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…



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…


CES 2013: (one last article) ShinyBow HDMI products

If you’re looking for matrix switching or video wall control, you want to look at Shinybow. They are a lower profile company, but we’ve partnered with them for years to provide quality switch products for bars and…


CES 2013: No COM1000 to see here

Worth mentioning that I visited the Technicolor booth at CES and there was no COM1000 system in sight. Of course, I wasn’t expecting to see it there either. They were there promoting their more well-known…



CES 2013: One for the history books

A lot of fun. That’s our verdict on this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. In past years, the show had gotten a little boring, a little slow even, especially in years when the Macworld…