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Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part I

Audioholics’ speaker reviews often contain detailed measurement graphs. In this article, we explain frequency response and the set of curves

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part I
Sony’s 2019 4K UHD TV Lineup How Do They Compare?

Sony has announced pricing and availability information for its entire lineup of 2019 TVs. From a 98" 8K behemoth for $78,000 to 43" $650

Sony’s 2019 4K UHD TV Lineup How Do They Compare?
ATI AT4002 Class AB and AT522NC Class D Amplifier Review Shootout

In market for a powerful 200 WPC amp? ATI has you covered with two completely different technologies. We compare the AT4000 class A/B and the

ATI AT4002 Class AB and AT522NC Class D Amplifier Review Shootout

Home Theater News & Reviews

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part I

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part I

Over the last couple of years, Audioholics’ speaker reviews have contained measurement graphs that have prompted questions from many readers about the meaning and importance of the information displayed in them. Some readers have found the information in them confusing, and that is our fault for not recognizing how cryptic these sort of representations are for an average reader. In this article, we explain frequency response and the set of frequency response curves known as the 'Spin-O-Rama' curves.

Audioholics’ speaker reviews often contain detailed measurement graphs. In this article, we explain frequency response and the set of curves known as the 'Spin-O-Rama' to help you pick better product.

— May 24, 2019 21:00 in Loudspeaker Design

Sony’s 2019 4K UHD TV Lineup How Do They Compare?

Sony’s 2019 4K UHD TV Lineup How Do They Compare?

Sony has announced pricing and availability information for its entire lineup of 2019 TVs. At the top of the heap is a 98-inch behemoth boasting 8K resolution and a fairly ridiculous $70,000 price tag. But the range also includes 4K OLED TVs at competitive prices, and a number of models that will support Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit protocols. Read on to get all the details and see how it fares against the competition.

Sony has announced pricing and availability information for its entire lineup of 2019 TVs. From a 98" 8K behemoth for $78,000 to 43" $650 affordable OLED displays. Checkout the entire lineup here.

— May 22, 2019 23:00 in HDTV Reviews

ATI AT4002 Class AB and AT522NC Class D Amplifier Review Shootout

ATI AT4002 Class AB and AT522NC Class D Amplifier Review Shootout

In market for a powerful 200 WPC amp? ATI has you covered with two completely different technologies . The AT4000 class A/B and the AT522NC Class-D amplifiers both fit into the 200-watt sweet spot and both have surprisingly similar specifications. The AT500 series is 25% cheaper and up to 50% lighter than the AT4000’s. So, how do they compare? Let’s find out.

In market for a powerful 200 WPC amp? ATI has you covered with two completely different technologies. We compare the AT4000 class A/B and the AT522NC Class-D amplifiers to help you decide.

RichB — May 20, 2019 23:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Amazon’s Fire TV Recast DVR Streams Over-The-Air Broadcasts To Your Devices

Amazon’s Fire TV Recast DVR Streams Over-The-Air Broadcasts To Your Devices

The Amazon Fire TV Recast is a DVR for over-the-air broadcasts, giving cord-cutters easy access to free programming from major networks and local TV channels. Starting at $230, the DVR streams live and recorded content to the company’s ecosystem of Fire TV media players, as well as to any mobile device running the Fire TV iOS or Android app. Since it doesn’t connect directly to a TV, the Fire TV Recast can be placed wherever your TV antenna and Wi-Fi both have strong reception. Read on to learn more.

The Amazon Fire TV Recast is a DVR for over-the-air broadcasts. Starting at $230 will this allow you to finally cut the cord once and for all? Read on to find out.

— May 20, 2019 00:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Privacy Now! The Destructive Influence of Big Data Surveillance

Privacy Now! The Destructive Influence of Big Data Surveillance

This is the final installment in our ongoing look at the upcoming 5G revolution. We'll look at how our lack of privacy online began in the early days of Google and how it's used to manipulate us with the promise of personalization through behavioral data collection. We each get a unique Internet experience through search and social media, designed to shock as with a skewed version of reality based on our own biases to keep us angry, and engaging with ads. The result is tearing democracy apart with online outrage. But all is not lost, with an election year coming, we already see momentum behind meaningful online privacy regulations that could nip this problem in the bud, before the 5G Internet of Things technologies brings the relentless online spying to the world outside.

Privacy issues of the 5G future are just an extension of today’s online privacy concerns. learn how online spying is used to manipulate us and tear our country apart and learn how to protect yourself.

— May 17, 2019 00:00 in Editorials

Sound United Acquires Onkyo and Pioneer!

Sound United Acquires Onkyo and Pioneer!

Sound United is poised to create what some would say is a monopoly of the consumer based home theater industry! If the merger goes through, Sound United will acquire Onkyo Electronics, which also means Pioneer and Integra. Will this be good for consumers or will we now get FOUR of the same receivers just rebranded with a different name? We see a bright future for Sound United and consumers. Read on to find out why.

Sound United will acquire Onkyo Electronics, which also means Pioneer and Integra. Will this be good for consumers or will we now get FOUR of the same AV receivers rebranded? We see good, read on.

— May 14, 2019 23:45 in AV News

Audioholics Showcase Home Theater Overview and Virtual Tour

Audioholics Showcase Home Theater Overview and Virtual Tour

The Audioholics Showcase Home has gone through a lot of changes since its creation almost 15 years ago. With over two miles of cable run behind dry wall, 50+ speakers located around the house, 50+ channels of associated amplification comprising of almost 10,000 watts of power, and over 1/4 of a million dollars in equipment, we’ve got enough AV gear to make an IMAX envious. There are three state of the art home theaters and distributed audio throughout the house with home automation handled by Control4 . Recent updates include the Anthem STR separates, Marantz SR8012 11.2CH AV receiver, and Control4 home automation. Our YouTube Video virtual tours gives you a peek inside our showcase theater room and more.

