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Need help with A/V components

I have a planned A/V setup to add a receiver to my existing system, but I don't have the proper connectors to hook my existing equipment to a receiver. [more inside]
posted by elvendude on Oct 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Maybe we need to upgrade the installer too?

The house we bought years ago came with an existing home theater system, speakers wired into the walls, TV installed above the fireplace, components tucked away in a cabinet, all cables hidden away in the walls. It has been pretty awesome, but some of the components have started to fail. We bought a new TV, and the installer is talking about having to open up the wall to run the new HDMI cable alongside the existing cable that is already running through the wall from the TV to the component cabinet a few feet away. We really don't want to cut the wall open if we don't need to, and it seems to us that it should be feasible to use the existing wiring to pull through a new HDMI cable. Are we wrong? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Aug 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Question about projector aspect ratio and resolution

I recently purchased this Acer projector and am wondering what aspect ratio I should get for the screen. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Feb 18, 2013 - 4 answers

No Audio Required

Please recommend movies that view coherently with the sound off. The example that I offer is 'Cast Away,' which, even during the book-ends of its series of scenes that have dialogue, every last minute point of film's exposition is conveyed through blocking, apparent emotions, and, obviously, action. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on Jan 30, 2013 - 50 answers

Big screen for home theater but no tuner? Can I get it?

I just want a 60" screen that just shows the video from the home theater and devices like Roku. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by usermac on Jan 4, 2013 - 18 answers

Learn me some IP/Networking for home a/v & automation?

I want to learn about IP and Network integration for home theater/home automation. Cedia looks like they have exactly what I'm looking for...but not until September. I'm reasonably computer-savvy and a fast learner, so my first choice would be a fast-paced crash course, starting right-the-heck now. In order of preference: Live in-person class(es), interactive learning website or software, book, non-interactive website. Also, location in the Northeast US is optimal but not required. Thanks!
posted by SampleSize on Mar 23, 2012 - 0 answers

Is there a receiver that will let me switch HDMI audio and video independently?

I need to buy a new receiver. [more inside]
posted by lkc on Feb 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Can a broken HDMI connector be fixed?

Fixing an HDMI connector: I broke the connector on one end of an in-wall HDMI cable. Is fixing it possible? This AskMeFi thread proceeded with some of the answers I found on the internet until the poster realized they had a DVI cord. So, I have an HDMI cable, one connector is broken, it runs 35 feet on a convoluted run through the walls and ceiling of an old house, so running new cable will not be as simple as just affixing a string to the old one and pulling it through. Is fixing it possible?
posted by oneironaut on Jan 9, 2012 - 9 answers

How to fix audio/video mismatch between HDTV and speakers?

How can I fix a lag between the HDTV image and the audio coming through the speakers? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Oct 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Creating an audio/video recording studio in a school

As part of a larger project, I'm building a $3,500-$5,000 audio/video recording studio on a school campus. It isn't a ton of money, but it should be enough to do some interesting things. What would you do with this budget? [more inside]
posted by xorowo on Aug 9, 2011 - 5 answers

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Please help us eliminate an unwanted noise from our home theater. [more inside]
posted by simbiotic on Mar 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Is splitting HDMI out into HDMI video + RCA audio possible?

Hi hive mind, hope you're well. Here's hoping one or more of you might be able to help me out with an A/V setup question. I've been (slowly) building a fairly decent setup piece-by-piece around an Optoma projector. Trouble is, I now have an issue splitting an HDMI combined A/V signal into HDMI video + RCA audio. A little help here, please! [more inside]
posted by junebug on Feb 17, 2011 - 2 answers

What's a cheap, reliable A/V laptop?

Help me find an inexpensive laptop for my DJ/VJ gigs. [more inside]
posted by jtron on Feb 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Want good sound, don't have space.

Small HDMI A/V amp? [more inside]
posted by kjs3 on Sep 6, 2010 - 3 answers

Which A/V receiver would you buy

Question for any audiophiles out there - I am looking at buying a used A/V receiver (5.1) and have narrowed my search down to two particular models (both priced about the same)...one is a NAD T742 and the other is an Onkyo Integra DTR 4.6.....any advice as to which one would make the best one for use in a home theatre system. Added info - front speakers are Mission 700's, Paradigm sub woofer and rear are Paradigm Titans. I know that these receivers are not the latest & greatest on the market but I am confident that either one will provide great sound but I might as well get the best one of these two.
posted by DonM on Jun 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Paging the A/V Club

What do I call the device that would connect Tivo, DVD player, game console and cable input to my tv, so I don't have to unplug & replug RCA jacks all the time? Can you recommend a product that does this well and not too expensively? tv mixer? a/v mixer? A/B/C/D switch? [more inside]
posted by Mom on Sep 29, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me hook up a new HDTV to an old(ish) stereo receiver?

Can you help me connect my optical-out DVD players to my new HDMI-in HDTV? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Sep 22, 2009 - 12 answers

Conference Room A/V Help in Chicago

I work for a smallish non-profit that is looking to outfit a conference room with some A/V equipment (projector, probably an additional plasma or two, presentation station, sound, etc.), and I'm having trouble finding someone in Chicago to help out with this. Google reveals a bunch of people who want to repaint my room and buy all new furniture, but I just need A/V help. Do you know any people / companies here that can help? [more inside]
posted by moof! on Jun 26, 2008 - 8 answers

A/V advice sought. Help me make a sound decision.

A/V advice sought. Help me make a sound decision. My wife and I are the proud new owners of a Panasonic 50” plasma. Now we need to get the surround sound happening. I have high end equipment in another room that is, according to my wife, far too complicated to use. She wants to Keep It Simple. Watch tv, dvds, and listen to cds. [more inside]
posted by mrleec on Nov 19, 2007 - 12 answers

I need a simple system with TWO HDMI inputs.

What is the the best "Home Theater in a Box" system I can get with TWO HDMI inputs? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 5, 2007 - 2 answers

How to connect PC sound card to an LCD TV?

I have a Gateway desktop with a standard sound card in it. The video is connected to a Vizio 42" LCD TV via VGA cable. We would like to connect the sound to the TV as well. There is no PC Audio input on the TV...just red and white RCA jacks. I looked for an adapter cable or sound card that had RCA jacks out, but got confused really quickly. All help is appreciated!
posted by titans13 on Feb 7, 2007 - 3 answers

How to display my Mac .ppt on a PC-friendly projector?

Is there a way to switch the display on my Mac G4 to an external projector? [more inside]
posted by 53B3L1U5 on Nov 27, 2006 - 2 answers

Any way to send 1 coax TV signal to a TV in another room wirelessly?

Any way to send 1 coax TV signal to a TV in another room wirelessly? [more inside]
posted by ilikebike on Mar 12, 2006 - 9 answers

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