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 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.
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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
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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?
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Hi,

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?

Thanks,
Robbie
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Hi,

We have a Denon AVR X4300 which is connected with speakers and we have surround sound for music, radio, etc.
https://www.denon.co.uk/uk/product/homecinema/avreceiver/avrx4300hv2

Back of Denon:
https://www.google.ie/search?dcr=0&biw=1125&bih=663&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=i-2oWtG2K8iHgQaApqjYAg&q=denon+avr+x4300&oq=denon+avr+x4300&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0l2j0i24k1l8.629949.634464.0.634927.23.15.0.0.0.0.471.1897.2-1j2j2.5.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..18.5.1896...0i67k1.0.WNcM6UitMAU#imgrc=JSOEvsQMsE7U3M:

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.

Thanks,
Robbie
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Hi,

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.

Thanks,
Robbie
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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.
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Hi,
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

Nacht
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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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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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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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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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