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NAD’s Masters Series M10 BluOs Streaming Amplifer Does It All

NAD’s Masters Series M10 BluOs Streaming Amplifer Does It All

The small and elegant NAD M10 BluOS Streaming Amplifier is a streamer, dac, and an integrated amp all squeezed into one small and stylish package. The $2,747 M10 features an MQA-capable ESS Sabre DAC and a Hypex nCore amplifier stage delivering 100 real-world watts per channel. Built-in room correction via Dirac Live helps the M10 sound its best even in less than ideal acoustical environments. Read on to learn more.

The small, elegant NAD M10 BluOS Streaming 100 wpc x 2 Amplifier is a streamer and DAC all squeezed into one small and stylish package with Dirac Room Correction. Is it worth the $2,500 price tag?

— June 24, 2019 00:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Sound United takes New Orleans by Storm Showcasing Current and Future AV Products

Sound United takes New Orleans by Storm Showcasing Current and Future AV Products

Sound United recently held its first ever North America dealer conference in New Orleans at the historic Hotel Monteleone in the heart of the city’s French Quarter. Gene DellaSala, Audioholics’ President, and I were invited along with about a dozen other journalists to take a deeper dive into Sound United’s portfolio of companies and products. We got an intimate look at Sound United's portfolio of products and technology and a sneak peek into the future. Check out our YouTube interviews with Classe, Denon and Marantz as well as our discussions about Sound United and our Truth in Power (TiP) movement.

Sound United invited Audioholics to New Orleans for their first North American Dealer Conference. We got an intimate look at Sound United's brands Classe, Denon and Marantz and new products to come.

— June 19, 2019 13:00 in Trade Show Coverage

Triad Distributed Audio Series In-Ceiling And In-Wall Speakers Overview

Triad Distributed Audio Series In-Ceiling And In-Wall Speakers Overview

The new Triad Distributed Audio Series in-ceiling and in-wall speakers offer what parent company Control4 calls “discreet, designer-friendly solutions for multi-room audio installations on any budget.” There are 14 models divided into three price/performance levels using different driver materials. Prices start at just $125 each and they look great. Read on to learn more.

Control4 released 14 new models of in-ceiling and in-wall speakers by Triad. The new Triad Distributed Audio Series are divided into three price/performance levels using different driver materials.

— June 18, 2019 00:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins 603 Tower Speaker Review

Bowers & Wilkins 603 Tower Speaker Review

Bowers & Wilkins 603 floor-standing speaker is a culmination of trickle-down technology and ideas from their cutting-edge flagship designs. The 603s are their least-expensive floor-standing speaker at $1,800/pr, but don't let its entry-level status fool you; there is some intensive R&D invested in these things that come from decades of engineering refinement. Read our full review of the 603 loudspeakers to see what Bowers & Wilkins can do at such an accessible price bracket.

At $1,800/pr, Bowers & Wilkins 603 is their least expensive floor standing speaker. Read our full review to see what Bowers & Wilkins can do at such an accessible price bracket and how it performed.

— June 14, 2019 11:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part II

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part II

The waterfall plots and polar maps often seen in Audioholics' speaker reviews are colorful and visually interesting, but what can they really tell us about a loudspeaker's performance? In this article, we explain the meaning of these graphs. We try to help you understand what to look for in determining the sound character of speakers from the information displayed in these graphs, so you can use them to find the right speaker for your system.

The waterfall plots and polar maps often seen in Audioholics' speaker reviews are colorful and visually interesting, but what can they really tell us about a loudspeaker's performance?

— June 12, 2019 00:00 in Loudspeaker Design

Mark Levinson’s No. 5101 Plays SACDs Like It’s 1999!

Mark Levinson’s No. 5101 Plays SACDs Like It’s 1999!

At the recent High End show in Munich, Mark Levinson introduced a new “integrated audio media player” called the No. 5101. Expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, the No. 5101 is a CD/SACD player with built-in network streaming capabilities, digital inputs and outputs, and a “PrecisionLink II” DAC section derived from the company’s 5000 series integrated amplifiers. The new player is expected to sell for $5,500, making it one of the least expensive products in the current Mark Levinson lineup. Read on to learn more.

Mark Levinson introduced his No. 5101 CD/SACD player recently at the High End Audio Show in Munich. The No. 5101 also has network streaming, digital inputs and outputs, and a ““PrecisionLink II” DAC.

— June 11, 2019 00:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Qualcomm Commits to Sound Quality in Next-Gen Audio Gadgets

Qualcomm Commits to Sound Quality in Next-Gen Audio Gadgets

Chip-supplier, Qualcomm says its new QCS400 line of processors will not only make new devices run better with new and interesting features, but will introduce the best sound quality yet in the next-generation of wireless & smart speakers, soundbars and A/V receivers designed by many of your favorite brands. See what may be coming to these products.

Qualcomm says your next wireless speaker system will be smarter, faster and sound even better thanks to its new QCS400 series System-on-a-Chip (SoC). Read how this will impact many AV products.

