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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

Audio Video Cable Budget Guidelines
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

Best AV Receivers of 2018: 6 Flagship Models Compared!
4 Free Audio Recording Software For a Mac Compared

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

4 Free Audio Recording Software For a Mac Compared

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Audio Video Cable Budget Guidelines

Audio Video Cable Budget Guidelines

We continue to receive numerous emails about how one should budget their spending on audio and video interconnects, HDMI and speaker cables and power cords. This cable budget guideline gives you some advice on this very topic for each type of cable to get the most out of your home theater without falling prey to cable snake oil. Be sure to check out our recently added YouTube discussion for further perspective.

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.

— January 28, 2019 22:00 in How to Shop

Best AV Receivers of 2018: 6 Flagship Models Compared!

Best AV Receivers of 2018: 6 Flagship Models Compared!

With all of the major AV manufacturers recently announcing their new AV receivers, it may be time to upgrade your home theater! We've listed our top picks for 2018 AV receivers based on performance and the latest in HD audio, video and streaming features. From the massive $4,000 13.2 Channel Denon AVR-X8500H to the $2,200 Yamaha RX-A3080 9.2 channel 3D immersive sound receiver with CINEMA DSP HD3 audio processing and Surround Sound Artificial Intelligence, you won't be disappointed in our list. So, read on and decide which new AV receiver you want just in time for summer.

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.

— June 21, 2018 00:00 in How to Shop

4 Free Audio Recording Software For a Mac Compared

4 Free Audio Recording Software For a Mac Compared

Own a Mac computer? Then this is your lucky day! Today we’ll be going over four free audio recording software for the Mac. All of the products in our list are free and the best part about these audio recording programs is how incredibly easy they are to use so you won't find yourself getting overwhelmed with how to set them up. Read on to find out the ins and outs of our Top 4 Free Audio Recording Software.

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.

Zahub Shahid — May 20, 2018 20:00 in How to Shop

Programmable Universal Remote Control Comparison

Programmable Universal Remote Control Comparison

There are many programmable universal remote controls available at a wide range of prices and capabilities. This short list of products sheds some light on the various products available your local electronics store or through an authorized vendor. We briefly look into a few of these jacks-of-all-trades and give them a rundown for your convenience. Some are a little more expensive than others, but these are all still considered “budget” items. Read on for more information.

Looking for a "Do it all" remote control to command your home theater and not sure what to buy? This article runs through a few great budget priced universal remotes to help you decide.

— August 03, 2016 00:00 in How to Shop

Turntable Buying Guideline

Turntable Buying Guideline

Want to know which turntable to buy? With the current resurgence of vine-yule records, turntables are again a hot item. And while most of the turntables floating around out there are survivors that were manufactured years ago, there are plenty of new ones in all price ranges from a few hundred dollars to “don’t ask”. Read the following article to get a handle on what's still good from the past and when to say goodbye to an old friend and get something new.

How do you tell if the old record player you have boxed up in storage is still worth keeping? Read the following article on turntable guidelines to find out if it's worth keeping or time to buy new.

— February 25, 2016 08:00 in How to Shop

Internet Direct Speaker Brand Comparison

Internet Direct Speaker Brand Comparison

Internet direct (ID) speaker manufacturers are often considered to provide the ultimate value in audio. However, sometimes there are hidden costs associated with their products that may nullify the advantage of cutting out the middle man. Such costs include premium drivers and finish options, and return shipping if you don't like them. This article and recent YouTube Video discussion compares the policies of most of the major Internet direct brands in an effort to help consumers make an informed decision about what they buy and whom they buy it from. You may be surprised at what we found. Please share your experiences with these brands in the dedicated forum thread for this article. Last updated 12/05/15.

Buying speakers from an Internet direct dealer can be a great option. But, sometimes there are hidden fees that you wouldn't find at a brick & mortar store. We did the research on each brand for you.

— December 06, 2015 17:00 in How to Shop

Does Price Determine Quality in Home Theater Equipment?

Does Price Determine Quality in Home Theater Equipment?

People often think "you get what you pay" for is an absolute. In consumer audio there is often more fluff than substance in terms of marketing claims. So, does this old adage still hold true when dealing with home theater equipment? In order to answer this we have broken the argument into categories (ie. cables, speakers, receivers, amplifiers and source components). Be sure to also check out our YouTube video discussion and please give us your thoughts in the dedicated forum thread.

"You get what you pay" is an old adage to live by. But, this doesn't always hold true for home theater equipment. We break it down into categories (speakers,amps,cables,source) to see how it applies.

— November 16, 2015 18:00 in How to Shop

How to Shop for Speaker Stands - A Buying Guide

How to Shop for Speaker Stands - A Buying Guide

Weight rating, construction materials, top plate construction, base and feat, height, and cable management capabilities should all be considered when shopping for speaker stands. Ignoring these aspects may affect more than just aesthetics, it could result in compromised performance or worse a busted speaker and other equipment if a speaker tumbles off the stand. Read on to learn why the six topics listed above should be considered when buying speaker stands.

