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EU Regulation to KILL Lamp Projectors for Mercury Hazards

— February 29, 2024 00:00

EU Regulation to KILL Lamp Projectors for Mercury Hazards

An EU regulation will begin the decline of lamp-based projectors worldwide and toxic heavy metal, mercury inside the bulbs are to blame. Get ready to see growth in LED and Laser projector technology!

Subwoofer Reviews Preview

The KEF KC92 Subwoofer: 11Hz Deep Bass, Small Box!

— February 27, 2024 00:00

The KEF KC92 Subwoofer: 11Hz Deep Bass, Small Box!

KEF’s new KC92 Subwoofer ($2,000) uses a pair of force-cancelling 9-inch drivers and 1,000 watts RMS of specially-designed Class D amplification to deliver bass down to 11Hz! Read on to learn more.

AV News

Sony 360 Reality Audio Vs. Dolby Atmos Music: The New Format Wars

— February 26, 2024 00:00

Sony 360 Reality Audio Vs. Dolby Atmos Music: The New Format Wars

Sony 360 Reality Audio vs. Dolby Atmos Music may seem like a kinder, gentler format war. But it's part of a broader competition involving MPEG-H 3D Audio for the music & digital broadcast TV markets.

AV Gadget Reviews Preview

ZapperBox Helps You Ditch Cable With Their M1 Over The Air DVR

— February 23, 2024 00:35

ZapperBox Helps You Ditch Cable With Their M1 Over The Air DVR

Looking to cut the cord to cable? ZapperBox's new M1 ($250) over the air DVR may help. The M1 promises 4K video, Dolby Atmos and Dolby AC-4 sound, is HDR video compatible AND has NO monthly fees.

AV News

JBL Synthesis and ARCAM Now ‘Certified for Envy’ By madVR Labs

— February 22, 2024 00:00

JBL Synthesis and ARCAM Now ‘Certified for Envy’ By madVR Labs

Harman Luxury Audio Group and madVR Labs have announced that several AVRs and processors from Harman brands have achieved “Certified for Envy” status from madVR Labs. Read on.

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Review

Sonus faber Duetto Powered Wireless Speaker Review

— February 20, 2024 00:00

Sonus faber Duetto Powered Wireless Speaker Review

The Sonus faber Duetto are an impressive pair of active bookshelf speakers. At 4K/pair they deliver truly amazing sound but the prototypes I reviewed were buggy.

AV News

Prime Video Removes Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Unless You Pay More

— February 13, 2024 13:30

Prime Video Removes Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Unless You Pay More

Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service began running ads AND stripped off Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos! If you want them back, you have to pay for the ad-free tier which is an additional $2.99/month.

Audio Amplifier Reviews Preview

Adcom Stages Comeback With Updated Classic Amps

— February 16, 2024 00:00

Adcom Stages Comeback With Updated Classic Amps

Adcom is relaunching in the USA and is now making “updated and modernized versions” of its classic audio hifi products, including the legendary GFA-555 stereo power amplifier.

AV News

‘LG Labs’ Exhibition Focused on Innovation at CES 2024

— February 06, 2024 00:00

‘LG Labs’ Exhibition Focused on Innovation at CES 2024

At CES 2024, the “LG Labs” exhibition inside the LG Electronics booth showcased a vacuum tube OLED jukebox called the DukeBox, a high-tech camper, and a tiny 4K projector called the CineBeam Qube.

AV Preamp and Processor Reviews Review

Anthem AVM 90 15.4CH Preamp Processor Review

— February 12, 2024 00:00

Anthem AVM 90 15.4CH Preamp Processor Review

The AVM 90 8K is the first worthy successor to Anthem's D2v. Objectively and subjectively it's Anthem’s best-sounding preamp processor—EVER. Possibly the apex predator of 15.4CH pre-pros under $8,000.

AV News

Harman Buys Roon, But Why?

— January 29, 2024 10:30

Harman Buys Roon, But Why?

