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    Xbox External Hard Drive Question

    USB hard drives usually have a cable with a blue tongue on the computer end and the end that connects to the drive will often be an oddly tall or wide USB connector.
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    Xbox External Hard Drive Question

    That depends somewhat on the capacity of the drive and the interface technology. The Xbox One requires USB 3.0 connected hard drives (it is NOT backwards compatible) and is limited to three total drives (including the internal). The drive must be at least 256GB in size and must be formatted as...
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    DVR search that records from sources

    Connector count doesn't mean anything in this case. With composite, it takes at least two connectors (preferably three) to get both audio and video. This so-called "HD Recorder" has exactly one composite input with monaural audio (hence the two connectors). The other middle port is an output...
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    DVR search that records from sources

    Perhaps I misunderstood what you were looking for. I thought you were looking for something with multiple inputs (possibly including a tuner). Equipment like that hasn't been offered in many years. The device you linked to claims to be a "HD Recorder" but the provided cables only support SD...
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    Installing OTA antenna

    No. Condensation is relatively harmless and your efforts would be better spent sealing the ends with an cable gland (either a real one or one made of sealant).
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    Installing OTA antenna

    If you read further down the Amazon page, there's a section titled "frequently bought together". Among the items are some auger-type anchors. How heavy duty this setup needs to be and how strong the anchors depends on the tower height and the antenna wind load. Taller towers (>20') usually...
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    Soundbars have come a long way

    I expect that because HDMI is involved, it is up to the source device to figure out how to meet the needs of the TV and it should logically claim 2.0 capability as part of the HDMI handshake.
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    Soundbars have come a long way

    I'm guessing they're splitting the sound. It isn't ideal as it will cause phase interference but absent a center channel, that's what you've got. With a multi-channel feed, you can send everything but the LFE to a center channel.
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    Soundbars have come a long way

    Yes and no. It passes up to 5.1 from the TV's built-in tuner but it converts HDMI sources to stereo. Bottom of page 29 of the manual. This configuration is one of the big gotchas of using a TV's TOSLINK connection. Sony has been a little more generous in this respect and they pass 5.1 on...
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    Installing OTA antenna

    Thin wire rope is probably the easiest to work with. You can use coated or uncoated. There are any number of turnbuckles and other gizmos that will allow you to make fine adjustments. This kit includes many of the basic building blocks (not an endorsement, just an example):
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    Soundbars have come a long way

    It could be so much more complete if you were a little more forthcoming.
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    Soundbars have come a long way

    The TV supports ARC and TOSLINK for surround sound output. The TCM and movies answer is a bit scary as this could mean legacy media formats. Pretty much all TCM content is monaural. Knowing whether the "movies" in question might involve surround sound would be very useful in making a...
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    Soundbars have come a long way

    I have not auditioned a sound bar in my setups as I already have conventional systems everywhere I have a TV. AVRs with the ability to adapt to a room and one's speakers aren't that expensive and I haven't moved in 35 years. I was satisfied with the color match of some semi-flat (not the fancy...
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    Soundbars have come a long way

    Have you done an A-B comparison between a sound bar and a regulation multi-channel system? Claiming that they can electronically "simulate" 7.2 or 7.2.4 sound is a whole other can of beans compared to actually doing it. I submit that the only thing they're really claiming is that they can take...
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    Installing OTA antenna

    NEC prescribes that the grounding rod be buried up to its neck in soil.
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