The Best Bookshelf Speakers Under $200

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In A Nutshell The best bookshelf speakers under $200 are the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR speakers. These inexpensive speakers are great value. These speakers were designed by Andrew Jones, a noted speaker designer. One of his other notable designs are the TAD Reference One’s which sell for slightly more money than the SP-BS22-LRs -- $70K. Professional reviewers like the SP-BS22-LRs. Neil Gader, in his review for The Absolute Sound magazine, had this to say, “The BS22 has an honest tonal signature … [Read more...]

The Best Headphones Under $200 For 2013

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The Beyerdynamic DT-990-Pro-250 is the highest fidelity headphone you can buy for under $200. I own this one, and it's amazing. I've spent a lot of time examining headphone lists created by audiophiles, and this headphone was recommended many times. It's an open headphone -- this mean others around will be able to hear your music. I recommend using a mini-amplifier with these headphones, you intend to use them with a portable MP3 player. I have a Fiio E10 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier and it works … [Read more...]

The Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker Of 2013

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Before this year, the quality of Bluetooth Speakers was pretty pitiful. This year, there are speakers like the Bose SoundLink Mini Speaker, which reviewers absolutely adore. On Amazon, it gets an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 628 reviewers. The Bose SoundLink Mini Speaker has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that delivers about 6 hours of playtime. The first impression you get when you take the SoundLink Mini out of the box is how substantial it feels. It weighs 1.5 pounds and has … [Read more...]

The 20 Highest Rated Earbuds & Headphones For 2012

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In this post, I've compiled an updated list of the best rated earphones and headphones for 2012. This list has evolved over a couple of years -- I've tried to include the most vetted headphones and earphones available, as well as a couple of new headphones that are getting great reviews. I've tried to cover all the basic types of headphones available today: earbuds, wireless earphones, sport earphones, noise-cancelling headphones, full-sized headphones and wireless headphones. LG Tone … [Read more...]

Cheatsheet: The Top Rated Home Theater Equipment Of 2011

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Sometimes you just need the facts -- here is our cheatsheet listing all the top rated home theater equipment of 2011. This list is based on reviews we found on CNET, Amazon and Home Theater Review: A/V Receivers The Top Rated A/V Receiver Under $350: Onkyo TX-NR509 or Yamaha RX-V667 The Top Rated A/V Receiver $350-$400: Onkyo TX-NR609 or Pioneer VSX-1021-K The Top Rated A/V Receiver $400-$500:  Yamaha RX-V671BL The Top Rated A/V Receiver $500-$600: Denon AVR-1912 The Top Rated A/V … [Read more...]

The Best Stereo Receiver Under $250: Harmon Kardon 3390

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Harmon Kardon, founded in 1953, helped create the high-fidelity audio industry, and today the company continues to produce great audio gear. Featured here is Harmon Kardon's 3390 receiver, which has a clean, minimalist design. Selling for about $210, this receiver is really a high-end device at a budget price. Like all Harman Kardon stereo and A/V receivers, it incorporates the company's long-standing high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier designs with discrete output transistors. As a … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Waterproof Headphones

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Today, water lovers can bring their tunes with them and still get quality sound. Not just for swimmers, waterproof headphones are beneficial for all sports enthusiasts since they are also sweatproof and can be rinsed off after use. By reading reviews across the web (iLounge and CrunchGear are good sources), we've come up with a list of the top rated waterproof headphones. H2O Audio Surge 2G Waterproof Headphones H2o Audio, an innovator in developing underwater accessories, has recently … [Read more...]

Cheatsheet: The Top Rated Portable Electronics Of 2011

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Here is our list of the top rated portable electronics of 2011. The review sources we consulted were: CNET, PC Magazine, Trusted Reviews, Consumer Reports, Digital Photography Review and Amazon reviewers. The Top Rated Portable Electronics Of 2011 Earbuds / Earphones The Top Rated Wireless Portable Earphone: Etymotic Research Ety8 The Top Rated Wired Portable Earphone: Etymotic hf5 Earphones The Top Rated Portable Noise-Cancelling Earphone: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC3 The Top Rated … [Read more...]

The Best Bookshelf Speakers Under $300: RTi A1 By Polk

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These RTi A1 speakers from Polk Audio are perhaps the best bookshelf speakers that can be purchased for under $300. They have an excellent sound that rivals speakers costing many times more. Robert J. Reina from Stereophile Magazine had this to say about the speakers: I enjoyed every minute I spent with the RTi A1. The speaker's greatest strengths -- the natural and detailed midrange, the excellent bass extension -- are unheard of at this size and price, and its minor deviations from neutrality … [Read more...]

The Best Rated iPad Speaker Docks

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Soundfreaq Sound Platform ($180) Currently, the Sound Platform by Soundfreaq is the top rated iPad speaker dock. It features Bluetooth connectivity, meaning any mobile device that supports Bluetooth can be used with this dock. The Sound Platform got good reviews from CNET, iLounge, Pocket Lint and MacLife. CNET gives it a overall rating of "Very Good", saying: You'll have a hard time finding a more stylish and feature-packed speaker choice in this price range. The inclusion of … [Read more...]