Harman acquired Roon, the music management software company with a passionate audiophile following. Roon will retain its team and operate as an independent business within Harman. So why the acquisition?

Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews Review

Kanto ORA Powered Desktop Speakers & sub8 Review

— February 07, 2024 00:00

Kanto ORA Powered Desktop Speakers & sub8 Review

Kanto’s new ORA powered desktop speakers push their technology further than ever by introducing an active crossover and other innovations. What does this do to the sound? Read on to find out.

AV News

New ‘Lenbrook Media Group’ Formed with Focus On Content Delivery

— January 29, 2024 00:50

New ‘Lenbrook Media Group’ Formed with Focus On Content Delivery

The Lenbrook Group of Companies has formed Lenbrook Media Group to commercialize BluOS, MQA, and SCL6 across the digital audio supply chain. This new entity will be led by Mike Jbara. Read on.

AV Receiver Reviews Preview

The Marantz Cinema 30 is the SR8015 Replacement We’ve Been Waiting For

— February 01, 2024 00:00

The Marantz Cinema 30 is the SR8015 Replacement We’ve Been Waiting For

The new Cinema 30 AVR ($4,500) sits at the top of Marantz’s 8K AV receiver lineup. It offers 11 channels of amplification, 13.4CH of processing, ESS Sabre DACs, Dirac Live Bass Control, and 4 sub outs.

AV News

IsoAcoustics Mobile App and Product Selector Now Available in 7 Languages

— January 27, 2024 00:30

IsoAcoustics Mobile App and Product Selector Now Available in 7 Languages

IsoAcoustics has expanded the global reach of its Product Selector tool and mobile app with support for 6 additional languages. It’s easier than ever to find the right isolation products for your speakers.

AV Receiver Reviews Preview

Yamaha R‑N1000A Network Receiver Bench Test Results

— January 31, 2024 05:55

Yamaha R-N1000A Network Receiver Bench Test Results

The Yamaha R-N1000A is a 2CH Network AV receiver rated at 100 watts/ch and has features most stereo receivers don’t. Our bench test report determines if it lives up to their prestigious Top-Art reputation.

AV News

DALI’s New Grand Vokal Center Speaker Boasts High Output, NOT High Price

— January 23, 2024 08:00

DALI’s New Grand Vokal Center Speaker Boasts High Output, NOT High Price

DALI’s new Grand Vokal ($1,000) is designed for large rooms, offering more output (111dB SPL) and higher power handling. It should be a perfect match for DALI’s Oberon tower speakers.

HDTV Reviews Preview

LG's Transparent OLED TV Is Here, And It’s Awesome!

— January 25, 2024 00:00

LG's Transparent OLED TV Is Here, And It’s Awesome!

The LG Signature OLED T will be the first transparent OLED TV to market when it launches late in 2024. A black “contrast screen” rises behind the transparent panel for viewing regular content.

AV News

Wilson Audio WASAE Center Speaker Saves Space at a BIG Price

— January 22, 2024 00:00

Wilson Audio WASAE Center Speaker Saves Space at a BIG Price

The Wilson Audio WASAE Center speaker ($9,500) is a space saver for a premium price. It uses the same 5.75" mid-woofer and 1" soft-dome Convergent Synergy MK5 tweeter as larger Wilsons. Read on.

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Review

HECO Aurora 300 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Review

— January 19, 2024 00:00

HECO Aurora 300 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Review

The Heco Aurora 300 bookshelves produced a nicely balanced sound that is uncommon for a loudspeaker of its price range. How did they do it and how do they compare to more expensive speakers? Read on.

AV News

New Scalable AURO‑CX Audio Codec Demoed at CES 2024

— January 18, 2024 00:00

New Scalable AURO-CX Audio Codec Demoed at CES 2024

AURO is back with a new, next-gen audio codec called AURO-CX. The folks behind AURO-3D say that AURO-CX delivers scalable quality, channel count, sample rate, and objects, in one powerful bitstream.

