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Home theaters consist of televisions, speakers, and various supporting equipment. Caution: product recommendations and electronics are off topic here, appropriate questions here are ones you'd ask the local handyman, like how to run wiring through the walls, or build an enclosure.

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What to do with optical wire after removing my antique Bose sound system

I have just removed a wired-in-the-wall old BOSE sound system. I have these wires coming out of the wall that were connected to different components of the sound system. the wire on the left is an ...
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How can i run speaker wire from my garage to rec room tha that are side by side through the wall

I need some help. Please how can I wire my home theater speakers so I can be in the garage or rec room the spaces are right next to each on the ground level.
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How to connect a soundbar Philips TAB5105/12 to Philips LCD-TV 42PFL3604H/12?

Trying to help my friend who has bought a used Philips Soundbar Speaker model TAB5105/12. The soundbar has an optical input, as shown in this video found on Youtube. The tv on the other hand has a ...
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My AV rack (metal) is close to the grounding rod & my receiver/projector frequently get fried [closed]

Dumb me ! my receiver/projector has been fried 3 times & I had tried everything: Called in an electrician Installed circuit breakers Cried.. But it kept getting fried ! And today when I was ...
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Can I mix AV and Power cables in the same raceway?

I've read that you cannot mix power cables and low-voltage cables (in my case: HDMI, CAT6, USB) in the same raceway (that plastic conduit that stick to the outside of the wall) But in every home I've ...
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Is my power consumption measurement tool broken?

In order to optimize power consumption of my home theater setup, I'm using a power consumption tool (similar to this one) at the main single power socket where everything is plugged in via extensions. ...
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Home theater acoustic: How to calculate the required volume of a Helmholtz absorber to reduce reverb [closed]

I would like to fight a resonance with a Helmholtz absorber in a room with a volume of 97 cubic meters. I'm building a home theater in a room that's 9.2m long (11 x 3.3 x 3.2). In the beginning I had ...
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How can I make my AVR remote work while I'm about 100’ away from AVR?

My main TV is in the living room (upstairs), with speakers while my AVR Denon is in my basement which is about 100’ away. I don’t know much about IR extension. I need to make sure I can use my remote ...
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Home theater audio setup for a projector [closed]

I have a projector (Optoma EH336) and want to buy a relatively inexpensive home theater set up for audio. I will be pushing content from a USB device or a laptop, placed close to the projector. Of ...
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Entertainment Area is cooling required with this setup? Where to position fans?

I am getting my entertainment area setup and I wanted to get opinions on where I should install intake/exhaust fans and if it would even be required. Within my "nitch" I am going to have an ...
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flange/u-channel for black-out blinds?

This is a question about a specific solution for a problem that's been asked before. The best solution is u-channels that the blinds' hem bar can travel up and down within. This solution can be seen ...
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How would i check if my receiver blows speakers

I picked up a Yamaha htr-3064 from good will for $14.99. Seamed like quite the steal. Back of the unit says it can take 6 or 8ohms speakers. I had also picked up a pair of Tandy Realistic tower ...
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Connecting a single audio device to multiple outputs for whole house speaker system

Edited title and updated description: I have found an speaker distribution panel that I think will work to connect all the outputs to a single input. I would just need to know how to connect the input....
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How to remove in wall speaker grill/frame

I tried all the suggestions in the following question to no avail (no accepted answer) How do I remove a ceiling speaker cover? I also watched several YT videos that so far haven't provided any ...
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Suggestions for How to Achieve Flexible Wireless Speaker System

I would like to have a set of wireless (they can be mains powered) speakers in my living room. I have indicated what I reckon will be the eventual position of the speakers in the plan below: There is ...
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Flush Mount Ceiling/Wall Speakers [closed]

I am building a house. Right now I am at the stage where there is no drywall or insulation, we just got dried in. We just installed the electrical. I got the idea that I'd like to install something ...
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Running cables for a home theater: inside walls and ceilings or on the surface?

I am trying to set-up a home theater in my ill-equipped living room. After spending the last three days watching YouTube videos on routing cables, I did learn a lot, but got into a state of analysis ...
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Home Theater: Projector + Soundbar: How to get audio in sync?

I have had a lot of issues with audio sync when using projectors. (The projector is slow to render the image, so if the audio is played directly from the digital source, it is early, and annoying!) ...
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Is it okay to plug a surge protector strip into a surge suppressing power outlet?

I just bought a house that has one of these where the TV would go. I do not want to change things or do any re-wiring. It only has two ports. I have 4 devices: A roku TV Soundbar Samsung SmartThings ...
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How should I hang speakers with a keyhole mounting slot?

I have a pair of Sony speakers that I’m not quite too sure on how to hang on my wall. The backs look like this: Would I just put a screw in my wall and hang it up like that? Would there be enough ...
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Is it okay to connect a subwoofer to two devices with a Y cable?

I have a soundbar for my TV and an amplifier for music. They are never used at the same time. I have one subwoofer that I want to use for both. Currently I manually switch the RCA cable. Would it be ...
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Should I install acoustic insulation in ceiling in basement with switchback staircase and no door?

I'm finishing my basement. Is it worth it to install basic insulation or sound barrier insulation like Rockwool since there won't be a door at the bottom of the staircase? Above the basement living ...
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HTS7200 home theater replaced drive (hacked/tweaked) detects disc but won't play blu-ray only [closed]

Downvote.... It doesn't fit on electronics.stackexchange.com, it doesn't fit here.... where else? Don't start to downvote, tell me where to go if it is wrong to place it here on this site. Edit: ...
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Can a multi-meter be used to test home theater receiver speaker output?

