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Trinnov Strikes Back at Dirac with New ‘Active Acoustics’ Technology

— February 03, 2023 01:00

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.

Subwoofer Reviews Preview

The Best $500 Powered Subwoofers for 2023

— February 06, 2023 00:05

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!

AV News

AV Quick Takes: Monolith MTM‑100 Powered Speakers & ‘Matter’ Smart Home Standard

— January 29, 2023 00:30

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.

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Preview

New Andrew Jones MoFi SourcePoint 10 Concentric Loudspeakers

— February 01, 2023 00:50

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.

AV News

RIP Roger B. Hassing of RBH Sound 1946‑2023

— January 24, 2023 00:30

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.

Subwoofer Reviews Review

Polk Audio HTS 12 Ported Subwoofer Review

— January 26, 2023 12:30

Polk Audio HTS 12 Ported Subwoofer Review

The Polk HTS 12 is a 12” ported subwoofer with some innovative tech that allows it to produce clean, tight bass at a retail price of $549 that bellies its specs. Read our review.

Editorials

Revisiting the Acoustic Research AR9 4‑Way Legendary Loudspeaker

Tom Tyson — January 22, 2023 01:05

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.

In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews Preview

Focal Brings Your Sound Outdoors With Their New Littora Line of Speakers

— January 25, 2023 00:45

Focal Brings Your Sound Outdoors With Their New Littora Line of Speakers

Focal is expanding their catalogue to include their new Littora Speakers, a series of IPX certified outdoor and architectural grade speakers that feature weather resistance even in saltwater areas.

Editorials

Thursday Night Football Opens Up New Subscription Concerns For Cord‑Cutters

— January 19, 2023 00:00

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.

AV Gadget Reviews Preview

Victrola Stream Carbon Works with Sonos Turntable

— January 21, 2023 00:25

Victrola Stream Carbon Works with Sonos Turntable

Looking to play your vinyl through your Sonos system without wires? Victrola has you covered with their $800 Stream Carbon Works with Sonos Turntable. Read on.

Audio Technologies

Dirac Live Active Room Treatment: One Giant Leap for Room EQ, Coming Spring ‘23

— January 09, 2023 00:30

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.

Headphone Reviews Preview

Bowers & Wilkins Px8 Flagship Wireless Noise‑Canceling Headphones Are Here!

— January 18, 2023 00:00

Bowers & Wilkins Px8 Flagship Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones Are Here!

The new Bowers & Wilkins Px8 flagship active noise cancelling wireless headphones offer more luxurious materials and finishes and upgraded sound quality over the Px7 s2. See what makes this all possible.

AV News

ONKYO TX‑RZ50 9.2 AV Receiver New Year 2023 Giveaway!

— January 01, 2023 12:25

ONKYO TX-RZ50 9.2 AV Receiver New Year 2023 Giveaway!

Enter our random draw FREE for a chance to WIN! From Onkyo's Flagship RZ-Series its the TX-RZ50 9.2-Ch AVR With: 8K/Ultra-HD, Dolby Atmos & DTS:X. Draw is brought to you by Audioholics & Audio Advice!

In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews Preview

In‑Wall Subwoofer Options for Deep Bass Without the Big Box

— January 17, 2023 00:15

 In-Wall Subwoofer Options for Deep Bass Without the Big Box

In-wall subwoofers have taken the art of invisible bass to new heights (or new lows). We look at 3 new in-wall and in-ceiling subs that offer deep powerful bass for discrete installations without the box.

Audio Technologies

Dolby Atmos Best Speaker Setup Practices In the Home

— December 20, 2022 00:30

Dolby Atmos Best Speaker Setup Practices In the Home

The inner workings of Dolby Atmos and how best to set up your home theater with the right number of speakers for a successful Atmos experience, common mistakes and misconceptions are all revealed.

Subwoofer Reviews Review

Klipsch Reference R‑121SW 12" Ported Subwoofer Review

— January 11, 2023 00:00

Klipsch Reference R-121SW 12" Ported Subwoofer Review

The Klipsch R-121SW is a tremendously popular ported 12" subwoofer from the very popular loudspeaker manufacturer, but what are buyers really getting for its cost? Read our review.

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2022 Audioholics Product of the Year Award Winners!

— December 15, 2022 00:40

2022 Audioholics Product of the Year Award Winners!

Here are our 2022 Product of the Year Award winners based on audio products we reviewed that really stood out among their peers in loudspeakers, subwoofers, AV receivers, wireless headphones and more.

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Review

PreSonus R80 V2 Powered Studio Monitor Review

— January 04, 2023 01:30

PreSonus R80 V2 Powered Studio Monitor Review

With the R80 V2 studio monitor, PreSonus packs 140-watts of amplification into an 8” woofer and a high-powered AMT tweeter, but will it be enough to make us forget about their dome tweeter monitors?

