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Buying Guides: Home Audio

The Apple AirPods are great...but they aren't the only truly wireless game in town. Our headphone guy picks his favorite 100% wire-free alternatives.

An explanation of HD Radio technology and what it means for AM and FM radio listeners...plus a little road trip to try it out and review HD Radio reception.

Phono cartridge guide
by Eric Angevine

A turntable cartridge contains the "needle," that reads the groove. Here's what you need to know to choose the right one.

Sound is half the experience of gaming. Listen to the games the way the developers intended. Pick up one of these gaming headsets for a competitive advantage. Or to simply have more fun.

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

Having trouble hearing dialogue when you watch TV? Want big movie sound without disturbing others? A pair of wireless TV headphones might be the solution you need.

Stereo speakers from Definitive Technology, KEF, Klipsch, ELAC, and PSB are among our best picks for early 2019. Learn why we love them, and read testimonials from our happy customers.

Sound bars from Yamaha, Sonos, Bose, Sony, JBL, and Polk Audio top the list of best picks. Learn why we like them, and follow the links to see hundreds of customer reviews.

Intro to home stereo systems
by Jim Richardson

How to put together a home stereo system (and why you need one). Been listening to a single wireless speaker? Learn why having two speakers is so important.

What is a headphone amp and why do you need one? Learn about portable models that travel with your phone or laptop, as well as high-end models that bring out the best in expensive headphones.

Want home theater without all the wires? Learn about the latest wireless surround sound systems from Sonos, Polk Audio, and more.

Tips on how to choose the right stereo speakers for your home. What size should you get? How much should you spend? How should you position them?

How to build an exceptional, immersive, audiophile-quality sound system for music and movies by choosing an individual preamplifier/processor and one or more stand-alone power amplifiers.

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