When the offer came through to "audition" some new Boston Acoustics gear in my car ... well, I just couldn't refuse. After all, it'd been an awfully long time since my last upgrade, and I was eager to check out just how good Boston stuff is these days.
First of all, what is a capacitor? Can it help my stereo system sound better? How do you hook it up? Get the answers to these and other questions here in our Capacitors FAQ.
Adding a 4-channel amp to your system not only raises the sound level, but also greatly increases the sound quality of your music. This is how to tune it up:
Dave, a Crutchfield audio enthusiast, tests whether or not upgrading your earbuds and adding a NuForce iDo DAC makes your low-res music on your iPod sound better.
Steve Kindig, Tara W.
Steve, Crutchfield Senior Editor and audio enthusiast, and Tara, Crutchfield writer and digital audio enthusiast, set up a dedicated stereo listening system. They show you what you need to enjoy your music to the fullest, from a basic system to one that's more complex.
Are you an avid music lover? Then you should have a special space and the gear you need to properly indulge your passion. This article will help you put together a high-fidelity stereo music system that suits your lifestyle and the space you have in mind.
Aaron Cochron from Audioengine tells us about the P4 bookshelf speakers and N22 desktop amp, and how they can combine to make a sweet little computer audio setup.
Learn about the features and technical specifications found on many of today's receivers.
When Jo, a Crutchfield copywriter, decided it was time for a new sound system, she got a little help from Kicker for a complete overhaul. After she had a few days to enjoy her new system, we asked her about the experience.
There are a number of different ways to power a house full of speakers. Here's an overview of things you need to know.
These diagrams picture some of the most common ways people power multi-room audio systems.
Crutchfield writer Jo knew her factory audio system wasn't cutting it...she needed a car audio intervention. So she decided to replace her factory speakers with Kicker, and power them with a Kicker amp. Check out Jo's new gear, and ride along with her as she talks about the huge difference Kicker made in her sound.
Find out how to get better sound from the music on your computer using headphones in this short video.
How a set of headphones color the sound is important. For some, not having any color at all is even more important. Ralph reviews the Sennheiser HD 650 headphones.
Bill Becker, founder and CEO of BDI, talks about special features of the BDI Mirage 8222 audio/video cabinet, designed to hold and hide your audio components.
Bill Becker, founder and CEO of BDI, talks about the special features of the BDI Valera audio/video furniture line. The open design keeps your components visible, and some models have a swiveling stand so you can easily turn your TV.
Bill Becker, the founder and CEO of BDI, talks about their Avion audio/video furniture line and the improvements they made with Series II. Avion is perfect for anyone who wants a clean, linear design, and also wants to hide their components.
More of us are listening to our music on computers these days. The NuForce Icon amps and uDac digital-to-analog converters improve the quality of the music you hear through your headphones and computer speakers.
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.
Robert Ferency-Viars, Video Guest
In this video we listen to two different Kenwood bass systems. It's hard to hear the difference over the Internet, but it was easy to hear it in real life. The Kenwood trainer helps describe that difference and why it can be worth it to spend a little more sometimes.