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Stereos: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Squeeze Theater Quality Sound out of Your Home...
The small speakers on your television are too small and inadequate for good sound. One of the best ways to enjoy television sound is to connect your TV to your stereo or home theater system.
How to Set Up Your Speakers with a Receiver or...
Connecting a speaker to a receiver or amp is simple because there are only two wires, positive and negative, or plus and minus. Still, there is a 50% chance of getting it wrong, which can seriously affect system performance, so it pays to make sure the connections are correct.
What is Speaker Impedance?
A brief explanation of what you need to know about speaker impedance
8 Bluetooth Speakers That Make 'the Beats Pill'...
8 Bluetooth Speakers Better Than the Beats Pill
What to Do When There's No Sound Coming from...
Troubleshooting a stereo system begins with isolating the problem. Is it the receiver, the speakers, the source component or speaker wires causing the problem? Follow the steps below to isolate the problem and correct it.
How to Connect your iPhone, iPad or Android to...
How to Connect your iPhone, iPad or Android to Your Stereo System
How to Hook Up a Subwoofer
Depending on the model, there are two ways to connect a subwoofer to an amplifier, receiver or processor. The best way is to connect the subwoofer to the LFE output, but some subwoofers can be connected to the speaker level outputs of the receiver or amplifier.
Cheap Amp Review: Lepai LP-2020A+ vs. Topping...
A comparison of two bargain amps from Parts Express: Lepai LP-2020A+ and Topping TP 30
What is the Difference Between a Graphic and a...
Graphic and parametric are two types of equalizers used in home and car stereo components. This article describes the differences between graphic and parametric equalizers.
8 Under-\$50 Bluetooth Speakers in a Head-to-He...
8 $50 Bluetooth Speakers under $50 AudioSource 808 Divoom Damson Matrix Audio X-Mini Cambridge SoundWorks Scosche
Does Bluetooth Wireless Audio Really Reduce...
Does Bluetooth Wireless Audio Reduce Sound Quality
aptX and SBC Slug It Out to See Which Is the...
Does AptX sound better than Bluetooth SBC audio? Decide in this online blind listening test!
How to Quickly Test Speaker Wires and Connections
Here's a quick and easy way to test speaker wires and speaker connections for stereo and home theater systems.
The Top 7 Stereo Receivers for Under \$300
Despite the popularity of home theater, stereo receivers are still in demand. Here are the best budget stereo receivers worthy of consideration, all priced under $300.
Comparing AirPlay, Bluetooth, DLNA, Play-Fi,...
A comparison of AirPlay, Bluetooth, DLNA, Play-Fi and Sonos wireless audio technologies
Best 4 Cheap Stereos for Dorms and Bedrooms
Four great systems, at prices starting at just $66.68. Each of these products has been tested including lab measurements.
Is a 2.1 Channel Speaker System Right for You?
A 2.1 Channel System is a great way to enjoy home theater sound without hassling with surround sound speakers. A 2.1 Channel system uses two stereo speakers and a subwoofer combined with special decoding to create enveloping surround sound effects.
The 6 Best Stereos for Small Spaces
The best-sounding, most affordable, name-brand stereo systems for an apartment, bedroom, office or just about anywhere you want a good-sounding music system that doesn't take a lot of space.
Learn How AM/FM Radio Actually Works
AM/FM radio is easy to understand and this article will help de-mystify how radio waves are created and broadcast and the differences between AM and FM radio.
What's the Difference Between Coaxial and...
Coaxial and optical digital audio cables are used to make a digital connection between a CD or DVD player and a receiver. Both types transfer a digital signal from one component to the other. So, what is the difference between the two types and which is better?
My 10 Favorite Stereo Test Tracks
Recommended stereo test tracks for testing audio gear
Got Bass Output Issues with Your Subwoofer? Try...
Follow this step-by-step guide to diagnosing and correcting no bass output from a subwoofer.
Do Expensive Speaker Cables Sound Better?
A scientific test to find out if it's possible for speaker cables to change the sound of a stereo system
Troubleshoot One Channel Not Working
Troubleshooting one channel out - Troubleshooting is the process of identifying and isolating problems with a stereo system before attempting to repair one channel not working.
