One-box Wonders: All-in-one Home Theater Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

While buying an all-in-one home theater (also known as home theater-in-a-box, or HTIAB) simplifies a lot of your decisions about components, there's still a lot to learn about home entertainment technology. Think you know the ins and outs of home theater systems?

When reading up on speaker systems, what does the number after the decimal point mean?

A subwoofer is a speaker that specifically transmits bass frequencies. The number after the decimal point in a speaker configuration -- in, for example, a 5.1 or 7.2 system -- describes the number of subwoofers it has.

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The subwoofer channel transmits bass sounds. What's the frequency range for those signals, in hertz?

Bass frequencies fall within the 20 to 200 Hz range.

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What color is the laser used in a Blu-ray player?

As the name suggests, Blu-ray uses a blue laser to read its high-def discs.

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When you press a button on your remote control, what's coming out of it?

Most remote controls use infrared signals to communicate using an LED (light-emitting diode) in the handset, although Bluetooth is an increasingly popular wireless choice.

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To what connection system in your home does the 802.11 standard refer?

Wireless internet (WiFi) devices use the 802.11 standard to communicate with each other.

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Which is better, a WiFi signal in 802.11n or 802.11g?

While the standard remains usable by all devices, the 802.11n improves on 802.11g with up to five times the performance and twice the range.

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What does "HDMI" actually stand for?

HDMI stands for High Definition Media Interface, and connects HD video and audio to your device without compressing the signal.

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What's the name of the three-color cables we still use on some older systems?

VGA (Video Graphics Array) was the old analog video standard, using different cables to process different colors in the signal.

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How large is an image transmitted at 1080p?

The 1080p standard uses a grid of 1920 by 1080 pixels, which are then scaled to the size of your screen.

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Which TV type uses liquid crystals to display the image?

Both LCD and so-called LED screens use Liquid Crystal Display technology, but the latter uses LEDs to light up the LCD display, rather than CCFL (fluorescent) light.

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