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CRIS, TECH SUPPORT Q: Whats the best way to connect a TV to my home theater system? A: HDMI is an easy one-cable connection that provides the best possible picture and sound quality. It's easy to use, too, especially since most TVs and receivers have ARC (Audio Return Channel). With ARC, your TV's sound, like from its over-the-air tuner or built-in apps, can be piped back through the same HDMI cable to your receiver. That means you don't need to connect a separate optical audio cable. Q: Can I use the TV's speakers as my center channel speaker? A: Theoretically, you could if your receiver has a preamp- level center channel output. But I can't really recommend that approach. In movie and TV show soundtracks nearly all the dialogue and on-screen sound eects come through the center channel. So you need a decent-sized speaker that can reproduce a full range of frequencies. The tiny speakers in today's ultra-thin TVs simply aren't up to the job. Learn more: crutchReld.com/TVFAQ HD or 4K Ultra HD? 4K Ultra HD TVs produce sharper, clearer pictures than HDTVs. If you're shopping for a secondary TV or a screen that's 50" or smaller, an HD model is fine. But for your main TV, we recommend 4K. That's where TV makers are putting their best performance and features. Need web apps? This is a good time to get a smart TV if you'd like to stream movies and shows from the Internet. In recent years TV makers have seriously improved the experience by beefing up on-board processing, cleaning up interfaces, and including lots more web apps. Most 4K TVs offer the latest 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi . That means smoother streaming of content and less interference from your other wireless devices. LED-LCD or OLED? Whether you're shopping for an HDTV or a 4K TV, you can choose either LED or OLED screen technology. LED offers the right balance of performance and value for most people, and comes in a wide range of sizes. For picture quality fanatics, OLED TVs offer the best picture we've seen - with amazing contrast - but only in 55" and larger sizes. Learn more: crutchReld.com/OLEDvsLCD Got questions after you buy? Our tech advisors, like Cris, are experts at everything from the common to the complex. 2 3 4 5 Smart TVs give you easy access to the most popular web apps. LG 55" OLED HDTV * #68955E9100 $1999.99 4K Ultra HD TVs have four times as many pixels as a 1080p HDTV, for a picture that's incredibly clear, detailed, and lifelike. Flat or curved screen? This one's easy - it simply comes down to which you prefer. Curved screens look undeniably cool whether they're on or off. Their main functional advantage is they tend to reflect room lights a bit less than flat screens. If you plan to mount your TV on the wall, you'll probably want to go with a flat screen because they don't stick out as much as curved screens. See all our Sat TVs: crutchReld.com/FlatTVs See all the curved TVs: crutchReld.com/curvedtv Q&A *EnergyGuide annual energy cost: 55EG9100 - $12. Your energy cost depends on your utility rates and use. The estimated cost is based on 11 cents per kWh and 5 hours of use per day. For more information visit http://www.ftc.gov/energy 1920 pixels 3840 pixels 1080 pixels 2160 pixels 13

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