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Home Theater: Most Popular Articles

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How Fast Should My Internet Be to Watch Netflix?
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.
How To Fix a Wonky HDMI Connection
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.
Looking for Wireless Home Theater Speakers? -...
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What's the Difference Between 720p and 1080p TVs?
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.
Is it Better to Stream or Download Media Files?
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.
The Top 10 Must-Have Samsung Apps
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.
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The Real Difference Between 720p and 1080i
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.
What's the Difference Between 1080p and 1080i?
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?
How to Pick the Right Receiver for Your Home...
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.
Shopping for a new TV? Here Are Some 1080p...
Are you looking for a new TV? LCD flat panel TVs are the most common type available, and although 4K is now getting all the hype, there are plenty of great 1080p LED/LCDs in the 40-inch and Larger screen size.
Which Type of Subwoofer Is Right for You?
From an inexpensive home theater-in-a-box to high-end custom installed systems, a subwoofer is needed to provide those low bass frequencies.
The Best VHS VCR Combo DVD Recorders
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.
Can I Play a Blu-ray Disc on a DVD Player?
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?
Why Are DVD Recorders So Hard to Find Now?
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 Audio - Bitstream vs PCM Output -...
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.
How to Use Your Smart TV to its Fullest...
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.
How To Experience Home Theater Outdoors
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?
Jump on the Streaming Bandwagon with a Network...
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.
A Complete Guide to Smart TV and Blu-Ray Player...
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?
The Best Midsize LCD and LED TVs
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.
The Best High End Home Theater Receivers
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.
How to End Annoying Buffering on Streaming Videos
Learn why movie streaming is interrupted by loading screens and how fast internet and home connections can eliminate the wait.
What You Need to Do Before You Buy a Blu-Ray...
Check out some useful tips on what look for when buying a Blu-ray Disc Player, or even a used HD-DVD player.
The Best Sub 24-Inch LCD and LED/LCD TVs
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 Are Samsung Apps for TVs?
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.
Get Prices and Availability on 4K Ultra HD TVs
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.
Guide To Understanding and Using Netflix
Do you watch TV and Movies on Netflix? If not, you might be missing out - find out what you need to know about this popular streaming service.
Troubleshooting Your Home Theater System
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.
Top TV Picks for Small Spaces
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.
Find Out What The .1 Means in Surround Sound
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.
The Best Budget Surround Sound Receivers You...
Moderately priced home theater receivers now provide features and quality that just a couple of years ago would have commanded sky high prices.
Top Mini and Micro Audio Systems
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.
Multi-Zone Capability in Home Theater Receivers
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.
What you really need to know about 4K and Ultra...
4K, now officially labeled as Ultra HD, refers to one of two high definition resolutions: 3840 x 2160 pixels or 4096 x 2160 pixels.
What is Apple TV?
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.
How Do You Hook Up Your Home Theater?
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.
When it Comes to Digital Audio, What Does PCM...
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...
How Samsung AllShare Makes TV More Awesome
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.
23 Things to Know Before Buying an LCD or...
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.
The Best Home Theater Receivers Priced from...
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.
How to Get the Most Out of Your 3D TV
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.
Can DVD Players Also Play CDs?
DVD players can play DVDs, but what else can they play? Find out in my article: Can DVD Players Also Play Standard Music CDs?
The 8mm/VHS Adapter - Real or Myth?
The single most-asked question I receive is:
Onkyo Does It Again! Check Out Their RZ-Series...
Just when you thought the were already of home theater receivers to choose from in 2015 - Onkyo decides to debut its new RZ-Series. Check out the details
Are Curved TVs a Gimmick?
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.
What to Do Before You Buy a Home Theater Receiver
The home theater receiver is the central component in a home theater system. Home theater receivers are called upon to fill several rolls.
HDMI Connector and Cable
A photo example and explanation of an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) Connector and cable. Page 4.
The Top Home Theater-in-a-Box Systems
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.
What Do You Need to Watch 3D in Your Home...
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?
What's Low Center Channel Dialog and How Do You...
In a home theater it is important obtain the best balance of speaker levels to obtain the best listening experience.
An LG OLED TV Takes Top TV Prize At CE Week...
What is the Best TV of 2015? The Value Electronics TV Shootout, this year held at the Annual CE Week trade show in New York City may -provide a clue.
