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You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Every week, we receive a flood of emails filled with great questions about A/V products, ranging from “what’s the best bright room TV.” to “how do I know if I’m getting Dolby Atmos?” Each week, we’ll hand pick some of the most commonly asked questions from you, our readers and viewers, and answer them as concisely and helpfully as we know how.

You Asked Ep 28

You Asked: tone mapping, bad Blu-ray players, mini-LED vs. microLED, and TCL X955

How do brightness and tone mapping affect SDR content? Why aren't all Blu-ray players created equal? Whatever happened to the TCL X955?
You Asked Ep 26

You Asked: home theater setup challenges, in-home TV calibration, and is Sony abandoning OLED

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You Asked: Big TVs vs. projectors, and OLED vs. LED for cinematic experience

With big TVs becoming more affordable, are projectors on their way out? And is OLED or LED better for an accurate cinematic experience?
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You Asked: Panasonic TVs, Apple and FlexConnect, and TV spies

Why don't we review premium Panasonic TVs? Will Apple TV partner with Dolby Atmos FlexConnect? And is your TV a Chinese spy?
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You Asked: VR home theater, universal remotes, and Dolby Atmos music

Is VR the home theater of the future? Why is it so hard to get Atmos music? And are there any good universal remotes anymore?
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You Asked: 3D VR, QDEL technology, and TV size vs. quality

We answer your burning questions about whther 3D TV making a comeback, weighing TV size versus quality, and if there a way to make the Sony A95L even brighter.
You Asked Feature Ep 20

You Asked: Samsung QD-OLED conundrum, ATSC 3.0, and audio outputs

This week on You Asked: Why don't TVs have more dedicated audio outputs? And what is up with ATSC 3.0?
You Asked Ep 19 Feature

You Asked: how to turn off motion smoothing; Disney+ Atmos issues on Chromecast

We have some helpful hints on turning off motion smoothing, plus how to sidestep the lack of Atmos through your Chromecast.
You Asked Ep 18

You asked: Should you buy a 70-inch TV, do you really need a Blu-ray player, and more?

More of your questions, answered. Are all Blu-ray players created equal? Will there ever be Micro-Lens Array QD-OLEDs? And what's up with eARC HDMI 2.1?
You Asked Ep 17 Feature

You Asked: TVs over fireplaces, Sonos vs. Wi-Fi smart speakers, and 3D TVs

We provide expert advice on your burning questions, like whether it is ever OK to mount a TV over a fireplace, Sonos versus smart speakers, and 3D OLED TVs.
You Asked Ep 16 Feature

You Asked: best streaming device for image quality, plus frame rate control and more

In this installment of You Asked, we tackle your questions, including which streaming device is the best for image quality and many more.
You Asked Ep 15 Feature

You Asked: Do perfect LCD panels exist?

In this installment of You Asked: Is there such a thing as a perfect LCD panel? What is frame rate control? And we'll decode Samsung soundbar model numbers.
You Asked Ep 13

You Asked: Is Dolby Vision a must-have? And how to handle Atmos with irregular ceilings

In this installment of You Asked, we'll break down whether no Dolby Vision is a deal-breaker, how to get Atmos sound with funky ceilings, and plasma upgrades.
You Asked Ep 12

You Asked 12: streaming audio, hotel TVs, and OLED burn-in

In this installment of You Asked, we tackle the wild volume disparity between streaming apps, how to change hotel TV settings, and more.
You Asked Ep 11

You Asked 11: throwing shade on OLED, TVs vs. PC monitors

Can sunlight damage your OLED? Why do monitors look better in the store? And is a TV or PC monitor better for gaming and streaming? Let's find out.
You Asked

You Asked 10: picture calibration, best budget buys, and premium small screens

Why do sports look so terrible on TVs? Why don’t manufacturers calibrate their TVs at the factory? We dive in to this and more in this episode of You Asked.
You Asked Episode 9

You Asked: Dolby Atmos and EDID, minimalist soundbars, and HDMI 2.1

Just because content is available with Dolby Atmos doesn't mean you can stream it that way. Learn why, plus why you can stop worrying about HDMI 2.1 ports.
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You Asked: plasma TV replacements, cheap OLEDs, and Sharp’s return

Our resident AV expert offers advice on replacing plasma TVs, if cheap OLEDs are worth it, and the surprising return of Sharp TVs
You Asked Episode 7

You Asked: streaming inequality, Dragon showdown, and holy grail TVs

In the seventh installment of our reader question series, we talk streaming service quality, TV FOMO, and an ultimate sound system showdown.
You Asked Ep 6

You Asked: Sonos setups, 5,000 nits, and dumb TVs

In this installment of You Asked, we tackle tricky Sonos setups, how many nits of brightness is too many, and some smart ideas about dumb TVs.
You Asked Episode 5

You Asked: Soundbars vs. receivers, TVs with no speakers, and car stereos

We tackle reader questions in the You Asked series of columns. This week, it's soundbars versus AV receivers, speakerless TVs, HDMI bandwidth, and car stereos.
You Asked Episode 4

You Asked: Why we don’t buy the TVs we review

We answer the most frequently asked question we get about TV reviews: Why don't we just buy the TVs we review? There are more reasons than you might think.
You Asked Ep 3

You Asked: How to add a subwooofer to Apple Homepods, Hisense UX review question

In this installment of You Asked, we tackle your questions about the Hisense UX, taking TV temperatures, and accessibility options with optical
You Asked Episode 2

You Asked: Why TVs with same model numbers have different specs

You've got more questions about TVs — and other things. And our resident TV expert has answers. And other things.
You Asked episode 1.

You Asked: best TVs for bright rooms, when to use eARC, and more

You have questions. We have answers. The Digital Trends community has tons of great AV questions and we're going answer them in our new series: You Asked.

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Digital Trends Editor at Large Caleb Denison is a sought-after writer, speaker, and television correspondent with unmatched expertise in AV and entertainment technology. Denison parlayed his employment at the first-ever online speaker company into a reputation as a serial early adopter and technology communicator. His digestible style landed him a recurring gig leading media tours at CES, taking audiences behind the scenes at the world-renowned trade show to spotlight the best new tech, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Super Bowl LIV with Fox Sports.

Other on-camera work includes a number of local and national television and radio appearances. Denison is also known for creating consumer buying guides in video and written format for brands like Amazon and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

Denison specializes in 4K TV reviews and 8K TV reviews as well as related TV technologies such as OLED, QLED, micro-LED, HDR, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. Denison also has extensive experience in consumer audio with an affinity for turntables and vinyl records as well as headphones.