5 hot home theater trends

Marc Saltzman, Special for USA TODAY:  If you don’t know where to start, the following are five trends to consider before your summer Netflix binge session.  4K with HDR:  There’s two things you need to know about 4K TVs.

For one, they look spectacular, due to the fact these televisions deliver four times the resolution of 1080p HD TV – instead of 2 million little dots (“pixels”) that make up the image, we’re talking more than 8 million. There’s so much detail in the picture it’s almost like being there.

Secondly, thanks to falling prices and more 4K content than ever before, there’s never been a better time to invest in 4K TV (otherwise known as “UHD” or “Ultra High Definition”).  Cont'd...

Creating The Perfect Home Theater System

Some questions that you should ask yourself should be: What is the main purpose of the system? How will I budget this investment? How large will I expand my system? What speakers fit my needs? What is my setup plan of attack for my floor plan?

The New Home Theater

Today, the electronics stores are promoting a different home theater experience. Their version of a home theater is an HDTV and a sound bar.

Yamaha RX-V379 AV Receiver Places 4K, HDCP 2.2 and Bluetooth within Reach of More Home Theater Fans

RX-V Series receiver line provides the latest technologies and elevated home theater experiences to a wider audience of consumers.

Sony Electronics Unveils New Premium Home Audio Products For The Ultimate In-Home Entertainment Experience with 4K Support

Taking the home entertainment experience to the next level

Screen Innovations Introduces Short Throw Projection Screen and Partners with Sony

Short Throw (ST) projection screen designed exclusively for bottom-throw, ultra short throw projectors. Infinite viewing angle, and incredible ambient-light rejection.

ViewSonic Introduces New Line of Ultra HD Monitors

Company's new family of Ultra HD monitors features 60Hz refresh rate and future-proof connectivity for maximum productivity

VIZIO Reveals All-New 2015 Audio Collection, Bringing Room-Filling Sound and Modern, Minimal Design To Any Space in the Home

Highlighted by the 40" 5.1 Sound Bar System, the Line-Up Boasts Exceptional Audio Performance for Any Home Theater and the Convenience of Seamless Bluetooth Streaming

VIZIO Redefines Standards for "Best-In-Class" Picture and Audio Quality With the Reference Series

First-Ever High Dynamic Range-Enabled Ultra HD TV Supporting Dolby Vision Delivers An Unprecedented 384 Active LED Zones, Ultra-Color Spectrum, Access to 4K Ultra HD Dolby Vision Titles via VUDU and An Integrated 5.1 Sound Bar System, Culminating in the Most Captivating Entertainment Experience Possible

VIZIO Continues Push to Bring Ultra HD Technology Mainstream with Release of All-New 2015 M-Series Ultra HD Smart TV Collection

All-New Ultra HD Offerings Start at Just $599-99, Delivering Superior Picture Quality for Upscaled and Native Ultra HD Content, Powerful Performance and Support for Ultra HD Streaming

The Importance of Cabling for A/V Installations

HDMI can be transmitted using senders and receivers over a single cat 5e/6 data cable. With the introduction of HDBaseT transmitters and senders power and control was incorporated into the single 5E/6 cable solution.

The Importance of Acoustic Panels

There are basically two types of panels, Absorptive and Diffusive. The Absorptive panels absorb the sound waves, basically stopping them from bouncing off the hard surfaces of the room. Diffusive panels scatter the sound waves, which helps keep the room sounding "alive".

Linear's Integrated Platform Initiative

Our Integrated Platform Initiative is company-wide effort focused on creating common platforms that enhance the communication between and interoperability of Linear products.

Absolute Zero Home Theater Curtains

At HomeToys.com, we get lots of hi-tech gadgets to play with, but sometimes, it's the distinctly low-tech items that make or break a great home theater. Controlling sound and light are critical to a good home theater, so we decided to take a look out some blackout drapes from Ellery Homestyles.

Can a $35 PC really run a full blown HD Media Center?

A UK-based project to produce a computer that any student can afford has got the Home Theater PC (HTPC) crowd brimming with excitement. I placed a credit card order with RS Components (across the pond) in May. A few weeks ago, my Raspberry PI had arrived. Did it live up to my expectations?

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