LCD TVs: Articles & Videos

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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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...

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
HDMI cables buying guide

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.

 
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.

 
The Digital TV Transition

The Digital TV Transition

by Steve Kindig

The nationwide switch from analog to digital over-the-air TV broadcasts has been completed. Even if you have an older TV that lacks a digital tuner, you can still receive over-the-air broadcasts by connecting a digital TV converter box. Learn what these boxes are all about, and some different ways to connect one to your TV.

 
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.

 
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.