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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1876 Post by Michael Kerpan » Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:17 pm

Joshua --

Oh, Oppo still exists -- however, it only does things like smartphones and smartwatches now (its a major company in this industry within China).

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1877 Post by joshua » Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:37 pm

Michael Kerpan wrote:
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:17 pm
Joshua --

Oh, Oppo still exists -- however, it only does things like smartphones and smartwatches now (its a major company in this industry within China).
Yeah, I should have clarified that Oppo Digital stateside is no longer a thing.

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#1878 Post by Michael Kerpan » Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:07 am

It seems like Oppo isn't interested in selling (or isn't allowed to sell) its current products in the USA. In any event, I wonder how much of a support staff still exists (if any) for its now-dead product lines.

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#1879 Post by Adam X » Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:55 am

Likely not much. At the time they announced discontinuing production of UHD/BD players (in early 2018), they said they’d keep supporting existing hardware. But I just had a look and even their final UHD players haven’t received a FW update in almost 2 years (not even a year past their press release, which is a shame as they were one of the best for after-sale support).

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#1880 Post by fdm » Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:12 pm

Stateside at least, they are still doing repairs, for now, and still provide online support, for now. But yeah firmware updates are pretty much done with.

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#1881 Post by boredmedia » Wed May 05, 2021 12:16 pm

hi, im new to the collection. just like to know how good is the picture quality on the dvd releases compared to the blu rays? i live in asia, i can only buy criterions on amazon, blu rays are too pricey for me

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1882 Post by Tim » Fri May 14, 2021 7:28 am

Forgive my ignorance if the answer here is obvious, but I was watching The Good Fairy on Blu, said to be from a new 4K scan, and while the print was excellent there were moments when pixels seemed very visible on Margaret Sullavan's face. At other times the picture was perfect. I was puzzled and wondered if a filter had been used in the original cinematography that had somehow been picked up and highlighted by the 4K scan. I was reminded of the moire patterns that used to appear when one made a half-tone reproduction from a half-tone original in my days working in a print shop many years ago.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1883 Post by jsteffe » Fri May 14, 2021 4:28 pm

Tim wrote:
Fri May 14, 2021 7:28 am
Forgive my ignorance if the answer here is obvious, but I was watching The Good Fairy on Blu, said to be from a new 4K scan, and while the print was excellent there were moments when pixels seemed very visible on Margaret Sullavan's face. At other times the picture was perfect. I was puzzled and wondered if a filter had been used in the original cinematography that had somehow been picked up and highlighted by the 4K scan. I was reminded of the moire patterns that used to appear when one made a half-tone reproduction from a half-tone original in my days working in a print shop many years ago.
Without seeing the film, based on what you are describing it sounds as if the cinematographer put some kind of gauze in front of the lens to diffuse the image for glamour purposes, since it associated with shots of Margaret Sullavan's face. You can see a similar kind of moiré pattern in the opening shot of Hitchcock's MARNIE due to (if I recall correctly) nylon stocking placed over the lens.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1884 Post by filmyfan » Sun May 16, 2021 6:59 am

Just started getting intermittent black screen on my Panasonic Multi Region Region player - dont even have to be watching anything - just leave it on the Main Menu and it will "blink" for a second or so - happens intermittently but roughly every 15 seconds or so.

Had to recently change the region on the player -wonder if I have upset some other settings somewhere on the machine?

Any Ideas ?

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1885 Post by fiddlesticks » Tue May 18, 2021 8:24 pm

I experience a lot of buffering when streaming live TV to my television, especially sports (I have little trouble with shows and films, and oddly enough it never buffers during commercials.) When I stream to a laptop or tablet, it never buffers. I have repeatedly tested my wifi connection, which is more than adequate, currently showing 32Mbps. However, the TV connection speed rates at ~5000 kbps, which I gather is too slow. The TV, which has a built in streaming interface (ie no external device like Roku,) is 3 or 4 years old. Do I need a new tv? Is there another solution?

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1886 Post by skilar » Wed May 19, 2021 12:03 am

How far is your TV from the wifi source? It sounds like your signal is weak by the time it gets to the TV. Running an ethernet cable directly to the TV would likely help, but depending on your setup, that might not be possible.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1887 Post by fiddlesticks » Wed May 19, 2021 2:05 am

I have checked the signal strength on my tablet at the TV and further away, and it is strong. The router is perhaps 12 feet from the tv. We have no issues with wifi on any other device anywhere in this very small house. In fact, the sole problem we have is streaming Yahoo TV on this television. (That is, streaming Yahoo TV on tablet and laptop work perfectly, as does streaming Amazon Prime on the tv, although I do that only rarely.) Ethernet is not an option with my setup.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1888 Post by Michael Kerpan » Wed May 19, 2021 8:41 am

fiddlesticks -- why not try (borrow, buy) a latest generation streaming device before giving up on the TV itself. It's a lot cheaper. ;-)

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1889 Post by fiddlesticks » Thu May 20, 2021 2:59 pm

Michael Kerpan wrote:
Wed May 19, 2021 8:41 am
fiddlesticks -- why not try (borrow, buy) a latest generation streaming device before giving up on the TV itself. It's a lot cheaper. ;-)
That seems like sound advice. I'll try that. Thanks!

