The Master Switch is an audio website based in Seattle. Some of our links are affiliate links, meaning that we may receive a small commission on purchases. You can read more about us here.

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.

A/V 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.