RCA Jack
An RCA Jack or RCA plug is a connector commonly used to connect various components in a audio-video system
How to Build a Stereo System on a Tight Budget
Ideas about building a good sounding stereo system on a tight budget. A new stereo system can be very affordable, especially if you shop in the right places and know where to look for the best deals.
How Many Channels do You Need?
A description of 2.0, 2.1, 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 channel stereo and home theater systems and their features.
Bose's new QC25 tested
Bose QC25 vs Bose QC15: Is the new QC25 better than the QC15?
What Is Total Harmonic Distortion?
Definition and Explanation of Total Harmonic Distortion - THD
What You Should Do After Buying a New Stereo...
Stereo System Set Up Guide - A step-by-step guide to system installation and set up, including speakers, stereo receiver or amplifier, DVD and CD players.
The Top 5 Stereo Receivers Between \$300 and...
These stereo receivers are the top models in the $300 to $600 price range.
How to Get the Best Performance from Your...
Getting the best performance from your subwoofer involves three steps: correct placement, connection and adjustment.
7 Ways to Create a Whole House Music System
Whole House Music Systems - A description of the different types of whole house stereo music distribution systems including multizone receivers, advanced multi-room systems, whole house audio networks, computer LANs and wireless systems. This overview will help you decide which type of whole house music system is best for your home and budget.
Learn About the 2 Types of Phono Cartridges
There are two types of phono cartridges, moving magnet and moving coil. The two types have different designs and performance characteristics. This article describes the differences and advantages of each type.
How to Build Your Own Car Stereo System
Building a good car stereo system can be approached in stages beginning with speakers, subwoofers, amps and finally the head unit or receiver.
The Best Home Stereo Systems in Every Price Range
A good sounding home stereo system consists of a receiver or amplifier and a pair of speakers that have performance-matched characteristics. I have tested and reviewed the home stereo systems in this list and recommend them based on real world listening experience. The recommended systems range in price from $698 to $11,200.
How to Connect an iPod to Your Home Stereo System
Using your iPod as music source - The iPod makes it possible to store all of your favorite music and take it with you almost anywhere. Why not use it as a music source for your home audio system as well? Learn the best ways to connect your iPod to your home stereo and use it as a music source.
Top Budget Stereo Receivers
There are many stereo receivers priced under $600 that provide excellent audio performance. Here are the top stereo receivers with price comparisons.
Diagnose: Receiver Suddenly Switches Off
If the receiver suddenly switches off for no apparent reason, there are several possible causes.
Overview of Multiroom & Whole House Music...
Whole House Music Systems - A description of the different types of whole house stereo music distribution systems including multizone receivers, advanced multi-room systems, whole house audio networks, computer LANs and wireless systems. This overview will help you decide which type of whole house music system is best for your home and budget.
Bose QC-20 Measurements
Measurements of the Bose QC-20. Stereos.
5 Great Cheap Audio Gifts Under \$50
audio gifts under $50 for christmas holidays shopping
Review: Beats Pill XL Bluetooth Speaker
Review: Beats Pill XL Bluetooth Speaker
DALI Kubik Free: A Bluetooth Speaker Built Like...
Review: Dali Kubik Free Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
What is Signal to Noise Ratio?
Definition and explanation of signal to noise ratio specifications in stereo components
Connecting Speakers to a Receiver or Amplifier
Connecting Speakers to a Receiver or Amplifier
Review: Sonos Play:1
Review of the Sonos Play:1 wireless speaker
Before You Buy, Read this Guide to Stereos and...
A complete stereo system has several elements including speakers, components, sources and the listening room. Whether you're a stereo novice or an experienced listener, this overview covers the essential parts of a good stereo and how to get the best sound from your system.
The Takeaway on Bluesound Powernode and Vault...
Review: Bluesound Powernode and Vault Wireless Audio System
Review: Music Angels Mengyue Mini Tube...
Review: Music Angels Mengyue Mini Tube Integrated Amp
What are AAC, FLAC, MP3, WMA, WAV and PCM music...
