Thursday, December 15, 2011

*Hot* New Colors For Our I-Extreme Cables!!!!

Pick a Color! Custom Series iPod, iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Docking connector cable to 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini plug, up to 6 feet long. Now in exciting new Colors!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Go Wireless with your Audio Connection!!!

Don't be tied down with wires anymore!!

Listen to iTunes on your headphones wirelessly! Connect your iPod to your stereo or home theater system wirelessly! Connect your Mac or PC to your stereo or home theater system wirelessly! The audio is high quality, noise free and distortion free. Distances of up to 90 feet are possible.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wired.Com - Ram Hydra Reviewed by GeekDad

Wired.Com GeekDad
Hydra Cable: Is the “Six Headed Monster of MP3 Cables” Worth the Price?

Brad Moon is a core contributor to’s GeekDad, newspaper columnist, WFH dad, resident Canuck, camper extraordinaire and frequent reviewer of gadgets, devices and gizmos.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

How Infrared (IR) is Used in Controllers

Ever since the first remote controls for televisions came out in the 1950s, mankind has been fascinated with the idea of controlling their television, stereo, VCR, DVD player, and everything else they could without having to get out of their comfortable chairs. Today, we have remote controlled fans, microwaves, lights for our homes, and as soon as somebody figures out how to do it, I'm sure we'll have a
remote controlled device to walk the dog.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

HDMI & DVI Compatibility (New Article)

HDMI & DVI Compatibility

HDMI is based upon DVI, using the same protocol for transmitting uncompressed video signal. This protocol is called TMDS (Transition Minimized Differential Signaling). What that means for you, as a consumer, is that any device which uses DVI connections can be connected to HDMI connections via a simple adapter. No special electronic wizardry is needed.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Introducing... The 6 Headed Monster of an MP3 Cable

Introducing the Ultimate "do everything" cable for Portable Audio enthusiasts!

What would you pay for a cable that could connect your iPod/iPhone/iPad/MP3 player/laptop to your car stereo or home stereo? A swiss Army knife of a cable? A very high quality one that sounded great and was made in the USA?!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What are All Those Audio/Video Connectors?

Connecting all that stuff together can be a bit daunting. There are so many types of connectors used for audio and video connections today, that just understanding what they are, let alone where they go, can be a bit of a challenge. Well, we're going to try and debunk some of the myth behind all those connectors, letting you know what they really are and what they really do.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Looking for a Digital to Analog Converter and Amplifier with Speaker and Headphone Outputs?

New! The DAC-AMP20 is a Digital to Analog Converter with Optical and USB Inputs, and an Amplifier with both Headphone and Speaker Outputs. Its perfect for connecting a pair of Stereo Speakers to your computer or for listening to your new TV with digital output over headphones.

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

What can A/V Baluns do for me?

What can A/V Baluns do for me? How do the Baluns Work?
Read this article to answer these questions and much, much more ....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


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Monday, June 13, 2011

Digital Audio Converters

Analog to Digital (ADC), and Digital to Analog (DAC) Audio Converters

Why, when and where do you need them?

  • You just purchased a new LCD or Plasma TV (Digital Output) and you need to get the sound through your Stereo System (Analog Input)? You need a DAC!

 • Your new digital speaker system (Digital Input) won’t work with your old stereo receiver (Analog Output) You need an ADC!

 • You have run out of digital inputs on your new home theater system and you want to connect your MP3 player that only has a digital audio output. You need a (DAC)!

What are these things?!

Digital to Analog Audio Converters (DAC's) convert either LPCM or Bitstream digital audio on Coax or Optical Toslink to Stereo Left/Right Audio.

Analog to Digital Audio Converters (ADC's) convert Stereo Left/Right analog audio into LPCM Digital Audio for either Coax or Optical Toslink Input.

Learn More

More about analog and digital audio
Learning Your ADCs and Your DACs(Digital Analog Audio Converters)
Audio - analog and digital
Bitstream vs PCM (LPCM) when using a DAC or in your Home Theater Setup
Common Analog/Digital conversion problems and solutions

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Learning Your ADCs and Your DACs

Once upon a time, the electronic world was all analog; everything was smooth sailing, with infinite variation between one extreme and the other. Then along came digital. Everything became ones and zeros, on and off, yes or no; no variation, nothing in the middle. The cold world of digital, some called it. Somehow, these two worlds had to come together, they needed a translator, otherwise analog equipment and digital equipment could never talk to each other. That’s where ADCs and DACs come in.

