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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AKG Y500 Wireless headphone review: Ultra-compact on-ear headphones for audiophiles

These on-ear wireless headphones sport an ultra-compact, folding form factor and good wireless features, but their wired performance is where they really shine.

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House of Marley Exodus headphone review: Sustainably sourced, sweet-sounding headphones

The Exodus proves that you don't need to sacrifice sweet sound for mindfully sourced and sustainably built headphones

Periodic Audio Nickel headphone amplifier

Periodic Audio Nickel headphone amp review: Make your smartphone sound like a high-res digital audio player

Music comes alive through the headphones you love most when played on even an average smart device or PC.

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Cambridge Audio Alva TT turntable review: Spin all your favorite vinyl and stream it in high-res, too

This easy-to-use, high-performance turntable lets you stream your favorite records to any audio system with a Bluetooth receiver, including wireless headphones.

Beoplay H9i ANC headphones.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i review: Gorgeous headphones with great active noise cancellation

B&O's H9i headphones hit a high note with excellent active noise cancellation, premium build quality, and superb sound.

Sonarworks True-Fi

Sonarworks True-Fi review: The promise of studio-quality sound from average headphones

True-Fi will correct your headphone's frequency anomalies with the click of a button.

Riva Concert Amazon Alexa-powered smart speaker.

Riva Concert speaker review: A smart speaker that sounds good, too

This sweet-sounding speaker is built to satisfy the music lover, and it's outfitted with high-end features you don't typically see at this price.

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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.

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Mixcder E7 wirelesss headphone review: Active noise cancelling for very tight budgets

Just don't expect these ultra low-priced wireless ANC headphones to be Bose or Sony busters.

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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.

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Fiio M7 digital audio player review: aptX HD and LDAC support for streaming high-res audio over Bluetooth

This entry-level player delivers wireless high-resolution audio in a pocket-sized package for the audiophile on the go, but it's dearth of features might be too bare bones for some.

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AKG N700NC Wireless headphone review: Finally, noise-cancelling headphones an audiophile can love

These AKG headphones prioritize music reproduction over noise cancellation.

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Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable review: Listen to your vinyl collection and digitize it, too

Vinyl records are making a major comeback, but digital recordings are better suited to mobile pursuits. Audio-Technica's USB turntable gives you the best of both worlds.

Focal Elegia closed back headphone.

Focal Elegia headphone review: Rich, luxurious sound and impeccable design

Focal's first closed-back headphone for audiophiles is a winner.