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AV Quick Takes: The Labrador Retriever Robot ‘Butler’ and Apple HomePod 2
This “AV Quick Takes” series offers a brief look at what’s new, cool, and/or interesting in the AV world. Today we look at an Amazon-backed assisted-living robot and the Apple HomePod 2.
Mon Acoustic SuperMon Isobaric Bookshelf Speaker Review
At $25k/pair, the SuperMon Isobarics bookshelf speakers from Mon Acoustic are not cheap, but they use the best construction materials money can buy. Does this add up to an amazing sounding speaker?
AV Quick Takes: Apple Music Sing and the Sonos/IKEA Speaker Floor Lamp
This “AV Quick Takes” looks at the Apple Music Sing karaoke feature, and a new Sonos/IKEA floor lamp with a built-in wireless speaker.
JBL 4329P Powered Monitor Speakers Bring Best Tech Into Compact Size
JBL released a new pair of powered Monitor Bookshelf speakers. The $4.5K 4329P Studio Monitor Powered Speakers come with an 8" woofer, 1-inch compression driver and high-definition imaging HDI horn.
Roku Avoids Disaster in Silicon Valley Bank Collapse
How did Roku fare after the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank? Find out how the largest financial crisis since 2008 may have effected the future of the California-based streaming device maker.
Focal Releases Vestia Line of High Quality More Affordable Speakers
Focal released details on their Vestia line of speakers including the Vestia N°3 which is based off the Aria K2 936's but at a $3,600 price point! Read on to see the other offerings from Focal.
AV Quick Takes: Deep Bass Makes The Booty Shake
This is a brief look at a scientific study analyzing the relationship between bass and dancing at live concerts. People danced 11.8% more when the very-low-frequency bass was present. Read on.
RSL Speedwoofer 12S Subwoofer Digs Deep to 16Hz for Only $800?!?
RSL digs deep with their new 80lbs Speedwoofer 12S subwoofer. With a massive 12” driver and beefy 500 watt amplifier, will the 12S raise the bar on performance and value for $800 subwoofers?
AV Quick Takes: LG’s Invisible Car Speakers and Daryl Hannah’s Butt
This “AV Quick Takes” series offers a brief look at what’s new, cool, and/or interesting in the AV world. Today we look at LG’s “invisible” car speakers, and Daryl Hannah’s butt from the movie Splash.
Definitive Technology’s New Bipolar Dymension Series Promises Ultimate Home Theater Performance
Definitive Technology’s new Dymension Series includes 4 bipolar towers, three center-channel speakers, a wedge-shaped on-wall, and an Atmos add-on. The towers offer built in subs for true LFE performance.
Cord Cutting Is Hard But It Might Soon Be Necessary
Is it FINALLY time to cut the cord strangling your wallet from exorbitant cable fees? Are you even watching half streaming services you pay for? Read our editorial to find out how to stream smarter.
The OREI HDA‑939 HDMI Audio Extractor is No One‑Trick Pony
The OREI HDA-939 ($199) is a multi-function AV tool that works as a 4K HDMI Scaler, eARC Audio Extractor, audio/video processor and much more. What CAN'T the OREI HDA-939 do? Read on to find out.
AV Quick Takes: Pricey New Headphones from Audio‑Technica and a Gaming Headset from Audeze
This “AV Quick Takes” series we take a quick look at some gorgeous high-end headphones from Audio-Technica and a gaming headphones with Dolby Atmos support from Audeze. Read on to learn more.
Arendal Sound 1723 1S & 1V Powered Subwoofers Review
Arendal offers their 13.8” drivers and advanced 800-watt amplifiers in both sealed and vented designs in their 1723 1S and 1V subwoofers. How did they measure up to our performance standards? Read on.
New Denon, Marantz, and Definitive Technology Products Unveiled at 2023 Press Event
Audioholics attended the Masimo Consumer’s event at their Carlsbad facility where we were able to demo the new Denon 15.4CH AV receiver, Marantz 16CH separates and Definitive technology Dymension speakers.
Sony New ES 8K AV Receiver Lineup Offers Audio Features Others Don't!
