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

CES 2019
by Crutchfield Writing Team

We report on the latest and greatest tech straight from CES 2019 in Las Vegas. For updates, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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.

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.

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.

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.

With a 4K TV, you can sit as close as 1 to 1.5 times the screen's diagonal measurement. Say your sofa is 5 feet from your TV. Your screen can be as big as 60 inches.

JR and Steve discuss the 2018 line of Samsung QLED TVs in this video. These 4K TVs keep getting better every year, and our experts explain Quantum dot technology, differences in backlighting, and other features found in these TVs.

Wi-Fi boosters (also known as range extenders) rebroadcast your router's wireless signal to distant parts of your house and yard. How well do they work?

What's better — a sound bar or individual speakers? The answer is, of course, it depends. In this article, the writer explains why she chose to replace her trusty sound bar with a 3.1 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.

First, we show you how to build a fairly simple 2- or 3-room audio system using one receiver. Want sound in more than three rooms? It can get complicated, so you may want to consult an experienced system designer. To give you an idea of what's involved, we'll look at a typical 3-zone, 5-room system.

Sony has put some nice improvements in their X900F line of TVs, including their X1 Extreme processing chip that used to be found in only their top-tier TVs. They've upgraded the backlighting system and added a built-in Google Assistant to make this product line better than ever.

Wondering how to conceal the wires hanging down from your wall-mounted TV? Have a snarled mess of cables behind your home theater receiver? Worried about exposed speaker wires? These problems can be solved simply and cheaply. Learn all about cable wraps, ties, wire channels, and other solutions.

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?

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.

Do your TV's built-in speakers sound weak? Learn about four ways to get better TV sound: a sound bar, stereo speakers, a pre-matched home theater system (also known as a home theater in a box), and a full-blown component home theater system.

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.

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