Buying the right speaker stands isn't as easy it might seem, but follow the guidance in our shopping guide and you're sure to make the right choice.

— July 13, 2015 09:00 in How to Shop

Home Theater Budget & Shopping Guidelines

Home Theater Budget & Shopping Guidelines

When planning out a home theater system, it's import to define a budget based on your goals, needs and requirements. The average consumer will budget for a display, speakers, receiver, Blu-ray player, and cables. But that leaves out a large portion of expenses that can drive up the price of the project significantly. We've come up with a 30/30/30 as a starting point where the extra 10% left over can be put towards miscellaneous expenses or recombined back into what are perceived as the most important components needed in your installation. Check out our recently added YouTube video discussion which goes into more detail on how you should plan out your spending on a new home theater system.

Developing or setting a home theater budget can be tricky. You need to consider much more than an HDTV or speakers. Our guide and YouTube Video will help you plan your home theater budget. Shop smart.

— July 05, 2015 09:00 in How to Shop

Best $500/Pair Bookshelf Speaker for 2015

Best $500/Pair Bookshelf Speaker for 2015

Passive speakers will generally be the go-to choice for use with entry-level AV Receivers for use in a home theater or living room setup. We've put together a collection of some of the best bookshelf speakers from the likes of Ascends, Jamo, Phase Tech, Aperion, and SVS and NHT for someone just looking to get the best performance within a budget of $500/pair! Each of these options should provide great sound reproduction, and their availability through different channels means at least a few of them can be for trial or audition. We're confident you will discover the right speaker for your room and your tastes!

We compare seven $500/pair bookshelf speakers from Ascends, Jamo, Phase Tech, Aperion, NHT and SVS to help you choose the best speaker based on performance, aesthetics and application.

Tarunvir Bains — February 09, 2015 06:00 in How to Shop

2014 Audioholics Sound Bar Roundup

2014 Audioholics Sound Bar Roundup

There are many reasons you might want a sound bar: maybe you have no room for a conventional surround setup, or you just don't want to deal with a mess of wires. Whatever the reason, Audioholics is here to help you out. We've compiled a list of our favorite sound bars from 2014, from sub-$500 entry level models to high end >$1,000 units. If that's not enough, we've also got a spoiler alert inside for a new sound bar coming in 2015. Don't settle for the lousy sound of your HDTV. Get one of these sound bars instead IF you can't install a discrete surround sound system.

Looking for the best sound bar on the market? From sub-$500 entry level models to >$1,000 high end units, we put together a list of our favorites from 2014. Improve the sound of your HDTV.

— December 22, 2014 11:00 in How to Shop

When Should I Upgrade My AV Receiver?

When Should I Upgrade My AV Receiver?

We often get asked by our readers if they should upgrade their A/V receiver. Some of them asking this question bought a new receiver as little as a few months ago, while others are still pimping a vintage 1970’s era silver-wood panel wonder with quadraphonic stereo. This helpful guide and our Youtube Video attempts to answer this question in the best possible way to accommodate your circumstances.

Is it time to upgrade your AV Receiver? This guide should help you decide based on functionality, feature set, and intended usage. Do you need the latest in HDMI audio/video? More speakers or zones?

— December 13, 2014 08:00 in How to Shop

Buying Guide: How to Shop an A/V Receiver

Buying Guide: How to Shop an A/V Receiver

We'd like to say that we've created a definitive guide on receiver buying. Of course, every person's needs are unique. What we have tried to create is a general guide on how to whittle down your choices. Once they are down to a reasonable level, choosing between the available options will be as much an emotional decision as it is a rational one. Our hope is that, in the end, you purchase a receiver with all the features you need without paying for features you don't. Read on to find out how to get all the receiver you need without paying for features you may never use.

We've crated a general guide on how to whittle down your A/V Receiver choices. Choosing between the available options will be as much an emotional decision as it is a rational one. Happy shopping!

— November 18, 2014 09:00 in How to Shop

Best $500 AV Surround Receivers Compared

Best $500 AV Surround Receivers Compared

Are you in the market for a new A/V receiver? Do you happen to have roughly $500 to spend? This is the article for you. We've taken a look at five different models from Denon, Onkyo, Pioneer, Sony, and Yamaha, and determined which models offer the most value to the consumer. To make it so easy even a caveman can do it, there's also a handy chart. Want to know which receivers should be on your short list? Read our 2014 $500 AV Receiver comparison article to find out.

Audioholics compares five AV receivers from Denon, Yamaha, Pioneer, Sony and Onkyo priced around the $500 mark to find you the best value. Features, power and specs all compared.

— October 01, 2014 08:00 in How to Shop