A breakdown of the most common types of digital music files used in portable and personal audio products
Speaker Basics
Speaker Basics - A description of the different types of stereo speakers including floorstanding, bookshelf, in-wall, in-ceiling and satellite-subwoofer stereo and surround sound speaker systems.
The Takeaway on 8 Remarkably Quirky Chi-Fi Items
Cheap Chinese Tube Audio Products Profiled
Amplifier Output Power: How Much Power is Enough?
The amount of amplifier power you need should be based on your selection of speakers, the listening room and how loud you like to listen.
Here's What to Consider Before Buying Stereo...
The most important factors in choosing speakers are personal taste, sound quality, speaker size, type, style, and your stereo components.
Ten Stereo System Upgrades
This list of ten stereo system upgrades and techniques are effective ways to improve the performance of a stereo system. Many are very affordable and some take only time. All of the upgrades and techniques can greatly improve sound quality.
Adding Speakers to Your System Using the...
Most receivers have a Speaker A and Speaker B switch on the front panel for connecting speakers in more than one room. This article explains how to correctly wire a second pair of speakers to the Speaker B switch on a receiver.
Learn How to Correctly Place Speakers
How to Place Stereo Speakers - Correct positioning of stereo speakers is one of the best ways to get great audio performance from your stereo system. These three easy steps will help you place stereo speakers to get the best performance.
Yamaha R-S700 Stereo Receiver Review
A few manufacturers recognize that stereo receivers are still popular. One of the newest entries is the Yamaha R-S700 Stereo Receiver, one of three new receivers aimed right at the two-channel enthusiast.
Review: Onkyo TX-8020 Stereo Receiver
Why did Onkyo introduce a new stereo receiver in 2013? Because stereo is still going strong. A look at the features and performance of this ideal choice.
How to Setup Your New Turntable
A step-by-step guide with photos about how to setup your turntable including cartridge installation, balancing the tone arm, setting tracking force and anti-skating adjustments.
(Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About...
An in-depth technical dive on the technology that promises to make Bluetooth better.
Introduction to Audio Components
A description of the different types of stereo and audio components including receivers, integrated amplifiers, pre-amp/processors and power amplifiers
NAD Viso HP-50 Headphone Review
Review and measurements of NAD Viso HP-50 headphone
How to Plan a Multiroom Music System
This checklist will help homeowners decide which type of multiroom music or whole house audio system is best for their needs.
The Best Sounding, Most Affordable Stereo...
Top pick list of the best-sounding, most affordable, name-brand stereo systems for college dorm rooms.
Beginners Guide to Stereo Systems
A trip to your local electronics store might be confusing if you're a new buyer. There are so many choices to make and it's hard to know which products to buy. This beginners guide to stereo systems will help answer your questions and make the right buying decisions.
Adjust an Audio Equalizer
Most people don't have a real-time analyzer so the best way to adjust a stereo audio equalizer is by ear, using personal listening preferences as a guide.
Top Stereo Speakers Less Than \$1,000 per Pair
Speakers are the most important part of a stereo or home theater system and the key to determining the overall sound from your system. Here are my top picks of speakers that sell for less than $1,000 per pair. All are from respected manufacturers and are available in various price ranges. All include full reviews and some have links to compare the best prices.
Yamaha A-S500 Stereo Integrated Amplifier
Audiophiles and serious music lovers often turn to integrated amplifiers as a halfway point between a stereo receiver and full-blown separate components. Integrated amplifiers are the meeting point between the two, geared toward better audio performance but typically at a price much lower than a separate amp and preamp. I tested the Yamaha A-S500 to find out how it stacks up as a modestly priced integrated amplifier.
What's a Transducer?
A transducer is a device that changes one form of energy to another, such as a loudspeaker, which changes electrical energy into mechanical energy.
Stop Subwoofer Hum With This Trick
Subwoofer hum is a low-level noise that can be heard whenever the subwoofer is turned on and is often caused by the subwoofer's power connection to the 110 volt wall outlet.
