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.
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?
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Check out some useful tips on what look for when buying a Blu-ray Disc Player, or even a used HD-DVD player.
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.
From an inexpensive home theater-in-a-box to high-end custom installed systems, a subwoofer is needed to provide those low bass frequencies.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
Learn why movie streaming is interrupted by loading screens and how fast internet and home connections can eliminate the wait.
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.
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.
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 an LCD TV and Plasma TV.
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.
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.
Definition of the term: Audio Return Channel (ARC)
Blu-ray Disc is the best video source for TV viewing, as well as the best audio source for surround sound listening. However, with audio, you have several audio output setting options. The two most important are the Bitstream and PCM settings. Find out what these settings do.
If you are 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?
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.
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.
Moderately priced home theater receivers now provide features and quality that just a couple of years ago would have commanded sky high prices.
The home theater receiver is the central component in a home theater system. Home theater receivers are called upon to fill several rolls.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
With the advent of HDTV, DVD players, home theater receivers, and other source devices are now available that feature video upscaling.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The single most-asked question I receive is:
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.
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.
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.
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 DLNA? Learn how DLNA certification makes it easy to set up your home network to share and stream photos, music and movies.
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.
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.
We often base our judgments about amplifier quality on power output, but there is more to an amplifier besides wattage and power.
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?
Value Electronics, in its annual TV shoot-out has declared the LG 55EC9300 OLED and Samsung PN64F8500 Plasma TVs the best of the year for 2014. Check out the details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the introduction of Digital TV and HDTV, you would think that we now have universal video standard. However, this is not incorrect.
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?
The DVD world is divided into eight regions as a means of providing copyright protection and preserve international film distribution arrangements.
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.
A Plasma television is a type of Flat Panel video display device. Plasma television technology is based loosely on the fluorescent lightbulb. The display itself consists of cells. Read more...
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 are assembling a home theater system using a collection of independent home theater-related components, the task may seem complicated.
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 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.
If you have set up your home theater system, and something just doesn't seem right, check out this list of home theater mistakes that are commonly made.
The 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 of the front view of the ZVOX Audio Z-Base 575 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System. Page 2.
ZVOX Audio IncrediBase 580 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System - Front View
VHS to DVD - One question I get asked often is:
PCM stands for Pulse Code Modulation. PCM technology is a means by which standard audio signals (which are represented by waveforms) are converted to digital audio signals (which are represented by 1's and 0's - much like computer data) with little, or no, compression. Read more...
Samsung Apps have changed network TVS. Samsung's Smart TVs are not only network TVs that connect to a couple of services but there are specially designed games, informational apps and more. Find out how Smart TVs are adding apps and following the example of smart phones.
Headphone Surround Sound can be a great complement to your home theater experience. Here is a brief overview of headphone surround sound listening options.
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.
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 a subwoofer and why is it necessary for a full home theater experience? Find out in this informative article.
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.
The ZVOX Audio Z-base 550 is one of the latest in the trend towards one-box surround sound solutions targeted to consumers that want more than just listening to sound from cheap built-in TV speakers, but don't want the hassle of setting up a multi-speaker home theater system. The Z-base 550 is an easy-to-use system that delivers great sound. Also, this system can also double as a platform for many TVs weighing less than 90 pounds and a stand less than 28-inches wide. Check out my photo gallery. Page 4.
In a home theater it is important obtain the best balance of speaker levels to obtain the best listening experience.
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.
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.
Typical Home Theater Video Projector Connection options. Page 27.
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.
Video projectors are increasingly accessible and affordable for average consumers. Check out some useful tips before you buy a video projector.
Find out whether the WD TV Live, the latest in Western Digital's line of network media players, would make a good addition to your home entertainment setup.
DVD players can play DVDs, but what else can they play? Find out in my article: Can DVD Players Also Play Standard Music CDs?
