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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.

 
THIEL's SCS4 bookshelf speakers can really sing

THIEL's SCS4 bookshelf speakers can really sing

by Dave Bar

I was over at Steve’s place the other day and sweet smokin’ sassafras, his system was sounding better than ever! As you may or may not know, Steve is Crutchfield’s long-time TV...

 
Listening to Dolby Atmos

Listening to Dolby Atmos

by Dave Bar

Curious about how Dolby Atmos can elevate a home theater's sound? We were — so we set up a system with Pioneer Elite equipment and gathered our experts to listen.

 
Harman Kardon Wireless HD audio system review

Harman Kardon Wireless HD audio system review

by David Brown

Looking for a way to get music into more rooms? This system offers cool possibilities for playing lots of different music and other audio throughout your home.

 
Universal remote buying guide

Universal remote buying guide

by Ralph Graves

With a universal remote, you can consolidate all the remote controls for your home theater system and home automation into one device.

 
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.

 
Turntable buying guide

Turntable buying guide

by Dave Bar

Whether you grew up playing records, or you're just discovering vinyl's warm, analog sound, this article will walk you through the basics of choosing a turntable.

 
Everything you need to know about satellite radio

Everything you need to know about satellite radio

by Zak Billmeier

An overview of satellite radio and the two service providers (XM and SIRIUS).

 
Telephones: How To Choose

Telephones: How To Choose

by Ralph Graves

When selecting a new phone, consider how often you use your phone and how much its performance matters to you. Learn about the features that set our phones apart from lower-quality models.

 
Shelf Systems: Affordable, Compact Solutions for Music Lovers

Shelf Systems: Affordable, Compact Solutions for Music Lovers

by Loren Barstow

Sometimes a shelf system makes more sense than a rack of full-size components - particularly when space is at a premium. Despite their affordable price tags, you'll find that these systems also deliver great-sounding music.

 
Learn the Language of Good Sound

Learn the Language of Good Sound

by Jim Richardson

It doesn't take deep pockets or "golden ears" to obtain and appreciate good sound. Learn about the terms used to describe sound, so you can find the right audio gear.

 
How to wall-mount your flat-panel TV

How to wall-mount your flat-panel TV

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Want to wall mount your plasma or LCD TV? Get the info you need for a safe and nice-looking installation.

 
Wireless multi-room audio systems

Wireless multi-room audio systems

by Ralph Graves

We provide overviews of wireless multi-room systems from Bluesound, Bose®, Definitive Technology, Denon, Wren, Polk Audio, Samsung, Harman Kardon, and Sonos, making it easier for you to compare features.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Why you need power protection

Why you need power protection

by Jeff Miller

Still not sure you need power protection for your TV and audio gear? Read this.

 
Better sound from your headphones

Better sound from your headphones

by David Brown

Discover what you need to help your headphones sound their best with your computer.

 
Satellite radio programming packages

Satellite radio programming packages

by Zak Billmeier

The radio you have determines which SiriusXM satellite radio plan you can get. Find out what's available for your particular radio, plus check out a channel guide.

 
Choosing the best HDTV antenna

Choosing the best HDTV antenna

by Steve Kindig

Over-the-air broadcasts provide some of the best-looking HDTV signals, and they're free. Take a look at what goes into choosing and installing a HDTV antenna.