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How to Connect Surround Sound to TV Without HDMI?

How to Connect Surround Sound to TV Without HDMI?

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When people are buying new devices, especially audio and video equipment, they usually think that their features are the most important thing. The better the specs, the better the audio/video reproduction. However, there’s one thing that we all often neglect and that is the wiring. Using proper cables can significantly improve performance and provide you with more pleasure. One of the greatest achievements of modern technology, at least when it comes to audio/video equipment, is the introduction of HDMI cable. It has been with us since 2002 and many of you are probably using it constantly, especially when it comes to connecting your home theater speaker systems to a receiver or TV, but do you actually know what it is and how it works? Why Is HDMI So Important? HDMI stands for “high-de
How to Connect Speakers to TV Without Receiver?

How to Connect Speakers to TV Without Receiver?

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Getting a new TV? Don't worry because the chances are it's going to be great, especially in the picture quality department. But what about the sound? It seems that this aspect of the listening/watching experience is quite neglected because the quality of TV speakers is not really getting any better. This is the main reason why people tend to connect TVs to soundbars or active speaker systems and improve the overall audio quality. Usually, when connecting a TV to the speakers (passive speakers), you need a receiver. You connect all the audio sources (like a TV, gaming console, cable box, etc.)  to your receiver (via HDMI, HDMI ARC, or digital optical inputs/output or available analog connections) and then connect the receiver to the speakers.  However, some people don’t own receiv
How to Connect a Soundbar to TV with an Optical Cable?

How to Connect a Soundbar to TV with an Optical Cable?

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Did you ever notice a weird-looking input on the back of your TV that says “optical”? If you did, you will be happy to know that the input actually presents another way you can connect your TV to a speaker or soundbar and get a high-quality sound! The optical input is designed for optical cables that transmit a digital signal. Optical cables work differently than other popular digital cables you know, such as HDMI. That's because they use laser light to pass on an audio signal between two gadgets. Nowadays, people usually go for the HDMI cable and most of them don't even know they can connect their devices in other ways as well. So, if you're interested to learn how to work with the optical cable, as well as connect your TV to the soundbar with it, you've come to the right place! We
How to Choose a High-End Integrated Amplifier?

How to Choose a High-End Integrated Amplifier?

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Today’s integrated amplifiers are much more versatile, capable, and efficient than they used to be. Even the cheap ones. Some 20 years ago, most integrated amps had only line-level analog inputs and maybe phono inputs. Today, they also have digital inputs, AM and FM tuners, and even wireless streaming capabilities (Bluetooth and wi-fi). Improved versatility is definitely a good thing but it can also be confusing and it may lead to trading quality for features. We are here to discuss the process of choosing the best high-end integrated amplifier for different audio setups, explain the importance of different features, and give you some recommendations. Let’s start with the basics.  What is an Integrated Amplifier? An integrated amplifier is a piece of audio equipment that combi
How to Hide Speaker Wire for Surround Sound?

How to Hide Speaker Wire for Surround Sound?

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Once you experience surround sound there’s little-to-no chance of settling for less. It’s the kind of immersion you could never get from your TV speakers or from a pair of active bookshelf speakers. There’s no doubt that surround sound systems bring your movie-watching experience to another level but finding the right one and installing it can be a real nightmare, especially if you are going for a large system with wall-mounted or in-wall/in-ceiling speakers. For the purposes of our article, we will assume that you already have the speaker system and the receiver and you ‘’just’’ have to install it and hide the speaker wire.  We will present you with different solutions for hiding the speaker wire. Some solutions are simple and very cheap, other solutions are more complicated but do
How to Make all Speakers Work on Surround Sound? (Troubleshooting Guide)

How to Make all Speakers Work on Surround Sound? (Troubleshooting Guide)

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You bought your surround sound system, hopefully using our guide to surround sound formats, carefully followed instructions to set it up, and yet, the speakers aren’t working! Well, you’ve come to the right place because we are going to show you how to make all speakers work on surround sound. So, let’s make your speakers work! Common speaker layouts in a surround sound system Speakers aren’t producing any sound If your system is new, it is highly unlikely that every speaker simply stopped working, especially if there was no sudden power surge in your household. Thus, don’t panic just yet. Simply unplug the system from the power source and check if all of the connections, including the A/V receiver, are properly plugged. Double-check the power cable as well as whether the speaker
How to Make Regular Speakers Wireless

How to Make Regular Speakers Wireless

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Today, everybody’s talking about wireless speakers – that’s the next big thing in the audio industry. You have probably heard your neighbor or your coworker bragging about his new wireless speaker system. You may have been a little bit jealous, even. Don’t be ashamed, we’ve had those moments, too. I mean, what’s not to like. The very idea of not having to stretch and hide all those wires sounds very tempting. We all want one of those wireless speaker systems. However, there are at least two things that could stop you from buying a new wireless speaker system. First, there’s the price. Wireless speaker systems, especially great-sounding and reliable systems, usually cost more than $1,000. For example, SONOS 5.1 system is priced around $1.700. It’s a significant amount of money and not
How to Build a Speaker Box

How to Build a Speaker Box

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Speakers are one of the most popular audio devices, probably right after headphones. They come in all shapes and sizes and all of them have their own place in our cars, in our homes, offices, etc. Each of them has its own purpose and depending on that purpose, it has a specific build and size. You might think that the market offers anything you could possibly need but it wouldn’t be surprising if you couldn’t find the speaker you are looking for, especially if you’re looking for the speaker for your car. One of the simplest but the least applicable solutions for this problem is to take some basic material, some basic tools, a woofer or two, and build a speaker on your own. If you think about it, this may be great not only because the speaker box dimensions will fit perfectly your car, l
How to Set Up Wireless Speakers for the Best Sound

How to Set Up Wireless Speakers for the Best Sound

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Wireless speakers are one of the best achievements of modern technology and they have become quite popular in recent years. We are constantly trying to make our lives easier by buying devices that are more practical and easy to handle. We use them all the time, at home, at work, even on vacation. One of the most popular representatives of this group of devices are wireless and Bluetooth devices. The most popular products are probably Bluetooth headphones and earbuds but we can’t really say that wireless and Bluetooth speakers are less popular than the headphones. There are many reasons for their popularity. They don’t have those annoying wires that can make a real mess in any room no matter how big it is, you can move them easily from one room to another or use them even in front of you
How to Measure Sound Quality of Speakers?

How to Measure Sound Quality of Speakers?

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Every browser lists an infinite number of results whenever the keywords "speaker sound quality" are entered. Everyone wants the best product for as little money as possible and we are all trying to find the easiest way to reach that goal. Even though there are so many discussions about speaker sound quality on the Internet, there is one question that arises here – can you actually measure the sound quality of a certain speaker and how can you do that? Every audio device has its sound signature and that’s what makes it unique. Sound signatures can be described by the listeners and the description usually includes the analysis of the low, mid, and high tones. However, if you don’t feel confident doing it, you can always flip the speaker box and read the specifications on the backside of t