02-21-2014 8:53 AM
Time to start a new WOTT. Friday morning. Got up late. I was up until 2 AM. No good reason....just goofing off on my laptop, the new TV and etc. etc. etc.
It's a heat wave. 46 degrees out there. We had some near 60 readings earlier in the week. Great for walking.
Yesterday we drove 90 miles round trip over to the west side of Kansas City, KS to the huge Nebraska Furniture Mart. It's an enormous store....on two levels.....so much furniture, appliances, electronics (TV, computers, cameras of all kinds) and accessories. Actually it wore me out just walking from one end to the other. More than a city block. A long way to drive but, in the search for a new cabinet to go under the new TV, we were getting desperate. And...hurrah....we found one. The newer designs are starting to have included a wide shelf, just under the top, for the sound bars. That was an important feature to us because our currant sound bar is tall enough that it partially blocks off the infra-red remote sensor on the front of the TV. What would you expect....both designed and made by the same company. Also the cabinet we found is a reasonable width. WOW some of them are REALLY wide. This thing has got to share the same wall with my big stereo music system, including subwoofer, so ....well you get the idea.
On slightly other subject....regarding new TV. I tell you...HDMI is a technology not-yet-ready for public consumption. It is so blasted quirky. I had the TV (a Sony) connected to the U-verse STB via HDMI. But when I connected the sound bar and its subwoofer to the external audio outputs on the TV....we would get intermittent sound drop-outs. Some very brief....others several minutes. Sometimes I'd have to turn off the TV and then back on to cure it and, even then, the problem would pop up again in a few minutes. I tried all the external audio outputs....both analog AND digital/optical. Oh, by the way, the picture remained steady and beautiful through all this. No video problem. OK.....finally in desperation....I removed the HDMI cable, dug out my set of component cables and hooked the TV up to the STB that way. Whoops....TV recognizes the hook-up....but reports "no-signal". Now what. Well....it appears that you have to do a power-down reboot of the STB with the TV connected via component cables and THEN the box sees it and the component outputs begin to deliver a signal. So THAT problem was solved. And so was the audio problem. No more drop outs. All is well and working perfectly. Of course...through all this trouble shooting....I had purchased a new sound bar because I thought the problem was with the old one. So now I need to take it back to the store. Hmmmm. Nope I think I'll keep it and hook it up to my 32" LCD/LED TV back in my computer room (sometimes known as Phil's cave) by my live-in lover (also sometimes known as my wife of 58 yrs) So....now we await the delivery of the new TV base cabinet. Thank the Lord it is NOT a kit that I have to assemble. It's all built and finished....just like REAL furniture.(translated: "not from Walmart") BUT....now the problem is not enough wall space so the subwoofer to my music system will have to be relocated. Wish it was blue-tooth wireless but it's not. I wonder if anyone sells add-on kits to convert a wired subwoofer to wireless. Will have to check. Maybe I can locate it at the far end of the couch and it can serve two purposes......#1 provide the big bass I need for my pipe organ recordings and #2 it will cover up the unsightly octopus wiring to that electric outlet in the wall at that end of the couch. Great. Two birds with one stone.
By the way.....most of you are aware of how SomeJoe has preached for a long time that component interface produces a better picture than HDMI? I was always of the same opinion but never really did any direct comparisons. NOW I KNOW....he is is right.
Stay warm everybody.
02-21-2014 9:28 AM
We have had good luck with Sauder entertainment furniture. In fact, we have a store locally that sells nothing but Sauder. Pricey but good. Don't dis Walmart too much, they even sell some Sauder stuff.
02-21-2014 10:54 AM - edited 02-21-2014 10:58 AM
Sorry.....I really didn't intend to knock Walmart.....just that all their furniture items seem to come in a box and have to be assembled at home......which I have done numerous times. But now I'm old....joints creaky....muscles disappearing....and this blasted oxygen tubing that is always getting twisted around my body or around my feet. So self assembly ain't for me no-mo. Know what I mean? Even with the new cabinet that is already fully assembled.....I'll be exhausted. Will have to pull all that rat's nest of cables and "stuff" out of the old cabinet and then reinstall everything in the new one....up and down...crawling around on hands and knees.....etc. etc. etc. Well, you get the idea I'm sure.
Found a feature that I don't care for on this new TV. It has an automatic sensor that increases screen brightness when the ambient light level in the room is high....and then lowers the screen brightness when the room's ambient light level is reduced....like at night. That's an OK feature except that it overshoots the mark. Gets too dark at night. Sony seems to have forgotten to provide a "range" adjustment. OR....and this is entirely possible.....that adjustment is there, somewhere, and I haven't found it. But it CAN be turned off and that is what we may end up doing. Sometimes the old days were better.....you just turned the darn thing on and off...selected one of three channels (all we had in those times)....set your volume and that was it. Nice and simple.
Have you been following some of the discussions on this forum regarding video streaming off the Internet? There are so many variables that can affect the quality, etc. But just as in the past....some of the "experts" are jumping on AT&T about it. Now....it may be partly the company's fault. But I'm convinced that there are a lot of other potential causes for these problems......some of them right under their noses in their own home systems. 9 times out of 10 that is the problem in my own case. Then when some of the ACE's or other truly knowledgeable folks jump in with good suggestions or to defend AT&T things just get a bit out of control.
02-21-2014 12:45 PM
Warning Olympic spoiler above
02-21-2014 2:02 PM - edited 02-21-2014 2:03 PM
oufanindallas wrote:SpoilerCanada beat US in both women's and men's hockey. I hate it for the US, but Jamie Benn of the Dallas Star scored the only Canada goal and our goalie, Kari Lehtonen is playing for the Finnish team. Would like to see those two face off against each other now.
Warning Olympic spoiler above
Yeah, i clicked on a spoiler link on a local TV stations website. What riles me are the numbskulls on facebook that did not use "Spoilers." Kinda like almost 30 years ago and the "Gatorade Twin 125's" (precursor to the Duels) were tape delayed a day and a half to USA Network. I tried all day Friday not to find out who won and even after telling a buddy my plan, he blabbed out "I don't know who won the second one but Ken Schrader won the first one and AJ Fout crashed." There was almost a throat punch and some "word filter violations," to be sure.