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.
Langdon says to change the volume control settings from Variable to Fixed, and enable volume lock.
Scott joins Leo to talk about Vizio's latest line of LED LCD TVs ... the MQ7 series. Scott says that starting with the MQ7, Vizio offers full-array local dimming, which Scott recommends. It's great for gaming and has variable refresh rates. The next step up is the PQ8 and PQX. And it's a pretty nice TV.
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.
Lucy is having issues hearing the audio on her TV. Leo says there may be a problem with the audio processor. It's likely not worth repairing, but he says that doesn't mean the TV is unusable. Get a new soundbar. She can get them for under $200. Leo recommends Vizio! The speakers in a TV are really meant to be an afterthought. That's why they're not very good. So getting a soundbar is a good option. If she buys it and it doesn't work, she can just return it. Then it's time to look for a new TV.
Greg is looking to get a 65" TV with decent sound. Suggestions? He'll be getting a soundbar later. Scott Wilkinson says that Sony makes the best OLED TVs with decent speakers. The design is actually the screen itself, with drivers behind them. But that's going to cost well over $1500. Better to get a soundbar for $100. That way it doesn't really matter what TV he buys.
Speakers on TVs are really an afterthought these days. The best choice is to pay a little less for the TV and then add the Soundbar now. Scott recommends Vizio or TCL. The TCL M Series is in Greg's price range.
Scott joins Leo to talk about how the iPhone Pro 12 shoots video in Dolby Vision high dynamic range. Leo says it then plays it back in all three HDR standards and can edit them as well. And it's very impressive. It can also shoot 4K at 60 frames per second. Completely cinematic.
In other news, this week was Amazon Prime Days, and Scott saw that Amazon was pointing out better prices on TVs at other places like Best Buy. But Scott didn't really see any great TV deals and Leo thinks the deals are much better elsewhere.
Chris lives in a condo and he wants a good soundbar that won't drive the neighbors nuts. Leo says that the low-frequency stuff from a subwoofer tends to go right through walls. He can get soundbars with subwoofers, even wireless ones. And they provide a richer sound from that soundbar. And there's a soundbar for every budget. Vizio is a great performance price for the money. Under $300. He can even get one supporting Atmos at Home. Klipsch is another brand.
John is noticing that the audio when he watches streaming TV is starting to get out of sync. Leo says it's not uncommon. But since he can watch the same TV on other devices, it's likely the TV. Look in the audio settings to adjust the sync. Check the cable. He can also try changing the audio encoding. Make sure the effects options are off.
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.