Read the rest of this article about Digital Audio Conversion

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wall Mounting a Flat-Panel Display

New Article "Wall Mounting a Flat-Panel Display" at RAM site.
Mounting a flat-panel display to your wall is not a difficult task. Most Weekend Warriors can accomplish it with the correct tools, basic handyman skills, and a little planning. Wall mounting is an excellent way to take advantage of the flat screen design to eliminate clutter, obtrusive furniture and hide the cables.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Line Level Audio Output Connection for iPod iPhone iPad

One of the pleasures in today's hectic world is to listen and enjoy good music. The old cliché “ Music soothes the savage beast” is not an understatement. Some of my favorite downtime is spent enjoying one of the 2000+ selections on my iPod. The iPod/iPhone/iPad now allows you to carry your entire music library, if you wish, with you on the go. You are virtually unlimited in your listening experience at all times. However, earphones are not my experience of choice. The player is not limited to earphones and by connecting to the docking connector output you can unleash your listening experience.

Connecting to your docking port on your iPod/iPhone/iPad gives you access to an uncompressed music port that will connect to any auto head unit with a 3.5 mm (1/8") auxiliary input, dual left and right RCA's on your home stereo/receiver or professional XLR’r or ¼" audio connections on a soundboard or PA system.
You can also import music from your CD collection in a Lossless audio format for true CD quality sound. My Lossless imports on the iPod are limited to only Miles Davis - Kind of Blue and Herbie Hancock - River: The Joni Letters. Lossless uses a lot of memory and Apple's ACC(Advance Audio Coding) is better than the MP3 audio format and sounds pretty good for most music.

Let's get back to connecting your iPod/iPhone/iPad. The docking connector is a true line level connection, which means it is not controlled by your volume and is a steady-state signal. However, equalization settings on the player are still in effect and you can vary the treble and bass, depending on your preference. Of course mine is set for Jazz. At home I use a docking cable with the optional USB cable plugged into an AC outlet to USB 5V adapter for charging. In the car the 3.5 mm (1/8 inch) with optional USB allows charging from the cigarette lighter using USB 5V adapter.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Wall mounts for Flat Screen Displays

Wall mounts for Flat Screen Displays

Everywhere you turn there are examples of flat screen displays mounted on a wall, airports, sports bars, restaurants, your buddy's house. They range in size from a small 12 inch LCD to 55 inches Plasma or a newer LED displays, with some weighing over 100 pounds. Plus to complicate the situation, there are just as many variations of mounts available, slim, low-profile, swivel, tilt and adjustable tilt. How do you choose and how much is it going to cost are the two questions asked all the time.

First, let us tackle the question on styles. Choosing the type of mount requires you to take a few factors into consideration. Displays should be viewed at eye level to avoid neck fatigue. When mounting the display above eye level a tilt mount or mounting the display as far from the viewing area as possible is recommended. Distance reduces looking up at a sharp angle. However, for standard tilt mounts as much as 4 inch spacing may be necessary. A corner mount location will require some swiveling and tilting to get the optimal view. Mounting on a wall that can be viewed from the sides require a low-profile mount. This provides a neat side profile view and hides the connections. The newer low-profile mounts only require a 0.31 spacing between the wall and the display. If you are tilting the low profile mount a minimum spacing of 0.75 inches is required between the wall and the display. In addition, some ultra slim low profile mounts have less weight capacities. You want to stay with a high weight capacity fixed or tilt mount for the bigger displays, especially if ultra slim low profile is not a concern.

VESA is a Video Electronics Standards Association, which helps display manufacturers standardize the four holes mounting pattern on the back of the display. Nowadays most manufacturers comply with the standards, but the standard still varies depending on the display size and the manufacturer. Most new displays will comply with VESA whole patterns. The display’s VESA actual requirement is located in the manual.

Wall mounts are constructed from steel. Displays are made from a combination of plastic, metal and electronics. Important because you want the display to stay on the wall, where ever you decide to hang it. Falling of the the wall is not an option. This is not a problem if you attach the mount to the wall properly and the display to the mount properly.

Now that VESA makes it simple to match the display pattern with the proper mount designed, one more critical factor is the display's weight. A steel mount will specify the maximum load weight. As we stated, an average 50-inch displays will weigh 70 to 80 pounds and some older plasmas as much as 100 pounds. Remember the mounts are steel and most will support the weight they are designed to carry. The critical component is the wall and the structure of the wall to support the weight. If you are mounting a heavy display unit on a wall, make sure the wall is structurally sound, follow the mounting directions and you will not have any problems.

