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Theory Audio 9CH System Demo Sets the Bar in Soundbar Performance

Theory Audio 9CH System Demo Sets the Bar in Soundbar Performance

Theory Audio demonstrated their 9CH Soundbar Discrete speaker surround system powered by a 1U DSP tuned amplifier controller that delivered gut wrenching dynamics and sound redefining our expectations for this category of product. Check out our Youtube interview at CEDIA 2019 with company founder and engineer Paul Hales to learn about how he pulled this off.

Theory Audio demonstrated their 9CH Soundbar Discrete speaker surround system powered by a 1U DSP tuned amplifier controller that delivered gut wrenching dynamics and sound redefining our expectations for this category of product.

— September 17, 2019 10:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Integra 11CH Flagship AV Processor & Receivers Promise Best in Class Features

Integra 11CH Flagship AV Processor & Receivers Promise Best in Class Features

Integra has announced three new “reference-grade” products at the CEDIA Expo. The flagship 11.2-channel DRC-R1.3 processor ($2,499) and DRX-R1.3 receiver ($3,299) promise high-end performance and best-in-class features. The 9.2-channel DRX-7.3 receiver ($2,399) now sits at the top of the company’s lineup of 9-channel receivers. All three new products support the 4K HDBaseT connectivity standard to deliver high-res video over ethernet. Read on and watch our YouTube video to learn more.

Integra announced three new “reference-grade” products at the CEDIA Expo including their flagship 11.2-channel DRC-R1.3 processor and DRX-R1.3 receiver and a 9.2-channel DRX-7.3 AV receiver.

— September 14, 2019 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Monoprice Expands Monolith THX Speaker Product Line With Towers of Power

Monoprice Expands Monolith THX Speaker Product Line With Towers of Power

Monoprice has announced new products that expand their Monolith THX speaker lineup, and do they look to be absolute beasts for the home theater market. The Monolith tower speaker features four 6.5" bass drivers, a 2" silk dome midrange, and a 1" silk dome tweeter that also includes an optional 5.25" upfiring coaxial driver for Dolby Atmos. We absolutely loved the mini-tower Monoliths but they lacked bass by design. These Monolith towers appear to address that concern and promise to be real bruisers.

Monoprice is launching a THX tower speaker with four 6.5" bass drivers a 2" silk dome midrange and a 1" silk dome tweeter that includes an optional 5.25" upfiring coaxial driver for Atmos.

— September 10, 2019 23:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Pioneer Rates Max Power with Elite SC-LX904 11.2 Channel AV Receiver

Pioneer Rates Max Power with Elite SC-LX904 11.2 Channel AV Receiver

Pioneer's newest $3k Flagship receiver, the Elite SC-LX904 will be officially unveiled at CEDIA 2019 in Denver, Colorado which will garner quite a bit of news coverage from such a beefy receiver. Check out the specs on this monstrous 11.2 channel receiver and how they rate power under maximum load conditions. This is stuff we love to see. Klingons everywhere rejoice, that TiP warriors find this model to be with honor.

Pioneer released information on their newest Flagship receiver, the Elite SC-LX904 11.2 channel AV receiver. The $3K 140WPC receiver gives max power ratings and we are liking what we see.

— September 10, 2019 01:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Polk Brings Back SDA Technology with New Legend Series Loudspeakers

Polk Brings Back SDA Technology with New Legend Series Loudspeakers

Polk Audio has announced an all-new flagship line of speakers called the Legend Series. There are six models in the series: two bookshelf speakers, two floor-standers, a center-channel speaker, and a height/elevation speaker for home theater use. The range-topping L800 SDA sells for $6k/pair and features a unique “Stereo Dimensional Array” to cancel out stereo interaural crosstalk and deliver immersive sound with precise imaging. Read on and watch our CEDIA 2019 Youtube interview video to learn how Polk has brought back legendary SDA technology.

Polk Audio has announced an all-new flagship line of speakers called the Legend Series and its packed with SDA technology that made the brand a legend 4 decades ago. We heard them and they are awesome.

— September 07, 2019 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Legacy iV7 600 Watt 7CH Amplifier Most Powerful Multi-CH Amplifier Ever?

Legacy iV7 600 Watt 7CH Amplifier Most Powerful Multi-CH Amplifier Ever?

Legacy Audio is dropping the gauntlet down with their new 600 wpc iV7 7CH and 8CH Class D amplifiers which they claim to be the most powerful home theater amplifiers in consumer audio to date. Armed with the latest ICE high power modules and independent power supplies gives us little reason to doubt this claim. The fact that Legacy uses these amplifiers in their $80k flagship Valor speaker system gives a good indication of amount of performance and power this platform offers. Did we also mention they look great? Read on for more details.

Legacy Audio's new 600 wpc iV7 7CH and 8CH Class D amplifiers are said to be the most powerful home theater amplifiers in consumer audio to date. The specs are as impressive as their looks. Read on.

— September 06, 2019 03:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

$1,500 5.1 Channel Expandable Recommended Home Theater System

 $1,500 5.1 Channel Expandable Recommended Home Theater System

Do you want to build a respectable and aesthetically pleasing home theater, but only have $1,500 to spend on the whole kit and caboodle? Forget that HTiB system from your local big box: while the prices of such setups are usually attractive, their performance typically leaves a lot to be desired. Instead, take a peak at the Audioholics $1,500 5.1 recommended home theater system. We built a setup on a shoestring budget that will provide better than HTiB performance, with future expandability into a fully immersive surround experience.

