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Pioneer's XDP-100R Hi-Res Audio Player

Pioneer XDP-100R review: This polished and flexible high-resolution audio player is loaded with features

Pioneer's great-sounding, feature rich, Android-based player's only major drawbacks are its lack of MacOS support and its bulky size.

Roon music server artists view.

Roon music software gets a major update

Roon 1.2 update turns just about any device on your network—new or old—into a powerful, multizone networked music streamer.

AfterMaster Pro

The AfterMaster Pro promises to improve any type of audio

Ordinary audio goes into this black box; extraordinary audio comes out. What's the secret?

Denon's new AVR-S920W AV Receiver has just about all the 4K/UHD and 3D audio features you could ask

Denon's latest S-Series A/V receivers are built for 4K Ultra HD video and 3D audio

Denon's new AVR-S720W and AVR-S920W receivers to deliver nearly every major audio and video feature you could ask for.

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Good news for home theater fans: Yamaha releases DTS:X firmware, while Denon and Marantz adopt Auro-3D

Yamaha joins the growing list of manufacturers releasing DTS:X upgrades, while Denon and Marantz up the ante with Auro-3D support on select A/V receivers.

The HUB and HUB mini

Stream high-res audio to as many as 10 devices without wires? Yes, please!

Hub by Ekko is the most intriguing multi-room audio system we've seen since Sonos, but it's a year or more from coming to market.

Riva S' Trillium design features speakers on the left, right, and front

Riva S Bluetooth speaker review: A portable, wireless speaker for music lovers

The small and lightweight Riva S is a music-lover and audiophile’s portable dream-come-true

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DTS:X is now available on select A/V receivers from Denon and Marantz

It's unclear when other manufacturers will release DTS:X firmware updates.

Tree Labs Astro Bluetooth Portable Speaker

Tree-Labs Astro Bluetooth speaker review: Lightweight, stylish, and it sounds good, too

A great picnic, pool-side, or on-the-go wireless speaker

yamaha HTIB

Yamaha YHT-5920UBL review: If streaming audio is your focus, this home theater in a box has you covered

This well-priced product will sound better than your HDTV’s built-in speakers, but it's certainly not a high-end system.

orb speakers denon receiver

Orb Audio Complete Home Theater System review: A pint-sized, upgradeable music and home-theater marvel

Astonishingly good sound for the price, even though the A/V receiver is a bare-bones model.

Onkyo HTIB

Onkyo HT-S7700 review: An easy-to-set-up home theater in a box with Dolby Atmos

This home theater in a box includes just about every modern feature you could want in a budget-priced system.

home theater in a box

Best home theater in a box: Take the guesswork out of pairing a surround-sound system with your TV

We review systems from Orb Audio, Onkyo, and Yamaha, each priced less than $1000.

BT5200 and BT2200

Puro Labs Bluetooth headphones review: These cans promise protection from noise-induced hearing loss

We audition the kids' and adult models and dig both of them.

Creative iRoar top-down look

Creative’s iRoar is a ridiculously powerful Bluetooth speaker

The Sound Blaster crew has some crazy ideas about how we should listen to music.