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Home Theaters

A home theater is a theater built in a home, designed to mimic (or exceed) commercial theater performance and feeling, more commonly known as a home cinema. Today, home cinema implies a real "cinema experience" at a private home. Components and attributes include home cinema, backyard theater, home theater in a box (HTIB), audio-video (AV) receiver, front video projector and projector screen, home theater (PC, HTPC or media PC), media center, and switchable projection window.

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I thought it might be fun to set up a Linux backend MythTV server with a kodi front end. This is more of an exercise then anything else -- I actually don't watch much TV.

So, as I understand it, I can use MythTV (already installed on OpenSuse Box) as a backend for capturing content from a card. Then I can use Kodi, on another Linux box or possibly on a mac, to stream the content. Tell me if this workflow is typical/possible.

The question I have though is what capture card can I use to run on a Linux Box running OpenSuse? I can change my linux distro if needed.

Thanks for any advice

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I'm looking for a remote with just TV/Netflix, volume and channel change capabilities. noting else. This is for my elderly parent. She has to many buttons and gets things all messed up trying to switch between cable and Netflix.  Any suggestions?
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My parents just bought a Smart TV. They've been having trouble navigating it. They live several states away and do not have a smart phone or tablet to Skype/FaceTime me and show what they see and what they're having trouble with.

Is it possible for me to remote access into their smart TV through WiFi to walk them through navigation?
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Hello EE folks,

I thought this would be an easy find but after looking at more than fifteen systems, I am wondering if such a stereo exists.

I want to have the ability to play music in multiple rooms. We live in a small condo where BT range isn’t a problem.

Ideally, it should cost under $350.

Wattage and other features are mostly unimportant (except allow for BT source audio and an analog connection is nice to have). It should also look fairly plain looking, as opposed to some that are overly stylized with giant lights and exaggerated features. LOL

Thank you. :)
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I'm looking to purchase a steam resistant Bluetooth speaker(s) that will be left in my bathroom.

This way I can play music while I am in the hot tub.

This speaker needs to be able to be plugged into a standard 120 volt AC outlet (since I don't want to pay for replacement batteries) and also needs to be able to withstand the steam and heat from the shower.

Please provide me with the best models of Bluetooth speakers for my bathroom.
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I have a Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card connected to a Logitech 5.1 analog speaker system.   I can only get sound front he right and left front speakers.
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I have a BluRay player with only HDMI out

In our church system I need an adapter so that it can go to VGA
And
Somehow split the audio

1/8" audio pin would be best ... that is what we have coming out of our audio system aoundboard.
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Client is having an audio system installed in their house.  The AV company is recommending a cable manufacturer that is quite expensive.  They will be running 14/2 jacketed speaker wire, Category 6a UTP, and Coax.

I looked up Belden, which I remember as a quality company.  They were significantly cheaper.

Is Belden a top manufacturer?

Thanks
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I read this article:
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/aek3za/bitcoin-could-consume-as-much-electricity-as-denmark-by-2020

which said in March 2016,

"he calculated that a single bitcoin transaction requires as much electricity as the daily consumption of 1.6 American households, and that number has increased since then"

Let's use his numbers just to find what the rough cost of the electricity was, at the point, for a single transaction.

The article also states "currently about 350 megawatts according to my own calculations, which is roughly equivalent to the electricity demand of 280,000 American households."

I calculate that at 1.6 times the daily requirement of a household, there are 5.48 MegaWatts used.

Bitcoin electricity in terms of American household

Please verify this logic is correct. And what is the cost of that amount of electricity?

Thanks
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I am currently setting up my home cinema room, where I want to control everything using my Echo Dot. I have set up Sky Q, Amazon Fire TV stick, Blu-ray player, etc.. to my  receiver, where each device has its own channel. All of that works perfectly.

As I`ve mentioned, I want my Echo Dot to control everything. Because of this I want the Output from the Echo Dot to come through the receiver, no matter what channel the receiver is on,  i. e. if I am using Sky Q I still want to be able to talk to and hear the Echo dots.

Does anyone have a solution I could apply?

Regards,
Cillian
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My computer is running Windows 7 pro.

Windows Media Center is discontinued.  

I want to find some program which allows me to use a remote and allows me to click on files and execute them.  Yes, I know there are wireless mice but I don't want to have to have a horizontal surface on which to operate the remote device.  A device similar to the Windows Media Center  remote would be ideal.  

No, I don't want to use Windows Media Center  .  I have had all kinds of problems with it because of Playready.  I DO NOT want to have to deal with Playready.  

What remote device can you suggest?
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Hi,

I am a business person who works from home.

I am looking for a TV to use for TV/ Home Cinema and PC usage.

80% of the time this TV is used by my family for TV/ Home Cinema usage.

20% of the time this TV is used for PC usage.

I have been considering the FW-75XE9001 75" BRAVIA 4K HDR Professional Display.

I suppose any new TV would do for PC usage such as Ms Office, Internet, Video Conferencing etc., so what I am particularly interested in is getting the highest quality picture possible for the "Home Cinema" experience.
 
Thank you for your thoughts.

Robbie
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I have a Sky box and it is currently connected via a HDMI cable to my Denon AV receiver.

If the Denon AV receiver is left on 7 days a week it can be;
- Generating a lot of heat
- A fire hazard
- Using up a lot of electricity when not used

The Denon AV receiver is generally not used too much so would preferred to have it turned off until needed.

If the Denon AV receiver is not used, I would like the Sky box to use sound from the TV it would be connected too via a HDMI cable.

Is there a way to splitting a HDMI cable coming from Sky box to TV and Denon AV receiver so that when the Denon AV receiver is turned off, the Sky channels will still have sound?

