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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.
Comparing AirPlay, Bluetooth, DLNA, Play-Fi,...
A comparison of AirPlay, Bluetooth, DLNA, Play-Fi and Sonos wireless audio technologies
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
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.
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.
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.
Bose's new QC25 tested
Bose QC25 vs Bose QC15: Is the new QC25 better than the QC15?
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.
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.
Cheap Amp Review: Lepai LP-2020A+ vs. Topping...
A comparison of two bargain amps from Parts Express: Lepai LP-2020A+ and Topping TP 30
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?
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
How to Connect your iPhone, iPad or Android to...
How to Connect your iPhone, iPad or Android to Your Stereo System
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.
Full test: Sony's new budget minispeaker
Sony SS-CS5 Speaker Review. Stereos.
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.
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.
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.
What You Should Do After Buying a New Stereo...
Here's a step-by-step guide to system installation and set up, including speakers, receiver or amplifier, DVD and CD players.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Total Harmonic Distortion?
Definition and Explanation of Total Harmonic Distortion - THD
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.
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
NAD Viso HP-50 Headphone Review
Review and measurements of NAD Viso HP-50 headphone
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Review: Sonos Play:1
Review of the Sonos Play:1 wireless speaker
Does Bluetooth Wireless Audio Really Reduce...
Does Bluetooth Wireless Audio Reduce Sound Quality
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.
RCA Jack
An RCA Jack or RCA plug is a connector commonly used to connect various components in a audio-video system
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.
My 10 Favorite Stereo Test Tracks
Recommended stereo test tracks for testing audio gear
How to Setup Your New Turntable
Connect the four wires on the cartridge headshell to the correct terminals on the back of the cartridge.
What is Signal to Noise Ratio?
Definition and explanation of signal to noise ratio specifications in stereo components
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.
Can Soen's Transit XS mini Bluetooth speaker...
Soen Audio Transit and Transit XS review
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.
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
Got Bass Output Issues with Your Subwoofer? Try...
Check cables and speaker wires between the receiver and subwoofer
Sibilance
sibilance sounds hissing sound Stereos.
Overview of Multiroom & Whole House Music Systems
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.
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.
Scientific Explanations for Why People Often...
Why Headphones Sound Different to Different People
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
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.
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.
Definition of Voltage
The definition of voltage is the electromotive force or the electrical potential difference between two points in a circuit expressed in volts.
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.
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.
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.
Connecting Speakers to a Receiver or Amplifier
Connecting Speakers to a Receiver or Amplifier
Diagnose: Receiver Suddenly Switches Off
If the receiver suddenly switches off for no apparent reason, there are several possible causes.
Bose QC-20 Measurements
Measurements of the Bose QC-20. Stereos.
What Is Frequency Response?
Definition and explanation of Frequency Response in stereo components
What you probably don't know (but need to!)...
What is speaker sensitivity? Stereos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Takeaway on Bluesound Powernode and Vault...
Review: Bluesound Powernode and Vault Wireless Audio System
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.
DALI Kubik Free: A Bluetooth Speaker Built Like...
Review: Dali Kubik Free Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
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.
Optical Digital Output
Optical digital output uses light to transmit a digital audio signal from one component to another.
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.
Review: Sony MDR-10RNC Noise-Cancelling Headphone
Review of the Sony MDR-10RNC noise cancelling headphone with lab measurements
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.
Bi-Wiring and Bi-Amplifying Stereo Speakers
Bi-Wiring and Bi-Amplifying Stereo Speakers is a good way to optimize stereo system performance.
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
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.
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.
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.
Review: B&W P7 Over-Ear Headphone
A review of the B&W P7 headphone
Bookshelf Speakers That Outperform Their Price
Review Monoprice MBS-650 8250 vs Dayton Audio B652
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.
Best Stereo Systems
These three top pick stereo component systems offer excellent performance and are priced from $700 to $1,997.
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.
Best Cheap Noise Cancelling Headphones
Best Cheap Under $100 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Review: Mass Fidelity Relay Bluetooth Receiver
A review of the Mass Fidelity Relay Bluetooth Audio Adapter
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.
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.
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!
Dayton Audio launches a speaker with an AMT...
Dayton Audio B652-AIR AMT tweeter speaker preview
Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD) Players and Discs
Super Audio Compact Discs (SACD) are optical discs designed for very high-fidelity audio reproduction
10 Best Audio Products of 2013
10 Best Audio Products of 2013. Stereos.
Strictly for Those Who Want Cool Looks, Easy...
Two very compact, very stylish, very rubbery Bluetooth speakers reviewed
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
The Takeaway on 8 Remarkably Quirky Chi-Fi Items
Cheap Chinese Tube Audio Products Profiled
How to Make Your Own Audio Diffusers With...
How to Make Your Own Audio Diffusers With Concrete Forming Tubes
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.
Samsung Shape M7 Wireless Speaker Review
Review and measurements for the Samsung Shape M7 Wireless Speaker
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.
Paradigm Titan Monitor V.6 Bookshelf Speakers
The Paradigm Titan Monitors were easy on the ears and overall were very well balanced - a real pleasure to listen to for long periods of time.
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.
