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Accessible TV Setup 2024

After a decade, with my vision gradually worsening, I decided it was time to upgrade our TV to a larger model. Despite researching intermittently over a couple of years, determining which TV and sound system would offer an accessible TV setup proved challenging.

Existing Setup

I upgraded from a 2014 Samsung 55-inch UHD LCD TV, which I had initially paired with a Samsung Soundbar and Sub. However, the wireless connectivity to the sub became unreliable in recent years. After a stint with a Fire TV stick using voice view, I decided to invest in an Apple TV 4K, and the improvement in accessibility was significant.

The voice view on the Amazon Fire TV often sounded abrasive and was sometimes unresponsive. In contrast, the Apple TV offered high performance and featured the familiar Apple voices from my iPhone. It also enabled me to use my iPhone as a remote and keyboard, which proved invaluable for searching programs when dictation fell short.

Following the connectivity issues with the Samsung audio equipment, I connected two Apple HomePod Minis to my Apple TV and the sound quality was remarkable. Although I only intended to test the feature, the HomePods have become a permanent fixture.

Selecting a TV

After reviewing TVs and visiting stores, I decided on an OLED panel for its impressive quality, which maximizes my vision. That was my rationale to my wife, at least.

Once I chose OLED, I considered price and size. Initially, I wanted a 75-inch TV, but the cost was prohibitive, so I opted for a 65-inch model. The Amazon app’s VR feature was instrumental in visualizing the TV in our space, which my wife and I found very helpful.

With an Apple TV that supports Dolby Vision and Atmos, I looked for compatible models. Samsung was out due to lack of support for Dolby Vision, which left Sony and LG. Both brands use the same panels, but Sony’s higher price and Google TV software were concerns as I prefer Apple products. After evaluating accessibility features, my wife and I chose the LG C3 OLED 65-inch TV.

Steaming and Speakers

We were quite satisfied with our Apple TV and HomePod Minis, so after contemplating Sonos, we opted for the latest Apple TV and two second-generation HomePods to enhance our sound experience.

Setting Up

From the moment I turned on the LG TV, voice guidance was available, enabling me to set up the TV independently. I required minor assistance with the correct ports, but that was all. Every menu and app I’ve tried on the LG C3 has been accessible with voice guidance. While sighted individuals may take setting up a device for granted, I found it incredibly empowering to be able to set up a mainstream TV on my own.

Voice Guidance Performance on LG C3

The voice guidance for the menus is excellent, though I observed some performance issues with the TV when voice guidance is activated in apps. It’s still fully functional, and these issues might have gone unnoticed if not for the comparison with the impeccable voice-over performance of Apple TV. The LG C3 offers the ability to AirPlay directly from an Apple device, and with the integrated apps and voice guidance, one can enjoy the TV without the need for an Apple TV box and still be content.

Overview of Accessible TV Setup 2024

My accessible TV setup is made up of:

  • LG C3 65 Inch OLED TV
  • Apple TV 4k
  • Two Apple Homepod second generation

I absolutely love the quality of the video and sound.

Tell me what you think in the comments below or on X @timdixon82

By Tim Dixon

Tim Dixon has worked in IT for over 20 years, specifically within the Testing Inspection and Certification industry. Tim has Cone Dystrophy, a progressive sight loss condition that impacts his central vision, colour perception and makes him sensitive to light. He likes to share his experience of life and how he navigates the abyss of uncertainty.

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