Are HTPCs Still Worth Building?

Are HTPCs Still Worth Building?

It’s no secret that streaming devices and Smart TVs have taken over the market in recent years. You may wonder, are HTPCs still worth building? HTPCs are great for media enthusiasts and for those with the time or money to put into their entertainment project....
No More 4K Blu-ray Playback on Intel Chips and Windows 11

No More 4K Blu-ray Playback on Intel Chips and Windows 11

Bad news for 4K Blu-ray users on desktops, laptops, and HTPCs. There’s no more 4K Blu-ray playback on Intel chips. Computers equipped with Intel 12th gen Alder Lake, and 11th gen Rocket Lake processors, including those on the latest Windows 11 OS, are no longer...
How to Extend Home Theater Speaker Wires – Step-by-Step

How to Extend Home Theater Speaker Wires – Step-by-Step

Extending your home theater wires is a relatively simple task that you probably won’t do often. It sounds more complicated than it actually is as you can get it done within 10 minutes if you know the right methods. However, if done improperly, not only will you...
Can You Use an AV Receiver as a Power Amp?

Can You Use an AV Receiver as a Power Amp?

An AV (audio-video) receiver, as the name suggests, receives video and audio signals from multiple sources and routes them to the right output devices. Since AV receivers come with an integrated amplifier, they don’t “need” a separate amplifier to process and amplify...
8 Reasons To Upgrade Your Receiver And 4 Reasons Not To

8 Reasons To Upgrade Your Receiver And 4 Reasons Not To

If you want to make the most out of your home theater experience, having a good receiver is essential. A good receiver will elevate your movie nights to a higher level. Besides, having an excellent speaker is basically worthless if the receiver isn’t great....
What Causes AV Receivers To Click?

What Causes AV Receivers To Click?

An AV receiver serves as the hub of a home theater system, connecting all the components together. You may hear an annoying clicking sound, perhaps on specific occasions or randomly, but what is causing it to click? And is the clicking in AVRs really a problem? What...
Do You Need a DAC for Your AV Receiver?

Do You Need a DAC for Your AV Receiver?

An AV (audio-video) receiver is designed to deliver power to your home theater system, and a DAC (digital-to-analog converter) takes digital content as input and converts it into analog for your system to play it. But how are these two connected? Is DAC a prerequisite...
Can You Carry a Home Theater in Flight?

Can You Carry a Home Theater in Flight?

Home theater systems can be quite cumbersome since they include an AV receiver, speaker system, and any playback devices you plan to use with them. Considering how fragile and numerous the pieces of a home theater are, are they travel-friendly? You can carry a home...
Can You Use a Passive Subwoofer With an AV Receiver?

Can You Use a Passive Subwoofer With an AV Receiver?

Setting up a home theater system can be a confusing process if you’re new to it. And things can become even more complicated if you have a passive subwoofer, which is different from what most people own. Can you even use it with an AV receiver, or do you need to...