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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
How to Connect your iPhone, iPad or Android to...
How to Connect your iPhone, iPad or Android to Your Stereo System
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 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.
Comparing AirPlay, Bluetooth, DLNA, Play-Fi,...
A comparison of AirPlay, Bluetooth, DLNA, Play-Fi and Sonos wireless audio technologies
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Cheap Amp Review: Lepai LP-2020A+ vs. Topping...
A comparison of two bargain amps from Parts Express: Lepai LP-2020A+ and Topping TP 30
Choosing the Best Remote Control
The benefits of a Universal Remote Control
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.
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
Does Bluetooth Wireless Audio Really Reduce...
Does Bluetooth Wireless Audio Reduce Sound Quality
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.
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?
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.
Review: Beats Pill XL Bluetooth Speaker
Review: Beats Pill XL Bluetooth Speaker
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 Is Total Harmonic Distortion?
Definition and Explanation of Total Harmonic Distortion - THD
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.
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.
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.
Got Bass Output Issues with Your Subwoofer? Try...
Follow this step-by-step guide to diagnosing and correcting no bass output from a subwoofer.
5 Great Cheap Audio Gifts Under \$50
audio gifts under $50 for christmas holidays shopping
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Diagnose: Receiver Suddenly Switches Off
If the receiver suddenly switches off for no apparent reason, there are several possible causes.
The Top 5 Stereo Receivers Between \$300 and...
These stereo receivers are the top models in the $300 to $600 price range.
RCA Jack
An RCA Jack or RCA plug is a connector commonly used to connect various components in a audio-video system
My 10 Favorite Stereo Test Tracks
Recommended stereo test tracks for testing audio gear
How to Get the Best Performance from Your...
Getting the best performance from your subwoofer involves three steps: correct placement, connection and adjustment.
NAD Viso HP-50 Headphone Review
Review and measurements of NAD Viso HP-50 headphone
Review: Sonos Play:1
Review of the Sonos Play:1 wireless speaker
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
The Takeaway on 8 Remarkably Quirky Chi-Fi Items
Cheap Chinese Tube Audio Products Profiled
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.
Bose QC-20 Measurements
Measurements of the Bose QC-20. 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.
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.
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.
Connecting Speakers to a Receiver or Amplifier
Connecting Speakers to a Receiver or Amplifier
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Best Sounding, Most Affordable Stereo...
Top pick list of the best-sounding, most affordable, name-brand stereo systems for college dorm rooms.
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.
What Is Frequency Response?
Definition and explanation of Frequency Response in stereo components
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: 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.
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 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.
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.
Is the long-awaited deepblue2 the best...
Peachtree Audio deepblue2 Bluetooth speaker review
Best Stereo Systems
These three top pick stereo component systems offer excellent performance and are priced from $700 to $1,997.
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.
How to Make Your Own Audio Diffusers With...
How to Make Your Own Audio Diffusers With Concrete Forming Tubes
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Connect Digital Source Components to a...
Digital component connection guide
Wren V5BT Bluetooth Speaker Review
Wren V5BT Bluetooth Speaker Review
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.
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.
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.
Guide to Stereo Component Features and...
Stereo Receivers, Integrated Amplifiers and Separate Components - Guide to Stereo Component Features and Specifications
Optical Digital Output
Optical digital output uses light to transmit a digital audio signal from one component to another.
The Takeaway on Bluesound Powernode and Vault...
Review: Bluesound Powernode and Vault Wireless Audio System
Best Cheap Noise Cancelling Headphones
Best Cheap Under $100 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Velodyne Wi-Q 12-Inch Subwoofer Measurements
Velodyne Wi-Q 12-Inch Subwoofer Measurements
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.
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
Bookshelf Speakers That Outperform Their Price
Review Monoprice MBS-650 8250 vs Dayton Audio B652
Review: Music Angels Mengyue Mini Tube...
Review: Music Angels Mengyue Mini Tube Integrated Amp
Do Speaker Cables Make a Difference? Speaker...
Do Speaker Cables Make A Difference Speaker Cable Test
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
Crossover
A crossover is a device used in loudspeakers to route the correct frequencies to the appropriate speaker or driver.
How to Sell Used Stereos Online (and Put Some...
Tips on selling used stereo components and speakers online
Bose QC-15 and QC-20 Isolation Measurements
Bose QC-15 and QC-20 Noise-Cancelling Headphones Measurements Compared
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.
