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Buying Guides: TVs & Video

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Choosing the best projector screen depends on your projector and your room. Learn the difference between fixed-frame and retractable, and what terms like "gain" mean.

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.

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

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.

There are many types of connections you may encounter when setting up your new A/V system. Find out what it all means!

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.

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