Wood TV Stand Buying Guide

Buying Guide to Wood TV Stands

Wood TV stands and furniture are popular for many people looking to buy for their home. However, TV stands made from wood aren’t the only choice you have when you want to buy some furniture for your home cinema system. There are a number of styles and types to consider, and until you understand the

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Speaker Impedance Matching – Ohms, Speakers and Impedance Explained

Speaker Impedance Matching - Ohms, Speakers and Impedance Explained - close up of a speaker cone

My word, we’re really heading into geek territory here! Speaker impedance matching, now here’s a subject that can send even the most hardened technophile running for cover (me included). It’s also one of the favorite subjects that the nerds on the forums like to use to bully poor unsuspecting newbies. Well, you won’t get any

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Using Stereo Receivers and Amplifiers in Your Home Theater System

Stereo Receivers and Amplifiers in Your Home Theater System - front controls of an amplifier

Stereo receivers and amplifiers can be ideal to use in your home theater system, but it is an option that is often overlooked by many people. I discussed in the guide to hooking up surround sound, that you can improve the sound in any home theater system by adding a separate amplifier and speakers. But,

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Understanding Speaker Sensitivity and Efficiency

Understanding Speaker Sensitivity and Efficiency - the front of a hi-fi speaker

Speaker sensitivity – also known as speaker efficiency – can be an important factor when you are looking to buy a new set of speakers. It is something that can be useful to be aware of when choosing some speakers. I have already looked elsewhere at other important speaker specifications – speaker power ratings and

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Understanding Speaker Power Rating Specifications

Understanding Speaker Power Rating Specifications - graphic of two speakers on fire

The speaker power rating should be an important consideration to anyone who is looking to buy new speakers. It will usually be listed alongside all the other speaker specifications – most of which we don’t understand, right? However, the power specification is an area that is often misunderstood by many people – but which can

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Sony AV Receivers: ZA, DN & DH Series Compared

Sony AV Receivers: ZA, DN & DH Series Compared - volume control of an AV receiver

Sony AV receivers provide a wide range of products to complete your surround sound system. Their entry level models are a cost-effective way to get the basic features you need to connect all your AV equipment, while the flagship products provide higher quality specifications for those who need the best performance. There are three main

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Surround Sound Formats – Dolby Digital vs. DTS vs. THX

Surround Sound Formats: Dolby Digital vs DTS vs THX - front display of an AV receiver

The various surround sound formats available on modern AV receivers can appear confusing. Dolby Digital, DTS and THX listening modes are all available to process your audio, but what is the difference and what do they all do? On this page, I list some of the audio decoding and processing formats you will find on

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A Guide to SCART Connections and Cables

A Guide to SCART Connections and Cables

SCART connections are still fairly common in Europe as a method of connecting AV components. Although it is being used less, you may well find your AV equipment still has one of these. However, they are being replaced by the introduction of digital technology and connection types such as HDMI and DVI. So what do

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Marantz AV Receivers: Comparing the SR & NR Series Features

Marantz AV Receivers: Comparing the SR & NR Series Features - front view of an amplifier

Marantz AV receivers are some of the best examples of great-sounding surround sound amplifiers on the market. They have been making audio products since the 1950’s and have been long admired for their high-quality equipment. However, it can be confusing to understand which model you want to buy as there seems to be such a

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Onkyo AV Receivers: Comparing the RZ Series

Onkyo AV Receivers: Comparing the RZ Series. The front panel of an AV receiver

Onkyo AV receivers have created a big impression on the home theater market in recent years. Their receivers have been winning awards and great reviews for a few years now, and they provide a strong line-up of products from entry-level models up to high-performance machines. There are currently three broad product categories to look for

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3.5mm Mini Stereo Jack Cable and Connection

3.5mm Mini Stereo Jack Cable and Connection

A mini stereo jack connection is found on many AV devices. You will be very familiar with this connection type on plenty of the devices that you own – especially headphone connections on mobile devices and computer sound cards. In some circumstances, it can be a useful option for getting audio from A to B.

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Onkyo AV Receivers: the NR & SR Series Compared

Onkyo AV Receivers: the NR & SR Series Compared. Volume control on an AV receiver.

If you want to buy an Onkyo AV receiver, then the first thing you will need to do is narrow down which one is right for you. Onkyo release a number of new receivers each year. So, it can be hard to find the right model that suits all your needs. There are three main

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S-Video Connectors and Cables Explained

S-Video Connectors and Cables Explained

S-Video connectors often provide a quick and easy way to connect audio-visual components. You might recognize them as they can be color-coded yellow. However, not always, so don’t rely on this – because a composite connection is often yellow too! So what is an S-Video connection exactly, and when should you use it? And, can

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RCA Surround Sound Connections – Analog 5.1 Audio Explained

RCA Surround Sound Connections - Analog 5.1 Audio Explained

RCA surround sound connections can be a good way to connect to your home theater speakers if you don’t have digital HDMI or optical options. They take the basic connection type of our old friend, the analog stereo connection, but use it to power 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. Here I look at analog RCA

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Plasma TV Problems – What Are the Issues with Plasma TVs?

Plasma TV Problems - What Are the Issues with Plasma TVs? - man fixing plasma television

A plasma flat screen TV used to be a good option when you were looking to buy a new television. Unfortunately, this type of TV is no longer manufactured. However, if you already own one, then this article might be useful if you are having problems with your plasma TV. Even though the picture quality

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