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Denon X-Series Introduces the World's First 8K-Ready AV Receivers

Denon released information on their new X-Series A/V Receivers. With the industry's first 8K ready receivers, Denon is raising the bar for what

Denon X-Series Introduces the World's First 8K-Ready AV Receivers
JBL HDI-3800 Floorstanding Speaker Review

The JBL HDI-3800 84lb beast of a floorstanding speaker features triple 8" bass drivers and an advanced compression driver and waveguide. We

JBL HDI-3800 Floorstanding Speaker Review
CEDIA 2020 Expo CANCELLED: Virtual Coverage is Coming!

CEDIA just announced that its September show in Denver, Colorado has been cancelled for 2020! How will CEDIA handle getting the information out

CEDIA 2020 Expo CANCELLED: Virtual Coverage is Coming!

Home Theater News & Reviews

Denon X-Series Introduces the World's First 8K-Ready AV Receivers

Denon X-Series Introduces the World's First 8K-Ready AV Receivers

Denon released information on the industry’s first 8K-ready AV receivers. Building on its renowned line of X-Series AVRs, the Denon AVR-X6700H, AVR-X4700H, AVR-X3700H, and AVR-X2700H usher in the next generation of A/V receivers that brings improvements to all facets of the A/V system. Denon is the first A/V receiver from a big name company to come out in front of the fall releases and the X-series is setting the bar high for others to follow.

Denon released information on their new X-Series A/V Receivers. With the industry's first 8K ready receivers, Denon is raising the bar for what we're going to expect from new receivers this year.

— June 04, 2020 14:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

JBL HDI-3800 Floorstanding Speaker Review

JBL HDI-3800 Floorstanding Speaker Review

One of the most anticipated loudspeakers shown at the 2019 CEDIA show has finally come in for us to review, the JBL HDI-3800 which is the big dog of JBL's new HDI series. This 84 lbs beast uses three 8" bass drivers and an advanced compression driver and waveguide derived from the cutting-edge audio R&D from the whizzes at JBL. At $5k/pair, they ain't cheap, but a loudspeaker this powerful and advanced may well be a bargain at that price if all the technology translates into real performance. Read our full review to see what we found.

The JBL HDI-3800 84lb beast of a floorstanding speaker features triple 8" bass drivers and an advanced compression driver and waveguide. We review it to determine if it lives up to the JBL heritage.

— June 02, 2020 16:25 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

CEDIA 2020 Expo CANCELLED: Virtual Coverage is Coming!

CEDIA 2020 Expo CANCELLED: Virtual Coverage is Coming!

We look forward to the CEDIA installers EXPO show every year. It is THE premier audio and video electronics show where all the major home theater companies release their newest products just in time for the holiday season. Facilitators of the Expo announced that it will be cancelled this year amid COVID-19 concerns. How will CEDIA handle getting the information out to the public and how can Audioholics help? Read on to see what we have up our sleeve.

CEDIA just announced that its September show in Denver, Colorado has been cancelled for 2020! How will CEDIA handle getting the information out to the public and how can Audioholics help? Read on.

— May 31, 2020 07:30 in AV News

JTR Captivator 215PRO Subwoofer- The Bassaholic Buster

JTR Captivator 215PRO Subwoofer- The Bassaholic Buster

Audioholics recently had an encounter with a subwoofer which had left us battered and bruised. We thought we could go toe-to-toe with any subwoofer, but the JTR Captivator 215PRO turned us into mush with sheer pulverizing bass. Read all about how you can liquefy your organs with 128dB of pressure waves and leave you craving for more in our coverage of the Captivator 215PRO.

We recently tested the JTR Captivator 215PRO subwoofer and it turned us into mush with sheer pulverizing bass. Read all about its 128dB pressure waves and how it leaves you craving for more.

— May 28, 2020 04:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Dolby Eliminates Key Feature for Enhancing 2CH Music

Dolby Eliminates Key Feature for Enhancing 2CH Music

When Dolby released Atmos, it was done in concert with their surround upmixer which does a great job enhancing 2CH music thanks to a key feature Dolby is now removing from new products. We don't understand why "center spread' is being eliminated but implore you to voice your concerns to Dolby and your favorite receiver manufacturer if you feel this to be an important feature for your music playback enjoyment . Perhaps we can all be part of a collective voice to persuade Dolby to reverse this decision so we can all enjoy the benefits of our multi-channel speaker system for our 2CH music sources.

When Dolby released Atmos, it was done in concert with their surround upmixer which does a great job enhancing 2CH music thanks to a key feature Dolby is now removing from new products. Let's get it back!

— May 24, 2020 08:00 in Audio Technologies

HDMI 2.1 - The Definitive Guide to the Next Generation

HDMI 2.1 - The Definitive Guide to the Next Generation

First announced in 2017, the HDMI 2.1 Specification will finally become reality in late 2020 when both Sony and Microsoft deliver new gaming consoles packed with the latest HDMI tech. The spec is designed to improve audio and video quality, while also improving the overall experience for the home user through eARC. Read on and watch our 3-part YouTube interview with Phil Jones of Sound United to learn more about the new features offered by HDMI 2.1, and the new cables you may or may not need to make it all work.

HDMI 2.1 becomes a reality with the latest gaming platforms while also promising improve audio and video quality through eARC. Find out the new audio & video features and cable requirements for HDMI 2.1.

— May 19, 2020 08:00 in Audio Video Cables

LG Launches SN Series Meridian 2020 Immersive Soundbars

LG Launches SN Series Meridian 2020 Immersive Soundbars

Lg is finally announced price points and shipping information for their highly anticipated SN lineup of Meridian soundbars. The new lineup includes eight new models that will combine Meridian sound technology, Dolby Atmos, DTS-X and HiRes Audio, and HDMI eARC support into a sleek easy to set up soundbar design. What do we think of the new lineup of LG soundbars? Read on to find out.

