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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).

 
Universal remote buying guide

Universal remote buying guide

by Ralph Graves

Maybe you've got it all figured out, but how about your spouse, kids, or house guests? The answer is a "universal" remote control. But, you're probably wondering, what are my options, and which remote should I choose?

 
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 Amanda P.

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

 
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.

 
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, Korus, Polk Audio, Samsung, and Sonos, making it easier for you to compare features.

 
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.

 
What Are Dedicated Home Satellite Radios?

What Are Dedicated Home Satellite Radios?

by Matt Freeman

An overview of satellite radios for the home.

 
Video: Choosing a Sound Bar

Video: Choosing a Sound Bar

by Video Guest

Get the scoop on choosing a sound bar for your TV. Sound bars are a great choice for small or difficult spaces, or if you don't want wires running around your room.

 

Telephones and Answering Machine Glossary

by Ralph Graves

Learn about the features and specifications that make cordless phones useful and convenient.

 
Remote Control Setups for Multi-room Systems

Remote Control Setups for Multi-room Systems

by Amanda P.

Tips, tricks, and recommendations to help you control your system from other rooms.

 
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.

 
Intro to Apple AirPlay

Intro to Apple AirPlay

by Ralph Graves

Apple Airplay® is a feature of Apple’s iTunes® program (version 10 or later). It’s a way to wirelessly stream content from an Apple portable (iPhone®, iPod...