Receivers & Amplifiers: Articles & Videos

Home theater receivers buying guide

by Amanda P.

From playing music to delivering surround sound thrills, today's home theater receivers offer more than ever. Learn how to find a model that's right for you.

 
Home theater receiver placement tips

Home theater receiver placement tips

by David Brown

What's the best place to set up your receiver? This article tells you what you need to know before and after you buy one.

 
HDMI cables buying guide

HDMI cables buying guide

by Steve Kindig

HDMI connections got a big update in 2014 as 4K Ultra HD TVs appeared with HDMI 2.0 inputs capable of supporting 4K's higher data demands. With support for multichannel and high-res audio, HDMI is the most important connection for home entertainment. Learn about other HDMI features, and get tips on choosing cables.

 
Home theater receiver setup guide

Home theater receiver setup guide

by Dave Bar

In this article, we'll explain the ins and outs of setting up your receiver, so you can get all the audio and video performance you paid for.

 

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.

 
Guide to High-fidelity Computer Audio

Guide to High-fidelity Computer Audio

by Jim Richardson

Learn how to get hi-fi sound from the music on your computer.

 
Introduction to Home Theater & TV Sound

Introduction to Home Theater & TV Sound

by Tara W.

Find out how to improve your TV's sound, from single-speaker solutions to full home theater setups.

 

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?

 
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.

 
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?

 
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).

 
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.

 
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.

 
Remote Control Setups for Multi-room Systems

Remote Control Setups for Multi-room Systems

by Amanda P.

Tips, tricks, and recommendations to help you control your system from other rooms.

 
Receivers Glossary

Receivers Glossary

by Dave Bar

Learn about the features and technical specifications found on many of today's receivers.

 

In-wall wiring guide for home A/V

by Tara W.

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.

 
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.

 
Introduction to Stereo Music Systems

Introduction to Stereo Music Systems

by Jim Richardson

Are you an avid music lover? Then you should have a special space and the gear you need to properly indulge your passion. This article will help you put together a high-fidelity stereo music system that suits your lifestyle and the space you have in mind.

 
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.

 
Video: Introducing the Crutchfield Labs

Video: Introducing the Crutchfield Labs

by Steve Kindig

Steve, Crutchfield A/V Editor, gives us a tour of the Crutchfield Labs. He talks about why we built the Labs and how they can help us find you the right gear.