Amplifier Power and Speaker Efficiency
The benefits of more amplifier power - A receiver's power output in watts has little meaning when it comes to maximum volume or loudness. A 200 watt/channel receiver will play only 3 dB louder than a receiver with 100 watts/channel, a difference that is hardly audible. The decision about how much amplifier power you need should be based on speaker efficiency and the need to handle the volume peaks found in most music.
Is the long-awaited deepblue2 the best...
Peachtree Audio deepblue2 Bluetooth speaker review
5 Ways to Get the Best Performance from Your...
Five steps for getting the best performance from your stereo system - These five steps will get the best audio performance from even a modest audio system. A good system should have well defined bass, open midrange and high-frequency response and good imaging and these methods will help you get the best audio performance from your stereo system.
Select a Stereo System That's Right for You
Guide to Buying a Stereo System - If you love music and want a stereo system but don't know where to start this guide will help you make the right decisions. How to determine your needs, establish a budget, ask the right questions, audition components and make a purchasing decision are discussed in this article about how to buy a stereo system.
Here's How to Select, Install, and Connect...
Outdoor speakers can be installed under the eaves in plain sight, concealed among the flowers and shrubs in your garden or disguised to look like a tree stump, a large rock, a fountain or a garden bench. Depending on where you want to put outdoor speakers and how many, they're easy to install.
Best Stereo Systems
These three top pick stereo component systems offer excellent performance and are priced from $700 to $1,997.
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The 6 Best Bookshelf Speakers for Under \$700
You don't have to spend thousands of dollars on speakers to get good sound quality. Here are the best bookshelf speakers priced under $700 per pair.
Figure out the right amount of power for your...
How to Figure Out How Much Amplifier Power Your Speakers Need
Five Things to Consider Before Starting a DJ...
If you’re going to start a DJ business, planning ahead will help you succeed. Here are five questions to consider in preparation for launching your new DJ business.
The Benefits of Using Multiple Subwoofers
While one subwoofer may produce enough bass for an average sized room, adding additional subwoofers can reduce the occurrence of room resonances and improve the overall quality of bass throughout the room.
Bi-Wiring and Bi-Amplifying Stereo Speakers
Bi-Wiring and Bi-Amplifying Stereo Speakers is a good way to optimize stereo system performance.
What is Kleer Wireless Technology?
Kleer technology is the only system that permits wireless streaming of CD quality audio. Kleer is used for wireless headphones and other portable audio products and is superior to Bluetooth in power consumption and resistance to interference.
What is the Relationship between Loudness and...
Decibels and Watts - Decibels and watts are two common terms used to describe stereos. They can be confusing, so here is a simple explanation of what decibels and watts mean and how they relate to stereo systems.
Learn How Amplifiers Work
The purpose of an amplifier is to receive a small electrical signal and enlarge or amplify it. In the case of a power amplifier, the signal must be enlarged much more, enough to power a loudspeaker.
Guide to Stereo Component Features and...
Stereo Receivers, Integrated Amplifiers and Separate Components - Guide to Stereo Component Features and Specifications
Your Listening Room: The Most Important...
Room Acoustic Treatments - One of the best ways to improve audio performance is with Room Acoustic Treatments. Diffusors, absorbers and traps are the different types of room acoustic treatments.
What Is Frequency Response?
Definition and explanation of Frequency Response in stereo components
How to Power Multiple Speakers with a Speaker...
If you want to use your stereo or AV receiver to power multiple speakers throughout your home, a speaker switcher is necessary. This article discusses the reasons speaker switchers are required and how to use them.
Do Speaker Cables Make a Difference? Speaker...
Do Speaker Cables Make A Difference Speaker Cable Test
Review of TDK WR700 Wireless Stereo Headphones
In the opinion of this serious music listener, the TDK WR700 wireless headphones are affordable, great-sounding headphones for casual or critical listeners. Their high fidelity sound is rich, full and detailed and the wireless capability is a real plus.
Optical Digital Output
Optical digital output uses light to transmit a digital audio signal from one component to another.
How to Make Your Own Audio Diffusers With...
How to Make Your Own Audio Diffusers With Concrete Forming Tubes
Bookshelf Speakers That Outperform Their Price
Review Monoprice MBS-650 8250 vs Dayton Audio B652
How to Sell Used Stereos Online (and Put Some...
