Home Theater Accessories

What Ever Happened to the Basic Audio Tower?

Since the day my child was born, I knew I'd inevitably have to take measures to protect my home theater gear once she was mobile enough to press buttons and turn knobs. My taste in style has always been what I would call "understated contemporary," meaning plain, simple, and functional. I'll also admit I have little desire to spend a fortune on something that holds my A/V components. I'd rather buy new gear. 

Universal Remote Roundup: Control Your System With Ease

Looking for a gift for your geeky special someone this year?  Or maybe, you're just looking for a more efficient way to control your home entertainment system.  We've all tried the "remote shuffle," and frankly, it can be pretty stressful when all you want to do is enjoy watching a movie!

Here's some of the hottest remote controls available this season to fulfill your system controlling needs, from the fanciest full-color, touch screen models to budget powerhouse controllers! 

Universal Remotes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

If you’re one of the many people who are tired of having several remotes to run your entertainment system, you’ve probably been giving some thought to universal remote controls. Getting a universal remote will definitely save you some space; with the additional benefit of simplifying easy tasks such as changing tracks on a DVD. Here’s the scoop on the good, the bad, and also the ugly side of universal remote systems.

Surge Protectors 101

It had a rectangular body with a snake-like appendage that connected it to a plug on the wall. A number of helpless electrical devices plugged into the rectangular brick that was its power source. Its name was Surge Protector–the guardian of computers and electrical appliances, and preserver of operational voltaic doohickeys.

My New Audio Recording Toys

As Matt will tell you, I get a little excited about new stuff. Anyway, since I've started doing spots for a local radio station, I needed a way to record them at home. For the first spot I did, I used a Sony mini-disc microphone plugged into my X-Fi card; needless to say, the results weren't great. For the microphone upgrade, I decided on the Marshall MXL D.R.K—it comes with a padded case, XLR cable, XLR–1/8" adapter, and a 9V battery (yes, the battery is included).

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