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 17, 2020
What is Bluetooth 5? (Everything You Need to Know)

From wireless Bluetooth headphones to the ever-growing and mutating “Internet of Things”, more and more of the data we’re collecting and using is coming from hardware that wouldn’t exist without a standard solution for short-range device-to-device communication. That’s why it’s interesting when these standards change, and that’s especially true for the huge ecosystem of devices […]

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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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February 17, 2020
Can You Connect to Two Bluetooth Speakers at Once?

Given the basic functionality of Bluetooth, it would seem that connecting to more than one speaker would be impossible. There are, however, a number of ways to connect to multiple speakers via Bluetooth. Newer equipment comes with Bluetooth 5. Other solutions include apps like Bose Connect and Ultimate Ears. Samsung Galaxy phones S8 and later […]

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February 15, 2020
What Is HDMI CEC? Everything You Need to Know!

HDMI CEC is one of the oldest ways to connect all your devices with HDMI. Introduced in HDMI 1.0 and updated in HDMI 1.3, HDMI CEC allows up to 15 devices to communicate with each other and share settings to create a seamless home theater experience. CEC stands for Consumer Electronics Control. HDMI CEC allows […]

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October 15, 2019
Differences Between a Passive Soundbar and Center Channel Speaker

I know what you are thinking. Center channel speakers and passive soundbars both take an amplified signal. They are both positioned front and center in your home theater. They seem pretty similar. Can they be substituted for each other? The answer is no! Passive soundbars and center channel speakers are not the same thing. A […]

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August 18, 2019
What is the Difference Between 2.1 and 5.1 Surround Sound?

Sound is one of the most important aspects of your home theater experience. Along with a quality television, having a top-of-the-line sound system will set you well on your way to an amazing setup that feels similar to a real theater experience. There are a lot of things to consider, such as speaker type, brand, […]

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June 8, 2019
How Does an IR Repeater Work? IR Repeater Kits Explained

With all the different video sources and other equipment (receivers, projectors, etc.), the remote control situation for your home entertainment system can quickly become a nuisance. The biggest problem is that, to hide equipment away, you’re almost certainly going to cover up the infrared receivers built into your devices, rendering the remote controls useless. There’s […]

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