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The About.com Home Theater Video Tip Series

Don't Have Time To Read an Article? - Watch a Video!


I have a lot of great articles and resources here on the About.com Home Theater Site that can answer just about any question you might have about getting started with your first home theater system, or add more to your current home theater knowledge. However, there isn't always time to read through all the details, and, sometimes just a brief overview is all you might need. If that is the case for you, then check out my growing collection of short video tips.

Setting Up a Home Theater System

Confused as how to connect everything in your home theater system up? Check out some practical, easy-to-follow, tips in the following videos:

General Home Theater Set Up

How to Connect a 5.1 Channel Home Theater System with Blu-ray Disc Player

Proper 5.1 Channel Speaker Placement

Proper 6.1 Channel Speaker Placement

Proper 7.1 Channel Speaker Placement

Want to dig a little deeper? Check out my reference article: Setting Up Your Home Theater System and Loudspeakers.

What The Deal is with Blu-ray

If you are still watching DVDs, that's OK, but Blu-ray is better. Check out the following videos that will give you an introduction to Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc players.

What Is Blu-Ray?

What to Look for When Buying a Blu-ray Player

Need to know more? Dig into my Guide to Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc Players.

The Home Theater Receiver - Or Whatever You Call It

Whether you call it a Home Theater Receiver, AV Receiver, or Surround Sound Receiver, this component is the heart of a home theater system. To get you started on understanding what the role of a home theater receiver is, check out the following video tips.

What is a Home Theater Receiver?

Tips for Buying a Home Theater Receiver on a Budget

Tips for Buying a High-End AV Receiver

Advanced Functions to Consider When Buying an AV Receiver

The above videos are only the tip of the iceberg, for more, dig into my Guide to Home Theater Receivers

TVs - Behind the Screen

It used to be that a TV was a TV was a TV - but now you have several types, resolutions, etc... However, today's TVs need not be confusing. Ease in with some informative videos.

Types of TV Screens

What Is an LCD TV?

What to Look for When Buying a LCD TV

Difference Between LCD and LED TVs

What Is a Plasma TV?

What to Look for When Buying a Plasma TV

The Difference Between LCD and Plasma TVs

Tips for Buying a 3D TV

How to Hang an LCD or Plasma TV on a Wall

Proper Distance for Viewing Different TV Sizes

Audio Considerations When Buying an HDTV

Dig more into TVs with my Guides to LCD and Plasma TVs.

Video Projectors - Getting The REALLY BIG Screen Home Theater Experience

TV screens have gotten larger and more affordable, but watching a movie beamed onto a screen from a video projector really brings that movie theater watching experience home. Find out what it is all about.

Different Types of Video Projectors

What to Look for When Buying a Video Projector

Now that I have aroused your curiosity, check out more about this great home theater alternative with my Guide to Video Projectors and Video Projection.

Get TV From the Internet

You just don't have to get your TV programs, movies, or music from your local TV station, cable, or satellite service, you can also stream much of it from the internet, either by downloading or streaming.

First, check out:

Tips for Buying Network Media Players and Streamers

In addition, find out:

The Difference Between Downloading and Streaming.

Internet Speed Requirements for Media Streaming.

Addtional Video Tips

Are you planning on cutting the cable or satellite cord? First, check out this great video tip: Over-The-Air TV Wiring

Is that subwoofer disturbing the neighbors? If so, check out an informative video on: How to Soundproof a Room

Whether you are looking for an additional audio system for a second room, or you just are into home theater audio, then check the these two great entries in my video tip series:

What Is a Compact Audio System?

Tips for Buying a Compact Audio System.

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