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How do I connect a VCR to a Flat Screen TV

You may still have many video tapes that you like to play but find it hard to connect a VCR to your new flat screen TV. Often this is because you can’t find the...

How do I connect my Flat Screen TV

Connecting your TV is not as hard as it looks. All the sockets on the back and up the side of a flat screen TV can be imposing, but tackling them one by one...

How do I connect a PVR to a flat screen TV

PVR is an acronym for Personal Video Recorder. A PVR is the new video cassette recorder (VCR). It works similarly to a VCR, but instead of using video cassette tapes, it simply records to...

Video Signals & Cables: Component Video

In this article, we look at component video signal: what it is, where it is used, and what cables are used for component video. This is the forth in this series of articles outlining...

The Cost of Standby Power

In the popular press there have been a number of reports along the lines of "households wasting hundred of dollars on standby power". Being an inquisitive sort of fellow, I bought a simple power measurement meter...

Video Signals & Cables: S-Video

In this article we look at S-video signal: what it is, what cables to use, where S-video is used and the problems with it.  This is the second in the series of articles outlining...

Video Signals & Cables: Composite Video

In this article, we look at composite video signal: what it is, what cables to use, where composite video is used and the problems with it. This is the first in a series of...

Video Signals & Cables: RGB video

In this article we look at RGB video signal: what it is, where it is used, what cables to use and the problems with RGB video. This is the third in a series of...

Video Signals & Cables: Summary

This is the summary of the previous five articles looking at the different video signals and connectors commonly used in Home AV. Previously we have discussed  Composite video, S-video, RGB video, Component video and HDMI. So...

Video Signals & Cables: HDMI

In this article, we look at HDMI: what it is, where it is used, and what cables are used for HDMI. This is the fifth in this series of articles outlining the different video...

Reflections on the TV Remote Control

The recent passing of Eugene Polley, the man known for inventing the remote control, has given me cause to reflect on the development of the remote control. In just my life time, the humble...

Phone & Ipod Chargers

  Do phone chargers and Ipod chargers draw power when not connected to their device? The answer is: it depends on the type of charger. There are two basic types of technologies used in power supplies...