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Practical Home Theater Guide is all about home theater systems, product reviews and home theater design.  We aim at providing easy-to-follow information which we hope will serve as a useful reference to anyone looking for a deeper insight on all aspects of home theater, whether that being...

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Jun 04, 2016

Wireless Speakers Systems: A buying guide to Wireless Home Theater

Wireless speakers systems offer greater flexibility especially when in-wall wiring is not an option. This wireless speakers buying guide should help you identify the best solution for your needs.

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Jun 04, 2016

The Rocketfish Wireless Speaker System: Getting Rid of Cable Clutter

So far, we have been somewhat unhappy with the performance of wireless rear speaker kits, but that was until we stumbled across the Rocketfish wireless speaker system. More in this review article...

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Apr 17, 2016

In-Ceiling and In-Wall Speakers: A Complete Buyer’s Guide

In-ceiling and in-wall speakers have become extremely popular options. In this guide, we explain the basics of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers and look at things to consider when making a purchase.

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Apr 16, 2016

Sound Bar Speakers Buying Guide: Inform yourself before you buy!

Sound bar speakers represent an easy, affordable way to enjoying better TV sound without being surrounded with speakers; yet soundbars are not always the best easy-to-implement solution.

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Apr 16, 2016

Guide to Dolby Surround Sound: Surround Sound Expansion using Pro Logic Decoders

Dolby Pro Logic, Pro Logic II and Pro Logic IIx and the latest Pro Logic IIz, are all matrix-based decoders for surround sound expansion. Yet there is more to these Dolby surround sound decoders than just multi-channel audio.

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Mar 27, 2016

Dolby Sound Formats Explained: Guide to the different Dolby Surround Sound Systems

Since the first Dolby Surround technology appeared in 1982, the lineup of Dolby sound formats grew to a point that for many, it has become too difficult to follow suit. Help is on the way...

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Mar 21, 2016

Home Audio Speakers Buying Tips: Guide to choosing the best speakers

To enjoy the best sound, you need to go for the best speakers. But deciding on speaker specs alone is not enough; you need to know how to best shop for audio speakers to make the most of your money.

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Mar 21, 2016

Understanding Speaker Specifications

Speaker specifications can tell a lot about a speaker's ability to deliver a great sound. This guide explains the most important specs you would come across when researching home theater speakers.

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Mar 20, 2016

The Home Theater Subwoofer Guide: Passive and Powered Subwoofers

Bass is what makes sound feels fuller. It is here that the home theater subwoofer comes into play. We explain all you need to know about subwoofers, as well as what to look for when making a purchase.

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Mar 20, 2016

Selecting Home Theater Speakers: A Complete Guide to Choosing the Right Speakers

Each of the home theater speakers in a multichannel speaker system setup has a different role. We discuss these roles while identifying what to look for when making a speaker purchase.

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Mar 19, 2016

High Definition Satellite TV: An ideal complement to one’s Home Theater but...

High Definition Satellite TV is capable of great image and sound but what is exactly satellite HDTV? To what extent it is capable of delivering a great picture? How can you receive satellite HDTV?

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Mar 19, 2016

Digital Satellite TV Basics: An Introductory Guide to Satellite Television

Digital satellite television represents a great option for home entertainment; but what are the pros and cons of digital satellite TV systems?

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Mar 19, 2016

Satellite TV: A Comprehensive Guide to Digital Satellite Television

Digital satellite TV is delivering entertainment to millions; its excellent picture and sound makes it a great choice to complement your home theater entertainment. Discover more in this guide.

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Mar 19, 2016

Satellite Dish Installation Guide

We show you through a step-by-step process, how to choose the best location, install your satellite dish, and fine tune your satellite antenna for the best satellite TV reception.

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Mar 19, 2016

Satellite TV Decoder Guide

Today, the satellite TV decoder comes loaded with a never ending list of features and options but... Which are the most important features to look for when shopping around for a satellite receiver?

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Mar 19, 2016

Cable TV versus Digital Satellite Television: Which is Better?

Digital cable TV is the biggest competitor to digital satellite television. Technically speaking, these two TV services have a lot in common, but which one is right for you?

