As you move from a solid entry-level turntable to better and more expensive turntables, it’s really all about minimizing noise and resonance while extracting as much information from the record grooves as possible. In the $500-$1,000 range, you will find a number of fantastic turntables. While we sell turntables as expensive as $5,000 and even higher, for the average listener, a sub-$1,000 table will last a lifetime. If you’re looking to step into your first serious turntable or simply want to buy a turntable that will last forever, you’ll find it on this list.read more
Everything Rega has learned in their past 40+ years of making tables comes together in the P1, providing a level of sound that is simply amazing for the money. And if you want more, there are 5 Rega models above it offering even better sound!read more
While their speakers earned them their great reputation, there is a little gem in their product lineup that we thought deserves more attention. The Audioengine W3 may just seem like a basic wireless adapter at first glance, but it’s really a Swiss Army knife.
The W3 kit is a package of a sender, receiver, and power supply. Get a little creative with this $149 device, and the possibilities are endless.read more
The CXA80 is a workhorse integrated amp with many features that will please an avid audio enthusiast. You can even use it to improve your TV sound if it’s in the same room as your stereo system!read more
In 2010, the Motion series was introduced, which used a combination of a special folded Motion tweeter along with conventional driver technology for the lower frequencies. Lately, we are seeing a resurgence in people who are interested in larger, full range floorstanding speakers. Today we are going to compare the MartinLogan Motion 60XT, Motion 40, and Motion 20.read more
If you love to hear all of the tiny subtle details in your music and enjoy a super wide headphone soundstage, the Audeze LCD-X may be just what you’re looking for. With its incredible efficiency, you can enjoy them with your phone on the go or really make it shine by pairing it with a great headphone amp. Like many good things in life, it comes at a price both from a cost and weight standpoint but their luxurious build means they will still feel pretty comfortable, and they just sound awesome.read more
Both of these are as good as we have heard for their price. At $179, the Solo is an absolute steal. If you have a receiver or turntable with a built-in phono stage, either of these will be a big upgrade.read more
The aptX Bluetooth HD functionality of the new A5+ Wireless is important to many people who enjoy streaming music from their mobile devices. This is a great new feature to add to the A5+ and Audioengine did it right.
When it comes to our overall thoughts on the speaker, our opinion hasn’t changed. We still rank the A5+ (in both it’s wireless and non-wireless variants) as one of the top values in audio. You can set them up at your desk, or use them as part of your first high-quality audio system. We are also seeing a large number of them being paired with a turntable for a great starter vinyl system.read more
Currently, there are three main players in this market — Control4, Crestron, and Savant. Each of these systems is capable of fully automating and controlling security systems, lighting, whole house music, thermostats, televisions, cameras, and more. Let’s walk through each of the major questions we get and compare the different capabilities of each of the big three.read more
This is a speaker the size of a small shoebox. If space or budget is an issue, we think you’ll be hard-pressed to find something that sounds this good in such a small package. Of course, there are bigger all-in-one speakers that can match or surpass it in terms of pure energy, but we have never seen anything this size that can provide such a rich, full sound.read more