• Hack #96 from Home Theater Hacks by Brett McLaughlin (O’Reilly Media). Forget about fast forwarding through commercials;...

  • A Review of the Inner Structure of Video Cables So, what’s in a video cable? When reading...

  • Many of the best video cables on the market today were designed primarily for use in the digital domain; but can a digital cable really perform well as an analog cable? Can an analog cable be used as a digital cable? What’s the difference, anyway, between digital and analog cables? They both...

  • Hack #15 from Home Theater Hacks by Brett McLaughlin (O’Reilly Media). The high-definition craze is beginning to...

  • Component video cable, in just a few years, has gone from being a relatively uncommon and esoteric...

  • As DVI and HDMI connections become more and more widely used, we are often asked: which is better, DVI (or HDMI) or component video? The answer, as it happens, is not cut-and-dried. First, to clear away one element that can be confusing: DVI and HDMI are exactly the same as one another,...

  • Hack #3 from Home Theater Hacks by Brett McLaughlin (O’Reilly Media). The Pitfalls of Chain Stores Although it’s nice to listen to a specific set of speakers or audio components, in fact, most chain stores have huge rooms, with at least one glass wall, and you’re standing up—about as different from a...

  • What Every New Camera Owner Should Know About Selecting and Handling Flash Storage Cards With 3.8 million digital cameras sold in the U.S. during the December holidays, representing a 28 percent increase over the previous December, plenty of people are now experimenting with their new cameras and learning about the use and...

  • What do we really mean when we talk about "loudspeaker sound"? We've said it – we've heard it – but what should a good loudspeaker sound like? If we are being true to the goal of seeking higher fidelity, then an ideal loudspeaker should have no "sound" at all. In other words,...

  • Setting Up Your Digital Home Theater System for the Best Performance When it comes to home theater,...

  • When we see a forward-firing loudspeaker facing us, it seems reasonable to assume that it is radiating its sound output toward us, producing little or no sound to the sides and rear. After all, it's called a "forward-firing" speaker, correct? And its drivers are all mounted on the front panel of the...

  • Most of us don’t think much about the images we look at on a TV, flat-panel display, or on a laptop or desktop computer screen; that is, we don’t think about what comprises the image–because our eyes and brain merge all the elements of color, brightness and contrast into a “picture” we...

  • This year’s Consumer Electronics Show gave us the annual sneak peak at what new products and technologies...

  • Describing Loudspeaker Sound In the course of my work for Axiom, I answer lots of email technical questions on the "sound" of Axiom speakers (as well as that of our competitors' products). One recent email questioner said that he wanted a loudspeaker that embodied the "rich" sound he heard from a live...

  • Cable Quandary: Composite, S-Video, Component Video, DVI, and HDMI Connectors At Axiom we take a rational, scientific...

  • Louder IS NOT Always better! For some people shopping for loudspeakers is easy. These lucky souls have...

  • Ten Tips to Getting a Big Screen TV We all want bigger screens for increased impact, because larger TV screens, like high-quality 5.1-channel surround sound systems, pull us into the movie action or TV show’s story line just the way big movie theater screens and sound systems do. But a too-large TV...