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Mar 19, 2016

Dish Network vs Direct TV - Comparing Digital Satellite TV Services

Dish Network vs Direct TV: Which one delivers the best satellite TV service, and at what price? Presenting a side-by-side comparison to help you choose the satellite TV service that's right for you.

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Mar 19, 2016

Satellite TV Systems – A Glossary of Terms and Definitions

Digital Satellite TV Systems represent a relatively new technology that comes with its share of terms and acronyms most have absolutely no idea what they actually mean. Well, help is here!

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Mar 19, 2016

FREE Satellite TV Offers from DirecTV and DISH Network - Where is the catch?

The fierce competition between DirecTV and DISH Network has translated itself into a number of free satellite TV offers for the end customer, offers worth hundreds dollars, but...

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Mar 14, 2016

SACD - The Super Audio CD: An Introduction

In this article, we discuss the Super Audio CD specs and format variations. We also look at the Hybrid SACD and see how it manages to achieve backward compatibility with CD Audio.

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Mar 12, 2016

Buying Refurbished Electronics: All you need to know for a Smart Buy

Are you looking for a cheap flat-panel TV? Buying a refurbished HDTV may be an option but... Read here to discover what you need to know about buying refurbished electronics.

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Mar 05, 2016

Dolby vs. DTS 5.1 Surround Sound: Which delivers better home theater sound?

Many argue that DTS sound is better than its Dolby counterpart. In this article, we discuss the differences between these formats to help you understand why this Dolby vs. DTS controversy prevails.

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Mar 05, 2016

Guide to DTS-HD High Definition Multi-channel Audio

DTS high definition solutions include not only DTS 96/24, but also a three-tier system of DTS-HD audio designed specifically to match the superb video quality supported by Blu-ray and HD DVD players.

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Mar 05, 2016

DVD-Audio Disc and the Super Audio CD: A Guide to High Definition Audio

Many argue that CD sound is far from perfect. The truth is that for high definition audio, one has to look elsewhere. DVD-Audio Disc and SACD are both capable of far superior quality sound...

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Mar 05, 2016

Home Theater Speaker Placement Guide

Discussing the different home theater speaker placement requirements associated with music listening and movie watching to achieve a seamless enveloping sound for an immersive listening experience.

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Mar 05, 2016

Guide to Speaker Systems: Home Theater Speakers Basics

Surround sound relies on the use of dedicated speakers that envelope the audience. This short guide explains the basics associated with different speaker systems set-ups in multichannel audio.

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Mar 05, 2016

Guide to Surround Sound: Sound formats, AV Receivers and Speakers

A series of home theater guides covering all aspects of surround sound and audio systems, from an explanation of the different sound formats and THX, to home theater speakers and AV receivers.

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Feb 27, 2016

The OLED TV Guide: A complete guide to the latest TV display technology

OLED TV sets are among the biggest attractions in the latest electronics shows. This is no surprise; OLED display technology delivers the best picture but... Read here to discover more.

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Feb 27, 2016

The Complete LCD TV Guide: All you need to know about CCFL and LED LCD HDTVs

LCD HDTVs are turning out bigger, better, and cheaper, yet selecting your LCD TV can be a challenging time. Discover all you need to know in this series of articles on LCD televisions.

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Feb 27, 2016

Practical Home Theater Guide: Systems Reviews and Home Theater Design

Lots of information at Practical Home Theater Guide: Comprehensive home theater design guides, home theater systems reviews, and installation advice to help you get started.

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Feb 07, 2016

LCD Response Time and Motion Blur Explained - Part 1: Is faster always better?

The latest LCD TVs claim 1msec LCD response time; is this fast enough to display fast-action content? What about 120Hz and 240Hz LCD TVs: Are these really better at eliminating motion blur?

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Jan 24, 2016

Great Home Theater Links

Lots more info at Practical-home-theater-guide.com: Recommended Home Theater links sorted by category.

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Jan 16, 2016

Home Theater Receivers - A Complete Guide: Helping you choose your AV Receiver

This guide to home theater receivers explains how to go about choosing the best AV receiver for your room. In the process, we discuss AV receiver specs, 5.1 vs. 7.1 systems, and amplifier power.

