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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Above link indicates HDMI outputs audio/sound as well but when I output it
from my x270 Thinkpad to TV, there's no sound on the TV (I've tuned up the
volume on TV & the laptop).  I'm playing youtube video.

What's missed?
With 1000s to choose from anyone any favs and tips ?
I need some advice on speakers for my computer.

My current speakers are giving trouble, despite my attempts to deliberately avoid buying cheap low quality ones. Any tips on more reliable replacements are welcome, or maybe some advice on how to get the plug fixed on my existing ones.


Currently I've got a set of Logitech Z313 speakers (5 or more years old, I think) which sound pretty good, but there seems to be some problems with the plug. The speakers work fine sometimes when first plugged in, but soon afterwards the volume drops to just about nil, as if the electrical contacts aren't adequate. Unplugging it and plugging it back in can fix it for a short time, but sometimes it takes multiple tries. Also, when I plug it in or out of the computer, the speakers make a really loud buzzing sound (turning the volume down turns down the volume of the buzz) for the brief moment while the plug is being put into the socket. This makes for a pretty disappointing audio experience, when it needs replugging in frequently.

On the volume control for these speakers, there's a socket for plugging in headphones. When I use this socket with my headphones, there does seem to be enough electrical contact for the headphones to work just fine. These speakers are probably fine if I could fix the plug, but I don't know where to get a better quality plug or how to wire it safely. Advice is welcome.

I just read over this thread
I have seen a lot of mini projectors popping up online lately.

Can anyone recommend a good one that will work during the day (i.e - not full darkness).

I want to use it in external meetings predominantly for presentations, to save the awkward 15 mins wasted at the start of every meeting trying to connect your laptop to someone else's projector :-)
I am looking at two different SONY TV sets - one is the MASTER series OLED TV and the other the A8G Series OLED. One is $2500, the other $1500. Can someone please tell me what the difference between the two is?
I got a new 8000 series Samsung, 65" TV... Very nice.

Was told that HDMI cables will make or break your picture / Sound quality, So I went to a local Brick and Mortar and found HDMI, 2.1, 8', for about $11.00 each.

Make a long story short, when I could not get the system (DVD/Blue-Ray to Sony AMP) to "See" the DVD player, I figured it was time for a new Player.

Then, I put back on my older RocketFish cable (About 5 years old), and it worked fine.


I figured that 2.1 was 2.1, and that is all that mattered. But I now have come to the conclusion that even specked out properly, 2.1 might not be good enough, depending upon who's you get.

So, where can I go to get a good cable, and know that it's good before I throw away the receipt thinking "I couldn't go wrong", since I got the right specification of cable???
The user has a current TiVo Bolt.  They have home videos that they have digitized, currently in .avi format.

They have a Synology NAS

Can they store their videos on the NAS, and play them back using their TiVo?

Can a Vizio model E221VA be hooked up wireless to the router in a home or does it require a cable? The provider is Dish Network.

If cable, I assume is will need to be run from the room desired, which has no cable outlet to some junction box connecting with signal input from the dish.

I currently have an Nvidia Quadro P2000 card, and I am installing (2) 50" 4K monitors, that require a 40' HDMI cable.
My video card is Displayport, and I don't want to have to have an adapter from Displayport to HDMI, so i've been looking for
Display port to HDMI 40' that does 4K and I can't find any.

Should I change my video card and go with a video card that is HDMI?   If so, what would be a good one that supports 5 or 6 monitors, full 4K resolution?

I'm thinking at this point, I might just try a 40' HDMI cable with a Display port adapter, but the HDMI cable will be in the wall, so I can't replace it if this
setup doesn't work.

Any suggestions?
I want to connect my LCD TV to a laptop about 25-30ft away.  Stream movies.  Now its sitting right next to that TV and connected VGA and sound cables separately.
 TV has HDMI ports and laptop has a DisplayPort.  If I find HDMI to DisplayPort cable.  Would it carry a sound also?

Any other ways to connect wireless may?
Make Hulu come up on my TV with a single button press.

Currently, my steps are as follows

1. I press the TV Power on my universal TiVo remote which controls my TiVo and my TCL Roku TV.  This remote is pictured here.
2. I press the Input source button on the remote three times which navigates through my TCL Roku TV menu to the custom input source icon that I have named TiVo and then wait three (3) seconds for the source TiVo source to be activated.
3. I now press the TiVo Central (top button) on my TiVo remote and navigate down three (3) items to Apps and then down (6) items to Hulu, and wait a good 20 seconds or more for the Hulu screen to appear.
4. I now go down one (1) click to the Hulu watch-list which has the show highlighted where I left off.

No wonder people are not watching as much TV anymore.

Assistance is greatly appreciated.
I got Apple TV 4k device as a gift.  Don't know how it works.  
Do I need to subscribe for it or can I watch stuff for free?  and another question in general.   How does it compare to roku or chromecast?
Thanks in advance!
Proper AWG for low voltage application.

