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Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 ANC Wireless Headphones Review

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Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 ANC Wireless Headphones Review

— August 15, 2022 00:55

Px7 Series2 is Bowers & Wilkins latest NC wireless headphones, an overhaul of Px7. In our review, we discuss a list of updates and improvements over its predecessor including sound quality and comfort.

PSB Turns 50, Launches Retro-Chic Passif 50 Anniversary Edition Speaker

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PSB Turns 50, Launches Retro-Chic Passif 50 Anniversary Edition Speaker

— August 10, 2022 00:55

In honor of celebrating its 50 year milestone in business, Canadian loudspeaker manufacturer PSB launched the Passif 50 loudspeaker ($2,499/pair). It features retro styling, but is all modern inside.

Bowers and Wilkins Release New Products at a Hip New Venue

Trade Show Coverage

Bowers and Wilkins Release New Products at a Hip New Venue

Jerry Del Colliano — August 08, 2022 00:45

Bowers and Wilkins released their over-the-ear Px7 S2 wireless headphones in a cool Los Angeles event. With influencers and hipsters packed-in the space, is this the wave of future of audio shows?

Focal Aria K2 936 Floorstanding Speaker Review

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

Focal Aria K2 936 Floorstanding Speaker Review

— August 04, 2022 01:35

Focal landed a hit with the Aria line of speakers, and their flagship tower of the K2 series, the 936 3-way floorstander is no exception. Read on to see what this special edition has to offer.

Focal Naim System Bundled Deals & Store Overview

Editorials

Focal Naim System Bundled Deals & Store Overview

— August 01, 2022 00:50

To celebrate 10 years, Focal and Naim released a $48k, 10th Anniversary Edition system that includes the Sopra N°2 speakers, an array of Naim electronics. We visited the store and reported on Youtube.

Q Acoustics New Concept Series Loudspeakers Packed with Tech & Good Sound

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Q Acoustics New Concept Series Loudspeakers Packed with Tech & Good Sound

— August 01, 2022 12:10

Q Acoustics new Concept series offer a range of performance models from the Concept 30 bookshelf to their 50 tower loudspeakers. Their sound and build quality really impressed us as much as their value.

Can Active Streaming Speakers Really Replace a High-End Stereo System?

Loudspeaker Design

Can Active Streaming Speakers Really Replace a High-End Stereo System?

— July 19, 2022 00:15

Will hardcore audiophiles ever replace their two-channel rigs with all-inclusive active streaming speakers? These compact setups have become very popular so there’s clearly a market for them. Read on.

KEF Updates Flagship Blade and Reference Speakers With Metamaterial Absorption Technology

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KEF Updates Flagship Blade and Reference Speakers With Metamaterial Absorption Technology

— July 29, 2022 00:05

KEF's Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT) has found way into the company's high end offerings. The new Blade and Reference Meta series employ the MAT technology into the entire lineup. Read on.

How to Build a Budget Audiophile System with an Upgrade Path

Editorials

How to Build a Budget Audiophile System with an Upgrade Path

Jerry Del Colliano — July 06, 2022 00:00

In this editorial, we advise a friend building an audiophile system on a budget for under $5k that also has an upgrade path with video support for streaming and subwoofer for extended bass.

NAD’s C 389 Integrated Amp Delivers Streaming and Dirac for Less

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NAD’s C 389 Integrated Amp Delivers Streaming and Dirac for Less

— July 25, 2022 00:30

NAD's new C 389 integrated amp offers much of the performance of the C 399 for 25% less money. The $1,500 amp delivers 130 watts of Hypex UcD power, and uses the same ESS Sabre DAC and a DIRAC path.

