Category: Home Theater

Home Theater: How Long Will a TV Projector Lamp Last?

Q. I’ve been thinking of building my own Home Theater with a projector rather than a traditional TV. But I hear that projector lamps don’t last very long. Is that true? — Carl, Boston, Massachusetts. Carl, it depends on your definition of “very long.” But generally speaking, a LCD projector lamp should last between 2,000 and 3,000

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Home Theater: What Is a Subwoofer?

Q. I am having a Home Theater installed in my basement and my tech guy (a neighbor) says I need a subwoofer to go with my Surround Sound speakers. What is a subwoofer? (I’m afraid to ask my neighbor because he’ll give me, well, grief, you know?) Do I really need to buy a subwoofer?

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Home Theater Projectors: How Good Is the Picture?

Q. I have been thinking of building a Home Theater in my Man Cave, but I was wondering if I should get a projector with a big wall screen or just a big-screen TV.  I hear a projector doesn’t offer as good a picture as a regular TV because the picture is not as sharp.

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The TV Projector Lamp: How Long Will It Last?

Q. I’ve been thinking of building my own Home Theater with a projector rather than a traditional TV. But I hear that projector lamps don’t last very long. Is that true? — Carl, Boston, Massachusetts. Carl, it depends on your definition of “very long.” But generally speaking, a LCD projector lamp should last between 2,000

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Does a Home Theater Projector Display a Sharp Picture?

Q. I have been thinking of building a Home Theater in my Man Cave, but I was wondering if I should get a projector with a big wall screen or just a big-screen TV.  I hear a projector doesn’t offer as good a picture as a regular TV because the picture is not as sharp.

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I Can’t Hear Anything From My TV’s Speakers! Help!

Q. I sometimes have trouble with the sound from my TV’s speakers. The volume is too low and hard to hear and sometimes I can’t hear it all. When I hook up the TV to my stereo system, no problem. Everything sounds great. Any idea why the TV speakers would be a problem? — David,

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Why Is a Criterion Collection Blu-ray So Special?

Q. I notice that people refer to a new Blu-ray release from the Criterion Collection as if it’s something special. What makes a Criterion Collection release different from any other Blu-ray? — Edgar, Washington, D.C. The Criterion Collection is a video distribution company that has a long history of working with  with filmmakers and film

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My Blu-ray Player Won’t Play My Discs! Help!

Q. I love watching Blu-ray movies. The picture is just awesome! But sometimes when I put in the disc, a message on screen says ‘no disc” or ‘disc error.’ Is there anything I can do to eliminate this? — Ellie, Boise, Idaho. For starters, make sure the disc is compatible with your player. Some older

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What Can You Do If Your TV’s Picture Is Too Dark?

The picture on my Sony TV seems a little dark, particularly during movies. Is there anything I can do about it? — Bill, Amarillo, Texas. I touched on this in our TV Answer Man feature, ‘Why Did My TV Look Better In the Store?‘ I wrote that retailers sometimes  purposely tune the sets (all sets,

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How Long Does a TV Projector Lamp Last?

Q. I’ve been thinking of building my own Home Theater with a projector rather than a traditional TV. But I hear that projector lamps don’t last very long. Is that true? — Carl, Boston, Massachusetts. Carl, it depends on your definition of “very long.” But generally speaking, a LCD projector lamp should last between 2,000

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