Thanks,
Robbie
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I am converting a garage into a room I will use for combination purposes.  Mostly it will be a home cinema. But as an ICT  business owner I will use it the odd time as a meeting room where I will be using MS Office, the Internet, etc. I will also use it as a training room as I train people but only once in a while. 15% meetings. 15% training. 70% Home Cinema. I have ordered the new & relatively low cost 4k Projector  Optoma UHD 65 plus a Motorised Screen for approx  $/€ 3,500.  However, I am becoming confused if I should just have ordered a 75" TV.  I can no longer see the benefit of a projector other than that the motorised screen will roll up revealing a Dry Erase board or a smart board,  as wall real estate is scarce that might be handy. I could also get a larger display, but I could live without that.  However a flat screen TV would be more compact,  might provide far more features on its remote control than a projector would,  has a better quality display, no consumables, doesn't need the room to be darkened etc.  Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.  Robbie.
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trying to help a neighbor. they have speakers in the ceiling and walls.  they have a control4 system and everything was working supposedly.  They got a new 80" TV and put it up themselves. now they don't have audio through the external speakers.

I know computers. Not much of audio... or at least not on this level.

They have the FIOS cable box feed an Integra audio / video receiver.  The video comes through to tv. No audio through external speakers.

If you run the HDMI right to the TV, you get audio through TV speakers. (so a problem with integra receiver it seems).

I moved the speakers to a Denon audio / video receiver and got audio through the external speakers. so that's good, but switching between cable box / dvd player is a bit of a chore, at least with this dial selector on the denon.

Is theere a simple way to get the external speakers working with the TV and the input devices?!
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It's the latest model Apple TV.
I am replacing a VCR with the Apple TV, and need the Audio and Video to be converted to connect to an old Marantz AV Receiver.

Is there an adaptor that will work and support Component as well as the 1-output Video?


Thanks
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I need a code to program the dish control to  my pixel tv please
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Hello all,

My mother in law wants to watch a particular web based TV station but it doesn't work very well over their rather inept Samsung Smart TV. I think the TV's computer is simply not powerful enough to decode and play the H.264 stream (it constantly shows a refresh icon in the center of the video); it plays perfectly on a computer or iPhone.

The other problem with the Samsung Smart TV is that it is very "complicated" to wait about 2 minutes, press "smart hub", use the navigation buttons to find the Internet browser, then move the cursor to the bookmarked URL (that I set up), then finally navigate the web sight to start the TV streaming.

What I am looking for is a TV Box that I can pre-configure to minimize the effort required for my mother in law to watch her TV streaming.

Important features:
  • Minimalistic controller.
  • Decent built-in web browser with capable web video decoding.
  • Built-in WiFi.
  • USB memory stick interface.

One candidate is the Minix Neo U1 + A2 Lite Air Mouse.

Any other suggestions?

Thank you
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What is the best way to upload 2hours 1080p files to youtube?
I'm currently combining with Quicktime and make it one file and upload.
Combining takes 30 mins on Windows 7, Core i3
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Can someone tell me if the HDMI port on a Windows computer sends/receives a signal or does it send only?  I am trying to get the Roku to show up on my computer screen (like it does on my TV) but haven't been successful? Thanks
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I am attempting to use the harmony hub to turn on my tv and have it MUTED

thanks !!!!!
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I have the following
- 2009 Nission Cube with the factory stereo (.8" AUX in)
- Bluetooth to .8" converter
- IPhone with 16 Gb RAM, 5Gb data plan,  Plex Media Server client,
- Home-based Plex media server running Centos with 500 Gb  Music.
- Windows 10 Virtual Machine on Server running  Itunes with all media loaded in library.

Currently, I stream all my music from my home server to my iphone while on the road.
I use the bluetooth / .08" adaptor to get the music from the phone to the stereo.

Downsides
- Sucks my data plan
- Plex interface doesn't lend itself to voice control.

I've considered ITunes match, downside is it still sucks my data plan.

I like the idea of a car computer. I'm an IT engineer and have lots of old laptops, etc.

Goal is to have 500 Gb of media local to my car and some sort of voice activated control to select it.

I'm willing to invest in hardware and software.

- A car receivers that have a USB external storage and some sort of  IOS interface
- Running MAC OS on a laptop with itunes /all media and some sort of hook into itunes on the iphone with audio coming out of either the Ios laptop or the phone?
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My daughter has a cochlear implant and hearing aid with a necklace/microphone that pair via bluetooth. Her portable DVD player does not have bluetooth (nor does our home DVD player). Is there a way I can make her DVD player bluetooth compatible, so she can have the sound go directly to her cochlear implant/hearing aid? I have seen the Bluetooth Adapters, but they don't say whether they would work with a portable DVD player. Thank you in advance for your help.
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I have a PC sending audio to an amp via a 3.5mm/phono cable. The amp then amps the audio and sends it to a subwoofer via normal speaker cable - and +

Works great.

I wanted to introduce a low pass filter after the amp, before the SW, and I've hooked it up as in the image below. Even though the filter is getting power (LED works), the SW isn't getting any audio.

low-pass.png
I have a feeling I am doing this completely wrong, and was wondering if anyone had any advice to get it working? Happy to buy more cables but if I need to by more equipment, unless it is under £5 I will just abandon the project.

Thanks for any and all advice
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Home Theaters

A home theater is a theater built in a home, designed to mimic (or exceed) commercial theater performance and feeling, more commonly known as a home cinema. Today, home cinema implies a real "cinema experience" at a private home. Components and attributes include home cinema, backyard theater, home theater in a box (HTIB), audio-video (AV) receiver, front video projector and projector screen, home theater (PC, HTPC or media PC), media center, and switchable projection window.

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