How Are Video Frame Rate and Screen Refresh...
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.
What You Really Need Know About Amplifiers
We often base our judgments about amplifier quality on power output, but there is more to an amplifier besides wattage and power.
Digital Optical Audio Connector AKA TOSLINK
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.
How to Stream 3D Movies to Your TV with Vudu
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.
Onkyo Adds TX-8160 Network Stereo Receiver To...
The home theater surround sound experience is really great for movies, but many prefer two-channel stereo for music listening. With that in mind, check out the Onkyo TX-8160 Stereo Receiver.
Blu-ray Disc Player Audio Connection Guide
Blu-ray technology provides excellent audio, but you need to access it first. Check out the five ways you can access audio from a Blu-ray disc player.
How to Set Up a Basic Home Theater System
If you are assembling a home theater system using a collection of independent home theater-related components, the task may seem complicated.
The Top DVD Recorders for Your Entertainment...
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.
HDTV FAQs - What is the Difference Between...
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.
The Best CD Players for Your Entertainment System
Looking for a new CD player? Check out my top picks in moderately priced, but high performance units from a variety of manufacturers.
What Is Audio Return Channel?
Find out what Audio Return Channel (ARC) is, and how it can make sending audio from your TV to your home theater system easier.
YouTube Movie Rental Service - Review
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.
The Truth About So-Called LED Televisions
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.
How To Boost Your Subwoofer Experience
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.
Review of the Denon AVR-X2100W Home Theater...
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.
How to Copy Those Old VHS Tapes to DVD
VHS to DVD - One question I get asked often is:
How To Recycle That Old Home Theater Gear
There is more concern about increased number of electronics, such as old analog televisions, DVD players, PCs, and other gear that is being disposed. Find out how you can recycle your old home theater components - some of which you may not have thought of.
Learn the Difference Between Video Upscaling...
With the advent of HDTV, DVD players, home theater receivers, and other source devices are now available that feature video upscaling.
How to Get Better Sound from Your TV with a...
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.
What You Should Know Before Buying a Video...
Video projectors are increasingly accessible and affordable for average consumers. Check out some useful tips before you buy a video projector.
6 Ways to Incorporate the Internet into Your...
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.
Everything You Want to Know About Watching 3D...
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.
Why NTSC and PAL Still Matter with HDTV
With the introduction of Digital TV and HDTV, you would think that we now have universal video standard. However, this is not incorrect.
Pioneer Announces Elite SC-91 Home Theater...
Pioneer has announced an addition to its 2015 Elite Home Theater Receiver line-up, the SC-91. Find out what it has to offer.
A Simple Explanation of DLNA
What is DLNA? Learn how DLNA certification makes it easy to set up your home network to share and stream photos, music and movies.
The Top 10 Home Theater Mistakes and How to...
After setting up your new home theater system, something just doesn't seem right. Did you make any mistakes? Check out of the common mistakes that you may fall prey to when setting up your home theater.
How To Buy The TV That Is Right For You
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.
What Is HDMI and How Do You Use It?
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..
Sony's STR-DN1060 and STR-DN860 Home Theater...
Sony's STR-DN1060 and STR-DN860 home theater receivers do more that must provide a place to connect your gear and power your speakers - check out the details.
Digital Coaxial Audio Connector
A photo example of a Digital Coaxial Audio Connector that used in a home theater connection setup. Page 6.
Here's What You Need to Know About Subwoofers
What is a subwoofer and why is it necessary for a full home theater experience? Find out in this informative article.
8 Tips for Putting Together a Home Theater on a...
Home theater provides an exciting entertainment experience. However, many consumers are confused on how to get started and how much they need to spend. check out some practical, cost-effective, strategies for assembling your home theater.
Denon Adds Two Home Theater Receivers To...
Denon has announced two IN-Command X Series home theater receivers for 2015/16, the AVR-X1200W, AVR-X2200W. Find out what they have to offer for your home theater setup.
Connecting Both a DVD Recorder and a VCR to a...
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.
MHL - What It Is and How It Impacts Home Theater
MHL is a new connection interface that combines with HDMI to integrate many portable devices with the home theater environment. Check out the details.
