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Buying Guides: TVs & Video

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.

Best TVs for 2019
by Steve Kindig

TVs from Sony, Samsung, and LG top our list of best picks. Learn why we like them, and read our buying tips to better understand what to look for when shopping.

HDMI cables buying guide
by Steve Kindig

Choosing the right HDMI cables can be tricky. We'll explain the different versions of HDMI, and we'll offer solutions to some common HDMI hookup problems.

TV wall mount buying guide
by Steve Kindig

Which kind of wall mount should you buy for your flat-panel TV? Do you want to be able to tilt or swivel your TV? Is your TV going to be mounted above your fireplace or in a corner? Learn about the different types: fixed mount, tilt mount, full-motion, mantel mount, and ceiling mount.

What you need to know before you buy an outdoor TV. Rule #1? Don't try to use a regular indoor TV outside. Specially made weatherproof TVs can live outside year round.

The projectors we carry are optimized for home theater use. You no longer need a dark room to get a great picture, and some projectors now display 4K Ultra HD.

In this article, we'll show you how to locate the TV transmitters serving your area. Then we'll look at the different types of antennas and help you choose. If you live within a few miles of the local transmitters, a small indoor antenna should work well. If not, you'll need an outdoor antenna.

Blu-ray players play discs with high-definition picture and sound. Most also let you stream movies and music. How do you know which player's right for you?

With a universal remote, you can consolidate all the remote controls for your home theater system and home automation into one device.

Audio cables buying guide
by Ralph Graves

Home audio cable buying guide, includes stereo RCA, coaxial digital, stereo minijack, optical digital (toslink), and XLR cables.

Best Blu-ray players
by Jeff Miller

Two Blu-ray players from Oppo and two from Sony top the list of best picks for 2018. Learn why we like them, and follow the links to see hundreds of customer reviews. Read our updated buying tips to better understand what to look for when shopping for a Blu-ray player.

Looking for a simple way to improve your TV's sound? A sound bar may be the solution.

Speaker wire guide
by Steve Kindig

Most home speakers don't come with wire. What gauge (thickness) do you need? Is there a special kind of wire for in-wall installation? How many feet of wire will you need to buy? What kind of connectors are best? We'll help you choose the right kind of speaker wire for your home audio system.

Is 4K Blu-ray worth it?
by Jeff Miller

Short answer: If you have a 4K TV and you want to see its best picture, youll want a 4K Blu-ray player. See the long answer to this question, as well as answers to other frequently asked Blu-ray questions.

What are the best surround sound speakers for your home? The answer largely depends on the size of your room. This guide walks you through how to build a well-matched home theater system. Learn the role that each speaker plays, along with tips for choosing the right ones for your system.

Power line surges and lightning strikes can damage or destroy your precious audio/video gear. Learn how to select the best power protection for you.

Sound bars from Yamaha, Sonos, Bose, Sony, JBL, and Polk Audio top the list of best picks. Learn why we like them, and follow the links to see hundreds of customer reviews.

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