing HDMI ports. So try and plug into another one. But more often, the power supplies fail, so that maybe the problem. Rich adds to monitor the problem and maybe add surge protection. But also get back in touch with Vizio. The warranty may enable a return.
Scott joins Rich to talk about an issue connecting a tape deck to a modern AV receiver with no tape in/tape out option. Scott says older receivers had that feature to record and playback certain AV signals. But that went away about 20 years ago. No receiver that Scott knows supports that anymore. With modern streaming, nobody really records anymore. But with certain receivers, including the Marantz NR1509, you can still record it. Look for a preamp out or pre-out port.
Scott answers questions this week. One reader is having the issue that he can't see his 4K AppleTV on his one HDMI port, but will on his other port. Scott says that some of those HDMI inputs operate at the highest possible bandwidth of 18GB per second, while the others operate at 10.2 GB per second. 4K will not work at 10.2GB per second, so chances are, the reader is plugging it into the wrong port. You may also need to go into the settings an tell the TV to stream at the highest bandwidth. This is due to manufacturers wanting to be as compatible as possible with legacy equipment.
Scott joins Leo to answer a question about subwoofers. Dan bought a pair of subwoofers to go with his speaker system. Scott says that proper positioning of your subwoofer can make all the difference when setting up your home theater speakers, and these days, having two subwoofers is a good thing. But they also take up a lot of space. So, he's selling his speakers to get bookshelf models. Scott recommends listing them on AudioGon.com. It's designed to specifically sell your audio/video equipment. Another option is AVSForum.com.
Scott Wilkinson joins to talk about CES, which is just around the corner in January. The big thing will likely be an advancement in microLED TV technology. There may also be the launch in ATSC 3.0. ATSC stands for Advanced, Television Systems Committee, and it's the standard for digital transmission over the air. ATSC 3 is the next generation, skipping over 2.0. Kinda weird, but there you go. It'll be 4K capable, and offer an online IP standard.
Grant wants to only hear his headphone sound in mono because he's only got good hearing in one ear. Leo says that PopOS has only Surround and Stereo. But there's bound to be a mono sound driver online somewhere. Probably the easiest way would be to get a hardware option. People used to be able to get one at RadioShack. But sadly, that's in the past. Doctor Mom says that he can make headphones mono with an adapter from Monoprice. Here's how - https://www.cnet.com/news/making-headphones-mono/.
Next week, Scott is going to see Ang Lee's new movie Gemini Man, starring Will Smith. It's salient because Lee has shot it at 120 fps 3D and in IMAX. High frame rate has also created a debate in the film community about just how realistic an image should look and still be considered "cinema." It's also shot in 3D, which Scott says hasn't really been popular lately. Then on top of that, Will Smith is battling a younger version of himself, where the actor was de-aged. He'll join Leo next week with his review.
Mitch wants to know the difference between OLED and QLED. Leo says there's a huge difference and QLED is just a marketing ploy by Samsung to lure those interested in OLED to their LED TVs. It uses "quantum dot" LEDs, which are very small. OLEDs are organic LEDs, which can be brighter.
Scott saw some content on a Samsung 8K TV last week, and he sat about one screen height away from the image (it's best at 1 1/2 times). It was so good he could barely see the pixels. Very sharp. The problem is, there is no real native 8K content, and probably won't be for a while. And Scott says that while the resolution was impressive, he couldn't see much of a difference between it and uncompressed 4K UHD blu-ray. But Scott says that the upscaling is where 8K really is at right now.