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

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

Rotel has expanded its luxury sub-brand, Michi, with a pair of beefy Class-AB integrated amps: the Michi X3 ($4,999) and X5 ($6,999). For the entry-level Rotel customer, the company has a pair of affordable products designed in collaboration with the late Ken Ishiwata of Marantz. The A11 Tribute integrated amplifier ($799) and CD11 Tribute CD player ($599) are based on existing Rotel designs, with upgrades and tweaks selected by Ishiwata shortly before his death in November of 2019. Read on to learn more.

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.

— May 09, 2021 01:20 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

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

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

From prebuilt equipment rack options that include adjustable rack shelves, ventilation, and AC power to custom built walk in closets that rival google data centers, we're going to look at some of the options you have to safely store your gear. Isn't it about time for your AV electronics to get their own area with clean cable management and organization?

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.

Jerry Del Colliano — May 06, 2021 01:20 in Editorials

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

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

Fifty years ago, JBL launched one of their most popular loudspeakers ever and one of the most successful speakers of the 1970's with the JBL L100 Centurys. To celebrate this iconic design, JBL recently brought the L100 back but in a very modern form. The L100 Classics have the look of the L100 Centurys, but the inside is chocked full of the latest in loudspeaker design. Read our full review of the JBL L100 Classics to see a modern take on a classic design.

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.

— May 03, 2021 01:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

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

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

Arche is an all-in-one headphone amplifier, DAC/pre-amp designed by Micromega exclusively for Focal. While it feature convenient presets designed to optimize its dual Class-A amplifier output for specific Focal headphones, it's not meant exclusively for Focal headphones. Arche has the versatility to be your DAC/pre-amp or amplifier for any headphone with build and performance quality you'd expect from Focal. Regardless of how you use it, Arche brings a transparency of circuit path design that "respects" your source signal. And like Focal's line of high-end headphones, Arche was designed and made in France.

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.

— April 30, 2021 01:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

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

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

People hate change, and older people REALLY hate change. Can the audiophile industry change their outlook towards new technologies and proven science, over the voodoo and hokum? Can they achieve broader appeal to attract a younger audience? Or will they continue to look to the past and embrace antiquated technologies or unproven tweaks in hopes of achieving "SOTA" audio performance? Read on to see if we are ready. If not, we are doomed.

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?

Jerry Del Colliano — April 28, 2021 01:00 in Editorials

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

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

Back in October 2020 Audioholics first reported on an HDMI issue between select Denon and Marantz HDMI 2.1 AV receivers and the latest Xbox gaming console that left users literally in the dark. Sound United, parent company of both Denon and Marantz responded and created a fix for the majority of their receivers to allow full support of 4k/120Hz and 8k/60Hz resolutions. Today Sound United released information on how to fix the rest of their receivers. Best of all, it's FREE! To find out if you're affected, read on.

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.

— April 27, 2021 07:00 in Editorials

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

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

Wharfedale has collaborated with ace speaker designer Karl-Heinz Fink to completely overhaul its celebrated Diamond Series of affordable loudspeakers. The all-new Diamond 12 Series features new drivers made with proprietary materials, complex new crossovers made with high-end parts, and new cabinets with improved bracing. The 6-strong range remains aggressively priced, starting at just $299/pair. Read on to learn more.

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.

— April 26, 2021 01:40 in Tower Speaker Reviews

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

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

Revel’s New Performa F328Be ($16,000/pair) is so good that the company has discontinued the second-from-the-top Ultima Studio2 speaker. But can the new F328Be actually be better than the brand’s crown jewel, the $22,000 Ultima Salon2? The Salon2 is bigger, more exotic-looking, and certainly more expensive. But the F328Be leverages more than 12 years of advancements made by Revel’s engineering team. Read on to learn more.

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.

