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Quiz: Digital Entertainment Systems Tips and Tricks
by Staff
These days everyone wants a digital entertainment system in their homes. Most people will tell you that bigger is better, but is it really that simple? Take our quiz to learn a few tips and tricks to help you assemble the right system for you.

What is the standard aspect ratio of a widescreen television?

  • 3-to-2
  • 4-to-3
  • 16-to-9

How do you calculate how far from your television you should be sitting?

  • subtract the width of the TV from 6 feet (1.8 meters)
  • 1.5 times the width of the TV
  • just far away enough to avoid eye strain

What will likely happen of you sit too close to the TV screen?

  • The sound will not be balanced.
  • The remote control won't work.
  • The picture quality will appear poor.

At what height should you hang your television?

  • wherever your line of vision is drawn to
  • 5 feet from the floor
  • 5 feet from the ceiling

Which of these techniques will help determine where your line of sight lands?

  • Sit down, raise your arms to shoulder height and have a friend mark a spot on the wall just above that height.
  • Stand in front of a chair, walk directly toward the wall and mark the spot on the wall.
  • Sit in your seat, throw a dart at the wall, and nail the first hook into the resulting hole.

What is the benefit of labeling your system cables?

  • prevents tangling
  • prevents overheating
  • prevents confusion

Which of these is the safest type of cable to hide within a wall?

  • copper wire cables
  • waterproof cables
  • flame-retardant cables

Which of these problems might you face if you run your high-voltage cables near your audio cables?

  • audio problems
  • fire hazards
  • video problems

When choosing a color for your entertainment room, which of these is best?

  • white
  • gray
  • red

What sort of paint finish should you use for your media room?

  • satin
  • flat
  • gloss

What is the benefit of a CD/DVD combo unit?

  • faster internet service
  • color coordination
  • clutter reduction

DivX systems are used to perform which of these functions?

  • to download and view movies
  • to surf the web
  • to connect your system to a DVD player

At what height should you set your speakers?

  • in the corners of the ceiling
  • ear level
  • as close to the television as possible

What can you use to determine the placement of each speaker in a multi-speaker system?

  • laser level
  • yardstick
  • clock

Where should you place the center speaker of your sound system?

  • above or below the TV
  • on the ceiling above where you sit
  • to the left of the TV

Where is the best place for the subwoofers?

  • 12 and 6 o'clock
  • 3 and 9 o'clock
  • above and below the TV

What is the annual cost to consumers from unused electricity?

  • $1 million
  • $100 million
  • $3.5 billion

Why should you NOT throw away electronic devices?

  • They have toxic ingredients.
  • They could be recycled.
  • both of the above

Which of these does the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) NOT recommend doing with your unwanted electronic devices?

  • melt them down
  • donate them
  • recycle them

What is a good reason to use an online backup site?

  • Some states require you to back up your electronic data.
  • It's affordable and safe.
  • You can't store your information any other way.