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The Setup: Building a Great Home Entertainment System

Go from a hollow, audio nightmare to lush, warm sound in no time.<p>Taking the first steps beyond a basic TV or stereo setup can be intimidating. The options are nearly endless and the costs can quickly add up. But whether you put in an elaborate home theater or a more modest living room setup, a …

Audiophile

Arcam AVR550 AV Surround Receiver Preview

The Arcam AVR550 AV Receiver is a mid-priced model from the Full Metal Jacket series by this storied English company.Normally when you read a review, …

Audiophile

Multiple Subwoofer Experiment

It can be a real challenge to get smooth and peak-free bass in your home theater.There are many methods available to make this happen – subwoofer …

EAT B-Sharp Turntable Review

European Audio Team gives us a look at a new, stylishly designed and well crafted turntable offering.Known as the B-Sharp, this model is the most …

Audiophile

Yamaha’s New Slimline AVR Boasts Voice Control and Wireless Surround

Yamaha today unveiled a 5.1-channel AV receiver offering Alexa voice control and wireless surround capability in a space-saving “slimline” …

Internet Radio

A Visit With Loudspeaker Designer/Innovator Siegfried Linkwitz

Last spring while in San Francisco to speak to the S.F. Audio Society, AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer had the opportunity to speak on camera with …

Innovation

What you need to know before building a HiFi system

The process of building a stereo can be overwhelming. Should you buy new gear or trawl the local stereo shop for vintage equipment? Do you need a subwoofer for music? Are high-end speaker cables really going to make a difference in sound? It's no wonder, then, that smart speakers have become so …

Audiophile

KEF Q350 loudspeaker Page 2

The Q350s <i>really</i> liked tubes, especially push-pull EL34s. With the PrimaLuna Prologue Premium stereo amplifier ($2199) and preamplifier ($2199), the …

Audiophile

Linn Majik 140 loudspeaker Page 2

The Majik 140's reproduction of the low end was superb: every bass instrument was reproduced with depth, forcefulness, speed, and no trace of …

Audiophile

Matching Your Amplifier & Speakers: A Simple Guide

Site Search<p>Finding compatible speakers and amplifiers is a common issue for many people when they are looking to buy new equipment. This guide to …

Audiophile

Klipsch’s Excellent Entry-Level Home Theater System Is 50% Off

Klipsch is currently having a huge blow-out “Christmas in July” sale. You can find many of its floor-standing, center-channel and bookshelf speakers, …

Audiophile

Audio Pioneer Edgar Villchur Makes 2018 Hall of Fame

Home audio has a prominent place among the 14 people being inducted into the 2018 Consumer Technology Hall of Fame.<p>Audio pioneer Edgar Villchur is …

Hall of Fame

11 of the best outdoor speakers for your backyard or patio

Stop using your smartphone as a speaker. It sounds like crap.<p>The best way to listen to music outside is through a sound system with great speakers. …

Audiophile

The 8 Best Vinyl Accessories, Picked By an Expert

Whether you’re a beginner, having just bought an entry-level turntable and a solid pair of bookshelf speakers, or you’re an …

Audiophile

FLAC vs. MP3

If you spend enough time reading up on digital audio — and it probably doesn’t take that long — chances are near 100 percent that you’ll encounter …

Audiophile

The best 4K Blu-ray player

<i>By Chris Heinonen</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After researching every currently available 4K Blu-ray player, and …

Blu-Ray

The best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players you can buy right now

<i>Best 4K Blu-ray Player Buying Guide: Welcome to TechRadar's round-up of the best 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Players you can buy in 2018.</i><p>If you are after a …

Audiophile

Monitor Audio Silver 300 loudspeaker

It seems to me that my review of Monitor Audio's Silver 8 loudspeaker was published only a few months ago. Actually, it's been three years. The …

Bowers & Wilkins 702 S2 loudspeaker

Late in the summer of 2015, I was one of the press representatives invited by Bowers & Wilkins to visit their R&D center in Steyning, West Sussex, …

These Hi-Fi Bookshelf Speakers Are Insanely Affordable Right Now

ELAC’s Uni-Fi UB5 bookshelf speakers have been universally praised for delivering true hi-fi sound performance at a relatively affordable price tag —</i> …

Audiophile

Aperion Audio Verus II Grand review

Aperion unleashes another winner for audiophiles in the exquisitely lush and organic Verus II Grand tower speakers.<p>Aperion unleashes another winner …

Yamaha RX-V683 review

A potent mix of performance, simplicity, and versatility on a budget make the RX-V683 a great way to upgrade your home theater.<p>A potent mix of …

Audiophile

Klipsch’s Killer Bookshelf Speakers Are the Cheapest We’ve Seen Them Today

Even now, when the popularity of multiroom, Bluetooth and smart speakers has skyrocketed, there’s still a ton of interest in true stereo sound. It’s …

Audiophile

Quad S-2 loudspeaker Page 2

Recorded at the now-closed Avatar Studios, <i>Bringin' It</i> evokes the classic big bands of Count Basie and Thad Jones–Mel Lewis, with nods to Oliver …

Audiophile

Will digital music kill vinyl anytime soon?

An audio buddy recently asked me, "When will the LP bubble burst?" and I was at a total loss for words. The thought had never crossed my mind.<p>Back in the early 1980s it looked like the CD would kill the LP in a year or two -- digital would permanently rule the format roost. Here we are more than …

Audiophile

Setting Subwoofer Phase the Easy Way Page 2

The chart included here shows the phase responses of the Hsu VTF-15H subwoofer in sealed mode (green trace) and the Sunfire CRM-2 speaker (blue …

Audiophile

Discounts and Deals on SVS Speakers and Subwoofers | SVS Outlet Store

$2,499.99$<b>2,299.99</b><p>Outlet Special: Chipped finish on the front, scratches on all sides of the cabinet. See additional pictures. Factory inspected and …

The best AV receiver

<i>By Chris Heinonen</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After over 50 hours testing eight new receivers hands-on, we're …

Audiophile

The Best Entry-Level Receivers for Your Bookshelf Speakers

To get the best out of your bookshelf speakers, or even integrate them in a home theater system that you’re building, you need to invest in a …

Audiophile

Review: Yamaha R-N803 Stereo Receiver with MusicCast and YPAO Room Correction

Yamaha’s <b>R-N803</b> stereo network receiver bridges the gap between old-school minimalist 2-channel receivers and modern AVRs by including MusicCast …

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