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  1. I have a 2020/21 LG Nano49 and a Humax 4000T Freeview box. My aerial lead goes into the Humax and then connects to the TV's aerial socket via the RF out on the Humax. All has been fine since buying the TV last December, until Saturday..... Suddenly the HD picture pixellated badly and then the 'no signal' screen came up. Trying to figure out what was happening, I found that I was only able to tune & access just a third of what I'd been able to before (and NO HD ones!) and the only way that I could both tune and access all through the TV, was to have the Humax box switched on. It didn't have to be selected in the inputs, just switched on. If I tried switching the box off, the HD channel being viewed, would disappear within a minute or so and the 'poor or no signal' screen would take its place, although I was still able to access some none HD channels. Isolating both the Humax box and the TV didn't produce any answers : the Humax tuned and displayed ALL the channels when its input was selected and when the aerial lead was removed from the box and plugged directly into the TV, no problem at all....ever channel able to be tuned and displayed. Even tried another identical Humax 4000T and had the same results. In conclusion, the TV tuner appears to work as it should when the aerial is connected directly to it and separately, the Humax box doesn't seem to have any issues when it's input is selected, but now, if I want to continue with having my Freeview recorder and TV connected, the ONLY way that I can have ALL the channels viewed through the the TV's input is to have the Humax box switched on all the time. Hope someone can throw some light on this issue, as I'm stuck......?
  2. Recently, I've been unable to view Channel 4 / All 4 to play via the web OS. I try to access their website via google search (as the apps. don't appear to work), eventually get there and then loading starts for several minutes before it gives up and automatically switches from the browser to antennae TV! Not had this problem of access on a few occasions in the past, but can't anymore.
  3. I do see what you're getting at, T and accept your logic. I'm just trying (somewhat unsuccessfully!) to both rationalise & weigh up all the alternatives that are open to me, financially and practically. It's complicated, as I've attempted to explain.... I do subscribe to 2 movie streaming services, Netflix & Amazon and 4K UHD content is available (at no extra premium) on the latter, which is great and I've been able to appreciate the leap in quality over my previous LG HD TV. I have quite a library of Blu-Ray & DVD titles, hence my thoughts about upgrading to a 4K UHD model which would comparatively upscale my existing discs and play any future 4K discs that I buy....probably pre-owned off eBay. I realise that the 'sensible' route will be to invest in a more up-to-date AV receiver in order to fully enjoy the quality of sound that my new TV can produce, but as I've stated previously, there are several factors to consider. Even installing a centre speaker poses some problems. The most compact one (a Yamaha) that I've seen, would intrude a couple of inches above the bottom edge of the TV. Not ideal! I've really no other place to site it, so I'm still unable to reconcile the various limitations I'm faced with, with the most suitable route to better overall sound.
  4. Hello again T! I did give some serious thought to soundbars, but in the end, decided (at least for the forseeable future) to try and utilise my existing AV receiver/twin speaker set-up. The main reasons for this being : a) buying a soundbar would just make a working (albeit not brilliantly compatible) system redundant, b) I've got no way of checking if a sub. £200 soundbar would actually sound 'better' than my current AV set-up and lastly, c) The crescent-shaped stand on the 49NANO866 does not allow a 89cm soundbar to fit snugly & unobtrusively beneath the TV without it projecting out too much. Just an aesthetic and dimension consideration and not related to sound quality, but something I had to consider nevertheless.... Still think that the £200 (when & if I have it!) will probably be better spent on that 4K UHD Blu-Ray player. What do you think...?
