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Audio cables buying guide
by Ralph Graves

Home audio cable buying guide, includes stereo RCA, coaxial digital, stereo minijack, optical digital (toslink), and XLR cables.

HDMI cables buying guide
by Steve Kindig

HDMI connections deliver outstanding picture and sound quality. This article explains how HDMI works and how to choose the right cables for your gear.

Speaker wire guide
by Steve Kindig

Most home speakers don't include wire. Let us help you choose the right kind for your home audio system.

This is a thorough, informative guide to help you run speaker, Ethernet, and audio/video cables through the walls in new construction and finished homes.

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.

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 an HD antenna.

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

If you're in the process of choosing home theater speakers, knowing the basics of speaker placement can help you make the smartest choice for your room.

Setting up your speakers for their best musical performance may take a little extra time, but can go a long way toward enhancing your long-term satisfaction.

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
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 unit with a

Multi-room audio buying guide
by Jim Richardson

How to plan an easy-to-use, great-sounding multi-room audio system that suits your decor and your lifestyle.