HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Scott joins Leo to talk about a new dual-cell LCD that's coming out, which will bring LCD closer to OLED in terms of quality and will make halo-ing and bloom a thing of the past. And it will be in the same price range as OLEDs. The first models will be coming out from HiSense and they promise to be a marked improvement over standard LED LCD TVs. There's also a new immersive sound design that promises high-quality surround-style sound from a single speaker.
Lotta just bought a new baby blue M1 iMac. It's his first Mac. Leo says that the learning curve isn't too bad. It's mostly things that just look slightly different to do. Can he watch live TV on his iMac using the Hauppauge WinTV? Leo says that it should. But it may be that there isn't Mac compatible software. So Lotta will have to get a mac compatible tuner. The ElGato/GeniaTech EyeTV is one. It's about $100.
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.
Scott got an email about whether it's a great time to upgrade from a 10-year-old TV and what TV should she buy? Should she go with LED or OLED? She hears that OLED TVs burn out too often and that a QLED is better. Scott disagrees. Most of the problems with OLED have been cured, though there is still a problem with burn-in if you leave it on the same image all day. But even then, with pixel shifting, the potential of burn-in is minimal. So don't worry about OLED, and it's far better than Sony's QLED.
Scott joins Leo to talk about the news that Sennheiser recently got sold to a hearing aid company. They promise to keep things as they are, but it's a strange acquisition for an audiophile equipment company. Scott recently reviewed the Sennheiser IE300 In Ear monitors, which he says sound fantastic. Well balanced from bass to treble. He gives them 5 out of 5 stars.
Jeff lives in a condo and he has a problem with his neighbor taking over his Apple TV (she has one too). Obviously, a remote from the neighbor's Apple TV is taking control. How can he prevent that from happening? Leo says to go in the settings, under Airplay, and turn it off. Settings->Airplay->Allow Access-> Allow nearby. But that may not prevent the remote from taking over. Leo recommends moving Jeff's Apple TV as far away from the wall as possible. Or, if possible, he could try and place a metal tray or sheet behind it to block the signal.
Louie is having home theater issues when he switches from his TV to blue-ray and back. He's getting flickering. Leo says that there's an HDMI handshake that happens between your AV receiver and the television. So, Leo says it sounds like the handshake may be failing for some reason. It could be as easy as a bad cable. Probably the HDMI cable. The TV ports may also be slightly expanding when they get hot. So try a different HDMI port to be sure.
In home theater news, Scott Wilkinson says that Chromecast and Roku have announced support for HDR 10+ high dynamic range content. Scott says this update is far more important than any boosting of resolution past 4K. Increasing the dynamic range can easily be seen from across the room, while a boost in resolution will not. So it'll have a much bigger impact to the viewer.
Jeff calls in to warn that if you use an OLED TV as a computer monitor, you run the risk of burn-in from window elements like menu bars that are always on. That makes using an OLED a bad choice for a monitor. Leo agrees and suggests a 4K LCD TV with the highest refresh rate you can get.
Ken recently automated his home with Google Nest, but the problem he's having is that when he's asking his phone to take a picture, he's told by Google Nest that they can't do that. Leo says that's a common issue as sometimes, Google doesn't know where to process a request. That goes away over time as Nest learns speech patterns. It also helps to be more specific in commands.