Sony released five AV Receivers all with their new 360 Spatial Sound Mapping Technology. From the $900 STR-AN1000 to their $3,300 13.2CH 48lbs STR-AZ7000ES flagship, can Sony compete with Denon and Yamaha?
Nine Ideas To Make All‑Important Consumer Shows More Appealing To New Audiophiles
What can audio companies do at trade shows to start bringing in a new generation of enthusiasts who likely will enjoy decades of good audio? Read on to find out how to create a better demo experience.
Marantz SACD 30n Network SACD Player Review
The Marantz SACD 30n is a networking SACD player capable of delivering high-resolution playback performance of SACD and CDs while also serving as a networking streamer with USB DAC function.
Home Theater Seating: Dispelling Myths for Maximum Enjoyment
Home theater seating is often overlooked as an important category in the hobby, but that is a mistake. Big Hollywood theaters spend a LOT on seating, and so should you. Read on to find out how.
Polk MagniFi Max AX: Their Most Advanced Soundbar Yet?
The Polk MagniFi Max AX ($800) features an 11 speaker array, 10” powered subwoofer and discrete surround speakers supporting both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X and making their most advanced soundbar yet.
Trinnov Strikes Back at Dirac with New ‘Active Acoustics’ Technology
Shortly after Dirac announced Dirac Live Active Room Treatment, Trinnov has responded with its own announcement: a groundbreaking “active acoustics” technology that promises similar results! Read on.
Arendal Sound 1961 Tower Speaker Review
The Arendal 1961s tower loudspeakers are first-rate by any standard and all the more remarkable when one takes into account their reasonable $1,800/pair price and modest size. Read our review.
AV Quick Takes: Monolith MTM‑100 Powered Speakers & ‘Matter’ Smart Home Standard
This “AV Quick Takes” series offers a brief look at a new $499 pair of Monolith MTM-100 powered speakers from Monoprice, and a new open source smart home standard called Matter. Read on to learn more.
MartinLogan Motion XT Speakers 4th Gen Boast BIG Performance Upgrades!
MartinLogan released their 4th gen Motion XT Series loudspeakers. All use newly-designed waveguides to improve sensitivity and performance of their AMT tweeters and upgraded drivers for better bass.
RIP Roger B. Hassing of RBH Sound 1946‑2023
Roger Hassing, founder and original owner of RBH Sound, passed away peacefully on 1/22/23 in Layton Utah. Roger considered RBH Sound a family operated business and was passionate about making great products.
Denon’s 15.4CH AVR‑A1H: Return of the Super AV Receiver?
The new Denon 15.4CH AVR-A1H ($6,499) is among its first to incorporate Dirac Live and 4 independent subwoofer outputs. The 70lb A1H brings flagship status back to the brand with sheer power and build.
Revisiting the Acoustic Research AR9 4‑Way Legendary Loudspeaker
In 1978, Acoustic Research introduced the AR9, a brand-new, four-way loudspeaker system. Read on to see how the AR9 was conceived and why it is considered to be the most influential speaker ever.
The Best $500 Powered Subwoofers for 2023
We compared 4 of the best powered subwoofers of 2023 for under $500 based on measured performance, and sound quality for music and movies. Read our findings to see which sub is right for your system!
Thursday Night Football Opens Up New Subscription Concerns For Cord‑Cutters
It used to be sports enthusiasts could watch most professional games via standard cable channels. Cutting the cord makes it difficult to even get local games without hefty upgraded subscriptions.
New Andrew Jones MoFi SourcePoint 10 Concentric Loudspeakers
Andrew Jones and MoFi have launched the SourcePoint 10 loudspeakers ($3700/pair). The SourcePoint 10 is a large 2-way stand-mount speaker featuring a 10-inch concentric driver and 91dB sensitivity rating.
Dirac Live Active Room Treatment: One Giant Leap for Room EQ, Coming Spring ‘23
Dirac is set to revolutionize with Live Active Room Treatment Spring of 2023. Utilizing ALL of your speakers, ART spatially optimizes your system for every seat, reducing the need for passive room treatments.