Soundbars and sound bases are excellent alternatives to full surround sound systems.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
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
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
Expert Commentary: Streaming Music Is Fundamentally Changing the Way We Listen
Over the past 10 years, we at Sonos have had the privilege of a front-row seat as streaming music has evolved; we’ve watched inspiring innovative ideas and technologies emerge and take shape. Some of these flourished, while others faded away. Through it all, two things remained constant: The passion music fans feel for their favorite […]Get the Guide
The 2-Channel Listening Room
You’ve conquered the setup of a surround-sound system. Those five or more speakers and a subwoofer or two have made movie watching so much more engaging and realistic. Your music sounds great powering through this multi-speaker arrangement, too. But there’s an even better way to listen to your song collection: A two-channel stereo setup is […]Get the Guide
Wild Thing: Home of the Year Over $50,000 Gold
WHEN MOST PEOPLE hire someone to install surveillance cameras into their home, they do it mainly for security purposes. Whether the cameras will be used to keep tabs on the residence while the family is on vacation or as a way to know when someone steps onto the property, they provide the valuable peace of […]Get the Guide
Fluance XLBP Bipolar Audio Speakers Bring Cinema Sound to the Home
These wide dispersion bipolar audio speakers are designed to deliver big sound in almost any space.
These wide dispersion bipolar audio speakers are designed to deliver big sound in almost any space.Get the Guide
5 Best Home Theater Receivers Under $500
Despite the growth of powered soundbars and sound bases (or stand speakers—whatever you want to call them) that have been replacing traditional surround sound speaker systems, the home theater receiver is still the master of the media room. Home theater receivers, or AV receivers, range in price from under $200 all the way up to […]Get the Guide