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Denon Releases 3 New AV Receivers with Three 8K HDMI Inputs for Under $700!

AV Receiver Reviews

Denon Releases 3 New AV Receivers with Three 8K HDMI Inputs for Under $700!

— October 20, 2021 23:30

Denon released three new 8K AV receivers, the AVR-S760H, AVR-S660H, & AVR-X1700H. The AVRs come in from $450-$700 with some amazing technology including three 8K HDMI inputs and advanced voice control.

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.

New Active DSP Rixos Speakers From Grimani Systems Promise Huge Cinema Sound

Tower Speaker Reviews

New Active DSP Rixos Speakers From Grimani Systems Promise Huge Cinema Sound

— October 14, 2021 11:15

Grimaldi Systems launched two new on-wall/in-wall speakers, the Rixos-L and Rixos-H. Both are active, DSP-controlled speakers that utilize Grimani Systems’ signature Conic Section Array Waveguide.

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.

PSB Launches New Flagship Synchrony Speakers: High Performance Meets Value?

Tower Speaker Reviews

PSB Launches New Flagship Synchrony Speakers: High Performance Meets Value?

— October 12, 2021 13:00

PSB launched two new flagship loudspeakers, the Synchrony T600 floorstanders ($8,000/pair) and the Synchrony B600 stand-mount speaker ($2,500/pair). High performance meets value? Read on.

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.

Monoprice Monolith 16” THX Ultra Subwoofer: Brutal Output, Audiophile Performance

Subwoofer Reviews

Monoprice Monolith 16” THX Ultra Subwoofer: Brutal Output, Audiophile Performance

— October 04, 2021 13:40

The Monoprice Monolith 16" THX Ultra subwoofer sports huge excursion ability with an enormous cabinet, and 1,800 watts of power. This Extreme Bassaholic rated sub is a true bruiser with audiophile chops.

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.

JBL HDI-1200P Subwoofer Review: Good Performance At A Premium Price?

Subwoofer Reviews

JBL HDI-1200P Subwoofer Review: Good Performance At A Premium Price?

— October 01, 2021 01:00

The JBL HDI-1200P is a dual-ported, 1,000-watt, high-excursion 12" cone sub, so it has the good on paper, but does the performance live up to the specs? Read on to find out!

Audio Codecs Explained for Non-Audiophiles

Audio Technologies

Audio Codecs Explained for Non-Audiophiles

Dua Rashid — September 26, 2021 20:20

WAV, FLAC, MP3, MQA, what is the best audio CODEC to handle your audio files? Audioholics has put together a guide explaining these extensions and what they mean in terms of sound quality and storage.

Starke Sound Combines High Fidelity with Huge Dynamics in the P Series Loudspeakers

Tower Speaker Reviews

Starke Sound Combines High Fidelity with Huge Dynamics in the P Series Loudspeakers

— September 30, 2021 00:45

Take a look at Starke Sound's P Series high-powered loudspeakers. The P3/P3i, P5, and P7 range from $2.5k to $9.5k each putting Starke Sounds P series squarely in the high end home cinema market.

From 2021 Semiconductor Shortages to Global Chip Glut

Editorials

From 2021 Semiconductor Shortages to Global Chip Glut

— September 24, 2021 00:45

The 2021 semiconductor shortage has illuminated serious vulnerabilities in global supply chains. This article looks at how we got here, what governments are doing about it and a possible outcome.

Audioholics’ Top Eight $800 Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Audioholics’ Top Eight $800 Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

— September 22, 2021 00:20

If you are shopping for high performance bookshelf speakers for under $1k, we have put together a guide for our top picks in the $800/pair range for 2021. Great for 2CH or a full home theater system.

The Lucid Air Electric Car Takes Dolby Atmos On The Road

AV News

The Lucid Air Electric Car Takes Dolby Atmos On The Road

— September 20, 2021 00:50

Launching later this year, the Lucid Air is a luxury electric car with the world’s first automotive Dolby Atmos sound system which will also be integrated into the car's safety features. Read on.

Arendal 1723 Subwoofer 2V Review: Power Meets Finesse

Subwoofer Reviews

Arendal 1723 Subwoofer 2V Review: Power Meets Finesse

— September 14, 2021 00:20

We review the Arendal Sound flagship 1723 2V subwoofer, a 132 lbs., dual 13.8" woofer 1,200 watt RMS bruiser. Is Arendal's 1723 V2 subwoofer as good as their THX speakers? Read on.

Could Today’s Recording Techniques Be the Problem With The Audiophile Hobby?

Editorials

Could Today’s Recording Techniques Be the Problem With The Audiophile Hobby?