Audio Technologies

History of Surround Sound Processing: The Battle for Dolby Pro Logic II

— December 10, 2022 09:00

History of Surround Sound Processing: The Battle for Dolby Pro Logic II

This is a historical perspective on 6-Axis surround originally developed by Jim Fosgate (who recently passed away) and how it battled Harman's very own Logic 7 format to become Dolby Pro Logic II.

Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews Preview

Rocksteady Stadium Sub Review: Bluetooth Micro‑Sub Excellence!

— December 28, 2022 00:00

Rocksteady Stadium Sub Review: Bluetooth Micro-Sub Excellence!

Rocksteady Stadium manufacturer Killer Concepts released its portable wireless subwoofer. The RSS provides low-end for their portable speakers for a real 2.1 sound system that's affordable and portable.

AV News

Arendal Sound 1961 International Loudspeaker Giveaway & LiveStream

— December 06, 2022 00:10

Arendal Sound 1961 International Loudspeaker Giveaway & LiveStream

Arendal Sound 1961 international loudspeaker giveaway! Enter by Dec 13, 2022 to win a pair of speakers to make your holiday season a little brighter. Winner announced on the Audioholics LiveStream.

In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews Preview

M&K Sound Goes In‑Wall with New IW150A Home Theater Loudspeakers

— December 19, 2022 00:30

M&K Sound Goes In-Wall with New IW150A Home Theater Loudspeakers

M&K Sound unveiled its IW150A in-ceiling and in-wall loudspeaker designed for immersive audio height channels and multiple in-wall applications. The $1,100/each speakers are available NOW. Read on.

AV News

Paradigm Monitor SE 8000F Tower Loudspeakers Giveaway

— December 01, 2022 00:10

Paradigm Monitor SE 8000F Tower Loudspeakers Giveaway

Audioholics and Paradigm presents: "We Review 'em, You Win 'em" Giveaway! One pair of Paradigm Monitor SE 8000F floorstanding loudspeakers are on offer in our Sweepstakes! Enter to WIN by 12/31/22.

Subwoofer Reviews Review

BIC Acoustech PL‑300 Subwoofer Review: Legit 20Hz Extension for Under $500?!?

— December 12, 2022 00:30

BIC Acoustech PL-300 Subwoofer Review: Legit 20Hz Extension for Under $500?!?

We reviewed the BIC Acoustech PL-300 ported subwoofer which claims sub-20Hz bass for less than $500. With a 350-watt amp, 12” driver, and variable tuning, it may be positioned to actually deliver. Read on.

AV News

AV Quick Takes: Polk, Porsche, and George Harrison

— November 28, 2022 23:45

AV Quick Takes: Polk, Porsche, and George Harrison

Today's "AV Quick Take” looks at a limited-edition speaker from Polk Reserve series, a soundbar for Porsche fans, and the 20th anniversary of “Concert for George” from the beloved Beatles.

Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews Preview

SVS Raises Bar Prime Wireless Pro Powered Speakers & SoundBase Amp!

— December 09, 2022 00:55

SVS Raises Bar Prime Wireless Pro Powered Speakers & SoundBase Amp!

The NEW SVS Prime Wireless Pro Powered Speakers ($900/pair) bring deeper more powerful sound than their predecessors. The Soundbase Pro amp lets you connect your favorite speakers with wireless connectivity.

Product Awards and Gift Guides

2022 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

— November 24, 2022 01:00

2022 Audioholics Christmas Gift Guide

With inflation stretching the audiophile wallet thin, we wanted to bring you some great high-value home theater gear gift ideas for under $800 each to spread some holiday cheer for this Christmas 2022.

Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews Preview

Monoprice SoundStage 3 Portable Review: The Bluetooth Swiss Army Knife Boombox!

— December 08, 2022 00:50

Monoprice SoundStage 3 Portable Review: The Bluetooth Swiss Army Knife Boombox!

Monoprice SoundStage 3 Portable is a powerful new Bluetooth speaker with several input options and a sub out. Loud & clear over AAC/SBC codecs, 50W Class D and a 5.25" bass driver to bring the boom!

Home Theater Calibration

Design Your Dream Theater with the Audio Advice Home Theater Designer Tool

— November 23, 2022 00:50

Design Your Dream Theater with the Audio Advice Home Theater Designer Tool

Audio Advice’s free online Home Theater Designer and Projector Throw Distance Calculator are powerful tools allowing you to design your dream theater to get the best audio and video experience.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

Paradigm SE 8000F Tower Speakers Review

— December 01, 2022 00:05

Paradigm SE 8000F Tower Speakers Review

The Paradigm SE 8000F is a large floorstanding speaker with high sensitivity and prodigious bass output that may steer you away from other big box brands like Polk and Klipsch for under $1,500/pair.

AV News

AV Quick Takes: McIntosh, Mitchell Speakers, and Acoustic Levitation

— November 17, 2022 00:45

AV Quick Takes: McIntosh, Mitchell Speakers, and Acoustic Levitation

In Today's audio quick take, we look at a new high performance Class D amplifier from McIntosh, a new UK speaker brand Mitchell Acoustics coming to the US, and advances in acoustic levitation.