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Cherry Audio MEGAschino Mk2 Standard Edition Amplifier Review

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Cherry Audio MEGAschino Mk2 Standard Edition Amplifier Review

— June 04, 2021 01:00

The Cherry Audio MEGAschino Mk2 Standard Edition Class D Amplifier is energy efficient, boasting SOTA specs and gobs of power output (>400wpc, 8 ohms). Is it worth the $6k price? Read our review.

Michael Marquart’s New Album ‘Lifelike’ Comes to Life in Dolby Atmos

DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Michael Marquart’s New Album ‘Lifelike’ Comes to Life in Dolby Atmos

— May 20, 2021 08:00

Multi-talented musician Michael Marquart is the force behind A Bad Think, whose new album "Lifelike" has just been released. Marquart embraced Dolby Atmos and we livestream with him to discuss and demo.

Focal ‘1000 Series’ In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speakers Offer SOTA Performance Unseen

In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Focal ‘1000 Series’ In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speakers Offer SOTA Performance Unseen

— June 02, 2021 08:25

Focal announced a new lineup of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers called the 1000 Series. These are the most advanced and most capable in-wall speakers the company has ever built. Are these SOTA, unseen?

It Is Time For AV Enthusiasts To Rack Mount Their Gear?

Editorials

It Is Time For AV Enthusiasts To Rack Mount Their Gear?

Jerry Del Colliano — May 06, 2021 01:20

Isn't it time for your AV equipment to get its own space? We'll look at some rack mounted options for your electronics to enhance functionality, organization and appearance. Read on.

Wireless IEM Headphones: Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro vs Samsung, Jabra and Sennheiser

Headphone Reviews

Wireless IEM Headphones: Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro vs Samsung, Jabra and Sennheiser

— May 30, 2021 01:35

Four pairs of IEMs are compared, including the Samsung Buds, Jabra Elite 65T, Sennheiser Momentum and relative newcomer Soundcore Liberty Pro 2. Read our review to see how the Liberty Pro 2 compare.

Audiophiles Need To Embrace Science Over Religion For The Hobby To Have a Future

Editorials

Audiophiles Need To Embrace Science Over Religion For The Hobby To Have a Future

Jerry Del Colliano — April 28, 2021 01:00

People hate change, and older people REALLY hate change. Can the audiophile industry change their outlook towards new technology and proven science, over the voodoo and hokum to ensure survival?

Sound United Announces HDMI 2.1 8K Upgrades and AVR-X8500H"A" and Marantz AV8805"A" AV Receivers

AV Receiver Reviews

Sound United Announces HDMI 2.1 8K Upgrades and AVR-X8500H"A" and Marantz AV8805"A" AV Receivers

— May 27, 2021 09:30

Sound United released two upgraded flagships, the Denon AVR-X8500HA and Marantz AV8805A and an upgrade path for existing hardware that will bring full HDMI 2.1 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz support.

Denon & Marantz Introduce a FREE HDMI Adapter Kit To Solve 4K/120Hz & 8K Incompatibility Issue

Editorials

Denon & Marantz Introduce a FREE HDMI Adapter Kit To Solve 4K/120Hz & 8K Incompatibility Issue

— April 27, 2021 07:00

In October 2020 Audioholics reported an HDMI issue between select Denon & Marantz receivers and latest Xbox gaming consoles. Sound United responded with a hardware fix for 4K/120Hz and 8k/60Hz support.

Yamaha Raises the Bar with 3 New 8K AVENTAGE AV Receivers for 2021

AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha Raises the Bar with 3 New 8K AVENTAGE AV Receivers for 2021

— May 24, 2021 14:15

Yamaha’s new 2021 lineup of AV Aventage receivers including the RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A. They offer upgraded DAC’s, 8K support and beefier amplifier sections. Are these a new reference standard?

Discovery+ Streaming Service Delivers Content from Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, and Much More

Editorials

Discovery+ Streaming Service Delivers Content from Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, and Much More

— April 19, 2021 09:55

Discovery Inc. has joined the streaming wars with its Discovery+ streaming service. Starting at $4.99/month, subscribers can access over 55,000 TV episodes from Discovery’s long list of networks.

Perlisten S7t Tower Loudspeaker Review - Are these Endgame?

Tower Speaker Reviews

Perlisten S7t Tower Loudspeaker Review - Are these Endgame?

— May 18, 2021 12:45

Perlisten's S7t flagship THX Certified Dominus tower speakers have made leaps in technology that have some folks going so far as to question their reality and our reviewer calling them endgame products.

Our Top Six $700/Pair Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

How to Shop

Our Top Six $700/Pair Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

— April 17, 2021 01:20

Our top choices for $700 bookshelf speakers for 2021 spans a range of different designs, but one thing they have in common is that they all sound great. Read on to see why we chose them.

New Company Reavon Promises High-End UHD Blu-ray Players

Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

New Company Reavon Promises High-End UHD Blu-ray Players

— May 16, 2021 02:15

French company Reavon is developing a pair of conspicuously Oppo-like UHD Blu-ray players. The UBR-X100 (€800) and UBR-X200 (€1,600) are slated to arrive in Europe soon! Will they be the next OPPO?

Signs Point To A DNA-Altering Audiophile Vaccine Available In The Coming Months

Editorials

Signs Point To A DNA-Altering Audiophile Vaccine Available In The Coming Months

Jerry Del Colliano — April 01, 2021 00:00

Do you have tinnitus or a golden ear? Are you having trouble discerning benefits of high-res recordings and Vinyl? Read on to see the medical breakthrough sweeping the audiophile community.

