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JBL Announces NEW Gear For 2021 Including a Monster Subwoofer!

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

JBL Announces NEW Gear For 2021 Including a Monster Subwoofer!

— July 23, 2021 01:10

JBL commemorates its 75th anniversary with a slew of new loudspeakers, a bone crushing subwoofer and an integrated amplifier sporting Dirac Live room correction. Are they living up to their heritage.

Tidal Adds Millions Of MQA Tracks From Warner Music Group

Audio Technologies

Tidal Adds Millions Of MQA Tracks From Warner Music Group

— July 08, 2021 01:55

Tidal’s library of MQA-encoded music has just grown significantly. Millions of new tracks have been added from Warner Music Group’s extensive catalog. Is MQA really better or just a gimmick? Read on.

Bose and Barco Team Up to Offer All-In-One Video Conferencing Solutions

Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Bose and Barco Team Up to Offer All-In-One Video Conferencing Solutions

— July 19, 2021 01:40

The new Bose Videobar VB1 is a USB conferencing device that combines microphones, speakers, and a 4K ultra-HD camera. The VB1 uses “beam-steering microphones” that focus on voices and rejects noise.

Today’s Home Theater Stores Are Missing Out On The Gaming Boom

Editorials

Today’s Home Theater Stores Are Missing Out On The Gaming Boom

Jerry Del Colliano — July 02, 2021 01:15

There is no stopping the video game industry at this point. So how does the home theater industry cash in on this exploding trend? Read on to find out.

Definitive Technology Introduces New High-Performance Descend Series Subwoofers

Subwoofer Reviews

Definitive Technology Introduces New High-Performance Descend Series Subwoofers

— July 14, 2021 01:50

Definitive Technology announced the Descend Series subwoofers with 4 models ranging from 8” to 15” drivers and dual passive radiators. They are armed with "Intelligent Phase Control” to optimize setup.

Apple Music Lossless & Dolby Atmos: How YOU Can Enjoy Every Bit of Resolution!

Audio Technologies

Apple Music Lossless & Dolby Atmos: How YOU Can Enjoy Every Bit of Resolution!

— June 29, 2021 01:00

Apple Music is now lossless for its entire catalogue with separate libraries streaming at high-resolution and Apple’s new Spatial Audio by Dolby Atmos. We discuss how to get the best sound.

Denon PMA-A110 Integrated Amplifier Review: BIGGER Sound than Power Ratings Reveal?

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Denon PMA-A110 Integrated Amplifier Review: BIGGER Sound than Power Ratings Reveal?

— July 12, 2021 16:30

Denon’s PMA-A110 Integrated amplifier is a finely crafted piece of audio gear that sounds as good as it looks while delivering more power than its modest 80wpc rating suggests. Read our review to see why.

Are Bowers & Wilkins the Best Car Speakers You Can Get? Are They Worth It?

Editorials

Are Bowers & Wilkins the Best Car Speakers You Can Get? Are They Worth It?

Sponsored by Bimmertech — June 25, 2021 01:50

Bowers & Wilkins aligned with the most luxurious car brands like Volvo, Maserati and BMW. Are these speakers worth $4k? Can you upgrade in other cars? Learn how to upgrade your sound system with Bimmertech.

EPOS Sennheiser Game Zero Gaming Headset Review

Headphone Reviews

EPOS Sennheiser Game Zero Gaming Headset Review

Dua Rashid — July 09, 2021 23:20

Looking for a new set of dedicated gaming headphones? Check out our review of the $180 EPOS Sennheiser Game Zero gaming headset to see how they fall on the cost vs quality line.

Audioholics’ Guide in Getting Good Sound From a Desktop Audio System

DIY Audio and Wiring

Audioholics’ Guide in Getting Good Sound From a Desktop Audio System

— June 21, 2021 01:00

If you think you can't get a good, high-fidelity sound from a desktop system, think again! Audioholics put together a guide that can help you take your desktop sound system from "meh" to "mind-blown"!

Arendal Sound 1723 Monitor THX Loudspeaker Review

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Arendal Sound 1723 Monitor THX Loudspeaker Review

— July 05, 2021 01:25

The Arendal 1723 Monitor looks great and Arendal claims a very high sound and build quality for its price, but is that real or just marketing fluff? Read our in-depth review to find out.

How I Got Into The Hi Fi Biz - The Guy Behind Bose Wave Radio Speaks

Editorials

How I Got Into The Hi Fi Biz - The Guy Behind Bose Wave Radio Speaks

— June 15, 2021 01:45

The industry of audio electronics is a great industry. I was fortunate enough to spend virtually my entire working career in consumer electronics. How did I get here and what did I learn? Read on.

Focal Sopra N°1 Bookshelf & Center Speaker Review: Looks that Kill!

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Focal Sopra N°1 Bookshelf & Center Speaker Review: Looks that Kill!

— June 09, 2021 01:20

$10,000 is a lot of dosh for a pair of bookshelf speakers. What if they are among the most finely constructed bookshelf speakers on Earth? Such is the case with Focal's Sopra No1 bookshelf speakers.

Michael Marquart’s New Album ‘Lifelike’ Comes to Life in Dolby Atmos

DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Michael Marquart’s New Album ‘Lifelike’ Comes to Life in Dolby Atmos

— May 20, 2021 08:00

Multi-talented musician Michael Marquart is the force behind A Bad Think, whose new album "Lifelike" has just been released. Marquart embraced Dolby Atmos and we livestream with him to discuss and demo.

