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Home Theater Setup

Got a question on how to setup a surround system or calibrate a subwoofer? Audioholics has the answers. Most of our writers are industry trained professional and installers and they share their trade secrets in our articles. Learn how to shop for the right AV gear to fit your needs. Then get invaluable tips on proper setup and calibration so you can achieve the best home theater experience possible.

Entertainment Centers: Destroyer of Good Sound Systems

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Entertainment Centers: Destroyer of Good Sound Systems

— March 31, 2021 01:00

Fancy home theater entertainment centers can wreck the fidelity of a good sounding hi-fi system. We discuss what to avoid to maintain the best performance of your audio equipment when placed in furniture.

Arylic Up2Stream DIY Boards: Build Your Own Media Server

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Arylic Up2Stream DIY Boards: Build Your Own Media Server

— March 08, 2021 08:00

Arylic offers what they call a DIY line of audio equipment that can serve as the basis of a low-cost home stereo system functioning as a multi-zone media server. Best of all you can build it yourself.

2020 Audioholics Product Of Year Award Winners

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2020 Audioholics Product Of Year Award Winners

— December 25, 2020 10:00

Here is our list for the 2020 Product of the Year Award winners based on audio products we reviewed that really stood out among their peers in loudspeakers, subwoofers, receivers, headphones and more.

Best Powered Subwoofers Under $1,500 for 2021

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Best Powered Subwoofers Under $1,500 for 2021

— December 21, 2020 08:00

If you have a healthy budget and are starting to get serious in making a powerful home theater or heavy-duty music system, we have selected a group of $1,400 subwoofers that deserve your attention.

2020 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

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2020 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

— November 26, 2020 12:00

Our 2020 Christmas Gift Guide includes wireless speakers, noise cancelling headphones, powered subwoofers, AV receivers & streaming amplifiers and a must have item under everyone's tree this year.

6 Best Powered Subwoofers Under $1,000 for 2020

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6 Best Powered Subwoofers Under $1,000 for 2020

— November 24, 2020 21:00

Looking for a powered subwoofer that doesn't tip the price scale over $1,000? Check out the Audioholics guide to the 6 best subwoofers available in 2020 under $1K based on performance and features.

6 Best Powered Subwoofers Under $500 for 2020

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6 Best Powered Subwoofers Under $500 for 2020

— September 28, 2020 01:00

Audioholics has refreshed its recommended $500 powered subwoofer list for 2020 to reflect newer models with leading-edge innovations. Get the best bass for your money here.

Amazon Recommended Audiophile 2-Channel System for Under $750

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Amazon Recommended Audiophile 2-Channel System for Under $750

— January 02, 2020 10:00

Looking for a great 2-channel system to get that hard to buy for audiophile? We've put together a great system for under $750 all available on Amazon. Start you wish list now so Santa can send it out.

2019 Audioholics Product of Year Award Winners

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2019 Audioholics Product of Year Award Winners

— December 17, 2019 04:00

Here is our list for the 2019 Product of the Year Award winners based on direct review experience of audio products that really stood out among their peers in loudspeakers, subwoofers, receivers and more.

2019 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

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2019 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

— November 25, 2019 22:00

Our 2019 Audioholics AV electronics Christmas Gift Guide is full of AV goodies ranging from surround receivers, soundbars, and wireless speakers at great deals so check it out and spread the holiday cheer.

Amazon Exclusive $1,500 5.2.4 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

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Amazon Exclusive $1,500 5.2.4 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

— November 11, 2019 01:00

Our $1,500 5.2.4 recommended home theater system can be bought from Amazon, features serious components from Sony, Polk, and Onkyo and gets you better than HTiB performance and immersive surround.

 $1,500 5.1 Channel Expandable Recommended Home Theater System

Recommended Home Theater Systems

$1,500 5.1 Channel Expandable Recommended Home Theater System

— September 04, 2019 01:00

Recommended System: Drop that home theater in a box. Today the Audioholics build a high performance home theater system on a $1,000 budget. Click to find out which components we picked.

