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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.

 
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.

 
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 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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Get the Best Picture on Your TV

Get the Best Picture on Your TV

by Steve Kindig

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.

 
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.

 
Understanding Aspect Ratio

Understanding Aspect Ratio

by Amanda P.

Troubled by the "black bars" that sometimes appear on your HDTV's screen? We'll explain why you see them and offer some solutions.

 
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.

 
Transforming a Basement into a Home Theater

Transforming a Basement into a Home Theater

by Steve Kindig

Part 1: Getting Started When I moved into my new house — well, new to me anyway — I knew that one of the first major changes I wanted to make was creating a room for great home...

 
Video: How to wall mount a TV

Video: How to wall mount a TV

by Steve Kindig

Steve, Crutchfield editor and TV expert, and Jason, a Tech Support Specialist, wall mount a flat-panel TV in the Crutchfield Labs

 
Video: High refresh rates in LCD TVs

Video: High refresh rates in LCD TVs

by Steve Kindig

Steve, Crutchfield TV expert, explains what LCD TV refresh rates really mean, and how refresh rates higher than 240Hz are achieved with backlight scanning. Find out if a TV with a high refresh rate is right for you.

 

Streaming Video Services: How Do They Compare?

by Marshall Chase

This chart looks at a growing number of Internet video streaming services, what they offer and compatible devices. We compare search and save features in addition to subscription options, video and audio quality, the size of their catalogs and a few pros and cons of each service.

 

Streaming Music Services: How Do They Compare?

by Amanda P.

This article compares key features of a number of today's most popular cloud music services.

 
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.