September 2015

Should you install a SWM-32?

Because, you know you want the biggest, baddest one there is. There are a lot of advantages to the SWM-32 multiswitch. It gives you the ability to run 32 tuners off a single multiswitch, and you can…



What is a notch filter?

Not one of those things you’d tend to need for your average home theater system, you still might wonder from time to time what a notch filter is. Very simply, a notch filter very effectively blocks…


What is relative humidity?

Yes, I know you have a weather app on your phone. That doesn’t really tell you the weather where you’re standing, and it doesn’t tell you what the temperature is inside the house either. You need…




FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Pixels

I’m not talking about one of this summer’s movie flops… although if pressed I’ll admit I actually liked Pixels for what it was. I’m talking about the little dots of light that make up the words you’re reading…



Why is noise figure important to an amplifier?

One of the key features you should be looking for in a high-quality amplifier is noise figure. We’ve mentioned the term before, and while I could get highly technical, noise figure for all intents and purposes is…


Weather information on your TV… 24/7

Just one more reason to connect your DIRECTV DVR to the internet. If you’re all connected, press the right arrow during live or recorded TV to get a list of available “apps.” There’s your scoreguide and…


Should you choose the DIRECTV “Stub mount?”

Maybe you’ve seen it around town. In the last year or so, DIRECTV has been using a new mounting system for its Slimline dishes. The new “Stub” mount (pictured above) doesn’t require monopole braces like the…


Fall’s here… time to clean out that series manager

Forget about spring cleaning… your DVR probably needs a little fall cleaning. Every year we add promising shows to record, and some of them don’t last very long. Didn’t Manhattan Love Story sound good last year? What about Allegiance? Dozens…