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Home theater receiver setup guide

Home theater receiver setup guide

by Dave Bar

In this article, we'll explain the ins and outs of setting up your receiver, so you can get all the audio and video performance you paid for.

 
Introduction to Home Theater & TV Sound

Introduction to Home Theater & TV Sound

by Tara W.

Find out how to improve your TV's sound, from single-speaker solutions to full home theater setups.

 
What Do You Need for Home Theater?

What Do You Need for Home Theater?

by Julie Govan

Wondering what pieces go into a home theater system? In this article, we walk you through each component's role.

 
Surround sound for video games

Surround sound for video games

by John Pollard

A great TV and surround sound system can make a big difference in your videogame experience. Here's how to feel like you're part of the action.

 
Understanding Surround Sound Formats

Understanding Surround Sound Formats

by Tara W.

Because most people, from surround sound novices to A/V experts, find new formats a little confusing, we've provided a quick description of how each format works.

 
In-wall and ceiling speaker placement

In-wall and ceiling speaker placement

by Amanda P.

Tips and guidelines to help you create an in-wall, in-ceiling, or on-wall speaker setup that sounds good and works with your room.

 
Tips and Techniques for Home A/V Cable Management

Tips and Techniques for Home A/V Cable Management

by Amanda P.

In this article, you'll find tips and tricks to tackle common home A/V wire management problems.

 

Powering Your Multi-room Music System

by Amanda P.

There are a number of different ways to power a house full of speakers. Here's an overview of things you need to know.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Power protection buying guide

Power protection buying guide

by Jeff Miller

Power line surges and lightning strikes can damage or destroy your precious audio/video gear. Learn how to select the best power protection for you.

 
Audio cables buying guide

Audio cables buying guide

by Ralph Graves

Our home audio cable buying guide includes discussions of stereo RCA, coaxial digital, stereo minijack, optical digital (toslink), and XLR cables.