This page contains our current top product choices and links to our best-of round up articles. Links on product names are affiliate and will take you to their Amazon page, which usually has the best deal. Not a bad idea to search around though.
Things to keep in mind:
- These recommendations are general and ultimately subjective to a degree – the best choice for you might be different.
- We routinely update this page and our roundup articles – any recommendation is subject to change at any time.
- Prices can fluctuate significantly and suddenly in the audio market – the “best” choice will often simply be the best deal at the time.
- Best budget bookshelf speakers: Micca PB42X (full review/roundup)
- Best powered bookshelf speakers: JBL 305p MkII (full review)
- Best budget tower speakers: roundup
- Best budget subwoofer: Dayton SUB series (full review/roundup)
- Best wired/permanent outdoor speakers: roundup
- Best wired outdoor subwoofers: roundup
- Best earbuds under $20: FiiO F3 (full review/roundup)
- Best in-ear headphones under $50: FiiO F5 (full review/roundup)
- Best over-ear headphones under $50: Audio Technica ATH-M20X (full review/roundup)
- Best neutral/monitoring over-ear headphones: Audio Technica ATH M40X+ (full review)
- Best neutral/monitoring in-ear headphones: Etymotic Research ER3SE (full review)
- Best inexpensive noise blocking/isolating headphones: Etymotic Research mk5 (full review)
- Best entry-level/budget receiver: Pioneer SX-10AE (full review/roundup)
- Best entry-level/budget receiver for outdoor speakers: Yamaha R-S202 (full review/roundup)
- Best value 5 channel AV receiver: Yamaha RX-V385 (full review/roundup)
- Best value 7 channel AV receiver: Sony STR-DH790 (full review/roundup)
- Best value 9 channel AV receiver: Pioneer Elite VSX-LX304 (roundup)
- Best value 11 channel AV receiver: Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 (full review/roundup)