Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

Can I Still Get a Smaller, 32" LCD TV?

32" Samsung TV

Episode 1756

Joel from Culver City, CA

Joel has a Sony Bravia TV, which is pretty old. He's limited to 32" because of his cabinet. So what can he get to replace it? Leo says that you can still get 32" flat screens, but you'll need to measure them to get the right model that fits. And they're cheap. TCL makes one for $128, HiSense for $139. Vizio about $160. You may even be able to get a slightly larger one depending on the model.

Where Can I Get a Digital Tuner Converter That Doesn't Burn Out?

Digital TV Tuner

Episode 1756

Adam from Burbank, CA

Adam has an older Mitsubishi HD TV that he really loves. It still works fine, but he needs an over the air converter that won't burn out over time and has component out. Leo says that Silicon Dust's HD Home Run or Channel Master's DVR are his best options. But Adam may have to get an HDMI to a Component converter for the video out. But using one of those will open up other digital tuners as well. The nice thing about the HD HomeRun though, is that he can watch TV anywhere in the house by connecting a Roku device and using the HD HomeRun app. 

Scott Wilkinson ... Stelliar

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1755

This week, Scott reviews the Focal Arch DAC, which go along with the Stelia headphones, which he says sound pretty great, considering their $2500 price tag for the DAC, and $3,000 for the headphones. Scott says it seems ridiculous to spend that much on a pair of headphones and amps, but there's a point of diminishing returns as you increase costs to get better quality. Sooner or later it just doesn't prove to be worth it for a slight to moderate improvement.

Why is my LG OLED having burn-in?

Screen Burn-In

Episode 1754

John from Nashville, TN

John's LG OLED is suffering from the burn-in of channel logos. Leo says that the LG shouldn't have that problem since they use pixel shifting to combat it. It should be corrected by using the clear panel noise option in the settings. Also, use cinema mode vs. vivid or demo mode. That will make the screen less bright. 

Burn-in does occur, but it's become less and less of an issue. Most burn-in is image retention that should go away after a few minutes. 

What TV Should I Buy? LCD or OLED?

OLED

Episode 1753

Anthony from West Hills, CA

Anthony is looking to get a 75" TV. OLED or QLED? Samsung or Sony? Leo says that there are projectors, but they're not really 4K and are a bit dimmer. So that leaves LED LCD and OLED TVs. OLED offers bolder colors and deeper blacks. But they are best in dark rooms. LCD LEDs are ideal in bright ambient rooms. They are also more affordable. Leo recommends the LG OLED. They are incredible.  But LG, Sony, Samsung all make great LCDs. Even Vizio and TCL make great TVs for the money. But the 77" LG OLED CX is the best on the market right now. 

What's the Best 65" TV With Good Speakers for $1500?

TCL

Episode 1753

Greg from Pasadena, CA

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. 

Is TIVO the Best DVR?

TIVO

Episode 1752

Rocco from Valencia, CA

Rocco is seeing all sorts of security warnings for passwords in his iPhone's settings. Leo says that is Apple's latest security feature that not only reviews passwords to make sure they are secure but will warn users if they reuse them, and provide a link to change them if they are compromised or not secure. LastPass does the same thing. Other vaults include One Password and BitPass. 

What's a good TV for gaming?

Cyberpunk 2077

Episode 1751

Parker from Pasadena, CA

Parker is a gamer and is looking forward to Cyberpunk 2077. He recently bought the Nvidia RTX 380 video card for his PC. He's got it connected to his TV, but it's causing a problem with the resolution. Leo says Parker is going to need a 4K TV that can handle a higher refresh rate. Leo says that LCDs are notoriously low. So an OLED may be the way to go. Latency is also an issue, but OLEDs handle that as well as the best LCDs. OLEDs are around 14ms, and some are GSync compatible. So look for that.

Scott Wilkinson ... One more plug

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1751

This week, Scott joins Leo to talk about how Warner Brothers and Apple have upgraded the Lord of the Rings trilogy to 4K HDR and high frame rate. And the thing is, it looks too real. You can see too much detail and that means you can tell the prosthetics from the real thing. And it's really noticeable. Leo says it'll take time, but filmmakers will have to adjust how they make a movie to return the dreamy look that makes cinema so great.