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2019 Florida Audio Expo Show Report

2019 Florida Audio Expo Show Report

The Florida Audio Expo show debuted to huge success this year in Tampa with over 40 demo rooms of high-end two-channel audio. Audioholics was there as a sponsor and press to cover the show and bring you the highlights of what stood out to us. I took a closer look at demos from Legacy Audio, Paradigm, MartinLogan, JBL, Carver, Von Schweikert and also noted the snake oil cable stuff along with a particular "high-end" tweak that I thought was long gone. Check out this report and be sure to watch our YouTube channel for additional coverage and interviews.

The Florida Audio Expo show debuted to huge success this year in Tampa with over 40 demo rooms of 2CH Hifi audio. We covered the speakers and electronics along with some interesting products.

— February 11, 2019 20:00 in Trade Show Coverage

Klipsch Dresses Up New Technology in a Classical Outfit

Klipsch Dresses Up New Technology in a Classical Outfit

Among loudspeaker manufacturers, Klipsch made the biggest splash at CES last month due to the large spread of different products that they announced. Soundbars, wireless speakers, wireless earbuds, and portable tabletop speakers loaded with the latest technology, Klipsch has something for everyone, unless, of course, you have a distaste for their vintage aesthetic. Klipsch seems to enjoy the irony of giving state-of-the-art technology an old-fashioned appearance. If you like that nod to the past combined with the technology of tomorrow, read on to see what Klipsch brought for 2019.

Klipsch made a big splash at CES this year releasing new soundbars, wireless speakers, wireless earbuds, and portable tabletop speakers loaded with new technology but with vintage roots.

James Larson — February 08, 2019 22:00 in Editorials

Definitive Technology BP9080x, BP9060, CS9060 Dolby Atmos Speakers Review

Definitive Technology BP9080x, BP9060, CS9060 Dolby Atmos Speakers Review

High end audio stalwart Definitive Technology is back with a Dolby Atmos system that will make even the most demanding home theater enthusiast salivate. This 5.0.4 Dolby Atmos setup is perfect for spaces that can't fit dedicated subwoofers or discrete height speakers but still want the full slam that you'd expect from a premium home theater setup. Our review explores the full capabilities of this Atmos speaker system to determine if it has all you need to achieve a fully immersive experience.

Definitive Technology's 5.0.4 system is perfect for installations that can't fit dedicated subwoofers or in-ceiling height speakers yet demand an immersive audio setup with stand-alone sub performance.

— February 05, 2019 22:00 in Surround Sound Reviews

Control4 Acquires NEEO to Take Smarthome to Next Generation

Control4 Acquires NEEO to Take Smarthome to Next Generation

Control4 Corporation today announced the acquisition of Switzerland-based NEEO, the creators of the acclaimed smart home remote, to accelerate its leadership in delivering remotes, touch panels, keypads, and other smart home devices. What does this mean for the future of Control4? Even more awesome remote controls we reckon.

Control4 Corporation recently acquired NEEO, the creators of the acclaimed smart home remote, to accelerate its leadership in delivering remotes, touch panels, keypads, and other smart home devices.

— February 04, 2019 23:00 in AV News

McIntosh XRT1.1K ‘Mini-Flagship’ Loudspeaker Overview

McIntosh XRT1.1K ‘Mini-Flagship’ Loudspeaker Overview

McIntosh’s 7-foot-tall XRT2.1K loudspeaker now has a smaller sibling in the XRT1.1K. Designed to deliver flagship tech in a less imposing package, the XRT1.1K still stands nearly 6 feet tall and contains 70 drivers, but should be at home in a wider range of listening environments. McIntosh says its line array design provides superb imaging from any seat in the house. Read on to learn more.

McIntosh’s 7' tall XRT2.1K loudspeaker now has a smaller sibling in the 6' XRT1.1K. Designed to deliver flagship tech in a less imposing package. Are they worth the $60,000/pr price tag? Read on.

Jacob Green — February 03, 2019 20:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Qobuz Official Streaming Service of Florida Audio Expo

Qobuz Official Streaming Service of  Florida Audio Expo

The Florida Audio Expo is thrilled to announce that Qobuz, the world’s first certified Hi-Res streaming and download service, will be the official streaming service for its inaugural show, taking place Friday–Sunday, February 8–10, 2019, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. The Expo is FREE to the public and we will be there covering the show on that Saturday. Don't miss this event and be sure to say hello to our staff and you may just wind up in one of our YouTube videos.

Qobuz will be the official high-res streaming service for the Florida Audio Expo show taking place Feb 8-10th in Tampa. The show is free to the public and we will be there covering it.

