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Ready for home theater surround sound? Find out which speakers you need and what role each speaker will play in your system.

If you're in the process of choosing home theater speakers, knowing the basics of speaker placement can help you make the smartest choice for your room.

Because most people, from surround sound novices to A/V experts, find new formats a little confusing, we've provided a quick description of how each format works.

Speaker wire guide
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Most speakers don't include wire, and choosing from the available options can sometimes be confusing. Let us help you untangle the wire mess.

Subwoofers are dedicated solely to reproducing low-frequency sounds. While this may not be the most glamorous job in a stereo or home theater system, the subwoofer can be a crucial part of your overall listening experience. Find out why.

A chart that shows what each surround format does, how many channels each uses, and the types of media with which the formats may be used.

Mirage's Nanosats feature a speaker design with "omnipolar technology" for an expanded soundfield. Tara Wisnewski tested this system in her apartment with great results.

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.

When I moved into my new house, I wanted to create a room for great home theater and music listening. In part one of this series, I outlined my general plan to create such a space in my...