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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

TiVo EDGE DVRs Deliver Dolby Atmos & Dolby Vision, Automatic Commercial-Skipping

TiVo EDGE DVRs Deliver Dolby Atmos & Dolby Vision, Automatic Commercial-Skipping

TiVo’s EDGE DVRs are the company’s first offerings to support Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision 4K HDR video. They can also skip entire commercial breaks automatically. The EDGE for cable ($399) and EDGE for antenna ($349) both include 2 TB of hard drive space for recording up to 300 hours of HD video. Read on to learn more.

TiVo released details on new products at CES 2020. TiVo’s EDGE DVRs are the company’s first offerings to support Dolby Vision 4K HDR video. They can also skip entire commercial breaks automatically.

— February 06, 2020 04:05 in AV Gadget Reviews

Sealed is Not Acoustic Suspension in Loudspeakers

Sealed is Not Acoustic Suspension in Loudspeakers

Many of today’s vented subwoofers and full-range tower speakers offer port plugs for sealing the cabinet and making them behave like sealed speakers. But this does not result in a true acoustic suspension system, which is quite a different animal altogether from a merely “sealed” speaker. Let’s explore the difference between acoustic suspension and sealed and see if today’s designers aren’t missing an opportunity to make some great products.

Some vented speakers offer port plugs for sealing the cabinet and making them act like sealed speakers. This does not result in a true acoustic suspension. What's the difference? Read on to find out.

— February 03, 2020 06:00 in Loudspeaker Design

Predictions of Dolby Atmos Success or Failure Five Years Later

Predictions of Dolby Atmos Success or Failure Five Years Later

Not long after Dolby announced the Home Atmos format, Audioholics ran some competing predictions about its potential for success and failure. Now, more than five years later, we take stock of how Home Atmos has panned out and which predictions were right and which were also wrong. Read our assessment of where Dolby Atmos stands today relating to the home theater environment.

5 Years ago Audioholics made some predictions about Dolby Atmos. Today we look at how Atmos has panned out and what predictions were right and what was also wrong. Read on to see how we did.

— January 28, 2020 08:00 in Audio Technologies

Definitive Technology Adds Demand Series Towers And Center Channel Speakers

Definitive Technology Adds Demand Series Towers And Center Channel Speakers

Definitive Technology has expanded its popular Demand Series of loudspeakers with the addition of the D15 towers ($3,398/pair), the D17 towers, ($4,598/pair), and the D5C center channel speaker ($799/each). These new speakers are designed to “deliver full-range, room-filling sound and elegant styling for enthusiasts seeking a premium listening experience.” The new Demand Series tower speakers feature newly-developed carbon fiber woofers and dual side-firing passive radiators. Read on to learn more.

Definitive Technology has expanded its popular Demand Series of loudspeakers with the addition of the D15 towers, D17 towers,and the D5C center channel speaker. Read on for more details.

— January 25, 2020 09:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Spaciousness of Bass: Is Stereo Bass a Myth or Reality?

Spaciousness of Bass: Is Stereo Bass a Myth or Reality?

Stereo Bass- Myth or fact? A must have feature for some, but neglected by most. In this article Audioholics will explore the concept of stereo bass, introduce are preferred term of bassiousness (base-shush-ness), and provide some guidance on maximizing it’s effect. We also provide our own take on how we choose to incorporate stereo bass into our own systems, or not due to inherent tradeoffs. To find out what we think, read on.

Stereo Bass- Myth or fact? A must have feature for some, but neglected by most. In this article explores the concept of stereo bass and provides guidance on maximizing it’s effect vs the tradeoffs.

— January 22, 2020 01:00 in Room Acoustics

VIZIO Unveils 2020 Lineup of 4K HDR Smartcast TVs- Including OLEDs!!

VIZIO Unveils 2020 Lineup of 4K HDR Smartcast TVs- Including OLEDs!!

