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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, Vudu, and Hulu, you want a high speed internet connection. Learn how fast of an internet connection you need.
Looking for Wireless Home Theater Speakers? -...
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How To Fix a Wonky HDMI Connection
HDMI the most common connection used in home theater setups, and is supposed to make connecting things easier, but that isn't always the case. To find out what to do when your HDMI connection doesn't seem be working, check out my useful tips.
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.
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.
How to Bring Your Old Camcorder Video Tapes...
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The Real Difference Between 720p and 1080i
720p and 1080i are both video resolutions used in TV broadcasting, but what is the difference between the two? Do these numbers really mean anything with reference to what you actually see on the screen? Read the answers...
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.
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.
How to Pick the Right Home Theater Receiver -...
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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 24-Inch and Smaller 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samsung's UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc...
Samsung is the first out-of-the-gate to bring a player to market that supports the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc format. Find out what that means for consumers.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Best Budget Surround Sound Receivers You...
Looking for a home theater receiver, but don' t have a lot of cash? Check out some nice units priced at $399.99 or Less.
The 8mm/VHS Adapter - Real or Myth?
The single most-asked question I receive is:
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.
Sony Sends Mixed Messages With Its UHP-H1...
One of the interesting products that Sony unveiled at the 2016 CES was its UHP-H1 Blu-ray Disc player - Find out what it offers.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Don't Get Seduced by Amplifier Power Specificat...
We often base our judgments about amplifier quality on power output, but there is more to an amplifier besides wattage and power.
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.
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.
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.
OLED TV - What You Need To Know
OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. OLED is an outgrowth of LCD technology - Find out how this technology can be used in TVs.
How to Copy Those Old VHS Tapes to DVD
One question I get asked often is: How Do You Copy VHS Tapes to DVD? Although the answer is fairly straight forward, there some details you need to know.
HDMI Connector and Cable
A photo example and explanation of an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) Connector and cable. Page 4.
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.
How To Get The Best Super Bowl Viewing...
Super Bowl Sunday is the most popular the annual unofficial U.S. national holiday. Check out some useful tips on how to prepare for the best homebound Super Bowl viewing experience.
The Difference Between an LCD and Plasma TV
Although, as of 2015, Plasma TVs are no longer being manufactured, there are many in use and also being sold on the secondary market. For those that own or are seeking a Plasma TV, it is important to understand the difference between an LCD and Plasma TV.
Don't Be Confused by the Name - AppleTV is Not...
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.
What's Low Center Channel Dialog and How Do You...
Have you watched a Blu-ray Disc or DVD and can't hear the dialog over the rest of the sound? You are not alone - check out some useful tips to correct this problem.
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.
How to Get Better Sound from Your TV with a...
If you want better sound for your TV viewing experience but don't what all the clutter of a home theater system and all those speakers, then a sound bar may be the right solution for you. Find out what you need to know.
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.
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.
Buying a Home Theater Receiver - Part One - The...
The home theater receiver is the central component in a home theater system - find out what you need to know before purchasing one - Part 1 of 2.
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.
The Best CD Players for Your Entertainment System
Looking for a new CD player? Although rare these days, there are still some good choices for serious music listing - Check out my suggestions - Updated periodically.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"LED" TVs - What You Need To Know
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. Find out what you need to know...
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 You Need to Know About DVD Region Codes
DVD Region Coding is a thorn in the side of many who like to buy and play DVDs from different countries and regions of the World. Find out how region coding affects what DVDs you can play.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samsung Crams In The Features With The BD-J7500...
The Samsung BD-J7500 is a stylish, slim profile, Blu-ray Disc player that provides full 2D/3D Blu-ray Disc playback, 1080p and 4K upscaling, as well as streaming from the internet, PC, and compatible portable devices. For more details, read my review.
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.
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 what you need to know about the nature of the subwoofer.
Help! My Audio and Video Aren't in Synch
Are you finding that the video and audio on your TV screen don't match up? This is a problem that has cropped up in more home theater setups. Here are some useful tips on how correct this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Long Will A Plasma TV Last?
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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...
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.
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.
Why You Sometimes See Black Bars On Your TV...
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.
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.
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..
The Best Sound 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.
Analog Stereo Audio Cables
A close-up photo look and explanation of RCA Analog Stereo connections and cables. Page 8.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Digital Coaxial Audio Connector
A photo example of a Digital Coaxial Audio Connector that used in a home theater connection setup. Page 6.
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.
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.
How to Give the Gift of a Netflix Subscription
Netflix is a great gift idea. 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.
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.
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.
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?
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 answers.
Why Do Some Blu-ray Disc Players Have HDMI...
There are a small, but growing number of Blu-ray Disc Players that now have HDMI inputs - but they aren't there for the purpose you might think - check out the details in this FAQ.
Check out what Crackle TV has to offer.
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.
