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Universal remote buying guide

Universal remote buying guide

by Ralph Graves

Maybe you've got it all figured out, but how about your spouse, kids, or house guests? The answer is a "universal" remote control. But, you're probably wondering, what are my options, and which remote should I choose?

 
Choosing the best HDTV antenna

Choosing the best HDTV antenna

by Steve Kindig

Over-the-air broadcasts provide some of the best-looking HDTV signals, and they're free. Take a look at what goes into choosing and installing a HDTV antenna.

 
The Digital TV Transition

The Digital TV Transition

by Steve Kindig

The nationwide switch from analog to digital over-the-air TV broadcasts has been completed. Even if you have an older TV that lacks a digital tuner, you can still receive over-the-air broadcasts by connecting a digital TV converter box. Learn what these boxes are all about, and some different ways to connect one to your TV.

 
Headphones buying guide

Headphones buying guide

by David Brown

Trying to decide on the perfect pair of headphones? Read our headphones buying guide to learn about the various styles so you can make the right choice.

 
Portable Audio: Safe Listening Out of the Box

Portable Audio: Safe Listening Out of the Box

by Ralph Graves

Keeping your portable player or smartphone at safe volume levels not only protects your hearing, but can also improve your listening experience in the process.

 
A Review of the Monster HDTV Calibration Wizard

A Review of the Monster HDTV Calibration Wizard

by Chris Egner

Calibrate your TV's video settings to get the best picture quality possible. This disc shows you how.

 
Keeping your A/V Gear Clean

Keeping your A/V Gear Clean

by Kristen Schaub

Are you the type of person who has a nice A/V system and wants to take good care of it? Cleaning it regularly — and correctly — is part of the equation.

 
Remote Control Setups for Multi-room Systems

Remote Control Setups for Multi-room Systems

by Amanda P.

Tips, tricks, and recommendations to help you control your system from other rooms.

 
Headphones Glossary

Headphones Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the different types of headphones and popular features.

 
Tips and Techniques for Home A/V Cable Management

Tips and Techniques for Home A/V Cable Management

by Amanda P.

In this article, you'll find tips and tricks to tackle common home A/V wire management problems.

 
Camera microphones

Camera microphones

by Woody Sherman

More and more digital cameras feature a jack for an external microphone. Discover the difference in sound between the camera's built-in microphone and an external microphone that's specifically designed for the job at hand.

 
Video: Harmony One, 900, and 1100 Universal Remotes

Video: Harmony One, 900, and 1100 Universal Remotes

by Tara W., Video Guest

Just one of Harmony's smart universal remotes can replace all the remotes on your coffee table and make your system easier to use. Learn about the one, 900, and 1100.

 
Video: Harmony Universal Remotes

Video: Harmony Universal Remotes

by Amanda P., Ken Nail

Our experts check out a Harmony universal remote and share their impressions.

 

Macros - the keys to remote control user-friendliness

by Jim Richardson

If you have a universal remote control, you may have already discovered the wonders of the macro. If not, well, a macro is a function that lets you program multiple steps into a single command....

 
Video: Smartphone apps for car and home electronics

Video: Smartphone apps for car and home electronics

by Ken Nail

Many consumer electronics products use apps to make your smartphone an integral part of your home entertainment or car operating system. We serve up a few examples in this video.

 
Sonos and Harmony

Sonos and Harmony

by Ralph Graves

The Logitech Harmony Ultimate remote has added Sonos system control. We asked a Sonos owner to give it a real-world test and report the results.