Home Theater

HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.

How Can I Guard My Home Theater Against Power Outages?

CyberPower 1500VA

Episode 1786

John from Solana Beach, CA

John is having issues with power outages and is worried that it will brick his devices. Leo advises getting an uninterruptable power supply. That will guard against not only outages, but the power surges that arrive after the power comes back on. Leo likes TripLite. But there's also APS. John will want to avoid relying solely on power strips. They don't really do anything. But a UPS will preserve power until he can turn on the gas generator, or unplug devices.

Why Aren't Larger TV Screens More Affordable Yet?

Heil PR40

Episode 1785

Eric from Encinitas, CA

Eric wants to know what the best option for creating a 120" screen is? Larger TV panels don't seem to be affordable. Leo says that projectors are still the best option, and short-throw projectors can help when dealing with small spaces.  But microLEDs may change the game. There are microLED screens out there with sizes over 100 inches. But they are six figures right now. So it'll take a few years before the technology gets seeded down to more affordable models. 

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.