Introducing Top Picks
Within each product category, you'll find the top products we've reviewed divided into three price classesentry-level, midrange, and high-end. In each price class, we include up to four products that stand out as truly exceptional. Once you determine your budget, take a look at the reviews of products listed in that price class, any of which are worthy of your hard-earned dollars.
Naturally, we will continue to review new products as they are introduced, so what happens when we find one that supersedes even these beauties? After all, technology marches ever onward, and improvements are bound to appear regularly. And what happens when a product reaches the end of its life and is retired by the manufacturer?
In both cases, the answer is the samewe will remove products from the list as needed, and they will become Former Top Picks. These products are still superb and every bit as worthy of consideration as they were before, though they might not have all the latest bells and whistles, or they might only be available on the used market.
To help you make the smartest choices possible, we also provide links to several articles in each category that explain the technologies and features found in these products as well as what you need to know to make the most of your time in a retail store. Then, we show you how to connect and configure that new purchase to get the best possible performance from it.
So if you're in the market for a new home-theater product, take a look at our Top Picks to narrow your search to the very best we've seen and heard as well as expert advice on how to make the best possible choice for you. Then, go shopping with confidence and get the most out of your purchase when you bring it home.