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RSL CG5 Bookshelf & CG25 Monitor / Center Channel Speakers Review

RSL CG5 Bookshelf & CG25 Monitor / Center Channel Speakers Review

RSL Speakers generally get rave reviews for their products, so whenever they release something new, audio enthusiasts take note. Their recent release of the CG5 and CG25 speakers raised the eyebrows in the audio industry since the buzz was that RSL was pushing into a higher-end product than they had heretofore. It was with great anticipation that we awaited a sample of these new speakers. We are excited to finally bring you a full in-depth review of both speakers. Read on to find out all about the RSL CG5 and CG25.

RSL Speaker's recent release of the CG5 and CG25 speakers have raised the eyebrows of audio industry. Did RSL produce a premium higher end product at a more moderate price? Read on to find out.

— November 14, 2019 13:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Amazon Exclusive $1,500 5.2.4 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

Amazon Exclusive $1,500 5.2.4 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

Do you want to build a respectable and aesthetically pleasing home theater, but only have $1,500 to spend on the whole kit and caboodle? Forget that HTiB system from your local big box and check out our Audioholics Amazon exclusive $1,500 5.2.4 recommended home theater system featuring components from Sony, Polk and Onkyo. We built a setup on a shoestring budget that will provide much better than HTiB performance, features immersive surround. Some of these deals are limited time so act quickly.

Our $1,500 5.2.4 recommended home theater system can be bought from Amazon, features serious components from Sony, Polk, and Onkyo and gets you better than HTiB performance and immersive surround.

— November 11, 2019 01:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

New Filmmaker Mode For Ultra-HD TVs Aims To Put An End To ‘The Soap Opera Effect’

New Filmmaker Mode For Ultra-HD TVs Aims To Put An End To ‘The Soap Opera Effect’

Major filmmakers and Hollywood studios have teamed up with an industry coalition called The UHD Alliance to develop a new TV viewing mode called Filmmaker Mode. This mode would automatically, or with the push of a single button, disable post-processing such as motion smoothing (a.k.a. “The Soap Opera Effect”) and preserve the correct aspect ratios, colors, and frame rates chosen by the content creators. With Filmmaker Mode, your TV would always display your movies and TV shows exactly as the filmmakers intended them to be seen. Read on to learn more.

Major filmmakers and Hollywood studios have teamed up with an industry coalition called The UHD Alliance to develop a new TV viewing mode called Filmmaker Mode. Is this death to the Soap Opera Effect?

— November 07, 2019 02:00 in HDTV Display Formats

The Neeo Remote for Control4 Combines Slick Design With An Intuitive Interface

The Neeo Remote for Control4 Combines Slick Design With An Intuitive Interface

Control4 has released its first new remote control product since the acquisition of the Swiss home automation company Neeo earlier this year. The elegant Neeo Remote for Control4 ($600) is designed to be sophisticated enough for the power user but intuitive enough for the whole family to use. The remote features a machined aluminum body and a high-res touchscreen that unlocks the full potential of Control4’s Smart Home OS 3 platform. Read on to learn more.

The elegant Neeo Remote for Control4 is designed to be sophisticated enough for the power user but intuitive enough for the whole family to use. See how this remote lets you take advantage of OS 3.

— November 06, 2019 01:00 in Universal Remote Reviews

Old Integrated Amplifiers in Today's Modern World

Old Integrated Amplifiers in Today's Modern World

What happens when your pre/pro separates are a hair too big for your entertainment center and your new replacement amp fails after a year and a half? Follow the saga of finding just the right amplifier for a three zone house. The journey will take you to an unexpected ending that leads to a vintage audio piece saving the day. Buckle up and enjoy the ride...

What happens when your pre/pro separates are a hair too big for your entertainment center and your new amp fails after 1.5 years? Follow one mans journey to find out how vintage audio saved the day.

— November 05, 2019 00:00 in Editorials

Yamaha 5000 Series Premium Hi-Fi Audio Components Targets Audiophiles

Yamaha 5000 Series Premium Hi-Fi Audio Components Targets Audiophiles

Yamaha launched a new series of premium two-channel audio components called the 5000 Series. Designed to be paired with the company’s NS-5000 speakers ($15,000/pair), the new GT-5000 turntable ($8,000), C-5000 preamplifier ($10,000), and M-5000 power amplifier ($10,000) make a bold statement about Yamaha’s commitment to high-end audio. The electronics feature patented circuit designs that are “floated” from the ground in order to eliminate noise. Read on to learn more.

Yamaha launched a new series of premium two-channel audio components- The 5000 Series. With a $8k turntable, $10k preamp, $10k amp, and $15k/pr speakers, Yamaha is doubling down on 2 channel audio.

— November 01, 2019 08:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Focal 300 Series In-Wall Speakers Review

Focal 300 Series In-Wall Speakers Review

Focal's 300 series architectural speakers are designed from the ground up for music or cinema aficionados. Each speaker in the 300 series sports a true, tool-less design with the company's patented EQI (Easy Quick Install) system. The EQI system is a blessing for installers and DIYers alike. Featuring a Flax cone and Focal's signature inverted dome tweeter, the Focal 300 Series delivers reference performance for aesthetically demanding spaces. We took the Focals for a spin in a complete 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X configuration. Our take? Focal's 300 series proves you don't have to sacrifice performance for aesthetics.

Focal's 300 series architectural speakers are designed for music or cinema aficionados. Tool-less design with the company's patented EQI (Easy Quick Install) system, good sound has never been so easy.

