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TV Buying Guide
by Steve Kindig

Whether you're replacing your main TV or shopping for one for a bedroom or den, here are some tips and suggestions to help you find the best TV for you. We'll look at picture quality, Internet capabilities, and the other key features of the latest TVs.

4K and Ultra HD TV
by Steve Kindig

Ultra High Definition TVs, often referred to as "4K" TVs, can display four times the detail of typical HDTVs. How noticeable is the improvement? Is there any 4K content available? We'll tackle these questions and more.

Your TV's screen size should depend on how far you'll sit from it, what you'll watch on it, and your personal preferences.

What is HDR TV?
by Steve Kindig

4K Ultra HD has millions more pixels than HD, delivering much more picture detail - a major benefit for large screens. High Dynamic Range (HDR) is being added to 4K TVs and video content to show a much wider and more realistic contrast range, closer to what we see in movie theaters.

OLED vs LED TV
by Steve Kindig

LED LCD TVs have been around for years, but TV makers have continued to improve them and new models are dramatically better than those from a few years ago. OLED is a new and fundamentally different screen technology that might be the future of TV.

The projectors we carry are optimized for home theater use. You no longer need a dark room to get a great picture, and some projectors can display 4K Ultra HD programs.

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.

Best over-the-air DVR solution
by Jim Richardson

Looking for a simple way to cut the cable or satellite TV subscription or to replace your Aereo service? A new DVR from Channel Master makes it easy to record over-the-air TV broadcasts

Devices that support HDCP 2.2 copy protection are more likely to be compatible with current and future 4K content, so it's worth taking a few minutes to understand it.

Most people own at least one HDTV, and there are lots of sources of high-def video. So how come so many folks put up with sub-par picture quality? This article offers tips on how to get the best-looking picture for all of your video sources.

Video: TV Contrast Ratio
by Steve Kindig

Learn about contrast ratio — what it means for a TV's picture quality, and how to use contrast ratio numbers when comparing TVs.

Samsung's JS9500 4K SUHD TVs are their top models for 2015, and for good reason. They give you incredible detail, amazing contrast, and the latest in Smart TV technology.

TV FAQ
by Steve Kindig

What is an "OLED TV"? What does "4K" mean? What size screen do I need for home theater? How far should I sit from my TV for the best picture? What about viewing height, does that matter? Plus more...

TV Glossary
by Steve Kindig

Learn about common TV terms and technologies, including 3D TV; Internet-ready TVs; 120Hz and 240Hz refresh rates; LED, LCD, and OLED TVs; and much more.

Connecting Your HDTV
by Steve Kindig

Get the best picture quality you can by making the right video connections to your HDTV. In this article, we'll cover the key points you need to know.

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.

3 ways to play game day
by Steve Kindig

Some viewing events are so big they're hard to contain in one room. So, faced with three very different rooms, we put together systems that made the most of each one: basement theater, living room, and outdoor kitchen.