Finally, how much should you pay for a wall mount? This will depend on the profile, swivel, and tilt requirements. You do not need a name brand mount, unless you have a specific design problem. These are steel mounts and as long as you matched them to the display’s mounting specifications, adhere to weight limits and install them properly, they will perform as design. So save your money and put the savings into upgrading the display, adding a Blu Ray or surround sound system, which are more important for a full high def experience.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Compression Connectors and Tools

There are three things you want when installing an audio/video system, so you can get to the job of enjoying the finish results.

1. It should be easy
2. Work properly
3. Last forever, without any problem.

Compression connectors matched with the right coaxial cables are designed to provide all of these.

The connectors are available in three primary styles, which will fit the needs of consumer, professional and commercial applications. RCA connectors are the most common and found on most consumer audio/video electronic products. For broadband and CATV, you will see the F connector. Professional and commercial installations used BNC connectors.

Two types of coaxial cables RG-6 and RG-59 are found in 90% of the installations. Old installs used RG-59 for common house runs. The RG-6 is popular today and my favorite. RG-6 is a 18 gauge single conductor solid or stranded wire. Solid conductors offer the best properties and are easy to use with compression connectors. RG-6 works for audio and video, both digital and the older analog signals. The larger 18 gauge is also good for longer runs.

Terminating RCA's, F’s or BNC connectors to RG-6 is a four step process and requires only three tools, cable cutter, coaxial stripper and a compression crimping tool. A small curved jaw cutter does a nice clean cut without deforming the cable. However, any sharp wire cutters will work that are designed to handle up to 12gauge wire. The coaxial strippers are connector specific and cable specific. Liberty offers a complete CM-TOOL-PAC that includes all the tools with a case for easy storage.

The one piece all metal connectors from Liberty and White Sands Engineering are high quality great value products. They are an all-metal design rugged and can handle tough conditions. Instructions for terminating connectors are simple. Details on terminating the connectors are available online. The Liberty connectors have a nice color-coded feature to allow you to confirm you are using the correct connected with the cable.

Cables made with these connectors and coaxial cable, will work on the following applications left/right audio, composite video, component video, subwoofer, S/PDIF, CATV or HD SDI. In other words they will work for just about every audio or video application you require. What is the down side? None!

On your next electronics install project check out the compression connector products and you will be pleasantly surprised, how easy and fast you will be enjoying your listening or viewing experience and not worrying about problems for years to come.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Digital to Analog - What do I really need ?

We get many questions a day regarding the differences between part #'s GTVDD2AA & GTVDIGAUD2AAUD. What really is the difference, What do you really need?

Part # GTVDD2AA (the decoder) is the most compatible and takes all of the channels and puts them onto the stereo output. This unit will accept PCM or bitstream.

Part # GTVDIGAUD2AAUD only outputs the two stereo channels onto the two stereo channels.
This unit MUST be used with a device that outputs PCM.

PCM Definition: PCM stands for Pulse Code Modulation. PCM technology is a means by which standard audio signals (which are represented by waveforms) are converted to digital audio signals (which are represented by 1's and 0's - much like computer data) with little, or no, compression. The method of audio conversion is used on most digital audio formats, including CDs and DVD-Audio, and is also used to some extent in Blu-ray and HD-DVD applications. The PCM signal is converted back to analog form for distribution to loudspeakers. PCM, although digital in nature, should not be confused with a Dolby Digital or DTS Bitstream, which is compressed, and digitally encoded in a different manner than PCM. However, Dolby Digital and DTS encoded audio signals can be decoded into PCM signals and transferred via HDMI to a growing number of Home Theater Receivers for further processing and amplification. This is common in most Blu-ray and HD-DVD player applications.

Bitstream Definition: A Bitstream refers to binary bits of information (1's and 0's) transferred from one device to another. However, in Home Theater applications, Bitstream refers to a digitally-encoded Dolby Digital or DTS-related compressed audio signal from a source component (such as a DVD, Blu-ray, or HD-DVD player, HD-Cable, or HD-Satellite Box) to a Preamp/Processor (either standalone or built into a Home Theater Receiver) for decoding and distribution to the amplifier stage for final sound reproduction, in analog form, by the loudspeakers. The Bitstream can be sent via Digital Optical, Digital Coaxial, or HDMI interface.