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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.

Home speakers 101
by Kramer Crane

What you need to know before you start shopping for home speakers.

What are the best surround sound speakers for your home? The answer largely depends on the size of your room. This guide walks you through how to build a well-matched home theater system. Learn the role that each speaker plays, along with tips for choosing the right ones for your system.

Stereo speakers from MartinLogan, KEF, and Klipsch are among our best picks for 2018. Learn why we love them, and read testimonials from our happy customers. We've included shopping advice to help you choose the right pair for you room, along with tips on getting the best sound from your speakers.

Best sound bars for 2018
by Jeff Miller

Sound bars from Yamaha, Sonos, Bose, ZVOX, and Polk Audio top the list of best picks for 2018. Learn why we like them, and follow the links to see hundreds of customer reviews. Read our buying tips to better understand what to look for when shopping for a Blu-ray player.

Speaker wire guide
by Steve Kindig

Most home speakers don't come with wire. What gauge (thickness) do you need? Is there a special kind of wire for in-wall installation? How many feet of wire will you need to buy? What kind of connectors are best? We'll help you choose the right kind of speaker wire for your home audio system.

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.

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

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

If you're in the process of choosing home theater speakers, knowing the basics of speaker placement can help you make the smartest choice for your room.

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.

Looking for a simple way to improve your TVs sound? A sound bar may be the solution.

Before you purchase outdoor speakers, you need a good systems plan. How many speakers do you need? How much amplifier power? Where should the speakers go? A Crutchfield A/V system designer explores three outdoor sound system examples.

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