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Rumor: Is Apple Plotting a Sound United Buyout From Masimo?

— July 22, 2024 21:00

Rumor: Is Apple Plotting a Sound United Buyout From Masimo?

Apple may have a plan to buy Sound United audio brands including: Denon, Marantz, Bowers&Wilkins;, etc from Masimo. But how far does Apple's plans go to resolve the ongoing patent disputes with Masimo?

AV Receiver Reviews Review

Onkyo TX‑RZ70 11.2CH AV Receiver Bench Test Results!

— July 12, 2024 22:00

Onkyo TX-RZ70 11.2CH AV Receiver Bench Test Results!

The Onkyo TX-RZ70 11.2CH AV receiver boasts 140 watts/ch, 8K HDMI inputs, Auro 3D, FREE Dirac Live and the BEST bench test results we’ve seen in its price class. Is this the best AVR at under $3k?

AV News

Audio Advice Buys The Audio Lab, Opens New Wilmington NC Showroom

— July 20, 2024 00:00

Audio Advice Buys The Audio Lab, Opens New Wilmington NC Showroom

Audio Advice has acquired The Audio Lab, a Wilmington, NC store that served audiophiles for over 30 years. Audio Advice is now positioned to better serve customers up and and down the east coast.

AV Gadget Reviews Preview

WiiM ‘Ultra’ Streamer & WiiM Amp Pro Offer Class Leading Performance/Price

— July 09, 2024 00:00

WiiM ‘Ultra’ Streamer & WiiM Amp Pro Offer Class Leading Performance/Price

The WiiM Ultra ($329) is a flagship streamer with a touch-screen. The WiiM Amp Pro ($369) is an upgraded all-in-one streaming amp. Both feature the ES9038 Q2M Sabre DAC chip and built-in room correction.

AV News

Holoplot’s Ground‑Breaking X1 Matrix Array Sound System

— July 17, 2024 00:00

Holoplot’s Ground-Breaking X1 Matrix Array Sound System

The Holoplot X1 Matrix Array Sound System is a unique modular system that uses advanced beam-forming and other technology to deliver "previously inaccessible” audio performance to a variety of venues.

Headphone Reviews Preview

PSB’s M4U TWM True Wireless Micro Planar Earphones

— July 05, 2024 00:00

PSB’s M4U TWM True Wireless Micro Planar Earphones

PSB’s M4U TWM True Wireless Micro Planar Earphones ($199) combine advanced Magneto-Static technology with a Hybrid Planar dual-driver design, and they customize the sound to your hearing.

AV News

Radio Still Reigns In The Car, But Video Is On The Rise

— July 10, 2024 00:00

Radio Still Reigns In The Car, But Video Is On The Rise

Xperi, the parent company to DTS, has released a report showing the rise in demand for in-car video and gaming tech. Audio is still king in the car, but DTS says folks want more screens!

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

Arendal 1723 Tower THX Loudspeaker Review

— June 28, 2024 00:00

Arendal 1723 Tower THX Loudspeaker Review

Arendal Sound's flagship 1723 tower speaker comes with an impressive array of four 8" woofers and a tweeter nested in a large metal waveguide. It is THX Ultra certified and looks it. Read on.

AV News

Dolby to Expand Dolby Vision Footprint In Theaters Worldwide

— July 01, 2024 00:00

Dolby to Expand Dolby Vision Footprint In Theaters Worldwide

Dolby will soon make its superb Dolby Vision projection systems available to theaters outside of the exclusive Dolby Cinema bubble. Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos in more theaters? Yes Please!

Subwoofer Reviews Preview

RBH Sound 21‑SF/R 4kWatt 21" Subwoofer Review!

— June 22, 2024 00:00

RBH Sound 21-SF/R 4kWatt 21" Subwoofer Review!

RBH Sound’s 21-SF/R 371 lb monster subwoofer uses a 21” carbon fiber driver powered by a 4 kW amplifier. This sub broke our Bassaholics ratings barrier & provided an unrivaled musical & movie experience.

