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HDMI Vs. Optical Audio Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on May 25, 2018 1:30:00 PM

When installing new home entertainment centers, sound bar or audio equipment it comes down to two main choices: HDMI or optical audio cables. These cables will both pass digital audio signals and multi-channel audio between devices.

So how do you know which to choose for proper installation and signal transmission?

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Topics: HDMI, 4K, HDMI Cable, HDMI Cables, Audio cables, line level audio, home theaters, Optical audio cables, entertainment centers

Beginner's Guide: Audio Cables 101

Posted by Samantha Bante on May 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

When it comes to audio cables recording the right types of sound depends on what cables are chosen during the installation process. In order to recognize the right cables to use, it's important to understand the makeup and design of audio cables. Let's begin...

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Audio cables, speaker cables, line level audio

Different Types of Coax Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Apr 23, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If you are familiar with low voltage cables in anyway, you have heard of coaxial cable before and the cable's impedance. Two of the most commonly used that we will discuss more in this article are 50 ohm and 75 ohm and the shielding that is most commonly seen within them.

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, bulk cable, coax cable, impendance, pre-terminated 50 ohm assemblies, 50 ohm assemblies, coaxial cables

Revamping Your Companies Data Center

Posted by Samantha Bante on Apr 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Increasing demands for updating data centers are emerging and it's likely it will continue to change rapidly as technology grows leaps and bounds each year.

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Low smoke, Data center, IT, IT Systems, cooling

Different Types of Category Cable Shielding

Posted by Samantha Bante on Mar 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

As technology advances each year, shielded category cables are becoming more commonly used for a variety of small to large scale projects. Although these are not always required, they are highly spec'd and suggested.

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, Category 7 Cable, Category Cable, Category 6A Cable, shielded cable, bulk cable

Let's Compare: Plenum and Non-Plenum Rated Cables

Posted by Samantha Bante on Mar 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Every day new products are being introduced into the world of cabling. With newer infrastructures, better technology and business expansions happening on a larger scale, cable products are needed more than ever. One constant that seems to be always taken into consideration when purchasing cable for any major product is if a cable needs to be plenum or non-plenum. In this article, we will be viewing the difference between a plenum and non-plenum rated cable and how to determine which one you will need for an upcoming project. 

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, plenum cable, non plenum cable, PVC

How Do Fire Detection Systems Work?

Posted by Samantha Bante on Feb 19, 2018 9:00:00 AM

This month we focus on an important part of any business, Fire Alarm Cables and their systems. These were initially created to not only protect homes, but any business in the event that a fire does occur or hazard occurs that could be harmful. 

This article will break down how a fire detection system works and components that West Penn Wire can help provide for your business or building.

 

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Topics: fire alarm cables, analog, addressable, fire alarm, fire alarm systems, fire detection systems

Conventional Vs. Addressable Fire Alarm Systems

Posted by Samantha Bante on Feb 9, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Fire Alarm systems can generally be put into two main system designs:  Conventional (Analog) and Addressable (Digital). In order to understand what system may be right for your company's building or office, it is important to understand the differences between each system. So let's begin...

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Topics: Low Voltage Cables, fire alarm cables, analog, addressable, fire alarm, conventional

Aquaseal Cables: Direct Burial Vs. Inconduit

Posted by Samantha Bante on Jan 22, 2018 5:00:00 PM

At West Penn Wire we often get questions from our customers and end users about some of our most popular products. When it comes to Aquaseal, one of the most prevalent questions is about the differences between direct burial and in-conduit and how these cable will be applied to their particular installation. This article will discuss the differences between the two, so you may understand the best cable for your upcoming project.

 

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Topics: Aquaseal, Wet Location Cables, direct burial, inconduit

Top 3 Most-Read West Penn Wire Blogs of 2017

Posted by Samantha Bante on Dec 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This year is the first time West Penn Wire had a dedicated product knowledge blog displaying products, relative information and documents to help any customer understand West Penn Wire's popular products. 

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Topics: Category Cable, Category 6A Cable, Fiber Optic Cable, Copper Cable, Armored Fiber Optics

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