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Moving Overseas: Voltages and Format Conversions

Moving Overseas: Voltages and Format Conversions

Importing gear from other countries or taking your gear out of your home country requires a bit of patience and research on your part. It'll take a bit of time to figure out what will work with a plug adapter and what will require a transformer of some sort. You'll have to decide if importing the gear is worth the time and expense. If you move out of the county, you're going to find that a lot of what you have will work with little expense on your part. You may find that it is simply cheaper to sell what you have before you leave and re-buy it in the new country. Regardless, paying attention to the power required and a few other tidbits and you won't be throwing your money away on a piece of gear that won't work in your country.

Importing gear from other countries or taking your gear out of your home country requires a bit of research on your part. You'll have to decide if taking gear is worth the time and expense.

— September 19, 2010 21:05 in Frequently Asked Questions

Ask Dr. A! Too Many HDMI Outputs

Ask Dr. A! Too Many HDMI Outputs

Jim from Iowa asks us how in the world he's supposed to make use of all the new HDMI-capable components he has when his TV and AV receiver don't have enough inputs. It's a good question, and one that many people are asking as more and more manufacturers place HDMI into their products. We tackle it a couple of ways to give you options for maintaining a great picture and also retaining the ability to get the best audio quality possible.

Jim from Iowa asks us how in the world he's supposed to make use of all the new HDMI-capable components he has when his TV and AV receiver don't have enough inputs. It's a good question, and one that

— May 06, 2008 09:31 in Frequently Asked Questions

No HDMI Output with Component Source

No HDMI Output with Component Source

A reader asks Dr. A why he can't view some of his material on the TV he bought. Lots of people run into this problem, so we figured we'd take it to Dr. A for a solution.

A reader asks Dr. A why he can't view some of his material on the TV he bought. Lots of people run into this problem, so we figured we'd take it to Dr. A for a solution.

— April 25, 2008 10:04 in Frequently Asked Questions

Subjective Loudspeaker Reviews - All About Price?

Subjective Loudspeaker Reviews - All About Price?

When taking on the task of reviewing products for consumers there are different ways to get across the conclusions and experiences of the reviewer. Objective testing and subjective viewpoints are both presented, and price is also included in the evaluation process. But there are so many methodologies and considerations, how does Audioholics keep it all straight? Frank asks a very valid question and we thought it was good enough to include it for public consumption to outline just how Audioholics handles this issue.

When taking on the task of reviewing products for consumers there are different ways to get across the conclusions and experiences of the reviewer. Objective testing and subjective viewpoints are

— December 04, 2007 08:38 in Frequently Asked Questions

Ask Dr. A! Does Speaker Cable Gauge Matter?

Ask Dr. A! Does Speaker Cable Gauge Matter?

It's been a while since Dr. A answered a reader question so we pulled him away from his 4 month karaoke binge and tossed a new question at him. Seems like Dr. A has an addictive personality so we'll need to keep him a bit more occupied in the future for his own good. This question, from philophobos via our forums, has to do with speaker cable gauge, but we expanded it a bit in our answer to address some other related situations.

It's been a while since Dr. A answered a reader question so we pulled him away from his 4 month karaoke binge and tossed a new question at him. Seems like Dr. A has an addictive personality so we'll

— November 29, 2007 09:16 in Frequently Asked Questions

Glossary of Electronics Terms

Glossary of Electronics Terms

Audio terminology can be very confusing and ambiguous. We talk about things all the time that our readers may not be able to fully understand. Back by popular demand, we've reconstituted our Glossary of Electronics Terms (with some very important updates) and included it here for all to reference as needed. We'll try to keep it updated as we expand our vocabulary and horizons and as technology coins new terms and phrases.

Audio terminology can be very confusing and ambiguous. We talk about things all the time that our readers may not be able to fully understand. Back by popular demand, we've reconstituted our Glossary

— May 25, 2007 09:04 in Frequently Asked Questions

HDMI Audio Transmission for Blu-ray and HD DVD

HDMI Audio Transmission for Blu-ray and HD DVD

Ever wonder how the new surround formats are transmitted from the next generation DVD players to the receiver/processor? Our quick interview session with Craig Eggers from Dolby Labs helps shed some light on this subject. Check out this FAQ to learn about HDMI audio transmission and the future for HDMI ver. 1.3 enabled receivers and processors.

