Victor's HP All-in-One speakers quit working after he upgraded to Windows 10. Leo says that it could be a software issue, but it could also be that the cable that comes from the speaker itself may have become unseated. Leo says it's more likely that it's a driver issue, though. Victor should try Windows Key + X for the Device Manager and look into the settings for his audio driver and see if there's an X or a triangle with an exclamation mark to indicate a driver failure. Victor says it doesn't show his speakers at all and he can't install the drivers to get it going.
The left speaker on Steve's computer stopped working. He replaced the speaker, replaced the cables, updated the drivers, and even used Linux on a USB stick. None of that worked. What's left? Rich says to try plugging a headphone into the jack to see if that works. Steve thinks that besides the drivers, he thinks that it's still a software issue. He should look at the speaker settings, and should try a different USB plug.
Scott Wilkinson says that there's a link over at BaseheadSpeakers.com for the top ten loudest Bluetooth speakers. VaVaVoom is their top vote getter. Scott also says that there is now a new spec that will give home theater users a nice faux stereo sound from one speaker using computer software. RIVAAudio.com is the site.
Clay got a new Audio Technica LP record player, and he's wondering what speakers should he get with it. Leo says that Clay has to figure out if the record player has its own preamp or not, and if it's balance or unbalanced. If it doesn't have a preamp, then he'll need an amp as well. Leo advises the Audio Engine powered speakers. They're excellent and come with a subwoofer. JBLs are also good. He'll want line level balanced.
Scott wanted to mention a series of articles on AVS Forum: "Things to Consider" when shopping for home theater this holiday season. The first article is 12 Things to Consider when Shopping for Speakers.
Brian wants to build a home theater system with a regular projector. Leo says if he has enough depth in the room he's using, it's always better over a short throw. He also wants a flat screen permanently affixed to the wall. Leo says that works, but he can also get one that can be pulled down with a remote control. He should go to MonoPrice for that. He can install it himself and save some money.
David is looking for new speakers for parties and to DJ with, but still use at home. He has a budget of $200 to $400. He wants powered speakers, and preferably Bluetooth. Leo says there's a lot out there. The options are actually more cosmetic now -- water proof, sand proof, etc. Generally, the better sound will be expensive and less robust.
This week, Scott Wilkinson is at the "THE Show" (The Home Entertainment Show). Scott says it's a stereo home entertainment show and it's amazing just how popular stereo is. THE Show is at the Hotel Irvine and it's all about speakers, preamps, and power amps. There are also tube amps, which many love the sound of. Tube amps are very retro but the sound is fantastic. They aren't as powerful as solid state amps, though. It's all about a high resolution audio movement, which effects us more emotionally than mp3s.
Scott has an iMac and MacBook Air and he is concerned about upgrading to El Capitan because it may break some of the software he uses. Leo says he should always upgrade to the latest. The upgrade is really easy to do and it doesn't break many utilities. He could roll back if there is an issue, but Leo says he probably won't have to. Some really old software may have issues, but that's only if the software is reliant on the old Rosetta interface, which Apple killed a long time ago. So anything written in the last few years won't be an issue.
Rene wants to use Bluetooth speakers to listen to his stereo, but his stereo doesn't have Bluetooth capability. He could find a cheap transmitter on Amazon that would use an analog connection to his stereo. Leo recommends the Azeca BT005 Bluetooth Transmitter for around $28. This would plug into the headphone jack of his stereo. He should know that the range for Bluetooth is only about 30 feet.