This Audioholics Showcase Home consists of 3 independently run theater systems, whole home audio with over 10kwatts of power to 50 channels of amplification and speakers. Watch our YouTube Video tour.

— May 13, 2019 08:00 in Reference Systems

Denon Revamps Entry-Level S-Series Receivers For 2019

Denon Revamps Entry-Level S-Series Receivers For 2019

Denon’s updated S-Series comprises three models, the AVR-S950H ($599), the AVR-S750H ($499), and the AVR-S650H ($399). Denon says that the lineup is “designed for anyone who wants an affordable way to dramatically improve their entertainment center.” All three of the new S-Series models offer voice control, AirPlay 2 support, and useful HDMI 2.1 features, like enhanced Audio Return Channel and Auto Low Latency Mode. All models are available now. Read on to learn more.

Denon’s updated S-Series comprises three models, the AVR-S950H, AVR-S750H,and AVR-S650H. Is the updated lineup an affordable way to dramatically improve your entertainment system? Read on to find out.

— May 12, 2019 22:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Anthem Updates to ARC Genesis Room Correction

Anthem Updates to ARC Genesis Room Correction

Anthem Electronics just made a good thing better with the launch of ARC Genesis™, the third generation of their critically-acclaimed Anthem Room Correction (ARC®) software. Pputs the sophistication and power of an advanced audio lab in your hands so that you can achieve "perfect sound" at home is what Anthem claims. But what updates do they bring to the table with their latest "Genesis" edition? Read on to find out.

Anthem Electronics just made a good thing better with the launch of ARC Genesis™, the 3rd generation of their critically-acclaimed Anthem Room Correction (ARC®) software. See what upgrades you get.

— May 06, 2019 16:00 in Editorials

Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2CH IMAX Enhanced AV Receiver Review

Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2CH IMAX Enhanced AV Receiver Review

Denon’s AVR-X8500H is the most technologically advanced receiver the venerable company has ever built. It is arguably the most advanced AVR available today. It’s among the best AVRs we've ever reviewed—and we tested every 3D audio format it supports: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro-3D, and IMAX Enhanced to their maximum configurations. It just won our 2018 AVR of the year award. But those statements just tell a small part of the story. Read on and see why the AVR-X8500H may be Denon's best AVR since the legendary AVR-5805 and AVR-5308CI masterpieces.

Denon's AVR-X8500H receiver supports Dolby Atmos,DTS:X,Auro-3D, & IMAX enhanced to their max configurations with 13 built-in amplifier and every major 4K/UHD video standard. Best AVR of the Year?

— May 03, 2019 21:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

5G Wireless Apocalypse: Smart City of Surveillance

5G Wireless Apocalypse: Smart City of Surveillance

Part two of our 5G Wireless Apocalypse series. 5G will bring us the smart IoT (Internet of things) technology of the future. The first fully-formed smart city, built from the Internet up, will be in Toronto, Canada. It promises to be a marvel of technology, but a disaster for your personal privacy. What can we expect when the city itself is spying on you for both private companies and government agencies?

The first fully-formed smart city promises to be a marvel of technology, but a disaster for your personal privacy. What can we expect when the city itself is spying on you? Read on to find out.

— May 01, 2019 10:00 in Editorials

Vizio Readies Its New 2019 TV Lineup

Vizio Readies Its New 2019 TV Lineup

Vizio is preparing to launch its new lineup of TVs at an upcoming event in New York. The company will announce pricing and availability for the updated P-Seres, M-Series, and V-Series UHDTVC models, which were first introduced at CES. New for 2019 is the flagship P-Series Quantum X collection, which will push beyond the already impressive performance of the PQ65-F1 that recently received a very favorable review here at Audioholics. Read on to learn more.

Display giant Vizio will soon announce pricing and availability for the updated P-Seres, M-Series, and V-Series UHDTV models, which were first introduced at CES 2019. Will they beat the competition?

— April 29, 2019 22:00 in HDTV Reviews

Fluance Ai40 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Fluance Ai40 Bluetooth Speaker Review

We had the opportunity to review the Ai40 from Canadian audio manufacturer Fluance. This Bluetooth speaker pair comes with a 5 inch woofer and 1 inch ferrofluid cooled tweeter and 35 watts x2 built in amplification. At $199/pair they’re in the sweet spot for affordability vs. performance, but are they worth it? Read our detailed review and check out our YouTube video to find out.

We recently reviewed the Ai40 speakers from Canadian audio manufacturer Fluance. The $199 Bluetooth pair was quite a shock to our discriminating ear palate. To find out if it was good or bad read on.

— April 28, 2019 20:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Subwoofers of AXPONA 2019

Subwoofers of AXPONA 2019

Even though AXPONA focuses on two-channel setups, there were still a fair number of subwoofers on display at the 2019 show, and it may be a sign that audiophiles are becoming more receptive to the inclusion of subwoofers in their systems. AXPONA is also growing increasingly popular among the home theater crowd where subwoofers are nearly mandatory. In our final segment of our AXPONA 2019, we looked at a selection of the subs that were exhibited at the show including a secret sub from HSU.

Even though AXPONA focuses on 2CH setups, there were still a fair number of subwoofers on display at the 2019 show. In this segment we look at a few of the subs we saw including a secret sub from HSU.

— April 24, 2019 09:00 in Subwoofer Reviews