With Easter around the corner, many people see this as an opportunity to get some of those Home Renovation Projects out of the way. This involves planning and preparation to make sure you have all the gear ready to go BEFORE the Easter long weekend. This week, we want to help you start thinking about all the bits & pieces you may need to finish the task.
AirPlay (previously called AirTunes when it was for audio only) developed by Apple, allows wireless streaming of audio, video and photos. When it was first released, Airplay was only able to be received within Apple devices, but now third party manufacturers have been licensed to include the technology within their devices, including Onkyo receivers.
I wanted to install some speakers in the kids upstairs “playroom”, because until now any music they wanted to listen to was from their ipods and portable stereos. Having written about our in-ceiling speakers a few times, I knew it was time I had some installed. As they were being installed, I thought that I’d just insert myself into the process and take some photos so you can see how it was done.
It’s really popular now to mount your big screen television on the wall to regain some valuable space, and to find a more suitable viewing position. What happens if you don’t have an appropriate wall to mount a bracket onto? Have you thought about using a ceiling mount to overcome this obstacle?
If someone presumed what you wanted in your speaker set up, it would be a sure way to make you unhappy. The best way to know what is right for you, is by turning the question around and ask yourself what you want from your speakers. Then you can build the set up around YOUR needs. There is no point buying a hulking great set of speakers which take up your entire room, when all you want them for is to play some background music during dinner parties.
Achieving great acoustics is everyone’s aim when setting up a home recording studio. Using acoustic treatment panels for trapping sound is essential to your recording studio design and in turn the result of your recordings. Traps typically come in two styles, square foam panels (sometimes known as absorbers), which are designed for the wall, and corner bass traps which as the name suggests are designed to line the corners of the room.
One of the great benefits of having a slimline flat screen television is the ability to mount it on the wall. There are a couple of things you need to do before buying your bracket. You will need to know the size and weight of your television. You will also need to see what the mounting pattern at the back of your TV is as this will also determine which bracket to use. Once you have determined the size, weight and hole pattern of your television, you will need to determine the function you need from your bracket. Do you want it fixed, tiltable or full motion. (See our blog on bracket types)
Speaker choice and placement plays such a crucial role in achieving the right sound in your room, whether it be for home cinema, gaming, music or anything else. Together with the various left, right, front, back and centre speakers is the "Bass Hero", the subwoofer. The sub is responsible for all those deep, low notes that just cannot be replicated by the other speakers, no matter how many of them you use. When you hear about a 5.1 or 7.1 or 9.1 surround sound set up, the “point one” always refers to the subwoofer, but what does it mean when it talks about "point two"?
Now that Australia has transitioned to digital television, and analogue has been “switched off”, you will notice some digital behaviours that are different from its predecessor. Instead of being trapped in “snow”, you may find your TV reception falling off the “digital cliff”. So what is the “Digital Cliff?”
Most people who have AV equipment have heard of HDMI. It’s a common acronym that has permanently become part of our vocabulary. This doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone understands the true capabilities of the clever cable that connects their numerous devices. HDMI has had plenty of version numbers, but it’s the Ethernet over HDMI (also known as HDMI Ethernet Channel) which was launched with version 1.4 and continues with version 2, that we would like to demystify today... and it’s not as complicated as it sounds.