I have a Sony HT-CT150 that no longer outputs sounds. Can I somehow use my mutli-meter to test the speaker output? Here's what it looks like I want to make sure that the system is actually ...
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Pictures Covering Home Theater Speakers [closed]

So I have some in wall speakers that I've installed. I would like to put pictures in front of them. I was thinking that a silk screen or similar should have essentially no sound distortion. I reason ...
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Is it safe to mount a TV below a window?

I have a spot in my bedroom where I'd like to mount a tv. There is a wall with two closets on each side with a 4' space between them. The space has a built in chest that swings open at the top, and ...
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How to setup an audio system for TV and other audio sources?

I'm finally breaking out of the attic that served me as a room for many years at my parents for a fresh appartment I'm about to finish renovating. First furniture I buy, well already bought actually, ...
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What speaker wire should I use to extend the length?

I bought the Sony HT-IV300 home theatre system 3 years back. Specifications ( Impedance levels are mentioned) For the front speakers, just used the default surrounding speaker wires ( impedance of ...
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Can audio be transmitted over composite cable? [closed]

I have to transmit audio from point A to point B and all I have connecting those two points is a composite video cable (RGB). (History. Old setup was: Computer->AVR[Video->Projector by composite, ...
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Installing in-wall speakers in an exterior basement wall

I've been debating installing in-wall speakers on an exterior basement wall for a home cinema, and I see problems with every solution. Naive approach Cut out a section down to the concrete and ...
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What's the purpose of a wire from stud to outside?

On a couple of my studs there is a small gauge wire that seems to go through the outside wall to the outdoors (into the flue cavity) as shown in the picture. What is its purpose? This is on the wall ...
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How to turn a cut component video cable into coax?

I need to use a component video cable whose connectors have been cut off as a coax cable. Is that possible? Here's the story: My TV is at location A). The OTA signal arrives by coax to location B) in ...
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Workaround for outputting HDMI audio from PC to Onkyo TX-SR506 receiver [closed]

I bought a used Onkyo TX-SR506 receiver after the seller told me it supports HDMI input. I connected it in the following setup: PC HDMI out ➡ receiver HDMI in receiver HDMI out ➡ TV HDMI in Doing ...
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Can I wire a receptacle to a cord and plug?

I am planning to add a recessed wall box for my TV so I can put the connections behind its wall mount. Most of these boxes come with a pass-through of some sort as well as a spot for a single-gang ...
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Circuit breaker adjustment

Two of the guest bedrooms in my house are under the same circuit breaker trip switch. I just found out that I can't have a 1500W room heater plugged inside each of those bedrooms at the same time, as ...
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Bad and deteriorating TV signal

I use a WISI OR 152 set-top box to receive a DVB-C TV signal. A couple of months ago I rearranged my living room and as a result I had to connect the receiver to the wall outlet with a rather long (~...
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Home Theater HDMI Splitting

What is the best way to repeat a screen (HDMI) on two different devices without losing signal strength? Ex Projector screen and TV, one receiver, one input, without losing picture quality. I have a ...
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What type of screws would work best for hanging a projector from the ceiling?

I installed a projector and a screen a few days using toggle bolts in my drywall ceiling. One of the anchors didn't open all the way up, and the screen fell. So, I searched here, and quickly came to a ...
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sound absorption material for home cinema

So I've started my home cinema project, read a ton of websites and have the basics planned. What I don't know yet, and the Internet is full of conflicting opinions, is what the best material for ...
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Is my Optoma HD20 projector repairable?

I've just come home from a trip and found that my Optoma HD20 appears to be broken. When I turned it on, I don't get the usual Optoma logo, but instead unmoving static broken by a black bar. ...
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Will running two speaker cables next to each other cause interference?

I have a path through which I'm running some speaker cables behind some crown molding. I would like to use the same path for two 12 gauge speaker cables for about 25 ft. Will it cause interference ...
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Any fabrics that block visible light without blocking IR/Bluetooth?

I'm wondering what materials would block visible light (emitted from LEDs, for example) but would not impede IR signals or Bluetooth. Context: I'd love to block all the blinky lights on my home ...
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Why are there no tv projectors with optical out? [closed]

I must be missing something obvious here. I'm looking at TV projector for a home theater setup and non of them seem to have optical out. I initially thought it was because I was just looking at the ...
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Best setup for 5.1 speakers in room

I've got a 5.1 speaker system and I need guidance to place the speakers(5 sub-woofer/speaker and 1 main-woofer). I heard that, for best experience there are specific guidelines for placement. Like, ...
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Need advice on how to make a projector screen fit into an area

We have a projector screen that can easily be lowered or raised electronically, whose top support is 113" wide, and whose physical edges are each 3 and half inches inset from the sides, so the screen ...
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Why are most of my cable/coax wires disconnected?

I'm researching an ethernet-over-coax solution for my home. In my closet where all the cabling meet, all but two coax cables are disconnected. There are 14 cables altogether, with 12 cables entirely ...
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How to stop the vibrations/sound produced by glass inside a room while playing a speaker system?

My room has a sealed glass (like window glass but we can can't open and close; its fixed to the frame). Whenever I play music in my 5.1 speakers, the glass starts vibrating making a "errrrrr/grrrrr" ...
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How to get cable staples to stick in the wall

In my family room, I've used cable staples (like the ones pictured below) to fasten speaker wire along the wall at the top of the baseboards. There are hardwood floors in this room. Not all of them ...
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What is suitable method for controlling lighting based on pause/play? [closed]

I am in the process of turning my basement into a Home Theater. I have seen some people with home theaters where when they pause a movie it dims the lights up and I would love to use this feature. ...
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How can I mount a speaker on the ceiling?

I want to this heavy bookshelf speaker on my ceiling as a center-channel, preferably horizontally, as it's above my projection screen. I want to angle it roughly 20 degrees downward so that it's ...
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