Here we are in 2016, 14 years since the Sonos brand launched, and but with a thousand other audio brands on the market, Sonos is still the leading maker of wireless speakers. Why’s that? Well, for starters, the Sonos products are very good (this editor has them in several rooms of his house). They set […]Get the Guide
Soundbase vs Soundbar: Which Speaker Style is for You?
Soundbars and sound bases are excellent alternatives to full surround sound systems.Get the Guide
Great Active Speakers for a Computer Sound System
A quality digital desktop listening system requires quality active speakers to bring the music to life. Here are four worth checking out.
by Rebecca Day If you value the tunes you store on your PC (or Mac, of course), you should also value the speakers for your computer sound system. Like the throwaway earbuds that come with a smartphone, most speakers that come with laptop or desktop PCs are serviceable at best. But with hard disk space […]Get the Guide
Common Compromises in Home Theater Design, Ideas and Products
Designing a home theater is a hobby based more on guidelines than rules. Go ahead and break them; it's your house.
I won’t say I’m a snob about home theater design or equipment, but I’ve probably been heard to make a comment about friends’speaker systems or a poorly set-up TV now and then. That said, designing a home theater is a hobby based more on guidelines than rules. Often those guidelines are bent to accommodate things […]Get the Guide
The 10 Toughest High-Tech Hangouts and Their AV Systems
Some guys love power tools. Some love cars. Some are happy with a comfy chair, a remote and something to nosh on. Then there are those who need to go above and beyond—to create a space that most men only dream about. So what’s a man cave anyway? Today, we call these spaces “man caves.” […]Get the Guide
How Speakers Work: Understand the Differences in Tweeter Technology
The moving-coil loudspeaker driver was patented by Rice and Kellogg in 1924 and since then it remains largely the same in principle. Through the years engineers have worked hard to develop alternative solutions to reproduce sound. The first ribbon transducer was patented in the early 1920s, for example, followed a few years later by a […]Get the Guide
Affordable Audiophile Speakers: Inexpensive Home Stereo Systems Don’t Have to Sound Cheap
Enjoying great sounding music is not a pleasure restricted to high income brackets, but lots of people believe that the best stereo speakers—loudspeakers that can be appreciated by people who identify as audiophiles—cost an arm and a leg. Many do, but a great audio system is not dictated by price alone. There are several (more […]Get the Guide
Home Theater Subwoofer Puts Boom in This Room
Chad Hunter built this homage to audio after his encounter with a very special home theater subwoofer.Get the Guide
Why Are My Speakers Producing Static?
A reader wrote us with the following question, “Why are my speakers producing static?” Because it’s such a common issue, we thought we’d share the solutions with the rest of the Electronic House audience. Q. I recently purchased a pair of speakers that I use as my fronts, they sound great but sometimes I notice […]Get the Guide
Active Speakers vs Passive Speakers: Which to Use?
Audiophiles understand the importance of speakers in a home entertainment set-up. This is arguably the most important decision made when purchasing and assembling the audio components for the system. It is certainly one of the first features shown off when fellow audiophiles drop in for some aural sampling. When selecting speakers, consumers may find themselves […]Get the Guide