Articles & Videos: TVs

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.

LED-LCD vs. Plasma
by Steve Kindig

Flat-panel TVs use either plasma or LED-backlit LCD screen technology. Learn about the pros and cons of both types so you can decide which one's best for you.

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.

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.

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.

HDTV: An Introduction
by Steve Kindig

Learn everything you need to understand the world of HDTV and choose a TV that'll make you happy for years to come.

3D TV FAQ
by Crutchfield Writing Team

How does 3D TV work? Why do I have to wear glasses to watch 3D? What's the difference between passive 3D and active 3D TVs? Your questions about 3D TV answered here!

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 plasma 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.

4K TV resolution is the next big thing in HDTV technology, but what does it mean? Crutchfield expert Steve explains how 4K gives you 4 times the resolution of 1080p, and how that affects the detail and depth you experience as you watch.

3 Ways to Play Game Day
by Steve Kindig

Some viewing events are so big they're hard to contain in one room. Football fans, you know what we mean. 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.

The F8500 series plasma TVs from Samsung are the finest they've ever made. In fact, at the recent Consumer Electronics Show, while OLED and 4K TVs were grabbing the headlines, the F8500 series was definitely the most talked about "real world" TV.

Samsung's 4K Ultra HD TVs offer four times the detail of 1080p TVs. Plus, Samsung made sure that their video processing, connections, and LED backlight are equally state-of-the-art. And they made 4K upconversion a top priority so your 1080p sources will look better than ever.

What is Miracast?
by Jim Richardson

A brief description of the screen-mirroring technology known as Miracast.