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The Best Stereo Amplifiers

by Justin Thomas •

This year, we found that Onkyo and Harmon Kardon are the brands that produced the best budget stereo amplifiers. Above the $500 level, your best bet is a amplifier like the Marantz PM6004 Integrated Amplifier. It received What Hi-Fi’s Product Of the Year in 2011. See also our master list of American-made amplifiers and audio products on Reactual. The Best Budget Amplifier: Onkyo …

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Best Computer Speakers

by Tracy McGill •

A quality computer speaker system is required to enhance the listening pleasure of those who use their computer for music, movies, or gaming. Fortunately there are many excellent computer speakers to choose from depending upon personal needs and budget. After scouring reviews at PCMag, Cnet, CrunchGear and Amazon, the following are our picks for the best computer speakers. And the …

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The Best Computer Speakers Under $400

by Ryan •

The best computer speakers under $400 will fall somewhere in between bookshelf speaker quality and iPod speaker quality. They are specifically designed to boost a weak computer output without causing distortion, as well as providing a decent bit of headroom for volume overall. Good quality computer speakers often provide a good representation of the audio spectrum, especially if they are …

The Best Home Theater Receivers

by Ryan •

The best home theatre receivers are packed with features and give users the ability to make the most of their home theatre systems. And with great new abilities like home networking, advanced audio processing, and better speaker control, there’s not much a user can’t do with these best home theatre receivers. Many receivers even allow owners to set up multiple …

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The Best Earbud Headphones

by Ryan •

The best earbud headphones are designed to give users the best in noise isolation and sound quality. Many steps above the standard low quality headphones that come bundled with MP3 players, or even the inexpensive budget brands, these best earbud headphones earn their price tag through durability and aural brilliance. Most of these models are very ergonomically accurate, providing the …

The Best Subwoofers Under $500

by Ryan •

The best subwoofers give consumers that low end from the movie theater that can only be achieved with a dedicated bass channel. They can also fill in the missing bass element in your stereo system — pair a good subwoofer with some good bookshelf speakers, and you’d got the entire audio spectrum covered. Luckily there are a lot of manufacturers, …

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The Best Stereo Receivers

by Ryan •

Harman Kardon HK 3390 Stereo Receiver

The Versatile Harman Kardon HK 3390 Stereo Amplifier This receiver from the respected Harmon Kardon brand, is an audiophile-quality receiver that sells for under $300. It’s gets an average rating of 4.7 out 5 from 82+ Amazon reviewers. The Harman Kardon HK 3390 Stereo Receiver  uses around 80 watts for both channels and there’s an FM tuner included with room for …

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The Best MIDI Keyboards Under $500

by Justin Thomas •

MIDI controllers have become more loaded with features in recent years, a far cry from the simple keyboard-only controllers from several years back. Now many MIDI models feature full mixing controllers, such as knobs, faders, and even transport controls. Some models also have integrated effects, vocoder microphones, and drum pads for a wider range of options overall. There are only …

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The Best Bookshelf Speakers

by Ryan •

Polk Audio LSi9 Bookshelf Speakers

The best bookshelf speakers provide a full fidelity experience from a small package. These speakers are often used as studio monitors, depending on their build, but they are also at home on a shelf in a home theater setup. They usually are built with high quality tweeters and woofers and provide a decent representation of the frequency spectrum. Here are …

The Best Two-Way Radios

by Ryan •

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Right in time for the summer, two-way radios will be popping up all over the country in the thickest forests. Appropriate for everything from camping to large music festivals, two-way radios allow users to connect without worrying about cell phone signal or any other radios listening in. Many of these newer two-way radios provide weather proofing, as well as longer …