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 Dave Bar

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.

Home theater receivers buying guide
by Crutchfield Writing Team

From playing music to delivering surround sound thrills, today's home theater receivers offer more than ever. Learn how to find a model that's right for you.

Miss your favorite records? Converting them to MP3 or another digital format 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.

Keeping your A/V Gear Clean
by Kristen Schaub

Are you the type of person who has a nice A/V system and wants to take good care of it? Cleaning it regularly — and correctly — is part of the equation.

Our new in-house Labs will help us dig even deeper into the equipment we sell. From acoustically optimized listening rooms to advanced test benches, we'll bring you meaningful measurements along with real-world impressions from our savvy experts.

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 digital-to-analog converter and a versatile digital preamp.

Cambridge Audio's CXC CD transport was designed to do one thing extremely well: read your CDs with the utmost precision. It delivers digital data from your CDs straight into the DAC or integrated amplifier of your choosing.