The iPhone and iPad both make use of the iOS operating system, which offers support for a range of apps, including streaming media services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus. Generally, there are at least four different preset video modes or settings on most 4K TVs: Movie, Sports, Game and Vivid. Confusingly, the terminology for these modes varies among manufacturers. Install the Remote App from the iTunes store and ensure your phone and Apple TV are connected to the same network as the Apple TV. Launch Remote. Launch Remote. On the Apple TV navigate to the Settings menu, then General, then Remotes, and finally Remote App menu. Hi gang, Compressor has a built in preset for Apple TV that produces 1280 x 720 video. This was fine for HDV material, but recently I started to shoot at 1920x1080.
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PC monitors (see our monitor reviews) and TVs are close relatives. Usually, they differ in design and image processing capabilities and connectivity. TVs usually have more advanced image processing capabilities than monitors and come equipped with TV tuners and integrated speakers, whereas monitors usually have DisplayPort connections that TVs still lack.
Most TVs offer a PC Mode option, which removes the extra image processing and ensures the lowest possible input lag. The most important things to take into consideration when choosing a TV for PC monitor usage are the TV's supported resolutions, the ability to display chroma 4:4:4, and the viewing angles that can cause uniformity issues when sitting close to the screen.
We've tested over 200 TVs and here are our recommendations for the best TVs to use as a PC monitor in 2019.
Best Small TV To Use As A PC Monitor: LG 43UM7300Usage Ratings - Version 1.3PC MonitorSub-Type : IPSResolution : 4k
The best TV for use as a PC monitor is the LG 43UM7300. It's available in a 43 inch size which, although still large, can fit on a large desk. It has an IPS panel, and thanks to the wide viewing angles the image remains uniform at the sides when you sit up close. It has excellent low input lag for a responsive desktop experience, and the response time is fast so there is very little blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4 in any resolution, so text looks good.
Unfortunately, the backlight flickers at 120Hz, which might bother some people, and the dark room performance is lacking due to the low contrast ratio.
Overall, this is an excellent TV for use as a monitor.
Best Large TV To Use As A PC Monitor: Samsung QN55Q80RUsage Ratings - Version 1.3PC MonitorSub-Type : VAResolution : 4k
If you find the size of the LG UM7300 limiting and want a TV that will also perform well in dark environments, then check out the Samsung QN55Q80R. It's not available in 43' and it's more expensive than the LG in 55'.
This TV doesn't have an IPS panel, but thanks to the TV's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, the image remains accurate for wider angles and can deliver a more uniform image if you sit up close. It has a very low input lag and it feels very responsive. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4, so the text is crisp in any resolution and the response time is very fast, leaving only a small blur trail behind fast-moving objects.
Unfortunately, it's not available in sizes smaller than 55', which might be a limitation if you wish to place it on a desk. Overall, this is an excellent large TV for use as a PC monitor, and it excels in any other use as well.
Brighter Alternative: Vizio PQ65-F1Sub-Type : VAResolution : 4k
If you're looking for the brightest TV for use as PC Monitor, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum. It's almost as good as the Samsung Q80R, but doesn't have the wide viewing angles and is only available in 65'. This TV lacks the FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate option found on the Samsung, but it's an excellent TV for use as a PC monitor with great picture quality and deep blacks for dark rooms. It can get very bright, so you can use it in a bright room without any issues.
When used as a PC monitor, it reacts immediately to your actions thanks to the low input lag, and the very fast response time leaves almost no blur trail in fast motion. Finally, it accepts most common input resolutions and can display clear and crisp text, as it supports chroma 4:4:4.
Alternative With Wider Viewing Angles: LG 55SK9000Sub-Type : IPSResolution : 4k
If you find that the viewing angles of the Samsung Q80R cause uniformity issues, then check out the LG 55SK9000. You won't get the deep blacks you'll find on the Samsung, and you won't have the FreeSync support for tear-free gaming. Nevertheless, this is a TV with a very low input lag that reacts instantaneously to your actions, supports chroma 4:4:4, and can display crisp text, which is great if you use it as a PC monitor. It has wide viewing angles thanks to the IPS panel, so you won't experience uniformity issues at the edges when you sit up close. Overall, it's a great TV that also serves well as a PC monitor.
