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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 Delay Pedals - Analog & Digital

The Highest Rated Delay Pedals

Delay is a unique effect in that it has a place in every genre. Whether you’re looking for dry country slapback chunk or the smooth “filling out” effect you hear in metal. Essentially, if you play guitar you will want to pick up a delay pedal at some point.

The Best PA Subwoofers - Powered / Active

The Highest Rated PA Subwoofers

If you're a DJ, musician or live sound engineer, the first thing you will have noticed when looking for professional PA subwoofers is that the market is extremely crowded with an almost endless number of options - this guide will help you decide which subwoofer to get by showing you the highest rated ones currently available.

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 Top 13 Best Powered PA Speakers

The Highest Rated Powered PA Speakers

Powered Speakers, also known as active speakers, are loudspeakers with amplifiers built into their enclosures. This combination results in improved versatility, making powered speakers more and more popular among musicians, sound engineers, and DJs.

The Best Cheap Electronic Drum Set For Beginners

The Highest Rated Electronic Drums Under $500

Electronic drums are a heck of a lot of fun to play with, but more importantly they're the best way to learn, practice and improve your chops without making all the noise associated with acoustic drums - just slip your headphones on and you're good to go!

The Best Powered / Unpowered Pedalboards

Guide to the Highest Rated Guitar Pedal Boards

In addition to keeping your stompboxes organized, pedalboards address clutter, storage, gear protection and transport needs. Here we take look at which boards are considered the best by users and experts, including those with and without a built-in power supply.

The Best Portable Digital Audio Recorders - Handheld

The Highest Rated Handheld Digital Recorders

Portable audio recorders are versatile devices that are used for recording rehearsals, live shows, and field recordings. This guide is for you if you want to purchase a recorder to capture better quality audio than you can with a phone app.

The Best Keyboard Amps - All prices up to $1500

The Highest Rated Keyboard Amps

Keyboard amplifiers tend to be quite versatile with many able to amplify a wide range of input sources from keyboards and synths to vocals, electronic drums, acoustic guitars, bass, drum machines and backing machines. Some of the multi-channel options can even be used as small PA systems ideal for practice sessions or performing in small venues.

The Best Cheap Audio Interfaces - Under $100 & Under $200

The Highest Rated Audio Interfaces Under $200

Gearing up for recording has never been easier, all you need is your computer, instrument, microphone, and a good audio interface. With so many cheap audio interfaces available, we taken it upon ourselves to present you with a reliable list of current market favorites, updated October 2020.

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