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TV Buying Guide
by Steve Kindig

Whether you're replacing your main TV or shopping for one for a bedroom or den, here are some tips and suggestions to help you find the best TV for you. We'll look at picture quality, Internet capabilities, and the other key features of the latest TVs.

4K and Ultra HD TV
by Steve Kindig

Ultra High Definition TVs, often referred to as "4K" TVs, can display four times the detail of typical HDTVs. How noticeable is the improvement? Is there any 4K content available? We'll tackle these questions and more.

When 4K TVs first hit the market there was almost no 4K content to watch on them. At the end of 2015 there are nearly a dozen sources of 4K content. This article will cover the currently available options, as well as upcoming ones like Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Devices that support HDCP 2.2 copy protection are more likely to be compatible with current and future 4K content, so it's worth taking a few minutes to understand it.

What is HDR TV?
by Steve Kindig

4K Ultra HD has millions more pixels than HD, delivering much more picture detail - a major benefit for large screens. High Dynamic Range (HDR) is being added to 4K TVs and video content to show a much wider and more realistic contrast range, closer to what we see in movie theaters.

The projectors we carry are optimized for home theater use. You no longer need a dark room to get a great picture, and some projectors can display 4K Ultra HD programs.

HDMI cables buying guide
by Steve Kindig

HDMI connections got a big update in 2014 as 4K Ultra HD TVs appeared with HDMI 2.0 inputs capable of supporting 4K's higher data demands. With support for multichannel and high-res audio, HDMI is the most important connection for home entertainment. Learn about other HDMI features, and get tips on choosing cables.

TV wall mount buying guide
by Steve Kindig

Learn about the different types of wall mounts out there, and find out what kind might be best for your installation.

Your TV's screen size should depend on how far you'll sit from it, what you'll watch on it, and your personal preferences.

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.

OLED vs LED TV
by Steve Kindig

LED LCD TVs have been around for years, but TV makers have continued to improve them and new models are dramatically better than those from a few years ago. OLED is a new and fundamentally different screen technology that might be the future of TV.

Blu-ray players play discs with high-definition picture and sound. Most also let you stream movies and music. How do you know which player's right for you?

Most people own at least one HDTV, and there are lots of sources of high-def video. So how come so many folks put up with sub-par picture quality? This article offers tips on how to get the best-looking picture for all of your video sources.

Connecting Your HDTV
by Steve Kindig

Get the best picture quality you can by making the right video connections to your HDTV. In this article, we'll cover the key points you need to know.

LED-LCD vs. Plasma
by Steve Kindig

Flat-panel TVs use either plasma or LED-backlit LCD screen technology. Learn about the pros and cons of both types so you can decide which one's best for you.

3D TV FAQ
by Crutchfield Writing Team

How does 3D TV work? Why do I have to wear glasses to watch 3D? What's the difference between passive 3D and active 3D TVs? Your questions about 3D TV answered here!

Video: TV Contrast Ratio
by Steve Kindig

Learn about contrast ratio — what it means for a TV's picture quality, and how to use contrast ratio numbers when comparing TVs.

Understanding Aspect Ratio
by Steve Kindig

Troubled by the "black bars" that sometimes appear on your HDTV's screen? We'll explain why you see them and offer some solutions.