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Home audio systems can be simple stereos, Bluetooth wireless speakers, home theater surround sound systems, wireless speakers and whole-house music systems. The best home music systems and speakers play back the music you want in the best possible format, including MP3, vinyl records, Internet streaming and high-resolution music downloads.


How to Pick the Best Soundbar

Rachel Cericola
How to Pick the Best Soundbar

Like it or not, soundbars have become a big part of the audio market. Even the best soundbar is pooh-poohed by the average audiophile.

But let’s get one thing straight: Soundbars are popular. Earlier this year, Quixel Research said that revenue for the soundbar market rose by 31 percent in 2014, all the way to $1.5

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Mark Levinson Details № 519 Digital Audio Player

Rachel Cericola
Harman_ML 519

We’re already looking forward to the summer—and it has nothing to do with shaking off this brutally cold weather. Sometime this July, Harman’s Mark Levinson will release a brand new digital audio player.

However, the № 519 digital audio player isn’t just your typical media streamer. It’s actually designed to be the hub of your high-performance

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4 Steps for a Better Whole-House Audio System

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Purchasing a whole-house audio system is a great way to enhance your living space. Not long ago these systems were expensive and difficult to install. No longer is this the case. With an increasing number of options available, there’s a system for nearly every type of home, budget and homeowner need. But finding the right system

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4 Steps for a Better Whole-House Audio System

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Purchasing a whole-house audio system is a great way to enhance your living space. Not long ago these systems were expensive and difficult to install. No longer is this the case. With an increasing number of options available, there’s a system for nearly every type of home, budget and homeowner need. But finding the right system

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Boost Music Quality with DACs and NAS Drives

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Music quality is back in a big way. Gone are the days of audiophiles being the only people who could truly appreciate music the way it was intended to sound from the engineers and artists. Today, thanks to advancements in technology, everyone has the potential to be a “digital audiophile.” So what specifically does a

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4 Best In-ear Bluetooth Headphones

EH Staff
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by Stewart Wolpin

Bluetooth in-ear earbuds for music listening often present more problems than their wireless convenience solve, both aural and functional. Sonically, just as the Genesis Effect in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn replaces a living planet’s ecosystem in favor of its own matrix, Bluetooth overlays an inferior codec called SBC (sub-band coding)

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Amazon Echo: Another Sonos Alternative

Rachel Cericola
Amazon Echo is the Sonos alternative that's getting a lot of attention.

Ready for another Sonos alternative? The Amazon Echo is just that.

The online retailer’s first “smart speaker” connects to your home’s WiFi to play all sorts of music, as well as audiobooks, news, weather, traffic, sports, and more. Sound familiar? However, what makes it such an interesting Sonos alternative is that it can integrate with other smart

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Invisible Speakers for Home Audio that’s Heard, Not Seen

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If you ask an interior decorator about loudspeakers, he or she will tell you they should be heard and not seen. Maybe some home theater enthusiasts and audiophiles would disagree, but a lot of people hold the opinion that speakers in an audio system should be as hidden as possible. Imagine if we could actually

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High-End Audio … On Display

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The tug of war between design and performance is no more pronounced than in the world of high-performance audio. However, the stereotype of the stereo–a set of oversized black boxes and a nest of boa constrictor cables, is only a stereotype, at least when implemented by a design-minded home systems integrator.

Dave Lalin, owner of the

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Great Accessories for Your Sonos Wireless Speakers

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Do you like Sonos wireless speakers? If you’re a Sonos fan, you probably have several of the speakers throughout the house. You may have a Sonos PLAY: 3 in the bedroom, a pair of Play: 1 speakers in the den, a Sonos Playbar in the living room and maybe a few more spread around various

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Are The Best Audiophile Headphones Planar Magnetic Headphones?

EH Staff
planar audiophile headphones

By Stewart Wolpin

Let me know if this describes you.

You’ve worked very hard and bought yourself a toy — a room in your home into which no one is allowed, not the wife and certainly not the kids. This room was designed for audiophile listening by an acoustic engineer so you could hear angels dancing on

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