Best Budget TV To Use As A PC Monitor: TCL 55R617Usage Ratings - Version 1.3PC MonitorSub-Type : VAResolution : 4k
The TCL 6 Series/55R617 2018 is the best budget TV for use as a PC monitor. It has outstanding low input lag with any resolution, ensuring a responsive experience for gaming and desktop use. It also supports the vast majority of the most common resolutions, and it can display chroma 4:4:4 properly, so text looks sharp. This TV even automatically enters PC Mode when it detects a connected PC.
The biggest issue with using this TV as a PC monitor is the viewing angle, as the image degrades when viewed at an angle. This shouldn't be an issue if you're sitting directly in front of the TV at a comfortable viewing distance, but if you're too close, the edges of the screen can appear non-uniform.
Overall, though, the R617 is a great TV for use as a PC monitor, despite the budget price. When you're not using it as a PC, it's also a great choice for almost any use, with great peak brightness and an excellent contrast ratio.
Cheaper Alternative: TCL 55S425Sub-Type : VAResolution : 4k
If you want a cheaper alternative to the TCL R617 or are looking for a smaller option, check out the TCL 4 Series/55S425 2019 instead. The S425 is a much simpler TV than the R617, with no local dimming, no motion interpolation, and a much dimmer screen. These aren't the most important features when using a TV as a PC monitor, so if that's your main usage, this TV is a great choice. It has outstanding low input with any supported format, and, like the R617, it supports the majority of the most popular formats.
A sound bar speaker or the right pair of headphones could help you hear the dialogue on your TV again
It's a common problem: Due to hearing loss, you have a hard time watching television. Even with the volume at maximum level, many people can't quite make out the dialogue.
For me, this issue hits close to home.
In the later years of his life, my dad struggled to understand what was being said on TV shows. When I called or visited him, the TV was often at full blast. And yet, he complained, that really didn't help him follow the on-screen conversations. It simply added another layer of commotion.
'We see this issue quite a bit, especially with our older patients,' says Dr. Meredith Scharf of Manhattan Audiological Services in New York. 'It's not just volume; it's clarity any time there's a high background level of noise. It can be with speech and conversations, as well as with TV.'
Hearing loss can also be an issue for children and younger adults, who may be using laptops and other mobile devices to watch TV shows and movies.
'The younger generation, like my daughter—who is hard of hearing—often don’t own a television and stream from their laptops,' says Janice S. Lintz, a New York City-based hearing access consultant and CEO of Hearing Access & Innovations. There are solutions for those types of listeners, too, she says, which we address below.
If you're having trouble, it's always a good idea to get your hearing checked by an audiologist or other specialist. But, meanwhile, you don't need to give up on your favorite programs. Here are a few technologies and strategies that can help.
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TV Audio Settings
The thought of playing around with a TV's settings makes many people uncomfortable, but it's worthwhile if you suffer from hearing loss. Most televisions have a number of audio settings that can help, and it's almost impossible to mess things up. If you don't like the result, you can just restore the manufacturer's default settings.
To begin, go into the TV's menu, click the icon or label for Settings, and look for an item labeled Audio or Sound.
Now look for the available pre-sets. Some TVs have a setting specifically designed to enhance dialogue—that can be really helpful.
There may also be a 'night' mode, which flattens out the volume, so there's less difference between loudest explosions and softest whispers. (The idea is to let you set the volume with less risk of waking your spouse or neighbors.) If it's on, try turning it off and you might find it easier to hear what's being said.
Next, some TVs try to create a surround-sound effect with a more diffuse soundfield. In that case, switching the TV to Stereo or Normal might help. If the set decodes multichannel sound, such as Dolby Digital or DTS, you may be able to boost the volume of the center-channel speaker, which contains dialogue, and then reduce the volume levels of the other speakers.
And if the TV has a 'User' mode, it may have an equalizer (EQ) that lets you adjust various frequencies.
