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Articles & Videos: Audio Components

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.

CD player buying guide
by David Brown

Have a large CD collection? Learn about the options available on today's CD and SACD players.

DAC buying guide
by Joshua Crane

Learn how to find the best outboard digital-to-analog converter for your home or portable audio applications.

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.

From playing music to delivering surround sound thrills, today's audio video receivers offer more than ever. Learn how to find the one that's best for you.

Miss your favorite records? Converting them to CD or MP3 can make them easier to enjoy more often and in more places.

CD player glossary
by Loren Barstow

Learn about Compact Disc features and performance specifications.

Steve, Crutchfield A/V Editor, gives us a tour of the Crutchfield Labs. He talks about why we built the Labs and how they can help us find you the right gear.

Ben from Cambridge Audio talks about their brilliant digital-to-analog converter, the DacMagic Plus. It's designed to improve the sound from all your digital sources.

Cambridge Audio's Azur 851C is a high-end CD player that delivers exceptional clarity from your CD collection, and also functions as a state-of-the-art

Proper setup of your turntable or record player helps you get the best performance and sound quality by ensuring it is operating under ideal conditions.