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Stereo investing and enjoying made simple. How to choose, set up, and enjoy the latest high-technology audio systems are all given expert insight in this indispensable guide for stereo shoppers. Consumers today often use home-audio systems for both stereo music and surround-sound music, they buy multichannel systems instead of two-channel stereo systems, they may have HDTV and flat-panel televisions, and they have largely moved to in-wall and on-wall loudspeakers rather than floorstanding units. Questions relating to all of these changes are covered in a novice-friendly way, as well as Super Audio CD, DVD-Audio formats, and all of the latest surround-sound formats for home theater. The emphasis is not only on solving shopping dilemmas, but also on getting great sound from an audio system.

With this book you will discover how to choose the bests components for the money, how to match components for the best sound, and how to set up and fine-tune a system for maximum performance. In 12 fact-filled chapters – covering everything from stereo to multichannel music to home theater – this book helps you reap the benefits of Robert Harley’s years of reviewing experience, saving you time, trouble, trial, and error.

Part One:
• What is High-End Audio?

Part Two:
• Getting Started – Defining Your System

Part Three
• How to Choose an Audio System

Part Four:
• Becoming a Better Listener

Part Five:
• Digital Source Components

Part Six:
• Turntables, Tonearms, and Cartridges

Part Seven:
• Preamplifiers

Part Eight:
• Power and Integrated Amplifiers

Part Nine:
• Loudspeakers

Part Ten:
• Audio for Home Theater and Multichannel Music

Part Eleven:
• Cables, Racks, and AC Conditioners

Part Twelve:
• How to Get the Best Sound From Your System