Ever wonder how the new surround formats are transmitted from the next generation DVD players to the receiver/processor? Our quick interview session with Craig Eggers from Dolby Labs helps shed some

— April 04, 2007 12:09 in Frequently Asked Questions

Why Won't My Cable Box Video Work With My Receiver?

Why Won't My Cable Box Video Work With My Receiver?

In response to numerous threads about this issue we have developed this article to address the issue and let everyone know of productive workarounds and the status of various cable company fixes...

In response to numerous threads about this issue we have developed this article to address the issue and let everyone know of productive workarounds and the status of various cable company fixes...

— November 30, 2006 19:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Ask Dr. A! Of Projectors and 1080p

Ask Dr. A! Of Projectors and 1080p

I have been looking for a nice, affordable projector for some time and came across some reviews on Audioholics. The Sanyo Z4 seems like a real steal in terms of bang for the buck. With the dangling carrot of 1080P out there I am concerned that my investment in this projector may be short lived.

I have been looking for a nice, affordable projector for some time and came across some reviews on Audioholics. The Sanyo Z4 seems like a real steal in terms of bang for the buck. With the dangling

— July 23, 2006 20:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Bass Management for Satellite HTiB Systems

Bass Management for Satellite HTiB Systems

We have fielded several questions relating to how to handle bass management for integrated sub/satellite system where the subwoofer actually handles the crossover and feeds signal to the satellite speakers. Bose and Definitive Technologies both have systems that deal with this (though they function quite differently) and we received a recent question that prompted us to write up a brief FAQ to address this issue.

We have fielded several questions relating to how to handle bass management for integrated sub/satellite system where the subwoofer actually handles the crossover and feeds signal to the satellite

— March 08, 2005 19:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Connecting a Motion Actuator to your System

Connecting a Motion Actuator to your System

I am using a Clark Tactile Transducer TST229 and I am trying to feed it an LFE signal from my Integra DTR 7.1. I do have the Adcom bridged but do not set the sub output on the Integra to more than +1 sometimes less depending on the type of music and or soundtrack I am listening to.

I am using a Clark Tactile Transducer TST229 and I am trying to feed it an LFE signal from my Integra DTR 7.1. I do have the Adcom bridged but do not set the sub output on the Integra to more than

— August 31, 2004 20:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Adding Surrounds or Not

Adding Surrounds or Not

I currently have two good main speakers, a sub, and a good AV receiver. The listening room is 30 long by 10 wide opening to 15 wide 2/3 down at the speaker end. 9 ft. ceilings and hard plaster walls with absorbing furniture and rugs. The sound is quite nice, but I've wondered if adding another pair of speakers will enhance fullness, etc. or have a negative affect.

I currently have two good main speakers, a sub, and a good AV receiver. The listening room is 30 long by 10 wide opening to 15 wide 2/3 down at the speaker end. 9 ft. ceilings and hard plaster walls

— August 30, 2004 20:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Common Misconceptions in Audio Part 1

Common Misconceptions in Audio Part 1

The audio industry is full of ambiguity, leading to common misconceptions by consumers, and thus marketing opportunities by manufacturers. Additionally, the unknowing consumer tends to make their own assumptions, not based on engineering principals, or logical assumptions for that matter, but on their ideas as to what they perceive as right from wrong from the propaganda printed on sales literature or spewed by sales people or chat forums.

The audio industry is full of ambiguity, leading to common misconceptions by consumers, and thus marketing opportunities by manufacturers. Additionally, the unknowing consumer tends to make their own

— August 30, 2004 20:00 in Frequently Asked Questions

Configuring Bass Management for DVD-Audio

Configuring Bass Management for DVD-Audio

I have two questions about my Yamaha C920 DVD player and Yamaha RX-V530 receiver. They are connected via 6-channel analog for DVD-A. They are also connected via digital optical fiber. I just added the C920, a DVD-A capable player. Previously I had a DVD player not capable of DVD-A.

I have two questions about my Yamaha C920 DVD player and Yamaha RX-V530 receiver. They are connected via 6-channel analog for DVD-A. They are also connected via digital optical fiber. I just added

— August 30, 2004 20:00 in Frequently Asked Questions