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Klipsch RP-8000F Tower Speaker Review

The Klipsch RP-8000F, a dual 8" woofer tower speaker system that promises a wide dynamic range for lots of punch and impact, but will that come

Klipsch RP-8000F Tower Speaker Review
Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability

Frustrated with your wireless WiFi network? We give you 5 pro tips on how to get a rock solid WiFi signal to your home theater to create a

Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability
Marantz SR8012 11.2CH Atmos/DTS:X/Auro 3D AV Receiver

We reviewed the Marantz SR8012 11.2CH streaming AV receiver which decodes EVERY immersive surround format, supports the latest in 4K UHD

Marantz SR8012 11.2CH Atmos/DTS:X/Auro 3D AV Receiver

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Klipsch RP-8000F Tower Speaker Review

Klipsch RP-8000F Tower Speaker Review

Loudspeaker manufacturer Klipsch has received a lot of acclaim for their Reference Premier series ever since its introduction, so it is high time that we have given this lauded line a very close look to see if it truly deserved its accolades. In for a full review is the Klipsch RP-8000F, a dual 8" woofer megalith of a speaker that promises a wide dynamic range for lots of punch and impact, but will that come at the cost of sound quality? Read our full review to find out.

The Klipsch RP-8000F, a dual 8" woofer tower speaker system that promises a wide dynamic range for lots of punch and impact, but will that come at the cost? Read our review to find out...

James Larson — March 22, 2019 20:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability

Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability

One of the most frustrating and often overlooked components of your home theater system can be the lowly WiFi network. By following these 5 tips from seasoned professionals you can make sure you have a reliable network that will make your home theater A/V and smart home tech shine.

Frustrated with your wireless WiFi network? We give you 5 pro tips on how to get a rock solid WiFi signal to your home theater to create a stable network throughout your home.

Brad Hintze — March 20, 2019 08:00 in Home Theater Connection Help

Marantz SR8012 11.2CH Atmos/DTS:X/Auro 3D AV Receiver

Marantz SR8012 11.2CH Atmos/DTS:X/Auro 3D AV Receiver

The Marantz SR8012 11.2CH AV receiver decodes EVERY immersive surround format, supports the latest in 4K UHD resolution, streams music till your heart's content and is one of the first products on the market to support IMAX Enhanced features. But what makes us even more excited about this receiver is the meaty amp section that's pays homage to the AV super receiver of yesteryear. Check out our editorial and YouTube reviews with full bench test results to see if this is the best AV receiver you can get for $3k.

We reviewed the Marantz SR8012 11.2CH streaming AV receiver which decodes EVERY immersive surround format, supports the latest in 4K UHD resolution and has a meaty amp section confirmed in our bench tests.

— March 18, 2019 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

The Dolby Dimension Headphones: A Personal Home Theater On Your Ears

The Dolby Dimension Headphones: A Personal Home Theater On Your Ears

Dolby’s first ever consumer electronics product is the Dimension wireless headphone which the company has designed specifically for home entertainment. This $599 over-ear bluetooth headphone is packed with advanced DSP, head-tracking technology, and other unusual features that set it apart from other headphones. Will Dolby’s unique take on personal home entertainment make the Dimension headphones a success, or is the price too high for mainstream buyers? Read on to learn more.

Dolby’s first ever consumer electronics product is the Dimension wireless headphone which the company has designed specifically for home entertainment. At $599 is it more buck than bang? Read on.

Jacob Green — March 14, 2019 20:00 in Headphone Reviews

RBH Sound SI-615 In-Ceiling Atmos Speakers Review

RBH Sound SI-615 In-Ceiling Atmos Speakers Review

I recently undated the Audioholics Showcase Home to 7.5.4 Immersive Surround sound and needed two pairs of discrete in-ceiling speakers to serve as the height channels (we don't do bouncy house at Audioholics). RBH Sound's new SI-615 Signature series with BC-6R insulated backcans are the best match for their upscale Signature reference series box speakers so they were the natural choice. Read about how their addition was a transformative sonic experience to my system.

The RBH Sound SI-615 Signature Series in-ceiling speakers with backboxes proved to be a transformative sonic experience while updating my reference system to 7.5.4 immersive surround sound.

— March 12, 2019 23:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Mobile MQA Goes Mainstream Via Tidal’s Android App

Mobile MQA Goes Mainstream Via Tidal’s Android App

Tidal and MQA have announced that all Android devices are now MQA-ready! The latest version of Tidal’s Android app has the MQA decoder built in, so subscribers to Tidal’s HiFi tier can now enjoy the service’s growing catalog of high-resolution “Tidal Masters” content on their mobile devices. MQA also aims to deliver high-res audio to cars, as demonstrated in a “proof-of-concept” listening experience at CES 2019. Read on to learn more.

Tidal announced that all Android devices are now MQA-ready! Subscribers to Tidal’s HiFi tier can now enjoy the service’s high-resolution “Tidal Masters" content on their Android mobile devices.

Jacob Green — March 11, 2019 23:00 in Editorials

Samsung Drops Blu-ray, Drives Nail into Disc-Media Coffin

Samsung Drops Blu-ray, Drives Nail into Disc-Media Coffin

Samsung has announced that it will no longer produce and distribute Blu-ray players in the US. The announcement means that Samsung will also abandon the roll-out a new 4K ultra high definition Blu-ray player that had been slated for release later this year. It’s shocking news from a company that has been a major backer of Blu-ray since the very beginning. The news could be the writing on the wall for the future of disc-based media in general. And, how might it be possible to blame Apple? We'll find a way, as we lament the tragedy that will someday become - the day the disc-media dies.

