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How to Shop for an AV Receiver

How to Shop for an AV Receiver

With such a wide selection of A/V receivers on the market these days, it's difficult to know which model is right for you. Before getting into all of the tech specs and features, its important to first define how you will use this product. This article is a 7 step guide to choosing the right A/V receiver. As you will see in this guide, the decision making process weighs heavily on the type of HDMI connectivity and support you require.

How to shop for an AV Receiver and Surround Sound. We break down the important audio and video features and amplifier power to meet your needs.

— February 14, 2008 22:35 in How to Shop

How to Shop for Televisions & Displays

How to Shop for Televisions & Displays

We’ve received numerous emails, and indeed they come in almost daily, inquiring about the best televisions, which format is better and how to determine if Set A is better than Set B. These seem to be videophyte questions, however almost anyone shopping for a new display or television will run into many of the same issues.

This is a guide on how to shop for HDTV Displays. We discuss the different display technologies and pros and cons of each.

— August 16, 2007 19:00 in How to Shop

How To Shop Loudspeakers

How To Shop Loudspeakers

Shopping for a new speaker system is a lot like buying a new car. One must always find the right balance between performance, aesthetics and practicality while keeping within their budgetary constraints. Unfortunately looks can often tell very little about loudspeaker performance. In fact, some of the best looking, highest priced designs often look much better than they sound. The purpose of this article is to help the average home theater enthusiast pick and chose the right system based on their needs and budget.

Ever wonder which loudspeakes to buy? We show you the things to look for in a speaker system to ensure you get the best performance and value for surround sound.

— August 15, 2007 19:05 in How to Shop

AV Processor Receiver Checklists

AV Processor Receiver Checklists

We provide an ongoing series of documents outlining the feature sets on the products we review. This enables consumers the ability to ensure the products they are interested in have the functions they want and need.

We provide an ongoing series of documents outlining the feature sets on the products we review. This enables consumers the ability to ensure the products they are interested in have the functions

— March 14, 2007 13:35 in How to Shop

Budgeting Your Home Theater

Budgeting Your Home Theater

Is there some kind of accepted price/performance ratio between home theater components? For example, if I am buying a $3000 set of home theater speakers is it pure heresy to hook them up to a $900 receiver? What price point amplifier would be appropriate? I know most of this is subjective, but would you buy a $900 Blu-ray player to connect to an HDTV that cost only $1000? This article helps define some guidelines for budgeting the components in your home theater system. Also check out our recently added YouTube Video discussion on this topic.

Coming up with a plan and budget while building a home theater system is important in striking a balance of performance and synergy in your system. This article and YouTube video will guide you.

— December 31, 2006 18:00 in How to Shop

Top Ten Loudspeaker Gimmicks to Avoid

Top Ten Loudspeaker Gimmicks to Avoid

We decided to visit some of our local dealers to observe and listen to their latest offerings of electronics and speakers. It seems lately that more and more gimmicks are surfacing in the audio world and the consumers are letting the industry get away with it. It is sad to see so many companies are simply implementing what we call "cookie cutter" designs. What we mean by this is that they are actually not designing loudspeakers. Instead, they are implementing design guidelines set forth by driver manufacturers that specify types of crossovers and enclosure dimensions to use with their drivers. Many of these so called loudspeaker "designers" don't have the proper test equipment and engineering technical staff and necessary tools to accurately design and measure their loudspeakers performance.

We decided to visit some of our local dealers to observe and listen to their latest offerings of electronics and speakers. It seems lately that more and more gimmicks are surfacing in the audio world

— November 25, 2006 08:50 in How to Shop

Audio Terms and Definitions

Audio Terms and Definitions

Audio terminology can be very confusing and ambiguous. Below is a basic list of most common words related to audio specifications and terminology.

Audio terminology can be very confusing and ambiguous. Below is a basic list of most common words related to audio specifications and terminology.

— November 09, 2006 05:31 in How to Shop

DVD Player Checklist

DVD Player Checklist

This document will allow consumers to look through the features and functions of the many DVD players we have reviewed and see which models have the options and specs they are looking for. Use this as a helpful aid in your shopping.

This document will allow consumers to look through the features and functions of the many DVD players we have reviewed and see which models have the options and specs they are looking for. Use this

— November 09, 2006 05:31 in How to Shop

Top 10 "Must Haves" in a Media Center

Top 10 "Must Haves" in a Media Center

In a world with dozens of media center manufacturers and hundreds of choices, picking out a media center can be confusing. What features should I look for? Which ones do I really need, and which ones are just "icing on the cake?" Here are the top 10 Premium Features that we think media centers must have...

In a world with dozens of media center manufacturers and hundreds of choices, picking out a media center can be confusing. What features should I look for? Which ones do I really need, and which ones

Steven Cheung — October 08, 2006 20:00 in How to Shop

Common HTPC / Media Center Myths – NOT Just a PC

Common HTPC / Media Center Myths – NOT Just a PC

Arguably, Media Centers are currently the most misunderstood home theater components available in the marketplace today. Yet, media centers are also one of the most revolutionary home theater products available. Why is there this huge discrepancy? Unfortunately, the term " Media Center " is used by many manufacturers for products that could arguably never possibly act as a home theater device.

Arguably, Media Centers are currently the most misunderstood home theater components available in the marketplace today. Yet, media centers are also one of the most revolutionary home theater

Steven Cheung — September 24, 2006 20:00 in How to Shop

Ten Biggest Mistakes of Speaker and Home Theater Shopping

Ten Biggest Mistakes of Speaker and Home Theater Shopping

If that major electronics brand knows how to build CD players, audio/video receivers or TV monitors, they must know how to design and build excellent loudspeakers, right? Not always.

If that major electronics brand knows how to build CD players, audio/video receivers or TV monitors, they must know how to design and build excellent loudspeakers, right? Not always.

Alan Lofft — July 11, 2006 19:00 in How to Shop

Playstation 3 vs. Xbox 360

Playstation 3 vs. Xbox 360

We decided to give a quick run-down of the differences and similarities between the two platforms based on the information that is now wildly circulating around the Internet. This could be considered the Playstation 3 vs. Xbox 360 comparison for all who are looking to make a purchase this coming year.

We decided to give a quick run-down of the differences and similarities between the two platforms based on the information that is now wildly circulating around the Internet. This could be considered

— May 17, 2005 20:00 in How to Shop

Home Theater Furniture 101

Home Theater Furniture 101

Today's home theater is nothing like it used to be. There was a time that your hi-tech entertainment system was simply a TV in a corner. Now you toss in a DVD player, surround sound system, digital video recorder, and the like, and your home theater has grown to proportions your parents would have never dreamed of.

Today's home theater is nothing like it used to be. There was a time that your hi-tech entertainment system was simply a TV in a corner. Now you toss in a DVD player, surround sound system, digital

Dave Adams — August 25, 2004 20:00 in How to Shop

DVD/CD Players Buying Guide

DVD/CD Players Buying Guide

Choosing the right DVD player is not a trivial matter in a market flooded with products from various hardware vendors. There are more than several players to choose from in each price category and the notion of spending more money will buy you better performance does not always apply here, especially when DVD players are concerned.

Choosing the right DVD player is not a trivial matter in a market flooded with products from various hardware vendors. There are more than several players to choose from in each price category and

— August 25, 2004 20:00 in How to Shop