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Monoprice Monolith Audition Series - Real 5.1 Speaker System $1k?!?

— November 21, 2022 00:10

Monoprice Monolith Audition Series - Real 5.1 Speaker System $1k?!?

Monoprice's new budget friendly Audition series speakers bring tech from their Encore series at an unimaginably even more affordable prices. Assemble entire 5.1 systems for well under $1k? You betcha!

In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews Preview

Perlisten THX Dominus In-Wall Speakers Design & Measurements!

— November 14, 2022 00:30

Perlisten THX Dominus In-Wall Speakers Design & Measurements!

Perlisten launched five new THX Dominus in-wall speakers all corresponding to existing speakers from the company’s S-Series and R-Series. Are they as good as their box counterparts? Read on.

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2022 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

— November 24, 2022 01:00

2022 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

With inflation stretching the audiophile wallet thin, we wanted to bring you some great high-value home theater gear gift ideas for under $800 each to spread some holiday cheer for this Christmas 2022.

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Review

Mon Acoustics SuperMon Mini Bookshelf Speaker Review

— November 11, 2022 00:45

Mon Acoustics SuperMon Mini Bookshelf Speaker Review

Mon Acoustics SuperMon Mini loudspeaker is a $2,000 all-aluminum speaker that uses a waveguide loaded AMT tweeter and an isobaric-loaded bass drivers. Is it worth the price?

Home Theater Calibration

Design Your Dream Theater with the Audio Advice Home Theater Designer Tool

— November 23, 2022 00:50

Design Your Dream Theater with the Audio Advice Home Theater Designer Tool

Audio Advice’s free online Home Theater Designer and Projector Throw Distance Calculator are powerful tools allowing you to design your dream theater to get the best audio and video experience.

Headphone Reviews Preview

Dyson’s Bizarre Noise Cancelling Air-Purifying Headphones!

— November 09, 2022 00:35

Dyson’s Bizarre Noise Cancelling Air-Purifying Headphones!

From the company best known for vacuum cleaners, The Dyson Zone is a noise-cancelling headphone that delivers a fresh supply of purified air to the wearers nose and mouth. Hokum? Genius? Read on...

AV News

AV Quick Takes: McIntosh, Mitchell Speakers, and Acoustic Levitation

— November 17, 2022 00:45

AV Quick Takes: McIntosh, Mitchell Speakers, and Acoustic Levitation

In Today's audio quick take, we look at a new high performance Class D amplifier from McIntosh, a new UK speaker brand Mitchell Acoustics coming to the US, and advances in acoustic levitation.

In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews Preview

JBL's Stage 2 Architectural and Stage XD Outdoor Speakers are Shipping!

— November 08, 2022 00:20

JBL's Stage 2 Architectural and Stage XD Outdoor Speakers are Shipping!

Good news! JBL's Stage 2 Architectural and Stage XD outdoor speakers are shipping. The Stage XD outdoor speakers are the first IP67 waterproof rated speakers to feature repairable internal parts.

Audio Technologies

Sennheiser Powers New Spatial Audio Experience on Netflix

— November 10, 2022 00:10

Sennheiser Powers New Spatial Audio Experience on Netflix

Netflix now has Spatial Audio for subscribers listening on two-channel devices. Sennheiser’s AMBEO Spatial Audio technology converts immersive sound formats into an enhanced version of stereo.

Headphone Reviews Preview

Soundcore by Anker Space Q45 ANC Headphones Review

Shawn Lawless — November 03, 2022 00:20

Soundcore by Anker Space Q45 ANC Headphones Review

Soundcore by Anker wants a piece of the pie with their Space Q45 ANC headphones. At only $150, do they compete with name brands in terms of battery life, comfort & sound quality? Read our review.

AV News

AV Quick Takes: TCL, KEF, and… Cow Dung?

— November 04, 2022 00:20

AV Quick Takes: TCL, KEF, and… Cow Dung?

