Interview - A/V Equipment Cooling and Ventilation

Digital gear especially is prone to misbehave at elevated temperatures and have its programming corrupted. Expensive electronics fail, and, on occasion, enclosure finishes are discolored. In extreme cases, we've heard of cabinet delamination occurring.

Powering - Protecting and Connecting Today's Converged* Home Networks

Our commitment to Total System Performance and Reliability, coupled with the realization that today's AV systems are no longer "Isolated Islands" but rather constantly connected and sharing the converged* Network with other equipment and systems, has fueled our entry in the Communications Network Surge Protection and Connectivity.

Blow in?? Push out?? Is it better to...

We're frequently (OK, sometimes) asked "Is it better to push cool air into a cabinet or pull the hot air out?" Other FAQ's ask whether all (there's usually more than one) fans should push or pull, or should you use half for each function.

There are a few fundamentals to remember when you're planning to ventilate a cabinet, closet, video projector enclosure, etc.

When Lightning Strikes

As the owner of Custom Connections, L.L.C. a Kansas City, Mo.-based custom home installer of A/V and home automation systems, Keith Stewart knows about the importance of power management.

Power Protection and Management

A 'smart grid' implemented with a higher level of automation and a grid architecture that is more robust can offer significantly higher levels of reliability. It is expected that the number of outages can significantly decrease in the future.

All I Wanted Was HDTV

Just like a Jaguar or BMW requires premium gasoline for peak performance, a high-end home theater system requires premium power. The way to get it? Install appropriate power management devices.

Interview - Cables and Power Conditioning

I believe HDMI will continue to be the standard for at least the next 2 years. However, there are other technologies on the horizon that are open market, meaning they donĀ¹t require a licensing fee or agreements, and they have many of the same capabilities as HDMI.

A Painless Primer on Cooling Electronic Components

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Home Theater and Electronics Cooling, But Didn't Know What or Who to Ask

Jeff Lubitsky of Richard Gray's Power Company

Even in your own home, power hungry devices such as dishwashers, dryers and central vacuum systems can create fluctuations in the flow of electricity causing inconsistent home theater performance.

Improving Home Theater Performance

Every link in your home entertainment system should be the best your budget allows. Think of the power conditioner as the bloodline. Anything less than the best will only lessen the vitality of your system.

Power How-To #3

Dear Home Sketch Pad Experts, To rattle the rafters with the audio of my home theater, I recently purchased a very powerful, top-flight subwoofer and a 7.1 amplifier. When installing these, I noticed a warning in both manuals: "Do not use with a surge strip or power conditioner." I will of course follow the instructions, but I'm a little confused. Wouldn't I want to protect and amplify the performance of this equipment the same way that I would the rest of my components? What should I do instead? Sincerely, Confused in Connecticut

Ten Reasons to Buy a Video Processor

Video-processing technologies are essential in order to achieve outstanding picture quality for today's high-resolution video displays. When buying a video processor, consumers should look for the following technologies and features to receive the best-possible viewing experience from their HDTVs.

Power How-To

Dear Home Sketch Pad Experts, I recently moved into a new house and I've noticed that my lights tend to dim quite a bit. I asked a friend about this and he said that the area I live in probably suffers from voltage irregularities...

Power Management Hits Home Run

To achieve this level of customer satisfaction, it takes a combination of forethought, excellent product selection, and enough protection and flexibility for any situation.

Beat the Heat

Cooling systems are available for the most modest systems to the grandest of systems and many can be installed in a matter of minutes and require no special tools or only the basics such as a drill and screwdriver.

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