TVs & Video: Articles & Videos

DVD and Blu-ray Players Glossary

DVD and Blu-ray Players Glossary

by Loren Barstow

Learn about DVD features and specifications.

 
Power protection buying guide

Power protection buying guide

by Ralph Graves

Power line surges and lightning strikes can damage or destroy your precious audio/video gear. Learn how to select the best power protection for you.

 
What Do You Need for Home Theater?

What Do You Need for Home Theater?

by Julie Govan

Wondering what pieces go into a home theater system? In this article, we walk you through each component's role.

 
A/V Furniture Glossary

A/V Furniture Glossary

by Ralph Graves

Looking for the right cabinet or stand to house your HDTV, Blu-ray player, and other gear? Learn about the terms used to describe audio/video furniture, including key indicators of build-quality.

 
Understanding Surround Sound Formats

Understanding Surround Sound Formats

by Tara W.

Because most people, from surround sound novices to A/V experts, find new formats a little confusing, we've provided a quick description of how each format works.

 
DVD Recorders Shopping Guide

DVD Recorders Shopping Guide

by Amanda P.

Shopping tips for DVD recorders.

 

Powering Your Multi-room Music System

by Amanda P.

There are a number of different ways to power a house full of speakers. Here's an overview of things you need to know.

 
Speaker Placement for Stereo Music Listening

Speaker Placement for Stereo Music Listening

by Loren Barstow

Paying attention to where your speakers are placed and how they're positioned can dramatically improve the sound of all your music.

 
Home A/V Connections Glossary

Home A/V Connections Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

There are many types of connections you may encounter when setting up your new A/V system. Find out what it all means.

 

Power Protection FAQ

by Ralph Graves

Does my power protection component have to be turned on to work? What is a ground loop? I only have a 2-prong outlet - can I use a power protection model with a 3-prong plug? Why should I buy one of your power protection components when I can get one at my local discount store for less than $15? Plus more...

 

Power Protection Glossary

by Ralph Graves

Learn about power protection features and technical specifications.

 
Enjoying Music, Movies, and Photos from your Computer on your TV

Enjoying Music, Movies, and Photos from your Computer on your TV

by Kristen Schaub

Would you like to see your favorite pictures and home movies on your TV? Or play your entire digital music collection on your living room speakers? Find out how in this article.

 
TV FAQ

TV FAQ

by Steve Kindig

What is an "OLED TV"? What does "4K" mean? What size screen do I need for home theater? How far should I sit from my TV for the best picture? What about viewing height, does that matter? Plus more...

 
TV Glossary

TV Glossary

by Steve Kindig

Learn about common TV terms and technologies, including 3D TV; Internet-ready TVs; 120Hz and 240Hz refresh rates; LED, LCD, and plasma TVs; and much more.

 
Video: What is 4K TV Resolution?

Video: What is 4K TV Resolution?

by Steve Kindig

4K TV resolution is the next big thing in HDTV technology, but what does it mean? Crutchfield expert Steve explains how 4K gives you 4 times the resolution of 1080p, and how that affects the detail and depth you experience as you watch.

 
3 Ways to Play Game Day

3 Ways to Play Game Day

by Steve Kindig

Some viewing events are so big they're hard to contain in one room. Football fans, you know what we mean. So, faced with three very different rooms, we put together systems that made the most of each one: basement theater, living room, and outdoor kitchen.

 
Video: Samsung F8500 Plasma HDTVs

Video: Samsung F8500 Plasma HDTVs

by Tara W.

The F8500 series plasma TVs from Samsung are the finest they've ever made. In fact, at the recent Consumer Electronics Show, while OLED and 4K TVs were grabbing the headlines, the F8500 series was definitely the most talked about "real world" TV.

 
Video: Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs for 2013

Video: Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs for 2013

by Tara W.

Sony's Ultra high-definition or "4K" TVs give you four times the resolution of traditional high-def TVs. That's four times the pixels, and four times the detail, that provides you with an image containing more depth and shades of color than you've probably ever seen before.

 
Video: LG 55EA9800 OLED TV

Video: LG 55EA9800 OLED TV

by Tara W.

One look and you can tell there's something very different about LG's 55" 55EA9800 — the world's first large-screen OLED TV. First, the screen is a lot thinner than conventional flat-panel TVs. Second, OLED images have startling color, clarity, and immediacy.

 
Video: Samsung Ultra HD 4K TVs

Video: Samsung Ultra HD 4K TVs

by Tara W.

Samsung's 4K Ultra HD TVs offer four times the detail of 1080p TVs. Plus, Samsung made sure that their video processing, connections, and LED backlight are equally state-of-the-art. And they made 4K upconversion a top priority so your 1080p sources will look better than ever.