Home theater systems are amazing. But boy, can things go wrong. Hardly surprising, when you consider how many speakers, wires, connections, on-screen menus, Blu-ray discs, streaming services and weird metal connectors you have to deal with. Fortunately, we're here to help. Whether you want to know how to connect an A/V receiver, or there's a hum in your system that you just can't eliminate, we've got your back. And trust us: it's all easier than it looks.

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How to Choose a Home Theater System

If you’re ready to throw down some money for a home theater system with multiple speakers, you’ll want to make sure you choose the right one. Home theater can be a confusing topic, but fortunately, we can help you navigate it.

How to Choose an AV Receiver

Choosing the right A/V receiver can be a real mission. They can be intimidating, with a range of confusing features, even on the most affordable models. That’s where we come in.

AV Receiver Setup Explained

Setting up a home theater system can be daunting as hell. Not only do you have to contend with miles and miles of speaker wire, as well as figuring out where exactly you’re going to put the damn things and whether or not you need to drill holes in your...

10 Common Home Theater Problems

There’s no denying that home theater systems can be complicated. Actually, forget can be; they are complicated. When you’ve got a system with this many wires and settings, it’s surprisingly easy for things to go wrong.

5.1 vs. 7.1 Home Theater Explained

We get it. Home theater can be crazy confusing, especially if you’re just starting out. In one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is whether to go for a basic five-speaker system or a more powerful seven-speaker system.

Soundbars vs. Soundbases

If you’re curious about the differences between soundbars and soundbases but still unacquainted, let’s delve into their features, similarities and differences - and give you everything you need to choose between them.

How to Match Speakers and Amps

Here at The Master Switch, we don’t like complexity. It’s totally fine in a good whiskey, a doorstop novel, a piece of modern art. It is absolutely not okay when it comes to audio gear. Let's demystify something right now.

How to Fix Audio/Video Lag on Your TV

t’s arguably the most annoying problem in the audio world. You’ve got a brand-new TV and or soundbar, you’ve hooked everything up, made yourself some popcorn, and settled down to give the beast a try. Only: something isn’t right.