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Home automation buying guide

Home automation buying guide

by Eric Angevine

Home automation, once a Hollywood fantasy, is now real, affordable, and available. Learn how it works and what it can do for you.

 
Video: Sealed and ported subwoofer boxes

Video: Sealed and ported subwoofer boxes

by Video Guest

When you add bass to your system, choosing the right subwoofer box is as important as the sub itself. Since sealed boxes feature a different overall sound than ported ones, it's important to consider your listening habits before making a purchase.

 
Braven BRV-X water-resistant portable Bluetooth® speaker review

Braven BRV-X water-resistant portable Bluetooth® speaker review

by Jeff Miller

Braven says the BRV-X is the "world's best outdoor speaker." We took it on a camping trip to see if that's true.

 
Video: Updating the sound system at Trinity Irish Pub

Video: Updating the sound system at Trinity Irish Pub

by Video Guest

We sent an in-house pro audio expert to design a sound system for Trinity Irish Pub's dance floor. Complete with Crown amps, Furman power protection and JBL speakers, it was an instant hit.

 

DSLR vs. camcorder

by Eric Angevine

DSLR vs. camcorder: This chart will help you decide if a professional camcorder or a DSLR camera will give you the tools you're looking for when shooting high-quality video.

 
Bluetooth® adds wireless connections to studio monitors

Bluetooth® adds wireless connections to studio monitors

by Ken Nail

Bluetooth adds another dimension to powered studio monitor speakers, giving you some fun new ways to use them. With Bluetooth, you can keep your monitors connected to your mixer or audio interface for recording purposes, while at the same time listening to music or audio from other devices.

 
Intro to Home Theater Speakers

Intro to Home Theater Speakers

by Julie Govan

Ready for home theater surround sound? Find out which speakers you need and what role each speaker will play in your system.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X3700S CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X3700S CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer's DEH-X3700S CD receiver is SiriusXM-ready - so you can add an optional tuner to access satellite radio's impressive entertainment lineup with the Pioneer's controls. Check out some of the other features of this great-looking CD receiver in this demo video.

 
Integrating Sonos systems into your décor with Flexson

Integrating Sonos systems into your décor with Flexson

by Ralph Graves

Flexson offers brackets, stands, and vinyl skins for Sonos components, helping them to better fit into your room's décor.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X3700UI CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X3700UI CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer's DEH-3700UI CD receiver features a multi-color, dual-zone display that lets you choose from thousands of colors — you can even set up one color for the display and another for the buttons. For some added excitement, Pioneer's unique MIXTRAX feature syncs the audio from many of your sources, adding transitions between songs along with a light show that pulses and changes color with the beat of the music. Take a look at that and more in this demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X4700BT CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X4700BT CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Bluetooth provides some great connectivity options, and Pioneer's DEH-X4700BT CD receiver offers a great way to add them to your vehicle. And once you connect your iPod® or iPhone® to the front-panel USB input, you'll be able to access your playlists from the receiver's controls. You'll also enjoy control over your favorite Pandora® stations with your iPhone or Android™. Take a look at the DEH-X4700BT in this demo video.

 
Wireless microphone buying guide

Wireless microphone buying guide

by Ken Nail

A wireless microphone can free you up to concentrate on your performance. But where to start when you're looking for a wireless microphone system? This buying guide will help you find the right gear to match your needs.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood DDX371 DVD receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood DDX371 DVD receiver

by Ken Nail

Kenwood's DDX371 sets a high mark for in-dash DVD receivers, offering compatibility with many iPhone® apps, comprehensive iPod® controls, and built-in Bluetooth. Its bright 6.1" touchscreen and simple menu interface make it easy to use. Take a look in this demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer FH-X720BT CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer FH-X720BT CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer has created a dynamic addition to your dash with their FH-X720BT CD receiver. You can choose from over 210,000 colors with 10 brightness levels to match the Pioneer's display to your vehicle's dash illumination, or you can set separate colors for controls and display to create the look that makes you happy. Add in Bluetooth® and Pandora® control and you've got a lot to like. Take a look in this demo video.

