April 18, 2024

On this installment of You Requested: How will you decide in the event you’re getting 4K or HDR in your TV? Why is Dolby Atmos music so onerous to get? Are there any respectable Common remotes anymore?

Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional the Way forward for House Theater? Dolby Atmos in TV Audio system? | You Requested Ep. 24

Distant shortcuts for enter codecs

The picture mode settings menu on a Sony TV.
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John Engstrom writes: Simply received a Sony X90L and was questioning how one can get the TV to point out me the decision and the format of the enter sign (HDMI or streaming app). Is there a button on the distant that may present me that information, or probably someplace within the menu? I haven’t discovered it but, nevertheless it looks as if it needs to be there someplace.

You’ll suppose that button or menu merchandise exists as a result of these sorts of buttons and information screens was once pretty frequent! However to the very best of my data, it doesn’t. At the least not on Sony TVs. And actually, anecdotally, I really feel like most TV producers have stopped making that type of data out there — or in the event that they do, it’s buried deep in a menu someplace.

As with all issues tech, although, there typically are hacks we will use to determine it out. Or not less than give ourselves some assurances that we’re getting the sign we wish. One in all them includes having an AV receiver that reads the EDID — that’s brief for prolonged show identification information — and supplies that information. Or you might spend 1000’s on gadgets like those Murideo makes for video professionals. I’m assuming you’re not excited about any of that.

So, for the format — SDR, HDR, HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Imaginative and prescient — the easiest way to seek out out what you’re getting is to click on the Wrench icon in your Sony distant, then click on Image and sound, scroll all the way down to Image and click on that after which look within the higher proper. If it’s HDR, it’ll say HDR; whether it is Dolby Imaginative and prescient, it’ll say so up there. If it’s SDR, it’ll say nothing.

As for decision, I don’t have something for you there. For those who’re on YouTube, you possibly can examine the decision and even drive it to the one you need by clicking up, then on the settings cog icon, and deciding on the decision. Then, there are the stats for the nerds part, which can be out there on YouTube TV and will be accessed in the event you scroll down a bit additional. This may let you know the decision, the codec in use, the colour area, your connection velocity, and so on.

Generally, apps provides you with some management over the default video decision you get. As an illustration, you possibly can signal into your Netflix account on its web site, click on Account, click on in your Profile icon, then scroll all the way down to Playback settings, and select Excessive (versus Auto). This makes it so you could get some buffering at first, however Netflix will play on the highest out there high quality. (Assuming you’ve gotten the plan that helps 4K.) It’s not an awesome concept when you’ve got bandwidth caps. And sometimes, 1080p HDR will be indiscernible from 4K HDR when all different elements are equal. However I digress — every streaming service is completely different.

However this jogs my memory of one thing I actually like about LG’s TVs: They’ve a graphic that pops up once you begin watching content material that tells you fairly clearly what the format is, even when it doesn’t let you know the decision. TCL does so, too.

Anyway, I hope that’s of some assist. I’ve reached out to Sony to seek out out if it’ll share any secret recommendations on how one can entry this information on its trendy TVs. I’ll replace this put up if I get a response.

Why is it so onerous to get Atmos music

An information chyron showing a song title and album information shown on the bottle left of a TV.
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Richie writes: I lately purchased an Onkyo AVR and a few new ceiling audio system, and I assumed I might be up and working with Dolby Atmos music. However it wasn’t that simple. I assumed as a result of my receiver has Tidal inbuilt, it could work simply. However, no. I’ve a Roku Extremely with the Tidal app, and it gained’t work. Lengthy story brief, I had to purchase an Apple TV with a view to get Dolby Atmos music to work! Why is it so onerous to get Dolby Atmos music to work? Particularly since Dolby Atmos assist appears to be in all places! I really feel like with cellphone “casting” and Airplay, it must be simple.

What’s the cope with Atmos music being so onerous to take heed to?

What can I say however I know, proper? It’s type of ridiculous. Apple, Tidal, and Amazon Music Limitless all supply Atmos Music as a function. You’ll suppose any gadget with apps for these companies would supply the total suite of options. However they don’t. Not even shut. I can perceive if, say, the Tidal app in an AV receiver is simply not highly effective sufficient to be coded to coordinate with Tidal in a method that authorizes and receives the Atmos Music encoded stream. OK. However, once you’re speaking about Roku and Google TV/Android TV platforms, the place the gadgets that run these platforms are tremendous highly effective, I believe it ought to be a no brainer.

I believe the explanation why, say, the Tidal app on Roku doesn’t work for Atmos music might be a bit of completely different from why the Tidal App on an Amazon Fireplace TV Dice may not work. I may also see Amazon retaining its finest options for its personal {hardware}. However on the finish of the day, as shoppers, we don’t care, proper?

That is another reason I like to recommend the Apple TV field. It’s, persistently, the one gadget and platform the place probably the most quantity of stuff simply works. It requires the least quantity of workarounds. It’s simply the most secure wager. And I believe all that counts for lots within the shopper electronics market. (It’s additionally not that rather more costly than the opposite producers’ prime merchandise.) If you may get Atmos music over Wi-Fi utilizing the Sonos app controlling a Sonos Atmos sound system, however you possibly can’t get the identical expertise utilizing a Samsung Atmos soundbar with a Samsung TV with out leaping by way of a bunch of hoops — effectively, I can perceive why people may pay extra for Sonos. I believe people are keen to pay a premium for fewer hoops, fewer questions, and fewer frustrations.

