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Sound United Brings Roon Compatibility to 68 Denon and Marantz Products

Sound United LLC announced that 68 Denon and Marantz products received Roon Tested accreditation. Want to know what Roon is and why Sound United

Sound United Brings Roon Compatibility to 68 Denon and Marantz Products
With Theaters Closed, Studios Send New Movies Straight To Streaming

The COVID-19 pandemic forced movie theaters to close their doors. Many studios are now releasing theatrical movies to rent NOW via cable

With Theaters Closed, Studios Send New Movies Straight To Streaming
What the Apollo Masters Fire Really Means for Vinyl

The vinyl record industry may experience shortages of new releases after the plant that made some 75% of the world’s blank lacquers burned to

What the Apollo Masters Fire Really Means for Vinyl

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Sound United Brings Roon Compatibility to 68 Denon and Marantz Products

Sound United Brings Roon Compatibility to 68 Denon and Marantz Products

Sound United LLC announced that several Denon and Marantz products received Roon Tested accreditation. This certification enables music lovers to seamlessly stream music from a Roon server or Roon Core devices to 68 Denon and Marantz products for a visually rich, and easy-to-use listening experience. To see what we think of these new additions read on...

Sound United LLC announced that 68 Denon and Marantz products received Roon Tested accreditation. Want to know what Roon is and why Sound United is all in? Read on to find out.

— March 31, 2020 06:00 in Audio Technologies

With Theaters Closed, Studios Send New Movies Straight To Streaming

With Theaters Closed, Studios Send New Movies Straight To Streaming

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced movie theaters to close their doors, leaving studios scrambling to recover the millions spent to produce and advertise films slated for Spring 2020 release. In an unprecedented move, Universal has made some of its current theatrical movies available to rent via cable on-demand services, as well as from streaming services like Amazon and iTunes. Disney has done the same with its newest Pixar movie, but the fate of its live-action Mulan film, and that of Marvel’s Black Widow, remain unclear. Read on to learn more.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced movie theaters to close their doors. Many studios are now releasing theatrical movies to rent NOW via cable on-demand and streaming services like Amazon and iTunes.

— March 25, 2020 01:00 in AV News

What the Apollo Masters Fire Really Means for Vinyl

What the Apollo Masters Fire Really Means for Vinyl

The vinyl record industry may experience shortages of new releases after the plant that made some 75% of the world’s blank lacquers burned to the ground. But it won’t be the apocalyptic “vinylgeddon” suggested by some. Delayed new releases on vinyl may begin sometime in the next year, but the real long-term tragedy could be a permanent loss of some homegrown American record manufacturing. Will Vinyl media adapt and survive? Read on to find out.

The vinyl record industry may experience shortages of new releases after the plant that made some 75% of the world’s blank lacquers burned to the ground. What does this mean for future pressings?

— March 20, 2020 06:00 in Audio Technologies

McIntosh Debuts New Flagship Home Theater Processors and Amp

McIntosh Debuts New Flagship Home Theater Processors and Amp

Shortly before the coronavirus crisis pulled the plug on big industry trade shows, McIntosh showcased its newest home theater products at the ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) AV show in Amsterdam. The new lineup includes the flagship MX170 AV processor ($15,500), the less expensive MX123 AV processor ($8,000), the MC255 5-channel power amplifier ($8,000), and the MC257 7-channel power amplifier ($10,000). Read on for more details.

McIntosh recently showcased its newest home theater products at the ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) AV show in Amsterdam. The new lineup includes 2 Atmos AV processors and 2 multi-ch amplifiers.

— March 17, 2020 06:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Coronavirus COVID-19 Audioholics Survival Guide

Coronavirus COVID-19 Audioholics Survival Guide

I recently tested positive for COVID-19 after struggling with what I thought at the time was a stomach bug or flu on and off for 8 straight days. While I'm in quarantine until I produce 2 consecutive negative test results, I decided to write up this little Coronavirus survival guide from the perspective of an Audioholic. I offer some treatments that helped relieve my symptoms while also suggesting some good audio and visual reference materials to entertain you while you get better. Check out my Youtube discussion of symptoms and treatments for COVID-19 for more information.

I recently tested positive for COVID-19 after struggling with what I thought was the flu for over a week. This survival guide suggests good reference audio and video material to get you through the isolation period.

— March 15, 2020 00:00 in Editorials

Coronavirus COVID-19: Will it Tank the Audio Industry?

Coronavirus COVID-19: Will it Tank the Audio Industry?

The coronavirus strain known as COVID-19 has dominated the news as of lately. You can’t open a newspaper, read a news app, or turn on the television without some reference to this disease. But what of my beloved electronics? What will happen to our industry? I was shocked to see the devastating impact that this virus, in China, was having on American electronics companies. How will this affect the distribution of the electronics industry and how has it impacted Audioholics so far? Read on to find out.

Looking to buy a new electronic gadget this week? Thanks to the COVID-19 Coronavirus you may hear, "Sorry folks we're all out and don't know when new ones will come in." See how this is impacting us.

— March 11, 2020 07:00 in Editorials

NuForce BE Live5 Bluetooth Wireless Earphones Review

NuForce BE Live5 Bluetooth Wireless Earphones Review

If upgrading your smartphone's stock earbuds is an out-of-the box necessity, but you also demand wireless because it's 2020, the market offers no shortage of choices. But not all of them make sound quality a priority. BE Live5 is the cost-effective, premium offering by NuForce that actually gives good sound by offering both AAC and aptX codecs, so they're just as comfortable streaming sound from either iPhone or Android. And best of all they cost way less than a new pair of Apple AirPods.