Cherry Audio MEGAschino Mk2 Standard Edition Amplifier Review

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Cherry Audio MEGAschino Mk2 Standard Edition Amplifier Review

— June 04, 2021 01:00

The Cherry Audio MEGAschino Mk2 Standard Edition Class D Amplifier is energy efficient, boasting SOTA specs and gobs of power output (>400wpc, 8 ohms). Is it worth the $6k price? Read our review.

Is It Time For AV Enthusiasts To Rack Mount Their Gear?

Editorials

Is It Time For AV Enthusiasts To Rack Mount Their Gear?

Jerry Del Colliano — May 06, 2021 01:20

Isn't it time for your AV equipment to get its own space? We'll look at some rack mounted options for your electronics to enhance functionality, organization and appearance. Read on.

Focal ‘1000 Series’ In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speakers Offer SOTA Performance Unseen

In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Focal ‘1000 Series’ In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speakers Offer SOTA Performance Unseen

— June 02, 2021 08:25

Focal announced a new lineup of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers called the 1000 Series. These are the most advanced and most capable in-wall speakers the company has ever built. Are these SOTA, unseen?

Audiophiles Need To Embrace Science Over Religion For The Hobby To Have a Future

Editorials

Audiophiles Need To Embrace Science Over Religion For The Hobby To Have a Future

Jerry Del Colliano — April 28, 2021 01:00

People hate change, and older people REALLY hate change. Can the audiophile industry change their outlook towards new technology and proven science, over the voodoo and hokum to ensure survival?

Wireless IEM Headphones: Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro vs Samsung, Jabra and Sennheiser

Headphone Reviews

Wireless IEM Headphones: Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro vs Samsung, Jabra and Sennheiser

— May 30, 2021 01:35

Four pairs of IEMs are compared, including the Samsung Buds, Jabra Elite 65T, Sennheiser Momentum and relative newcomer Soundcore Liberty Pro 2. Read our review to see how the Liberty Pro 2 compare.

Denon & Marantz Introduce a FREE HDMI Adapter Kit To Solve 4K/120Hz & 8K Incompatibility Issue

Editorials

Denon & Marantz Introduce a FREE HDMI Adapter Kit To Solve 4K/120Hz & 8K Incompatibility Issue

— April 27, 2021 07:00

In October 2020 Audioholics reported an HDMI issue between select Denon & Marantz receivers and latest Xbox gaming consoles. Sound United responded with a hardware fix for 4K/120Hz and 8k/60Hz support.

Sound United Announces HDMI 2.1 8K Upgrades and AVR-X8500H"A" and Marantz AV8805"A" AV Receivers

AV Receiver Reviews

Sound United Announces HDMI 2.1 8K Upgrades and AVR-X8500H"A" and Marantz AV8805"A" AV Receivers

— May 27, 2021 09:30

Sound United released two upgraded flagships, the Denon AVR-X8500HA and Marantz AV8805A and an upgrade path for existing hardware that will bring full HDMI 2.1 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz support.

Discovery+ Streaming Service Delivers Content from Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, and Much More

Editorials

Discovery+ Streaming Service Delivers Content from Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, and Much More

— April 19, 2021 09:55

Discovery Inc. has joined the streaming wars with its Discovery+ streaming service. Starting at $4.99/month, subscribers can access over 55,000 TV episodes from Discovery’s long list of networks.

Yamaha Raises the Bar with 3 New 8K AVENTAGE AV Receivers for 2021

AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha Raises the Bar with 3 New 8K AVENTAGE AV Receivers for 2021

— May 24, 2021 14:15

Yamaha’s new 2021 lineup of AV Aventage receivers including the RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A. They offer upgraded DAC’s, 8K support and beefier amplifier sections. Are these a new reference standard?

Our Top Six $700/Pair Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

How to Shop

Our Top Six $700/Pair Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

— April 17, 2021 01:20

Our top choices for $700 bookshelf speakers for 2021 spans a range of different designs, but one thing they have in common is that they all sound great. Read on to see why we chose them.

Perlisten S7t Tower Loudspeaker Review - Are these Endgame?

Tower Speaker Reviews

Perlisten S7t Tower Loudspeaker Review - Are these Endgame?

— May 18, 2021 12:45

Perlisten's S7t flagship THX Certified Dominus tower speakers have made leaps in technology that have some folks going so far as to question their reality and our reviewer calling them endgame products.

Signs Point To A DNA-Altering Audiophile Vaccine Available In The Coming Months

Editorials

Signs Point To A DNA-Altering Audiophile Vaccine Available In The Coming Months

Jerry Del Colliano — April 01, 2021 00:00

Do you have tinnitus or a golden ear? Are you having trouble discerning benefits of high-res recordings and Vinyl? Read on to see the medical breakthrough sweeping the audiophile community.

New Company Reavon Promises High-End UHD Blu-ray Players

Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

New Company Reavon Promises High-End UHD Blu-ray Players

— May 16, 2021 02:15

French company Reavon is developing a pair of conspicuously Oppo-like UHD Blu-ray players. The UBR-X100 (€800) and UBR-X200 (€1,600) are slated to arrive in Europe soon! Will they be the next OPPO?

Entertainment Centers: Destroyer of Good Sound Systems

DIY Audio and Wiring

Entertainment Centers: Destroyer of Good Sound Systems

— March 31, 2021 01:00

Fancy home theater entertainment centers can wreck the fidelity of a good sounding hi-fi system. We discuss what to avoid to maintain the best performance of your audio equipment when placed in furniture.