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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 500 Series Compressors

The Highest Rated 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 Drum Practice Pads & Mutes: Single/Snare + Sets

The Highest Rated Drum Practice Pads

If you're serious about improving or maintaining your drumming skills, practice shouldn't end the moment you step away from your drum kit. Training with drum practice pads keeps your skills sharp while helping you notice small things to improve because you're no longer bombarded with high decibel sounds.

The Best Drum Thrones - Round - Saddle - Backrest

The Highest Rated Drum Thrones

Your playing experience is decided just as much by your accessories as it is by your actual instrument, and there’s no better example of this than drum thrones. If you’re looking for the best drum throne, check out our recommendations!

The Best Passive PA Speakers Under $1000

The Highest Rated Passive PA Speakers

Here are the highest rated Passive PA Speakers in both the sub $500 and sub $1000 price brackets. Note that you need a power amplifier or a powered mixing console to drive them as they do not contain their own amplifier.

The Best Guitar Patch Cables & Pedal Couplers

The Highest Rated Guitar Patch Cables & Pedal Couplers

A guitar rig is only as strong as its weakest link, so it pays to get the right patch cables and/or couplers for the job. Here we present you with what the market considers to be the best, covering a variety of price ranges and bundles, along with advice to help you get the best for your rig.

The Best Budget Guitar Pickups: Singles < $100, Sets < $150

Electric Guitar Pickups

Guitar pickups impact your sound in a big way, and this is why many who are looking to improve their tone choose to replace their pickups. Here are the highest rated pickups in the low to mid tier price ranges including all major types & sizes within the stated price limits.

The Best Guitar / Instrument Cables - Straight & Angled

The Highest Rated Guitar Cables

Guitar cables can't make you sound better, but bad ones can make you sound bad, if not totally cut off your sound. This results in uninspiring and often awkward experiences that musicians try to forget. So get yourself one of the top rated cables and avoid the problems.

The Best Wireless Microphone System Guide - Handheld

The Highest Rated Wireless Microphones

Wireless systems are great because they free you up from being stuck in one spot. Today's wireless systems are relatively free from interference and drop outs, so if the fear of these things happening has been holding you back then there's no longer any need to worry - just ensure you get a system with the range you need.

The Best Guitar Tuners: Clip On, Pedal, Rackmount & Handheld

The Highest Rated Guitar Tuners

Whether you play Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Bass or Ukulele we've got you covered when it comes to choosing your next tuner. In fact we analyzed over 70,000 owner and user opinions to bring you what we believe is the most comprehensive guitar tuner guide currently available.

The Best XLR Cables - Mic & Line Level

The Highest Rated 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.

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