Articles & Videos: TVs & Video

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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?
by Jim Richardson

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

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