Recommended System: Drop that home theater in a box. Today the Audioholics build a high performance home theater system on a $1,000 budget. Click to find out which components we picked.

— September 04, 2019 01:00 in Recommended Home Theater Systems

Denon PMA-600NE Stereo Integrated Amp Inflates Power But Not Price

Denon PMA-600NE Stereo Integrated Amp Inflates Power But Not Price

Denon's new PMA-600NE Integrated Amplifier looks audiophile and sports 70 watts per channel for only $399! Or does it? Look closer and you'll see that Denon may be being ambitious with its power ratings. Read on to learn all of the juicy details of the affordable PMA-600NE integrated amplifier and matching CD player to see if our scrutiny is justified or if it's really a good deal for the price especially considering all of the audiophile features packed into this machine.

Denon's new $399 PMA-600NE 2CH Integrated Amp and $299 DCD-600NE CD Player pack great build quality and features into affordable audiophile compact form. Power is overstated but don't let deter you.

— September 03, 2019 04:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Monoprice Monolith THX-365T Mini-Tower and THX-365C Center Speaker Review

Monoprice Monolith THX-365T Mini-Tower and THX-365C Center Speaker Review

Monoprice was one of the first to bring highly affordable THX subwoofers to market, and now they continue that trend by introducing highly affordable THX speakers. The Monolith THX-365T and 365C speakers are some of the most inexpensive THX-Ultra certified home audio speakers to ever have been produced. This raises the question: how is Monoprice able to make THX-Ultra caliber speakers affordable? Read our full review to find out.

The Monolith THX-365T and 365C are some of the most inexpensive THX-Ultra certified home audio speakers to ever have been produced. How do they perform? Read on to find out.

— August 30, 2019 01:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Dolby Withdraws Upmixing Restrictions: A Win for Consumers?

Dolby Withdraws Upmixing Restrictions: A Win for Consumers?

Last year we reported on Dolby restricting upmixing of non-native content through their DSU or crossmixing their formats with other upmixers. This had the potential of restricting consumer choices for upmixing content through competitor upmixers such as DTS Neural:X or Auro-matic. Apparently enough backlash was felt from licensee partners and consumers causing Dolby to withdraw this restriction on new Atmos enabled AV products. Read on to find out the implications and what to expect going forward.

Last year we reported on Dolby restricting upmixing of non-native content through their DSU. Due to backlash, Dolby has withdrawn this restriction on Atmos enabled AV products going forward.

— August 27, 2019 00:05 in Audio Technologies

Dirac Live Bass Management System To Debut at CEDIA Promising Perfect Bass

Dirac Live Bass Management System To Debut at CEDIA Promising Perfect Bass

The new Dirac Live Bass Management protocol debuts at CEDIA this September and promises perfect bass for your home theater. Their long awaited bass management software is said to analyze the bass in your room from each subwoofer and speaker and put them in perfect phase alignment with each other while also smoothing out the response. Will this open up more placement options and make it easier to integrate your subwoofers? Read on to find out.

The new Dirac Live Bass Management protocol debuts at CEDIA this September and promises perfect bass for your home theater making multi-sub placement easier to integrate and setup in your room.

— August 22, 2019 19:00 in Audio Technologies

Anthem’s MDX Audio Distribution Systems Promise Audiophile Performance In Every Room Of The House

Anthem’s MDX Audio Distribution Systems Promise Audiophile Performance In Every Room Of The House

Anthem has launched a new series of advanced, multi-zone audio distribution systems aimed at audiophiles who want great-sounding music all around their homes. The MDX Series features Anthem’s ARC Genesis room correction as well as the ability to add subwoofers with custom bass management settings for every zone. The series includes the 8-zone, 16-channel MDX-16 ($2,999) and the 4-zone, 8-channel MDX-8 ($1,999). Both units are shipping now; read on to learn more.

Anthem's 8-zone MDX-16 and 4 zone MDX-8 audio distribution amplifiers are designed to provide high quality music all around your home boasting ARC Genesis room correction and bass management.

— August 21, 2019 01:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Revel Performa M126Be Bookshelf Speaker Review

Revel Performa M126Be Bookshelf Speaker Review

Revel had a good loudspeaker platform in the Performa3 line. In fact, the basic design was so good that Revel decided to see what would happen when that design was upgraded to its full performance capabilities by using some of the highest-end components available such as air-core inductors, polyfilm capacitors, anodized aluminum woofers, and even a Beryllium tweeter. Read our detailed review of the Performa M126Be hot rod bookshelf speakers to see how much these premium components added to an already solidly engineered design.

Check out our review of Revel's Performa M126Be. With air-core inductors, polyfilm capacitors, anodized aluminum woofers, and even a Beryllium tweeter this is the little speaker that could!

— August 16, 2019 14:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Bose Focuses On Innovative Tech With The Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Bose Focuses On Innovative Tech With The Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 represent a completely new physical and acoustic design with new drivers and improved noise cancelling capabilities compared to its predecessor. This wireless bluetooth headphone allows the user to choose how much noise to block out or let in, depending on the requirements of the listening environment. Other key features include compatibility with Bose’s unique augmented reality platform and the ability to gain new features via over-the-air updates.

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a new physical and acoustic design with new drivers and improved noise cancelling capabilities compared to its predecessor.Check out all the new updates.

— August 13, 2019 01:00 in Headphone Reviews