Monoprice's \$79/pair "step up" speaker
Monoprice 10532 speaker review. Stereos.
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.
Review: Beats Pill XL Bluetooth Speaker
Review: Beats Pill XL Bluetooth Speaker
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.
NAD's New M12 and M22 Master Series Stereo...
NAD's New M12 and M22 Master Series Stereo Components
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.
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.
Onkyo C-S5VL SACD/CD Player Review
Super Audio Compact Discs (SACD) discs remain a niche market, but they are the gold standard of audio reproduction for audiophiles and a high-grade disc player such as the Onkyo C-S5VL is required to get the best sonic performance from SACDs.
Five Things to Consider Before Starting a DJ...
How much money will you need to get started? Page 3.
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.
Audeze LCD-XC Headphone Review
Review of Audeze LCD-XC closed-back audiophile headphone
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.
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.
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: Music Angels Mengyue Mini Tube...
Review: Music Angels Mengyue Mini Tube Integrated Amp
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.
Review: Outlaw Audio RR 2150 Stereo RetroReceiver
Full Review of the Outlaw Audio RR2150 Stereo RetroReceiver - Outlaw Audio RR2150 review
Mordaunt-Short Carnival 2 Bookshelf Speaker...
Mordaunt-Short is a British loudspeaker maker with a reputation for making high-end products. The company started in 1967 and offers a wide range of stereo and home theater speaker systems and the Carnival 2 is one of their more affordable bookshelf models.
How does a speaker tuned by metal band Linkin...
Full review with measurements of Infinity's new Linkin Park-endorsed Bluetooth speaker, the Infinity One
NAD Viso HP-50 Measurements
Lab measurements of the NAD Viso HP-50 headphone
What is Monophonic, Stereophonic, Multichannel...
Monophonic, Stereophonic, Multichannel and Surround Sound - A description of common audio formats found in audio components.
Review: KEF iQ30 Bookshelf Speakers
Whether you're a casual or critical listener, rock or classical music aficionado, there is something for everyone to like in the moderately priced KEF iQ30 bookshelf speakers.
Multiroom & Multisource Systems Using a...
Many receivers have multiroom and multisource features with built-in amplifiers and as many as four zones.
Questions & Answers About External Digital to...
A DAC, or digital to analog converter, converts digital signals into analog signals. The DAC has one of the most important jobs for sound quality: it creates an analog signal from the digital pulses stored on a disc and its accuracy determines the sound quality of the music we hear.
Is MDA the Future of Audio? We Got a Full Demo!
DTS and QSC demo MDA Multi-Dimensional Array Immersive Sound in a 48.1-channel theater
Bose QC-15 and QC-20 Isolation Measurements
Bose QC-15 and QC-20 Noise-Cancelling Headphones Measurements Compared
HiFiMan HE-400i: Best deal in an audiophile...
Full review plus lab measurements of the HiFiMan HE-400i planar magnetic headphone
Review: Mordaunt-Short Aviano 6 Floorstanding...
Speakers are the foundation of a good music system and it pays to shop around and check out many speakers before making a choice, including the Mordaunt-Short Aviano 6 floorstanding speakers.
Musical Fidelity V90-DAC Digital-to-Analog...
Review of the Musical Fidelity V90-DAC digital-to-analog converter
Figure out the right amount of power for your...
How to Figure Out How Much Amplifier Power Your Speakers Need
Next Generation Remote Control Extender - A...
The Next Generation Remote Control Extender converts infrared (IR) remote control signals to radio frequency signals (RF) extending their range throughout the house, even through doors and walls.
Do Speaker Cables Make a Difference? Speaker...
Do Speaker Cables Make A Difference Speaker Cable Test
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.
Review: Apple Airport Express
The Apple Airport Express is the easiest way to wirelessly stream your iTunes music from your PC or Mac to your home stereo system or a pair of powered speakers.
Pioneer Elite SX-A9 Stereo Receiver
The Pioneer Elite SX-A9 is one of the best two-channel receivers I’ve evaluated. It’s a very musical sounding receiver with smooth, natural and well-balanced tonal qualities.
Blue Mo-Fi: the weirdest, wildest new headphone...
Full review and measurements of the Blue Mics Mo-Fi Powered Headphone
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.
Can old Altecs, JBLs and Klipsches Really Sound...
Why audiophiles still love old Altec, Klipsch and JBL horn speakers
Oversampling
Oversampling is the process of increasing the sampling frequency by generating new digital samples based on the values of known samples.
Rebooting Your Stereo System
Sometimes unplugging and re-plugging the component will reset the microprocessors. Page 2.
Review: Cambridge Audio Sonata 2.1-Channel...
A 2.1 channel system such as the Cambridge Audio Sonata 2.1-channel system has two stereo speakers and a subwoofer and is ideal for homeowners that want good home theater sound with the simplicity of a stereo system and without the hassle of center and rear channel speakers and wires.
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.
Sonos Play:1 Measurements
Lab measurements of the Sonos Play:1 wireless speaker
Chesky Records Drops New Ultimate Headphone...
Audiophile label Chesky Records, already revered for its previous, groundbreaking headphone disc Dr. Chesky's Sensational, Fantastic, and Simply Amazing
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