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Powering the Home Theater Network

When it's time to power up your home theater network, first make sure that your power connections will ensure the safety of all the devices and equipment in your home theater. Of course, this is something [more…]

How to Calibrate a Video Display

To calibrate a video display, you adjust things like contrast, brightness, tint, and color. Most video displays come from the factory improperly calibrated. The brightness, contrast, tint, and color are [more…]

How to Adjust an Audio System

Get the best possible sound from your audio system by adjusting the A/V receiver (or controller). You need to do the initial setup to make sure that your A/V receiver knows what kind of speakers you’re [more…]

How to Soundproof and Improve Acoustics

Consider soundproofing and other ways to improve the acoustics of your home theater if you want to achieve the best possible sound quality with your equipment. [more…]

Racking Up Your Home Theater Gear

A proper equipment rack for your home theater gear will complement your home theater more than a simple shelving system will. Home theater equipment racks not only store your equipment but also keep it [more…]

How to Light a Home Theater Effectively

Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the right atmosphere for your home theater. Your video display's picture usually looks best when the room lights are off [more…]

How to Share Video Components throughout the House

You can share video signals from your home theater's video source devices throughout your house in four major ways. Sharing video in the home is more complicated than it once was, largely due to the advent [more…]

Connecting Your Home Theater to a Computer LAN

Connect your home theater to a computer LAN to broaden your A/V enjoyment. Accessing a whole-home computer network opens up your home theater to any data point on the network. [more…]

What Is a Home Theater PC (HTPC)?

A home theater PC (or HTPC) is essentially a high-quality source device attached to your A/V system. The HTPC can feed audio and video content into the rest of your home theater's A/V gear [more…]

Using Windows Media Center with Your HTPC

Windows Media Center is Microsoft's version of the HTPC. Media Center is the easiest way to integrate your PC with your home theater. Media Center is available with the Windows Vista operating system [more…]

How to Keep Your HTPC in Your Home Office

You can use a Media Center extender to keep your Windows Media Center HTPC in your home office rather than next to your home theater. A media extender is a specialized media adapter that replicates the [more…]

What You Need to Build Your Own Home Theater PC

You can build your own HTPC that integrates with your home theater system — if you have the knowledge and the skills needed to install cards, drives, and so on. The information presented here is also useful [more…]

Alternative Windows-Based HTPC Solutions

A number of HTPC software packages (besides Windows Media Center) can turn your Windows-based PC into an HTPC that integrates with your home theater. You might consider these options if you want to convert [more…]

How to Use a Linux-Powered PC in Your Home Theater

If you use Linux instead of Windows, you can still integrate your PC with your home theater to create an HTPC. Try Linux software such as MythTV and LinuxMCE. [more…]

What You Should Know About Digital Content

Soon, the Internet will be the primary way you get digital content (including music, TV shows, movies, and home videos) into your home theater. Until recently, most of the content destined for your home [more…]

How to Gauge Network Requirements for Digital Content

Figuring out your digital content’s impact on the computing and network requirements in your home theater is similar to calculating out how much space you need in your living room for books. There are [more…]

How to Convert Existing Non-Digital Content to Digital

You can convert non-digital content (like LPs and videotapes) into computer-friendly digital content. Changing stuff from non-digital to digital means you can enjoy your collections of movies, songs, and [more…]

How to Burn Labels Onto CDs and DVDs

Burn labels onto your CDs and DVDs to keep them organized. You can burn silkscreen-quality labels directly on your CDs and DVDs with a cool new technology: [more…]

The Basics of Accessing Online Content

Accessing online content is pretty easy with the help of high-speed Internet connectivity. The more you access and download online content for viewing, you put pricing and product pressure on cable, satellite [more…]

Where to Find Online Audio Content

Downloading online music instead of buying a CD at a store is pretty convenient, but music isn't the only audio content you can find online. Audio book and free Internet radio are also available. Audio [more…]

Where to Find Online Video Content

Online video content is becoming more abundant (and it's so darn convenient!). Rather than renting DVDs, more folks are downloading or streaming video content [more…]

How to Use Media Adapters and Servers to Download Content

Some companies provide media adapters/servers or standalone devices that make it easy for you to download Internet content to your home theater PC or TV. The typical media adapter is wireless, supports [more…]

How to Use a Standalone Media Device

Standalone media devices connect directly to the Internet and don't require an intermediary PC to watch movies. In other words, with a standalone media device you don't need an actively running PC to gain [more…]

How to Record or Watch Video Content Away from Home

You can record or watch your home theater content when you're away from your home theater. Imagine watching a show that you’ve recorded on your DVR and having to hop on the train to work before it’s over [more…]

Features to Look for When Shopping for a Display Mount

Shopping for a display mount with the right features takes some consideration. The right display-mount features can help make installation and use easy. When looking for a mount, consider these attributes [more…]

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