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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2017 New York Audio Show: From the cool to the outrageous, long live great audio

Audio bliss from a few hundred dollars to a quarter million

Sony WH-1000XM2

Sony WH-1000XM2 noise-cancelling headphone review: These high-tech cans put Bose on notice

Has Bose been dethroned? Sony's latest active noise-cancelling headphones are fantastic.

Tidal Force's Wave 5 planar magnetic headphones.

Tidal Force Wave 5 headphone review: Planar magnetic headphone tech on the cheap

You'll get a small taste—but fall short—of full planar magnetic bliss with these headphones.

Focal Clear reference headphones.

Focal Clear review: One of the finest headphones money can buy (and you'll need lots of it)

Astounding transparency, detail, clarity, and dynamics only begin to describe these cans' truly reference-quality performance.

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Focal Listen Wireless review

Focal's Listen Wireless offers outstanding Bluetooth wireless range and hands-free performance, but be sure to plug them in for the best sound.

JBL Everest Elite 750NC Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones

JBL Everest Elite 750NC wireless headphone review: As much—or as little—noise cancellation as you want

Light, compact, and feature-rich headphone for those on the go.

Astell&Kern XB10 Bluetooth headphone adapter.

Astell&Kern AK XB10 Bluetooth DAC and amp review: Wireless, hi-res audio for any headphones

You don't need new headphones to benefit from Qualcomm's aptX HD codec.

Yamaha's YAS-107 sound bar

Yamaha YAS-107 soundbar review: This speaker delivers plenty of bang for the buck

Highly intelligible dialog and great overall performance make Yamaha's sound bar a top performer in its price class.

N60 NC Wireless noise cancelling headphones.

AKG N60NC Wireless noise-cancelling headphones review: They cut the noise, not the music

Clear sound, good noise cancellation, and a compact footprint make these travel headphone exceptional.

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Primephonic review: Classical music fans get a high-res streaming service to call their own

This boutique service hits all the right notes with FLAC streams and high-resolution downloads.

Samsung's HW-M450 soundbar

Samsung HW-M450 soundbar review

An included wireless subwoofer and ability to add wireless surround speakers tops the list of features you'll find in this entry-level soundbar.

yamaha yas 106 soundbar

Yamaha YAS-106 soundbar review: The focus is on audio quality and price, not a lavish feature set

This powerful, low-profile soundbar won't wow you with its feature set, but it will bring a solid sonic upgrade to your TV experience.

Zvox SB500 sound bar

Zvox SoundBar SB500 review: The permanent cure for poor TV audio

This sound bar doesn't need a sub to pump out the bass.

yamaha yas 706 wall mounted

Yamaha YAS-706 MusicCast soundbar review: A perfect addition to any MusicCast setup

Sweet sound and a solid streaming ecosystem make Yamaha's soundbar a winner.

Onkyo STB-A500 sound bar system.

Onkyo SBT-A500 soundbar review: Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support is for naught if the sound disappoints

Object-based audio support and a seemingly endless array of features, streaming, and high tech don't compensate for poor sound quality.