Bowers & Wilkins Launches Px7 S2 Bluetooth Headphone, Upcoming Wireless Flagship Px8

Headphone Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins Launches Px7 S2 Bluetooth Headphone, Upcoming Wireless Flagship Px8

— June 29, 2022 12:00

Bowers & Wilkins demos new wireless Bluetooth headphones in Px7 Series2 successor to the Px7 and a newly designed flagship luxury wireless headphone in Px8, and all-new integration with B&W; Music App

Mark Levinson Celebrates 50 Years in Audio; New $50K Amp & NC Headphones

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Mark Levinson Celebrates 50 Years in Audio; New $50K Amp & NC Headphones

— July 14, 2022 00:50

This year marks 50 years of Mark Levinson. The brand is celebrating with the № 5909 ANC Bluetooth headphones ($999) & a limited-edition monoblock amplifier, the ML-50 for $50,000/pair! Read on.

Can You Get Audiophile Two-Channel Sound from Home Theater?

Home Theater Calibration

Can You Get Audiophile Two-Channel Sound from Home Theater?

— June 27, 2022 01:35

Can you achieve audiophile two-channel sound from a home theater? You bet! We’ll discuss ways to achieve audiophile nirvana and how to build a home theater around an existing two-channel system.

Arendal Sound 1723 Tower S THX Speaker Review

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

Arendal Sound 1723 Tower S THX Speaker Review

— July 08, 2022 00:00

Stunned by Arendal Sound’s 1723 THX monitor performance, we wanted to see if the more manageable sized 1723 S series tower could deliver similarly great sound and value. Read our review.

Auro 3D Downmixes into Bankruptcy, Still Keeping Height Channels Up

Audio Technologies

Auro 3D Downmixes into Bankruptcy, Still Keeping Height Channels Up

— June 23, 2022 00:25

Auro 3D has recently declared bankruptcy. But is the the end for this immersive surround format? Can it survive on upmixing only? Don't count the audio company from Antwerp, Belgium out just yet.

RSL Speedwoofer 10S MKII Review: Improved Performance, Great Value!

Subwoofer Reviews Review

RSL Speedwoofer 10S MKII Review: Improved Performance, Great Value!

— July 01, 2022 08:25

The popular RSL Speedwoofer 10S received a redesign to take advantage of modern innovations in audio technology. The RSL Speedwoofer 10S MKII has been completely redesigned. To find out how, read on.

Could Product Placement Recruit The Next Generation of HiFi Buyers?

Editorials

Could Product Placement Recruit The Next Generation of HiFi Buyers?

Jerry Del Colliano — June 17, 2022 08:05

Is there a way to create a new generation of audiophiles? How about product placement in shows like Billions and Succession? Hollywood teaches people about these types of things all of the time.

New Peaks Series Loudspeakers from YG Acoustics Look Awesome, Cost (Slightly) Less!

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New Peaks Series Loudspeakers from YG Acoustics Look Awesome, Cost (Slightly) Less!

— June 20, 2022 01:50

Colorado’s YG Acoustics has introduced the Peaks Series — five new speaker models plus a powered subwoofer — designed to deliver the company’s superb engineering and sound quality at lower prices.

The Key to Finding a New Generation of AV Enthusiasts Is Positive Life Experiences

Editorials

The Key to Finding a New Generation of AV Enthusiasts Is Positive Life Experiences

Jerry Del Colliano — June 10, 2022 00:40

With Baby Boomers in their 70s and Millennials firmly entrenched in low quality streaming with Lo-Hi speakers, how do we entice a new generation of AV enthusiasts to delve into Hi-Fi audio?

DALI OBERON 7C Active Wireless Floorstanding Speaker Review

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

DALI OBERON 7C Active Wireless Floorstanding Speaker Review

— June 14, 2022 00:30

The Dali OBERON 7C active floorstanding Loudspeakers and SOUND HUB combines their signature sound in an easy-to-use wireless system that can serve hi-fi 2CH or surround installations. Read our review.

MIT Researchers Develop Paper-Thin Loudspeaker That Can Mount to ANY Surface

Loudspeaker Design

MIT Researchers Develop Paper-Thin Loudspeaker That Can Mount to ANY Surface

— June 04, 2022 01:00

A Research team at MIT has developed a thin, flexible loudspeaker that can be mounted to any rigid surface (such as a wall), turning it into a high-quality audio source. Learn about the applications.

