TVs

Scott Wilkinson and the Big Event

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1829

This week was the annual Value Electronics Great TV Shoot Out. Scott says that all the flagship models were put side by side in a darkened room, along with a professional "reference" monitor for comparison. They were all calibrated the same as well. Commercial and custom content was shown, as well as test patterns. Then, professionals were invited to come and give their impressions on which one was best. There were both 4K and 8K categories, as well as a projection category this year. 

Here's are the top three from each category:

Sam Abuelsamid and the New RoboTaxi

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1828

Sam joins Leo to talk about a new RoboTaxi service called Moovit being tested in Munich, GER using an auto-driven taxi by Neo called the ES8. Sam says that what's interesting is that the ES8 has "battery swapping," where the car's battery would be able to be swapped out by simply pulling into a station. The swap takes about three minutes and is fully automated. So EV drivers won't have to wait an hour to charge their battery. Sam says commercial fleets and taxis; battery swapping makes a lot of sense. But for a regular consumer, it's isn't really that practical. 

Scott Wilkinson and Other People's Money

Scott

Episode 1823

Scott got an email from a listener wanting him to help spend his money for home theater. He wants a soundbar that is "simple, but awesome." If money is no object, then Scott recommends an 83" LG C1. Or the 85" Samsung QN85. The 85" TCL 8545 is $3,000. Or the Vizio P85 PX. Those are in the $3,000-5,000 range. Another option is an ultra-short throw projector. Leo has a HiSense and he loves it. And it comes with a screen. But most don't. The Optima p2, the Epson LS400. Good options.  The larger the space you have, the larger the screen you want. That's where a projector will be an advantage.

What TV and Sound System Should I Get?

TV & Sound System

Episode 1816

Richard from Tampa, FL

Richard will be buying a new TV and sound system soon and wants to know what to get. Leo says to determine the size; you want bigger than you think. These days, 70" or more is better for movies. And if you can darken the room, then an OLED is ideal. But if the room has brighter ambient light, then an LCD screen is going to be best. So, it depends on the room you put it in. As for sound, a soundbar will work really well, but you want to get a subwoofer.

Is it Legit to Buy a TV on Sale for $500?

LG

Episode 1796

Dennis from Marina Del Rey, CA

Dennis is going to buy an LG OLED. He recently saw an ad for $500 off. How can they do that with such a recent model? Leo says that sometimes they do sales like that to clear out last year's model. Sometimes, it's a liquidation of inventory or even a damaged box, which must be sold as refurbished. The real key is whether the warranty is intact. So pay attention to the reviews. Throw out the highs and lows and take the rest seriously. Also, be sure they will accept a return if the TV doesn't perform or work out. 

Can I Use a TV as a Computer Monitor?

AW 55 Inches OLED Gaming Monitor

Episode 1791

Jimmy from Stanton, CA

Jimmy wants to know if you can use a TV as a computer monitor. Leo says you can, but the sharpness of the TV isn't really good enough. Not as sharp. Leo thinks it's better to go the opposite direction and get the largest computer monitor he can afford and use it as a TV. Monitors are much sharper.  Alienware makes a 55" monitor.  But it really comes down to what he will use the computer for. Some, including JammerB in the chatroom, use a 4K LCD with a 120hz fresh rate, which can do the job. But they'll be more expensive than a monitor.

How Can I Listen to My TV With Headphones?

LG TV

Episode 1788

Joe from Marlborough, NJ

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.

How Can I Move Closed Captioning Location On My TV?

Closed Captioning

Episode 1787

Ken from Corona, CA

Ken got a new Vizio TV for Christmas, and he uses closed captioning. But it appears in the middle of the picture. Nobody seems to know how to move it to the bottom, where it belongs. Leo says that it could be a setting on the TV that does it. It depends on where the closed captioning is coming from. Check out this tech note from Vizio. Press CC on the remote. Then the menu.

Why Aren't Larger TV Screens More Affordable Yet?

Heil PR40

Episode 1785

Eric from Encinitas, CA

Eric wants to know what the best option for creating a 120" screen is? Larger TV panels don't seem to be affordable. Leo says that projectors are still the best option, and short-throw projectors can help when dealing with small spaces.  But microLEDs may change the game. There are microLED screens out there with sizes over 100 inches. But they are six figures right now. So it'll take a few years before the technology gets seeded down to more affordable models.