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SVS 1000 Series Subwoofers Get a Major Redesign

SVS just announced that their entry-level 1000 series subs have received a major redesign, Audioholics has been given the scoop on the new 1000

SVS 1000 Series Subwoofers Get a Major Redesign
Is Physical Inventory the AV Retailers Saving Grace In A Pandemic Economy?

With people staying at home, AV products are in high demand. Dealers who are sitting on AV inventory are in an excellent position to sell even

Is Physical Inventory the AV Retailers Saving Grace In A Pandemic Economy?
Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 16CH Home Theater Processor Review

We reviewed the 16 channel Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 AV Processor to see how it performed. With ALL 3 immersive surround formats supported and a

Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 16CH Home Theater Processor Review

Home Theater News & Reviews

SVS 1000 Series Subwoofers Get a Major Redesign

SVS 1000 Series Subwoofers Get a Major Redesign

SVS has just announced that their entry-level subs have received a major redesign, and we at Audioholics have been given the scoop on the new 1000 Pro series subwoofers: the PB-1000 Pro and SB-1000 Pro. The smallest children of SVS's subwoofer line has just had a growth spurt and now features more powerful amplifiers, improved drivers, and incorporates the advanced DSP technology from SVS higher-end offerings. Read our preview article to find out how SVS's most affordable subwoofers just became more powerful.

SVS just announced that their entry-level 1000 series subs have received a major redesign, Audioholics has been given the scoop on the new 1000 Pro series subwoofers: The PB-1000 Pro and SB-1000 Pro.

— February 26, 2021 13:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Is Physical Inventory the AV Retailers Saving Grace In A Pandemic Economy?

Is Physical Inventory the AV Retailers Saving Grace In A Pandemic Economy?

With people staying at home, AV products are in high demand. Dealers who are sitting on AV inventory are in an excellent position to sell even the normally higher priced models. There isn’t a need to deeply discount gear to make a sale because inventory is tight, and demand is pretty strong. The issue is actually getting inventory in hand. Is Physical Inventory the AV Retailers Saving Grace In A Pandemic Economy? Read on to find out.

With people staying at home, AV products are in high demand. Dealers who are sitting on AV inventory are in an excellent position to sell even the normally higher priced models. To see why, read on.

Jerry Del Colliano — February 25, 2021 00:00 in Editorials

Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 16CH Home Theater Processor Review

Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 16CH Home Theater Processor Review

At last, our full review of the Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 AV Processor is here! Do you want sixteen channels of highly-configurable, fully-balanced XLR pre-amp output? Of course, you do! The cherry on top of this cake is support for Dirac Live, one of the most sophisticated room correction equalizers in existence. Throw in full support for all three immersive surround formats (Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro 3D) and you've got the recipe for a great home theater processor. Read our review, complete with measurements, to see what the HTP-1 can do for you.

We reviewed the 16 channel Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 AV Processor to see how it performed. With ALL 3 immersive surround formats supported and a future upgrade path to 8K, is this the processor to beat?

— February 22, 2021 09:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Is Today’s Specialty AV Gear Too Inexpensive?

Is Today’s Specialty AV Gear Too Inexpensive?

For consumers, what you get for your money today in home theater equipment is better than ever before. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to pay for the nth degree of performance, unless that's the goal that you are chasing. We explore how home theater equipment has improved in performance and value over the last decade putting great performance within reach of virtually any enthusiast.

For consumers, what you get for your money today with home theater equipment is better than ever before. This article explores how every category of AV product has improved over the last decade.

Jerry Del Colliano — February 15, 2021 01:00 in Editorials

Focal Stellia Closed-Back Headphone Review

Focal Stellia Closed-Back Headphone Review

What happens when you take all the high-end technology and advanced build-material used by Focal in its flagship headphone Utopia and add the luxury, comfort and style of full-grain leather and optimize it to fit the efficiency and characteristics of a closed-back design? One answer is Stellia, Focal's Flagship closed-back headphone. Expectations are high as they should be, because Stellia is an undeniably expensive headphone. But, Focal has plenty of experience making a variety of high-end headphones, and this isn't even Focal's first closed-back model. So, let's take a closer look and see what the retail price of $3,000 for Focal's Stellia gets you. Musical Bliss? Read on to find out.

Our ears were delighted to review the Focal Stellia headphones. All the high-end technology and build-material of Focal's flagship headphone Utopia is optimized to fit into a closed-back design with style.

— February 13, 2021 11:30 in Headphone Reviews

FTC May Kill Amplifier Rule: Help Us Keep Consumer Protections in Audio!

FTC May Kill Amplifier Rule: Help Us Keep Consumer Protections in Audio!

Attention citizens of these great United States of America! Your country needs YOU to speak out on behalf of consumers and the future of hi-fi audio. The Federal Trade Commission is presently reviewing its amplifier power ratings regulation, or "Amplifier Rule", and we need YOU to participate in the review with citizen public comment by February 16th, 2021 or we may lose this ruling forever. In this article we show you how you can tell the FTC to maintain and modernize stringent standards in manufacturer's published power ratings to keep false claims and dishonest marketing away from our beloved audio gear. You're just a click away from being one of the great Americans taking action on behalf of your great republic.

Your country needs YOU to help protect consumers from false advertising in audio. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reviewing its "Amplifier Rule", help maintain truth in amplifier ratings today!

— February 09, 2021 01:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Noise Cancelling Headphone Comparison: Bose 700 UC VS Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Noise Cancelling Headphone Comparison: Bose 700 UC VS Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Looking for a new pair of noise-cancelling headphones? The choice can be daunting, but if you're budget is in the $300-$400 range we've taken the well known Bose 700 UC and directly compared it to the Bowers & Wilkins PX7. We found that both headphones have associated strengths and weaknesses in terms of sound quality, usability and effectiveness of noise-cancellation. Read on to discover which headphone may be right for your needs.

