Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail
One of the first steps in choosing an amplifier for your car audio system is to decide how you intend to use the amplifier, and thus how many channels it should have. This short video gives you a quick overview to help answer that question.
Mike Lang, a trainer from Definitive Technology, visited Crutchfield to show off their new bipolar floor-standing and center channel speakers.
Ready for home theater surround sound? Find out which speakers you need and what role each speaker will play in your system.
Anwers to commonly asked questions about home speakers.
Learn about the features and technical specifications you'll find in today's speakers.
Tara W., Video Guest
Definitive's Mythos speakers offer audiophile performance in a sleek, stylish package. Learn about what makes these speakers different in this short overview.
These Polk speakers use some advanced technologies to create incredibly lifelike sound that draws you into your on-screen entertainment. You can even upgrade to a seven-channel home theater when you add an extra pair of satellite speakers to the mix.
While many home theater receivers have five powered channels for surround speakers, most are now made with seven. Receivers offer choices about what to do with the "extra" channels.
What you see when you look at the outside of a top-notch home speaker reveals only a fraction of the design and engineering that goes into it. In this article, we'll identify some of the various elements that go into one of the speakers we carry and explain how they make this speaker sound so good.
Paying attention to where your speakers are placed and how they're positioned can dramatically improve the sound of all your music.
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.
This guide will help you choose the right amplifier - number of channels and how many watts per channel - for your sound system.
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.
Learn how to choose, connect, and set up speakers for great music and home theater performance.
If you've purchased a seven-channel home theater receiver in the last couple of years, you may have a lot of amplifier power just going to waste.
Interested in a 5.1-channel home theater? It's easier and more affordable than you might think. David Brown assembled a Yamaha and Polk Audio system to prove it. Read his review to find out how this setup performed.
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.
How much power do I need? Do I have to connect my video sources to my receiver? Do I need a 3D-ready receiver for my 3D TV?
Wondering what pieces go into a home theater system? In this article, we walk you through each component's role.
Crutchfield Writing Team
In Crutchfield's Home A/V Connections Photo Gallery, you'll find pictures of the plugs, ports, and jacks commonly used for hooking up home audio/video gear — HDTVs, Blu-ray players, receivers, and more.