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From playing music in multiple rooms to delivering surround sound thrills, today's home theater receivers offer more than ever. Learn how to find the receiver that's best for you.

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.

In this step-by-step guide, we show you how to set up your home theater receiver. Learn about placement, connections, calibration, network setup, and remote control.

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.

What's the best place to set up your home theater receiver? This article offers helpful tips for deciding on the perfect spot.

With all the surround sound formats available today, things can get confusing. Here's a guide to walk you through your options and help you get the most out of your home theater setup.

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.

Wondering how to conceal the wires hanging down from your wall-mounted TV? Have a snarled mess of cables behind your home theater receiver? Worried about exposed speaker wires? These problems can be solved simply and cheaply. Learn all about cable wraps, ties, wire channels, and other solutions.

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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