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Video: Mackie ProFX16 Mixer

Video: Mackie ProFX16 Mixer

by Video Guest

Mackie's ProFX16 16-channel mixer gives you all the features you need for live performance, plus gives you a slew of built-in effects to help you dial in the perfect tone.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer AVH-X4700BS DVD receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer AVH-X4700BS DVD receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer's AVH-X4700BS DVD receiver not only adds the convenience and safety of Bluetooth to your car, it lights up your dash with a big 6.95" touchscreen display. Add iPod/iPhone controls, MirrorLink compatibility with Android, and Pandora control and there's a lot to like. Check it out in this demo video.

 
What is 4K Ultra High Definition TV?

What is 4K Ultra High Definition TV?

by Steve Kindig

Ultra High Definition TVs, often referred to as "4K" TVs, can display four times the detail of typical HDTVs. How noticeable is the improvement? Is there any 4K content available? We'll tackle these questions and more.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer AVH-X2700BS DVD receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer AVH-X2700BS DVD receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer's AVH-X2700BS DVD receiver adds the convenience and safety of Bluetooth to your car - plus the advantages of a touchscreen receiver. You'll enjoy hands-free calling with your compatible phone, plus the ability to wirelessly stream and control music from compatible phones and other Bluetooth devices. See more in this demo video.

 
TV Glossary

TV Glossary

by Steve Kindig

Learn about common TV terms and technologies, including 3D TV; Internet-ready TVs; 120Hz and 240Hz refresh rates; LED, LCD, and plasma TVs; and much more.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer AVH-X1700S DVD receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer AVH-X1700S DVD receiver

by Ken Nail

With Pioneer's AVH-X1700S DVD multimedia receiver, you'll take charge of your entertainment using the 6.2" touchscreen, complete with intuitive controls.Plus this DVD receiver boasts twice the resolution of most multimedia receivers, so you'll have a clearer, sharper picture on your screen. Check it out in this demo video.

 
Sony HAP-Z1ES Hi-Res Music Player review

Sony HAP-Z1ES Hi-Res Music Player review

by David Brown

Want to get amazing sound from digital tunes with your home stereo? That's what Sony offers with this high-resolution server and player. Can it please your ears while offering more convenience than computer-based setups? I took it home to find out.

 
2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade

2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade

by Jon Paulette

Even in a parking lot full of SUVs (i.e., most parking lots), this truck stands out from the crowd. And, if you're like most Escalade owners, that's totally okay with you. If you wanted to blend in, you could take your pick of nice, bland luxury sedans. But what fun would that be?

 
Video: Bluesound wireless hi-fi multi-room music system

Video: Bluesound wireless hi-fi multi-room music system

by Video Guest

Bluesound marks a collaboration between NAD and PSB to bring Hi-Fi into the wireless age. Once connected to your home network, Bluesound lets you stream your hi-res digital music files using your smartphone, tablet or computer as the controller.

 
HDMI cables buying guide

HDMI cables buying guide

by Steve Kindig

HDMI connections got a big update in 2014 as 4K Ultra HD TVs appeared with HDMI 2.0 inputs capable of supporting 4K's higher data demands. With support for multichannel and high-res audio, HDMI is the most important connection for home entertainment. Learn about other HDMI features, and get tips on choosing cables.

 
What is Play-Fi wireless audio?

What is Play-Fi wireless audio?

by Jeff Miller

Play-Fi is a multi-room audio technology that lets you mix and match speakers from different manufacturers.

 
Video: How to use a mixing board

Video: How to use a mixing board

by Video Guest

A mixer is the brains of a live concert or recording session. It takes the various signals from all the different singers and instrumentalists and combines them into a clear stereo mix.

 
Sony PHA-2 portable headphone amp/DAC review

Sony PHA-2 portable headphone amp/DAC review

by David Brown

We put this compact device through the paces with high-res files, an Apple® device, headphones, and speakers to see — and hear — what it's capable of.

 
Video: PSB Imagine X Speakers

Video: PSB Imagine X Speakers

by Video Guest

PSB's Imagine X line of speakers gives you the kind of clean, balanced sound PSB is known for without breaking your budget. PSB takes driver technology developed for their top-tier Synchrony line to deliver audiophile-quality sound.

 
1987-1993 Ford Mustang

1987-1993 Ford Mustang

by Jon Paulette

The 1987-1993 Mustang was a hugely popular car when new and it's still a big part of the automotive world today. If you're looking for a stereo that you can hear over all the fun you're having, we've got everything you need to make your Mustang sound great.

 
Video: NAD Masters Series M12 stereo preamp and M22 stereo amplifier

Video: NAD Masters Series M12 stereo preamp and M22 stereo amplifier

by Video Guest

NAD employs a pure digital design in their M12 stereo preamp and M22 amplifier combo. That virtually eliminates distortion, giving you the lifelike, engaging sound NAD is known for. The M12 features a digital-to-analog converter capable of playing hi-res digital files up to 24-bit/192kHz.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X399 CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X399 CD receiver

by Ken Nail

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X399 CD receiver merges cool multimedia features with built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming, and gives you a front-panel USB port for connecting, controlling, and charging an iPhone or Android phone. Take a closer look in this demo video.

 
Audiofrog is an installer's best friend

Audiofrog is an installer's best friend

by Alexander Hrabe

It can be difficult to anticipate the curveballs that come with car audio installations, but that hasn't stopped Audiofrog from trying. Packaged with every pair of GB Series speakers is versatile mounting gear that will prepare you for a variety of installation challenges.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood DDX272 DVD receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood DDX272 DVD receiver

by Ken Nail

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X399 CD receiver merges cool multimedia features with built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming, and gives you a front-panel USB port for connecting, controlling, and charging an iPhone or Android phone. Take a look in this demo video.

 
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.

 

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