Powerline Adapters - What You Need to Know
A powerline adapter can use your household electrical wiring to connect your network media player to a router in another room of your house - find out what you need to know about these practical devices.
The 7 Best HDMI Switchers
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.
Yamaha Announces Six AVENTAGE Home Theater...
Yamaha is definitely dedicated to the home theater receiver product category, especially with the introduction of 6 new units in it AVENTAGE line for 2015.
Top Surround Sound Speaker Systems
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.
Analog Stereo Audio Cables
A close-up photo look and explanation of RCA Analog Stereo connections and cables. Page 8.
Help! My Audio and Video Aren't in Synch
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.
HDTV FAQs: What is the Difference Between...
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 Top 7 CD Recorders
With the popularity of CD-burning using PCs, the number of standalone CD recorders have declined over time, but they are still available.
How to Give the Gift of a Netflix Subscription
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.
Amazon Adds Free Streaming to Amazon on Demand...
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.
Using Pandora - Hidden Secrets of Customizing...
In this second part on how to customize your Pandora stations, learn how to combine thumbs up and other Pandora tools to create the perfect Pandora station.
Can You Make a Home Theater Wireless?
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.
Can You Play Recorded DVDs in Other DVD Players?
DVD recorders are not as simple as VCRs. When recording a DVD, playback on a DVD player is not assured, unless it has be recorded in a compatible format.
The RF Modulator - DVD Player Connection Option
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.
The Best LCD TV - DVD Player Combos
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.
Photos of the Samsung UN46F8000 46-inch LED/LCD...
The Samsung UN46F8000 is a 46-inch LED/LCD TV that has a native 1080p display resolution, with both 2D and 3D viewing options, as well as networking and media streaming player capabilities. As a supplement to my review of the UN46F8000, I present a look at its physical design, connections, and features, in the following photo profile.
10 Essential Elements of a Home Theater System
A home theater system is a great way to enjoy watching TV and movies. Find out what you need to know to set one up...
What Are the Different Types of 3D Glasses?
Glasses are important to the 3D experience. Find out how 3D glasses work and what the difference is between active and passive glasses.
The Best 20 3D Blu-Ray Movies
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.
How to Control Your Home Theater with Your...
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.
What to Know About Video Copy Protection and...
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.
DVI Connector
A photo and explanation of a DVI (Digital Visual Interface) Connector. Page 5.
Is it Better to Buy a LCD TV or a Plasma TV?
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?
Sony Officially Offers Up 4K Ultra HD and 1080p...
In a previous report, I discussed some advanced price and feature leaks for Sony's 2015 4K Ultra HD TV product line - Now, Sony has officially come forth with more details.
Do Video Signals Need To Be Routed Through a...
One common question about home theater is whether it is really necessary to route both audio and video signals from Blu-ray/DVD players, cable boxes, or other source device through a home theater receiver.
Looking For a 3D-enabled TV? - Check Out My...
Contrary to what you might hear - 3D is alive and well - but what are the best 3D TVs? Check out my current list of Best 3D TVs. Also, keep in mind that in order to watch 3D, you will also need 3D glasses and 3D content provided by a Blu-ray Disc player, or 3D-enabled Cable/Satellite Box, and, of course, 3D Blu-ray movies and TV programs.
5 Reasons to Love Apple 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.
What Is a Network Media Player?
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.
What Is DLNA and Samsung Allshare?
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.
What You Need to Know About DVD Region Codes
The DVD world is divided into eight regions as a means of providing copyright protection and preserve international film distribution arrangements.
Video Projector Knowledge Tip: Lens Shift vs...
With increasing lower prices and increased performance, video projectors are definitely becoming a more popular option for viewing large screen entertainment at home. However, getting the image to show up in a perfect rectangle on the screen isn't always that easy. Two features that can help are Lens Shift and Keystone Correction.
How much time can I record on a DVD?
On VCRs, depending on the record speed setting and the physical length of the tape, determines how much time you can record onto the tape. However, since DVDs only come in one physical size, the amount of time you can record on a DVD is determined differently than on a tape. For all the details, read my article: How much time can I record on a DVD?
How to personalize Pandora
Using Pandora - Part One - Learn how the Pandora music streaming app works and how to customize Pandora stations.
What Do You Need in Order to Watch HDTV?
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.
