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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.

What do you need for 4K TV?
by Steve Kindig

Learn how to make the most of a 4K TV. You'll need to know where find 4K shows and movies. You may need to upgrade your A/V receiver and your HDMI cables, too.

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. Sitting that close to a big TV gives you an immersive, theater-like viewing experience. The image fills more of your field of vision.

Devices that support HDCP 2.2 copy protection are more likely to be compatible with current and future 4K content. Every link in your video chain must support HDCP 2.2 - your TV, video source, and any component the video signal passes through. If one does not, you won't see a 4K picture.

Making the most of HDR TV
by Steve Kindig

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is being added to 4K TVs and video content to show a much wider and more realistic contrast range, beyond even what we see in movie theaters.

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.

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.

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.

OLED vs LED TV
by Steve Kindig

OLED is the latest TV screen technology and delivers amazing picture quality. We'll explain how OLED and LED LCD TVs work, and the pros and cons of each type.

The recent WikiLeaks data dump claimed the CIA was using certain Samsung smart TVs, iPhones, and Android and Windows smart devices to spy on people.

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?

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?

Are you getting the best possible picture on your TV? Here are some tips on how to adjust your brightness, contrast, color, and other picture settings.

Connecting Your TV
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.

Understanding Aspect Ratio
by Steve Kindig

Troubled by the "black bars" that sometimes appear on your HDTV's screen? We'll explain why you see them and offer some solutions.

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