— April 23, 2021 01:15 in Tower Speaker Reviews

SVS PB-1000 Pro and SB-1000 Pro Subwoofers Review

SVS PB-1000 Pro and SB-1000 Pro Subwoofers Review

SVS has totally redesigned their entry-level subwoofers in the PB-1000 Pro and SB-1000 Pro, but these subs go well beyond entry-level performance. In addition to major performance upgrades, SVS has loaded their most accessible subwoofer line with the same technology that is seen on their flagship subwoofers. The SVS 1000 Pro subs bring a combination of features and performance unseen at their price point until now. Read our full review of the PB-1000 Pro and SB-1000 Pro to get the scoop on some of the hottest-selling subwoofers on the market right now.

SVS has totally redesigned their entry-level powered subwoofers in the PB-1000 Pro and SB-1000 Pro. Our review reveals these subs go well beyond entry-level performance. Read on to find out how.

— April 20, 2021 01:10 in Subwoofer Reviews

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

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

Cable TV Giant Discovery Inc. has joined the streaming wars with its Discovery+ streaming service. For as little as $4.99 per month, subscribers can access over 55,000 TV episodes from Discovery’s long list of networks, including HGTV, Food Network, Animal Planet, and TLC. In addition to this huge catalog of existing content, Discovery+ will be home to new original shows and documentaries. Read on to learn more.

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.

— April 19, 2021 09:55 in Editorials

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

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

Scaling up in price for our recommendations for bookshelf speakers, we now hit the $700 range. Our top choices for $700 bookshelf speakers spans a range of different designs, but one thing they have in common is that they all sound great. There are some brands you might expect in a list like this, but there may be a couple surprises too. Read on to find out what bookshelf speakers we think are the best for $700/pair and why we think that.

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.

— April 17, 2021 01:20 in How to Shop

AirPlay 2 and Dolby Vision Arrive On Roku

AirPlay 2 and Dolby Vision Arrive On Roku

Roku’s flagship streaming device, the Roku Ultra ($100) has been updated for 2020. Now with Dolby Vision on board, the Ultra is better equipped to compete with streamers from Apple, Google, and Amazon. Roku’s new operating system, OS 9.4, is currently rolling out to nearly all of the company’s 4K devices, bringing Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit functionality to millions of existing Roku streamers and Roku TVs. Read on to learn more.

Roku’s flagship streaming device, the Roku Ultra ($100) has been updated for 2020. Now with Dolby Vision on board, the Ultra is better equipped to compete with other streamers

— April 14, 2021 09:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Sonus faber Debuts New Budget-Friendly Lumina Loudspeaker Range

Sonus faber Debuts New Budget-Friendly Lumina Loudspeaker Range

Sonus faber’s new Lumina collection of loudspeakers aims to bring luxury audio to the masses. The three-strong lineup includes the compact Lumina I bookshelf speaker ($899/pair), the three-way Lumina III floor-stander ($2,199/pair), and the Lumina Center I ($699 each). The Lumina series combines simple, minimalist design with the high-quality materials that Sonus faber is known for. Is it a recipe for success, or has Sonus faber compromised too much in order to keep the prices reasonable? Read on to learn more.

Sonus faber’s new Lumina loudspeakers brings luxury audio to the masses. The lineup includes the Lumina I bookshelf ($899/pr), 3-way Lumina III floor-stander ($2,199/pr), and Lumina Center I ($688).

— April 13, 2021 09:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones Review

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones Review

Bowers & Wilkins is known for its high end speakers so we had high expectations for headphones with their logo. Their PX7 noise-cancelling wireless headphones did not disappoint, in fact, they are the best noise cancelling headphones that I have heard at this price point. To see why Audioholics named them our noise cancelling headphones of the year, read on.

Bowers & Wilkins proved with their new PX7 noise-cancelling headphones that they can excel in this space just as well as they do with premium loudspeakers. Read to see why they are our 2020 POY winner.

Don Dunn — April 12, 2021 01:00 in Headphone Reviews