DVI Connector
A photo and explanation of a DVI (Digital Visual Interface) Connector. Page 5.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 Record HDTV on a DVD Recorder?
Now that HDTV broadcasting is in force, as result of the DTV transition, and most consumers now own HDTVs. Can DVD recorders record HDTV programs? The answer is more complex than a simple yes or no.
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.
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.
What is Blu-ray and What Was HD-DVD? - What Is...
HD-DVD and Blu-ray are both high definition video formats, but what is the difference and why are two formats to begin with?
Guide to the 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.
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 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.
Are Blu-Ray Disc Players Compatible With DVDs...
One of the things that holds consumers back from buying a Blu-ray Disc player is confusion to what you can actually play on it. As it turns out you can not only play Blu-ray discs, but DVD and CDs as well. To find out more, read my article: Are Blu-ray Disc Players Compatible with Standard DVDs and CDs?
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.
CES 2016 - The Best of Home Theater
The latest technology and product innovation in consumer electronics was showcased at the annual CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check out the latest and greatest (as of 2016) from the About.com home theater perspective.
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?
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.
Here's What You Need to Know About LCD TVs
Check out my complete guide of what you need to know about LCD TVs, including things such as LED, screen refresh rate, and more, as well as some actual LCD TV buying suggestions.
Amazon Sticks It To The Competition With New...
Building on it success with its Fire TV Media Streaming Platform, Amazon announces another choice, the Fire TV Stick - check out the details.
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.
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
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.
What Zone 2 Means in Home Theater
Zone 2 - Definition and explanation of the Zone 2 feature on home theater receivers.
Roku XD Review
The Roku XD is available in retail outlets through a partnership with Netflix. The Roku media streamer gained popularity because it was the first to stream Netflix. Now network media players, media streamers, video game consoles, networked TVs an devices are able to stream Netflix. In this Roku XD review, discover how being the first definitely does not mean being the best. Page 2.
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.
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?
Are HD-DVD and Blu-ray Players Compatible with...
HD-DVD players play HD-DVDs, and Blu-ray Disc players can play Blu-ray Discs, but can you also play DVDs and CDs on both of them as well? Find out the details in my article: Are HD-DVD and Blu-ray Players Compatible with Standard DVDs and CDs?
Find Out How to Access 1080p on an HDTV
Important facts about accessing 1080p on an HDTV1080p, currently the highest resolution available for consumer TVs and video projectors.
Are Blu-ray Discs Region Coded, Like DVDs?
It is well-known that one of the restrictions to worldwide viewing of DVDs is DVD Region Coding. However, with the introduction of Blu-ray, is Region Coding still an issue? As it turns out Blu-ray also adheres to a Region Coding scheme, but it is not the same as it is for DVD. For the answers on Blu-ray Region Codling - read: Are Blu-ray Discs Region Coded, Like DVDs?
What Bitstream Means in Home Theater
Definition of the term Bitstream as applied to home theater.
Overview of DTS Neo:X Audio Processing
DTS expands surround sound with it DTS Neo:X audio processing format - find out what you need to know.
What Is a DVD Recorder and DVD Burner?
I get a lot of questions about DVD recorders. One question I get often is what is the difference between a DVD recorder and a DVD burner?
What Is Home Theater and What Does It Do for Me?
Home theater is not just a popular buzzword, it is a great home entertainment experience - but what exactly is home theater and what does it do for me?
HDMI Switchers - Top Picks
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.
Everything You've Wanted to Know about...
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.
Not Ready For Blu-ray? Check out some DVD...
Upscaling DVD Players - Although both Blu-ray and internet streaming has taken the glory away from DVD, there are still some great upscaling DVD players available. Check out some of my suggestions.
What Is DLNA? - What You Need To Know
What is DLNA? Learn how DLNA certification makes it easy to set up your home network to share and stream photos, music and movies.
How to personalize Pandora
Using Pandora - Part One - Learn how the Pandora music streaming app works and how to customize Pandora stations.
Quick Facts About Subwoofers
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 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.
Buying a Home Theater Receiver - Part 2 - Added...
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.
Hands On with the Roku Streaming Stick - MHL...
The Roku Streaming Stick MHL Version is a compact device that looks like a USB flash drive that plugs into compatible TVs, Video Projectors, and other devices, that incorporates everything you would get with a Roku Box, without taking up more space and using more cables.
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.
VGA PC Monitor Connection
A close-up photo of a VGA PC Monitor connection and cable. Page 11.
Onkyo Announces The TX-8140 Network Stereo...
The resurgence of the two-channel stereo listening experience continues as Onkyo adds the TX-8140 Stereo Receiver to its audio product line for 2016.
Where's the Best Place for My Home Theater...
One of the most important parts of a home theater are the loudspeakers and subwoofer, but how do you set them up? Check out some tips on setting up and placing loudspeakers for a home theater.
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Media Streamers - Many network media players are being called Media Streamers. Learn about the distinction between a network media player and a media streamer.

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