“AV Quick Takes” offers a brief look at what’s new, cool, and interesting in the AV world. Today we look at new TVs from TCL, noise-cancelling headphones from KEF, and speakers made from poop!

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

Perlisten R7t Floor-Standing Loudspeaker Review

— October 27, 2022 00:20

Perlisten R7t Floor-Standing Loudspeaker Review

The R7t tower speaker is Perlisten's flagship for their value-oriented Reference line. They are still $10k/pair, but what if they offer higher performance than any other $10k speaker set?

AV News

Arendal 1961 Tower Speaker Giveaway! ($1,699 Value): Enter by Nov 15!

— November 02, 2022 00:35

Arendal 1961 Tower Speaker Giveaway! ($1,699 Value): Enter by Nov 15!

Arendal is giving away a pair of a pair of 1961 Tower Loudspeakers! Winner of the random draw to be announced LIVE on Audioholics' YouTube presentation: "Product Design" November 15th, 2022.

Audio Amplifier Reviews Preview

The HiFi Rose RA180 Integrated Amp Looks Wacky For a Reason

— October 24, 2022 00:00

The HiFi Rose RA180 Integrated Amp Looks Wacky For a Reason

The HiFi Rose RA180 is a 4CH integrated amp that can be bi-amped for 200 watts x 4 or bridged to deliver 400 watts per channel x2 for the ultimate audiophile experience using the latest GaNFET devices.

Editorials

Supreme Court Ruling Could Change Section 230 & the Internet Forever

— October 31, 2022 01:55

Supreme Court Ruling Could Change Section 230 & the Internet Forever

A tragic 2015 ISIS attack in Paris, a lawsuit in the US that now stands before the Supreme Court. A ruling could seriously change Section 230, and how we use the Internet forever!

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Preview

PSB’s Synchrony Series Goes BIG with T800 Premium Tower Speakers

— October 20, 2022 00:30

PSB’s Synchrony Series Goes BIG with T800 Premium Tower Speakers

PSB has expanded its flagship range with their larger Synchrony T800. This 4' tall tower has three 8" woofers, a 5.25" midrange driver, 1” titanium tweeter and PSB’s most advanced crossover to date.

Editorials

The Curved Monitor Conspiracy Theory Solved Once and For All

— October 18, 2022 00:25

The Curved Monitor Conspiracy Theory Solved Once and For All

The future isn’t based on anti-science hyperbole, but some conspiracy theories are based on facts. Why are curved monitors becoming popular while curved displays went by the wayside a decade ago?

Surround Sound Reviews Preview

Monoprice Monolith M518HT THX Certified 5.1 Home Theater System $800?!?

— October 17, 2022 00:20

Monoprice Monolith M518HT THX Certified 5.1 Home Theater System $800?!?

Monoprice made the choice for home theater speakers easier with the THX certified M518HT home theater system. This 5.1 speaker setup is powered by YOUR receiver so you have flexibility in the future.

Audio Technologies

Is Google Hitting Dolby with Royalty-Free Competition?

— October 14, 2022 00:55

Is Google Hitting Dolby with Royalty-Free Competition?

Google to launch new royalty-free 3D audio and HDR video standards. Google's motives are likely just to shore-up its own Android & YouTube platforms with upcoming enhancements rather than competing with Dolby.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-8000F II Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

— October 10, 2022 00:00

Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-8000F II Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

Klipsch released their new RP-8000F II floorstanding loudspeakers that we reviewed to determine if they still retain the same high value and performance of the originals despite the pricing hike?

Editorials

Dirac Roadmap for 2022 Denon & Marantz AV Products

— October 12, 2022 18:00

Dirac Roadmap for 2022 Denon & Marantz AV Products

In this editorial we discuss a roadmap of Dirac room correction support for ALL Denon and Marantz AV products that are planning support for 2022 and beyond. What version, will there be fees? All discussed.

