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Arendal Sound 1961 1S and 1V Subwoofers Review

Subwoofer Reviews Review

Arendal Sound 1961 1S and 1V Subwoofers Review

— January 24, 2022 01:50

We review Arendal's entry-level 1961 1S and 1V subwoofers to determine if their more affordable subs can maintain the phenomenal performance to value we found in their 1723 2V powerhouse. Read on.

Audyssey Unveils an Upgrade to Room Calibration With MultiEQ-X

Room Acoustics

Audyssey Unveils an Upgrade to Room Calibration With MultiEQ-X

— January 20, 2022 00:40

Audyssey announced the MultEQ-X PC based room correction software that works as an add-on to the MultEQ system already embedded in many AVR's. What kind of features can we expect from MultiEQ-X? Read on.

Paradigm Founder 100F and 70LCR Loudspeakers Review

Tower Speaker Reviews Review

Paradigm Founder 100F and 70LCR Loudspeakers Review

— January 09, 2022 00:55

The Paradigm's Founder 100F 3-way towers and 70LCR speakers use a slew of new technologies to push the loudspeaker game forward. Read our review to see how they sounded and performed with measurements.

HDMI 2.1 Compliance Certification Is An Incomprehensible Swamp Of Confusion

Audio Video Cables

HDMI 2.1 Compliance Certification Is An Incomprehensible Swamp Of Confusion

— January 17, 2022 00:45

The HDMI Licensing Admin says that new HDMI devices can be granted “HDMI 2.1 compliant” status even if they don’t support any of the features associated with the HDMI 2.1 standard. Confused? Read on.

Denon Enters the Earbud Game With Noise Cancelling and Wireless Earbuds

Headphone Reviews Preview

Denon Enters the Earbud Game With Noise Cancelling and Wireless Earbuds

— January 07, 2022 00:45

Denon released information on their first-ever lineup of true wireless in-ear headphones- The Denon Noise Cancelling Earbuds: AH-C830NCW and Denon Wireless Earbuds: AH-C630W. For more info read on.

10 Loudspeakers Trends That Should End

Loudspeaker Design

10 Loudspeakers Trends That Should End

— January 14, 2022 00:10

In this article, we go over ten things that we would like to see change within the loudspeaker industry. Read on to find out what speaker companies are doing that bugs us so much!

Fluance Ai41 Powered Bookshelf Bluetooth Speakers Review

Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews Preview

Fluance Ai41 Powered Bookshelf Bluetooth Speakers Review

— January 05, 2022 11:50

The $250/pair Fluance Ai41 powered bluetooth bookshelf speakers offer performance and features (sub out and toslink input) making them a soundbar alternative for music centric listeners that also watch TV.

Dolby Survey: GenZ Could Save Music Sound Quality!

Editorials

Dolby Survey: GenZ Could Save Music Sound Quality!

— December 28, 2021 13:50

Dolby Labs revealed a OnePoll survey of American adults who listen to 1 hour of music each day showed increased demand for good sound quality from music, especially from GenZ. Good news for Spatial Audio?

Monitor Audio’s Silver Series 7G Loudspeakers Refines A Winning Formula

Tower Speaker Reviews Preview

Monitor Audio’s Silver Series 7G Loudspeakers Refines A Winning Formula

— January 03, 2022 01:00

Monitor Audio’s new 7G Silver Series loudspeakers offers 8 different models and maintains its sweet-spot in the company’s lineup combining excellent performance, superb build quality, and high value.

10 Audio Myths Debunked For Better Sound

Loudspeaker Design

10 Audio Myths Debunked For Better Sound

— December 27, 2021 00:30

We tackle some of the less obvious but more resilient audio myths that seem to linger despite numerous attempts at correction. We debunk the audiophile myths to help prioritize your hifi needs.

Yamaha RX-A6A 9.2CH 8K AV Receiver Bench Test Results!

AV Receiver Reviews Preview

Yamaha RX-A6A 9.2CH 8K AV Receiver Bench Test Results!

— December 22, 2021 00:30

We bench tested the Yamaha RX-A6A 9.2CH 8K 150watt/ch Atmos/DTS:X Receiver to gauge power output and uncover performance issues we discovered. We discuss the proper settings for best power delivery.

2021 Audioholics Product of the Year Award Winners!

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2021 Audioholics Product of the Year Award Winners!

— December 06, 2021 08:30

Here are our 2021 Product of the Year Award winners based on audio products we reviewed that really stood out among their peers in loudspeakers, subwoofers, integrated amplifier, headphones and more.

Polk Reserve R700 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

Tower Speaker Reviews Review

Polk Reserve R700 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

— December 20, 2021 00:10

In our in-depth review of Polk Audio's Reserve R700 tower speakers, we look at just how much of the performance of the stellar Legend series has trickled down to the more affordable Reserve series.

Audiophilia Is A Messy Hobby- How Build It And They Will Come Doesn’t Work In AV Retail

Editorials

Audiophilia Is A Messy Hobby- How Build It And They Will Come Doesn’t Work In AV Retail

Jerry Del Colliano — December 03, 2021 02:00

The audiophilia business done right might not be that luxury oriented despite the hobby’s alternate name of high-end audio. Does the luxuriousness of the store dictate the traffic and clientele?

