Home Theater: Most Popular Articles
Target's 2014 Thanksgiving/Black Friday Ad has been leaked - check out the TV and home theater deals.
Kmart's Thanksgiving and Black Friday Ads for 2014 have been leaked, check out all the details.
HDMI is now the most common type of connection used in home theater setups that include high-definition components, such as HDTVs, video projectors, Blu-ray Disc players, and home theater receivers. The intent of HDMI is to make it an easy way to connect all your components together for both audio and video. However, sometimes there are glitches when using HDMI. To find out what to do when your HDMI connection doesn't seem be working, check out my useful tips.
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Sam's Club 2014 Black Friday Ad has now been unveiled. Check out all the details on TVs and home theater items - Doors open 7AM - Members Only on Black Friday.
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If you want to stream videos to your network media player from Netflix and Vudu, you want a high speed internet connection. Learn how fast of an internet connection you need to stream the different video qualities on Netflix and Vudu.
What is the difference between 720p and 1080p? Can you really see the difference on an HDTV screen? Check out this comparison of 720p and 1080p.
Samsung has more than 200 apps for the Samsung Smart TVs. Here is a list of the top ten apps you should download. Games, helpful apps and exercise apps are some of the best-suited for the Samsung TV big screen.
Kohl's isn't a store you would associate with TVs, but for Black Friday 2014, they are offering a couple of TVs and some other electronic gadgets.
Although 4K is making inroads, 1080p is the most common native display resolution found on high definition TVs. However, what is the difference between 1080p and 1080i?
Check out some useful tips on the differences between 5.1 and 7.1 channel receivers that can help you decide which option is best for you.
Are you looking for a new TV? LCD flat panel TVs are the most common type available. Check out my list of 40-inch and Larger LCD and LED/LCD TVs.
720p and 1080i are both video resolutions used in television broadcasting. What is the difference between 720p and 1080i in relation to 1080p? Do all these numbers really mean anything in which you actually see on the screen? For the answers check out my article: The Difference Between 720p and 1080i.
Curved Screen TVs were being pushed as the one of the next big things at the 2014 CES, but do they really live up to the hype? Before you jump off your couch and buy one, check out what you need to know.
Samsung's Smart TVs have apps like you might find on a smart phone. Find out how to access the apps, set up an account, and purchase and download apps.
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Check out some useful tips on what look for when buying a Blu-ray Disc Player, or even a used HD-DVD player.
The Costco Black Friday Ad has now been revealed. Not much to show within the actual Ad, but it sounds like there will be more in-store deals coming. Costco is a membership store.
The Sears Black Friday Ad for 2014 have been leaked - If you are looking for a TV deal (including 4K) - this is the Ad to check out.
From an inexpensive home theater-in-a-box to high-end custom installed systems, a subwoofer is needed to provide those low bass frequencies.
Network Media Player and Media Streamers are making quite an impact in home theater with the ability to access TV and movie content from the internet.
4K, now officially labeled as Ultra HD, refers to one of two high definition resolutions: 3840 x 2160 pixels or 4096 x 2160 pixels.
We all know that iPhones and Android Phones have Apps. However, did you know that your TV or Blu-ray disc player can have apps too?
Netflix is a great gift idea. Most network media players, smartphones, networked TVs and Blu-ray Disc players, iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, can stream Netflix. Learn how to give the gift of a Netflix subscription so those on your gift list can enjoy the thousands of movies and TV shows that Netflix offers.
You just purchased that fabulous big-screen flat panel TV - it really does look great, but it sounds terrible. You need a fix, but don't want that home theater clutter - The solution for you may just be a Sound Bar.
Looking for an LCD TV that is just the right size for a second room, office, or small apartment. Check out these suggestions of 24-Inch and smaller TVs.
What is the difference between streaming music or a movie and downloading it? Find out what you need to know when streaming or downloading media.
For those that are both replacing a VCR and want a DVD recorder, this flexible option gives you the best of the old and the new.
Best Buy has released a big Black Friday Ad for 2014. Check out the TV and home theater product deals, with additional links to product pages for information on product features and specificiations.
What is an LED TV? Many people think that an LED TV is a new type of TV, including some manufacturer PR reps and sales people that should know better.