I want to run some wire for a low voltage lighting.  The transformer supply will be about 6 -8 feet from the LED lights.  Transformer max output is rated at 36 watts.
36w / 12v = 3Amps.  (max)

Question: What would be safe wire gage to use ?  Was considering using 16AWG lamp cord ?   Most of the documentation and/or charts that I can find online shows 16AWG would be sufficient.  See Attached.
I need to make my laptops ( Lenovo x230t and Macbook Pro 12" retina released in end 2015)
to be able to receive HDMI inputs (rather than the usual HDMI outputs) so that I could watch
Netflix streaming from my Telco's Set Top box : basically watching movies from 2 bedrooms

Any gadgets/accessories to recommend?  I guess softwares alone on the laptops won't work
or will it?

I do have 21" LCD computer screens that I can spare but they don't have HDMI input ports,
only VGA input ports (maybe with audio inputs)
Hi All,

I am looking for a Super Audio CD Player to play my SACD and HDCD (some hybrid) with my tablet & modern laptop.
Because the newer model hardware nowadays doesn't include the optical drive, I wonder if anyone can suggest me some USB 3.0 drive that I can attach to the docking station for listening to music (Hi-Fi quality).

I cannot see here if Super Audio CD is supported: https://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Computer/Computer+Drives

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


We would like to get Freeview or terrestrial channels on our large display.

We are thinking of purchasing an Amazon Fire TV and connecting it to the large display to give access to these channels.

Does the Amazon Fire TV come with Freeview or terrestrial channels?

If not, is there a way of getting these channels on to the Fire TV and how would this be done?

I have an older Tivo Romeo and a Tivo Mini.  The Tivo Mini does not have wifi capability and requires being hard-wired.

The whole point of the Tivo Mini was to gain access to a second room so I have never used it.

Tivo says that I have to buy the Tivo Bridge device and says I need one for each room at a cost of an additional $160.

What other options if any exist to make TV in a second room a little less painful.
This movie was made by amazon and I am testing on amazon.com
May be typical of all amazon movies.

90 minute drama movie from amazon movie studio 2017
wonder wheel
(which was in movie theaters)
on amazon.com
audio and mouth movements are 1 second apart

I tried restarting and using different windows browsers.

Is it better to get dvd movies.
I dont watch many movies and cant compare.

Testing on asus laptop windows 10 on laptop screen. No additional displays.
No external speakers .  Using laptop speakers.

confusing because amazon.com and netflix.com also have a movie studio.
Maybe comment on netflix movie studio movies played on netflix.com
I have a Samsung AirTrack speaker system: https://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/2013-2-1-channel-soundbar-system-with-wireless-subwoofer-hw-f550-551.
The wireless subwoofer is not working.
I called Samsung and they said it needs to be repaired, but it's out of warranty.
What are the next steps I can take to try to troubleshoot this beyond doing a hard reset and re-pairing the speakers?

At present, we are using Spotify as our source for playing quality music on Denon AVR X4300 through our Dali speakers.

We would like to have the best quality sounding music.

Which music streaming service offers the best sounding quality music, to be played on Denon AVR X4300?


We have a Denon AVR X4300 which is connected with speakers and we have surround sound for music, radio, etc.

Back of Denon:

We are having problems connecting FM internet radio stations to our Denon AVR X4300.

At most, 3 radio stations connect with use of internal FM radio antenna connected to Denon AVR X4300.

A different radio in the room, which is a basic radio with antenna, has over 10 radio stations it can connect to.

1. Which provides the best quality radio over the surround sound system; Internet radio or external FM Antenna?

2. If external FM Antenna is best quality for radio, what would be the best external/ outdoor FM DAB radio antenna to use for Denon AVR X4300?

3. No point in buying and installing an external antenna and then finding out the the sound quality is better on one of the internet services.
It would be redundant and annoying to finding that out later.


We have a Sky Q (2TB) box connected via HDMI cable to our Denon AVR X4300.

Our Denon AVR X4300 is connected via a HDMI cable to HDMI 1 port (HDMI 2.0) of our Iiyama PROLITE TE8668MIS-B1AG display.

We were setting up the 4K/ UHD channels on the Sky Q box and wished to set the colour resolution to 10-bit 2160p for TV shows and movies.

Setting Sky to 10-bit 2160p did not work and we had to use 8-bit colour resolution as an error message from Sky said that the colour settings were not set with the display for 10-bit colour resolution.

Iiyama told me that there was no settings to be configured for the display and that the display is set to 10-bit colour resolution and 4K and that a direct connection from Iiyama display to Sky box would work.

What would be the best way of testing the connection between the Sky Q (2TB) box, Denon AVR and Iiyama display to find out what is causing the problem.

How do I connect 3 HDMI devices (Apple TV, Spectrum Cable Box, DVD Player) to a Vizio Smart TV with 2 HDMI inputs?

The DVD player, Apple TV and TV do not have 3-RCA component connections.
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


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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