— October 29, 2019 19:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Marvel vs. DC Rivalry Continues in Digital Media as AT&T vs. Disney & Sony

Marvel vs. DC Rivalry Continues in Digital Media as AT&T vs. Disney & Sony

The rivalry between Marvel and DC is still alive and well through the three major conglomerates that now own all of the most popular characters that were born in comics. But the next battleground for popularity will be in the digital delivery of Marvel and DC characters to your favorite screen. The decision-makers behind the capes and cowls may sit in the air-conditioned offices of AT&T, Disney and Sony but the contest remains as fierce as it ever was in print-publishing as our favorite heroes do battle in the new business-arena of Streaming Video on-Demand. The stakes couldn't be higher, the objective is nothing less than the total subjugation of rival SVoD apps.

The Marvel vs. DC rivalry that was born in comic books will live on as AT&T; and Disney in the next battle for streaming video on-demand supremacy. Who will come out victorious?

— October 27, 2019 09:00 in Editorials

Tidal VS Qobuz: Battle of the Hi-Res Streaming Services!

Tidal VS Qobuz: Battle of the Hi-Res Streaming Services!

When it comes to streaming services, we have the big players like Apple, Amazon, and Spotify. Now we can add Qobuz to the list of boutique brands like Tidal that cater to audiophiles. Given that Tidal seems to be struggling, we wondered if there was in fact a need for yet another niche streaming service. We extensively tested the two Hi-Res streaming services for the last SIX MONTHS! See what our conclusions were between the two services in our article and which one sounded best. Be sure to watch our recently added YouTube discussion.

We extensively tested Tidal and new comer Qobuz for the last six months to see who is the indisputable king of Hi-Res streaming! Read on to find out which service won and sounded best.

— October 23, 2019 01:00 in Audio Technologies

Fluance RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Review

Fluance RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Review

Fluance has been making quality turntables for over 20 years, so it was with great enthusiasm that they sent out the RT85 turntable for review. This good-looking turntable had my expectation high for their new and attractive mid-level turntable. At $499 the Fluance RT85 turntable is touted to be a great bargain with amazing looks and a platform punching above its price point. Read the full review to find out if this was the case.

At $499 the Fluance RT85 turntable is touted to be a great bargain with amazing looks and a platform punching above its price point. Read the full review to find out if this was the case.

Xavier Burgos — October 17, 2019 23:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Room Reflections & Human Adaptation for Small Room Acoustics

Room Reflections & Human Adaptation for Small Room Acoustics

Dealing with acoustics in small rooms is no trivial matter. The quest for the “perfect” room all depends on your expectations, why you are listening (business or pleasure), what program you are listening to, and the condition of the ears you are listening through. This article and recently added YouTube discussion focuses on the topic of early reflections in small room acoustics and how to deal with them based on listening preferences and the accuracy of your loudspeakers. The portions of side walls responsible for first lateral reflections are specified as “optional areas: absorb, diffuse, reflect.” It is a decision to be made by the customer and/or the installer.

Dealing with acoustics in small rooms is no trivial matter. This article focuses on how to treat early reflections based on listening habits, your loudspeaker choice. Absorb, diffuse, reflect; decide.

Dr. Floyd Toole — October 14, 2019 23:00 in Room Acoustics

New Speakers From Revel Be And JBL HDI Series Impress at CEDIA 2019

New Speakers From Revel Be And JBL HDI Series Impress at CEDIA 2019

New speakers from Revel and JBL stole the spotlight at the 2019 CEDIA Expo. Revel added three models to its Performa Beryllium range, including a large flagship tower with an all-new beryllium tweeter. Meanwhile, JBL announced a completely new line of speakers called the HDI Series, featuring stylish curved cabinets and a new compression driver based on JBL’s professional gear. Read on to learn more and be sure to watch our detailed YouTube overview video.

New speakers from Revel and JBL stole the show at the 2019 CEDIA Expo. Revel added three models to its Performa Beryllium range while JBL announced their new HDI Series. Read on to learn more.

— October 11, 2019 07:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Savant Smart Soundbar, Precision Audio Meets Ultimate Home-Connectivity

Savant Smart Soundbar, Precision Audio Meets Ultimate Home-Connectivity

Audioholics was on hand at Denver, Colorado's CEDIA 2019. In this video, Gene visits the Savant booth where the company unveiled a new product that lives at the intersection of high-performance home audio and digital home connectivity, designed for those who may not have thought much about complete home automation before. The Smart Audio soundbar may be loaded with network-connected features by Savant, but it also brings a true hi-fi pedigree with speaker designs by Cary Christie of Artison.

The Smart Audio soundbar may be loaded with network-connected features by Savant, but it also brings a true hi-fi pedigree with speaker designs by Cary Christie of Artison.

— October 09, 2019 01:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

MartinLogan Motion 35XTi Bookshelf Speaker Review

MartinLogan Motion 35XTi Bookshelf Speaker Review

MartinLogan, famous for their curved panel electrostatic speakers, has recently revamped their Motion line of loudspeakers that use a more traditional enclosure. While the cabinet may be more conventional than their higher-tiered loudspeakers, the Motion speakers are still not without design distinctions that set them apart from other speakers in the same class. In for review today, we have the Motion 35XTi, the larger bookshelf speaker within the Motion series featuring a 6.5" woofer and AMT tweeter. Read our in-depth review to see what MartinLogan does to retain their signature electrostatic sound within a box-enclosure loudspeaker.

The Motion 35XTi bookshelf speaker has updated cosmetics and employs a 6.5" woofer and AMT tweeter. Read our review to see if MartinLogan keeps their signature sound in a box speaker.

— October 07, 2019 08:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews