Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

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


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.

Scott Wilkinson ... Assisted


Episode 1774

Scott Wilkinson joins Leo to talk about hearing aids that can be bought over the counter. There's one he likes called the Jacoti, and it lets you self-measure your hearing through a phone app called Hearing Center, and then fine-tune the hearing aid for best results. Scott says this is a game-changer that could revolutionize wireless in-ear monitors. The technology will be put into Qualcomm chips for in-ear monitors and wireless headphones.

Scott Wilkinson and the Grado Headphones

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1772

Scott has a review of a new pair of headphones, the Grado GW 100 v2 Bluetooth Headphones. Grado has been making headphones since 1991 and the GW100 is their first wireless Bluetooth headphones. What's interesting about them is that they have Bluetooth, but not active noise cancellation. The choice was deliberate in order to focus on better quality sound. It's also a better quality experience with AAC and other codecs which are transmitted over Bluetooth 5. Battery life is about 40 hours, which is very impressive. The cost is about $250.

Scott Wilkinson ... streamed and vented

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1770

Scott joins Leo to talk about how the quality of TV series have started to drop of streaming services. Scott says he's noticed that some seasons of TV shows have just disappeared without notice. That's one of the problems with streaming. With physical media, you can watch something any time you want. But with streaming services, shows and movies can disappear at any time. At least with Netflix, they warn you what titles are leaving every month. But some services, they just vanish. Leo adds that convenience outweighs the risk, and Scott adds that it also outweighs quality.

How Can I Cut the Cable and Get OTA TV?


Episode 1768

Patrick from Redding, CA

Patrick wants to cut the cable. How can he cancel cable and stream live TV? Leo says if he has straight access to a line of sight to the tower, then an antenna is the best option out there. What about a DVR? Leo says that there are two OTA DVRs. One is ChannelMaster, and the other is the Silicon Dust HD Home Run. Both will work with an antenna and home network, so he can stream to any TV in the house. Is there a monthly charge? Leo says just for the channel guide, though only for the HD Home Run. Channel Master doesn't charge.