Home Theatre

Guide to Buying a New TV - LCD, Plasma, LED or Ultra High Def

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Guide to Buying a New TV - LCD, Plasma, LED or Ultra High Def

There was a time when buying a new TV was a fairly simple matter. Some were bigger. Some had stereo. Maybe there would be extra features, like surround sound or a "flatter, squarer tube." Essentially, however, all TVs used the same technology: the cathode ray tube. Fast-forward and things look very different. The landscape of television technology has been changed forever by the introduction of new technology after new technology. Plasma, LED and LCD screens, high-definition, ultra-high-definition, 3D viewing... the array of options is dizzying. Turning to the manufacturer's specifications is little help. Exciting-sounding but vaguely explained new features and...

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What is Hdmi with Ethernet? How does it work?

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What is Hdmi with Ethernet? How does it work?

The latest HDMI 1.4 standard comes with plenty of special features, including an all-new feature that allows for simplified network management. The HDMI Ethernet Channel incorporates fast network data delivery between IP-based devices with the HDMI cable, providing a number of excellent benefits that deserve a closer look. This functionality is available with both the Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet and High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet. Ethernet functionality in new HDMI 1.4 cables promises to remove the need for extra cables while delivering a high-quality interactive home theater experience to its users. The HDMI Ethernet Channel opens a window of new opportunities for home entertainment system networking. What Does the HDMI...

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What are Optical Cables, How do they work?

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What are Optical Cables, How do they work?

Optical cables are commonly used to transmit digital audio information from a source such as a DVD player to a destination device such as an audio receiver or television. Optical audio has been in development since the 1980s, when Japanese electronics manufacturer Toshiba developed their first optical digital audio cable for use with their CD players. Since then, the costs of manufacturing optical cables has fallen enough to make these devices commonplace, although they remain relatively expensive compared to more established technologies such as coaxial cables. How Optical Cables Work Optical digital audio cables consist of a bundle of thin, transparent optical fibers made from glass or plastic. These fibers are...

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What Is HDMI?

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What Is HDMI?

HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. HDMI provides a compact AV (audio/video) interface that enables the transfer of uncompressed digital AV data. Data originates from a HDMI-compliant device, termed the source or input, which is connected to a display unit. Sources can include DVD, HD DVD and Blu-Ray players, personal computers, HDMI-enabled set-top boxes and some types of camcorder. Display devices can include televisions, computer monitors and projectors. HDMI 1.4The current standard for HDMI, announced in 2009, is 1.4. This new standard introduced many new features; as a result, HDMI 1.4-compliant equipment is not compatible with equipment enabled for earlier...

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HDMI Cable Sound - How Does It Actually Work?

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HDMI Cable Sound - How Does It Actually Work?

So let’s start with a basic introduction of what the HDMI specification is. HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface and allows audio and video data to be transferred between devices over the one cable in the form of a digital signal. This reduces the amount of cables which are needed to run between components. The HDMI specification has also recently been expanded to allow the sharing of an Ethernet connection between devices, but we will cover this in more detail in future posts. HDMI Cables are designed to transfer the audio directly from the source in its purest digital form which allows the transfer of a lossless...

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