Home Theater Setup

Strategies For Building & Buying Your Home Theater System

— June 25, 2024 00:30

Strategies For Building & Buying Your Home Theater System

In this article, we discuss the strategies for building your dream audiophile hi-fi or home theater system, including defining your goals, setting a budget, and planning to achieve the best outcome.

AV Receiver Reviews Preview

Integra & Onkyo New Network Class G Stereo Receivers for 2024

— June 17, 2024 00:20

Integra & Onkyo New Network Class G Stereo Receivers for 2024

The new Onkyo TX-8470 and Integra DTM-7.4 stereo network receivers feature 8K HDMI connectivity, 110 watts/ch Class G amplification for high power & efficiency, and essential custom integration features.

AV News

New Lenbrook HDtracks Streaming Service to Offer Choice of FLAC or MQA

— June 19, 2024 00:00

New Lenbrook HDtracks Streaming Service to Offer Choice of FLAC or MQA

Lenbrook is partnering with HDtracks to launch a new streaming service this year, offering customers a choice between FLAC files or MQA-encoded audio for scalable lossless quality across platforms.

Surround Sound Reviews Preview

Sony Bravia Theater Quad: Impressed Us with Legit Home Theater Performance

— June 12, 2024 00:00

Sony Bravia Theater Quad: Impressed Us with Legit Home Theater Performance

The Sony Bravia Theater Quad ($2,500) includes four wireless speakers optimized by Sony’s 360 Spatial Mapping for theatrical sound, all connected wirelessly to a compact control box near your TV.

AV News

Lenbrook Introduces MQA Labs With 3 New Audio Technologies

— June 18, 2024 00:00

Lenbrook Introduces MQA Labs With 3 New Audio Technologies

What happened to MQA since Lenbrook, the parent company to PSB, NAD, and Bluesound, purchased the company last autumn. The new MQA Labs unveiled three new technologies: AIRIA, FOQUS, and QRONO.

AV Preamp and Processor Reviews Preview

Marantz AV 10 15.4CH 8K AV Processor Review!

— June 10, 2024 00:30

Marantz AV 10 15.4CH 8K AV Processor Review!

The Marantz AV 10 15.4CH 8K AV Processor excelled in bench & listening tests. With unique bass management & room correction features, it's unmatched at its price. Long-term testing confirms its AV prowess.

AV News

Sonos Botches App Refresh, Long‑Awaited ‘Ace’ Headphones!

— June 11, 2024 00:25

Sonos Botches App Refresh, Long-Awaited ‘Ace’ Headphones!

The Sonos Ace NC headphones offer Spatial audio with Dolby Atmos and dynamic head-tracking, but doesn’t offer Wi-Fi connectivity to integrate into an existing Sonos system. Was this a BIG misstep?

HDTV Reviews Preview

TCL New 2024 Lineup of TV’s & Soundbars Details Revealed!

— June 05, 2024 00:00

TCL New 2024 Lineup of TV’s & Soundbars Details Revealed!

TCLs new 2024 TVs include the higher performance mini-led Q Class with 5000 nits light output and more budget friendly LED S Class. The TCL Q Class 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos Soundbar for under $1k!

Editorials

Rabbit R1 & AI Pin: Future of Smartphones or Tech Dead‑End?

— June 06, 2024 00:00

Rabbit R1 & AI Pin: Future of Smartphones or Tech Dead-End?

Humane AI Pin & Rabbit R1, talking AI devices launch with a sputter. New AI Siri and Google Assistant expected and a conversational ChatGPT 4o. Do we really have to talk to the Internet now?

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

SVS Ultra Evolution Pinnacle Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

— June 01, 2024 00:00

SVS Ultra Evolution Pinnacle Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

Our full review of the flagship of SVS's hotly anticipated new loudspeaker series is here; read our full review of the SVS Ultra Evolution Pinnacle loudspeaker to see if it lives up to the hype!

