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TV LED Backlights

I would llke to get LED Back lights for my TV

 

But I cannot decide between clone or audio sync.

 

The Phillips Hue system looks amazing

 

My other thought was to get strips that sync with a microphone. But one near each front speaker one near each rear.

 

any thoughts or opinions.  I think the drawback with that many strips for the audo would be the necessity of having one remote for each strip.

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Re: TV LED Backlights

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Hi there, bobberuchi, 

 

Thank you for connecting with us here on our Forums page! I'd love to chat about which light setup may fit you best. At this time, have you been able to find anything that's seems to work best for your setup? 

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Re: TV LED Backlights

I contacted a Phillips Hue representative on FaceBook. 

 

Phillips Hue certainly seems like the flag ship of TV back lights. 

 

However, after discussing it with the it is off the table until they can update their technology.

 

The Hue will ONLY clone the lights IF you have the source feeding INTO the TV via their $250 HDMI Sync.

 

What that means is if you have a Smart TV with your favorite apps installed like Netflix,  Hulu, etc you would have to get an external source for them like Roku Stick if you want to make use of the Hue color clone.  

 

The other thing I really wanted was for different colors of lights to react to the music based on the frequency of the audio.  What I found out is that is not possible with a single string.  You need to have different drivers that react that way. When you sync them to sound all they do is change random colors and pulse the the beat.

 

 

So I did a search for LED equalizers and they are out there.  BB just does not carry them.

 

However, I did pick up a really inexpensive string at the store the other day that is powered from USB. I plugged them into my LG OLED and they automatically turn on and off with the tv Power.

 

My idea is to get various equalizers and put a microphone by the fronts, rears and sub-woofer. So in home theater if there is a unique sound coming from just one speaker only that area lights up.

 

I got on the Phillips rep that there are almost no TV's made anymore that are not smart TV's with the apps built in. He said they have that in the works and hopefully will be able to do that soon.  Not ready to spend $600 on a light system desigend to work with my 12 year old Plasma. 

 

It would be neat if BB would some day carry the LED equalizers. The issue is there needs to be a way to send the digital audio signal to it rather than using a microphone.  

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Re: TV LED Backlights

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I love the direction you're trying to head in! I currently run the Hue Sync system through an Xbox One, however I use that console over the smart-TV capabilities within the TV for all of my entertainment needs. 

 

As far as the drivers, I believe you're on the right path. 

 

I believe the Hue system is a great investment, however it may only meet some of the needs you've expressed. 

 

Please let me know if there's anything I can do to possibly assist you here. Thank you! 

 

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Re: TV LED Backlights

The only external source I would have would be my Blue Ray Player and I only use that maybe 4 or 5 times a year now. 

 

From all that I have seen the Phillips Hue system seems far and away the best of them all. 

 

I did find an LED Equalizer that is about 12 inches across. I could put them on the stand behind my TV and snake the microphone over the the speaker.

 

I also found a spot light type of equalizer that could shoot beams out.  I had thought about those by the rears.

 

I saw demo of the Hue system with lightning on the screen and though how cool it was that the corner of the system light up in a whitish color.

That's what gave me the idea to have it sync like an equalizer.

 

Now does Hue sync to music via a microphone or digitaly throught the HDMI Sync Box?

 

If Philips does come out with a system that can sync to the Apps on the smart TV I will be all over it. 

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The Sync system is connected via HDMI, which is where it gets the audio signal that it matches.

 

At this time, I don't believe they have a mic system that can work in tandem with their lights.

 

Thank you for your patience here!

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