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 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...]

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...]

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...]

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 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...]