HDTV Reviews Preview

TCL Shows Massive 115‑Inch QD Mini LED TV at CES 2024

— January 18, 2024 08:15

TCL Shows Massive 115-Inch QD Mini LED TV at CES 2024

TCL has announced the world’s largest QD Mini LED TV. The 115-inch 115QM89 boasts 20,000 local dimming zones and 5,000 nits of peak brightness. The enormous TV will ship this summer and sell for less.

AV News

New Firmware for PAC AVRs Adds Roon, Auro 3D, Improved Dirac & More

— January 17, 2024 00:00

New Firmware for PAC AVRs Adds Roon, Auro 3D, Improved Dirac & More

The Integra DRX-8.4, Onkyo TX-RZ70, and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 are now Roon Ready, and support Auro 3D. Dirac Live also gets an upgrade and you can stream Spatial Audio directly to your AVR!

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Preview

SVS New Flagship Speaker Line Ultra Evolution Series Tech Overview

— January 13, 2024 00:00

SVS New Flagship Speaker Line Ultra Evolution Series Tech Overview

SVS announced a new flagship speaker series called Ultra Evolution that advances their loudspeaker design by a giant leap. With time-alignment and force-cancelling woofers, it looks more like a revolution.

DIY Audio and Wiring

The Most Important Tool in AV Might Just Be the Drywall Saw

— January 16, 2024 00:00

The Most Important Tool in AV Might Just Be the Drywall Saw

Running cables is the perfect DIY project for even the less-than-super-handyman. Today we'll talk about the proper way to run your cables neatly inside your walls or how to hide them out of sight.

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Review

Parts Express Orian 3‑Way High Output Bookshelf Speaker Kit Review

— January 09, 2024 00:05

Parts Express Orian 3-Way High Output Bookshelf Speaker Kit Review

The Orian 3-way bookshelf speaker is a high-output, coaxial design with a dipole midrange and an 8” bass driver, for only $675/pair. How can it be priced so low? You have to assemble it yourself!

AV News

Apple Music To Offer Dolby Atmos Incentive To Artists, Record Labels

— January 12, 2024 00:35

Apple Music To Offer Dolby Atmos Incentive To Artists, Record Labels

Apple Music will reportedly pay higher royalties for streams of songs offered in Dolby Atmos. This incentive could encourage more artists and record labels to embrace the format.

Subwoofer Reviews Preview

The ATC C4 Sub Mk 2: New Driver, New Amp, New Sound?

— January 06, 2024 08:00

The ATC C4 Sub Mk 2: New Driver, New Amp, New Sound?

ATC’s new C4 Sub Mk 2 active subwoofer system ($5,999) boasts 116dB max SPL. The C4 Sub Mk 2 promises studio-quality bass thanks to a new 12-inch driver and 300-watt Class AB amp. Read on.

AV News

A/V In A Briefcase? The Focal P60 Porsche Kit and the LG StanbyME Go

— January 11, 2024 00:45

A/V In A Briefcase? The Focal P60 Porsche Kit and the LG StanbyME Go

Both the Focal P60 Limited Edition Utopia loudspeaker kit for Porsche 911 cars and the LG StanbyME Go portable 27-inch entertainment screen boast an unusual cool-factor. Read on.

Subwoofer Reviews Review

Monoprice SW‑15 15in 600 watt Subwoofer Review

— December 30, 2023 00:35

Monoprice SW-15 15in 600 watt Subwoofer Review

The Monoprice SW-15 subwoofer is spec’d with a 15” driver and a 600-watt amp yet only costs $300 shipped. How can a sub with such beefy specs sell for so little? Read our full review to find out.

AV News

Rockford Fosgate Roof Audio System For Polaris Ranger All‑Terrain Vehicles

— January 06, 2024 00:15

Rockford Fosgate Roof Audio System For Polaris Ranger All-Terrain Vehicles

The Rockford Fosgate Ranger Roof Audio System is an all-in-one audio solution for Polaris Ranger ATVs. Available for both two-seater and four-seater Ranger models. Read on.