Lg announced pricing and shipping for their highly anticipated SN lineup of Meridian soundbars. The new lineup includes eight new models packed with Immersive Surround technology, HDMI eARC and more.

— May 16, 2020 06:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Polk Audio Legend L200 Bookshelf and L400 Center Speaker Review

Polk Audio Legend L200 Bookshelf and L400 Center Speaker Review

The L200 are Polk's latest high-end bookshelf speaker, and the L400 is the center that anchors their Legend series. Both boast many of the state-of-the-art advances implemented in the L800 but deployed on a smaller scale. If you are looking for loudspeakers that are on the same level of fidelity as your hi-res recordings you will want to read our full review to see how the Polk Legend L200 and L400 fare as their new flagship bookshelf and center speakers from Polk Audio.

The L200 are Polk's latest high-end bookshelf speaker, and the L400 is the Legend center speaker. Both boast many of the state-of-the-art advances. Check out our detailed review of both here.

— May 12, 2020 00:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Roku Smart Soundbar Improves TV Sound With Streaming Convenience

Roku Smart Soundbar Improves TV Sound With Streaming Convenience

Looking to cut the cord AND upgrade your pitiful factory installed TV speakers? Check out the Roku 2.0 Channel Smart Soundbar which is now shipping and on sale at your neighborhood big box stores. For $180 or less you can get the easy setup that Roku is known for along with better sound for your TV. Are there any drawbacks? Absolutely! Read the article to see the pros and cons of integrating video streaming into a soundbar.

Looking to upgrade your TVs sound AND get the easy streaming ability of Roku? Check out the $189 Roku 2.0 Channel Smart Soundbar. Are there drawbacks? Of course! To find out what we think, read on.

— May 09, 2020 21:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Is Too Much Amplifier Negative Feedback Bad?

Is Too Much Amplifier Negative Feedback Bad?

Feedback is an ubiquitous and unavoidable basic technique that keeps the world running. It is only controversial in consumer audio, and then only specifically in power amplifiers. Some audiophiles believe too much negative feedback will diminish sound quality in amplifiers while others believe no feedback is even better. Is any of this true or is it just another audiophile myth needing to be busted?

Some audiophiles believe too much negative feedback will diminish sound quality in amplifiers while others believe no feedback is even better. Is this true or an audio myth needing to be busted?

Bruno Putzeys — May 05, 2020 10:00 in Audio Amplifiers

Is This The End For LCD? Samsung Dumps LCD For New Quantum Dot OLED TVs

Is This The End For LCD? Samsung Dumps LCD For New Quantum Dot OLED TVs

It’s looking like 2020 will be the year that the high-end LCD TV meets its end. Like CRT and plasma TVs in years past, LCD TV is reaching the end of its life, at least in the high-end market. Longtime LCD champion Samsung is ceasing production of LCD panels, and starting to build its own custom version of OLED TVs that will utilize quantum dot technology. Read on to learn more.

Longtime LCD champion Samsung is ceasing production of LCD panels, and starting to build its own custom version of OLED TVs that will utilize quantum dot technology. Read on to learn more.

— May 01, 2020 01:00 in HDTV Display Formats

Is Synergy In Audio Cables Real or Snake Oil?

Is Synergy In Audio Cables Real or Snake Oil?

Check any audiophile facebook group or forum and you will find dozens of enthusiasts asking "what are the best cables to use with my audio components?" There are never shortages of recommendations from fellow enthusiasts and sometimes even industry experts have their own recommendations too. PS Audio recently announced a partnership with Audioquest citing that their products have a real "synergy" together. Is there any merit to this claim or is it pure marketing BS?

PS Audio recently announced a partnership with Audioquest cables citing that their products have a real "synergy" together. Is there any merit this synergistic effect claim or is it pure marketing BS?

— April 25, 2020 01:00 in Audio Video Cables

When Was the “Golden Age” of Audio Hi-Fi?

When Was the “Golden Age” of Audio Hi-Fi?

The hobby of audio has gone through a lot of changes over the years. Whether you call it hi-fi, stereo, audio, home theater, immersive, the interest and pursuit of high-quality reproduced sound in the home has long been an enduring interest for a very large number of people. Is there one time period that can be said to be audio’s “Golden Age?” Does any particular era stand out from the rest? We take you on a tour of the decades in audio starting from the 60's until today to answer those questions.

The interest of high-quality reproduced sound in the home has been an enduring interest for a large number of people. Is there a period that can be said to be audio’s “Golden Age?". Read on to see.

— April 20, 2020 06:00 in Editorials

AudioControl Ships New X Series Receivers and Preamp/Processors

AudioControl Ships New X Series Receivers and Preamp/Processors

The new Concert A/V receivers and Maestro preamp/processors deliver “ultimate performance” with up to 16-channels of output and all the latest technology wrapped in AudioControl’s signature sleek black boxes. There are 5 new components in the X Series: the Concert XR-8 receiver ($6,600), the Concert XR-6 receiver ($4,600), the Concert XR-4 receiver ($3,600), the Maestro X7 preamp/processor ($6,600), and the flagship Maestro X9 preamp/processor ($9,600). All products support all 3 immersive surround formats and Dirac Live room correction.

AudioControl’s new X-Series Concert A/V receivers and Maestro AV processors deliver up to 16CH processing and the latest UHD technology while supporting all 3 immersive surround formats and Dirac.

— April 16, 2020 06:00 in AV Receiver Reviews