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Buying Guides: Receivers & Amplifiers

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

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.

First, we show you how to build a fairly simple 2- or 3-room audio system using one receiver. Want sound in more than three rooms? It can get complicated, so you may want to consult an experienced system designer. To give you an idea of what's involved, we'll look at a typical 3-zone, 5-room system.

HDMI cables buying guide
by Steve Kindig

Choosing the right HDMI cables can be tricky. We'll explain the different versions of HDMI, and we'll offer solutions to some common HDMI hookup problems.

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.

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.

With a universal remote, you can consolidate all the remote controls for your home theater system and home automation into one device.

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