Category Archives: How Stuff Works

3 Ways to Improve HDMI

Although the initial entrance of HDMI into the CE market had problems, it’s always had great potential.Unfortunately, potential-as my high school track coach often pointed out to me-can be the…

Is 7.1 Audio System Right Chioice For You?

In the beginning, there was stereo. Two speakers for two ears. (Well, before that, there was mono but let’s not go there). In the 70s, theaters added a few more…

LCD TV Calibration – How To Calibrate Your TV

Factory settings on TVs are almost always tweaked to maximum brightness and contrast and are enabled with image “edge enhancement” features as well. Manufacturers do this so that the TV…

Understanding IPTV

The future of just about everything is tied up with the Internet, and nothing is more tied up than television. This means IPTV, the delivery of television content over the…

Buying Guide: HDTVs Up Close

The HDTV plunge—everyone and their mother has either taken it already or is seriously tempted to do so. A brand new high-def set, however, is no small purchase. Which TV…

Should You Trust the Pros or Your Own Ears?

Are you an audio Objectivist or Subjectivist? Many of us here probably have stories of the days when we were hi-fi ‘Subjectivists’. There were days when I bought into the…

HDTV Basics Explained

You have heard about the wonders of HDTV, but maybe you are confused by all the new terms and statistics. In this article we cut through the complexity of HDTV…

Improve your TV’s performance

So you’ve got your brand new flatscreen LCD or plasma TV home from the shop: you excitedly remove it from its packaging, and start revelling in its delivery of the…

HDMI switch boxes

Lack of sockets on TVs is a common problem. For several years the best picture quality was via component video or RGB Scart but you'd often find only one compatible…