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Three flavors of sound bars

Three flavors of sound bars

by Dave Bar

With so many sound bars out there, how do you pick the perfect one? Let us help by showing you our top choices for three different types of shoppers.

 
Live smarter with home automation

Live smarter with home automation

by Eric Angevine

Integrate entertainment, comfort, and security for a home that's not only smart, but very cool.

 
Get cozy with home automation

Get cozy with home automation

by Eric Angevine

Learn how home automation makes it more convenient than ever to create and maintain a comfortable home.

 
Cut energy costs with home automation products

Cut energy costs with home automation products

by Eric Angevine

Go green and cut energy bills with smart products for your home.

 
Keep your loved ones safe with home automation

Keep your loved ones safe with home automation

by Eric Angevine

From protecting your home to knowing when your kids walk in the door from school, home automation devices keep you in touch with what's happening — even when you're away.

 
Who is Audiofrog?

Who is Audiofrog?

by Alexander Hrabe

Founded by car audio vets, Audiofrog takes a refreshing approach to hi-fi sound that audiophiles and custom car enthusiasts can appreciate.

 
Audiofrog: Materials and design that make a difference

Audiofrog: Materials and design that make a difference

by Alexander Hrabe

Audiofrog's commitment to phenomenal sound starts with uncompromising designs and only the best materials.

 
Sony NWZ-A17SLV Hi-Res Walkman review

Sony NWZ-A17SLV Hi-Res Walkman review

by David Brown

If you're looking for better sound quality on the go, Sony's Hi-Res Walkman has a lot to offer in a very small package.

 
Video: NAD Masters Series M17 preamp and M27 home theater combo

Video: NAD Masters Series M17 preamp and M27 home theater combo

by Video Guest

NAD brings you the ultimate in home theater sound with the Masters Series M17 preamp and M27 7.1-channel amplifier combo. The M17 features a clever modular design that lets you upgrade with easy-to-install plugin modules as technology evolves, while the M27 gives you 7 discrete channels of hybrid analog/digital amplification for thunderous movie sound.

 
HDCP 2.2 copy protection and 4K Ultra HD TV

HDCP 2.2 copy protection and 4K Ultra HD TV

by Steve Kindig

Devices that support HDCP 2.2 copy protection are more likely to be compatible with current and future 4K content, so it's worth taking a few minutes to understand it.

 
Using test tones to set amplifier gain

Using test tones to set amplifier gain

by Buck Pomerantz

Setting amp gain correctly matches your amp's input level with your receiver's output level, resulting in maximum distortion-free music and minimum background noise. Here's a method for setting amp gain fast and accurately using test tones.

 
2003-2011 Lincoln Town Car

2003-2011 Lincoln Town Car

by Jon Paulette

Quiet, comfortable, and unapologetically enormous, the Lincoln Town Car was the last of the old-school, full-size, rear-wheel drive American luxury cars. With plenty of space and yards of factory sound insulation, the Town Car can be a wonderful environment for a new car audio system.

 
2007-2013 Suzuki SX4

2007-2013 Suzuki SX4

by Jon Paulette

Suzuki doesn't sell cars here anymore, but their SX4 is still a very nifty car that's a lot of fun to drive. Replacing that tired old factory stereo system with a new receiver and speakers will make your Suzuki an even more enjoyable way to get around town.

 
Adding great sound to your ATV

Adding great sound to your ATV

by Jon Paulette

Now that ATVs are bigger, more powerful, and more popular than ever, many owners are looking for ways to add fun and functionality to their vehicles. If you want to upgrade your ATV, the Power Rail line of accessories is a great place to start.

 
The Crutchfield Vehicle Research Team

The Crutchfield Vehicle Research Team

by Jon Paulette

Crutchfield's Vehicle Research Team has assembled a database of over 25,000 vehicles. Here's how they do what they do — and how it helps make your car stereo installation go smoothly.

 
Video: NAD D 7050 network amplifier

Video: NAD D 7050 network amplifier

by Video Guest

With built-in Wi-Fi, a host of digital source options, and robust amplification, the NAD D 7050 amplifier can bring all your music together to make your speakers sing.

 
Video: Demo of the Sony MEX-GS610BT CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Sony MEX-GS610BT CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Sony's MEX-GS610BT CD receiver boasts AppRemote tech for ease of use, and comes equipped with Bluetooth, iPhone®, and Pandora® control, to name a few. Check out some of its moves in this demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Sony MEX-GS810BH CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Sony MEX-GS810BH CD receiver

by Ken Nail

HD Radio reception, Bluetooth®, Pandora®, and iPhone® controls - there's a lot going on with Sony's MEX-GS810BH CD receiver. And Sony's AppRemote feature gives you some cool control options. Take a look in this demo video.

 
Small hi-fi systems

Small hi-fi systems

by Dave Bar

This article looks at the wide range of compact, high-performance audio components.

 
Video: NAD D 3020 integrated amplifier

Video: NAD D 3020 integrated amplifier

by Video Guest

With a built-in digital-to-analog converter, Bluetooth streaming, and its array of digital inputs, the NAD D 3020 is poised to introduce a new generation of digital music lovers to high-fidelity sound.

 
Home automation FAQ

Home automation FAQ

by Eric Angevine

Get answers for all of your important questions before you buy a home automation system.

 
High-resolution audio Q&A

High-resolution audio Q&A

by Steve Kindig

Adding high-resolution audio playback to your system usually means adding a component or upgrading your computer's music software. Depending on your current setup and your goals, there are many different paths to getting high-res sound.

 
Infinity One Bluetooth® speaker review

Infinity One Bluetooth® speaker review

by Jeff Miller

We put Infinity's first portable speaker to the test. We see if it can fuel a tailgate party, and later we do some critical listening.

 
Intro to high-resolution audio

Intro to high-resolution audio

by Steve Kindig

Thanks to faster Internet speeds and cheap data storage, music files no longer have to be compressed into lifelessness. High-resolution music downloads that sound as good as or better than CDs are available for thousands of titles. Find out what makes high-res audio sound better, and how you can experience it.

 
Car Amplifiers Glossary

Car Amplifiers Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications found in today's amplifiers.

 
Battery-powered PA systems come on strong

Battery-powered PA systems come on strong

by Buck Pomerantz

A look at Samson's Expedition Series battery-powered PA systems.

 
Gettin' the jams in a Ram

Gettin' the jams in a Ram

by Dave Delamere

Gary was tired of weak sound and extra wires on his dash, so he installed a new Kenwood receiver and Kenwood speakers in his 2001 Dodge Ram.

 
Video: Pioneer and Apple CarPlay demo

Video: Pioneer and Apple CarPlay demo

by Video Guest

Pioneer's the first to bring CarPlay to aftermarket car stereos. CarPlay integrates your iPhone into the driving experience in a new, seamless interface, putting iPhone content at the driver's fingertips with minimal distraction. That means easy access to your music library, your phone, messages, navigation, plus other music and apps. Check out this overview video.

 
Review of the Nakamichi NA250BTR CD receiver

Review of the Nakamichi NA250BTR CD receiver

by Dominic Devito

This review of the Nakamichi NA250BTR CD receiver gives you an overview of what makes this receiver an attractive option for your car.

 
Review of the Garmin nuvi 2689LMT portable navigator

Review of the Garmin nuvi 2689LMT portable navigator

by Dominic Devito

This review of the Garmin nuvi 2689LMT portable navigator lets you know why its 6" display and wealth of features makes it a great GPS solution.

 

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