 
Steering wheel audio control adapters

Steering wheel audio control adapters

by Bob Bihlmayer

If you're considering replacing your factory radio with an aftermarket receiver, adding a steering wheel control adapter lets you keep the full functionality and convenience of your steering wheel controls. In this article, we'll cover how steering wheel adapters work and how to choose one that works for you.

 
Video: Demo of the JVC KD-HDR71BT CD receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC KD-HDR71BT CD receiver

by Ken Nail

JVC's KD-HDR71BT CD receiver kicks it up a notch with a built-in HD Radio™ tuner that pumps up the sound quality to near-CD level, while making AM broadcasts sound like traditional FM. You'll also find Bluetooth® and iPod®/iPhone® controls. Take a look at the KD-HDR71BT in this short demo video.

 
Yamaha Virtual CINEMA FRONT

Yamaha Virtual CINEMA FRONT

by Jeff Miller

When rear speakers are out of the picture, is simulated surround sound a valid solution? We put Yamaha's Virtual CINEMA FRONT surround processing to the test.

 
Video: Clarion Intelligent  VOICE

Video: Clarion Intelligent VOICE

by Video Guest

Clarion's Intelligent VOICE software, found in their NX604 navigation receiver, delivers relevant results quickly and with less input information than most other voice-recognition platforms on the road, thanks to incorporated Google Voice technology.

 
Video: JL Audio Stealthmod factory stereo upgrade

Video: JL Audio Stealthmod factory stereo upgrade

by Video Guest

JL Audio's StealthMod gives you superb JL Audio sound without giving up your factory controls. This package allows you to replace the front door speakers and increase the overall power in your system, bringing excitement, impact, and a new clarity to your music.

 
Video: Voice control and in-dash receivers

Video: Voice control and in-dash receivers

by Video Guest

With a smartphone connected, more and more in-dash receivers let you control certain functions just by speaking commands. This lets you keep your eyes on the road while you access certain receiver functions.

 
dbx speaker management systems

dbx speaker management systems

by Buck Pomerantz

dbx DriveRack systems are multi-function processors, connected between the mixer and the amplifiers of a PA, that once properly set, automatically keep the mix sounding good.

 
Denon HEOS wireless audio system review

Denon HEOS wireless audio system review

by David Brown

How easy is it to create a whole-home music system? Home A/V writer David took Denon's HEOS speakers home to find out — and to see how good they sound.

 
Upgrading the audio gear in the family vehicle

Upgrading the audio gear in the family vehicle

by Dave Delamere

A mother and daughter install a new receiver and speakers in a 2007 Toyota RAV4, making their morning commute a happier time.

 
Introducing Nimbit

Introducing Nimbit

by Video Guest

Nimbit is a service lets you easily upload and share music with families, promote your music programs, and raise funds. See how it works.

 
Don N's 2014 Ford Mustang

Don N's 2014 Ford Mustang

by Dominic Devito

Don N. from Ann Arbor, MI, outfitted his 2014 Ford Mustang with a sweet system including an Axxera DVD receiver, an Alpine amp, a sub and speakers by Rockford Fosgate, and an MTX ThunderForm custom sub enclosure.

 
Using the tuner in Studio One

Using the tuner in Studio One

by Video Guest

This video gives shows you how to use the tuner in PreSonus Studio One recording software to develop your ability to play in tune.

 
Using the metronome and drum loops in PreSonus Studio One

Using the metronome and drum loops in PreSonus Studio One

by Video Guest

This video shows you how to use the metronome and drum loops in PreSonus Studio One. Practicing with a metronome is essential. Studio One makes it fun, too.

 
Setting up your practice space

Setting up your practice space

by Video Guest

This PreSonus video shows how to set up the PreSonus Music Creation Suite in your home practice room.

 
Step up your practice

Step up your practice

by Video Guest

Listening to yourself play is an essential part of learning to play an instrument. This video gives you an overview of the PreSonus recording gear and software.

 
PreSonus StudioLive for theater

PreSonus StudioLive for theater

by Video Guest

PreSonus StudioLive mixers are perfect for school or community theater productions because they are easy for students and volunteers to learn.

 

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