January 2013

Is it ok to use a cheap HDMI cable?

Don’t fall for those overpriced monstrosities. This is our Installer Series HDMI cable. It gives you everything you’ll need for today’s HDTV installations, and it actually supports all the advanced features of the HDMI 1.4 specification. Yet,…



Learn about the rare HR23 and H23 receivers

Rara avis. That’s what people used to call something they didn’t see that often. What you see above may look like your garden-variety HR22, but it’s actually the DIRECTV HR23. Its partner, the H23 receiver, were…




The return of zombie brands

Westinghouse. Zenith. Emerson. Magnavox. Sylvania. Acoustic Research. These are names you may remember from your youth, and every single one is now just a trademark owned by some other company you’ve never heard of. Most of…



FUN FRIDAY: First Universal Remote

And you won’t believe who invented it. In the mid 1980s there was no such thing as a universal remote. Not that most people needed one either… back then a wireless remote was a pretty big…


CES 2013: The final story

What a whirlwind. There was so much to see and so little time, we’re sure to have missed something. Good thing that there are a few other blogs out there covering CES. Still, we did our…