BE Live5 are premium wireless Bluetooth earbuds by NuForce that makes sound quality a priority, offering both AAC and aptX codecs.Can this be the best $20 you spend? Read on to find out.

— March 10, 2020 13:00 in Headphone Reviews

The Samsung 8K UHD 2020 TV Lineup: Gen Z Innovator or Too Far Ahead of Their Time?

The Samsung 8K UHD 2020 TV Lineup: Gen Z Innovator or Too Far Ahead of Their Time?

There is heavy competition with the TV display market. How do you compete with companies like LG and Vizio? Samsung has decided to think outside the box and go with a Steve Jobs like showing of innovative thinking and design. Will these futuristic ideas payoff or are they too far ahead of their time? Read our thoughts on the 2020 lineup of 8K UHD Samsung QLED displays to find out.

Samsung is putting out some pretty amazing 8K UHD displays in 2020. Will their forward thinking design entice home theater enthusiasts away from rivals LG and Vizio or are they ahead of their time?

— March 04, 2020 01:00 in HDTV Reviews

Hearing Protection and Listening Safety

Hearing Protection and Listening Safety

If you are an Audiophile, then you are probably familiar with the years of hard work and stress your ears go through. The goal for every audiophile should be to enjoy hi-fi for a lifetime. But, in order to do that, care must be taken to not over stress or abuse your ears with sustained excessively loud sounds. This article talks about the importance of hearing safety and how to combat tinnitus using active hearing aids and soundscapes. Checkout our recent Youtube video were we discuss safe daily listening doses to preserve your hearing.

This article discusses the importance of hearing safety and how to combat tinnitus using active hearing aids and soundscapes. Listen for a lifetime by not abusing your ears to enjoy true hi-fi.

— March 02, 2020 00:00 in Editorials

Can the AIAIAI TMA-2 Bluetooth Headphones Compete With Bose & Sony?

Can the AIAIAI TMA-2 Bluetooth Headphones Compete With Bose & Sony?

If you’re looking for a quality pair of wireless over-the-ear headphones and you want to customize the entire setup to your listening needs you might want to check out the new TMA-2 Bluetooth headphones from AIAIAI. Never heard of AIAIAI? Neither had we. They’re comfortable and sound great, but with a $300 price tag will they be able to compete with better known brand names like Sony, Bose and Beats? Be sure to also checkout our Youtube overview video for a closer look.

We looked at the TMA-2 Bluetooth over-the-ear headphones from AIAIAI. They’re comfortable and sound great, but with a $300 price tag will they be able to compete with name brand headphones?

— February 26, 2020 01:00 in Headphone Reviews

Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 12" Sealed Subwoofer DIY Kit Review

Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 12" Sealed Subwoofer DIY Kit Review

We've tested A LOT of factory designed and manufactured subwoofers here at Audioholics. This time we built and tested our own with the Creative Sound Solutions SDX12. Does the Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 12" sealed subwoofer DIY kit buy you more performance than commercial offerings? Check out how the SDX12 performed compared to similarly priced commercial offerings.

We built and tested the Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 Subwoofer kit. Does the DIY 12" sealed subwoofer kit buy you more performance than commercial offerings? Read on to find out.

— February 22, 2020 00:35 in Subwoofer Reviews

RBH Sound SVTRS Limited Edition Speaker System Rocks 2020 Florida Expo

RBH Sound SVTRS Limited Edition Speaker System Rocks 2020 Florida Expo

RBH Sound unveiled a new flagship SVTRS active speaker system that rocked the 2020 Florida Expo show. This large, powerful speaker is truly a sight (and sound) to behold. These titans stand nearly eight feet tall and weigh 310 lbs and offer bass extension down to single digits. RBH claims this new system offers significant advantages over their Status 8T speakers while being slightly less expensive along with including its own state-of-the-art amplifier and DSP tuning. Does Audioholics have a new reference speaker to dethrone the mighty Status 8Ts? Read on to find out!

RBH Sound rocked the 2020 Florida Expo with their new SVTRS active speaker system. It offers unparalleled dynamics and bass extension that has to be heard to be believed. A new Audioholics reference?

— February 18, 2020 00:50 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Rotel Revives Its High-End Michi Brand With 3 New Flagship Components

Rotel Revives Its High-End Michi Brand With 3 New Flagship Components

Rotel’s high-end Michi brand is making a comeback after a long hiatus with three new audiophile stereo components. The Michi P5 Control Amplifier ($4K), S5 Stereo Amplifier ($7K), and M8 Monoblock Amplifier ($7K) are Rotel’s new flagship audio offerings, promising superb build quality, elegant design, and unshakeable 2CH performance. Read on to learn more.

Rotel’s high-end Michi brand released three new audiophile stereo components. The P5 Control Amplifier, S5 Stereo Amplifier, and M8 Monoblock Amplifier are Rotel’s new flagship 2CH audio offerings.

— February 12, 2020 02:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

RSL 5.1 Speaker ($1,079 value) Giveaway!

RSL 5.1 Speaker ($1,079 value) Giveaway!

RSL CG3, CG23, Speedwoofer 10S 5.1 Speaker System Giveaway is Here! Audioholics has partnered with RSL to give away the brand new "white" variant on their classic CG3 Series Home Theater Speaker System ($1,079.00 value)! Contest ends March 7th, 2020 so ENTER NOW to win BIG!

Audioholics has partnered with RSL to give away the brand new "white" variant on a classic RSL 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System ($1,079.00 value)! Contest ends March 7th,so ENTER to Win BIG NOW!

— February 10, 2020 02:38 in AV News