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Powering your multi-room music system

Powering your multi-room music system

by Crutchfield Writing Team

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

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

Power protection glossary

by Ralph Graves

Learn about power protection features and technical specifications.

 
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: 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.

 
What is Miracast?

What is Miracast?

by Jim Richardson

A brief description of the screen-mirroring technology known as Miracast.

 
Best over-the-air DVR solution

Best over-the-air DVR solution

by Jim Richardson

Looking for a simple way to cut the cable or satellite TV subscription or to replace your Aereo service? A new DVR from Channel Master makes it easy to record over-the-air TV broadcasts

 
HDCP 2.2 copy protection and 4K Ultra HD TV

HDCP 2.2 copy protection and 4K Ultra HD TV

by Steve Kindig

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.

 
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.

 
Macros - the keys to remote control user-friendliness

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...

 
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.