Introducing Top Picks

Here at, our primary mission is to help you choose the best audio/video gear for your needs and budget, and then get the most out of it when you set it up at home. The first step in that process is deciding which product to buy from among the myriad options available, which is where our product reviews come in. Of course, we review a lot of products, far more than any shopper would be willing to wade through to find the gems—so we've done it for you in our new section called Top Picks.

Within each product category, you'll find the top products we've reviewed divided into three price classes—entry-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 same—we 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.

notabadname's picture

I like this type of grouping of previous reviews. I find this very helpful when I am in the market for my latest upgrade to my home theater. My next purchase I have been contemplating is replacing my 20 year-old Klipsch Forte II's and matched surrounds and Academy Center Channel. (You have to have been around awhile to know those products ;)

MatthewWeflen's picture

There's no "entry level" segment in the "Projectors" section.

Scott Wilkinson's picture
That is correct, because there are no currently available entry-level projectors that we have reviewed and felt they deserved to be Top Picks. We will continue to search for them and post any we find that are true Top Picks.
isalvarado's picture

Very cool, but where are the separates? (preamps-power amps) and how come you never got to review the Anthem Statement D2v, I was looking forward for that but it never happened, Thanks

Scott Wilkinson's picture
Our separates Top Picks will be added it Phase 2. As for reviewing the Anthem D2v, that's always been up to the print-mag editor; if you want to see a particular device reviewed, write to Rob Sabin at