Jerry Del Colliano — September 17, 2021 11:20

Could today’s recording techniques be the problem with the audiophile hobby, or do today's younger listeners not really care? We'll look at what goes into the art of recording in our editorial.

Dan Clark Audio’s Stealth: The First Metamaterial Headphone

Headphone Reviews

Dan Clark Audio’s Stealth: The First Metamaterial Headphone

— September 12, 2021 22:00

Dan Clark Audio’s new flagship headphone is the Stealth ($4,000). This closed-back planar magnetic headphone is the first in the world to use metamaterial technology. To find out more, read on.

CEDIA 2021 Expo Show Coverage

Trade Show Coverage

CEDIA 2021 Expo Show Coverage

— August 28, 2021 10:20

We won't let COVID-19 keep us down. For 2021, we are happy to provide Virtual CEDIA Trade show coverage of the brands participating live at the showfloor or virtually through our YouTube Channel.

Dirac Live Room Correction Added To New Onkyo TX-RZ50 AV Receiver

AV Receiver Reviews

Dirac Live Room Correction Added To New Onkyo TX-RZ50 AV Receiver

— September 10, 2021 01:00

Huge news at CEDIA 2021! Consumer budgeted receivers like Onkyo's TX-RZ50 have integrated Dirac Live for room calibration and full HDMI 2.1 support on ALL inputs. Is this the hot AVR for 2021?

Should CEDIA Cancel their Show for 2021?

Editorials

Should CEDIA Cancel their Show for 2021?

Jerry Del Colliano — August 23, 2021 16:00

With the Delta variant causing a surge in COVID-19 across our country and a growing list of exhibitors like: Yamaha, Sound United, Harman, Sony, etc pulling out, should CEDIA be cancelled for 2021?

Cambridge Audio’s Evo Streaming Amps Deliver Great Design and All-In-One Convenience

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Cambridge Audio’s Evo Streaming Amps Deliver Great Design and All-In-One Convenience

— September 09, 2021 00:15

The Cambridge Audio Evo 75 ($2,250) and Evo 150 ($3,000) are compact, Class D streaming amps that aim to deliver audiophile performance from a “lifestyle” all-in-one package.

5 Great Solutions for Video Display in a Conference Room

Editorials

5 Great Solutions for Video Display in a Conference Room

DEXON — August 23, 2021 01:00

Video conferencing is here to stay and if you're looking to go big there are plenty of video wall solutions for you to choose from. Here are 5 Great Solutions for Video Display in a conference room.

Focal Debuts On Wall 301 and 302 Low Profile Speakers

In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Focal Debuts On Wall 301 and 302 Low Profile Speakers

— September 08, 2021 00:30

Focal released their On Wall 301 and 302 speakers which offer easy mounting and a slick sleek design but do they keep the brands reputation for HiFi audio? Read on to find out.

Should You Save Or Trash Your AV Boxes?

Editorials

Should You Save Or Trash Your AV Boxes?

Jerry Del Colliano — August 17, 2021 12:30

Should you save or trash your AV boxes is a question that many audiophiles have had through the years. Which ones are worth saving and which should hit the recycling bin? Read on to find out.

Polk Introduces Incredibly Affordable Monitor XT Speaker Lineup

Tower Speaker Reviews

Polk Introduces Incredibly Affordable Monitor XT Speaker Lineup

— September 06, 2021 23:30

Polk Audio has a new line of competitively priced speakers, the Monitor XT. With eight different sizes to choose from, prices start at $150/pair for height channels, and $600/pair of towers. Read on.

Harmony Discontinued: The Rise and Fall of the Universal Remote Control

Universal Remote Reviews

Harmony Discontinued: The Rise and Fall of the Universal Remote Control

— August 05, 2021 01:55

Logitech discontinues Harmony! But what does that say about the universal remote control's place in consumer electronics today? Have they become an afterthought or simply driven into obsolescence?

Bowers and Wilkins Revamps 800 Series D4 Diamond Range

Tower Speaker Reviews

Bowers and Wilkins Revamps 800 Series D4 Diamond Range

— September 03, 2021 01:30

Bowers and Wilkins revamped their 800 Series with their D4 Diamond Range. The B&W loudspeaker line has 7 new models to choose from including 2 center channels and a flagship $35k/pair 801 D4 tower.

Do The Ethics and Politics of The People Who Make and Sell Your AV Gear Matter?

Editorials

Do The Ethics and Politics of The People Who Make and Sell Your AV Gear Matter?

Jerry Del Colliano — July 25, 2021 01:55

Should consumers make an ethical or political choice in their purchasing? There are all real-world examples of products that you could vote on with your economic ballot. But does this matter to you?