Anyway, I’m sorry getting Dolby Atmos music is tough. And I believe it’s dumb when getting Dolby Atmos for motion pictures and TVs is, not less than comparatively talking, so extremely simple now. It’s silly, and I hate it, too.

Is VR the house theater of the long run?

A man sits on a couch wearing an Apple Vision Pro using it as a home theater device.

Chad asks: What are the professionals and cons of utilizing an Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional as a house movie show as an alternative of shopping for a big projector, Dolby encompass sound, and so on? Is it potential that that is the house theater of the long run? Can this method be cheaper and higher high quality than what the normal dwelling movie show affords?

I believe the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional will present superb image high quality. I imply, if the pixel density is true, we’re speaking about close-range video the place no gentle depth is misplaced over lengthy distances and completely managed ambient gentle ranges. In different phrases, whole darkness. So, the Imaginative and prescient Professional might supply the final word HDR video expertise. And thru noise-canceling, computational audio-enabled Apple Airpods Professional or AirPods Max, we already know we will get an unbelievable Dolby Atmos and spatial audio expertise. The standard will most likely be excellent.

Right here’s the factor, although. That is the one factor that may stop the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional from ever meaningfully competing with a house leisure area. That little Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional dwelling theater? It’s a theater for one. You’re all by your self.

Now, there’s nothing incorrect with having fun with content material by yourself! In reality, it sounds superior in some situations. However, similar to watching an enormous sporting occasion with buddies or in a crowd is commonly extra thrilling and, to some, extra significant than watching alone, so too is watching motion pictures and TV. There’s one thing superior about experiencing a film along with buddies or household. Talking personally, a few of my favourite life reminiscences come from these shared experiences.

Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional won’t ever be capable to totally exchange these shared experiences. Positive, possibly you possibly can look to your left and proper and see avatars and even real-life representations of your folks or household. Possibly you’ll even be capable to hear them if Apple integrates voice audio amongst contributors — I’m betting it’ll do exactly that. However that type of expertise won’t ever be the identical or as significant as observing the identical area collectively.

So, a complement to a standard dwelling leisure rig? For certain. A substitute? No likelihood.

Common remotes

A Yio remote held in hand.
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Ben writes: Are there any common remotes you suggest to manage all of the gadgets in a setup, akin to an AVR, TV, Blu-Ray participant, and Apple TV? I appear to recall them being pretty in style a few years in the past, even being able to controlling good TVs and good gadgets just like the Apple TV 4K. In your opinion, is there any good option to get across the rigamarole of juggling 3 completely different remotes simply to observe one present, or is {that a} misplaced battle?

Frankly, I’m not conscious of any respectable common remotes. Nevertheless, there’s a Kickstarter challenge by Martin Borzak, which he calls Yio. Please notice that I’m not endorsing this till I’ve vetted it additional.

No person has swooped in to fill the void that Logitech left when the Concord common remotes had been discontinued. Sure, some killer remotes can be found for built-in techniques, like these made by Control4, Savant, Crestron, and so on. However consumer-level remotes just like the Concord model now not exist. I imply, Wirecutter’s prime choose is the Sofabaton, and that’s primary out of two remotes, which I believe tells us a lot.

Why did Logitech get out of Common Remotes? I’ll ask. Logitech has headquarters throughout the river from me for its UE division. However I believe it’s as a result of gross sales declined as HDMI CEC implementation — although it’s buggy and problematic — permits us to manage a number of gadgets with one distant. I can management a TV, Blu-ray participant, Apple TV, and even some PS5 options with one distant simply by way of HDMI CEC.

I believe this pushed common remotes to the margins. As soon as once more, we fanatics discover the big-box shopper electronics area a really lonely one certainly. Which, if I needed to guess, is why Marton Borzak is doing his factor.

TVs with built-in Dolby Atmos audio system

The rear panel speakers on an LG C3 OLED TV.
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Jaimi Martinez Gomez writes: I went to a retailer, and the man on the retailer instructed me that the LG C3 has Dolby Atmos Constructed audio system, and once I heard it, it didn’t sound exactly as Dolby Atmos. I simply wish to know if they’re telling me the reality or if there’s any TV with Dolby Atmos built-in audio system.

As a result of I additionally had the chance to attempt the A80L and the acoustic floor audio was superb, however I believe that it isn’t Dolby Atmos both.

Right here’s the deal: Dolby has determined to license the Dolby Atmos title to applied sciences that, for my part, do probably not ship what I believe most people acquainted with Dolby Atmos predict. I like Dolby. I like the folks there. I like Dolby Atmos. I like Dolby Atmos Music. I’ve some actually superior issues to say about Dolby Flex Join in a put up popping out quickly.

However (and I perceive that is possibly a sensible enterprise determination) I hate, hate, hate that Dolby Atmos as a expertise and model has been so watered all the way down to the purpose {that a} TV with some tiny, dinky audio system that don’t actually ship something remotely near high-quality sound is getting the Dolby Atmos badge. I imply, name it Dolby Audio or one thing else. Dolby continues to be a flex within the audio world. You may convey this TV has higher than common sound high quality by saying it has Dolby on-board sound. You don’t have to make use of Dolby Atmos for that.

If it had been as much as me — and Dolby might be simply superb with it not being as much as me — I’d not slap the Dolby Atmos badge on any TV exterior of simply promoting that it helps Dolby Atmos. Saying the audio system constructed into any TV ship a significant Dolby Atmos expertise is, I believe, disingenuous and weakens the model.

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