Polk Audio Releases Their First Dolby Atmos Soundbar, the Signa S4

Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews Preview

Polk Audio Releases Their First Dolby Atmos Soundbar, the Signa S4

— December 16, 2021 00:30

Check out our preview of the new Polk Sound Signa S4. The first Dolby Atmos enabled soundbar from Polk offers 3D sound at a $400 price point. Will it deliver? Read on to find out.

2021 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2021 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

— November 25, 2021 03:20

We put together some great holiday gift ideas for 2021 to help your audiophile loved ones build a kick ass home theater system for under $4k to enjoy the latest streaming shows like Squid Game.

Noise Cancelling Headphones Comparison: DALI IO-6 vs Shure Aonic 50

Headphone Reviews Preview

Noise Cancelling Headphones Comparison: DALI IO-6 vs Shure Aonic 50

Dua Rashid — December 14, 2021 00:00

In this review, we compare the DALI IO-6 ($500) and the Shure Aonic 50 ($300) headphones. This comparison review will help you decide which noise-cancelling headphones are right for your needs.

Stereo Gear in the 1970’s Was it The Audiophile Golden Age?

Editorials

Stereo Gear in the 1970’s Was it The Audiophile Golden Age?

— November 08, 2021 01:00

Stereo gear has changed A LOT in the last 50 years, but some people would still say there was never a better time for sound than in the 1970's. Come join us on a look at what the 70's had to offer.

StormAudio ISP MK2 24CH AV Processor Review

AV Preamp and Processor Reviews Review

StormAudio ISP MK2 24CH AV Processor Review

— December 09, 2021 00:30

The StormAudio ISP MK2 24CH Atmos/DTS:X/Auro 3D AV processor has the most advanced bass management & connectivity features. Our review bench tests and listening impressions reveal why it’s our 2021 POY.

Should Every Home Theater Purchase Be a Big-Ticket Sale?

Editorials

Should Every Home Theater Purchase Be a Big-Ticket Sale?

Jerry Del Colliano — November 01, 2021 10:15

In our editorial on risk vs reward of home theater sales in the AV Specialty market we look at what goes into getting return clients which one day may get you that million dollar sale.

M&K Sound Enters the Heavyweight Subwoofer Class with THX Certified Dominus Subs

Subwoofer Reviews Preview

M&K Sound Enters the Heavyweight Subwoofer Class with THX Certified Dominus Subs

— December 07, 2021 09:00

M&K Sound released information on their X+ series subwoofers which are ALL THX-certified; Dominus level for the X15+! Read our preview to see what they did to achieve this new level of performance.

Chip Shortages and Pricing Considerations in the AV Industry

Editorials

Chip Shortages and Pricing Considerations in the AV Industry

— October 18, 2021 02:10

The IC chip shortage is wreaking havoc on many electronics products, but does this chip shortage threaten the health and viability of the specialty audio and home theater market? Read on to find out.

Pro Audio Technology SR-28212ai Fullrange Loudspeaker: 130dB Output, Only 6" Deep!

In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews Preview

Pro Audio Technology SR-28212ai Fullrange Loudspeaker: 130dB Output, Only 6" Deep!

— November 30, 2021 00:30

Pro Audio Technology’s SR-28212ai ($10k/ea) is the most advanced speaker the company has ever created. At just 6 inches deep, this is a true fullrange speaker and subwoofer system capable of 130dB output.

Rethinking Specialty AV Retail: Getting Out Of The Box and The Store

Editorials

Rethinking Specialty AV Retail: Getting Out Of The Box and The Store

Jerry Del Colliano — October 10, 2021 23:30

With online ordering at an all time high and retail specialty stores closing, how is high-end audio gear getting sold? In this article we'll look at new and better ways to sell audiophile equipment.

IsoAcoustics GAIA Isolators Review: Improving Your Loudspeakers Sound

AV Gadget Reviews Review

IsoAcoustics GAIA Isolators Review: Improving Your Loudspeakers Sound

— November 19, 2021 01:50

IsoAcoustics GAIA Isolators proved there is real science behind the sonic benefits of decoupling and isolating your loudspeakers from the floor. I explore the results tested on Revel & RBH Sound speakers.

Audi’s Q4 e-tron Electric SUV Features The First Sonos Car Audio System

AV News

Audi’s Q4 e-tron Electric SUV Features The First Sonos Car Audio System

— October 08, 2021 11:45

Arriving in the US this Fall, Audi’s compact Q4 e-tron electric SUV (~$50,000) will offer the world’s first Sonos-branded automotive audio system. Is it worthy of the SONOS name? Read on to find out.

Sony HT-A9 Wireless Home Theater System Delivers Atmos with Just 4 Speakers

Surround Sound Reviews Preview

Sony HT-A9 Wireless Home Theater System Delivers Atmos with Just 4 Speakers

— November 16, 2021 01:25

Sony’s HT-A9 is a wireless 4-speaker home theater system that employs a 4.0.4-channel speaker layout using proprietary DSP technologies to create up to 12 “phantom" speakers to recreate a Dolby Atmos.

Three Different Ways To Manage Your Digital Music

Editorials

Three Different Ways To Manage Your Digital Music

Jerry Del Colliano — September 28, 2021 13:45

Blu-rays are bulky and not really needed anymore. Streaming in HD is killer but audiophiles hate change. Here are three ways to manage your digital music to get the best sound and convenience.