Headphone Reviews Preview

Focal’s Bathys Review: First Wireless Headphone w/ ANC

— October 05, 2022 00:25

Focal’s Bathys Review: First Wireless Headphone w/ ANC

Bathys is Focal’s first Bluetooth wireless headphone with Active Noise Cancelling. For $799, these audiophile headphones offer superb audio and a USB DAC Mode that must be heard to be believed.

Audio Technologies

THX Spatial Audio on Qobuz Listen with ANY Headphones!

— October 07, 2022 00:35

 THX Spatial Audio on Qobuz Listen with ANY Headphones!

Qobuz teams up with THX to deliver immersive music using proprietary THX Spatial Audio rendering. These tracks highlight THX technology to deliver “spatialized” 360-degree audio on any headphones.

Home Theater Projector Reviews Preview

Epson Introduces New Projectors for Fall 2022

— October 04, 2022 00:30

Epson Introduces New Projectors for Fall 2022

At the 2022 CEDIA Expo, Epson launched 4 new projectors aimed at different potential customers. The Home Cinema 2350 4K PRO-UHD, EpiqVision Ultra LS800 4K PRO-UHD, and 2 EpiqVision portables. Read on.

Editorials

Shopping Local Audio Gear is Getting More and More Challenging

— October 03, 2022 00:45

Shopping Local Audio Gear is Getting More and More Challenging

As more and more business' go belly up from labor shortages, supply chain issues, and competition from online sources the goal of shopping for local audio gear is becoming increasingly difficult.

AV Receiver Reviews Preview

Marantz New Cinema Series 8K AV Receivers, Dirac Live & 4 Subs!

— September 28, 2022 16:40

Marantz New Cinema Series 8K AV Receivers, Dirac Live & 4 Subs!

Marantz new Cinema lineup of 8K AV Receivers and separates for 2022! The Cinema 40, 50, 60, and 70s receivers feature 8K video and the top 3 models are upgradable to Dirac Live with 4 sub outs!

Editorials

Six Tips To Consider Before You Invest In a Home Automation System Today

— September 26, 2022 00:45

Six Tips To Consider Before You Invest In a Home Automation System Today

Thinking of investing in an expensive home automation system? You need to do research before you take the plunge. Here are SIX tips to consider before you invest in a new home automation system.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Preview

Monitor Audio Radical ‘Concept 50’ Loudspeaker, Premium ‘Cinergy’ Home Theater Line

— September 28, 2022 00:05

Monitor Audio Radical ‘Concept 50’ Loudspeaker, Premium ‘Cinergy’ Home Theater Line

Monitor Audio showed their Premium “Cinergy” home theater line and Concept 50 speaker with a unique array of 6 small midrange drivers nestled around an AMT tweeter, and 2 pairs of woofers in a futuristic cabinet.

Trade Show Coverage

CEDIA 2022 Expo Show Coverage

— September 20, 2022 01:30

CEDIA 2022 Expo Show Coverage

Last year a surge in COVID-19 bombed CEDIA. This year it's on full force, but Audioholics was grounded due to Hurrican Ian. That doesn't keep us down as we are still here providing coverage of all

Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews Preview

Bluesound Serves Up New Wireless Audio Gear, Sonos Killer?

— September 27, 2022 00:40

Bluesound Serves Up New Wireless Audio Gear, Sonos Killer?

Bluesound updated its Node streamer-$549 amd Powernode streaming amp-$899 with powerful new processors, new DACs, HDMI eARC, and more. The new Pulse Soundbar+ for $899 has Dolby Atmos support. Read on

Editorials

The High Art of Selecting Music For AV and Audiophile Reviews

— September 16, 2022 01:00

The High Art of Selecting Music For AV and Audiophile Reviews

In this editorial, we discuss the art of selecting music from a reviewers perspective and how it can also influence your own decisions when evaluating audio gear.