VGA PC Monitor Connection
A close-up photo of a VGA PC Monitor connection and cable. Page 11.
The Best Bu-ray Discs To Watch on Your Home...
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.
Decode the Alphabet Soup of Digital Media Formats
Media file formats - What do all those file format acronyms mean? Make sure your network media player is compatible with the file formats in your media library.
Round Out Your Home Theater Experience With...
Best Home Theater Seating - When putting together a home theater system, don't forget about the comfort of the experience. Check out my list of suggested home theater seating manufacturers and seating options that will make your home theater viewing and listening experience more pleasurable.
Types of Samsung TV Apps
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.
13 Subwoofers That Will Add Big Bass to Your...
The subwoofer is an important part of a home theater system. DVDs and Blu-ray Discs contain low frequency information that enable a subwoofer to provide
LG's 2015 Compact Video Projectors Offer...
LG is well-known for Ultra HD, OLED, and Smart TVs, but they also have an interesting take on video projectors - check out what they have to offer for 2015/16.
What to Know Before Buying a Home Theater...
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.
What It Takes To See 4K Resolution on a 4K...
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.
Connect Your Blu-ray Disc Player The Right Way!
Need help configuring your Blu-ray Disc player's video and audio output capabilities with your TV and home theater system? Check out my useful tips.
How Much Cash Do I Need For A Home Theater Setup?
You figured out what you want to with regards to buying your home theater components and setting everything up - how much do I need to spend to all this? Check out some tips in my article: How Much Do I Really Need to Spend on a Home Theater?
What Zone 2 Means in Home Theater
Zone 2 - Definition and explanation of the Zone 2 feature on home theater receivers.
RF Coaxial Cable - Push-On
A photo of a Push-on type RF Coaxial Cable. Page 9.
Use Your PC as Part of a Home Theater System
More people are using their PC as part of a home theater system. Here is a basic overview of using a PC as part of a home theater system.
How Long Will A Plasma TV Last?
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Why are Black Bars Sometimes Still Visible on a...
The impact of Digital TV is making TV buying decisions for consumers more complex. One common question that is asked is why you might still see black bars on 16x9 HDTVs.
What Are the Pros and Cons of 3D TV?
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.
OPPO BDP-103D Darbee Edition Blu-ray Disc...
Check out my review of the OPPO BDP-103D Darbee Edition Blu-ray Disc player that includes illustrated examples of Darbee Visual Presence Processing.
The Denon AVR-S710W and AVR-S910W Home Theater...
Denon has announced its new S-Series home theater receivers, the AVR-S710W, and AVR-S910W. Find out what they have to offer for your home theater setup.
DVD Record Modes - Recording Times For DVDs
A very common question I receive from owners of DVD recorders and persons considering a DVD recorder purchase is: How much time can I record on a DVD?
RF Coaxial Cable - Screw-on
A photo example of a RF Coaxial Cable (Screw-on Type). Page 10.
Before You Buy A Subwoofer
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.
The Best Blu-Ray Players for HD Entertainment
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.
Should You Get a Projector or a TV for Your...
You can't have a home theater without something to watch on. One option is an LCD, Plasma, or OLED TV; the other is a video projector - but which is best?
How to Connect a 3D Bluray Player to Any Receiver
How to use a non-3D compliant Home Theater Receiver with a 3D TV and 3D Blu-ray Disc Player.
What Is a Screen Aspect Ratio?
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 Best Sounds Bars and Under-TV Audio Systems...
If you don't want excessive wire clutter or don't have space for lots of speakers, a Sound Bar, Digital Sound Projector, LCR Speaker, or Under-TV Audio System may be the right choice for you to get better sound for TV viewing. Check out my running list of suggestions.
Find All the Answers to Your DVD Recording...
Despite their decreasing availability, DVD recorders continue to be sought by consumers. As a result, my email box is filled with many questions on what they are, how they work, and what they can be used for. To address this need, I have compiled a series of frequently asked questions on the topic of DVD recorders and DVD recording.
Is There a 3D TV That Doesn't Require Glasses?
With 3D now a part of the home theater mix, I get inquiries about whether you can watch 3D without having to wear special glasses. So far, all 3D TV viewing available for consumers has to be done by wearing 3D glasses, but there is tech that allows you to see a 3D image on a TV without glasses - Read more...

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