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Arendal 1723 Subwoofer 2V Review: Power Meets Finesse

Subwoofer Reviews

Arendal 1723 Subwoofer 2V Review: Power Meets Finesse

— September 14, 2021 00:20

We review the Arendal Sound flagship 1723 2V subwoofer, a 132 lbs., dual 13.8" woofer 1,200 watt RMS bruiser. Is Arendal's 1723 V2 subwoofer as good as their THX speakers? Read on.

Could Today’s Recording Techniques Be the Problem With The Audiophile Hobby?

Editorials

Could Today’s Recording Techniques Be the Problem With The Audiophile Hobby?

Jerry Del Colliano — September 17, 2021 11:20

Could today’s recording techniques be the problem with the audiophile hobby, or do today's younger listeners not really care? We'll look at what goes into the art of recording in our editorial.

Dan Clark Audio’s Stealth: The First Metamaterial Headphone

Headphone Reviews

Dan Clark Audio’s Stealth: The First Metamaterial Headphone

— September 12, 2021 22:00

Dan Clark Audio’s new flagship headphone is the Stealth ($4,000). This closed-back planar magnetic headphone is the first in the world to use metamaterial technology. To find out more, read on.

CEDIA 2021 Expo Show Coverage

Trade Show Coverage

CEDIA 2021 Expo Show Coverage

— August 28, 2021 10:20

We won't let COVID-19 keep us down. For 2021, we are happy to provide Virtual CEDIA Trade show coverage of the brands participating live at the showfloor or virtually through our YouTube Channel.

Dirac Live Room Correction Added To New Onkyo TX-RZ50 AV Receiver

AV Receiver Reviews

Dirac Live Room Correction Added To New Onkyo TX-RZ50 AV Receiver

— September 10, 2021 01:00

Huge news at CEDIA 2021! Consumer budgeted receivers like Onkyo's TX-RZ50 have integrated Dirac Live for room calibration and full HDMI 2.1 support on ALL inputs. Is this the hot AVR for 2021?

Should CEDIA Cancel their Show for 2021?

Editorials

Should CEDIA Cancel their Show for 2021?

Jerry Del Colliano — August 23, 2021 16:00

With the Delta variant causing a surge in COVID-19 across our country and a growing list of exhibitors like: Yamaha, Sound United, Harman, Sony, etc pulling out, should CEDIA be cancelled for 2021?

Cambridge Audio’s Evo Streaming Amps Deliver Great Design and All-In-One Convenience

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Cambridge Audio’s Evo Streaming Amps Deliver Great Design and All-In-One Convenience

— September 09, 2021 00:15

The Cambridge Audio Evo 75 ($2,250) and Evo 150 ($3,000) are compact, Class D streaming amps that aim to deliver audiophile performance from a “lifestyle” all-in-one package.

5 Great Solutions for Video Display in a Conference Room

Editorials

5 Great Solutions for Video Display in a Conference Room

DEXON — August 23, 2021 01:00

Video conferencing is here to stay and if you're looking to go big there are plenty of video wall solutions for you to choose from. Here are 5 Great Solutions for Video Display in a conference room.

Focal Debuts On Wall 301 and 302 Low Profile Speakers

In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Focal Debuts On Wall 301 and 302 Low Profile Speakers

— September 08, 2021 00:30

Focal released their On Wall 301 and 302 speakers which offer easy mounting and a slick sleek design but do they keep the brands reputation for HiFi audio? Read on to find out.

Should You Save Or Trash Your AV Boxes?

Editorials

Should You Save Or Trash Your AV Boxes?

Jerry Del Colliano — August 17, 2021 12:30

Should you save or trash your AV boxes is a question that many audiophiles have had through the years. Which ones are worth saving and which should hit the recycling bin? Read on to find out.

Polk Introduces Incredibly Affordable Monitor XT Speaker Lineup

Tower Speaker Reviews

Polk Introduces Incredibly Affordable Monitor XT Speaker Lineup

— September 06, 2021 23:30

Polk Audio has a new line of competitively priced speakers, the Monitor XT. With eight different sizes to choose from, prices start at $150/pair for height channels, and $600/pair of towers. Read on.

Harmony Discontinued: The Rise and Fall of the Universal Remote Control

Universal Remote Reviews

Harmony Discontinued: The Rise and Fall of the Universal Remote Control

— August 05, 2021 01:55

Logitech discontinues Harmony! But what does that say about the universal remote control's place in consumer electronics today? Have they become an afterthought or simply driven into obsolescence?

Bowers and Wilkins Revamps Their 800 Series With Their D4 Diamond Range

Tower Speaker Reviews

Bowers and Wilkins Revamps Their 800 Series With Their D4 Diamond Range

— September 03, 2021 01:30

Bowers and Wilkins revamped their 800 Series with their D4 Diamond Range. The B&W loudspeaker line has 7 new models to choose from including 2 center channels and a flagship $35k/pair 801 D4 tower.

Do The Ethics and Politics of The People Who Make and Sell Your AV Gear Matter?

Editorials

Do The Ethics and Politics of The People Who Make and Sell Your AV Gear Matter?

Jerry Del Colliano — July 25, 2021 01:55

Should consumers make an ethical or political choice in their purchasing? There are all real-world examples of products that you could vote on with your economic ballot. But does this matter to you?

