Buying a Home Theater Receiver

Written by Kenny Hemphill

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You should also consider whether you want to route all your video sources such as TV, DVD player, and games console through your receiver. Doing so means you can switch between sources from one controller, very easily. But if you want to do this you'll need to make surerepparttar receiver you're interested in has enough video inputs. These could be S-Video or component inputs are best, or if you're in Europe, Scart. You should also make surerepparttar 110049 video output fromrepparttar 110050 receiver is of high quality, so again, it should be S-Video, component or Scart.

If you can test a receiver before you buy, its worth comparingrepparttar 110051 quality of a video signal from a DVD player when its connected directly to a display and comparing it with when its connected viarepparttar 110052 receiver. There shouldn't be any noticeable difference in quality.

The power rating ofrepparttar 110053 amplifier is also important. The biggerrepparttar 110054 room you have for your home theater,repparttar 110055 more power you'll need. And makes sure thatrepparttar 110056 power rating is quoted in Watts per channel -repparttar 110057 last thing you want is to get home with your 100Watt receiver and discover that its power is split between eight speakers in you 7.1 set-up. It's impossible to specify how powerful your amplifier should be, but if your home theater is in a reasonable-sized room, as opposed to an aircraft hanger, 100Watts per channel should be fine.

Finally, don't forgetrepparttar 110058 remote control. It'srepparttar 110059 key interface between you andrepparttar 110060 reciever and you'll spend a lot of time using it. So make sure it's comfortable and straightforward to use. The last thing you want is to have to spend ages wading through on-screen menus to get what you want.

Kenny Hemphill is the editor and publisher of The HDTV Tuner

Mobile Phone Ringtones via the web and on audio CDs

Written by Robert Harper

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Note: Polyphonic tunes sound a hell of alot better thanrepparttar mono, however,repparttar 110048 phone may have problem handling them. Nokia 3510, Sony Ericsson P800, and Siemens C55 are able to receive files for use as ringtones. The phones contain a small sound card with various instruments.

Also,repparttar 110049 makers of CDs are starting to introduce software on your favorite disc; one ofrepparttar 110050 best known is ringtone maker Xingtone, adding value torepparttar 110051 CD, thus making ringtones of your favorite music a snap, (easy). Mayberepparttar 110052 next CD you purchase may haverepparttar 110053 letters ECD onrepparttar 110054 label. ECD is short for enhanced compact audio disc... look for 'enhanced CD' on your next audio disc.

Robert Harper owns Harper's Distribution in El Paso, Texas. Robert writes, "I'm a country music fan, and I love talking and writing about country music." Sometimes I find really juicy news (especially if it involves money) and I'll blab it to the whole world. Website:

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