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These guides are designed to help you find the most highly rated options when you're buying music equipment. Every item presented has a Gearank Rating and the number of owner and user opinions that have been evaluated by the Gearank Algorithm for this purpose.

The Best Portable / Compact PA Systems + Battery Powered PAs

The Highest Rated Portable PA Systems

Portable PA Systems are designed to provide convenient sound reinforcement that can be easily setup, packed away and carried for transportation. If you're unsure about exactly what a 'portable' PA System is that's probably because there is no standard definition, so we have defined them in the Methodology section of this guide.

The Best Guitar Amp from the Top 10 Brands Under $1000

The Highest Rated Guitar Amp Brands

This is different to our other guitar amp guides in that we have first determined which brands have the highest average ratings via analysis of more than 90,000 review and rating sources, then we have selected the highest rated amp by each brand.

The Best Studio Monitor Subwoofers

The Highest Rated Studio Monitor Subwoofers

Studio subwoofers free up your main monitors to better handle the mids and highs - the end result being better overall sound quality and clarity. This guide tells you what you need to know to add a subwoofer to your studio monitors along with a list of the highest rated studio subwoofers currently available.

The Best Loopers - Pedals & Tabletop

The Highest Rated Looper Pedals

Loopers have become indispensable thanks to their ability to create clones which you can use as virtual backup musicians and singers. Here we look at what the market considers as the best loopers, divided into three categories: Compact, Multiswitch and Tabletop.

The Best XLR Cables - Mic & Line Level

The Highest Rate XLR Cables

Balanced XLR Cables are used to connect microphones and other balanced output music gear into mixing consoles. They continue to be the industry standard for both recording and live performance because they shield your signal from interference to noiselessly transfer your audio over long distances.

The Best Mic Stands for Stage and Studio

The Highest Rated Mic Stands

This guide is designed to help anyone who wants to get some new microphone stands either for stage or studio use.

The Best DI Boxes & Reamp Boxes

The Highest Rated DI Boxes

The main job of a DI Box or is to convert your instrument lead (1/4" TS) signal 'directly' into the microphone (balanced 3-pin XLR) inputs that a mixing console typically has. Unlike a simple headphone adapter (1/4" to 1/8") it has to convert the differences in impedance and voltage between the two sides of the connection.

The Best 500 Series Compressors

500 Series Compressors

Audio engineer Raphael Pulgar presents the highest rated compressors for 500 series racks, both single channel and stereo bus compressors, along with detailed advice to help you select the best one for your recording setup.

The Best Overhead Mics For Drums - Matched Pairs

Setting up Overhead Drum Mics

While many of us are infatuated with gear, your sound when recording is only as good as the equipment you use to record. Finding the best overhead drum mics can be a challenge, so rather than go in blind check out this guide.

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