Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Scott Wilkinson and the Easter OLED

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1784

Today, Scott is joining Leo to talk about the new LG OLED. LG is the leader now in creating OLED TVs, and this week they announced the 2021 OLED lineup, which includes a dozen different models, including a new low-end version called the A1. The 48" A1 is $1300. Not a bad price for OLED. It is a little less capable with a refresh rate of 60Hz, and it doesn't have a variable refresh rate that gamers love. But for $200 more, you can get that in the next model up.

Why Am I Getting HDCP Errors on My TV?

HDCP Error

Episode 1782

Greg from Anaheim, CA

Greg is having a problem with HD and Dish Network. Leo says it's probably copy protection called HDCP, and if one thing in the chain isn't HDCP compliant, you'll get an error. Chances are, it's your cables. Make sure they are HDCP compliant. According to Satellite Guys, there was a firmware update on the DISH box that is causing intermittent HDCP errors. Here's a tech note about it.  An HDMI splitter can also bypass the HDCP copy protection.

How Do I Get Rid of Burn in on OLED TVs?

OLED Burn-In

Episode 1782

Fred from Yorba Linda, CA

Fred has a problem with burn-in on his OLED. Leo says that it may or may not be permanent. Some burn-in can be recovered. Try putting a bright white background on the TV for a long time. That could recover the screen area that's burned it.

Modern OLEDs avoid it by using "pixel shifting." So if you're thinking of replacing it, prices have gone down recently. 

Why Do My AV Receivers Keep Dying?

APC UPSC1000

Episode 1782

Ed from Tulsa, OK

Ed has bought three AV receivers over the last five years, and all three have died in less than two years. Leo says that adding a surge suppressor that does power conditioning and an uninterruptable power supply will guard against "dirty power" and power spikes that can happen after a power outage. It's not normal for AV receivers, or any tech, to die too quickly and consistently. So it points to something other than the device itself. Leo also recommends not putting them in a sealed cabinet, which can cause overheating. You can also look for a line conditioner.

Scott Wilkinson: Fun, Professional, and Online

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1782

Scott joins Leo to talk about an online conference he attended this week: The Hollywood Tech Retreat. Scott says he likes this kind of conference because it can all be done on-demand so that you can revisit the presentation at any time. Very inside Hollywood and professional. This year's big thing was a continuation of last year's advancements ... post-production in the cloud. Frame.io presented their new Camera to Cloud function, which will push your dailies instantly up to the cloud so that that post-production can begin in real-time.

Scott Wilkinson: Ready to Party

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1780

Scott joins Leo to talk about a new pair of headphones he's been reviewing. The great thing about a good pair of headphones is that they take the room's acoustics completely out of the music experience. This pair is called the Focal Clear MG headphones. They're an open-back design, which allows the back wave sound to escape into the room without sacrificing sound quality. Scott says this provides for a neutral tonal value, and the sound is a bit creamier and brighter.

Why Can't I Hear Audio From My TV?

Vizio

Episode 1778

Lucy from Temple City, CA

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.

Scott Wilkinson and the End of Cinematic Dreams

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1778

Scott joins Leo to talk about how movies are now far too realistic looking thanks to ultra high definition and higher frame rates. The result is that the dreamlike quality of cinema is disappearing. Leo doesn't like it. Scott does. Scott says it's because we've been used to 100 years of 24 frames per second, and now filmmakers are shooting at 60 fps and above. Scott says that people will eventually get used to it. The next generation certainly well. And eventually, it will become the norm. 

How Can I Use an Old TV Today?

Old 2000's TV

Episode 1777

Doug from Panorama City, CA

Doug hasn't had a computer or smartphone, but now he wants to connect. He also wants to watch TV, and his sets are too old. Leo says that you may be able to get a converter for free still since Doug is disabled. But they aren't that expensive to buy. Doug will also need an antenna or at least an internet or cable subscription. Another option to get an iPad or tablet with internet access. Leo recommends connecting with an Independent Living Resource Center and can get an adaptive living expert to help you find the solutions you need.

Scott Wilkinson and the Me Frequency

Scott

Episode 1776

Scott wants to talk about a question he got recently on setting up a home theater in a new home. He's looking at the B&W SN704S2 speakers, $3,000 a pair. He's also looking at a $3,000 Sony OLED TV. But Scott also says that a center channel speaker that matches the left and right stereo speakers is just as imperative as the stereo speakers. And anyone would want the same brand. You can go cheaper on the subwoofer if you need to.  But Scott also warns that paying a high price for equipment can have diminishing returns. There's a point where more money doesn't equal more performance.