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Music is sour of life to many. You can enjoy the latest audio system while you gym inside your bedroom of when you relax on weekends. But this all is too difficult if you don't support your system with expert audio installation services. Contact the most trusted and genuine services in market.
Not all, in fact few, can afford that on top of buying the equipment. Furthermore, this very forum is and always has been among the best for learning how to do it yourself and how to troubleshoot it if something isn't quite right.

Lastly, it's getting harder to find qualified installers today. Few trade organizations in this passion have training and certification, if any.


Junior Audioholic
A tip from a newbie on this site.

I simply don't buy first generation models of anything right out of the gate. While I very much appreciate the early adopters and their efforts, I have no interest in the time and frustration of serving as a non-compensated beta tester for these AV manufacturers.

I bought the JVC rs620 because I didn't want the trials and tribulations of the rs600. I'm waiting the same on these new JVC 4K projectors that are having all sorts of early issues, not to mention lesser black levels than what I have.

By the time I bought my prized Anthem AVM60, the gremlins were long worked out. It was zero maintenance when I bought mine. I won't buy the follow up to this preamp until the kinks are worked through and HDMI 2.1 actually means something in the real world. Blu rays are still 24p, the NFL is still broadcast in 1080i, and streaming is still woefully behind a standard 1080p blu ray, so why do I need HDMI 2.1?

I've learned to love what I have longer.


Don't forget about your network. Often overlooked. In today's day in age almost all equipment is going on the network. If you are using an all in one cable/modem router from your ISP ditch that for your own separate modem with router, mesh or access points. The proper setup will assure you are getting the speeds you pay for over WiFi. Plus owning your own modem will likely save $10-$15 month in leasing fees.


Junior Audioholic
If you have a Ground Loop Hum in a combined A/V setup, the video coax is typically the source, and can usually be eliminated using a Coax Ground Loop Isolator (such as this one from Jensen). However, if you are using a large multi-port coax splitter upstream (i.e. a 6-port or 8-port, for multiple household TV’s),the combined signal attenuation from that single splitter PLUS a ground loop isolator, might be sufficient to block some TV channels. One solution (short of using a coax signal amplifier) is to use TWO coax splitters in series, with the FIRST being a 2-way splitter feeding the A/V setup needing the Ground Loop Isolator, and the SECOND splitter for the remaining TV’s (assuming they are not part of a full A/V system, thus no ground loop issues). The reason this works is that the FIRST 2-way splitter reduces signal strength by ~3.5 db, (~50% signal loss),which is still usually sufficient, even with the Ground Loop Isolator, for all digital and analog channels. The SECOND coax splitter “halves” the signal yet again for all subsequent TV’s, but even that (~75%) net signal reduction is likely still sufficient for all channels, as long as no Ground Loop Isolator, or further splits, are inserted downstream. The SECOND splitter should have the least number of ports necessary, and if any of the ports are unused, they should be capped with a 75 Ohm terminator (such as these). Here’s a picture of the configuration.
I struggled with a Ground Loop Hum for years, which Frontier Service Techs couldn't resolve (they re-grounded, and even replaced ONT box, and replaced the 8-port splitter, all while assuring me I had sufficient signal).

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