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Home automation FAQ

Home automation FAQ

by Eric Angevine

Get answers for all of your important questions before you buy a home automation system.

 
Video: Intro to Apple AirPlay

Video: Intro to Apple AirPlay

by Ralph Graves

Apple Airplay® is a feature of Apple’s iTunes® program (version 10 or later). It’s a way to wirelessly stream content from an Apple portable (iPhone®, iPod...

 
Cut energy costs with home automation products

Cut energy costs with home automation products

by Eric Angevine

Go green and cut energy bills with smart products for your home.

 
Noise-canceling headphones guide

Noise-canceling headphones guide

by David Brown

Keep external noise at bay, so you can focus on your music.

 
Bluetooth® for home and car audio

Bluetooth® for home and car audio

by Ralph Graves

An introduction to Bluetooth features for home and car audio/video gear, including NFC, aptX, speakerphones, headsets, and sports options.

 
Video: The advantages of a digital-to-analog converter

Video: The advantages of a digital-to-analog converter

by Ralph Graves

This video explains how a digital-to-analog converter gives you better sound from the music stored on your computer.

 
Video: Harmony One, 900, and 1100 Universal Remotes

Video: Harmony One, 900, and 1100 Universal Remotes

by Tara W., Video Guest

Just one of Harmony's smart universal remotes can replace all the remotes on your coffee table and make your system easier to use. Learn about the one, 900, and 1100.

 
The Digital TV Transition

The Digital TV Transition

by Steve Kindig

The nationwide switch from analog to digital over-the-air TV broadcasts has been completed. Even if you have an older TV that lacks a digital tuner, you can still receive over-the-air broadcasts by connecting a digital TV converter box. Learn what these boxes are all about, and some different ways to connect one to your TV.

 
TV wall mount buying guide

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.

 
Video: Power Protection & Management

Video: Power Protection & Management

by Amanda P., Video Guest

Learn how the quality of the power in your home can affect the performance of your TV, DVR, and other audio/video gear. Watch cool hands-on demos to see what can happen when you don't have good power protection and conditioning at home.

 
Keep your loved ones safe with home automation

Keep your loved ones safe with home automation

by Eric Angevine

From protecting your home to knowing when your kids walk in the door from school, home automation devices keep you in touch with what's happening — even when you're away.

 
Wireless headphones buying guide

Wireless headphones buying guide

by David Brown

Learn about the different type of wireless headphones and their benefits.

 
Home theater subwoofers guide

Home theater subwoofers guide

by Loren Barstow

Subwoofers are dedicated solely to reproducing low-frequency sounds. While this may not be the most glamorous job in a stereo or home theater system, the subwoofer can be a crucial part of your overall listening experience. Find out why.

 
What Do I Need To Get Satellite Radio?

What Do I Need To Get Satellite Radio?

by Dave Delamere

An overview of satellite radio hardware.

 
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.

 

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...

 
Video: Harmony Universal Remotes

Video: Harmony Universal Remotes

by Amanda P., Ken Nail

Our experts check out a Harmony universal remote and share their impressions.

 
Live smarter with home automation

Live smarter with home automation

by Eric Angevine

Integrate entertainment, comfort, and security for a home that's not only smart, but very cool.

 
Sports headphones buying guide

Sports headphones buying guide

by David Brown

Learn how sports headphones help power your workout with music.

 
Choosing a prepackaged surround sound system

Choosing a prepackaged surround sound system

by Kristen Schaub

Want better sound with your TV shows and movies? In this article we'll discuss why a prepackaged surround sound system may be for you.