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Build this Kit to See what Your Audio System is Doing

April 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Velleman K8098 Audio Analyzer Kit



  • Fun-to-assemble kit
  • Measure and display peak power, RMS power, mean dB, peak dB, linear audio spectrum, and 1/3 octave audio spectrum
  • Auto or manual range selection
  • Peak hold function
  • Speaker impedance selection
  • Language selection
  • White backlit LCD display
  • Easy panel mounting


This fun-to-assemble kit can help you see what your music system is doing. Choose to display various parameters, including peak power, RMS power, mean dB, peak dB, linear audio spectrum, and 1/3 octave audio spectrum. The display can retain peak values or respond instantly to changes. Designed to be mounted in and panel near your audio system, its modern appearance should enhance your system. The LCD display has a white backlight for easy viewing in any lighting conditions. Runs on 12 volts DC from a power supply (sold separately). Read More

Learn How USB Sends and Receives Information

April 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Learn how USB programs work and learn basic computer programming with this USB Tutor Module. Learn how to input sensor readings into your computer. See how pressing a button generates code, send it to the PC, and generates a response. After you’ve learned what USB can be used for, use the kit to monitor various sensors and send their info to your PC. Includes a primer on Basic 2010 programming. Read more

Check the Working Condition of your HDMI Cables Before Installation

March 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Hobbes Innovation E-852 HDMImapper HDMI High Definition Cable TesterThe Hobbes Innovation HDMImapper (HDMI High Definition Cable Tester) is designed to test and troubleshoot the pin connections of HDMI cables. It detects the HDMI cable pin out and provides a detail information if the cable is damaged or in good quality. It tests for results by using pin to pin connection and verifies an open, short or mis-wire pins. The unit also displays a quick and easy to read dual LED color (green and red) to conveniently let the user know if the cable passes or failed the test.

The HDMI Cable Tester is a user friendly tool that will easily test HDMI cables by connecting both ends of the cable to the unit. A LED will illuminate in red color to indicate open, short, or mis-wire cable. Hence, if the cables pin configuration had passed, the LED will illuminate in green color. With its auto scanning feature and audible notification, testing an HDMI wire condition has never been easier and quicker. The HDMImapper can also display detail information of the wire faults if required.


  • Pin to pin test for HDMI A type cable
  • Easy to read test results via dual color LED bar
  • Displays the cable status for open, short and mis-wire
  • Quick Detect the Good/Bad cable
  • Beeper indicator to easily identify Good or Bad cable
  • Low battery indicator

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DIY “Disney Style”: Guide for High Definition Home Theater Optimization

October 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Disney WOW World of Wonder Blu-ray Disc for Audio and HD Video Display Calibration





The Disney WOW World of Wonder Blu-ray Disc is a premier tool for the calibration of home entertainment systems. You’ll learn all about HD Home Theater along with Goofy and get guidance from the pros on how to fine-tune your system for maximum performance. Then, sit back, relax, and experience all the excitement of Disney WOW World of Wonder – the ultimate fun and easy guide to getting the most from your HD Home Theater. The on-screen guide is designed to help you get the best quality experience from your home theater system by providing everyone from beginners and enthusiasts to experts and custom installers alike with valuable high quality calibration tools. You will find both beginner and advanced sections to choose from along with simple step-by-step instructions. A/V Tools in the Beginner section are designed for ease of use in the proper alignment of your Home Theater Equipment. The Advanced section contains A/V Tools that address professional evaluation and calibration tasks for specific monitors, displays, and projectors.

The Blu-ray disc comes with tests that Disney developed to calibrate contrast and black levels, color and saturation (hue), sharpness and aspect ratio, all of this in levels ranging from beginner to advanced. The package comes with a manual to help guide users, and it offers a bundle of Disney movie clips that can be played individually or looped. It provides a video education on the nuances of properly calibrated audio and video gear, and offers an extensive collection of smartly conceived tests and tools – delivering it all via a helpful, user-friendly experience that is exhaustive, effective and easy to use, regardless of a user’s skill level or prior knowledge.

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Keep Your Wiring Projects Safe

October 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Codes, Safety & Standards Video Course (DVD)
Learn everything you need to know to get your residential wiring installation done right and safe. This 45-minute DVD video covers all codes and standards applicable to residential low-voltage system installation. It includes NEC requirements for grounding, electrical safety, cable listing, OSHA-required site safety practices and UBC regulation.

In addition, it also covers the industry standards that affect residential installation, including those published by the leading ISO Standard Setting Organizations, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Electronic Industries Association (EIA), the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Includes 1 DVD.

  • Make sure your projects meets all the necessary electrical codes
  • Learn all about the industry standards that affect residential installation
  • Get the important training you need without the expense of traveling to a trade show

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