Sigberg Audio 10D Subwoofer Review: Best Performing Small Sub?

Subwoofer Reviews Review

Sigberg Audio 10D Subwoofer Review: Best Performing Small Sub?

— June 08, 2022 00:40

Our review of the Sigberg Audio 10D subwoofer shows what happens when a designer puts some of the world’s best audio components into a small package that hits above its size class. Pricey but potent.

SVS 2000 Pro Subwoofer & SoundPath Accessories Giveaway $1207 Value

Subwoofer Reviews

SVS 2000 Pro Subwoofer & SoundPath Accessories Giveaway $1207 Value

— June 01, 2022 00:40

Enter to Win SVS 2000 Pro series Subwoofer w/ SoundPath Accessories Giveaway from Audioholics & Audio Advice. Winner's choice PB or SB 2000 Pro Subwoofer + interconnect & sub-isolation system by SoundPath.

McIntosh Launches MX180 8K 16CH AV Processor, Two New Brawny Integrated Amps

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McIntosh Launches MX180 8K 16CH AV Processor, Two New Brawny Integrated Amps

— May 30, 2022 00:15

McIntosh is shipping 3 new products; the MX180 a 16CH Atmos/DTS:X Auro 3D AV processor with 8K video support and the MA8950 and MA9500 stereo integrated amps which key audiophile features to drool over!

The Audiophile’s Dilemma: When to Upgrade your System?

Editorials

The Audiophile’s Dilemma: When to Upgrade your System?

— May 31, 2022 01:15

Some A/V upgrades are emotionally gratifying, some are marginally significant, some are so impactful that they remain life-altering for years. When should YOU upgrade your A/V system?

Monolith M1000ANC Review: Dirac Virtuo 3D-Sound in a Budget Bluetooth Headphone

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Monolith M1000ANC Review: Dirac Virtuo 3D-Sound in a Budget Bluetooth Headphone

— May 26, 2022 00:20

The Monolith M1000ANC headphones we reviewed include Dirac Viruo DSP, memory foam pads, 40-mm drivers, Active Noise Cancelling, 60-hour battery life, unique gesture touch-control UX for only $130!

Dirac Launches ‘Intelligent Audio Platform’ for Cars, Introduces New Upmixing Technology

AV News

Dirac Launches ‘Intelligent Audio Platform’ for Cars, Introduces New Upmixing Technology

— May 24, 2022 00:30

Dirac launched a software-based Intelligent Audio Platform designed to help car manufacturers upmix ordinary stereo content into surround mixes in real time. Will this rival Dolby and DTS for car audio?

SOUNDBOKS Go: Loudest Bluetooth Party in a Box Speaker Ever?

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SOUNDBOKS Go: Loudest Bluetooth Party in a Box Speaker Ever?

— May 21, 2022 00:45

Soundboks Go is the new little brother to Soundboks Gen3, a powerful, loud, barely portable outdoor Bluetooth speaker. With a volume control that goes to 11, it can produce up to 121-dB of sound.

Considerations Before Cutting the Cord On Your Cable or Satellite Provider

Editorials

Considerations Before Cutting the Cord On Your Cable or Satellite Provider

Jerry Del Colliano — May 23, 2022 00:05

There are considerations before cutting the cord of your cable or satellite provider. Do you have a stable internet connection? What about local channels and sports? We explore what you need.

HECO Aurora 1000 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

HECO Aurora 1000 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

— May 17, 2022 09:00

The German made Heco Aurora 1000 floor-standing speakers ($799/ea) were put through the wringer with our in depth measurement testing and yielded surprising results. Are these the speakers to get?

Despite Bankruptcy Onkyo, Pioneer, Elite AV Drives On!

AV News

Despite Bankruptcy Onkyo, Pioneer, Elite AV Drives On!

— May 16, 2022 00:30

Onkyo declares bankruptcy after years of financial troubles. But Onkyo Audio-Video, Integra, Pioneer and Elite will continue on as part of the Premium Audio Co, owner of Klipsch, HECO and others.