Samsung's AllShare easily streams photos, music and movies between TVs, home theater, blu-ray disc players, Galaxy Tab and wifi cameras and camcorders and can all be controlled by a Galaxy S phone. Learn how AllShare makes networking home entertainment simple using DLNA certified products. AllShare products are the perfect example of DLNA certifications and the perfect way to understand DLNA.
4K Ultra HD TVs are now arriving on store shelves - find out if one of these sets is right for you.
Michigan-based Meijer has revealed both their Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday Ads for 2014 - Check out all the details.
LCD TVs are very popular and come in a wide variety of screens sizes. Here's a list of some of the best LCD TVs in the 26 through 29-inch screen sizes.
Blu-ray Disc players can play Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs, and, in some cases, even SACDs and DVD-Audio Discs, but if I only have one Blu-ray Disc player in my house and several DVD players, can I play a Blu-ray Disc on a DVD player so that I can share the movie with the rest of the family at their convenience? For the answer, read my article: Can I Play a Blu-ray Disc on a DVD Player?
If you are looking for something small that will provide you a good music listing experience, check out a compact mini or micro audio system.
Learn why movie streaming is interrupted by loading screens and how fast internet and home connections can eliminate the wait.
LCD and Plasma TVs are now the most common types in use, but how do they shape up when they are compared? Find out the differences between each TV type.
4K Ultra HD TV is here, but what brands and models are available and what do they offer? Check out my running 4K Ultra HD TV list to find one that may be right for you.
Moderately priced home theater receivers now provide features and quality that just a couple of years ago would have commanded sky high prices.
If you have been shopping for a DVD recorder recently, you have probably noticed a lack of selection on store shelves. For the reasons why, read my article: The Case of the Disappearing DVD Recorder.
Blu-ray Disc is the best video source for TV viewing, as well as the best audio source for surround sound listening. However, with audio, you have several audio output setting options. The two most important are the Bitstream and PCM settings. Find out what these settings do.
If you are looking for a home theater receiver that provides top-notch audio and video performance, here is the best high end home theater receivers.
The Home Theater Receiver is the heart of a home theater system. Check out a list of midrange home theater receivers in the $400 to $1,299 price range.
Definition of the term: Audio Return Channel (ARC)
There is definitely more to buying a TV than getting than just getting the lowest price. Find out what to look for when buying the TV that is right for you.
If a 40-inch or larger LCD TV is too large for you, check out my suggestions for LCD and LED/LCD TVs with 32 to 39-inch screen sizes.
Are you confused by what the .1 means in 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 Channel Surround Sound? If so, my article will explain what the .1 means and why it is important in home theater. Also discussed is why a .2 designation is sometimes also used in surround sound.
Looking for a new CD player? Check out my top picks in moderately priced, but high performance units from a variety of manufacturers.
The home theater receiver is the central component in a home theater system. Home theater receivers are called upon to fill several rolls.
With terms like HDTV, Progressive Scan, 1080p, Frame Rate, and Screen Refresh Rate, it is no wonder that many consumers are confused when shopping for a TV.
The hhgregg 2014 Black Friday specials have been revealed, and they including several 4K Ultra HD TVs. Check them out right here...
In this review of Vudu 3D movie streaming service, find out if streaming 3D movies is as good as 3D Blu-rays and learn what you need to watch Vudu 3D.
With the advent of HDTV, DVD players, home theater receivers, and other source devices are now available that feature video upscaling.
Regional Retailer Shopko has revealed their Black Friday Ad for 2014. Check out the deals on TVs and home theater-related products.
BJ's Black Friday Savings Celebration will run from November 22nd through November 30th. Check out my listing of the TV and home theater deals.
PCM stands for Pulse Code Modulation. PCM technology is a means by which standard audio signals (which are represented by waveforms) are converted to digital audio signals (which are represented by 1's and 0's - much like computer data) with little, or no, compression. Read more...
Samsung Apps have changed network TVS. Samsung's Smart TVs are not only network TVs that connect to a couple of services but there are specially designed games, informational apps and more. Find out how Smart TVs are adding apps and following the example of smart phones.
If you don't want excessive wire clutter or don't have space for lots of speakers, a Sound Bar, Digital Sound Projector, or LCR Speaker System may be the right choice for you to get better sound for TV viewing. Check out my running list of suggestions.
One of the frustrating things about watching 3D at home is how to adjust your 3D TV to get the best 3D viewing experience - check out my useful tips.