'Many older adults experience high-frequency sensorineural hearing loss, which can affect the clarity of the program,' Scharf explains. 'An increase in volume alone will not help.'
If that's the case, try lowering the bass and lower mid-range and boosting the upper midrange and higher frequencies, where voices are typically found, to compensate. Sometimes there are EQ pre-sets that automatically do the same thing. They're all worth trying.
Sound Bar Speakers
Sound bar speakers are a great way to improve TV sound and a few claim to have built-in voice-enhancement technologies.
We don't test those features in our labs, so I can't vouch for their effectiveness. But you may want to give them a try. For example, the Sonos Playbar speaker, which is a bit pricey at $700, has a 'Speech Enhancement' setting that purports to boost the audio frequencies associated with the human voice.
Zvox markets several sound bars—including the $200 AccuVoice AV200 TV Speaker—designed specifically to improve dialogue intelligibility. According to the company, the AccuVoice feature tries to mimic the function of a hearing aid by isolating voice frequencies and lifting them out of background sounds.
Wireless Headphones and Headsets
Some TVs are outfitted with two-way Bluetooth, which lets you send the sound straight to a pair of wireless headphones. If your set lacks this feature, you can purchase a system with a transmitter that plugs into your TV and a set of headphones with a built-in receiver. The headphones typically work using infrared radio frequencies, or Bluetooth. Some models, such as Sennheiser’s RS 195, have a speech-enhancement mode that claims to boost the dialogue while lowering background noise.
There are also stethoscope-style headphones, called stethosets or TV listeners, designed to enhance TV sound for those with hearing loss. They, too, work by boosting the frequencies common to dialogue.
TV Ears is probably the best-known manufacturer, though other companies, including Sennheiser, make stethoset-style systems. These generally use a small base unit with a transmitter you connect to the TV and a pair of horseshoe-shaped earphones with a receiver. For homes with more than one person suffering from hearing loss, you can also find TV speakers outfitted with the same technology.
There are a few different ways to connect your hearing aids to your television. Media streamers, which are basically transmiters that attach to the TV and send signals to hearings aids, are one way to do this. On the positive side, they can transmit the sound directly from your television—and sometimes a smartphone or tablet—to your hearing aid. And like other wireless options, they offer range and portability.
But streamers typically only work with a specific brand of hearing aid.
'That can be an issue if the person changes hearing aid brands or potentially even models; they might need to purchase a new streamer, and that can be quite costly,' says Lintz at Hearing Access & Innovations. The lack of cross-brand compatibility is also a problem in homes where more than one person has hearing loss. 'Potentially, each member will need their own individual streamer, and they might need to be replaced when a new hearing aid is purchased,' she says.
Neck and Room Loops
Another option for those who already use a hearing aid is a loop system. There are both headset systems and installed loop systems. A room loop, also known as an induction loop, is a technology often deployed in Broadway theaters and movie houses, but it can be set up on a smaller scale in your home.
You connect an amplifier to your TV's audio output and run a wire around the perimeter of the room. The equipment then distributes electromagnetic TV signals that can be picked up by a tiny receiver (called a T-coil or telecoil) built into most hearing aids. One benefit to this approach is that multiple listeners can tune in, provided they each have a compatible receiver in their hearing aids. Another plus: You get good reception no matter where you are in the room, so you don't have to worry about moving around.
'A person with hearing loss who watches television on their laptop can also use a headset that is hearing-aid compatible,' Lintz explains. These T-coil compatible headsets also work with many cochlear implants, she says, providing a direct transmission of the audio signal.
One additional remedy, especially for those with significant or total hearing loss, is to turn on the closed caption function in the settings on your TV, cable box, or laptop and read the dialogue as it scrolls across your screen. My dad found that helpful. My wife and I did, too—when our son was an infant and we wanted to watch TV while he slept.
This also works well for shows with rapid-fire dialogue or in rooms filled with people shouting about an awards ceremony or a sporting event. We found that it works best for pre-recorded shows, though. In live programs, the transcribing that takes place on the fly can often produce comical results.