  5. Thanks again for your input. You confirmed my suspicions regarding the Toslink's capabilities, but unfortunately, due to the age of my receiver, I have few choices. As I stated, it doesn't even have a direct optical port (hence having to use an analogue to Toslink adaptor) let alone any HDMi sockets! It comes down to either just listening via the TV's internal speaker and having the benefit of Dolby Atmos, or foregoing that and outputting the sound through the receiver and my two stand-alone speakers. Of course, the 'sensible' thing to do, would be to just go out and buy a new receiver, equipped with all the latest/current connections & ports and then....no problem! However, I can't really justify that and also, most of the ones I've looked at put out 100w (or more) per channel and my Mission speakers are only recommended for 25-50w pc and although compatible with the modest output of my ancient Sony receiver, might possibly either distort or fry with a unit pushing out more than twice the power, so I'd have to go to the additional expense of replacing my speakers if I upgraded the amp. You see how things escalate......? Additionally, I have no intention (with regards to my room size & layout) having any more than those 2 side/front speakers, so 'proper' surround sound isn't a requirement. I just want a bit more 'presence' to the sound when I'm watching a movie, than is output from just the TV speaker. As I said, I'm hoping to upgrade to a 'basic' 4K UHD Blu-Ray player soon and quite possibly the LG UBK90 that I mentioned. I still have that analogue connectivity problem to work around, but it does have an optical out port and is equipped with 2 x HDMi ports which would stand me in good stead for the future IF I bit the bullet and bought a new AV receiver. Fo the moment, with the TV, I've got great UHD vision and just have to compromise on the sound if I want to output it through the existing receiver. It's a trade off that I just have to accept I think. Just can't have it all at the moment!
  6. TBH.....I think you are absolutely right! My Sony AV receiver is now over 20 years old, but in conjunction with my 2 Mission speakers, still produces a great sound...well good enough for me anyway. Unfortunately, all the connections on the Sony receiver are RCA/analogue and whilst I was able to connect to my previous, 8 years old LG TV, things have progressed more digitally, connection-wise these days, so my new TV posed a bit of a hook-up problem. However, I think that I've now got it sorted out by investing in an analogue/toslink/optical audio converter. Digital optical cable from the TV goes into the corresponding input on the converter and then the L & R analogue leads output into the receiver. I don't know whether or not the sound is output in any Dolby configuration, but hey, I've now got some semblance of surround sound. I do realise and appreciate, that to do things properly, I really should invest in a more recent AV receiver with more up-to-date & compatible connections, but I don't want to let things get out of hand, financially. My next step, when funds allow, is to replace my existing Sony 3D Blu-Ray player (similar 8+ age to my old TV) which I suspect is only equipped with an HDMi 1.4 connection, for a current model 4K UHD compatible (LG UBK90 perhaps?) with HDMi 2.0 or 2.1. I've tried hooking my old player up with the new TV and outputting the sound through the Sony receiver, but there is a noticeable sync mis-match with the sound & vision. As I'm not getting this when I'm watching either live TV or streaming services through the AV system, I suspect the problem might be with the player's HDMi 1.4 port. Will find out in due course......
  7. Thanks for the suggestions td47. Much appreciated! I actually do have a Sony AV receiver set up for TV/BluRay use. It worked fine with my previous, 8 year old LG 3D TV, but as it's now over 20 years old and 'analogue,' its somewhat difficult to connect & sync with this new LG model, hence my thinking about a suitable soundbar that was compatible to my new TV and sympathetic size-wise to the crescent-shaped stand. Stephen.
  8. I've recently bought a 49" LG NANO866 TV and so far, am very pleased with it, especially when viewing UHD content, but I'd like to enhance the audio. The crescent stand on this model is both functional & stylish, but doesn't really lend itself to having a soundbar in front of it, even the LG SK1 with a width of 650mm isn't that well accommodated within the curve of the stand below the TV. Any suggestions? Thanks, Stephen.
  9. Hello, I've just bought the 2020 LGNANO866 and also an Amazon Echo, which amongst other uses, I wanted to sync with the LG TV in order to have an additional speaker at the rear of the room. So far, my attempts (in the LG 'Sounds' out settings) have enabled the Echo to connect via Blutooth : this gives the TV sound ONLY through the Echo speaker and NO sound through the TV. The LG rep. I contacted suggested adding the Echo via the 'Surround Sound' setting, which I tried with the result : sound from TV speaker great as normal, but weak, muffled & 'echoey/delayed' sound from the Echo speaker. Attempting to tweak volume and other settings in Surround Sound made no difference. Awful! Am I doing something wrong and if so, can someone please show me the right way to achieve something that I (mistakenly thought!) would be relatively easy to achieve? Thanks, Stephen.
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