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Pro Audio Technology SR-28212ai Fullrange Loudspeaker: 130dB Output, Only 6" Deep!

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Pro Audio Technology SR-28212ai Fullrange Loudspeaker: 130dB Output, Only 6" Deep!

— November 30, 2021 00:30

Pro Audio Technology’s SR-28212ai ($10k/ea) is the most advanced speaker the company has ever created. At just 6 inches deep, this is a true fullrange speaker and subwoofer system capable of 130dB output.

2021 Audioholics Product of the Year Award Winners!

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2021 Audioholics Product of the Year Award Winners!

— December 06, 2021 08:30

Here are our 2021 Product of the Year Award winners based on audio products we reviewed that really stood out among their peers in loudspeakers, subwoofers, integrated amplifier, headphones and more.

IsoAcoustics GAIA Isolators Review: Improving Your Loudspeakers Sound

AV Gadget Reviews Review

IsoAcoustics GAIA Isolators Review: Improving Your Loudspeakers Sound

— November 19, 2021 01:50

IsoAcoustics GAIA Isolators proved there is real science behind the sonic benefits of decoupling and isolating your loudspeakers from the floor. I explore the results tested on Revel & RBH Sound speakers.

Audiophila Is A Messy Hobby- How Build It And They Will Come Doesn’t Work In AV Retail

Editorials

Audiophila Is A Messy Hobby- How Build It And They Will Come Doesn’t Work In AV Retail

Jerry Del Colliano — December 03, 2021 02:00

The audiophila business done right might not be that luxury oriented despite the hobby’s alternate name of high-end audio. Does the luxuriousness of the store dictate the traffic and clientele?

Sony HT-A9 Wireless Home Theater System Delivers Atmos with Just 4 Speakers

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Sony HT-A9 Wireless Home Theater System Delivers Atmos with Just 4 Speakers

— November 16, 2021 01:25

Sony’s HT-A9 is a wireless 4-speaker home theater system that employs a 4.0.4-channel speaker layout using proprietary DSP technologies to create up to 12 “phantom" speakers to recreate a Dolby Atmos.

2021 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2021 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

— November 25, 2021 03:20

We put together some great holiday gift ideas for 2021 to help your audiophile loved ones build a kick ass home theater system for under $4k to enjoy the latest streaming shows like Squid Game.

NAD’s New Streaming Amps Are Small In Size But Big On Features

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NAD’s New Streaming Amps Are Small In Size But Big On Features

— November 14, 2021 12:35

NAD releases two new integrated amps. The M10V2 adds Dolby Digital processing and tweaked amplifier performance & the C700 streaming integrated amp let's you easily add speakers for a simple setup.

Stereo Gear in the 1970’s Was it The Audiophile Golden Age?

Editorials

Stereo Gear in the 1970’s Was it The Audiophile Golden Age?

— November 08, 2021 01:00

Stereo gear has changed A LOT in the last 50 years, but some people would still say there was never a better time for sound than in the 1970's. Come join us on a look at what the 70's had to offer.

Arendal Sound Soars To New Heights with the 1723 Height S Speaker

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Arendal Sound Soars To New Heights with the 1723 Height S Speaker

— November 10, 2021 01:45

The Arendal Sound new 1723 Height S speaker($1,500/pair) is designed for wall or ceiling mounting. It delivers Dolby Atmos height channels without the compromises you get in reflective speakers.

Should Every Home Theater Purchase Be a Big-Ticket Sale?

Editorials

Should Every Home Theater Purchase Be a Big-Ticket Sale?

Jerry Del Colliano — November 01, 2021 10:15

In our editorial on risk vs reward of home theater sales in the AV Specialty market we look at what goes into getting return clients which one day may get you that million dollar sale.

Philharmonic BMR Tower Speaker Review: Strike Gold Twice?

Tower Speaker Reviews Review

Philharmonic BMR Tower Speaker Review: Strike Gold Twice?

— November 03, 2021 02:00

Philharmonic Audio BMR tower is a 3-way wide dispersion speaker that scales up the performance and bass output from of their fabulous Philharmonitor previously reviewed. Read on to see if how it’s done.

Chip Shortages and Pricing Considerations in the AV Industry

Editorials

Chip Shortages and Pricing Considerations in the AV Industry

— October 18, 2021 02:10

The IC chip shortage is wreaking havoc on many electronics products, but does this chip shortage threaten the health and viability of the specialty audio and home theater market? Read on to find out.

Amazon Echo Studio Review: 3D High-Quality Sound with Smart Home Technology

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Amazon Echo Studio Review: 3D High-Quality Sound with Smart Home Technology

Dua Rushid — October 29, 2021 01:30

Amazon claims their new Echo Studio is the first smart speaker to combines voice-activation technology and home automation with 3D immersive audio. Read our review to see how it performed.

