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.

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Russound Puts High-Res Audio Pair into XStream Lineup

Russound’s new XSource

NH-based manufacturer Russound has announced its latest high resolution audio products.

During a brief conference call with the media, Russound said that dealers should soon be on the lookout for its upcoming controller and touchscreen products. Russound is launching new streaming audio products that support high resolution audio up to 24-bit/192kHz. It developed these products as easy add-on

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Bluesound Updates High-Res Audio Lineup with Gen 2

Bluesound Gen 2 High Resolution Audio Lineup

Back when Bluesound first hit the market, it offered an alternative to whole-house audio product lines that targeted more mainstream applications. The company decided not just to simply augment its existing product line—it completely revamped it.

The redesigned Gen 2 product line continues to support high resolution audio formats and features Bluesound’s proprietary BluOS operating system that connects,

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Paradigm Pushes Out Stylish Pair of Prestige Subwoofers

Rachel Cericola
Paradigm Speakers Prestige 2000SW

Want to a put a little boom into your room? You’re going to need a subwoofer. You could go with a subwoofer that sticks out like a sore thumb—or you can opt for one that sticks out as a conversation starter, like something from Paradigm Speakers.

The company just started shipping two new subwoofers: the 12-inch

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Yamaha Targets Sonos with MusicCast Audio Collection

Rachel Cericola
Yamaha MusicCast is a Sonos alternative

If you’re seeking a Sonos alternative, there are certainly a lot of options out there. Of course, a lot of people wonder why you’d want something like that, when Sonos products are so plentiful. Now, Yamaha is delivering an answer.

The company’s MusicCast lineup has capabilities and product options that go beyond what several manufacturers are

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NHL Legend Brett Hull Scores Golden Audio Setup

Rachel Cericola
The hockey Hall-of-Famer has a home packed with Elan g! control, custom Triad audio speakers, and more.

Brett Hull followed in the footsteps of his father Bobby, all the way to the Hockey Hall of Fame. However, when it comes to home technology, Brett has an all-star lineup that stands out on its own, with whole-house control, custom audio speakers, and plenty of other components.

Brett and his wife Darcie own a 10,000-square-foot

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Best Speaker Placement: Bipole, Dipole & Direct

best speaker system placement

By Dennis Burger

For the obsessive home theater aficionado, it’s the ultimate horror: You enter a friend’s house and spot a home theater system. It may not have the best speaker system, but everything looks reasonably normal at first. Left and right speakers flank the screen and a center channel sits above or below. Then you

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Can I Get Sued If My Audio System Is Too Loud?

decibel levels

Earlier this year, security and entry-level home automation giant ADT was sued by one of its subscribers who claimed the company’s alarm siren was so loud it caused permanent damage to his hearing. The case brings up an interesting dilemma for a custom integrator: can you get sued by a subscriber for setting up a

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Yamaha Delivers Audiophile Quality with A-S1100 Amp

Rachel Cericola
Yamaha Amplifier A-S1100

If you’ve got some extra space in your AV cabinet, you can fill that void with a Yamaha amplifier. The company recently announced a nice little option, known as the A-S1100. It’s the ultimate integrated amp, perfect for soothing your inner audiophile.

Designed specifically for the discerning user with AV separates, this Yamaha amplifier features a

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Amazon Echo is Now Shipping

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

Ready for another Sonos alternative? The Amazon Echo just started shipping to the very happy masses.

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

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PlanterSpeakers Packs Outdoor Speakers into Funky Planter Box

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PlanterSpeakers Packs Outdoor Speakers into Funky Planter

Typically, outdoor speakers stick out like a sore thumb. While some consider it to be a high-tech badge of honor, others prefer to have audio blend seamlessly into the backyard or other outdoor areas. And no matter what color you paint outdoor speakers, those boxy units hanging off the side of your house, on the patio and by the pool aren’t fooling

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How to Pick the Best Soundbar

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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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19 Sexy Speakers for Home Stereo or Home Theater Systems

EH Staff
Bowers and Wilkins Nautilus Speakers

Some of the sounds and fashions of the ‘70s are timeless. However, when it comes to ‘70s looking home stereo systems, that fad is as dead as disco.

We love that some audio systems manufacturers are happy making perfect speakers in perfectly square (and rectangular) shapes. However, there are plenty looking to go outside of that

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