Tips on selling used stereo components and speakers online
How to Connect Digital Source Components to a...
Digital component connection guide
Review: Monitor Audio Radius 270 Tower Speaker
Review: Monitor Audio Radius 270 Speaker
Best Places to Buy Vinyl Records
Once considered a part of analog history, vinyl records are experiencing a surging comeback in popularity. Here are the best sources for buying new and used LPs.
6 Great Portable Stereos for the Outdoors
These are the best portable stereos for the beach, camping or outdoor activities. Models include CD players, AM/FM radio, satellite radio tuners, they're all battery operated and available from $30 to around $100.
The Takeaway on the Sonos Multiroom Audio System
The Sonos system is an elegant multiroom music solution with an intuitive user interface that thinks the way you do about using a sophisticated whole house audio system. It's a wireless system that lets you share your music with any room in the home.
Choosing the Best Remote Control
The benefits of a Universal Remote Control
Measured: 10 Desktop/Computer Speaker Systems
Desktop computer speakers measurements Audioengine A2+ Creative Z600 Bose Companion 20 Edifier Eclipse Spinnaker Grace Digital GDI-BTSP201 Logitech GigaWorks T40 M-Audio AV 40 PSB Alpha PS1 NuForce S3-BT
Explaining the Mysteries of Output Impedance in...
Explaining the Mysteries of Output Impedance in Audio Devices
Before You Buy Surround Sound Speakers, be...
There are three types of surround sound speakers, Direct, Bipole and Dipole and it's important to select the right type for the way you like to listen.
Wren V5BT Bluetooth Speaker Review
Wren V5BT Bluetooth Speaker Review
HiFiMan HE-400i: Best deal in an audiophile...
Full review plus lab measurements of the HiFiMan HE-400i planar magnetic headphone
Best Cheap Noise Cancelling Headphones
Best Cheap Under $100 Noise Cancelling Headphones
How to Connect Analog Source Components to a...
Analog component connection guide
Rebooting Your Stereo System
Stereo receivers and disc players contain multiple microprocessors, or microchips, and like a PC they sometimes need to be reset, or re-booted.
IR Trigger
A trigger is used to activate multiple components...
Sonos Play:1 Measurements
Lab measurements of the Sonos Play:1 wireless speaker
Music Server Basics
Organizing and managing a large music collection is the task of a music server. As the term suggests, a music server 'serves up' music on demand.
Wadia 170i Transport iPod Dock with Bryston...
iPod docks digital docking stations Wadia 170i review Bryston BDA-1 digital to analog converter best iPod dock digital output
Review: Anthem AVM 50v Preamp/Processor &...
Building a top-class music or home theater system starts with the controller or preamp-processor. I tested Anthem's AVM 50v preamp/processor/tuner and MCA 50 five-channel power amp to find out how they stack up.
Run Speaker Wires to Another Room in Your Home
A simple way to enjoy multiroom audio is to run speaker wires from the receiver in your family room to another room.
Best Budget Stereo Speakers Under \$500 Per Pair
Stereo speakers don't have to cost a fortune to sound good. Here is a list of the best stereo speakers under $500 per pair with price comparisons
Differences Between Monophonic, Stereophonic...
Do you know what the differences between monophonic, stereophonic, multichannel and surround sound are? Find out here.
What is Monaural, Stereo, Multichannel and...
Monaural, Stereo, Multichannel and Surround Sound - A description of common sound formats in audio components such as Monaural, Stereo, Multichannel and Surround Sound.
Best Budget Bookshelf Speakers Under \$400 per...
Bookshelf speakers are ideal for good sound quality in smaller spaces. They can be placed on a shelf or on stands and these speakers offer excellent performance.
How to Digitize Vinyl Records and Tapes
The process of converting vinyl LP records and tapes from analog to digital is known as 'digitizing'. Digitizing analog music requires three things: an analog to digital converter, a software application to process and save your music, and a computer hard disk drive to store it on.
Dayton Audio launches a speaker with an AMT...