Is the convenience and affordability of sound bars squeezing out traditional 5 and 7 channel home theater solutions? Find out what I think about this question.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
A NAS (Network Attached Storage Device) may be the best place to save your media library. Find out if you you should use a NAS device with your network media player to access your photos, music and movies over your home network.
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.
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.
HD-DVD and Blu-ray are both high definition formats, but you have a DVD player that can upscale DVDs to high definition resolution.
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.
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.
You have either just set up your home theater system, or have been using one for a while. However, you notice a problem: A loudspeaker seems to have gone bad, or so you think. How do you know if you have a bad loudspeaker or if it is something else? Check out some great tips for troubleshooting speaker problems in your home theater system.
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.
If you don't want excessive wire clutter or don't have space for lots of speakers, a Sound Bar, Digital Sound Projector, or LCR Speaker System may be the right choice for you to get better sound for TV viewing. Check out my running list of suggestions.
One 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.
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.
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
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.
LG reveals the first 4K OLED TVs - Check out an overview of the 65EC9700 and 77EG9700. In a supplementary announcement, LG has also indicated the forthcoming end to Plasma TV production.
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.
Glasses are important to the 3D experience. Find out how 3D glasses work and what the difference is between active and passive glasses.
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.
A photo example and explanation of an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) Connector and cable. Page 4.
Five Ways To Get Audio From a Blu-ray Disc Player - Option Three: The 5.1/7/1 channel Analog audio connection option.
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.
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.
A close-up photo look and explanation of RCA Analog Stereo connections and cables. Page 8.
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.
MHL is a new connection interface that combines with HDMI to integrate many portable devices with the home theater environment. Check out the details.
3D seems to all the rage - 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.
A photo example of a Digital Coaxial Audio Connector that used in a home theater connection setup. Page 6.
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.
One of the constant problems encountered by both home theater and video editing enthusiasts is having a logically organized way to hookup everything in their systems. The constant battle with cable clutter, dust, and re-connecting and re-arranging components every time a new component is added is a real bother. However, JVC may have come to the rescue with its JX-S777 A/V Switcher that does more than you expect. For more details,check out my review.
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.
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...
AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) is a high definition (HD) digital video camera recorder format recording 1080i and 720p signals onto MiniDVD discs, MiniDV tape, Hard Drive, and digital camera Memory Cards...read more.
What is Vudu? Learn about how to get Blu-ray quality streaming movies from the Vudu box and Vudu app for your network media players, media streaming devices, networked TVs and home theater components.
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.
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.
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.
The DVDO Edge is an affordable, standalone video scaler and processor. Anchor Bay VRS technology enables the DVDO Edge to deliver the best possible image on an HDTV from composite, S-video, Component, PC, or HDMI sources. Other features, such as 6 HDMI inputs (including one on the front panel), a complete array of NTSC, PAL, and HD output resolutions, variable zoom adjustment, mosquito noise reduction, and audio pass-through give the DVDO Edge a lot of flexibility.
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.
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.
Harman Kardon AVR2600 Home Theater Receiver - HQV Tests - Race Car Test 1
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?
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Sony ups the Sound Bar game with its new, innovative, and somewhat pricey HT-ST7 Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer system. The HT-ST7 features HDMI, digital, and analog audio input options, as well as the ability to stream audio from compatible Bluetooth devices. Read my review for more details.
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.
A close-up photo of a VGA PC Monitor connection and cable. Page 11.
With the previous announcement by Dolby Labs and several manufacturers regarding the availability of Dolby Atmos for use in a home theater setting, Dolby has released more technical and setup details.
DTS Neo:X - an overview of the DTS Neo:X surround sound format.
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
Photo of the Sound Settings Menu on the Samsung UN46F8000 LED/LCD TV
As the royal wedding Day for Prince William and Kate Middleton approaches, TV viewers around the world are putting together their plans to watch the big event. However, are your TV and home theater ready for the task? Check out some setup tips to get the best results for the big day.
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.