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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.

Home Theater Calibration

Can You Get Audiophile Two-Channel Sound from Home Theater?

— June 27, 2022 01:35

Can You Get Audiophile Two-Channel Sound from Home Theater?

Can you achieve audiophile two-channel sound from a home theater? You bet! We’ll discuss ways to achieve audiophile nirvana and how to build a home theater around an existing two-channel system.

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2021 Audioholics Product of the Year Award Winners!

— December 06, 2021 08:30

2021 Audioholics Product of the Year Award Winners!

Here are our 2021 Product of the Year Award winners based on audio products we reviewed that really stood out among their peers in loudspeakers, subwoofers, integrated amplifier, headphones and more.

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2021 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

— November 25, 2021 03:20

2021 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

We put together some great holiday gift ideas for 2021 to help your audiophile loved ones build a kick ass home theater system for under $4k to enjoy the latest streaming shows like Squid Game.

DIY Audio and Wiring

Audioholics’ Guide in Getting Good Sound From a Desktop Audio System

— June 21, 2021 01:00

Audioholics’ Guide in Getting Good Sound From a Desktop Audio System

If you think you can't get a good, high-fidelity sound from a desktop system, think again! Audioholics put together a guide that can help you take your desktop sound system from "meh" to "mind-blown"!

How to Shop

Our Top Six $700/Pair Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

— April 17, 2021 01:20

Our Top Six $700/Pair Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

Our top choices for $700 bookshelf speakers for 2021 spans a range of different designs, but one thing they have in common is that they all sound great. Read on to see why we chose them.

DIY Audio and Wiring

Entertainment Centers: Destroyer of Good Sound Systems

— March 31, 2021 01:00

Entertainment Centers: Destroyer of Good Sound Systems

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.

DIY Audio and Wiring

Arylic Up2Stream DIY Boards: Build Your Own Media Server

— March 08, 2021 08:00

Arylic Up2Stream DIY Boards: Build Your Own Media Server

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.

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2020 Audioholics Product Of Year Award Winners

— December 25, 2020 10:00

2020 Audioholics Product Of Year Award Winners

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.

How to Shop

Best Powered Subwoofers Under $1,500 for 2021

— December 21, 2020 08:00

Best Powered Subwoofers Under $1,500 for 2021

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.

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2020 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

— November 26, 2020 12:00

2020 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

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.

How to Shop

6 Best Powered Subwoofers Under $1,000 for 2020

— November 24, 2020 21:00

6 Best Powered Subwoofers Under $1,000 for 2020

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.

How to Shop

6 Best Powered Subwoofers Under $500 for 2020

— September 28, 2020 01:00

6 Best Powered Subwoofers Under $500 for 2020

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.

Recommended Home Theater Systems

Amazon Recommended Audiophile 2-Channel System for Under $750

— January 02, 2020 10:00

Amazon Recommended Audiophile 2-Channel System for Under $750

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.

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2019 Audioholics Product of Year Award Winners

— December 17, 2019 04:00

2019 Audioholics Product of Year Award Winners

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.

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2019 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

— November 25, 2019 22:00

2019 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

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.

Recommended Home Theater Systems

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

— November 11, 2019 01:00

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

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.

Recommended Home Theater Systems

$1,500 5.1 Channel Expandable Recommended Home Theater System

— September 04, 2019 01:00

 $1,500 5.1 Channel Expandable Recommended Home Theater System

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.

Recommended Home Theater Systems

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

— August 08, 2019 19:00

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

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.

How to Shop

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

— July 30, 2019 01:00

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

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.

Home Theater Connection Help

Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability

Brad Hintze — March 20, 2019 08:00

Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability

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.

How to Shop

Audio Video Cable Budget Guidelines

— January 28, 2019 22:00

Audio Video Cable Budget Guidelines

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.

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2018 Audioholics Product of Year Award Winners

— December 14, 2018 14:00

2018 Audioholics Product of Year Award Winners

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.

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2018 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

— November 23, 2018 00:00

2018 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

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!

Subwoofer Setup

5 Steps to Better Bass in Your Home Theater

— October 31, 2018 16:00

5 Steps to Better Bass in Your Home Theater

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!

DIY Audio and Wiring

How to Set Up a Home Studio for Beginners

Zahub Shahid — June 25, 2018 00:00

How to Set Up a Home Studio for Beginners

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.

How to Shop Preview

Best AV Receivers of 2018: 6 Flagship Models Compared!

— June 21, 2018 00:00

Best AV Receivers of 2018: 6 Flagship Models Compared!

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.