The Best 23″ LED Monitor Of 2013

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If you are looking for a good 23" monitor, my recommendation would be the Dell S2340M 293M3-IPS-LED Monitor, priced at around $150. I own this monitor, and the images are very crisp on it. It uses IPS (In-Plane-Switching) in the LED, which means the monitor has bolder contrasts and is viewable at wider angles. This monitor does has limited inputs (DVI-D & VGA) compared to the Dell UltraSharp U2312HM which adds a DisplayPort. Also, it doesn't come with a DVI-D cable -- only a VGA cable. So … [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 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 Home Theater Projectors Of 2011

The Best Home Theater Projectors Of 2011

After consulting reviews on sites such as PC Magazine, Projector Central, Projector Reviews, Trusted Reviews, Audioholics, and Amazon, we created this list of the four top rated home theater projectors of 2011. We’ve selected only full HD (1080p) home theater projectors for our recommendations -- lower resolutions are available, but you give up a lot in picture quality without saving significant money. Our choices represent both dominant technologies: DLP and LCD. Epson PowerLite Home … [Read more...]

The Top Rated LED & LCD TVs For 2012

The Best LED or LCD TVs Of 2011

We’ve consulted expert reviews on CNET, PC Magazine, Consumer Reports and PC Magazine to compile this list of the top rated LCD and LED TVs. Note that we feature 55-inch TVs, but you’ll find additional sizes within each television’s series. You can expect virtually identical performance within any series of a given manufacturer. The top rated inexpensive TVs for 2012 are: Samsung LN32D550 32-Inch ($475) and the LG 42LV3500 42-Inch ($530). Samsung UN55D8000 ($2,179) Top Review … [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 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...]