Articles & Videos: TVs & Video

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Blu-ray players buying guide
by Loren Barstow

Blu-ray players bring home theater to the next level with virtually flawless picture and sound. But how do you know which one'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.

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.

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.

HDTV: An Introduction
by Steve Kindig

Learn everything you need to understand the world of HDTV and choose a TV that'll make you happy for years to come.

With a universal remote, you can consolidate all the remote controls for your home theater system and home automation into one device.

Audio cables buying guide
by Ralph Graves

Our home audio cable buying guide includes discussions of stereo RCA, coaxial digital, stereo minijack, optical digital (toslink), and XLR cables.

What's on Apple TV?
by Ralph Graves

Apple TV ® is a pretty versatile device — so much so, it can be hard to get a handle on exactly what Apple TV is . At the most basic level,...