VIZIO launched a new and much improved lineup of UHD displays at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new lineup ranges from the accessible 40-inch V-Series to a massive all-new 85-inch P-Series Quantum X. With a ton of new features and brand new technology along with a series of OLED TVs, the 2020 SmartCast TV lineup from VIZIO is their highest performing and widest range ever.

VIZIO launched a new and much improved lineup of UHD displays, including OLED. From 40" affordable models to a massive 85" display, the new VIZIO lineup has something for everyone.

— January 19, 2020 08:00 in HDTV Reviews

Bose To Close HALF of Their Retail Stores Worldwide

Bose To Close HALF of Their Retail Stores Worldwide

Bose announced that they would close ALL their retail stores in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia by the end of 2020 which equated to about 120 stores, but would keep open 130 stores in India, South Korea, and China. How will this affect distribution and marketing for the audio giant? Read on to find out.

Bose announced that they would close nearly half of their retail stores by the end of 2020 and ALL USA Stores! How will this affect distribution of Bose audio gear? Read on to find out.

— January 16, 2020 00:00 in AV News

Do Our Expectations Determine Our Experience of Sound More Than We Realize?

Do Our Expectations Determine Our Experience of Sound More Than We Realize?

How is it that so many audio enthusiasts swear by differences in equipment or recording when we know that the changes made are either non-existant or well below audible thresholds? These effects are not acoustic but rather psychological, so the question becomes: how does the mind pull this trick? The effects of the mind's perception on our experience of sound is far more profound than you might realize. Read on to learn about this bizarre effect that overturns so much of high-fidelity audio.

The effects of the mind's perception on our experience of sound is far more profound than you might realize. Read on to learn about this bizarre effect that overturns so much of high-fidelity audio.

— January 15, 2020 09:00 in Room Acoustics

Yamaha AVENTAGE 5200 Series 11CH Processor/Amplifier Review

Yamaha AVENTAGE 5200 Series 11CH Processor/Amplifier Review

Yamaha is on their 3rd generation of separates in the Aventage line and we got our hands on their new 11-channel CX-A5200 AV Processor and MX-A5200 amplifier. With their predecessors in our Audioholics Showcase home rack for the last year, we have a great reference to see just how much Yamaha has refined this package with their latest technological advancements. Are the 5200 series models a worthy successor to those they replace? Read our review with detailed measurements to find out.

Yamaha is on their 3rd generation of separates in the Aventage line with their new 11-channel CX-A5200 AV Processor and MX-A5200 amplifier. Read our review to find out if they are a worthy successor.

— January 10, 2020 09:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

ATSC 3.0: Next-Gen TV to Hit 40 US Markets in 2020

ATSC 3.0: Next-Gen TV to Hit 40 US Markets in 2020

ATSC 3.0 aka. “Next-Gen TV” is the next step in the evolution of digital broadcast television, and it’s rolling out to over 40 of the largest US television markets in 2020. In a cord-cutting world, it’s great to see the oldest cord of all giving us good reason to spare the scissors. What will ATSC 3.0 compatible hardware give? How about better signal integrity, upgraded audio and video and much more.

ATSC 3.0 or “Next-Gen TV” is the next step in the evolution of digital broadcast television, and it’s coming to more than 40 US television markets in 2020. See what it brings in UHD upgrades.

— January 09, 2020 08:00 in HDTV Display Formats

JBL L82 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeaker Brings Retro Back In Smaller Form

JBL L82 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeaker Brings Retro Back In Smaller Form

A year after releasing the L100 Classic, JBL Introduced their L82 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeakers at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new L82 Classic's 8-inch, 2-way system design is more compact than the L100’s 12-inch 3-way design, but still looks to deliver a premium hi-fi sound experience with an attractive retro aesthetic.

JBL released information on their new L82 Classic Bookshelf speaker at CES 2020 Las Vegas. The 2-way design features a smaller 8" driver but the same 1" tweeter as their acclaimed L100. Read on.

— January 08, 2020 08:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews