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How to Get True HDTV Content On Your New TV

How to Get True HDTV Content On Your New TV

Many people bring home a new HDTV and look forward to the excitement of viewing a true high definition picture. But is it really that simple? Well it can be - if you follow a few guidelines and understand the nature of real HD content and where it comes from. An HDTV doesn't give you high definition content - it simply means that you have the pixels to display high definition sources in all their glory. We'll take a look at four types of high definition sources most commonly received by HDTVs...

Many people bring home a new HDTV and look forward to the excitement of viewing a true high definition picture. But is it really that simple? Well it can be - if you follow a few guidelines and

— February 25, 2008 08:19 in Home Theater Connection Help

Connecting a CableTV or Satellite System

Connecting a CableTV or Satellite System

Over-the-air (OTA) broadcast television may be making a comeback with major networks now sending HDTV signals capable of being picked up by the humble rooftop antenna. But subscriber TV services from cable and satellite providers are here to stay.

Over-the-air (OTA) broadcast television may be making a comeback with major networks now sending HDTV signals capable of being picked up by the humble rooftop antenna. But subscriber TV services from

— July 22, 2005 20:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Home Theater Speaker Layout - An Essential Guide

Home Theater Speaker Layout - An Essential Guide

I admit it. There's a kind of precision about audio/video components, home theater and sound reproduction that's downright addictive, similar to the appeal of other technical hobbies like cameras, cars, boats and aviation. They all have their own vocabulary and jargon, of course, and it's easy to get bogged down or enraged by it (when I start dreaming about pixel counts and aspect ratios, do I need help?).

The goal of all speaker placement for movie soundtrack playback and multichannel music reproduction-even stereo is a smooth, consistent and unbroken soundstage across the front.

Alan Lofft — April 13, 2005 19:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Tips for Building a Home Theater in an Apartment

Tips for Building a Home Theater in an Apartment

You load up the latest and greatest action DVD into your home theater. You sit down with remote in hand and turn the volume up a bit so you can hear the wonderful special effects the movie sound track has to offer. All of a sudden you hear the familiar rapping on the wall of the elderly person that lives next door. This is your cue to turn the system down, being the polite individual that you are. You comply.

You load up the latest and greatest action DVD into your home theater. You sit down with remote in hand and turn the volume up a bit so you can hear the wonderful special effects the movie sound

— February 06, 2005 19:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Loudspeaker Placement Guide

Loudspeaker Placement Guide

Do you have a 5.1 system, but you're unsure of where all the speakers are supposed to go? Audioholics is here to save the day. We cover the basics of where your speakers should be placed relative to the main listening position, as well as some of the more intricate details to help you get the best sound. Click to keep reading.

Tech Article: Audioholics goes over loudspeaker placement tips for a 5.1 / 7.1 surround system and how to optimize your A/V system's sound quality for best performance.

Richard Rives — January 30, 2005 18:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Ground Loops - Eliminating System Hum and Buzz

Ground Loops - Eliminating System Hum and Buzz

You've just connected your system and there's a buzz or hum that won't go away. You're beating your head against the wall trying to figure out what's up. Congratulations - you've just entered The Ground Loop Zone. This article discusses how ground loops are formed and gives a methodical procedure to trace where it was formed and how to eliminate it. Don't put up with that hum any longer. Read this article!

Got an annoying hum or buzz in your audio system? You likely have a ground loop. This article helps you diagnose the problem so it can be eliminated. Don't put up with hum. Read this article!

— November 19, 2004 18:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Audio/Video Home Theater Setup Guide

Audio/Video Home Theater Setup Guide

We have other articles which will help you actually connect your home theater system. This article assumes that you are indeed getting sound and video through the components and that you are ready to move on the the next phase of configuring and tweaking the many settings and physical options associated with all of that AV gear. Check out our Audio/Video Home Theater Setup Guide for some great tips to help you achieve the best performance

This Audio/Video Home Theater Setup Guide will help you get all of the basics down to ensure you will achieve the best performance from your home theater entertainment system.

— November 06, 2004 18:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Subwoofer Placement Guidelines

Subwoofer Placement Guidelines

Instructions on getting good bass from a subwoofer in any given room usually begin by suggesting corner placement of the subwoofer. And it's true: placing the subwoofer in a corner will equally energize all the room's resonances and maximize the subwoofer's output. This short guide gives you some rules of thumb for subwoofer placement suggestions to get the best bass response in your home theater system.

Subwoofer Crawl Placement Guide: Get the best bass from your subwoofer with these placement guidelines. Find the best location for your sub here.

Alan Lofft — October 27, 2004 19:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Receiver Setup and Connections

Receiver Setup and Connections

The back a of a Home Theater receiver can be confusing for a beginner, but as you learn what all the connections are taking a look at the back becomes the fastest way to assess the options and whether or not the unit will fill your needs. We'll break it down section by section.

The back a of a Home Theater receiver can be confusing for a beginner, but as you learn what all the connections are taking a look at the back becomes the fastest way to assess the options and

— September 21, 2004 20:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

DVD Player Setup

DVD Player Setup

Let's dispel the mystery about the back of your DVD player by using the most complex type of DVD player available as our example, the Universal DVD player. Universal DVD players like Onkyo's DV-SP1000 has more connection options than most DVD players; if you can hook up a Universal DVD player to an A/V receiver you'll have the fundamentals to make any DVD player connection.

Let's dispel the mystery about the back of your DVD player by using the most complex type of DVD player available as our example, the Universal DVD player. Universal DVD players like Onkyo's

— September 16, 2004 20:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Setting Up Your Home Theater System - Basics

Setting Up Your Home Theater System - Basics

You got all your brand new Home Theater gear home and you're unpacking boxes and wires and about to embark on hooking everything up. Here are some basic tips to get you all connected up and on the path towards home theater nirvana.

These are some basic home theater connection tips to getting your equipment set up and ready to go.

— September 03, 2004 19:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Tips to Combat Loudspeaker & System Brightness

Tips to Combat Loudspeaker & System Brightness

You researched and went out shopping on the internet and/or retail stores to assemble the ultimate home theater system. You spent hours auditioning all the competing brands, assuring yourself you bought the best system for your hard-earned money. You anxiously run home to connect your newfound system, drooling in anticipation like Pavlov's dog for you're first listening experience.

You researched and went out shopping on the internet and/or retail stores to assemble the ultimate home theater system. You spent hours auditioning all the competing brands, assuring yourself you

— August 29, 2004 20:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

DVD Audio Setup Tip #1

DVD Audio Setup Tip #1

DVD has truly changed the Home Theater realm by providing the home audio enthusiast with audiophile and videophile quality as good, or even better than the Cinema. However, many neophytes may not always recognize how to properly configure the DVD player before viewing a movie.

DVD has truly changed the Home Theater realm by providing the home audio enthusiast with audiophile and videophile quality as good, or even better than the Cinema. However, many neophytes may not

— August 25, 2004 20:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Subwoofer Placement Tips for Cabinetry Installations

Subwoofer Placement Tips for Cabinetry Installations

I have been asked repeatedly by members of this forum about recommendations for putting subwoofers into custom or pre-made cabinetry so here are my opinions and recommendations.

I have been asked repeatedly by members of this forum about recommendations for putting subwoofers into custom or pre-made cabinetry so here are my opinions and recommendations.

— August 25, 2004 20:00 in Home Theater Connection Help