AV receiver audio modes

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Dolby, THX, DTS, … which format is the best? What’s the difference?

If you have an AV receiver (AVR), then you probably know that it supports many different audio modes. At first sight, it seems a little overwhelming. I will briefly explain the different modes and give you some basic recommendations. To keep it simple, I will not go into too much detail.

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The ultimate media player for 60€

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I’ve been using a Raspberry Pi 2 and a Blu-Ray player to play movies and music in my home cinema. Recently, I found that those devices can’t play everything. Specifically, they fail to play files that are encoded with HEVC (H.265) or videos in 4k resolution (UHD 2160p). So I decided to look for a new media player, one that could handle all kinds of files… and doesn’t cost more than 100 bucks.
This article consists of the following subsections:

  • hardware selection
  • software selection
  • installation
  • configuration

Ok, let’s get started!

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Denon PMA-50 Stereo Amplifier

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I have been using a cheap (20€) amplifier board for some time now and somehow felt that the audio quality was lacking.
So I once again looked around what the market has to offer in this department. Precisely, I was looking for a HiFi stereo amplifier to drive my passive 6-ohm speakers (Dali Zensor 1) in my bedroom. Due to space limitations, one of the main requirements for the amp was size: I wanted something small, not a typical huge brick of an amplifier (let’s say no more than 30cm width).

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Osprey Sojourn 60 Travel Bag

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The Osprey Sojourn 60L is a versatile, high-quality travel bag. The fact that it has wheels and can be carried as a backpack makes it really attractive. Unlike many other bags that come with carrying straps, this one is actually comfortable to carry, I couldn’t tell a difference to a regular trekking backback!
Since the carrying straps can be covered (or even removed) when not used, they are kept clean and don’t get in the way when you want to check the bag at the airport.

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