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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.

 
Surround sound for video games

Surround sound for video games

by John Pollard

A great TV and surround sound system can make a big difference in your videogame experience. Here's how to feel like you're part of the action.

 
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.

 
In-wall and ceiling speaker placement

In-wall and ceiling speaker placement

by Amanda P.

Tips and guidelines to help you create an in-wall, in-ceiling, or on-wall speaker setup that sounds good and works with your room.

 
Tips and Techniques for Home A/V Cable Management

Tips and Techniques for Home A/V Cable Management

by Amanda P.

In this article, you'll find tips and tricks to tackle common home A/V wire management problems.

 

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.

 
Audio cables buying guide

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.

 
Everything you need to know about satellite radio

Everything you need to know about satellite radio

by Zak Billmeier

An overview of satellite radio and the two service providers (XM and SIRIUS).

 
Universal remote buying guide

Universal remote buying guide

by Ralph Graves

Maybe you've got it all figured out, but how about your spouse, kids, or house guests? The answer is a "universal" remote control. But, you're probably wondering, what are my options, and which remote should I choose?

 
Telephones: How To Choose

Telephones: How To Choose

by Ralph Graves

When selecting a new phone, consider how often you use your phone and how much its performance matters to you. Learn about the features that set our phones apart from lower-quality models.

 
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.

 
Shelf Systems: Affordable, Compact Solutions for Music Lovers

Shelf Systems: Affordable, Compact Solutions for Music Lovers

by Loren Barstow

Sometimes a shelf system makes more sense than a rack of full-size components - particularly when space is at a premium. Despite their affordable price tags, you'll find that these systems also deliver great-sounding music.

 
Learn the Language of Good Sound

Learn the Language of Good Sound

by Jim Richardson

It doesn't take deep pockets or "golden ears" to obtain and appreciate good sound. Learn about the terms used to describe sound, so you can find the right audio gear.

 
How to wall-mount your flat-panel TV

How to wall-mount your flat-panel TV

by Amanda P.

Want to wall mount your plasma or LCD TV? Get the info you need for a safe and nice-looking installation.

 
Better sound from your headphones

Better sound from your headphones

by David Brown

Discover what you need to help your headphones sound their best with your computer.

 
Intro to high-resolution audio

Intro to high-resolution audio

by Steve Kindig

Thanks to faster Internet speeds and cheap data storage, music files no longer have to be compressed into lifelessness. High-resolution music downloads that sound as good as or better than CDs are available for thousands of titles. Find out what makes high-res audio sound better, and how you can experience it.

 
Satellite radio programming packages

Satellite radio programming packages

by Zak Billmeier

The radio you have determines which SiriusXM satellite radio plan you can get. Find out what's available for your particular radio, plus check out a channel guide.

 
Wireless multi-room audio systems

Wireless multi-room audio systems

by Ralph Graves

We provide overviews of wireless multi-room systems from Bluesound, Bose®, Korus, Samsung, and Sonos, making it easier for you to compare features.

 
Choosing the best HDTV antenna

Choosing the best HDTV antenna

by Steve Kindig

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.

 
HDMI cables buying guide

HDMI cables buying guide

by Steve Kindig

HDMI can carry full 1080p video and high-resolution surround sound. It's also your only choice for 3D TV. Learn about other HDMI features, and get tips on choosing cables.