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TV Buying Guide

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

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.

 
What is 4K Ultra High Definition TV?

What is 4K Ultra High Definition 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.

 
TV sizes and viewing distance

TV sizes and viewing distance

by Julie Govan

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.

 
How to choose a home theater projector

How to choose a home theater projector

by Steve Kindig

Projectors have improved a lot in recent years while prices have dropped. Here are some tips on choosing and setting up a projector.

 
How to wall-mount your flat-panel TV

How to wall-mount your flat-panel TV

by Amanda P.

Want to wall mount your plasma or LCD TV? Get the info you need for a safe and nice-looking installation.

 
Choosing the best HDTV antenna

Choosing the best HDTV antenna

by Steve Kindig

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.

 
Four ways to get great TV sound

Four ways to get great TV sound

by Barry Montgomery

Want to enjoy better sound with your TV? Here are four ways to make it happen.

 
Video: TV Contrast Ratio

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

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.

 
Enjoying Music, Movies, and Photos from your Computer on your TV

Enjoying Music, Movies, and Photos from your Computer on your TV

by Kristen Schaub

Would you like to see your favorite pictures and home movies on your TV? Or play your entire digital music collection on your living room speakers? Find out how in this article.

 
3D TV FAQ

3D TV FAQ

by Amanda P.

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

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

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

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

HDMI cables buying guide

by Steve Kindig

HDMI can carry full 1080p video and high-resolution surround sound. It's also your only choice for 3D TV. Learn about other HDMI features, and get tips on choosing cables.

 
Video: What is 4K TV Resolution?

Video: What is 4K TV Resolution?

by Steve Kindig

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

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.

 
Video: Samsung F8500 Plasma HDTVs

Video: Samsung F8500 Plasma HDTVs

by Tara W.

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.

 
Video: Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs for 2013

Video: Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs for 2013

by Tara W.

Sony's Ultra high-definition or "4K" TVs give you four times the resolution of traditional high-def TVs. That's four times the pixels, and four times the detail, that provides you with an image containing more depth and shades of color than you've probably ever seen before.