Dayton Audio B652-AIR AMT tweeter speaker preview
Harman Kardon HK 3490 Stereo Receiver
The HK 3490 is one of the new stereo receivers from Harman Kardon, a legendary brand name in the stereo and home theater business with a good reputation that goes back several decades.
Can you really get 60 watts per channel for...
Dayton Audio's DTA-120: a tiny powerhouse
Definitive's new Play-Fi speaker is one of the...
Listening test: Definitive Technology's new W9 wireless mega-speaker
How to Measure Noise Cancelling in Headphones
Measuring noise cancelling in headphones
Almost All the Audio Math You'll Ever Need,...
5 Simple Audio Math Equations for Voltage, Wavelength, Decibels, Amps, Current, Power, Watts
Cambridge Audio DacMagic Upsampling Digital to...
The DacMagic is an upsampling outboard digital to analog converter (DAC) offered by Cambridge Audio, a UK manufacturer. The DAC is the core of a digital audio system and the rapid technological improvements in DACs and the rise in popularity of computer audio has driven demand for outboard DACs.
Before You Buy a Car Stereo System, Consider...
Buying a new car stereo system can mean upgrading the existing system or replacing the entire system and starting over. This guide will help determine the best choice.
The best deal in a supersubwoofer gets even...
A full review plus lab measurements of the new Hsu Research VTF-15H Mk2 15-inch subwoofer
Do Bluetooth Receivers Really Sound Different?...
Comparing Bluetooth receivers from Arcam, Audioengine, DBPower and Mass Fidelity
Before You Buy A Stereo Component, Learn About...
This overview of stereo receivers, integrated amplifiers and separate components includes a feature guide, a glossary of terms, definitions of specifications and Guide reviews of stereo components.
Review: Outlaw Audio RR 2150 Stereo RetroReceiver
Full Review of the Outlaw Audio RR2150 Stereo RetroReceiver - Outlaw Audio RR2150 review
Multiroom & Multisource Systems Using a...
Many receivers have multiroom and multisource features with built-in amplifiers and as many as four zones.
Oversampling is the process of increasing the sampling frequency by generating new digital samples based on the values of known samples.
Bowers & Wilkins 685 Bookshelf Speakers
The B & W 685 is a bookshelf-sized speaker designed for stereo or home theater use that can be placed on a shelf or optional speaker stands.
Whole House Music Distribution Systems
Whole house music distribution systems send music from a central component to multiple zones or rooms. This article discusses the various types of whole house music distribution systems.
Testing the Pro Audio Technology LFC-24SM:...
Is the Pro Audio Technology LFC-24SM the world's most powerful subwoofer?
What is Quantization?
Quantization is the process of converting...
Definition of Soundstage
Soundstage is the ability to visualize the size of the musical performance in a music recording
Can Polk's new portable Play-Fi speaker beat...
Polk Omni S2R portable wireless speaker: Can it beat Sonos?
How to Use the Multiroom Audio Features in a...
Many, if not most stereo and home theater receivers have built-in multiroom audio features for enjoying stereo sound in multiple rooms or zones. This article explains how they work and the methods for connecting them for a multiroom system. All receivers are different so consult the owner's manual for your receiver for more information.
Review: Mass Fidelity Relay Bluetooth Receiver
A review of the Mass Fidelity Relay Bluetooth Audio Adapter
Building a Multiroom System with a Receiver
Most stereo and home theater receivers have multiroom speaker outputs. This article shows how to use your receiver to create a multiroom music system and enjoy music throughout your home.
Review: B&W P7 Over-Ear Headphone
A review of the B&W P7 headphone
Scientific Explanations for Why People Often...
Why Headphones Sound Different to Different People
Amplifier Power and Dynamic Range
Speaker efficiency is one factor to consider in determining how much power you need. The other factor is the ability to handle musical peaks. Page 2.
Can old Altecs, JBLs and Klipsches Really Sound...
Why audiophiles still love old Altec, Klipsch and JBL horn speakers
Bose QC-15 and QC-20 Isolation Measurements
Bose QC-15 and QC-20 Noise-Cancelling Headphones Measurements Compared

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