Powered Home Theater Systems: Articles & Videos

Choosing a Prepackaged Home Theater System

Choosing a Prepackaged Home Theater System

by Kristen Schaub

Want better sound with your TV shows and movies? In this article we'll discuss why a prepackaged home theater system may be for you.

 
Video: Speaker Placement for Great Sound

Video: Speaker Placement for Great Sound

by Tara W., Video Guest

Learn about the basics of good speaker placement, so you can set up your speakers to deliver the best sound for your room.

 
Intro to Home Theater Speakers

Intro to Home Theater Speakers

by Julie Govan

Ready for home theater surround sound? Find out which speakers you need and what role each speaker will play in your system.

 
Speaker Placement for Home Theater

Speaker Placement for Home Theater

by Julie Govan

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.

 
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.

 
What Do You Need for Home Theater?

What Do You Need for Home Theater?

by Julie Govan

Wondering what pieces go into a home theater system? In this article, we walk you through each component's role.

 
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.

 
Speaker wire guide

Speaker wire guide

by Amanda P.

Most speakers don't include wire, and choosing from the available options can sometimes be confusing. Let us help you untangle the wire mess.

 
Five Room-friendly Ways to Add Surround Sound Speakers

Five Room-friendly Ways to Add Surround Sound Speakers

by Amanda P.

Looking for tips on connecting surround speakers? Hoping to avoid a tangle of cables tripping up anyone who crosses your living room? These guidelines should help.

 
Home theater subwoofers guide

Home theater subwoofers guide

by Loren Barstow

Subwoofers are dedicated solely to reproducing low-frequency sounds. While this may not be the most glamorous job in a stereo or home theater system, the subwoofer can be a crucial part of your overall listening experience. Find out why.

 
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.

 

Surround Sound Decoding Chart

by Tara W.

A chart that shows what each surround format does, how many channels each uses, and the types of media with which the formats may be used.

 
Mirage Nanosat home theater speaker system

Mirage Nanosat home theater speaker system

by Tara W.

Mirage's Nanosats feature a speaker design with "omnipolar technology" for an expanded soundfield. Tara Wisnewski tested this system in her apartment with great results.

 
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.

 
Transforming a Basement into a Home Theater, Pt. 2

Transforming a Basement into a Home Theater, Pt. 2

by Steve Kindig

When I moved into my new house, I wanted to create a room for great home theater and music listening. In part one of this series, I outlined my general plan to create such a space in my...