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Best home audio products of 2014

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Home audio encompasses a wide array of product categories, including everything from AV receivers to surround-sound speakers to iPod speakers and tabletop radios. We've selected five standout products that represent some of the best values in the home audio arena. For even more selections in specific product categories, check the top products lists linked to the left.

Best-sounding affordable sound bar

Pioneer SP-SB23W

The Pioneer SP-SB23W is the best affordable sound bar if you care about sound quality, with its outstanding sonics making up for some of its design limitations.

Price: $396.99 - $399.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding Affordable sound bar that's serious about sound

Best pedestal sound bar

Pioneer SP-SB03 Speaker Base

The hulking Pioneer Sound Base delivers some of the best sound we've heard from an affordable pedestal-style sound stand.

Price: $296.99 - $349.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Great mid-level receiver

Sony STR-DN1050

The Sony STR-DN1050 is a great deal that offers almost everything you could want in a midrange receiver.

Price: $473.00 - $474.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best budget speakers for the money

Energy Take Classic 5.1

The Energy Take Classic 5.1 is the best budget speaker system we've reviewed, earning our Editors' Choice Award with its outstanding sound quality and exquisite looks.

Price: $393.94 - $398.00 Check prices

5 stars Spectacular Energy Take Classic 5.1

Best full-size budget 5.1 system

Pioneer SP-PK52FS

Pioneer's budget 5.1 speaker package performs nearly as good as systems that cost twice as much, making it one of the best values in home audio.

4.5 stars Outstanding
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