Starke Sound’s 4-Channel AD4.320 Amplifier Uses Proprietary Class D Tech, BIG Power

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Starke Sound’s 4-Channel AD4.320 Amplifier Uses Proprietary Class D Tech, BIG Power

— May 14, 2021 01:10

Starke Sound’s new AD4.320 4-channel power amplifier ($1,399) uses a home-grown Class D amplifier module combined with an old-school linear power supply. It can be bridged for up to 650 watts!

Entertainment Centers: Destroyer of Good Sound Systems

DIY Audio and Wiring

Entertainment Centers: Destroyer of Good Sound Systems

— March 31, 2021 01:00

Fancy home theater entertainment centers can wreck the fidelity of a good sounding hi-fi system. We discuss what to avoid to maintain the best performance of your audio equipment when placed in furniture.

Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition Review: The Future of Streaming

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition Review: The Future of Streaming

— May 11, 2021 07:45

Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition (HE) features the wireless streaming architecture and design of Uniti Atom with reworked power supply, and headphone outputs. Read our review to see why it sets the bar.

Fixing Bass in My Two-Channel HiFi Audio System

Editorials

Fixing Bass in My Two-Channel HiFi Audio System

— March 29, 2021 01:30

Moving my 2CH hi-fi system into a new room spelled disaster for deep bass. I show how I fixed the bass in this room so all hope isn't lost for others with similar acoustical problems.

Rotel Delivers High-End ‘Michi’ Integrated Amps And Entry-Level ‘Tribute’ Gear

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Rotel Delivers High-End ‘Michi’ Integrated Amps And Entry-Level ‘Tribute’ Gear

— May 09, 2021 01:20

Rotel released a pair of Michi Class-AB integrated amps: the Michi X3 ($4,999) and X5 ($6,999). For entry-level customers, there is the A11 integrated amp ($799) and CD11 CD player ($599). Read on.

Onkyo, Pioneer Looking Strong in Fight to Survive 2021

Editorials

Onkyo, Pioneer Looking Strong in Fight to Survive 2021

— March 25, 2021 05:45

Onkyo & Pioneer are face the fight of their life in 2021. But with a new line of A/V receivers, there are some hopeful signs that Onkyo will rise again!

JBL L100 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeaker Review - Modern Take on a Classic

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

JBL L100 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeaker Review - Modern Take on a Classic

— May 03, 2021 01:00

The JBL L100 Classics have the look of the L100 Centurys updated with the latest in loudspeaker design for improved performance. Our review determines if they surpass the originals to create a new legacy.

Spotify “Dream On" Event Promises Lossless HiFi in 2021

Editorials

Spotify “Dream On" Event Promises Lossless HiFi in 2021

— March 12, 2021 08:00

Spotify, the number one music streaming service said it will finally bring lossless HiFi audio to Premium subscribers during its star-studded Stream On event where it revealed plans for 2021.

Focal Arche Headphone DAC/Amplifier Review - Get It Before Its Gone

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Focal Arche Headphone DAC/Amplifier Review - Get It Before Its Gone

— April 30, 2021 01:00

Focal Arche is a pre-amp/DAC, headphone amplifier with two 32-bit AK4490 DACs and two separate 1W @ 32-ohm amplifiers to power your headphones with pristine clarity. How does it sound? Read on.

Arylic Up2Stream DIY Boards: Build Your Own Media Server

DIY Audio and Wiring

Arylic Up2Stream DIY Boards: Build Your Own Media Server

— March 08, 2021 08:00

Arylic offers what they call a DIY line of audio equipment that can serve as the basis of a low-cost home stereo system functioning as a multi-zone media server. Best of all you can build it yourself.

Is Wharfedale's New Diamond 12 Series the New Benchmark For Budget Speaker Excellence?

Tower Speaker Reviews

Is Wharfedale's New Diamond 12 Series the New Benchmark For Budget Speaker Excellence?

— April 26, 2021 01:40

Wharfedale introduced its revamped budget friendly Diamond 12 Series of loudspeakers with new drivers, crossovers, and cabinets with improved bracing. Best bang for the buck speaker series? Read on.

Is Physical Inventory the AV Retailers Saving Grace In A Pandemic Economy?

Editorials

Is Physical Inventory the AV Retailers Saving Grace In A Pandemic Economy?

Jerry Del Colliano — February 25, 2021 00:00

With people staying at home, AV products are in high demand. Dealers who are sitting on AV inventory are in an excellent position to sell even the normally higher priced models. To see why, read on.

Revel’s New F328Be Versus the Old Ultima Salon2 Which is the Better Speaker?

Tower Speaker Reviews

Revel’s New F328Be Versus the Old Ultima Salon2 Which is the Better Speaker?

— April 23, 2021 01:15

Can Revel's new $16,000/pair F328Be floorstanding speaker actually be better than the brand’s crown jewel, the $22,000/pair Ultima Salon2? Read on to find out.

Is Today’s Specialty AV Gear Too Inexpensive?

Editorials

Is Today’s Specialty AV Gear Too Inexpensive?

Jerry Del Colliano — February 15, 2021 01:00

For consumers, what you get for your money today with home theater equipment is better than ever before. This article explores how every category of AV product has improved over the last decade.