Looking for a new pair of noise cancelling headphones? We take a look at the well known Bose 700 UC and compared it to the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 over the ear headphones. Read on to see which is better.

— February 07, 2021 00:00 in Headphone Reviews

Our Top Five $500 Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

Our Top Five $500 Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

Looking for a pair of bookshelf speakers in the $500 price range? Look no further! We have compiled a list of our top choices for bookshelf speakers at that price point for 2021. We think these are the best picks, and we will tell you why. Read our round-up of the best $500 bookshelf speakers that are currently available.

Looking for a pair of bookshelf speakers in the $500 price range? We have compiled a list of our top choices for bookshelf speakers at that price point for 2021.

— February 04, 2021 08:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Wilson Audio Introduces SabrinaX Loudspeaker: A Mini Floorstander with ‘Flagship DNA’

Wilson Audio Introduces SabrinaX Loudspeaker: A Mini Floorstander with ‘Flagship DNA’

Wilson Audio’s new SabrinaX Loudspeaker raises the price of its least expensive floorstander by almost 20%. But if you have a spare $18,900 lying around, it promises to deliver Wilson’s legendary performance and build quality in a smaller and less expensive package (relative to other Wilson speakers, that is). The SabrinaX boasts all new drivers and a cabinet built from the company’s proprietary composite X-Material. Read on to learn more.

Wilson Audio’s new SabrinaX Loudspeaker has all new drivers and cabinet. At $18,900, it promises to deliver Wilson’s legendary performance and build quality in a smaller, less expensive package.

— February 02, 2021 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

New Focal Celestee Headphones: High-End for the Cost-Conscious

New Focal Celestee Headphones: High-End for the Cost-Conscious

Celestee is the latest closed-back headphone by Focal, due to hit the streets by March 2021. Aimed at Focal's entry level price-point, Celestee will replace Elegia in Focal's high-end headphone lineup. While you were listening to your Focal headphones, Focal has been listening to you! The French audio company engineered the most requested performance enhancement from Elegia's original design, then incorporated esthetic cues from its flagship closed-back, Stellia. Focal wrapped it all in a new color combination, navy blue with soft copper accents to make its next-generation headphone a modern-classic. Let's dig in and find out how it actually looks, feels and sounds.

Celestee is the latest closed-back headphone by Focal aimed the entry level price-point, will replace Elegia in Focal's high-end headphone lineup in an all new color and sound quality.

— January 29, 2021 08:00 in Headphone Reviews

Can An All-In-One Turntable System Work? Plus Audio Review

Can An All-In-One Turntable System Work? Plus Audio Review

If you're still nostalgic about your vinyl, but don't want to setup a dedicated system for it, check out the new +Record Player from Plus Audio. The new +Record Player has incredibly realistic sound for an all in one record player system and it doesn't take up a ton of real estate. Is it worth the $1,600 price tag? Read our review to find out.

The new +Record Player from Plus Audio is incredibly realistic for an all in one record player system. Is it worth the $1,600 price tag? Read our review to find out.

Gavin Baier — January 26, 2021 08:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Why I Sold A Significant Classic Rock Vinyl Collection In 2008 and Never Looked Back

Why I Sold A Significant Classic Rock Vinyl Collection In 2008 and Never Looked Back

The audiophile community doesn’t like change, in fact, they despise it with every fiber of their beings. Today, we live in a world where $15 per month access to high-resolution, often remastered, and seemingly unlimited music is reality, yet the audiophile communities elders are still stuck in the past. See why I sold my vinyl and never looked back...

The audiophile community doesn’t like change, in fact, they despise it with every fiber of their being. Do you still like vinyl? Find out why I sold this antiquated music medium and never looked back.

Jerry Del Colliano — January 23, 2021 23:00 in Editorials

Anthem's New MCA 225/325/525 Amplifiers Boast BIG 600 Watts of Power!

Anthem's New MCA 225/325/525 Amplifiers Boast BIG 600 Watts of Power!

On the heels of unveiling their A/V Processors and A/V Receivers audio company Anthem released three new multi-ch power amplifiers starting at $2k that are sure to be on all the immersive audio enthusiasts wish lists to kick off the New Year. The MCA 225, 325, and 525 are designed to compliment the new AVM 70 and AVM 90 A/V Processors from Anthem. Anthem is claiming impressively low noise specs and up to a whopping 600 watts of power/ch to make your speakers come alive. Read on to find out more.

Anthem's new MCA 225/325/525 multi-ch amplifiers boast up to 600 watts/ch power and low noise starting at $2k but are there caveats? Read on to find out.

— January 20, 2021 08:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

KEF Launches LS50 Meta and LS50 Wireless II Loudspeakers with ‘Metamaterial Absorption Technology’

KEF Launches LS50 Meta and LS50 Wireless II Loudspeakers with ‘Metamaterial  Absorption Technology’

KEF has updated the modern classic LS50 loudspeaker with a groundbreaking innovation called “Metamaterial Absorption Technology.” Featured in both the passive LS50 Meta ($1,500/pair) and the active LS50 Wireless II ($2,500/pair), Metamaterial Absorption Technology uses a complex acoustical device located behind the drivers to absorb 99% of the sound created by the tweeter’s rearward motion, which would normally enter the speaker cabinet and cause distortion. Read on to learn more about this unique innovation.

KEF updated their LS50 loudspeaker with a groundbreaking innovation called “Metamaterial Absorption Technology.” Featured in both the passive LS50 Meta and active LS50 II. Is this a leap forward for Kef?

— January 11, 2021 08:30 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews