• Thinking Outside the Home-Theater-in-a-Box It’s interesting to walk onto a busy retail floor on a Saturday afternoon and eavesdrop on customers agonizing over their HDTV selection. Flat panel, CRT or projector? Front projection or rear? Plasma, LCD or DLP? Big (42-inches), bigger (60-inches) or behemoth? Now you’d think, after putting all that...

  • Hack #67 from Home Theater Hacks by Brett McLaughlin (O’Reilly Media). Avoid setting your speakers, even if they are towers, to the “large” setting in your receiver’s setup menus. Receivers and preamp/processors typically have two settings for your speakers: “small” and “large.” You need to get past what these words actually mean...

  • Hack #63 from Home Theater Hacks by Brett McLaughlin (O’Reilly Media). With a calibration DVD and sound...

  • Hack #39 from Home Theater Hacks by Brett McLaughlin (O’Reilly Media). Speaker manufacturers are enticing more and more consumers to go with small, mini-, or micro-speakers for even the front and center channels. Although these speakers might look great, they just can’t do what the large speakers can do. These days, many...

  • BUYING A DIGITAL TELEVISION Digital Television (DTV) is an entirely new technology that will ultimately replace today's analog television system. Digital signals are transmitted using computer code '" ones and zeroes – which means they are less susceptible to interference and provide a higher quality picture and sound than analog. High-definition TV...

  • Hack #37 from Home Theater Hacks by Brett McLaughlin (O’Reilly Media). Speakers are the most obvious features of any home theater, and they can turn even a lousy movie into an in-depth, surround sound experience. Learn how to choose the best speakers for your room. Speakers will stand out in any theater,...

  • Hack #25 from Home Theater Hacks by Brett McLaughlin (O’Reilly Media). Running your components and cables for some arbitrary length of time when they are first purchased isn’t helpful, but letting them power on and sit for a few minutes before watching movies or performing calibration is. With even simple home theater...

  • Hack #96 from Home Theater Hacks by Brett McLaughlin (O’Reilly Media). Forget about fast forwarding through commercials;...

  • A Review of the Inner Structure of Video Cables So, what’s in a video cable? When reading...

  • Many of the best video cables on the market today were designed primarily for use in the digital domain; but can a digital cable really perform well as an analog cable? Can an analog cable be used as a digital cable? What’s the difference, anyway, between digital and analog cables? They both...

  • Hack #15 from Home Theater Hacks by Brett McLaughlin (O’Reilly Media). The high-definition craze is beginning to...

  • Component video cable, in just a few years, has gone from being a relatively uncommon and esoteric...

  • As DVI and HDMI connections become more and more widely used, we are often asked: which is better, DVI (or HDMI) or component video? The answer, as it happens, is not cut-and-dried. First, to clear away one element that can be confusing: DVI and HDMI are exactly the same as one another,...

  • Hack #3 from Home Theater Hacks by Brett McLaughlin (O’Reilly Media). The Pitfalls of Chain Stores Although it’s nice to listen to a specific set of speakers or audio components, in fact, most chain stores have huge rooms, with at least one glass wall, and you’re standing up—about as different from a...

  • What Every New Camera Owner Should Know About Selecting and Handling Flash Storage Cards With 3.8 million digital cameras sold in the U.S. during the December holidays, representing a 28 percent increase over the previous December, plenty of people are now experimenting with their new cameras and learning about the use and...

  • What do we really mean when we talk about "loudspeaker sound"? We've said it – we've heard it – but what should a good loudspeaker sound like? If we are being true to the goal of seeking higher fidelity, then an ideal loudspeaker should have no "sound" at all. In other words,...

  • Setting Up Your Digital Home Theater System for the Best Performance When it comes to home theater,...

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