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  • Outside audio is an excellent way to enhance a yard, patio, or pool space. This article looks at some of the best outdoor speakers currently available.

    The Best 4 Outdoor Speakers in 2020

    The Best 4 Outdoor Speakers in 2020

    by Paul Goodman2

  • Compare the top guitar amps under $300 from the best names in the guitar world and learn which is right for you and your playing style.

    5 Best Guitar Amps Under $300

    5 Best Guitar Amps Under $300

    by Michael James0

  • High quality headphones may not sound great right out of the package. Use these tips to break in (burn in) your headphones to get the best possible sound. You will do this by playing your headphones for an amount of time.

    Burn in Headphones: How to Break in High Quality Headphones

    Burn in Headphones: How to Break in High Quality Headphones

    by Blake Flannery21

  • Find out how to choose guitar pedals and learn more about the world of guitar effects, including everything a beginner needs to know about distortion, overdrive, chorus and more.

    Beginner’s Guide to Guitar Effects Pedals

    Beginner’s Guide to Guitar Effects Pedals

    by Michael James0

  • You’ve heard headroom is important for bass and guitar amplifiers. Find out how it affects your sound as a bassist or guitarist, when you should care about an amp’s headroom, and when you shouldn’t.

    What Is Headroom for Guitar and Bass Amps?

    What Is Headroom for Guitar and Bass Amps?

    by Michael James0

  • The best portable guitar amp combines cool features with great sounds in a small, battery-powered package. Here are 5 awesome choices.

    Best Portable Guitar Amp

    Best Portable Guitar Amp

    by Michael James8

  • Read this review and find out why the Blackstar Fly 3 is one of the best battery-powered mini guitar amps when it comes to sound and features.

    Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp Review

    Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp Review

    by Michael James0

  • Check out my review of the Marshall DSL40C guitar amp. It’s a powerful, versatile tube combo from a legendary name in the guitar world.

    Marshall DSL40C Combo Amp Review

    Marshall DSL40C Combo Amp Review

    by Michael James4

  • Review and compare 5 of the best bass combo amps under $500 for small gigs and practice, from some of the biggest names in the industry.

    Best Bass Combo Amps Under $500

    Best Bass Combo Amps Under $500

    by Michael James13

  • In this buying guide you’ll learn how to choose the right guitar for extreme metal, hard rock, classic metal and shred. Get advice on 7-string guitars, pickups, tonewoods and more.

    How to Choose a Guitar for Metal

    How to Choose a Guitar for Metal

    by Michael James2

  • Here is a list of the top Peavey guitar amps for metal and hard rock. Peavey makes some of the best high-gain amps in the world, from tube heads, to combo amps to affordable solid-state amps. This is a brand that has shaped the sound of extreme metal and rock music for decades.

    Best Peavey Amps for Metal

    Best Peavey Amps for Metal

    by Michael James0

  • Compare 5 of the best bass amps for beginners, top-rated amplifiers from some of the biggest brand names in the bass guitar world.

    Top 5 Best Bass Amps for Beginners

    Top 5 Best Bass Amps for Beginners

    by Michael James13

  • Here are some of the best bass combo amps for under $1000, each with all the power you need for gigs and rehearsals.

    Best Bass Combo Amps Under $1000

    Best Bass Combo Amps Under $1000

    by Michael James0

  • This is a how to guide, detailing my sonosub style DIY cylinder subwoofer build. It is an excellent resource if you're thinking of building your own subwoofer which you can easily build from sonotube, or ducting pipe.

    How to Make a DIY Cylinder Subwoofer (AKA Sonosub)

    How to Make a DIY Cylinder Subwoofer (AKA Sonosub)

    by Rain Defence14

  • Learn about the Marshall MG Gold Series guitar amps in this review. Check out the MG15FX, MG30FX, MG50FX, MG101FX, MG102FX and MG100HFX.

    Marshall MG Series Review

    Marshall MG Series Review

    by Michael James8

  • Find out what to look for when choosing a distortion or overdrive pedal in this guide for beginners. Learn the difference between distortion and overdrive as well as what different types of pedals can do for your sound.

    How to Choose a Distortion or Overdrive Pedal

    How to Choose a Distortion or Overdrive Pedal

    by Michael James0

  • Common problems with Sony Walkman MP3 players include the device freezing, static or other noise playing in the background of your files, files not playing, the device not turning on or being recognized by a computer, and more. Use troubleshooting to hone in on your specific problem and resolve it on your own without having to send it back to Sony or take it to a repair person.

    Troubleshooting Sony Walkman MP3 Problems

    Troubleshooting Sony Walkman MP3 Problems

    by Max Dalton88

  • Common problems with the JBL line of soundbars includes power problems, audio issues, and subwoofer pairing challenges. Try solving your problems through troubleshooting before paying for help.

    Troubleshooting JBL Cinema Soundbar Problems

    Troubleshooting JBL Cinema Soundbar Problems

    by Max Dalton56

  • There are a lot of distortion pedals out there, but not every one of them is a classic. These five are what I consider to be the five true classics.

    5 Classic Distortion Pedals

    5 Classic Distortion Pedals

    by Bob Craypoe0

  • Compare the best bass amps for practice and small gigs. They’re under $200 and made by brands you know and trust.

    Best Bass Amps Under $200

    Best Bass Amps Under $200

    by Michael James0

  • Learn the pros and cons of a modeling guitar amp when compared to a tube amp or solid-state amp and find out how digital modeling technology can help you grab the sounds you are looking for.

