April 29, 2020
What is HDMI EDID? Everything You Need to Know!

The HDMI format pulls off a neat trick of simplifying video transfer in your home theater (more on HDMI devices like switches in our guide). It’s such a reliable and simple standard, in which connecting devices usually “just works” without a hitch, that it’s easy to forget there are some interesting things going on under […]

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April 25, 2020
Soundbar Connection and Setup Guide - Everything You Need To Know

A soundbar can be a great tool for solving lots of different problems in your home theater. They look nice upgrading the aesthetic of your space, they reduce the number of cables you need to run saving you time and effort on the install, and, depending on the model, you get all these benefits as […]

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April 24, 2020
How to Run Power to a Ceiling Mounted Projector

One thing that can instantly make a projector setup look amateur is a dangling power cable. Even when the cable has been managed to follow along with the lines of the wall and corners, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s ugly, and that no matter what you’re going to have a lot of […]

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April 8, 2020
Do HDMI Couplers Degrade the Signal?

If you're extending an HDMI cable, chances are you have come across HDMI couplers. Sometimes called "HDMI barrels," HDMI couplers seem like they are a straightforward solution to extending HDMI cable. Simply get another HDMI cable, connect them with the coupler, and you’re done. Simple, but is it the best solution? An HDMI coupler will […]

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March 24, 2020
How to Control a Soundbar With a TV Remote

If you recently got a soundbar, or you're simply wanting to streamline your current soundbar/TV connection, controlling both your TV and soundbar with one remote is ideal. Luckily, there is a way to avoid fiddling with multiple remotes and simplify your whole entertainment system. How to control a soundbar with a TV remote: Find the […]

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March 21, 2020
What Is an HDMI Audio Extractor?

If your home theater room doubles as a listening room, you may be in the market for an HDMI audio extractor. HDMI audio extractors are also useful to transmit audio from HDMI-only sources to analog-only audio receivers. A small piece of equipment, an HDMI audio extractor is perfect for integrating your home theater into your […]

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March 20, 2020
HDMI Switches: What Are They and Are They Useful?

An HDMI switch allows you to feed multiple HDMI sources - whether mini, micro, or standard (our guide on the differences) - to a single output. It will allow you to select between the input channels and will likely come with a remote control. HDMI switches are a great way to enable older equipment with […]

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March 18, 2020
Do Cables Go Bad Over Time?

Maybe the cable is dead? Unless you’ve done something specific to damage the cable, the answer is not likely. Most damage to cables happens due to repeated plugging and unplugging or poor manufacturing. Using quality cables and disturbing them as little as possible can go a long way to getting as much life out of […]

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March 4, 2020
What is an HDMI Splitter and How Does It Work?

An HDMI splitter is a fairly simple piece of technology that allows you to transmit audio-visual data from one HDMI source - regardless of the size of cable like mini and micro (our tutorial on the differences) - to two HDMI receivers. This can be useful in situations where you have a television and a […]

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February 23, 2020
What Are HDMI ARC and eARC and How Do They Work?

HDMI, in its many forms - micro, mini, and standard (our guide) - has greatly reduced the number of cables necessary to set up your home theater system, and ARC and eARC are just one way it does that. The HDMI ARC or audio return channel and eARC (enhanced audio return channel) allows for audio […]

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