Focal Adds Bookshelf and Center Channel to its Aria K2 Line

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Focal Adds Bookshelf and Center Channel to its Aria K2 Line

— September 02, 2021 00:55

Focal announced the release of their Aria K2 906 bookshelf ($1,990/pr) and Aria center channel ($1,190/ea) to add to the impressive Aria 936 floorstanding speaker that debuted last year. Read on.

Tidal Adds Millions Of MQA Tracks From Warner Music Group

Audio Technologies

Tidal Adds Millions Of MQA Tracks From Warner Music Group

— July 08, 2021 01:55

Tidal’s library of MQA-encoded music has just grown significantly. Millions of new tracks have been added from Warner Music Group’s extensive catalog. Is MQA really better or just a gimmick? Read on.

REL’s Serie T/x Subwoofers Promise ‘Sound Beyond Their Size’

Subwoofer Reviews

REL’s Serie T/x Subwoofers Promise ‘Sound Beyond Their Size’

— August 31, 2021 01:00

Subwoofer specialists REL released info on their new T/x Subs. The compact T/5x ($679), the step-up T/7x ($1,099), and the range-topping T/9x ($1,449)offer new amps, drivers and cabinets. Read on.

Today’s Home Theater Stores Are Missing Out On The Gaming Boom

Editorials

Today’s Home Theater Stores Are Missing Out On The Gaming Boom

Jerry Del Colliano — July 02, 2021 01:15

There is no stopping the video game industry at this point. So how does the home theater industry cash in on this exploding trend? Read on to find out.

Andrew Jones Is Leaving Elac - Unveils Solano Series

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Andrew Jones Is Leaving Elac - Unveils Solano Series

— August 30, 2021 01:00

Andrew Jones left Elac to pursue a “fantastic opportunity” elsewhere. Meanwhile, Elac announced the Solano series loudspeakers which feature Elac's JET5 Air Motion Transformer tweeter. Read on.

Apple Music Lossless & Dolby Atmos: How YOU Can Enjoy Every Bit of Resolution!

Audio Technologies

Apple Music Lossless & Dolby Atmos: How YOU Can Enjoy Every Bit of Resolution!

— June 29, 2021 01:00

Apple Music is now lossless for its entire catalogue with separate libraries streaming at high-resolution and Apple’s new Spatial Audio by Dolby Atmos. We discuss how to get the best sound.

Polk Revamps Signature Elite Series of Loudspeakers for 2021

Tower Speaker Reviews

Polk Revamps Signature Elite Series of Loudspeakers for 2021

— August 27, 2021 01:00

Polk Audio released information on their new Signature Elite Speakers. The Elite series come in eight different models certified high res/Atmos ranging from a $250/pair surrounds to $550/each tower.

Are Bowers & Wilkins the Best Car Speakers You Can Get? Are They Worth It?

Editorials

Are Bowers & Wilkins the Best Car Speakers You Can Get? Are They Worth It?

Sponsored by Bimmertech — June 25, 2021 01:50

Bowers & Wilkins aligned with the most luxurious car brands like Volvo, Maserati and BMW. Are these speakers worth $4k? Can you upgrade in other cars? Learn how to upgrade your sound system with Bimmertech.

Hifiman Ananda-BT: Audiophile Bluetooth Headphones Review

Headphone Reviews

Hifiman Ananda-BT: Audiophile Bluetooth Headphones Review

Steve Church — August 25, 2021 00:20

Hifiman recognizes the lack of “audiophile” grade Bluetooth headphones and has decided to change that with their Ananda-BT offering. Read our review to see if they’ve pulled it off.

Audioholics’ Guide in Getting Good Sound From a Desktop Audio System

DIY Audio and Wiring

Audioholics’ Guide in Getting Good Sound From a Desktop Audio System

— June 21, 2021 01:00

If you think you can't get a good, high-fidelity sound from a desktop system, think again! Audioholics put together a guide that can help you take your desktop sound system from "meh" to "mind-blown"!

Crestron Motorized Window Shades Reviewed

AV Gadget Reviews

Crestron Motorized Window Shades Reviewed

Jerry Del Colliano — August 20, 2021 01:10

Blinding glare on your new UHD TV can be frustrating. Check out our review of Crestron automated window treatments to see how these innovative shades can help with your home theater glare.

How I Got Into The Hi Fi Biz - The Guy Behind Bose Wave Radio Speaks

Editorials

How I Got Into The Hi Fi Biz - The Guy Behind Bose Wave Radio Speaks

— June 15, 2021 01:45

The industry of audio electronics is a great industry. I was fortunate enough to spend virtually my entire working career in consumer electronics. How did I get here and what did I learn? Read on.

TCL Goes Big With Affordable 8K TVs and New 85-Inch ‘XL Collection’

HDTV Reviews

TCL Goes Big With Affordable 8K TVs and New 85-Inch ‘XL Collection’

— August 16, 2021 01:40

TCL’s affordable 6-Series TVs will be all 8K in 2021. The TCL lineup for this year will ALL be 8K and includes a trio of 85-inch TVs starting at $1,600 and an improved mini-LED backlighting system.

Michael Marquart’s New Album ‘Lifelike’ Comes to Life in Dolby Atmos

DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Michael Marquart’s New Album ‘Lifelike’ Comes to Life in Dolby Atmos

— May 20, 2021 08:00

Multi-talented musician Michael Marquart is the force behind A Bad Think, whose new album "Lifelike" has just been released. Marquart embraced Dolby Atmos and we livestream with him to discuss and demo.