The Top Rated Earbuds Of 2012

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Here are the top rated earphones of 2012:   MEElectronics M6 Earbuds Average Amazon Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (from 329+ reviewers)   These M6 Earbuds by MEElectronics are more durable and provide better sound that comparable earphones in their price range. CNET rated them 3.5 out of 4 stars saying "A great value for bass addicts". These earphones incorporate a "memory wire" and an angled ear tip, making them good earphones wear while  engaged in sports. You can get … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Wireless Portable Headphones For 2012

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LG Tone HBS-700 Wireless Earbud Headphone ($45) Despite selling for under $50, the LG Tone HBS-700 is one of the top rated bluetooth headphones. It received an 8 out of 10 rating from CNET, which makes it their Editor's Choice for a bluetooth headphone. CNET says it was one of the most comfortable headphones they've tried, and that the audio reproduction was impressive. Amazon buyers also liked this headphone -- it received an average of 4.5 of out 5 stars, from a total of 264 reviewers. PC … [Read more...]

The Top Rated AV Receiver Of 2011

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Onkyo TX-NR609 Receiver The Onkyo TX-NR609 Receiver was the top rated AV Receiver of 2011. The receiver garnered praise for its audio reproduction, which is said to be almost as good as audiophile-level receivers. Reviewers also liked the receiver's THX certification and wide range of features. Sound & Vision Magazine lists the previous model of this receiver, the TX-NR509, as one of their "2011 Certified and Recommended" products. About this line of receivers, they say "Onkyo’s new … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Home Theater Systems Of 2011

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Home theater systems simplify the setup of your entertainment center. Rather than purchasing speakers, a receiver, a Blu-ray player, and other components separately, you can pick one pre-matched package and have everything you need. You’ll often save money, and you’ll know that you aren’t going to run into any compatibility issues. When shopping for an HTIB (home theater in a box), look for the same merits as you would if you were shopping for components individually: sufficient power for you … [Read more...]

The Best Subwoofers Under $500

The Best Subwoofers Under $500

The best subwoofers produce deep, punchy, distortion-free bass, and are powerful enough to reach every corner of the room. In this article, we have rounded up the best subwoofers under $500. All of our recommendations are powered subwoofers — internally-amplified subs preserve your receiver’s or amplifier’s power for the rest of your speakers. In our search for solidly-constructed subwoofers, we reviewed review sites such as AudioEnz, CNET, Crutchfield, Home Theater Magazine, Amazon, Newegg.com … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Outdoor Speakers

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We’ve surveyed reviews on TestFreaks, Gear Patrol, Home Entertainment Magazine, Amazon, TigerDirect.com and Newegg.com to find the top rated wireless outdoor speakers: Soundcast OutCast ($849) Top Review Sources: TestFreaks: 9/10 “The OutCast is just simply an amazing product that you’ve got to see and hear to believe” Gear Patrol: “The Outcast was the best outdoor wireless speaker solution we’ve ever encountered” Home Entertainment Magazine: “Its price tag accurately reflects its … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Home Theater Speakers Of 2011

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Energy Take Classic 5.1 ($400) Top Review Sources: CNET: 4.5/5.0 “Editors’ Choice” Amazon: 5.0/5.0 (125+ reviews) G4TV: 5.0/5.0 “This is one of the best home theatres we've ever reviewed, and the low price is just a bonus” Energy Speaker Systems’ Take Classic 5.1 manages to distinguish itself in the crowded field of affordable 5.1 speaker systems. It’s difficult to find any serious consumer or expert criticism of the Take Classic, which is repeatedly praised for its … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Bluetooth Speakers Of 2011

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Bluetooth technology allows you to wirelessly connect your digital music player, mobile phone, laptop, or tablet to external speakers, giving a big boost to the sound quality and volume of your device. Bluetooth speakers will also work with desktop computers and some home A/V equipment, but they are primarily designed with portability in mind. Some will fit in your pocket and have batteries that last all day. Once you complete a simple pairing process, any of our recommended Bluetooth … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Portable iPod Speakers Of 2011

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Logitech S715i Rechargeable Speaker for iPod and iPhone The Logitech S715i is a portable speaker system that incorporates a rechargeable lithium-ion battery into its design. It's approved by Apple, and will run for about eight hours on a charge. CNET rates the Logitech S715i as "Excellent" and awards this product their Editor's Choice, saying "The Logitech S715i portable speaker for iPhone and iPod uses eight drivers to deliver audio performance that is far beyond its price range." … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Computer Speakers Of 2011

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After surveying reviews at PCMag, CNET, CrunchGear and Amazon, we've created this list of top rated computer speakers:   Harman Kardon Soundsticks III Computer Speakers   The Harman Kardon Soundsticks received editor's choice on both PCMag and CNET for excellent sound performance and unique, aesthetic design. The frequency response range of 44Hz to 20KHz offers crisp definition for all forums: music, movies, and gaming. Power switch built in to the volume control on the subwoofer … [Read more...]