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How-to Guides: Home Audio

If you're in the process of choosing home theatre speakers, knowing the basics of speaker placement can help you make the smartest choice for your room.

What's the best place to set up your home theatre receiver? This article offers helpful tips for deciding on the perfect spot.

In this step-by-step guide, we show you how to set up your home theatre receiver. Learn about placement, connections, calibration, network setup, and remote control.

Do your TV's built-in speakers sound weak? Learn about four ways to get better TV sound: a sound bar, stereo speakers, a pre-matched home theatre system (also known as a home theatre in a box), and a full-blown component home theatre system.

Wondering how to conceal the wires hanging down from your wall-mounted TV? Have a snarled mess of cables behind your home theatre receiver? Worried about exposed speaker wires? These problems can be solved simply and cheaply. Learn all about cable wraps, ties, wire channels, and other solutions.

When rear speakers are out of the picture, is simulated surround sound a valid solution? We put Yamaha's new Virtual CINEMA FRONT surround processing to the test.

Proper setup of your turntable or record player helps you get the best performance and sound quality by ensuring it is operating under ideal conditions.

Hooking up a basic sound bar to your TV is easy. But things get a bit more complicated if you want to connect your cable box, Blu-ray player, and game console to your sound bar. Learn how to make the right connections and how to set up your new sound bar.

Why bi-amp your speakers?
by Kramer Crane

Using a 7-channel receiver to power five speakers? That extra power need not go to waste. See how to put the two unused amplifier channels to work for better sound.

What is Roon? It's not just management software for your digital music library. It also can control multi-room audio playback, control the quality of sound, and provide additional info about your tracks. In short, it makes your music library fun to enjoy again.

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