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
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.
The explosion of digital entertainment options and home network tools brings with it a new level of complexity when it comes to the installation, use and maintenance of these high-tech toys. While many of these products are easy to install and use, bringing together disparate components and systems can still be a challenge for many consumers.
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If you're not creating a culture, and therefore a market for your brand like Apple does (although you should be), make sure that you're hyper-alert to technological advances, anticipate their impact on consumers and immediately adapt accordingly.
Intellivision was the first video game system to offer downloadable games via a Mattel owned cable TV station called PlayCable. However, since the Intellivision console contained no hard drive to save games, the downloaded games were lost once the power to the console was shut off.
Sometimes our kids - and the community at large - make us feel like Tom Hanks in the 2004 The Terminal. We simply go from gate to gate trying to get on the next technology plane to fly to our destinationâ€¦optimum personal and business productivity.
For thousands of years people looked the other way as folks made copies of other people's work - by hand, by printing press, by copier, by disc.
This year in three overstuffed, stress filled days the Titans of the industry held court on stage in two different cities - Las Vegas, San Francisco.
People are suddenly going to change over and join the video on demand (VoD) and pay-for-view society. What is even better for the PC/CE industry is the fact that they will build out their home networks so they can watch their content anywhere in the house.
If the customer truly has a better understanding of technology and of the products available, it can only make the job of people in the industry easier. And don't we all want our work life to be just a little easier?
Finding, subscribing, storing and managing content for mobile listening are steps which many have found overwhelming. Fortunately, there are new sites and software emerging which help tackle these challenges.
Looking back at this event, I was happy to be a part of it. I know that my work was only a very small piece of the pie, and that there were probably over 3,000 people who donated their time, materials, know how and hard work into making the home a reality. I think that I have never been more proud to be a part of such a great team!
There is no need to believe cable vendors touting strange advancements in their cablesâ€¦ simple Cat-5 cables can do the job! In actual fact, Cat-5 and Cat-6 cables have the necessary standardization and design maturity ensuring optimality for high-speed data transfer.
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