Home Theater: Most Popular Articles
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
From an inexpensive home theater-in-a-box to high-end custom installed systems, a subwoofer is needed to provide those low bass frequencies.
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.
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.
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.
Sony adds three home theater receivers to its 2014/15 ES-series line-up - Check out the details.
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.
Learn why movie streaming is interrupted by loading screens and how fast internet and home connections can eliminate the wait.
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.
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.
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.
TV price predictions for Black Friday 2014 are starting to come out - but will you really be able to buy a 60-inch TV for less than $500?
Check out some useful tips on what look for when buying a Blu-ray Disc Player, or even a used HD-DVD player.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
4K, now officially labeled as Ultra HD, refers to one of two high definition resolutions: 3840 x 2160 pixels or 4096 x 2160 pixels.
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.
Moderately priced home theater receivers now provide features and quality that just a couple of years ago would have commanded sky high prices.
Definition of the term: Audio Return Channel (ARC)
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.
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.
We often base our judgments about amplifier quality on power output, but there is more to an amplifier besides wattage and power.
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.
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?
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.
With the advent of HDTV, DVD players, home theater receivers, and other source devices are now available that feature video upscaling.
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.
With the introduction of Digital TV and HDTV, you would think that we now have universal video standard. However, this is not incorrect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The single most-asked question I receive is:
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.
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.
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...
What is DLNA? Learn how DLNA certification makes it easy to set up your home network to share and stream photos, music and movies.
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.
Looking for a new CD player? Check out my top picks in moderately priced, but high performance units from a variety of manufacturers.
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 you are assembling a home theater system using a collection of independent home theater-related components, the task may seem complicated.
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?
The Dolby Atmos cinema experience comes to your home theater with Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Pioneer, and others jumping on board - check out what you need to know.
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?
The BiggiFi Family Stick Smart Control Media Streamer is an alternative to Roku's Streaming Stick and Google Chromecast - For all the details, check out my photo illustrated review.
With the popularity of CD-burning using PCs, the number of standalone CD recorders have declined over time, but they are still available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The DVD world is divided into eight regions as a means of providing copyright protection and preserve international film distribution arrangements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DVD players can play DVDs, but what else can they play? Find out in my article: Can DVD Players Also Play Standard Music CDs?
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 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.
A photo example and explanation of an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) Connector and cable. Page 4.
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. As a result, there is an increasing number of products, such as loudspeakers, touting
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.
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.
If you own a 4K Ultra HD TV and are in the market for a new Blu-ray Disc Player, you might want to hold off until late 2015 - Find out why.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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?
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.
VHS to DVD - One question I get asked often is:
In a home theater it is important obtain the best balance of speaker levels to obtain the best listening experience.
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.
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.
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..
A close-up photo look and explanation of RCA Analog Stereo connections and cables. Page 8.
A photo example of a Digital Coaxial Audio Connector that used in a home theater connection setup. Page 6.
What is a subwoofer and why is it necessary for a full home theater experience? Find out in this informative article.
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.
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.
Video projectors are increasingly accessible and affordable for average consumers. Check out some useful tips before you buy a video projector.
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.
Five Ways To Get Audio From a Blu-ray Disc Player - Option Three: The 5.1/7/1 channel Analog audio connection option.
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.
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.
MHL is a new connection interface that combines with HDMI to integrate many portable devices with the home theater environment. Check out the details.
There is a difference between DVD recording times and disc writing speed. When you buy a blank recordable DVD, on the label it not only refers to the disc size and record mode time, but also refers to Writing Speed. The disc label may indicate a 2x, 4x, 8x, or higher Writing Speed capability. What does this mean to the average consumer? For the answers, check out my Quick Tip: DVD Recording Times and Disc Writing Speed - Important Facts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Network Media Players - Before you access your photos and videos, or listen to music on a network media player, be sure you have everything you need.
Photo of 2-way RF Cable Splitter. Page 30.
Important facts about accessing 1080p on an HDTV1080p, currently the highest resolution available for consumer TVs and video projectors.
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
A close-up photo of a VGA PC Monitor connection and cable. Page 11.
HBO's CEO has made a surprise announcement regarding the future of HBO - Check out the details.
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.
Typical Home Theater Video Projector Connection options. Page 27.
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.
HD-DVD and Blu-ray are both high definition formats, but you have a DVD player that can upscale DVDs to high definition resolution.
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.
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.
Glasses are important to the 3D experience. Find out how 3D glasses work and what the difference is between active and passive glasses.
You have one of those old CRT (tube) TVs only has an antenna/cable connection, but you want to connect a DVD to it. Do you just plug the DVD player in? Unfortunately, it isn't that easy. Find out what you need to do to connect a DVD player to an old TV.
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.
After you buy a DVD recorder, you need to buy blank DVDs to record on. However, different brands of blank DVDs are compatible with certain brand DVD recorders than others - read the details.
If you are looking for a small network media player that can play any file format, check out this review of the WD TV Live Plus network media player. Page 2.
As a complement to my NuVo Whole Home Audio System review, check out some close-up photos of their system featuring the GW100 Gateway, and P100 and P200 players. Additional explanations of the system's components and operating menus are included.
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.
DVD has been around for about fifteen years, with most households in the U.S. owning a least one, many owning two or more. However, how much do you really know about DVD? For a comprehensive look at DVD, check out the following entries in my Guide to DVD, DVD Players, and DVD Recorders.
With Google TV, you have a whole new way to watch your TV. But Google TV is not a television, and it is not only the internet application that might be available on your TV. Find out exactly what Google TV is.
Vudu video on demand service has announced that they will be offering TV shows along with feature film titles. How does streaming TV shows from Vudu compare with other online TV episode streaming services--Hulu Plus, Amazon on Demand and iTunes? Learn the best way to stream TV shows from online--which TV shows are offered by these online streaming sites and see a comparison of prices.
It has been reported that AT&T will impose a internet usage cap for their DSL and U-Verse internet services. This cap will limit how much a customer can stream, download and upload from online. Learn the details of when it will happen, how much it will cost and how AT&T will let customers know when they are getting close to their limits.
A photo of a Push-on type RF Coaxial Cable. Page 9.
Photo of the Sound Settings Menu on the Samsung UN46F8000 LED/LCD TV
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.
In home theater, the projection screen is just as important as the video projector. Screens come in various styles, fabrics, sizes, and prices, and the type of screen that will work best depends on the projector, the viewing angle, the amount of ambient light in the room, and the distance of the projector from the screen - Read more...
You can connect a lot of stuff to an LCD TV - but how about connecting a PC or Laptop? Find out the answer in my article: Can I use an LCD Television as a Computer Monitor?
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.
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.
Plasma technology started the flat panel TV revolution, and while LCD is now the more popular option, many believe that Plasma TVs still offer the best overall image quality. Check out some choice sets that may be just right for you.
WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Setup Menu