The Files of X

X-Files - agents Mulder and Scully
Do you watch shows like Bones, Fringe, and of course, are you enjoying for years the many various Crime Scene Investigation or 'CSI' television series until you were blue in the face with criminal forensics?  Well, now that many of these shows or their spin-offs have come and gone, maybe it's time to go back to the one that started it all, to really appreciate it.

What's that famous old saying?

Faster Streaming

Faster Streaming - IPAD
To stream or not to stream?  Well, have you decided?  If the answer is 'yes', I want to stream, and if you have been streaming and using Wi-Fi to do it, like many of us have been, then maybe, after seeing just how 'well' basic streaming works, your next wish would be:

How Can I Stream Faster?

Video Files to DVD

Video Files to DVD - ImportA computer DVD burner makes it easy to convert video files to dvd.

These files use a lot of memory - up to 10 gigabytes for every hour of your recorded data - so converting to a DVD disc can free up your hard drive space.

What is 4K TV?

What is 4K TV?
Pictured: 84-inch LCD (Ultra High Def 4K TV). 
Technology inevitably marches on.  '4K TVs', 'QuadHD TVs', or 'Ultra HD 4K TVs' as the manufacturers are calling them, are new to the market and here's what we know about them so far.  If you are video geeks like us here at VideoCrib you may want to look for one to purchase, or at least go to the store to check one out. 

Here's a quick breakdown...

Disc Cleaners

You've seen them in stores, or online.  They may be in the form of wet or dry cloths or wipes, or simply a dry anti-static cloth accompanied by an alcohol based spray cleaning bottle.  Does this product really do its job, do you really need to spend 15 to 30 dollars (or more) to clean your CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc, and will it even be worth it?  What will you expect to get?  Improved sound, more crisp and clear, and a sharper, clearer video experience?  Maybe...


Disc Cleaners

3D TV

What is 3D TV?
It's been over 4 years since the first modern 3D TV's have hit the market (back in March 2010), giving viewers a chance to enjoy 3D Blu-ray movies, 3D TV programming, and play 3D games.  The technology behind it is still relatively new, so let's attempt to dig in and answer some of the questions...

Speaker Layouts

5.1 Layout

5.1 Speaker Layout



7.1 Layout


7.1 Speaker Layout


TIPS
    
    Center Channel speaker:  place it centered, directly above or below your TV.  The tweeter of this speaker should be close to the height of the Front Left and Right speakers' tweeters, within 2 feet or less.  Make sure the distance from all 3 front speakers to the listening position is the same.  Try to make the distance from each Front Left/Right speaker to the Center speaker as similar as possible.

    Front Left and Right speakers:  the tweeters should be at your ear level when you are seated in the listening position.