Samsung has announced that it will no longer produce and distribute Ultra HD Blu-ray players in the US. Does this mark the death of the physical format and is Apple partly to blame?

— March 07, 2019 13:00 in Editorials

Demystifying 4K UHD: What Does it All Mean?

Demystifying 4K UHD: What Does it All Mean?

Ultra High Definition is finally starting to take hold in the market with equipment prices that are beginning to drop into the range for buyers of normal means with more HD content becoming available for everyone’s viewing enjoyment. But what does the new technology entail and how does one navigate all the new specifications, acronyms, and jargon along with all the recycled, updated, and bastardized terminology from the previous generation of HDTV. That is where Audioholics comes in to do some critical review to help you, the reader, sort through it all.

This guide to 4K UHD HDTV navigates through the new specifications, acronyms, and jargon along with all the recycled, updated, and bastardized terminology from the previous generation of HDTV.

— March 03, 2019 22:00 in HDTV Display Formats

Monoprice Monolith Sealed Subwoofer Line Preview

Monoprice Monolith Sealed Subwoofer Line Preview

At CES this year, Monoprice launched a line of sealed subwoofers which furthers their goal to be a one-stop destination for anything that is needed for any high-end home audio application. Their new subwoofers are sealed variants of their popular wave-making THX subwoofers, so users can expect similar high-performance but in a smaller package. Read our preview of Monoprice Monolith sealed subwoofers to see what advantages they can bring to your sound system.

At CES this year, Monoprice launched a line of sealed subwoofers which are variants of their popular wave-making THX subwoofers, so users can expect similar high-performance at affordable prices.

James Larson — February 28, 2019 08:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

The TiVo Bolt OTA Takes The Pain Out Of Cord-Cutting

The TiVo Bolt OTA Takes The Pain Out Of Cord-Cutting

The TiVo Bolt OTA is a DVR designed to record over-the-air broadcasts, making it easier to ditch cable. Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu leave some cord-cutters missing local news and sports, as well as CBS programming. With an HD antenna and the TiVO Bolt OTA, cord-cutting doesn’t have to be a compromise. Read on to learn more.

The TiVo Bolt OTA (Over the Air) is a DVR designed to record over-the-air broadcasts. Does it have the features you need to ditch cable? Read on to find out.

Jacob Green — February 25, 2019 22:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Can Star Trek: Discovery Carry CBS All Access?

Can Star Trek: Discovery Carry CBS All Access?

Is Star Trek: Discovery the solid performer that CBS needs it to be to make their paywall App a success? Some believe that the controversial new Star Trek show may have already seen its final season. Although, by all outward appearances it doesn’t seem likely. CBS has announced two new Star Trek series. But to some, the announcement is further evidence that the producers are looking for a new direction, possibly because Discovery has been a misfire for CBS and its streaming service All Access. Let’s examine the latest pop-culture conspiracy theory has Star Trek: Discovery facing cancellation.

Is Star Trek Discovery the solid performer that CBS needs it to be to make their paywall App a success? Some believe that the controversial new Star Trek show may have seen its final season.

— February 23, 2019 00:00 in Editorials

PSB Speakers Revamp of Alpha Series Best Yet?

PSB Speakers Revamp of Alpha Series Best Yet?

PSB Speakers launched an all-new range of their Alpha series of speakers at the 2019 CES show last January. Like their predecessors, the newest iteration of the Alpha line deliver a remarkable value to performance ratio. The new lineup will consist of four models in all: 2 compact monitors P3 and P5, a center channel C10, and a tower model T20. To see what we think of PSB's new Alphas read on.

PSB Speakers launched an all-new range of their Alpha series: 2 compact bookshelf (P3, P5), 1 center (C10) and 1 tower (T20) all with upgrades from predecessor models to make a good thing even better.

— February 21, 2019 22:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Speaker Grilles On Or Off: Which Way Sounds Better?

Speaker Grilles On Or Off: Which Way Sounds Better?

Do grilles on speakers really make a difference on or off? Most home audio loudspeaker grilles are removable so their use is optional for most applications. Given how fussy audio enthusiasts can be though the use of grilles has been a point of strong personal preference for as long as there have been home audio loudspeakers. This article will help resolve the issue of whether or not to remove them for critical listening and how they affect the overall sound.

Do speakers sound better with their grilles on or off? This article compares the two options to scientifically determine which way is best and what other factors can impact sound more dramatically.

James Larson — February 18, 2019 08:00 in Loudspeaker Design

AKG’s Flagship N5005 In-Ear Monitor Lets You Customize Its Sound

AKG’s Flagship N5005 In-Ear Monitor Lets You Customize Its Sound

The new AKG N5005 in-ear monitor features four interchangeable sound filters that let the user tweak the headphone’s frequency response. This five-way hybrid design employs a single dynamic driver and four balanced armature drivers per side. The removable cables can be swapped out for the included bluetooth dongle for hands-free, wireless listening and phone calls. Will this $1,000 flagship compete with the even pricier designs from JH Audio, 64 Audio, Audeze, and Shure?

The new AKG N5005 in-ear monitor features a five-way hybrid design employs a single dynamic driver and four balanced armature drivers per side. Is it worth the $1,000 price tag? Read on to find out.

Jacob Green — February 15, 2019 00:00 in Headphone Reviews