November 26, 2020
Can You Play Audio Through AUX and Bluetooth at the Same Time?

Sometimes you might want to listen to the same music through auxiliary speakers and your Bluetooth device at the same time. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as pressing the play button on both devices. Chances are if you’ve tried it, the sound is only emitted from one or the other. So, is it even possible […]

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June 18, 2020
Can You Use a Regular TV Outside?

An exterior TV can provide a modern touch to your house, and offer a great place to hang outside with friends and family. If you have familiarity with electronics you know they don't mix well with the weather, so you may be wondering if you extra hardware or a specialized TV for outdoor use. Can't […]

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May 30, 2020
What is a 4K Soundbar - Do You Need a 4K Soundbar For Your 4K TV?

If you're in the market for a soundbar, you're no doubt comparing a lot of specs and trying to figure out not just what you want, but what you need. One specification in particular is a bit confusing: some soundbars offer "4K", but that's a video spec, not audio. So what does this mean, and […]

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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. 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 the hood, like HDMI EDID. Extended Display Identification Data […]

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April 12, 2020
How HDMI ARC Works with Soundbars

The different sound standards and getting the best quality audio can be complicated. One of the most basic things that you need to get right is whether or not you’re using HDMI ARC with your soundbar or not. But how does HDMI ARC even work with soundbars in the first place? HDMI ARC (Audio Return […]

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April 4, 2020
Can You Use a Projector for Everyday TV Watching?

Projectors offer an unparalleled option of screen size at their price point, with many 100-inch screen projectors coming in at well under the price of a 55-inch or 65-inch television. But what about for content other than movies and prestige-TV shows? What about normal every-day use: your cable-TV sitcoms and favorite news channels? Are projectors […]

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April 2, 2020
What Is HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Is It Important?

There have been many advances in video quality in recent years, but High Dynamic Range (HDR) might be the most exciting. Where technologies like Ultra-HD can give you a more precise picture, and where resolution drives up the number of pixels used for an image, HDR uses this existing hardware to make images more vivid […]

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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 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 fewer HDMI inputs to accept more devices without constant unplugging and replugging. […]

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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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