Home Audio & Video Systems

Home audio and video setups are as individual as the people who own them. At its most basic, a home theater includes a TV, some speakers and an audio/video source. Find out about the newest home theater components, and how they work together to give you a superior entertainment experience.

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How do you connect a subwoofer to an amplifier?

Subwoofers can improve your sound. Learn about connecting a subwoofer to an amplifier in this article.

How do you hook up a recordable DVD player to a DVR to record?

You can run out of DVR space faster than you think. Learn about hooking up your DVD player to a DVR to record in this article.

How to Boost Digital TV Signals

Once you know how to boost digital TV signals, you'll never miss any scenes of your favorite show due to poor DTV reception. This article shows you how to boost digital TV signals.

Can you watch TV with an antenna?

You may be able to keep using your old antenna or you may have to add a new one or an outdoor one. Learn whether you can watch TV with an antenna from this article.

Do portable TV's still work?

Yes, portable analog TVs still work, but you may need to get a digital-to-analog converter box. Learn whether portable TVs still work from this article.

What is a DLP TV?

DLP is an imaging technology used for television and projectors. Learn what a DLP TV is in this article.

How long do DLP lamps last?

Quality DLP lamps manufactured nowadays last from 6,000 to 7,000 hours. Learn how long DLP lamps last from this article.

Can you record TV on your PC?

You can definitely use your PC as a video recorder, with a few pointers. Learn whether you can record TV on your PC in this article.

How to Build a Speaker Box

You need a new box for your speaker driver and you'd like to build it yourself. Learn about how to build a speaker box in this article.

How to Build a Digital TV Antenna

You'd like a digital TV antenna, and would like to try building it yourself. Learn about how to build a digital TV antenna in this article.

How the Dallas Cowboys Scoreboard Works

Cowboys Stadium features the biggest high-definition television in the world. No matter where you sit, you should have a great view of the action. Fans love it, but why does it make opposing teams so angry?

TV Signals Roundup

You have to have a TV signal if you want to watch your favorite television programming. From cable to digital, learn about the different types of TV signals.

Video Accessories Roundup

From VCRs to Blu-ray players, we'll teach you all about the technology behind various video accessories so that you can make the right choice for your home theater set up.

Home Audio Roundup

No home theater is complete without the right audio equipment. Learn all about your home audio options at HowStuffWorks.

How Record Players Work

The record player changed society as it made music portable and more accessible to people. How has it evolved from its original design to produce music from a disc of grooved vinyl?

10 Largest HDTV Displays

As sports franchises try to attract more fans, teams spend millions upgrading their old stadiums and building new ones. The centerpiece in most? A really, really big HDTV.

Is there a limit to how high-definition TVs can get?

The biggest changes in high-definition televisions over the past few years are related to screen size, thickness and price. Can we cram more pixels into our TV displays?

Top 5 HDTV Myths

For a technology so widely adopted as high-definition television, you'd think that its realities would be pretty well known. Nonetheless, a number of myths still persist about HDTV.

How do I calibrate my HDTV?

You paid a lot of money for your new HDTV, so you probably want it to look its best, right? But do you have to have a professional calibrate your new set or can you do it yourself?

Are thin-screen TVs more fragile than rear-projection or CRT TVs?

Flat-panel TVs are thinner than the behemoths that used to sit in our living rooms. But glass is glass -- is there really any difference in how fragile these new TVs are?

Top 5 Entry-level HDTVs

Even though prices have come down, HDTVs can be somewhat expensive. So what models are good choices for the budget-minded consumer?

5 Things to Do Before Buying an HDTV

It may seem like fun to hop in the car, drive to your local big-box store and grab the biggest HDTV you can find. But without some preparation, you may not get what you pay for.

What were the first HDTVs?

A high-definition television is a pretty common sight these days, but it wasn't that long ago when seeing one was a real curiosity. When did the first HDTV make the scene?

Should you have your HDTV professionally installed?

In general, you don't need to have a professional install your new HDTV set, but it still might be worth your while. What might make installation worth the added expense?

What's a scanning backlight?

LCD HDTVs are often criticized because they have difficulty showing a true black color. This is because LCDs use scanning backlights. What do they do?


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