How To Choose TV Cable For Multiple Media Units

Even though all TVs and media units come with required cables by default, the quality of those cables sometimes leaves room for the improvement. So, it is often better to invest into your own cables to enjoy richer sound and video without any breakups or frequency hindrances. And here are some simple tips by on how to choose TV cable for all of your media units.tv_stand_banner_november-min

Cable choosing tips

1. Measure. Well, the first and the obvious thing to do is to measure exactly how much cable length you need. A lot of homeowners go for longer cables just in case they will move furniture around in the future. Reasonable as it sounds, the actual moving around hardly ever happens in real life. In reality, going for a longer cable results in wire tangle, so the best thing to do is to go for the length you need right now. On the off chance that you will move furniture, you can buy a longer one later — cables are not the most expensive objects, after all.
2. Prefer screw on connectors to push on ones. Push on connectors are the primary reasons for breakups, so make sure that you are going for a cable with screw on ends. They will take just a minute longer to connect, but will give you a chance to enjoy break free TV watching experience.
3. Pressure fitted cable ends are of higher quality than molded ones. Pressure fitted cable ends help to avoid radio frequency breaks, which ensures better audio and video. Molded ones, on the other hand, are of the lower quality and are far less durable.
4. Any material goes as long as the cable is RG-6 rated. When you choose TV cable for media units, you will see that there are plenty of materials to choose from: copper, silver, platinum, and gold are only the most common ones. Good news is that you do not have to bother about the actual material as long as the TV cable is RG-6 rated.
5. Quad shielded cables are the most durable ones. The final aspect to pay attention to is quad shielding. It ensures stronger signal and greater cable durability.

Ideas on avoiding wire tangle

Obviously, the first tip on avoiding wire tangle behind your TV is to choose shorter cables. If you are using a lot of different media units, another idea on how to choose TV cable to avoid mess and tangle is go with differently coloured wires. This is a simply functional piece of advice that will help to find the right outlets sooner.

You should also remember that the vast majority of TV stands can hide wires, so the least thing you can do when you choose TV cable for the TV is to take care of the power outlets. Make sure that there are enough outlets for each of your media units.

Finally, note that an adjustable TV mount is another great example of a furniture unit that can hide all of the cables. If you go with TV brackets, though, make sure the power outlet remains behind the screen.

Tiesto drops “CLUBLIFE VOL 4: New York City”

Tiësto surprises the dance music world with today’s release of his new mix album, CLUBLIFE Vol 4: New York City. This release follows on the heels of three critically acclaimed editions in the series inspired by Las Vegas, Miami and Stockholm, respectively. Continue reading “Tiesto drops “CLUBLIFE VOL 4: New York City””

Dirtwire announce 5/12 release for Riptide

Dirtwire, the Bay-Area based electro acoustic duo of David Satori (Beats Antique) and Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila, Stellamara), contain that energy in their latest release, RipTide, out May 12, 2015 on Beats Antique Records. With tracks highlighting the duo’s unique blend of dirt and wire, the album expertly combines acoustic, electric and electronic elements, which are carefully chosen and mixed together into their musical alchemy with pride. The album follows recent appearances at Coachella and Lucidity festivals, and is followed by a Summer tour along the West Coast, as well as an appearance at Sonic Bloom in Colorado. Continue reading “Dirtwire announce 5/12 release for Riptide”

Secret Solstice Festival Announces Lineup

After celebrating a successful first year in 2014, Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival has announced its initial dance lineup for 2015. Secret Solstice was made famous last year for patrons being able to party in perpetual daylight for three entire days. Continue reading “Secret Solstice Festival Announces Lineup”

Thorinder Review

We received a Thorinder in the mail a few weeks ago. We were able to utilize it and had a few thoughts about the product. This Thorinder is painted, or powder coated, with a very catching powder black color. There is a clear top to the Thorinder lid ensuring that individuals can see the plant material be ground and disappear into the lower levels of the grinder. This Thorinder has teeth on the top part to ensure that the plant material is properly pulverized, meaning that one is able to utilize the broken the plant material in a very constant and consistent fashion. Continue reading “Thorinder Review”

Leaving America Part One

Wednesday, July 27th 2007. I was sitting in the middle of the darkness on top of the hood of a Chevrolet Lumina parked in a park somewhere in Ohio. I lay my head back and put it on the back of the car and lit myself a Black-n-Mild cigar. I puffed the hard, sweet smoke deep into my lungs and puff it out slowly; the thick grey smoke carefully blends with the dark night, the white, full moon being the only source of light in that secluded spot. With every drag and puff I do, my memories travel. As slow as the smoke that streamed out of my mouth. Continue reading “Leaving America Part One”

Citizenship or Permanent Residency?

You happen to graduate from a school in the United States, and you have everything that you can only dream of. But sooner or later you’ll know that you have to leave that dream behind just in case something happens with your immigration matters. The only way to stay there is to get a citizenship or apply for a permanent residency. What are the benefits of each, and what are the downsides? Continue reading “Citizenship or Permanent Residency?”



