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Buying Guides: Headphones & Wireless

Wi-Fi speakers are the building blocks for wireless multi-room audio systems from Sonos, Bose, and other brands. Learn how to choose the best speakers for your home.

An overview of wireless speakers and audio, including Bluetooth portable speakers, AirPlay and Wi-Fi receivers, Sonos, MusicCast, and other multi-room audio systems.

Enjoy the music, videos, games and apps on your smartphone or tablet with better sound. Just stream wirelessly to a Bluetooth speaker system at home, or on-the-go.

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.

DAC buying guide
by Kramer Crane

A DAC (digital-to-analog converter) transforms digital files or streams into music. An external DAC gives you better sound than the one in your phone or computer. Portable DACs are primarily for headphones. Larger models are for home stereo. Learn how to choose the DAC that best meets your needs.

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.

Sonos buying guide
by David Brown

Interested in an easy solution for wireless audio throughout your home? We'll help you decide what Sonos gear you need to make your multi-room-music dreams come true.

Headphones glossary
by Jeff Miller

Learn about the different types of headphones and popular features.

Share music from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Go wireless with Bluetooth, AirPlay 2 or multi-room Wi-Fi speakers, or wired with powered speakers, or speaker docks.

Runners need sports headphones that are durable, moisture-resistant, and comfortable. We'll help you figure out how to choose the best sports headphones for you.

The Bose SoundTouch wireless system is a simple way to get multi-room audio. You can stream wirelessly from Spotify, iTunes, Pandora and more.

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.

A smart speaker is a perfect building block for the modern smart home. See Crutchfield's best picks for 2019.

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.

Wireless router buying guide
by Eric Angevine

How a new Wi-Fi router supports bandwidth-hungry activities like HD video streaming, audio streaming, online gaming, and video chat.

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