Written by Joel Habakkuk

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With RF, all color, b/w and THEN audio, PLUS a "carrier" frequency are mixed together in one signal. A whole lot of separation has to take place with RF! But it is ideal for multiplexed long distance signal transfer. So based onrepparttar format ofrepparttar 116322 signal received, each "video processing" piece of equipment you have must first unconvert then convert, unconvert then convert. Something gets lost inrepparttar 116323 shuffle; it's called SIGNAL QUALITY.

So unless you have No Choice, only use RF cables/signals for relaying broadcast signals from outside to wherever your cable boxes, satellite receivers, TVs, or VCRs are located.

If COMPOSITE VIDEO and/or S-VIDEO and or COMPONENT VIDEO signals are output by these devices, keep them in these formats throughoutrepparttar 116324 rest of your equipment chain....if possible.

4. ROTATE RCA INTERCONNECTS AS YOU INSERT & REMOVE: This will help remove oxidation onrepparttar 116325 jacks & provide better signal transfer.

With S-VIDEO, DO NOT TWIST: line up "notches" on plug with jack, and push straight. Otherwise you may damagerepparttar 116326 "pin assembly." And if you paid for some nice ones, you'll scream very loudly.

5. WHAT GOES IN, COMES OUT: By knowing "what" functionality you desire from your hookup (e.g., "I want to be able to watch DVDs without tuning to channel 3 or 4"), & utilizingrepparttar 116327 previous tips on keepingrepparttar 116328 signal in one format, you can USUALLY figure out how to hook up your equipment based onrepparttar 116329 input/output jacks available to you.

All you have to remember is Outs go to INs & vice versa. 6. WATCH WHERE YOU ROUTE POWER CORDS: Sometimes, lower-quality interconnects pick up AC Hum from AC cords. Also, I recommend you invest in some good quality "surge protector/line conditioners (Panamax, Monster Cable, etc.,) to plug your components.

MOST damage occurs to home A/V electronics from prolonged exposure torepparttar 116330 continuous, "common" surges generated by garage door openers, refrigerator and A/C compressors turning on & off, & local power utility company power grid switching.

Other practical information on Home Theater can be found at http://www.visual-cue.com/PHTT.htm

Copyright 2002-2003 Visual Cue.

An audio-video enthusiast/hobbyist for the past 25 years, and one of the visionaries of www.Visual-Cue.com: an internet based HomeTheater company purposing to help customers (via information and low-priced/high-quality product) maximize their investment in HomeTheater.

Finding adventure in little things

Written by David Leonhardt

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The package instructions said to plantrepparttar seeds while it is still cold outside - when your fingers can become good and numb. We put on our parkas and rounded up our dogsleds and stepped out from our igloo. OK, it was not quite that cold.

The instructions said to plantrepparttar 116321 seeds aboutrepparttar 116322 depth of one-to-two timesrepparttar 116323 length ofrepparttar 116324 seed. I measuredrepparttar 116325 seed. Actually,repparttar 116326 seed was too small to measure. Just a touch larger than a celery seed. The package must have erred. According to my measurements, I would burryrepparttar 116327 seeds with even a couple grains of sand on top.

I did my best.

Little Lady, our always-eager-to-be-helpful toddler, placedrepparttar 116328 markers to remind us where we plantedrepparttar 116329 seeds. We used short sticks with plastic glow-in-the-dark stars on top. These were, in fact, made for sticking inrepparttar 116330 snow to linerepparttar 116331 driveway at Christmastime, but they seemed fitting markers for such bizarre plants.

The phone rang that evening. "Did you plant something really strange today?" our neighbor asked. "You have stars on sticks poking out ofrepparttar 116332 ground. And they are glowing inrepparttar 116333 dark. Did you buyrepparttar 116334 seeds nearrepparttar 116335 nuclear power plant?"

We explained thatrepparttar 116336 glow-in-the dark sticks were just to mark where we planted our saskatoon berry trees. "Ooh, what do saskatoon berries taste like?" She asked. I had no idea. I had tasted them in jam many years ago on a business trip to Saskatchewan, but I do not even remember if I liked them. The seeds were actually a gift from a friend.

But life is an adventure, and three years from now I can tell you whatrepparttar 116337 berries taste like. Can't you just taste a good adventure?

David Leonhardt is the Happy Guy, author of "Climb your Stairway to Heaven: the 9 habits of maximum happiness". Sign up for your free "Daily Dose of Happiness" at http://TheHappyGuy.com/daily-happiness-free-ezine.html, or visit him at http://TheHappyGuy.com.

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