KVMSwitchTech Announces Revitalized HDMI Matrix Product Line with 4Kx2K Support

KVMSwitchTech Adds 4Kx2K HDMI Solutions and Incorporates Power Over Ethernet into HDBaseT Matrix Switchers.

Dream Big, Live Smart with smanos at ISC West 2014

Chuango Security Technology, a trend-setting innovator and developer of wireless DIY security and smart home systems, is proudly bringing its brand new brand -- smanos -- to the ISC West 2014 show in Las Vegas this spring. Don't miss smanos smart home innovation at Booth 40321 from Apr 2-4th.

Professional Installer's Guide to IP Networking, Part 3

In this segment we will focus on Ethernet Switches-the backbone of your local network. When selecting a switch or a combination of switches for your network, there are several issues to consider.

INSTEON Announces Connectivity to Nest Learning Thermostat

Connecting INSTEON's Premier Smartphone-Controlled Network to Nest Learning Thermostat Opens the Door to Fully Connected Home for Users

1 Sound Choice Earns Nest Thermostat Certification

Northern New Jersey Home Automation Integrator becomes a certified Nest Thermostat Professional, continuing to bring the latest technology to their clients.

Professional Audio Associates Signed as Manufacturer's Rep for Clare Controls

Firm will offer Clare Controls solutions to New England integrators

L-com Introduces New HyperLink® Brand 2.4/4.9-5.8 GHz HGV Series Omni Directional Antennas

The new HGV series antennas are economical yet maintain the high performance standards that the HyperLink® brand is known for.

CEA Projects Increase in 2014 Consumer Electronics Accessories Sales

Study identifies purchase drivers both in-store and online, motivations and inhibitors of attachment rates for CE accessories

HDMI vs. optical: Which digital-audio connection to use?

When it comes time to connect your shiny new sound bar or AV receiver, your two main choices are HDMI or optical digital audio.

The simplest advice is to go with HDMI when you can. But if you can't it's not the end of the world.

Here are the pros and cons of each.

The basics
Both HDMI and optical pass digital audio from one device to another. Both are better than analog (the red and white cables). Both can pass multi-channel audio, like Dolby Digital. Both cables can be had pretty cheap.

The biggest difference is that HDMI can pass higher-resolution audio, including the formats found on Blu-ray: Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio. These formats can't get transmitted across optical.

In terms of simplicity, HDMI also passes video signals. So if you want just a single cable between two devices, HDMI is your pick.


BenQ Becomes the Fastest Growing Display Brand in North America

Brand Loyalty Attributed to Customer Support, Forward-Thinking Innovations, and Value-Driven Pricing

RTI Announces New Driver for Autonomic Mirage Media Solutions

New Two-Way Driver Facilitates Seamless Integration of Autonomic Local and Streaming Audio Capabilities Into RTI Control Systems

TP-LINK Maintains Lead in Global Consumer WLAN Market

TP-LINK continues its market leadership in global WLAN market share rankings by units shipped, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker - 2013 Q4 Final Release. Last year marked the third consecutive year that TP-LINK outpaced competitors.

Epson Introduces PowerLite Pilot 2 for Centralized AV Switching and Control of Classroom Multimedia Devices

Easy-to-Use AV Control Box Designed Exclusively for Use with Epson Ultra-Short Throw and Short Throw Projectors

Kickstarter Crowd Backs SnapRay's Power Extraction Technology

A Quarter of a Million Dollars Raised in Less than a Week!

Two Pioneer Elite Home Theater Receivers Ideal for Custom Installations

VSX-44 and VSX-80 Offers the Latest Technologies to Simplify Installation Process

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