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#1890 Post by Michael Kerpan » Thu May 20, 2021 5:51 pm

fiddlesticks -- Hope it works!

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#1891 Post by fiddlesticks » Tue Jun 08, 2021 12:07 am

I think you have solved my problem. Thanks!

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#1892 Post by Michael Kerpan » Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:00 am

Glad I could help!

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1893 Post by therewillbeblus » Wed Jun 23, 2021 9:57 pm

So I bought this RCA/HDMI converter following my request on the previous page but can't for the life of me figure out how to make it work from my Roku TV to my soundbar. The soundar isn't popping up as an audio option on my TV no matter where I put the chords... is it possible I ordered the wrong adapter or can anyone help me troubleshoot this?

Also, this is my soundbar, in case that matters- Thanks

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#1894 Post by Adam X » Thu Jun 24, 2021 12:08 am

I guess my first question would be how are you using the soundbar? Unless you’ve got your wording back to front, I think your doing things backwards.

If you’re simply sending audio from the TV/source to the soundbar, you want to go from an OUTPUT on the TV, to an INPUT on the soundbar.

Based on the available pictures & what you’ve said so far (though without knowing the exact TV you have it’s hard to be certain), you should just be able to go from the stereo RCA outputs on your TV (white & red), to the inputs on the sound bar.

On the TV you’d need to go into settings and tell the TV which port you’re outputting the audio from.

The HDMI converter you’ve bought is designed to convert the analogue RCA signal (input, stereo audio & composite video) to the digital HDMI signal (output). So it likely wouldn’t work sending a signal in the opposite direction, as it’s designed to upscale the video signal.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1895 Post by therewillbeblus » Thu Jun 24, 2021 12:33 am

So the annoying thing about Roku TVs is that they also only have inputs, which is why you need an adapter to serve as the output from the TV between it and the sound bar’s input. I was hoping that the HDMI port would work for that, but beyond that abstract piece of info I have no idea. I’m wondering if I need the other kind of RCA/HDMI adapter with external pieces (male, I guess?) as seen here. None of the online articles, message boards or YT videos are helpful.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1896 Post by fdm » Thu Jun 24, 2021 4:11 am

Just looking at amazon and guessing what your tv might be, picking the TCL 50-inch Class 4-Series 4K UHD Smart Roku LED TV - 50S435, 2021 Model, the picture with its inputs and outputs on its side, and looking at the rather poor picture at amazon of your sound bar's inputs, I would suspect your only option for an audio connection aside from the RCA audio output is an optical cable. Plug the optical cable into the tv and into the sound bar, that gives you a digital connection. (Otherwise it looks like both that tv and the sound bar have headphone input connectors, so perhaps this cable might work for that option.) I'd try the optical first, since that cable came with the sound bar.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1897 Post by Adam X » Thu Jun 24, 2021 4:41 am

The soundbar appears to come with a stereo RCA > 3.5mm (1/8”) cable, so failing the Optical cable option, you could use that to connect w/ the TV’s headphone output.

That TV model actually has an HDMI port w/ ARC (audio return channel) functionality, which means you can use it to send audio from the TV.

Though the soundbar would need an HDMI input for that to be an option for you. If fdm guessed wrong, the TV model you’re using would be helpful.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1898 Post by therewillbeblus » Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:02 am

Thanks, my TV is the Element 50" 4K UHD Roku TV. I've tried connecting an HDMI through my ARC port on the TV, and while my soundbar doesn't have an HDMI port, the RCA adapter does, so I figured that with the HDMI listed as output, this would help merge them. However, no such luck- my TV doesn't recognize my soundbar as a device to connect. I don't seem to have an Optical cable anymore- though I do see there are ports on my TV and soundbar, from everything I've heard the Roku TV's ports are all inputs so it wouldn't help, especially because my adapter doesn't have a place for that cable. I don't really want to keep buying cords and adapters for trial and error either... at this point I'm close to just returning this adapter and buying a new soundbar that might be more up-to-date, but I'd be lost there too.

Does anybody have a Roku TV who uses other speakers besides the TV ones?

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1899 Post by Adam X » Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:04 am

I'd return that HDMI converter regardless, as it won't do what you're after. The HDMI Output port on the box is sending the signal to the HDMI cable, not the other way around.

As you seem to've misplaced the optical cable (it'd look something like this), hopefully you still have the other one I mentioned (stereo RCA > 3.5mm) - this should work without issue. Left (white) & Right (red) RCA's into the soundbar, the 3.5mm jack into the TV's Headphone port.

The below quote's from near the start of your TV's manual:
Connecting headphones or analog soundbar

You can connect headphones or an analog soundbar (not provided) to the TV’s headphone jack.

Tip: Inserting a plug in the headphone jack disables the sound from the TV’s built-in speakers.

Warning: Loud noise can damage your hearing. When using headphones, use the lowest volume setting on your headphones that still lets you hear the sound.

Select models also have an audio line out connection that is not affected by TV volume or mute settings and does not disable the TV speakers. Use this connection when you want to use your amplifier or soundbar to control the TV volume. To turn off the TV’s built-in speakers, from the Home screen menu, navigate to Settings > Audio > TV speakers and change the setting.

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