Home Audio: Articles & Videos

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.

 
What You Need to Know about HD Radio™

What You Need to Know about HD Radio™

by Robert Ferency-Viars, Ralph Graves

An explanation of iBiquity Digital's HD Radio technology and what it means for AM and FM radio listeners.

 
Video: Upgrading Computer Sound

Video: Upgrading Computer Sound

by Tara W.

Many of us have music on our computers. In this video, we'll go through the steps you need to take to create a desktop audio system.

 
Portable Audio: Safe Listening Out of the Box

Portable Audio: Safe Listening Out of the Box

by Ralph Graves

Keeping your portable player or smartphone at safe volume levels not only protects your hearing, but can also improve your listening experience in the process.

 

Power Protection Glossary

by Ralph Graves

Learn about power protection features and technical specifications.

 
Get cozy with home automation

Get cozy with home automation

by Eric Angevine

Learn how home automation makes it more convenient than ever to create and maintain a comfortable home.

 
Headphones for video gaming

Headphones for video gaming

by David Brown

These headphones put you deep inside the action with your favorite video games.

 
What's on Apple TV?

What's on Apple TV?

by Ralph Graves

Apple TV ® is a pretty versatile device — so much so, it can be hard to get a handle on exactly what Apple TV is . At the most basic level,...

 
What Are Dock & Play Satellite Radios?

What Are Dock & Play Satellite Radios?

by Matt Holliday

A look at Dock & Play satellite radios.

 
Video: Furman Elite & Reference Power Management

Video: Furman Elite & Reference Power Management

by Video Guest

Learn about Furman's Elite and Reference series power protection units, and how to pick the right one for your system.

 
Home A/V Connections Photo Gallery

Home A/V Connections Photo Gallery

by Crutchfield Writing Team

In Crutchfield's Home A/V Connections Photo Gallery, you'll find pictures of the plugs, ports, and jacks commonly used for hooking up home audio/video gear — HDTVs, Blu-ray players, receivers, and more.

 
Video: BDI Novia Furniture

Video: BDI Novia Furniture

by Amanda P., Video Guest

BDI Novia furniture is designed from the ground up to accommodate audio/video gear. Learn about the smart features that make it different from regular furniture.

 
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.

 
Keeping your A/V Gear Clean

Keeping your A/V Gear Clean

by Kristen Schaub

Are you the type of person who has a nice A/V system and wants to take good care of it? Cleaning it regularly — and correctly — is part of the equation.

 
What Are Dedicated Car Satellite Radios?

What Are Dedicated Car Satellite Radios?

by Matt Freeman

An overview of satellite radios that work exclusively in the car.

 
Video: Panamax MB850 Uninterruptible Power Supply & Surge Protector

Video: Panamax MB850 Uninterruptible Power Supply & Surge Protector

by Chris Egner, Video Guest

Learn about Panamax's MB850, including how it can act as a battery backup for your audio/video gear, while also protecting your whole system from harmful power surges.

 
Five Room-friendly Ways to Add Surround Sound Speakers

Five Room-friendly Ways to Add Surround Sound Speakers

by Amanda P.

Looking for tips on connecting surround speakers? Hoping to avoid a tangle of cables tripping up anyone who crosses your living room? These guidelines should help.

 
Crutchfield Labs: open for business

Crutchfield Labs: open for business

by Steve Kindig

Our new in-house Labs will help us dig even deeper into the equipment we sell. From acoustically optimized listening rooms to advanced test benches, we'll bring you meaningful measurements along with real-world impressions from our savvy experts.

 

Home theater receivers FAQ

by Dave Bar

How much power do I need? Do I have to connect my video sources to my receiver? Do I need a 3D-ready receiver for my 3D TV?

 
Video: Connecting Your Computer to Your Stereo

Video: Connecting Your Computer to Your Stereo

by Video Guest

Steve Silberman from AudioQuest visited Crutchfield to share some techniques for hooking our computers up to our stereos and getting better sound.