It's really easy to be nerdy about sound. How can it not be? Spend five seconds looking for sound gear and you'll be knee-deep in frequency ranges, class D amplifiers, rich low ends, wattage ratings, driver sizes and much more besides. It can be confusing and difficult, but it doesn't have to be. At The Master Switch, we're always trying to keep things simple, giving you exactly what you need to make a decision.

So no matter what you're looking for - speaker, subwoofer, amplifier, whatever - we'll be right here. We've put together a kick-ass list of roundups, guides, reviews and opinions to help you pick the kit that's right for you.

Home Theater

Best Home Theater Systems of 2017

It doesn’t matter how large your television screen is, or how impressive the resolution. If you don’t have great sound, then you’re only getting half the experience.
Floorstanding speakers

Best Floorstanding Speakers of 2017

Floorstanding speakers have one of the most recognizable profiles of all speaker types. They're designed to slot in next to bookcases and TV cabinets, and their shape has two major advantages...
Subwoofer

Best Subwoofers of 2017

You can survive with just a regular set of speakers. You don’t, strictly speaking, need a subwoofer. But you cannot believe the difference having one will make. This big box of wonder will do incredible things to your sound.
A/V Receiver

Best A/V Receivers of 2017

An Audio/Video Receiver (AVR) is, if you’ll forgive a slightly clunky analogy, the quarterback of your home theater. It’s not just because it tells everything where to go, routing signals to different speakers and screens.
Best Headphone Amps of 2017

Best Headphone Amps of 2017

You wouldn't expect headphones to need any special equipment to work. They are just about as simple as audio equipment gets. You plug them in, turn your device on, and music comes through. But what if you don’t just want to listen to your music?
Stereo Amplifier

Best Stereo Amps of 2017

An amp should be the center of your hi-fi world. It should be the focus point for all your efforts, the piece of equipment that can make or break your sound. Everything flows into it, and everything flows out of it...
Tabletop Radio

Best Tabletop Radios of 2017

At a time when audio equipment is geared towards the future, when wireless speakers, phone docks and surround sound are ubiquitous, you might think that the humble tabletop radio is extinct. Not even close.
Soundbar

Best Soundbars of 2017

Most home theater systems aren't designed for the surroundings that most of us live in. If you stay in an apartment, especially one with a small lounge, then a surround sound system is going to give you iffy results and annoy your neighbours.
Soundbases

Best Soundbases of 2017

Soundbases don’t often get a lot of respect and audio world. This is a landscape dominated by huge tower speakers, feature-heavy home theater systems and sleek soundbars.
Best Wireless Speakers of 2017

Best Wireless Speakers of 2017

Wireless speaker systems are the bomb. Gone are the days of crawling around on your ceiling threading speaker wires. No longer do you have to have DIY experience just to listen to some Metallica in the kitchen. Everything is wireless now.
Bookshelf Speakers

Best Bookshelf Speakers Of 2017

Ever since the glory days when hi-fi systems were integrated and even color-matched to thefurniture, bookshelf speakers have been the beating heart of the party, often tucked in between vinyl collections the size of complete walls.
Turntables

Best Turntables of 2017

Vinyl records are just cool. Despite the infamous hiss, crackle and rumble, they deliver music with an elusive and even romantic warmth that audiophiles continue to love...
High-End Headphones

Best High-End Headphones of 2017

Sometimes, you need to take a step back, look at how you’re listening to music, and improve it. Sometimes, you just need to break the bank, go deep, and invest in something that will last you that years and deliver the best sound you’ve ever heard.
Best Wireless Headphones of 2017

Best Wireless Headphones of 2017

Until quite recently, if you considered yourself serious about your audio, you might have been right for dismissing wireless headphones as just a statement for the fashion-conscious.
Match Speakers And Amps

How To Match Speakers And Amps

Here at The Master Switch, we don’t like complexity. It’s totally fine in a good whiskey, a doorstop novel, a piece of modern art. It is absolutely not okay when it comes to audio gear. Let's demystify something right now.
Headphone Specs Explained

Headphone Specs Explained

Everything you need to know about headphone specs. if it doesn’t involve any of the following, you probably don’t need to worry about it. Consider this the ultimate explainer.
How To Get Started With Wireless Speakers

How To Get Started With Wireless Speakers

Wireless speakers have become the quiet juggernaut of the audio industry. Ever since features like Bluetooth and WiFi became commonplace, manufacturers have been tinkering, slowly freeing us from the chaos of wires and ceiling speakers.
Home Theater

How To Get Started With Home Theater

In the world of A/V gear, nothing has caused more heartache, more teeth gnashing and more handwringing than having to set up a home theater system.
Silk Sense

New Tech: Connected Audio

For an industry so stressed with technological progress, you would have thought that companies like Klipsch and Yamaha and Sony would have started making it easier for us to control the audio in our homes.
Speaker wires

New Tech: Wireless Home Theater

Anybody who’s spent a bit of time messing around with home theater will be able to come back with one solid conclusion: wires suck. The problem is, wireless systems kind of suck too...
 Ambidio

New Tech: Ambidio

Time to kill some hype. We dont' like doing this to new technology, but occasionally, we need to call something out for not being quite as revolutionary as everyone is making out to be.
SOUNDBOKS

New Tech: Four Great Kickstarter Audio Projects

The A/V industry is dominated by big, important names: Sony, Yamaha, Klipsch. The established companies churn out the majority of new equipment every year, and it's often difficult for smaller companies to get a look in.
Here Earbuds

Rant: This is how you do a product website

The Here Earbuds are one of the most genuinely clever products I’ve ever seen. I’m not here to talk about the earbuds, though. I’m here to talk about their website.
ECOXBT

Rant: Your speaker has a terrible name.

A/V companies make fantastic gear that's been machine-tooled and precision-engineered and bathed in the tears of virgins, and then they’ll give them a name that sounds like a Street Fighter videogame sequel circa 2000.
Auro-3D

Rant: Whatever Happened To Auro-3D?

When something comes with a component called the Voice Of God, you know it means business. That was what Auro-3D was trying to do. Mean business. In 2011, when it first came out, it had a very noble goal of knocking all existing...
3D TV

Rant: 3D TVs Are Dead

3D TVs were supposed to be massive. Remember when Avatar was released, and everyone was talking about the future of 3D content at home? That was 2009, and seven years on, it seems that the demand for 3D TVs never quite met the supply.
EQ

Rant: Frequency Ranges Need To Die

Let’s take a look at the HIFIMAN HE400S headphones. Really solid pair of cans, these. They also contain a little piece of marketing information that is complete and utter nonsense.