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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.

7 Best PA Speakers (January 2023)

The Best Powered PA Speakers

Powered Speakers, also known as active speakers, are loudspeakers with amplifiers built into their enclosures. This combination is simpler to setup and manage, making powered speakers more and more popular among musicians, sound engineers, and DJs.

The Best Acoustic Guitar Cases & Gig Bags

The Highest Rated Acoustic Guitar Cases & Gig Bags

While good guitar cases are not cheap, investing in them will save you more in the long run, especially when considering the cost of guitar repair or replacement. More importantly, you can't put a price on peace of mind, so please heed our advice - do not skimp on your guitar's protection and storage.

The Best Acoustic Guitar Pickups - Active & Passive

The Highest Rated Acoustic Guitar Pickups

Gigging with an acoustic guitar can be a headache if you don’t have an acoustic guitar pickup, and if you don’t get the most appropriate pickup type for you you’re never going to get the tone you want. So rather than go in blind, check out our recommendations!

The Best Guitar Multi Effects Pedals / Processors

The Highest Rated Guitar Multi Effects Pedals

Demand for multi-effects continues to rise, thanks to their ever improving quality and practicality. In line with this, we present you with what the market considers as the best guitar multi effects pedals, covering everything from beginner friendly compact units, to advanced flagship models.

The Best In Ear Monitors for Musicians - Wireless

The Highest Rated In Ear Monitor Systems

Hearing yourself well can often spell the difference between mediocre and inspiring performances. In-Ear Monitors (IEMs) let you do just that, by feeding personalized sound directly to your ears while blocking out ambient sounds on stage or in rehearsal.

The Best Drum Mic Kits - 4 to 8 Piece

The Highest Rated Drum Mic Kits

Audio engineer Raphael Pulgar presents the highest rated Drum Mic Kits ranging from 4 to 8 mics in each set. You'll also get some solid advice to help you select your best options for miking drums.

The Best Electric Guitar Strings - 6 String Sets

The Highest Rated Electric Guitar Strings

We analyzed a record number of guitarist ratings and reviews, more than 183k sources, to bring you the highest rated sets of guitar strings in five standard gauge ranges.

The Best Studio Monitor Stands - Desk & Floor

The Highest Rated Studio Monitor Stands

To make the most out of your studio monitors, you'll want to pair them up with top quality stands that are designed for studio use. In addition to positioning and securing your speakers, these stands prevent cabinet vibration from transferring to your floor or desk, which results in improved sonic clarity.

The Best Volume Pedals for Guitar

The Highest Rated Guitar Volume Pedals

A volume pedal is a must-have piece of gear for many guitarists, facilitating control over gain as well as advanced techniques like volume swells. However, because there are so many options available it can be hard to figure out the best volume pedal for a given situation.

The Best Synthesizer Keyboards - Under $500 & $1000

The Highest Rated Keyboard Synths

This guide presents a range of synthesizers for those who are interested in choosing their first hardware synth and for musicians who are looking for a unit to add to their collection. Includes both analog and digital keyboard synths under $500 and under $1000.

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