The single most-asked question I receive is:
The Vizio S4251w-B4 combines a sound bar with two surround speakers and a wireless subwoofer. Read my review of this innovative home theater product.
You want to get into all the Home Theater fun, but don't have the space or the money? A home theater-in-a-box system may be just the right solution for you.
Although the TV combo concept has been with us for some time, the concept has evolved into an LCD form factor that include built-in DVD players.
You want to make the jump to 3D and all you need is a 3D TV - Right? Wrong! To fully access the 3D viewing experience you need more than just a 3D TV - Find out the details in my article: What Do I Need In My Home Theater To Watch 3D?
We often base our judgments about amplifier quality on power output, but there is more to an amplifier besides wattage and power.
With the growing number of HDMI equipped components, one or two HDMI inputs on an HDTV and/or Home Theater receiver is no longer enough.
Many people imagine a television when they hear about Apple TV. Apple TV is not a television. Find out what Apple TV really is and how it can complement your TV viewing experience.
A Digital Optical Audio Connector, AKA TOSLINK, is an important audio connection in home theater. Check out a photo as well as a short overview of what it is and what it does. Page 7.
The Home Theater receiver is being called on to do more and more, from simple connection to both analog and high definition audio and video sources.
LCD and Plasma TVs are both viable purchase options, but which is best for you? Find out in my article: Should I Buy an LCD TV or a Plasma TV?
DVD recorders are touted as the replacement for the VCR. However, they are not as plentiful as they once were. Here are some of the best in the field.
Although it does take a little time, the task of hooking up your home theater does not need to be complicated. Check out some practical tips that can help.
Amazon Instant Video - Amazon has added free streaming of movie and TV shows to Amazon Prime members. Learn more about Amazon Instant Video streaming, Amazon Prime memberships and how to use it on a Roku Box or Google TV.
What is DLNA? Learn how DLNA certification makes it easy to set up your home network to share and stream photos, music and movies.
Just as last year, for 2013, Fry's Electronics is providing a special online Thanksgiving Day Sale that includes store pick-up on Black Friday. Check out all the deals.
DVD players can play DVDs, but what else can they play? Find out in my article: Can DVD Players Also Play Standard Music CDs?
Trying to figure out what gifts to purchase this Christmas and Winter Holiday shopping season? Check out my list of what's hot and not in home theater products and shopping trends for the Winter holiday shopping season (updated yearly).
Home Theater is a big part of the home entertainment scene in countless living rooms. However, one problem that plagues home theater, especially for many spouses, is all the speaker wires and connection cables. However, there is a growing number of wireless connectivity options available.
Audio Video Synchronization (AV Synch) is a problem that has cropped up in more home theater setups. Here are some useful tips on how correct this.
Thinking of buying home theater or consumer electronics products as a gift this Holiday and Christmas season? If so, check out my annual home theater holiday shopping survival guide for some great tips to ease your shopping stress.
You just finished setting up your home theater system and big-screen TV. You turn it on and nothing happens. Here's what to do before you call for repairs.
Blu-ray players (or Blu-ray Disc players) make a great addition to your home theater or home entertainment set-up. With starting prices well below $199.
With the popularity of CD-burning using PCs, the number of standalone CD recorders have declined over time, but they are still available.
Important facts about accessing 1080p on an HDTV1080p, currently the highest resolution available for consumer TVs and video projectors.
With the introduction of Digital TV and HDTV, you would think that we now have universal video standard. However, this is not incorrect.
Are you finding your subwoofer isn't providing the experience you were expecting? Find out how you can connect two or more subwoofers to your home theater.
The internet is playing an ever important role in home theater. Check out several ways to make the internet a part of your home theater system.
You made the leap and shelled out some big bucks for a 4K Ultra HD TV, but what are you really seeing on the screen? Find out my report How To See 4K Resolution On A 4K Ultra HD TV.
Although Apple TVs only work with iTunes, here are the top five reasons why an Apple TV may be the best network media player if you are a Mac user.
The Denon AVR-X7200W home theater receiver features Dolby Atmos audio decoding and processing and is also Auro 3D Sound upgradable - find out what this means for you.
What is a subwoofer and why is it necessary for a full home theater experience? Find out in this informative article.
Photo of the Rear View of both the Sony STR-DN850 and STR-DN1050 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receivers with Hi-Res Audio Support
You can't have a home theater without something to watch on. One option is an LCD or Plasma TV; the other is a video projector - but which is best?
