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The McIntosh MHT300 Home Theater Receiver.

How we test AV receivers

Deciding on an AV receiver is an important decision. We put these high-tech entertainment devices through the wringer so you don't have to. Here's how we do it.
Amazon Freevee.

The Digital Trends guide to FAST streaming services

FAST services — short for free ad-supported streaming televisions — are more popular than ever. Here are the ones you need to know about.
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How to pick the best TV for sports: what to look for and things to avoid

Anyone who says you shouldn't choose a TV just to watch sports is wrong. Here's what you need for a great view of a big game, plus a few big things to avoid.
The Max app on Apple TV.

Max: Price, movies, shows, and more for the HBO/Discovery combo

Max is here, with new content, a new price, new shows and movies — and a lot more from the streaming service formerly known as HBO Max.
Redbox DVD rentals.

Where to rent DVDs and Blu-rays as Netflix ends disc rentals

With Netflix sunsetting its DVD-by-mail rental service this September, we've put together this list of some alternative DVD rental options to fill the void.
NFL Sunday Ticket landing page on an iPad.

How to get NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube and YouTube TV in 2023

NFL Sunday Ticket has moved from DirecTV to YouTube and YouTube TV, making it available pretty much everywhere. Here's how to subscribe.
How to download music and podcasts from Spotify: The downloads folder.

How to download music from Spotify for offline listening

So you want to download songs, playlists, and podcasts from Spotify for offline listening? We’ll show you how to do it.
An iPhone with the Stats for Spotify screen on it being held in a hand.

Stats for Spotify: how to see your stats ahead of Wrapped

Spotify Wrapped is a fun way to see the music and artists you loved the most every year. Stats for Spotify lets you see what you're digging all year long.
Chromecast with Google TV plus remote.

Common Google Chromecast issues and how to fix them

Google Chromecast is a great streaming device, but sometimes it runs into problems. Here, we'll help you solve some common Chromecast issues.
Dlyan Wireless Headphones

What is hi-res audio, and how can you experience it right now?

Hi-res audio has gone from an audiophile novelty to a mainstream attraction, but there's still a bit of a learning curve to master before you can enjoy it.
Apple TV 4K hardware with remote and retail box.

Apple TV: price, hardware, software, and more

Is Apple TV the right streaming device for your home system? What does it offer? Our guide will walk you through everything you need to know about Apple TV.
Sonos Era 100, beside a turntable.

How to connect a turntable to a Sonos speaker

If you have a Sonos system that you want to start playing vinyl records through, we're going to show you how to connect a turntable to it.
YouTube TV and Hulu apps on the Roku homescreen.

Hulu Live vs. YouTube TV: How to pick the best live streaming service

Hulu With Live TV and YouTube TV are two of the biggest streaming services in the U.S. We'll help you decide which is best.
Sling TV app icon on Apple TV.

The best Sling TV alternatives

Sling TV has more than 2 million subscribers and is the third-most popular service in the U.S. But there are other options you should take a look at.
Roku remote in hand with Roku home screen in. the background.

How to update your Roku device software

Updating your Roku streaming device's software keeps it in tip-top shape and delivers its latest features. It's as easy as a few clicks. Here's how to do it!
Din and Grogu sit in snow in The Mandalorian.

How to cancel your Disney Plus subscription

Despite Baby Yoda and the Marvel movies, Disney+ didn’t work out for you. No problem. Here’s how to cancel your Disney+ subscription and your Disney account.
The March Madness app on an iPhone.

How to watch March Madness online

March Madness is back, with the 2023 NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament scheduled to run from March 14 to April 3. Here's how to watch every game.
An example of the difference between Dolby Vision and regular HDR.

What is Dolby Vision? The dynamic HDR format fully explained

If you're shopping for 4K TVs, you've probably seen Dolby Vision as a feature. But what exactly is Dolby Vision? We have all the answers here.
Sonos Roadm in three colors.

What is Sonos? What you need to know about the wireless music system

Everything you need to know about Sonos speakers, the Sonos app, supported music services, and more from the wireless audio system.
Man wearing Apple AirPods Pro outdoors.

How to check your AirPods battery level

There are several convenient ways to check the battery level of your AirPods, even if you're not near your case. Here's a guide that outlines a few methods.
A stereo pair of HomePods, a TV, and an Apple TV 4K.

How to connect a stereo pair of Apple HomePods to your Apple TV

Apple's latest HomePod sounds great. But as a stereo pair with an Apple TV 4K, the spatial audio sound can rival the best soundbars. Here's how to set it up.
Th cast of Misfits, wearing orange jumpsuits, leans against a railing.

The best British shows on Hulu right now

Tired of hearing about The Crown? Head to Hulu and watch some of the best British shows originating from across the Atlantic Ocean.
TV Brightness Wars

TV brightness wars: how bright does your TV need to be?

In the battle for brightness supremacy, the nits just keep on coming. But how bright is bright enough? Here's what you need to know.
Samsung Micro LED

Every TV type, explained

LED, LCD, OLED, QLED. The alphabet soup of TV types can be confusing and overwhelming. This guide will make it simple to understand every TV type available.
The cast of The Expanse.

The best drama series on Amazon Prime Video right now

The drama genre covers a lot of ground, but you'll find something for everyone in this list of the best drama series on Amazon Prime Video.
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Should you mount your TV above a fireplace?

Designers and homeowners love mounting TVs above fireplaces. But for the sake of your health and the health of your TV, don't do it.
Hisense PX1 Pro Laser TV.

What is a laser TV?

If you want the biggest image possible, for the best price, you want a laser TV. Here's what you need to know.
Cambridge Audio DAC Magic 200M.

What is a DAC and why would you need one?

What is a DAC, or digital-to-analog converter? Here's how these common components work, and why audiophiles like to use upgraded versions for their music.
World Cup 2022.

How to watch World Cup 2022

World Cup 2022 kicks off in Qatar in late November. Here are all the ways you can watch every match.
Spotify Wrapped 2022.

Spotify Wrapped 2022: what it is and how to view it

For music lovers, Spotify's year-end Wrapped campaign is a fun way to see what everyone has been listening to all year. Here's how to check it out.
Man wearing KEF Mu7 wireless noise-canceling headphones.

AptX Adaptive vs. aptX HD vs. LDAC: Which Bluetooth codec is the best?

If you're shopping for new wireless earbuds or headphones, listen up: The codecs these devices support affect everything from sound quality to battery life.
Amazon Fire TV Omni QLED with Fire TV OS on the screen.

How to update the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube

You'll want to ensure your Fire TV device is running the latest software for the best possible streaming experience. Here's a guide on how to do so.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Sound earbuds and smartphone image.

What is Snapdragon Sound? Qualcomm’s wireless audio brand fully explained

Bluetooth audio can be confusing at the best of times. Qualcomm hopes to simplify it with Snapdragon Sound. But does it actually make things easier?
OnePlus 5T AptX HD

What is aptX? Cutting through the clutter of Qualcomm’s codecs

The world of Bluetooth codecs can be a swamp of confusing technical jargon, especially when it comes to Qualcomm's aptX family. Here's what you need to know.