Sibilance
sibilance sounds hissing sound Stereos.
10 Best Audio Products of 2013
10 Best Audio Products of 2013. Stereos.
Review: Monitor Audio Radius 270 Tower Speaker
Review: Monitor Audio Radius 270 Speaker
Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD) Players and Discs
Super Audio Compact Discs (SACD) are optical discs designed for very high-fidelity audio reproduction
5 Great Cheap Audio Gifts Under \$25
cheap audio holiday christmas gifts under $25
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
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.
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.
Review: Sony MDR-10RNC Noise-Cancelling Headphone
Review of the Sony MDR-10RNC noise cancelling headphone with lab measurements
Sending Audio Over Existing Home Wiring
How to use your home's existing wiring to send music to any room in your home.
Review: Mass Fidelity Relay Bluetooth Receiver
A review of the Mass Fidelity Relay Bluetooth Audio Adapter
Review: B&W P7 Over-Ear Headphone
A review of the B&W P7 headphone
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 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.
Episode ES-SUB-IW-DUAL8 Passive In-wall...
Most homeowners would probably prefer to stash a sub behind or beneath a piece of furniture to conceal it from view, but since most subwoofers are square or cube-shaped they are difficult to hide. The most practical solution is an in-wall subwoofer, which can be installed out-of-view and the grille painted to match the walls or room décor. I tested the Episode Dual 8 in-wall passive subwoofer, powered by the Episode E-2100 amplifier.
We Review Onkyo A-5VL Stereo Integrated Amplifier
The Onkyo A-5VL is a well-built stereo integrated amplifier with audio features and sonic performance focused on high quality two-channel reproduction.
4 Key Tools for Setting Up a Turntable
Four important tools you'll need for setting up a turntable/record player
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.
How to Maximize Your Stereo System
There are many easy and inexpensive ways for getting the best performance from your stereo system.
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.
Before You buy a New Car Stereo System,...
Best Options for Buying or Upgrading a Car Stereo System
Definitive's new Play-Fi speaker is one of the...
Listening test: Definitive Technology's new W9 wireless mega-speaker
Review: Outlaw Audio RR 2150 Stereo RetroReceiver
Full Review of the Outlaw Audio RR2150 Stereo RetroReceiver - Outlaw Audio RR2150 review
PSB SubSeries 100 Mini Desktop Subwoofer Review
PSB SubSeries 100 Mini Desktop Subwoofer review
Figure out the right amount of power for your...
How to Figure Out How Much Amplifier Power Your Speakers Need
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.
How Do Class D Amps Work? And Are They Really...
A definition of a Class D or switching or digital amplifier
Bose tries to make a good Bluetooth speaker for...
Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker Review
10 Coolest New Headphone Products from Rocky...
MrSpeakers Alpha Dog headphone. Stereos.
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.
Monoprice 10565 Speaker System Measurements
Introduction: Monoprice 10565 speaker system measurements
Almost All the Audio Math You'll Ever Need,...
5 Simple Audio Math Equations for Voltage, Wavelength, Decibels, Amps, Current, Power, Watts
How to Install Outdoor Stereo Speakers in Your...
How to Install Outdoor Stereo Speakers in Your Garden, Pool Area or Backyard
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.
Are In-Wall Speakers Right for You?
Discussing the advantages and disadvantages of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers
Scientific Explanations for Why People Often...
Why Headphones Sound Different to Different People
Don't Miss Out on the Best Part of Television:...
One of the most exciting parts of enjoying movies, sports or TV shows is the sound and if you're listening to the small speakers built into a television you're really missing out
How To Install Outdoor Speakers Under the Eaves
The easiest place to install outdoor speakers is probably under the eaves of your home. They’re easily installed and protected from direct exposure to rainfall.
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.
Sonos Play:1 Measurements
Lab measurements of the Sonos Play:1 wireless speaker
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.
NAD Viso HP-50 Measurements
Lab measurements of the NAD Viso HP-50 headphone
Can you really get 60 watts per channel for...
Dayton Audio's DTA-120: a tiny powerhouse
Review: Dr. Chesky's Ultimate Headphone...
Review: Dr. Chesky's Ultimate Headphone Demonstration Disc
Class A Amplifier
Definition of Class A Amplifier. Stereos.
What is Quantization?
Quantization is the process of converting...
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