A photo example and explanation of an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) Connector and cable. Page 4.
If you are assembling a home theater system using a collection of independent home theater-related components, the task may seem complicated.
A close-up photo look and explanation of RCA Analog Stereo connections and cables. Page 8.
DLNA and Samsung AllShare are comprehensive protocols that make it easy to set up your home network to share and stream photos, music and movies.
The DVD world is divided into eight regions as a means of providing copyright protection and preserve international film distribution arrangements.
Black Friday week for 2014 is here. Check out my comprehensive listing of what is on Ad for TVs and home theater at several major retailers.
There are over 200 Samsung Apps for Samsung Smart TVs. Find out more about the available apps and which apps are good and which apps you might not want.
The Home Theater Receiver is the central component in a home theater system. Here are some of the more advanced functions to consider when buying one.
If you have set up your home theater system, and something just doesn't seem right, check out this list of home theater mistakes that are commonly made.
The Samsung UN55H6350 is a slim and stylish 55-inch LED/LCD TV that incorporates 1080p displayt resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, internet/network streaming, four HDMI inputs, three USB ports, and more. For more details, read my review.
MHL is a new connection interface that combines with HDMI to integrate many portable devices with the home theater environment. Check out the details.
After-Christmas, Year-End, and Clearance sales are a great time to get some good deals, but you can also end up with a bad deal. Don't just grab the newspaper AD and run down to your local consumer electronics retailer without arming yourself with useful knowledge and tools to get the most from your dollar. Find out what you need to know before tackling those After-Christmas sales, Year-End, and Clearance sales.
When using a DVD recorder, many consumers are face the dilemma as to how to add it to their current VCR and Television setup simply. In the following article I explain some options that will make this task easier.
In a home theater it is important obtain the best balance of speaker levels to obtain the best listening experience.
I use a lot of movies to test the audio and video performance of Blu-ray disc players, TVs, video projectors, and receivers. Check out a list of some of my current favorites that I use for testing, and pop in one of these titles the next time you'd like to show off your home theater system's capabilities.
A photo example of a Digital Coaxial Audio Connector that used in a home theater connection setup. Page 6.
Whether you love it or hate it, 3D is available for home entertainment. However, there are some definite pros and cons to 3D in the home. Where do you stand? Check out my list of 3D TV pros and cons.
Subwoofers have emerged as a critical element of a home theater system. Find out what you need to know before you purchase one for your home theater system.
What is a network media player or media streamer? How network media players or media streamer devices make it possible to view and listen to your computer's libraries of photos, TV shows and movies on your TV, and listen to music on your home theater speakers.
LCD TVs are very popular, but there seems to be a type of TV that is also being hyped called an LED TV. However, what is an LED TV and is it really different than an LCD TV?
AirPlay lets you stream movies, music and photos from your iPhone, iPad, iPod or iTunes to your Apple TV. Learn what you need to make AirPlay work.
It is well-known that it is very difficult to copy commercially made VHS video tapes to another VCR due to Macrovision anti-copy encoding.
The impact of Digital TV is making TV buying decisions for consumers more complex. However, what is the difference between digital (DTV) and regular (Analog) TV? Find out the answer to this question in the following FAQ entry.
Video projectors are increasingly accessible and affordable for average consumers. Check out some useful tips before you buy a video projector.
VHS to DVD - One question I get asked often is:
Choosing loudspeakers for a home theater system is not easy. There are several things to take into consideration: brand, price, and style. However, the overriding factor is how they sound in your listening environment. To make it harder there a hundreds of brands, models, and configurations to choose from. To narrow it down, check out my suggestions for home theater speaker packages.
The Vizio S5451w-C2 features a 54-inch sound bar, a wireless subwoofer, and two surround speakers. If you have TV thats 55-inches or larger - this may be the right audio solution for you. For more details, read my review.
A close-up photo of a VGA PC Monitor connection and cable. Page 11.
Photo of the Sound Settings Menu on the Samsung UN46F8000 LED/LCD TV
HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface. However, what does HDMI really do and how does it relate to Home Theater? Get the complete rundown what you need to know..
The impact of Digital TV is making TV buying decisions for consumers more complex. However, what is the difference between digital TV (DTV) and HDTV? Find out the answer to this question in the following FAQ entry.