AV News

Elac Debut ConneX Designer Series: Powered Speakers with Style

— May 23, 2024 00:15

Elac Debut ConneX Designer Series: Powered Speakers with Style

Elac has teamed up with the fashion label Adsum to give the company’s small powered speakers a makeover. The $650 Debut ConneX Designer Series are lovely to behold, and sound just as good.

Audio Amplifier Reviews Preview

Cambridge Audio EVO 150 Streaming Integrated Amplifier Bench Test Results!

— May 28, 2024 00:00

Cambridge Audio EVO 150 Streaming Integrated Amplifier Bench Test Results!

This is our full test report of the Cambridge Audio EVO 150 Delorean edition streaming amplifier featuring a Hypex Class D amp section. Read our report to determine if performance matches great looks.

AV News

LG’s Smart TV Platform First to Support Dolby Atmos Via Apple Music App

— May 21, 2024 00:00

LG’s Smart TV Platform First to Support Dolby Atmos Via Apple Music App

Owners of LG TVs can now listen to Dolby Atmos via Apple Music. The latest update to the app added support for the immersive sound format. The update covers TVs going back to 2018 models. Read on.

AV Preamp and Processor Reviews Preview

McIntosh Launches Next‑Generation C55 and C2800 Preamps

— May 23, 2024 14:00

McIntosh Launches Next-Generation C55 and C2800 Preamps

The next-generation C55 Solid State Preamplifier and C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier from McIntosh promise “an enhanced, connected experience,” while delivering world-class sound.

Editorials

Disney+ And IMAX Bring DTS:X Into The Streaming Era

— May 16, 2024 00:00

Disney+ And IMAX Bring DTS:X Into The Streaming Era

As of May 15th, 2024, Disney+ will offer IMAX Enhanced sound for select AV Hardware. This is the first time that DTS:X immersive audio will be available via a major streaming service but with caveats.

Subwoofer Reviews Review

SVS 3000 In‑Wall Subwoofer Review

— May 18, 2024 00:05

SVS 3000 In-Wall Subwoofer Review

SVS has released their first architectural product, the SVS 3000 ($2,000/single-$3,000/double). This in-wall subwoofer boasts two 9" drivers in a sealed enclosure.

Recommended Home Theater Systems

Audioholics Recommended $3,500 2.1 System with Upgrade Path to Atmos

— May 10, 2024 13:00

Audioholics Recommended $3,500 2.1 System with Upgrade Path to Atmos

Looking for a 2.1CH Hi-Fi system for $3,500 with an upgrade path to Dolby Atmos but need a little guidance? We've created a customized, matched system featuring some of the best value products.

Headphone Reviews Preview

New Focal Azurys & Hadenys Headphones: Made In France, For Everyone

— May 13, 2024 00:00

New Focal Azurys & Hadenys Headphones: Made In France, For Everyone

The all-new closed-back Focal Azurys ($549) and open-back Focal Hadenys ($699) make the company’s headphone technology accessible to more people, but are they better than their celebrated Bathys?

AV News

PMC And Steven Wilson Bring Atmos Music to Munich High End

— May 07, 2024 00:00

PMC And Steven Wilson Bring Atmos Music to Munich High End

Loudspeaker manufacturer PMC and musician Steven Wilson are staging a British Invasion at High End Munich. Together they will be showcasing immersive audio with a massive Dolby Atmos system. Read on.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Preview

Sonus Faber New $750k Flagship ‘Suprema’ Speaker System

— May 06, 2024 00:00

Sonus Faber New $750k Flagship ‘Suprema’ Speaker System

Sonus faber has launched the Suprema ($750,000), a new flagship mega-speaker. The Suprema system comprises a pair of towers and a pair of tall towers and a pair of dual-15-inch passive subwoofers.

AV News

Sonos Launches ‘Reimagined’ App with Customizable Home Screen

— May 04, 2024 12:05

Sonos Launches ‘Reimagined’ App with Customizable Home Screen

Sonos launched a new mobile app, merging content and controls on a customizable home screen, providing users a faster, better, personalized experience.