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Choosing Between the Two Types of Turntable Phono Cartridges

How do you choose between moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC) cartridge types for turntables?

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Stereos & Receivers

Stereos and receivers have Bluetooth, 3D surround sound and so much more. Learn how to determine which ones are the best fit for your home theater...

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If Your Stereo System Is Misbehaving, It Might Be Time for a Reboot

You can reboot a stereo system if it isn't working properly. Restarting your stereo is as easy as restarting most electronics like computers and...

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How to Use A 3D Blu-ray Player and 3D TV With A Non-3D AV Receiver

Do you have a 3D Blu-ray player and TV, but your home theater receiver is not 3D compatible? Check out some possible workarounds.

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Yamaha's R-N602 and R-N402 Stereo Receivers: Merging Old With New

If you are looking for a two-channel stereo receiver for serious music-only listening, check out the Yamaha R-N602 and R-N402.

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Surround Sound and Home Theater Receiver Basics

The topic of home theater receivers and surround sound may be confusing for many, but it doesn't have to be. Find out what you really need to know.

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Do Video Signals Need to Be Routed Through a Home Theater Receiver?

The pros and cons of routing audio and video signals from Blu-ray/DVD players, cable boxes, or other source devices through a home theater receiver.

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Multi-Zone Home Theater Receivers: What You Need to Know

Multi-zone audio (and sometimes video) capability is now a common feature in most home theater receivers, find out what it is and how you can use it.

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Comparing Jamo's J10, J12, J110, and J112 Subwoofers

See a quick comparison of Jamo's subwoofer lineup, J 10 SUB, J 12 SUB, J 110 SUB, and J 112 SUB, complementing its Studio and Concert speaker series.

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How to Adjust Your Stereo Audio Equalizer for Best Performance

The stereo audio equalizer is one of the easiest and most convenient tools for adjusting frequencies to best match personal listening preferences.

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Wondering What Kind of Receiver to Get? Channels Affect the Experience

An overview of 2.0, 2.1, 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 channel stereo and home theater systems, along with notable features and how to choose the best one.

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Do Bluetooth Receivers Really Sound Different?

Do Bluetooth receivers really sound different? We compare the sound quality of models from Arcam, Audioengine, DBPower and Mass Fidelity receivers.

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Want Fuller Smartphone/Tablet Audio? Connect Them to a Stereo System

Connect your stereo system to your phone or tablet. While it's convenient to use portable speakers, your stereo system doesn't have to collect dust.

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Is Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) Really That Big a Deal?

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) compares input and output audio signals, expressed as a percentage. Lower values represent better sonic reproduction.

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The Guide to Home Theater, AV, and Surround Sound Receiver Connections

Here are up-close pictures and explanations of the connections used on home theater (aka AV and surround sound) receivers.

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No Sound Coming From Your Stereo? Here's How to Diagnose and Solve It

Troubleshooting a stereo system/receiver not making sound begins with isolating problems. These steps help guide you through the common solutions.

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What Is Signal-to-Noise Ratio and Why Is It Important?

Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR or S/N) compares levels of a signal against noise, often expressed as a measurement of decibels (dB) in relation to audio.

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Tight on Money? Here's How to Build a Home Stereo System on a Budget

Building a home stereo system doesn't have to cost a fortune. Here's how to shop for the equipment you need while staying within budget.

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How to Set Up a Home Theater System

Setting up a home theater system using separate components may seem complicated, but it doesn't have to be. Learn how to do it like a pro.

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Can You Make a Home Theater Wireless?

A wireless home theater or entertainment system can refer to a setup that has a set of wireless surround sound speakers or a system that incorporates...

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Your Receiver May Be Fully Capable of Creating Superb Multi-Room Audio

Many receivers are capable of creating multi-room or multi-source audio/video environments, often with the benefits of built-in amplifiers and zones.

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The Sony STR-DN1070 Home Theater Receiver Profiled

The Sony 7.2 channel STR-DN1070 home theater receiver provides value and performance for a home theater setup. Check out the details.

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Onkyo HT-S3800 vs. 7800 Home-Theater-in-a-Box Systems

Onkyo offered both basic and advanced home-theater-in-a-box systems that bridged the gap between a soundbar and higher-end home theater setups.

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Improve Stereo Sound Without Spending a Dime by Following These Tips

Even a modest stereo system can sound incredible. Follow these easy steps to get the best possible audio performance from your music and speakers.

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How to Pick the Right Home Theater Receiver: 5.1 vs. 7.1

Check out some useful tips on the differences between 5.1 and 7.1 channel receivers that can help you decide which option is best for you.

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Receiver Keeps Turning Itself Off? Here's How to Solve the Problem

Stereo or home theater receivers suddenly switch off for several different reasons. Follow these steps to troubleshoot the problem.

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How to Get a Home Theater Receiver Up and Running

Getting a new receiver for your home theater? Here are the steps you'll need to take to get it all set up and ready to use.

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