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From playing music in multiple rooms to delivering surround sound thrills, today's home theatre receivers offer more than ever. But how much power do you need? How many channels? How many HDMI inputs? Learn how to find the receiver that's best for you.

Home speakers 101
by Kramer Crane

What you need to know before you start shopping for home speakers.

What are the best surround sound speakers for your home? The answer largely depends on the size of your room. This guide walks you through how to build a well-matched home theatre system. Learn the role that each speaker plays, along with tips for choosing the right ones for your system.

Stereo speakers from MartinLogan, KEF, and Klipsch are among our best picks for 2018. Learn why we love them, and read testimonials from our happy customers. We've included shopping advice to help you choose the right pair for you room, along with tips on getting the best sound from your speakers.

Best sound bars for 2018
by Jeff Miller

Sound bars from Yamaha, Sonos, Bose, ZVOX, and Polk Audio top the list of best picks for 2018. Learn why we like them, and follow the links to see hundreds of customer reviews. Read our buying tips to better understand what to look for when shopping for a Blu-ray player.

Speaker wire guide
by Steve Kindig

Most home speakers don't come with wire. What gauge (thickness) do you need? Is there a special kind of wire for in-wall installation? How many feet of wire will you need to buy? What kind of connectors are best? We'll help you choose the right kind of speaker wire for your home audio system.

Multi-room audio buying guide
by Jim Richardson

When you're building or renovating a home, it's relatively easy to incorporate in-wall and ceiling speakers In an existing home, it's much easier to use wireless multi-room speakers. Learn how to plan an easy-to-use, great-sounding multi-room audio system that suits your decor and your lifestyle.

Sonos buying guide
by David Brown

Interested in an easy solution for wireless audio throughout your home? We'll help you decide what Sonos gear you need to make your multi-room-music dreams come true.

A home stereo system built around an integrated amplifier is perfect for a serious music lover. Learn what to look for as you shop.

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

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.

In this step-by-step guide, we'll simplify the process of setting up your home theatre receiver. You'll learn about proper placement, cable connections, speaker calibration, network setup, and remote control hacks. When you're finished, you'll have an easy-to-use system that sounds terrific.

Looking for a simple way to improve your TVs sound? A sound bar may be the solution.

DAC buying guide
by Kramer Crane

A DAC (digital-to-analog converter) transforms digital files or streams into music. An external DAC gives you better sound than the one in your phone or computer. Portable DACs are primarily for headphones. Larger models are for home stereo. Learn how to choose the DAC that best meets your needs.

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