Cheap prices and a strategic location are always nice, if you don’t really mind the place. But in this hotel I stayed in during my trip to New York City two years ago, you can’t help but notice how bad the place is. And it’s a good thing I don’t explore the internet too much back then, since a recent search turns out many surprising facts about this hotel, more precisely, unsavory facts.

Finding a cheap accommodation, close by to the favorite tourist sites was not easy to find, especially in a place like New York City. I was pretty surprised to find a room for just $120 a night for a twin room in a hotel. There are four of us traveling together so each of us end up paying only $80 for two nights for the accommodation, but what really surprises me was the location. It was located only a block away from the world famous Times Square, the Crossroads of the World, located dead middle in the world’s most populated island, Manhattan. The only thing lingering in my mind was only one; it is too damn good to be true.

By the time our flight touched down at the airport, it was already few hours pass the check-in time for our hotel. Instead we decided to find another place to stay for a night before moving to that hotel the following day. After a few rides on a bus and on the subway, we checked into a hostel near Central Park. We spend the rest of the day walking around the city, including getting to the top of the Empire State Building around midnight and watch the city lights twinkle for a few minutes before each of them died into darkness.

The next day, we checked out of the hostel (with a wake-up call from a pigeon making weird clicking noises right outside our window) and took a subway into Midtown Manhattan. In half an hour, we rode across town in a subway car, snap endless pictures of The City That Never Sleeps on the way and made our way to the 43rd Street. We can see the old, looming building up ahead with a striking sign on top, forming the names of the hotel. We dragged ourselves (and our luggage) to the direction of the aging high rise that housed the hotel and when we entered the lobby, we were surprised.

On the hotel’s website that we checked before we make our arrangements, they mentioned that the hotel ‘has just undergone a renovation’, complete with a picture of an ornate, marble lined lobby that looks like it was transported straight from the 1940s. Now we are standing right in that lobby, the same place, only it was brightly lit with colorful neon bulbs snaking all the way across the ceiling in weird, flashy colors. On our way to the reception, I even managed to steal some chatter from two British guys, amazed by the neon bulbs shooting everywhere, “Wow, I feel like I’m inside a strip club.” They said.

We checked in and then followed the bellboy into a small, claustrophobic elevator that creaked as it goes up. Now I was actually thinking whether this elevator had ever snapped off or killed somebody as it goes up. It actually seems like it did. But I ignored it, must be some sort of a wrongly placed hunch, I thought. I was thankful because the elevator reached the floor where our room is before it really snaps off. As the bellboy took us into the corridor heading to the room, my mind wanders again, now to a scene from The Godfather.

The corridor’s walls were coated with a smudged white paint, peeling in every side, on the ceilings, cobwebs and dust form a barely invisible line of threads all over, and the corridor was dimly lit with sad fluorescent orange light bulbs. The hotel was renovated alright, forty years ago. I had no hopes of seeing a nicely renovated room when I entered, and it’s a good think I have none, because it’s really not renovated at all, and it’s totally decaying. The old television was dead, and the heater isn’t working, the window can’t be closed, and the bathroom looks like a crime scene. Now I really can’t help but imagine all kinds of funny, weird things. At least they make the bed before we came. And yeah, it’s a good thing this isn’t winter.
But the good thing is, I survived my two nights of staying there without getting chopped off by a psychotic killer or got stuck in a narcotics bust by the police. After we check out of that place two nights later, we never heard anything from that place again, until recently.

I was doing research for my upcoming novel, coincidentally set in New York City. It calls for a cheap, seedy hotel for a shootout scene and the first hotel to come in my mind was that same place we stayed when we were in New York two years ago. I keyed in the hotel name at Google, and the first headline to come was ‘Dirtiest Hotel in America, ‘That’ Hotel’. It turns out that very hotel has won the not-so-prestigious award for the Dirtiest Hotel in America for three years in a row by a travel advisory website. I scroll down the articles until something else caught my eye, ‘Murder at ‘That’ Hotel’.
It turns out that a year ago, a female tourist staying in the hotel ended up being a victim of a brutal murderer. Curiosities did drive me to do some more research until I end up in another article about that hotel.

Facts had shown that she’s not the only person departed on that hotel. Ever since the hotel first opened in the 1930s, there have been nine more deaths reported in that place, not to mention the unreported deaths. And do you know the most interesting part of all? That creaky, old elevator I rode did kill somebody in 2005. I was lucky I didn’t know all of these exhilarating facts until two years ago. One thing for sure now, if I’m coming back to New York City, I would never sleep in that place again, I would rather pay a little bit more to live in a more expensive hotel. No, thank you. I had enough looking at the crazy facts.

Next time you found a ridiculously cheap hotel in a ridiculously expensive city; do some very good research on it first before you end up paying your booking fee. Like I said, things like that are far too good to be true.


By Reva Wibowo