Rethinking Specialty AV Retail: Getting Out Of The Box and The Store

Editorials

Rethinking Specialty AV Retail: Getting Out Of The Box and The Store

Jerry Del Colliano — October 10, 2021 23:30

With online ordering at an all time high and retail specialty stores closing, how is high-end audio gear getting sold? In this article we'll look at new and better ways to sell audiophile equipment.

Starke Sound SW15 and SW12 Sealed Subwoofers Review

Subwoofer Reviews Review

Starke Sound SW15 and SW12 Sealed Subwoofers Review

— October 26, 2021 18:35

Starke Sound put very capable drivers in their lower cost SW12 and SW15 sealed powered subwoofers. we compare these 2 subs to help you make the right purchasing decision based on your needs.

Audi’s Q4 e-tron Electric SUV Features The First Sonos Car Audio System

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Audi’s Q4 e-tron Electric SUV Features The First Sonos Car Audio System

— October 08, 2021 11:45

Arriving in the US this Fall, Audi’s compact Q4 e-tron electric SUV (~$50,000) will offer the world’s first Sonos-branded automotive audio system. Is it worthy of the SONOS name? Read on to find out.

Perlisten S4b Brings Flagship Performance Bookshelf Speaker Review

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Review

Perlisten S4b Brings Flagship Performance Bookshelf Speaker Review

— October 24, 2021 13:30

We review the Perlisten S4b 3-way bookshelf speaker system to see if the unparalleled technology found in their flagship S7t tower performs superbly in a more modestly sized package.

Three Different Ways To Manage Your Digital Music

Editorials

Three Different Ways To Manage Your Digital Music

Jerry Del Colliano — September 28, 2021 13:45

Blu-rays are bulky and not really needed anymore. Streaming in HD is killer but audiophiles hate change. Here are three ways to manage your digital music to get the best sound and convenience.

Denon Releases 3 New AV Receivers with Three 8K HDMI Inputs for Under $700!

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Denon Releases 3 New AV Receivers with Three 8K HDMI Inputs for Under $700!

— October 20, 2021 23:30

Denon released three new 8K AV receivers, the AVR-S760H, AVR-S660H, & AVR-X1700H. The AVRs come in from $450-$700 with some amazing technology including three 8K HDMI inputs and advanced voice control.

Audio Codecs Explained for Non-Audiophiles

Audio Technologies

Audio Codecs Explained for Non-Audiophiles

Dua Rashid — September 26, 2021 20:20

WAV, FLAC, MP3, MQA, what is the best audio CODEC to handle your audio files? Audioholics has put together a guide explaining these extensions and what they mean in terms of sound quality and storage.

New Active DSP Rixos Speakers From Grimani Systems Promise Huge Cinema Sound

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New Active DSP Rixos Speakers From Grimani Systems Promise Huge Cinema Sound

— October 14, 2021 11:15

Grimaldi Systems launched two new on-wall/in-wall speakers, the Rixos-L and Rixos-H. Both are active, DSP-controlled speakers that utilize Grimani Systems’ signature Conic Section Array Waveguide.

From 2021 Semiconductor Shortages to Global Chip Glut

Editorials

From 2021 Semiconductor Shortages to Global Chip Glut

— September 24, 2021 00:45

The 2021 semiconductor shortage has illuminated serious vulnerabilities in global supply chains. This article looks at how we got here, what governments are doing about it and a possible outcome.

PSB Launches New Flagship Synchrony Speakers: High Performance Meets Value?

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PSB Launches New Flagship Synchrony Speakers: High Performance Meets Value?

— October 12, 2021 13:00

PSB launched two new flagship loudspeakers, the Synchrony T600 floorstanders ($8,000/pair) and the Synchrony B600 stand-mount speaker ($2,500/pair). High performance meets value? Read on.

The Lucid Air Electric Car Takes Dolby Atmos On The Road

AV News

The Lucid Air Electric Car Takes Dolby Atmos On The Road

— September 20, 2021 00:50

Launching later this year, the Lucid Air is a luxury electric car with the world’s first automotive Dolby Atmos sound system which will also be integrated into the car's safety features. Read on.

Monoprice Monolith 16” THX Ultra Subwoofer: Brutal Output, Audiophile Performance

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Monoprice Monolith 16” THX Ultra Subwoofer: Brutal Output, Audiophile Performance

— October 04, 2021 13:40

The Monoprice Monolith 16" THX Ultra subwoofer sports huge excursion ability with an enormous cabinet, and 1,800 watts of power. This Extreme Bassaholic rated sub is a true bruiser with audiophile chops.

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.

JBL HDI-1200P Subwoofer Review: Good Performance At A Premium Price?

Subwoofer Reviews Review

JBL HDI-1200P Subwoofer Review: Good Performance At A Premium Price?

— October 01, 2021 01:00

The JBL HDI-1200P is a dual-ported, 1,000-watt, high-excursion 12" cone sub, so it has the good on paper, but does the performance live up to the specs? Read on to find out!

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.