Articles & Videos: Home Audio

This article provides an overview of how the Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 network music player and digital-to-analog converter (DAC) can be used in a variety of audio setups.

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.

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...

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.

You'll need a few things to enjoy Dolby Atmos in your home theater, which our expert Eric explains in this short video.

A home stereo system built around an integrated amplifier is perfect for a serious music lover. Learn what to look for as you shop.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shelf systems buying guide
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.

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.

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
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.

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.