— June 10, 2019 00:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Can Sound United Bring Honest Power Ratings to AV Receivers?

Can Sound United Bring Honest Power Ratings to AV Receivers?

In this editorial, we make a call to action to Sound United, the largest entity of AV receiver manufacturers, to lead the industry in specifying amplifier power more honestly. We suggest a method of rating multi-ch AV receivers to give consumers a better idea of actual product performance. Truth has become a marketable commodity in an era of fake news. We’re calling this the Truth in Power (TiP) movement. And that movement is going to need our readers’ signatures and voices too. Tell us what you think and sign our petition today!

This is a call to action to Sound United to lead the industry in rating amplifier power in AV receivers more honestly. We are calling it the Truth in Power Movement and we need your help!

— June 05, 2019 12:00 in Audio Amplifiers

Bowers & Wilkins Releases Formation Suite of Whole Home Wireless Audio Speakers

Bowers & Wilkins Releases Formation Suite of Whole Home Wireless Audio Speakers

Audio legend Bowers and Wilkins released details on their newest lifestyle products to hit the market. Officially called the "Formation Suite", the new lineup includes a wireless soundbar, bookshelf speaker pair, elliptical tabletop speaker, subwoofer, and wireless hub designed to add your existing system to the Formation Suite ecosystem. Like other B&W products, the Formation Suite isn't cheap, but are the products worth the price tag? Read on to find out.

Bowers and Wilkins just released new lineup of whole home wireless audio speakers. Dubbed the "Formation Suite", B&W are setting their sights on SONOS - but with a twist. Read on to find out how.

— June 04, 2019 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Batwoman & "Woke" Hollywood — The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Batwoman & "Woke" Hollywood — The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The social commentary in much of today's TV and film has become too obvious and predictable, its superficial depictions of stereotypes play out like parodies. The latest example of this debauchery can be seen in the new Batwoman trailer on Youtube that received a 5:1 thumbs down to up ratio. Role reversals of 1950s-style prejudices, while exploiting politically-charged identity issues, is the opposite of progress. Instead of woke, Hollywood is putting us back to sleep.

The social commentary in much of today's TV and film has become obvious and predictable, its superficial depictions of stereotypes play out like parodies.

— May 31, 2019 00:00 in Editorials

$140/pr Monoprice MP-T65RT Tower Speaker Review

$140/pr Monoprice MP-T65RT Tower Speaker Review

Monoprice is at it again: trying to see how affordably they can produce a speaker that sounds legitimately good. In this review, we look at the MP-T65RT floor-standing speakers, a marvel of cost-conscious sound reproduction. This are floor-standing speakers that manage some really cool tricks at an astonishingly low-price of $140 per pair shipped. Read our full review of this intriguing speaker to see what high-fidelity sound looks like at such a modest cost.

The Monoprice MP-T65RT floorstanding speakers are some of the least expensive we've ever reviewed at only $140/pr. Their performance and value is shockingly good. Read on to find out.

— May 30, 2019 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Control4 OS 3 Revamps Smarthome Experience More Ease and Power

Control4 OS 3 Revamps Smarthome Experience More Ease and Power

Control4 has just updated their operating system in a big way. The goal was twofold; personalization and ease of operation for the end user. This is the 3rd generation of their OS hence the name OS 3 and we got a chance to beta test it. In this editorial we take a closer look at the Control4 OS 3 and how it has impacted the operation of their system integrated into the Audioholics Showcase Home. See what's new from Control4 and how home automation just got a lot neater.

Control4 has just updated their operating system in a big way. The goal was twofold; personalization and ease of operation for the end user. We beta tested OS 3 in our systems to understand its impact.

— May 28, 2019 13:00 in Editorials

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part I

Understanding Loudspeaker Review Measurements Part I

Over the last couple of years, Audioholics’ speaker reviews have contained measurement graphs that have prompted questions from many readers about the meaning and importance of the information displayed in them. Some readers have found the information in them confusing, and that is our fault for not recognizing how cryptic these sort of representations are for an average reader. In this article, we explain frequency response and the set of frequency response curves known as the 'Spin-O-Rama' curves.

Audioholics’ speaker reviews often contain detailed measurement graphs. In this article, we explain frequency response and the set of curves known as the 'Spin-O-Rama' to help you pick better product.

— May 24, 2019 21:00 in Loudspeaker Design

Sony’s 2019 4K UHD TV Lineup How Do They Compare?

Sony’s 2019 4K UHD TV Lineup How Do They Compare?

Sony has announced pricing and availability information for its entire lineup of 2019 TVs. At the top of the heap is a 98-inch behemoth boasting 8K resolution and a fairly ridiculous $70,000 price tag. But the range also includes 4K OLED TVs at competitive prices, and a number of models that will support Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit protocols. Read on to get all the details and see how it fares against the competition.

Sony has announced pricing and availability information for its entire lineup of 2019 TVs. From a 98" 8K behemoth for $78,000 to 43" $650 affordable OLED displays. Checkout the entire lineup here.

— May 22, 2019 23:00 in HDTV Reviews