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Jan 16, 2016

10 Things To Ask Your Home Theater Installer

No matter how small or large the job is, there are a few important installation issues worth looking into. We discuss the 10 most important things to ask your Home Theater Installer.

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Jan 16, 2016

OLED TV – The Future of HDTV Displays

If you want to buy a flat screen HDTV, you have many choices. There’s LCD, plasma, and video projectors. Each type has its pros and...

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Jan 16, 2016

Re-cycling of Electronic Waste

Why re-cycle Electronic Waste?Have you ever thought of how best to dispose of your electronic waste - irrespective of whether this being a dead mobile,

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Jan 16, 2016

Best Home Theater Books: Reviews and Suggestions

The best home theater books have the potential to lead you through the subject while helping you reach a level of insight no website or home theater magazine can do. Read here for more information!

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Jan 16, 2016

CRT TV Guide: What are the Pros and Cons of the good old CRT television?

The days of CRT TV sets are over but they still amount to 8% of TV sales; and many good old CRTs are available as used. Is it still worth investing in a CRT television – what are the pros and cons?

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Jan 16, 2016

Rear Projection TV Reviews: A 2012 Update

RPTVs are still alive, got bigger and better! In particular, the latest Mitsubishi 3D DLP TVs offer more screen estate for your money. Discover more in this 2012 rear projection TV reviews round-up.

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Jan 16, 2016

Draper Projection Screens: Reliable, Affordable, Innovative Home Theater Solutions

Draper Projection screens offer a wide selection of screen surfaces and accessories. Discover what's on offer from this world leader in projection screen technology.

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Jan 16, 2016

Home Theater Wiring: Step-by-Step Guide to a Successful Wiring Installation

Discussing the basics of home theater wiring for a successful home theater installation - from planning to implementation; covering also in-wall wiring requirements for speaker systems.

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Jan 16, 2016

Rear Projection TV Facts - Pros and Cons of Rear Projection Technology

Understanding the advantages and limitations of rear projection TV technology over other TV display technologies in common use today.

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Jan 16, 2016

Home Theater Set-Up DVDs: Getting the best out of your system

Home Theater set-up DVDs can help you get the very best out of your system without calling a professional. Read here to discover how calibration discs can come in handy during equipment setup.

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Nov 01, 2015

AVRAK Rotating AV Racks: Taking your AV gear for a spin!

AVRAK rotating AV racks are relatively expensive but... these AV equipment racks are characterized by the ultimate in ease of equipment handling, product quality, adaptability, and a stylish design.

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Aug 09, 2015

2008 Panasonic Plasma TV Guide - Part 3: PZ800U and the PZ850U

We conclude our 2008 Panasonic Plasma TV roundup by looking at the Panasonic Viera THX-certified plasma HDTVs and Panasonic flagship line. Which of the two offers the best in picture performance?

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May 02, 2015

3D TV Viewing Distance Explained: A Short guide to an immersive 3D experience

There is more to a great 3D TV experience than just a 3D HDTV. You need to watch out on your 3D TV viewing distance and screen size if you are after a great immersive experience; more in this guide.

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Apr 16, 2015

Plasma Television Guide: All you need to know about plasma TVs!

Plasma television sets have so far been the primary choice by videophiles in home entertainment. Discover all you need to know in this series of plasma TV guides.

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Feb 01, 2014

[Blue Heaven Cinema]

I started this project after getting a house built with the basement unfinished, It toke me about a year for the planning phase, I made sure that everything

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Nov 17, 2013

Plasma Television Sales: Is a Plasma TV still worth considering as a TV option?

There was a time when the present bad economy turned out to be a blessing for plasma television sales. This is no longer so. Is a Plasma TV still worth considering against the latest LED TVs?

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Nov 11, 2013

LCD TV Reviews: Featuring the Best LCD TVs for Home Entertainment

A series of LCD TV reviews and product guides covering some of the best yet affordable CCFL and LED LCD HDTVs presently available on the market.

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