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Jan 05, 2015

Reading Past Star Ratings in AV Reviews

Jerry Del Colliano discusses our five-star ratings system and explains why ratings don't (and shouldn't) tell the whole story in any review. Continue Reading
Reading Past Star Ratings in AV Reviews

Dec 29, 2014

The Pioneer SW-8MK2 Meets the Meters

Our previous review of Pioneer's $160 SW-8MK2 subwoofer certainly generated some chatter, so we asked Brent Butterworth to dig a little deeper. How did the SW-8MK2 (both the stock and modified versions) perform on his test bench. Read on to find out. Continue Reading
The Pioneer SW-8MK2 Meets the Meters

Dec 22, 2014

Pros and Cons of Today's Top Streaming Media Players

Trying to decide which streaming media player to add to your home entertainment system? Adrienne Maxwell offers the pros and cons for the major offerings from Roku, Amazon, Apple, and Google. Continue Reading
Pros and Cons of Today's Top Streaming Media Players

Dec 15, 2014

The Good, Better, and Best Headphones on the Market Today

In our third Good Better Best article, Brent Butterworth covers the headphone category, which includes a lot of worthy options for audiophiles of all budgets. Wondering what to look for at the different price points? Whether to go over-ear, on-ear, or in-ear? Brent has the answers. Continue Reading
The Good, Better, and Best Headphones on the Market Today

Dec 08, 2014

The Good, Better, and Best AV Receivers on the Market Today

In the second installment of our Good Better Best series, we break down the crowded and often-confusing AV receiver category. What will your money get you in the entry-level, mid-level, and high-end categories, in both performance and features? Continue Reading
The Good, Better, and Best AV Receivers on the Market Today

Nov 30, 2014

Why AV Enthusiasts Should Be Mad at Fireplaces

Some people won't consider buying a home that lacks a fireplace, so who would be crazy enough to rip out or cover up their living room's beautiful fireplace? Someone who cares about AV performance, that's who. Jerry Del Colliano discusses why AV lovers should shun these acoustic and logistical nightmares. Continue Reading
Why AV Enthusiasts Should Be Mad at Fireplaces

Nov 24, 2014

The Good, Better, and Best HDTVs on the Market Today

To assist our readers with any AV-related holiday shopping they might do, we're introducing a series of "Good, Better, Best" articles that explain what you can expect to find at various price points, with some product examples. The first category: HDTVs. Continue Reading
The Good, Better, and Best HDTVs on the Market Today

Nov 17, 2014

Who Is on Your Audiophile Mount Rushmore?

If you had to pick four people to honor on the Audiophile Mount Rushmore, who would they be and why? Check out our list of potential candidates, and see who Jerry Del Colliano would select. Continue Reading
Who Is on Your Audiophile Mount Rushmore?

Nov 09, 2014

Seven Steps to Hi-Res Audio Heaven

Intrigued by high-resolution audio but unsure how to begin? Mark Smotroff outlines the gear you need and other important things to consider as you begin your journey toward higher-quality music. Continue Reading
Seven Steps to Hi-Res Audio Heaven

Nov 03, 2014

Five AV Categories That Are Much Cheaper (and Better) Than They Were Five Years Ago

There's no denying that your hard-earned dollar goes a lot further these days when it comes to buying AV gear. Jerry Del Colliano highlights five categories where prices have fallen as performance has risen. Continue Reading
Five AV Categories That Are Much Cheaper (and Better) Than They Were Five Years Ago

Oct 27, 2014

The Resurgence of the Over-the-Air DVR

The rise of the cord-cutter has breathed new life into an old category: the over-the-air DVR. Adrienne Maxwell highlights popular new products in this category, which do a lot more than just tune in and record over-the-air signals. Continue Reading
The Resurgence of the Over-the-Air DVR

Oct 20, 2014

Listening to Music By Mood Versus Album

How do you listen to music these days? Do you still listen to albums in their entirety, or have playlists and shuffle forever changed the way you experience music? Continue Reading
Listening to Music By Mood Versus Album

Oct 13, 2014

Can DTS Play-Fi Dethrone Sonos?

The Play-Fi multiroom wireless audio system from DTS is gaining momentum amongst manufacturers. How does it compare with other wireless audio technologies, and can it give the reigning king, Sonos, a run for its money? Continue Reading
Can DTS Play-Fi Dethrone Sonos?

Oct 06, 2014

There Is No AV Without IT Today

Assembling high-performance AV systems isn't just about the video and audio gear nowadays. It's all about networking. If you're planning a home theater install or upgrade, Jerry Del Colliano says, "Don't skimp on the IT." Continue Reading
There Is No AV Without IT Today

Sep 29, 2014

Should You Open A Stereo Store?

It's a crazy question, isn't it: should you (or someone you know) open a stereo store? It's no breaking news... Continue Reading
Should You Open A Stereo Store?

Sep 21, 2014

CEDIA 2014 Show Report and Photo Slideshow

Adrienne Maxwell discusses the major themes of CEDIA 2014 and provides details on some of the hottest new products on display. Continue Reading
CEDIA 2014 Show Report and Photo Slideshow

Sep 15, 2014

Four Reasons Why Ultra HD Is Becoming More Relevant to Consumers

There are plenty of Ultra HD TVs to buy right now, but the lack of content keeps a lot of shoppers on the sidelines. Jerry Del Colliano highlights some recent announcements that show Ultra HD is headed in the right direction. Continue Reading
Four Reasons Why Ultra HD Is Becoming More Relevant to Consumers

Sep 07, 2014

Do You Need to Love Music to Be a True Audiophile?

What does it mean to be an audiophile? Do you need to be passionate about music (or movies), or can it be all about the sound reproduction itself? Our writers weigh in. Continue Reading
Do You Need to Love Music to Be a True Audiophile?

Sep 01, 2014

Will Blu-ray Discs Be the Real Casualty in Amazon's Current War?

As leverage in current negotiations with companies like Disney and Warner Brothers, Amazon has chosen to prevent pre-order sales on big-name Blu-ray releases. Will this affect current disc sales and the future of physical media? Continue Reading
Will Blu-ray Discs Be the Real Casualty in Amazon's Current War?

Aug 25, 2014

The Incredible Shrinking Release Date

Remember when you had to wait a year for a home video release? Today, release windows have shrunk to almost no time at all, and Brandon Eberhart wonders if this is good or bad for the movie industry. Continue Reading
The Incredible Shrinking Release Date

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