$750 Recommended 5.1 Surround System That Destroys a HTIB & Soundbar

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$750 Recommended 5.1 Surround System That Destroys a HTIB & Soundbar

— August 08, 2019 19:00

We put together a budget friendly 5.1 recommended home theater system for $750 that will crush any HTIB or soundbar, especially for music. Get this if you're an audiophile on a budget.

 All-in-One Remote Controls for the Smart Home of 2019

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All-in-One Remote Controls for the Smart Home of 2019

— July 30, 2019 01:00

From a replacement universal remote for your home theater system to complete smart home solutions, we'll go over today's most sophisticated remote options for 2019.

Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability

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Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability

Brad Hintze — March 20, 2019 08:00

Frustrated with your wireless WiFi network? We give you 5 pro tips on how to get a rock solid WiFi signal to your home theater to create a stable network throughout your home.

Audio Video Cable Budget Guidelines

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Audio Video Cable Budget Guidelines

— January 28, 2019 22:00

This is a Cable Budget Guideline for HDMI, Component Video, Speaker cables, interconnects and power cords to help you get the most from your home theater system without wasting money on snake oil.

2018 Audioholics Product of Year Award Winners

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2018 Audioholics Product of Year Award Winners

— December 14, 2018 14:00

The Audioholics Product of the Year Award includes the best AV products we've reviewed in 2018 including loudspeakers, subwoofers, 2ch gear and AV receivers from budget to the ultimate performers.

2018 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

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2018 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

— November 23, 2018 00:00

Here is our 2018 Audioholics AV electronics Christmas Gift Guide of AV goodies that will bring you audio joy and holiday cheer. Some of these items are at limited-time discount prices so don't miss out!

5 Steps to Better Bass in Your Home Theater

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5 Steps to Better Bass in Your Home Theater

— October 31, 2018 16:00

Getting good bass in your home theater isn't difficult if you follow our 5-Step procedure outlined in this article and YouTube video tutorial. Deep impactful bass is within your grasp. Make it so!

How to Set Up a Home Studio for Beginners

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How to Set Up a Home Studio for Beginners

Zahub Shahid — June 25, 2018 00:00

Creating your own home recording studio will save you time and money if you do it right. Check out our set up tips and recommendations on room acoustics, speaker selection and other gear needed.

Best AV Receivers of 2018: 6 Flagship Models Compared!

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Best AV Receivers of 2018: 6 Flagship Models Compared!

— June 21, 2018 00:00

We've listed our 2018 top picks for AV receivers. From the $4k 13.2CH Denon AVR-X8500H to the $2,200 Yamaha RX-A3080 9.2CH 3D Atmos/DTS:X receiver with AI, see the best AVR products of the year.

4 Free Audio Recording Software For a Mac Compared

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4 Free Audio Recording Software For a Mac Compared

Zahub Shahid — May 20, 2018 20:00

Today we review 4 free audio recording software for the Mac. All 4 programs are free and the best part about these audio recording programs are how incredibly easy they are to use. Read on.

Tips To Create Your Home Gaming Room

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Tips To Create Your Home Gaming Room

Henry Jones — March 06, 2018 00:00

Looking to integrate a game room into your home theater. This article gives you some tips and tricks on how to achieve just the right look for your audiohlic home.

2017 Audioholics Product of the Year Award Winners

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2017 Audioholics Product of the Year Award Winners

— December 22, 2017 00:00

We selected the best speakers, AV receivers and preamps, UHD Blu-ray, etc for this model year that we reviewed or personally demoed and chose them as our 2017 Product of the Year Award winners.

2017 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

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2017 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

— November 23, 2017 18:00

As is our annual tradition, we have put together our 2017 Audioholics AV electronics Christmas gift guide of affordable audio gear and accessories that can really enhance your holiday season. Read on.

$2,500 5.1 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

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$2,500 5.1 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

— July 03, 2017 10:00

Looking to get a killer 5.1 home theater with UHD capability with expandability for immersive surround sound? Check out our recently updated $2,500 recommended system.

Achieving Home Theater Feng Shui

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Achieving Home Theater Feng Shui

Dawn Gordon Luks — May 22, 2017 00:00

There are many different ways to create a hidden home theater. All it takes is a little planning and a bit of creativity. This article addresses these concerns and shows real world solutions. Read on.