The Denon AVR-X2100W 3D/Network Home Theater Receiver provides all the audio and video basics you need, including up to a 7.2 channel configuration and both 1080p and 4K video upscaling. In addition, there is internet radio, apple airplay, and bluetooth. For more details, read my review.
A photo and explanation connections you might find on a Blu-ray Disc Player. Page 25.
Five Ways To Get Audio From a Blu-ray Disc Player - Option Three: The 5.1/7/1 channel Analog audio connection option.
A photo and explanation of a DVI (Digital Visual Interface) Connector. Page 5.
Blu-ray is an integral part of the home entertainment experience. Check out a list of my current favorites for best 3D Blu-ray discs.
A powerline adapter can use your household electrical wiring to connect your network media player to a router in another room of your house. What is a powerline adapter? Read about how a powerline adapter can bring the internet and your home network to anywhere in your home, and what you need to consider when choosing a powerline adapter.
Crackle is a free service that lets you stream full-length uncut movies and TV shows from online. The catch is that the movies and TV shows are interrupted by commercials. Find out if Crackle's free movies and TV make you want to quit your Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriptions.
The RF Modulator solution. DVD is so common that many consumers are either putting units in kids rooms and offices or otherwise connecting them to older or second TVs that do not have the proper audio/video inputs. However, there is a solution to this dilemma - the RF Modulator. The following article shows how you can use an RF modulator to connect your old TV with your new DVD player.
Fry's Electronics opens up Thanksgiving Night for 2014 and offers some interesting TV and home theater deals.
3D is the hot topic in home theater, and depending on who you talk to, 3D TV and 3D home theater is going to be either the greatest thing to happen in home entertainment or the biggest consumer electronics flop ever. Obviously, the truth is somewhere in-between. For a comprehensive look at 3D for consumers, check out my complete guide to 3D TV and home theater.
Today's surround sound experience is the result of decades of evolution. Discover the beginnings of surround sound, how it moved from cinema to the home, what formats are in use today, and where it is going in the future.
If you want whole home audio to listen to streaming music throughout your house, Sonos may be the perfect solution. What is Sonos? Learn about ZonePlayers, ZoneBridges, and how Sonos works.
Glasses are important to the 3D experience. Find out how 3D glasses work and what the difference is between active and passive glasses.
You bought an HDTV, but are you really watching HD on your TV? Find out what you need to have in order to get that great high-definition picture everyone is taking about.
If you are facing discontent at home because you can't afford to take your family on vacation, why not add a little adventure with an outdoor home theater?
Sony ups the Sound Bar game with its new, innovative, and somewhat pricey HT-ST7 Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer system. The HT-ST7 features HDMI, digital, and analog audio input options, as well as the ability to stream audio from compatible Bluetooth devices. Read my review for more details.
The Onkyo HT-S7700 Home Theater-in-a-Box System allows consumers to get into Dolby Atmos the easy and inexpensive way - Check out the the details.
A home theater system is a great way to access great audio and video content. exciting. Your home theater system can be basic, which just a TV and home theater-in-a-box system that includes either a DVD or Blu-ray Disc player, or an expensive custom-built system with video projector and in-wall speakers. However, there is a lot to consider in-between. For more details, check out part two of my 10 essential elements of a home theater system.
Did you know that you can use your Android or iPhone, and even your tablet device as a remote control for your home theater components? Check out a sampling of great remote control apps that you install on your iOS or Android device.
If I buy a 3D TV, but don't really want to watch 3D all the time, what do I do, can you watch 2D on a 3D TV? This is a very common question as more consumers go to their local dealers to look at, and sometimes buy a 3D TV. For the answer, read my article: Can I Watch Regular High Definition 2D on a 3D TV?
A photo of a Push-on type RF Coaxial Cable. Page 9.
YouTube movie rentals has added 3,000 new movie titles, including new releases. In my review of YouTube video streaming servic, learn how to use YouTube video on demand rentals, how to get a refund for bad streaming videos, and how YouTube stacks up to Netflix, Amazon On Demand, and Vudu.
Widescreen televisions are getting more popular, especially for use in home theater systems; but what is the difference between a Big Screen and a Widescreen Television? What is 16x9 vs 4x3? To find out the answers to these questions and more, and how widescreen television will affect your future television purchases, check out my article.
The impact of Digital TV is making TV buying decisions for consumers more complex. One common question that is asked is about black bars on 16x9 HDTVs.