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Andrew Jones, Pioneer and Ooberpad: Adventures in Home Theater Excellence

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Andrew Jones, Pioneer and Ooberpad: Adventures in Home Theater Excellence

Unlike Grammy award-winning musicians, the life of the people behind the music is relatively unknown. There is a horde of players such as sound engineers, speaker designers, record producers, recordists and engineers etc., who quietly push sonic boundaries behind the console. These are the unsung heroes behind the evolution of sound and technology we use to listen to music. From this passionate cohort, the name of the legendary speaker designer Andrew Jones keeps surfacing in many discussions about modern speaker design. A self-proclaimed speaker geek and acoustics and electromagnetics enthusiasts, he is the name behind many great audio electronics. With...

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What is HDMI ARC? Everything you need to know about it!

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What is HDMI ARC? Everything you need to know about it!

If you’re the owner of a newer High Definition TV, A/V receiver, soundbar, or home theatre system, you may have noticed a little symbol on one of the device’s HDMI inputs labelled as ARC or HDMI ARC. Have you ever wondered what does it mean or do exactly? Luckily for you, this blog by Ooberpad will shed some light on the HDMI ARC functionality found in today’s multimedia electronics. What is HDMI ARC? ARC stands for Audio Return Channel, which is a protocol which is found on HDMI-equipped devices launched in the last few years. As the name suggests, it...

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Understanding AV receivers: A buying guide to help you choose one — Part 2

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Understanding AV receivers: A buying guide to help you choose one — Part 2

In our previous blog post, we helped you understand AV receivers and its place in your home theatre system. If you haven’t read that, it would be advisable to glance through the blog post. Present day surround-sound AV receivers have a come a long way from the stereo era. In fact, the meteoric rise in popularity of multi-channel surround formats has significantly changed the face and functionality of AVR and Amplifiers alike. Multi-channel surround can sound wonderful and immersive. However, choosing and operating a 5.1 or 7.1-channel AV receiver is inherently more intricate than 2-channel operation. This blog and buying...

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Understanding AV receivers: Why do you need one? — Part 1

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Understanding AV receivers: Why do you need one? — Part 1

In your search for the ultimate home theatre system, you come across various audio and video electronics such as speakers, media players (Blu-Ray, DVD players, HTPCs etc.), displays (flat-panel TVs and projectors) and AV receivers among a huge list of others. From all the above-mentioned electronics, the AV receiver (AVR) is often the most misunderstood and underutilised component of multichannel home theatre systems.In our conversations with numerous home theatre enthusiasts, we’ve realised that while a few people have a fair understanding of the role of an AV receiver, there are a few users who could use some help in getting...

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Maybe it’s time to buy a 4K TV for your home theatre system

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Maybe it’s time to buy a 4K TV for your home theatre system

In today’s home entertainment system, the TV is one of the most important components and quite literally a centre of attraction. Over the last few decades, display and TV technologies have evolved at a rapid pace. From chunky CRT TVs to flat-panel screens, television technology has come a long way.Unlike many other pieces of electronics, most buyers consider the TV as a one-time long-term investment. Quite often, users who are looking to buy a new TV, settle for a model which may be outdated (end-of-life models). Over the last decade, most consumers across various markets have quickly switched to HDTVs...

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