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The Best Stereo Amplifiers Of 2012

by Justin Thomas •

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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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The Best Noise Canceling Earphones Of 2011

by Benjamin Roman •

Noise canceling headphones work their magic by producing sound frequencies that directly counter the sounds of ambient noise, while still allowing desired sounds (such as music) to come through crystal clear. Full-size noise canceling headphones can offer fantastic sound quality, but sometimes users need a smaller, more portable package for traveling or working out. To allow a streamlined in-ear design, these …

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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 Noise Cancelling Headphones Of 2011

by Benjamin Roman •

Stereo headphones with active noise cancellation technology let travelers hear their music with greater clarity and less ear fatigue. These headphones are useful for those who want to seal out their surroundings, since noise cancellation circuitry is especially effective at countering low-frequency tones (like crowd noise or engine noise on an airplane). Here are four of the best noise-cancelling headphones …

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Best Waterproof Headphones For 2011

by Tracy McGill •

Ever since we saw Michael Phelps with his headphones at the Olympics not only have we asked the question, “What’s on Michael Phelps’ iPod?”, but more importantly, “How can we too enjoy music in and around the water?”.  With science continuing to advance in developing underwater headphones, water lovers can now bring their tunes with them and still get quality …

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The Best Computer Speakers Under $400

by Ryan •

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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 …