Theo NicolakisFreelance contributor, TechHive

Theo Nicolakis is a C-Level technologist and digital communications professional. He's also a passionate audiophile and home theater aficionado.

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Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

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Best high-resolution digital audio player: Which DAP reigns supreme?

We review hi-res audio players from Astell&Kern, Pioneer, Questyle, and more. Find out which shine above the others.

Astell&Norma SR15 hi-res player

Astell&Kern SR15 review: This digital audio player is packed with features and high-fidelity performance

Astell&Kern's SR15 might be the best high-res portable player priced less than $800.

Denon DP-450USB turntable

Denon DP-450USB turntable review: An ideal tool for digitizing your vinyl collection

Denon’s DP-450USB delivers great sound and an easy way to digitize your vinyl—and you’ll want to find a better software solution than that comes bundled.

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Roon Labs' Nucleus music server review: Exquisite hardware for exceptional software

The Nucleus is a superb—but very expensive—platform for running Roon Labs' marvelous Roon music server software.

V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Master headphones

V-Moda M-100 Crossfade Master headphone review: The best headphone V-Moda has ever made

The first real collaboration between V-Moda and majority stakeholder Roland delivers sonic refinements and performance improvements in just about every area.

Yamaha YAS-207 sound bar with DTS Virtual:X.

Yamaha YAS-207 soundbar review: A taste of immersive audio in a spouse-friendly footprint

The first soundbar with DTS Virtual:X technology is impressive, but it's not perfect.

Fluance AB40 Soundbase

Fluance AB40 Soundbase review: This speaker delivers a bona fide theater experience in any room

This $250 soundbase has a big footprint that delivers equally big sound.

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Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio

Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget.

Yamaha Vinyl 500 with MusicCast

Yamaha MusicCast Vinyl 500 Wi-Fi turntable review: Stream your LPs to any room in your home

Yamaha's turntable lets you stream your vinyl LPs to any or every room in your home, thanks to its support for the company's MusicCast wireless streaming platform.

Vizio's SB2020 sound bar

Vizio SB2020 Sound Bar review: This ultra-compact, budget soundbar delivers budget sound

Vizio's entry-level, ultra-compact soundbar breaks the mold with its small form factor, but the very narrow parameters of its audio performance detracts from its value.

Bang and Olufsen Beoplay E6 wireless headphones.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E6 review: B&O's signature sound in an in-ear monitor

The Beoplay E6 is a wireless in-ear-headphone in a sweat- and dust-resistant package that's just the ticket for active lifestyles.

Monoprice Monolith Portable Headphone Amplifier

Monolith by Monoprice Portable Headphone Amp and DAC with THX AAA Technology review: High value, minor flaws

This affordable and portable headphone amp will bring out the best in your headphones; but the unit's size, weight, and smudge-prone surface keep it from earning our highest mark.

Astell&Kern Kann Cube hi-res music player

Astell&Kern KANN Cube high-res digital audio player review: Astonishing performance, with a price tag to match

Astell&Kern’s new KANN Cube--on display at the Tokyo Headphone Festival in Japan--is a powerhouse music player that will drive almost any headphone on the market.

Primephonic mobile app for iOS and Android

Primephonic app review: The unrivaled classical music streaming service comes to Android and iOS

Primephonic's mobile app for iOS and Android delivers the best parts of its classical music service to smart devices—with one glaring omission.