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The MC152 stereo power amplifier gives you the warm sound you'd expect from McIntosh, and the amp's output transformer delivers its full rated power to any speaker.

The McIntosh MC301 monoblock amplifier delivers its massive power to any speaker. With a dedicated amp for each speaker, you get maximum separation and soundstaging.

Polk Signature Series home speakers give you big sound for your music and home theater. They're high-res certified, and they look great, too.

We're impressed with how huge of a sound the Polk MagniFi Mini sound bar produces. It may be small, but with its wireless sub it's an instant home theater upgrade.

The NAD Masters Series M32 stereo integrated amplifier features NAD's DirectDigital circuitry, which shortens the signal path between amp and speaker for clean sound.

The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar is two products in one: a compact home theater soundbar, and a streaming music player capable of playing high-res files.

Bluesound is known for multi-room music gear that sounds top-class. Does their first TV speaker make the grade? Our expert took it home to find out.

What is DTS Virtual:X?
by Jeff Miller

DTS Virtual:X is here! We set up the Yamaha YAS-207 sound bar at Crutchfield HQ to try out this new, immersive 3D surround sound technology.

Why bi-amp your speakers?
by Kramer Crane

Using a 7-channel receiver to power five speakers? That extra power need not go to waste. See how to put the two unused amplifier channels to work for better sound.

Power line surges and lightning strikes can damage or destroy your precious audio/video gear. Learn how to select the best power protection for you.

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

Whether you grew up playing records, or you're just discovering vinyl's warm, analog sound, this article will walk you through the basics of choosing a turntable.

Smart home buying guide
by Eric Angevine

Automating a smart home, once a Hollywood fantasy, is now real, affordable, and available. Learn how it works and what it can do for you.

Audio cables buying guide
by Ralph Graves

Home audio cable buying guide, includes stereo RCA, coaxial digital, stereo minijack, optical digital (toslink), and XLR cables.

It doesn't take deep pockets or "golden ears" to obtain and appreciate good sound. Learn about the terms used to describe sound, so you can find the right audio gear.

Learn how to choose the right HDTV antenna. Find out which types of HD antennas perform best under various conditions.

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