    Pros and Cons of Digital Modeling Guitar Amplifiers

    Pros and Cons of Digital Modeling Guitar Amplifiers

    by Michael James0

  • Check out this Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo review and find out why I think it is the best combo guitar amp for metal. It has legendary 6505 tone, and all the power you need in a compact package. Learn how it compares to the 6505+ head and the 6505 MH mini head.

    Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo Review

    Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo Review

    by Michael James6

  • Find out how to arrange your effects pedals the right way, whether in-line between your guitar and amp or through your effects loop.

    How to Arrange Guitar Effects Pedals

    How to Arrange Guitar Effects Pedals

    by Michael James2

  • This article will help you choose between a combo amp and a head and cabinet setup for guitar or bass. There are pros and cons to each whether you play at home or in a band, and one or the other is likely the best option for you.

    Combo Amp or Head and Cab: How to Choose for Guitar and Bass

    Combo Amp or Head and Cab: How to Choose for Guitar and Bass

    by Michael James2

  • In live situations, you may prefer to use a pitch shifting pedal for drop tunings rather than bringing along an extra guitar. That’s where the DigiTech Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shift Pedal comes in.

    Product Review: DigiTech Drop

    Product Review: DigiTech Drop

    by Bob Craypoe0

  • Check out this review of the Peavey Vypyr VIP series, unique and versatile amplifiers for guitar and bass that are jam-packed with surprises.

    Peavey Vypyr VIP Series Review

    Peavey Vypyr VIP Series Review

    by Michael James0

  • If you are experiencing a tin can sound from your new LCD/LED TV, a cheap speaker alternative is available. Learn how to use your PC speakers,even when the TV doesn't have a 1/8" audio out.

    How to Use Computer Speakers on an LCD TV

    How to Use Computer Speakers on an LCD TV

    by Jared Zane Kessie24

  • Here’s a review of the MXR M234 Analog Chorus pedal and the MXR M101 Phase 90. Find out why these two modulation effects may be all you need to take your guitar sound to the next level. These pedals are examples of why MXR is known as one of the best effects brands in the guitar world.

    MXR Analog Chorus and Phase 90 Effects Pedals Review

    MXR Analog Chorus and Phase 90 Effects Pedals Review

    by Michael James0

  • Check out the top guitar amps for metal, in combo form. They are affordable, portable and perfect for gigs and rehearsals.

    Best Combo Guitar Amps for Metal

    Best Combo Guitar Amps for Metal

    by Michael James0

  • Check out the 5 best guitar amps for under $200 in this review, each packed with features and made by the top names in the business.

    Top 5 Best Guitar Amps Under $200

    Top 5 Best Guitar Amps Under $200

    by Michael James12

  • Here are the best bass combo amps for under $300. This review can help you determine which is right for you.

    Best Bass Combo Amps Under $300

    Best Bass Combo Amps Under $300

    by Michael James0

  • Do you have a stack of records around, but don’t know how to properly clean and restore them? Here are some useful tips and solutions on how to restore your vinyl collection.

    How to Restore Old Records

    How to Restore Old Records

    by Anne Marie Carr0

  • Here’s a review of the best guitar multi-effects pedals with recommendations for advanced, intermediate and beginning guitar players.

    9 Best Multi-Effects Pedals for Guitar

    9 Best Multi-Effects Pedals for Guitar

    by Michael James0

  • Just another part time audiophile reviewing the fabulous Totem Acoustic Element Fire bookshelf speakers. Are they grandeur at a grand price? Read to find out.

    Totem Acoustic Element Fire: Speaker Review

    Totem Acoustic Element Fire: Speaker Review

    by Jason R. Manning9

  • How well does this amp serve the average, non-professional, guitar player with a limited budget and a desire for versatile sound?

    Marshall MG100FX Review

    Marshall MG100FX Review

    by Dominic Kondos2

  • Guitar cabs can be expensive, but they're relatively simple to make, so why not have a go at your own?

    How to Build a DIY Guitar Cab

    How to Build a DIY Guitar Cab

    by John Bullock0

  • This article compares the Marshall DSL40C and the Peavey 6505 Plus 112 guitar amplifiers. They’re both awesome tube combos, but which is better? I'll also get into the new DSL40CR a bit, and offer a couple thoughts about how it stacks up to its elder brother.

    Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo vs. Marshall DSL40C

    Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo vs. Marshall DSL40C

    by Michael James0

  • Check out this guide to the best guitar amp brands and decide which manufacturer builds the right guitar amplifier for your needs.

    Best Guitar Amp Brands 2019

    Best Guitar Amp Brands 2019

    by Michael James10

  • Small 15 and 20-watt guitar amplifiers are popular today, but can you really use them for gigs? Maybe! Learn the best ways to do it, which useful features to look for in a low-wattage amp, and when you should really be considering a more powerful guitar amp.

    Can You Gig With a 15 or 20-Watt Guitar Amp?

    Can You Gig With a 15 or 20-Watt Guitar Amp?

    by Michael James3

  • Learn which combo guitar amps are best for toting to gigs and how to choose the right amplifier for a performing guitarist.

    Best Combo Guitar Amps for Gigging

    Best Combo Guitar Amps for Gigging

    by Michael James0

  • Here’s a list of the 10 best rock guitar amp brands, known for producing some of the top tube and solid-state amplifiers in history. If you play classic rock, blues, heavy metal or even country one of these companies probably build the perfect amp for you.

    Top 10 Guitar Amp Brands for Rock

    Top 10 Guitar Amp Brands for Rock

    by Michael James1

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