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Review 30 Days With PlayStation Vue

Cutting The Cable Again (Sort Of): Thirty days ago, I unbundled my Spectrum cable bundle.  The phone service was replaced by Ooma.  I kept the Spectrum internet service.  After looking at Slingbox, Hulu, and some others, television programming went to PlayStation Vue. After living with the PlayStation Vue for thirty days, here are some of my thoughts: […]

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Android TV Box Review Nexbox A1 S912

What’s A TV Box? In the past, I have taken older computers and converted them into media servers. Typically, these boxes used some flavor of Linux as an operating system with XBMC/Kodi and Plex doing the heavy lifting for movies, music, and photo streaming. The computers were connected to a TV either by a S-Cable, […]

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Amazon Echo Dot 2 Review

What Is The Echo Dot 2? The Echo Dot 2 (or 2nd Generation) from Amazon, is a remarkable hockey-puck shaped device that you simply “speak” to, and it will attempt to answer your questions, and get pre-programmed things working (think home automation: lights, thermostat, coffee maker, locks, etc.). The Echo Dot 2 sells for $49.99. […]

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Home Theater and Home Audio – A new website

As I write this, my website, LarryTalksTech, has been around a little over 4 years.  Here you can find articles that interest me, articles that I felt would be of interest to others, as well as tips, and how to’s.  It is no surprise then, that  most readers come to LarryTalksTech from a search on […]

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Buying Refurbished Electronics – Tips

Why Buy Refurbished Electronics? When buying refurbished electronics, you can save money on your purchase, sometimes a lot of money. It’s that simple. Here are some examples of refurbished items pulled from the internet today (12/18/2015): Onkyo TX-SR313 5.1 Home Theater Receiver: Retail Price $299 Refurb Price $169 Denon AVR-X3000 7.2 Networking Home Theater Receiver: […]

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Kodi Audio Settings – Quick Reference Chart

   What is Kodi?  Kodi (formerly XBMC) is an open source cross-platform media player program.  Kodi is well sorted out, and easy to install and setup.  Kodi can play streaming videos, dvd’s/cd’s, display photos, update weather, and much more. One of Kodi’s is strengths is that it is flexible, allowing plugins to expand and vary […]

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AT&T U-verse – A Review After 18 Months Of Service

In The Beginning: Nearly two years ago I gave up my Dish Network satellite, Vonage phone service, and my DSL Extreme ISP. An AT&T U-verse bundle was the reason for this change. Three hundred TV channels, Free Movie Channels, VOIP with many features, and a faster internet (18 MPS from AT&T verses 3 MPS from […]

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Audio Home Theater How To Tips

Simple Audyssey Tweaks For Your AV Receiver

 Audyssey is included in audio-video receivers made by Creston, Denon, Integra, Marantz, NAD, Onkyo, and Wisdom.  It makes speaker setup and calibration on an AV receiver fairly painless. For the most part, one simply needs to follow the manufacture’s instructions for speaker placement, speaker wiring, and peripheral connections. Then, connect a supplied microphone to the […]

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Behringer Pro Mixer VMX200USB – Not Just For DJs

Do I Really Need An Audio Mixer? Several years ago, I decided to embark on the task of digitizing songs from my vinyl record collection. With the exception of a phono pre-amplifier, I had everything I needed to accomplish the task. After looking for phono pre-amps online, I could not decide on a specific model […]

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The Behringer UCA202 (UCA222) USB Audio Interface On Linux

My kingdom for a horse! For several years, I used a Mac Pro “Cheese-grater”, with two Power PC G5 processors, as my home theater computer. The video was fine (as long as I ran it at 720P), and the audio was very good with fiber optic “out” . Its aging Mac OS X worked well […]