July 5, 2020
Can You Use Indoor Speakers Outside?

Perhaps you are looking to complement your new exterior TV with a nice set of speakers, or you are looking for the long term external solution for streaming music outside. You're going to need speakers for that, and you might be wondering if you really need to spend the extra money on outdoor speakers? While […]

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July 2, 2020
What is a Pre-Out on an A/V Receiver and When Would You Use It?

Receiver's can be complicated devices, and it's easy to lose track of what specs and ports you need. One feature some receivers have--a Pre-Out--can be especially confusing. If you’re looking into buying an A/V receiver, you may be wondering what a pre-out is and how to use it. A pre-out allows you to connect an […]

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June 28, 2020
Sonos Arc Review: The Ultimate Dolby Atmos Soundbar

Soundbars are such an interesting category of hardware. They’ve gone from a new and niche technology almost a decade ago, to a point where nowadays they’re commonplace. A quick Amazon search shows that this product category is now crowded with options that seem basically equivalent. But then, there’s the Sonos Arc, which simply blows the […]

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June 1, 2020
What is a Dolby Atmos Soundbar? Everything You Need to Know!

In the wide world of soundbars, it's easy to get lost in all the specifications and acronyms. One feature you may notice in some higher-end soundbars is the advanced audio standard Dolby Atmos. But is this something you need? What does Dolby Atmos add anyways? A Dolby Atmos soundbar adds the height dimension to audio. […]

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May 1, 2020
How to Connect a Microphone to a Soundbar - Karaoke with a Soundbar

If you’re trying to host a karaoke night powered by your home theater system, there are a few details you need to get right. Using the screen for free karaoke videos on Youtube and running the microphones through your soundbar seems like the perfect solution at first, but once you try to hook everything up […]

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April 30, 2020
Soundbar vs Soundbase: Which is Best for You?

Are you ready to take your TV's sound to the next level? When you purchase a flat-screen TV, no matter how good the video quality is, if you're still relying on the built-in speakers the sound quality will not be very good. A soundbar or sound base is a great way to improve your sound […]

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April 21, 2020
Do Soundbars Need an Amplifier or Receiver?

A soundbar is a great way to minimize the footprint of your home theater system. They are a sleek sound solution that greatly reduces the number of cables you need. If you're switching from a speaker system to a soundbar, you might be wondering if your soundbar needs an amplifier or receiver like surround speakers […]

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April 8, 2020
Wireless Home Theater Systems - Everything You Need to Know

Home theaters require a lot of equipment and attention to detail, including not only the gear itself but the type of paint (our guide) you use as well, and with every new component, there are often several new wires that need to be connected to everything else leading to trip hazards and laborious cable management […]

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April 5, 2020
How To Use Bluetooth Speakers With An Amazon Fire TV Stick

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a fantastic device, enabling you to not only get your media streaming setup without any hassle but also allowing you to take that system with you anywhere there’s a screen to plug into. For a more robust home theater setup, though, you may be wondering how to free the […]

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March 28, 2020
Can In-Ceiling Speakers Touch Insulation?

So you’re installing speakers into your ceiling and your insulation is costing you some room. What do you do? Does it matter? How you handle your insulation will impact your sound, but more importantly, you may be wondering if it's dangerous for the speakers to come in contact with insulation. In-ceiling speakers can come in […]

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