— February 01, 2019 19:20 in AV News

KEF LSX Wireless Speaker Aims for LS50 Performance at 1/2 the Price

KEF LSX Wireless Speaker Aims for LS50 Performance at 1/2 the Price

With the new LSX wireless speakers, KEF seeks to repeat the success the company had with the LS50 Wireless. Smaller and more stylish, the LSX delivers a scaled-down LS50 experience for half the price. A proprietary wireless inter-speaker connection offers placement flexibility while enabling the wire-free installation that customers have come to expect from Sonos and similar home audio products. Read on to learn more.

KEF released a smaller and more stylish wireless speaker the LSX. The LSX is a scaled-down LS50 for half the price. Is it still worth the $1,100/pr price tag? Read on to find out.

Jacob Green — January 30, 2019 00:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Audio Video Cable Budget Guidelines

Audio Video Cable Budget Guidelines

We continue to receive numerous emails about how one should budget their spending on audio and video interconnects, HDMI and speaker cables and power cords. This cable budget guideline gives you some advice on this very topic for each type of cable to get the most out of your home theater without falling prey to cable snake oil. Be sure to check out our recently added YouTube discussion for further perspective.

This is a Cable Budget Guideline for HDMI, Component Video, Speaker cables, interconnects and power cords to help you get the most from your home theater system without wasting money on snake oil.

— January 28, 2019 22:00 in How to Shop

Disney+ Streaming Service Coming In Late 2019

Disney+ Streaming Service Coming In Late 2019

Disney’s new video streaming service, Disney+, is planned to launch in the US in late 2019 with exclusive new shows from the hugely popular Star Wars and Marvel franchises. The service will also be the only place to stream the company’s newest blockbuster movies, as well as decades worth of animated classics and educational programming from National Geographic. Will Disney+ be as popular as Netflix? Read on to learn more.

Disney’s new video streaming service, Disney+, US launch is planned in late 2019 with exclusive new shows from the hugely popular Star Wars and Marvel franchises. Is Disney ready to take on Netflix?

Jacob Green — January 28, 2019 00:00 in Home Theater AV News

Philharmonic Audio BMR Philharmonitor Bookshelf Speaker Review

Philharmonic Audio BMR Philharmonitor Bookshelf Speaker Review

There is a lot of online buzz about Philharmonic Audio's BMR Philharmonitors, so we decided to get a review pair to see what they were all about. These large bookshelf speakers use a 3-way design with a very special driver outlay that has audio enthusiasts excited about the potential performance advantages that it could offer, especially for the price. In our in-depth review, we ask the question, do these speakers live up to the hype surrounding them? Read on to find out what we have uncovered.

Philharmonic Audio's BMR Philharmonitors use a 3-way design with a very special driver outlay that has audio enthusiasts excited about the potential performance advantages that it could offer Read on.

James Larson — January 23, 2019 00:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

REL’s New ‘Serie HT’ Subwoofers Deliver High-Value Home Theater Thrills

REL’s New ‘Serie HT’ Subwoofers Deliver High-Value Home Theater Thrills

The new “Serie HT” home theater subwoofers from REL promise to shake your foundation walls while shaking up the competition. The revered British brand has a loyal following among audiophiles, but these new subs are the first from the company to target home theater shoppers with limited budgets. Will REL become the go-to brand for affordable home theater subwoofers?

The new “Serie HT” subwoofers from REL promise to shake your foundation walls while shaking up the competition. Will REL become the go-to brand for affordable home theater subwoofers? Read on.

Jacob Green — January 21, 2019 00:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Amazon’s Fire TV Cube Lets Alexa Control Your Home Entertainment System

Amazon’s Fire TV Cube Lets Alexa Control Your Home Entertainment System

The Amazon Fire TV Cube is an all-in-one media streamer and voice-activated smart speaker. The new $120 device allows the user to control TVs, AV receivers, sound bars, and even cable boxes using voice commands. Can we finally ditch our remote controls and let Alexa handle all of our entertainment needs? Read on to find out.

The Amazon Fire TV Cube is an all-in-one media streamer and voice-activated smart speaker. Can we finally ditch our remote controls and let Alexa handle all of our entertainment needs? Read on.

Jacob Green — January 20, 2019 00:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Apple - Sony Takeover Predicted as Big Tech Buys Up Hollywood

Apple - Sony Takeover Predicted as Big Tech Buys Up Hollywood

The latest rumor about Apple comes via online prediction from Variety that says the iPhone maker will acquire Sony Pictures in 2019. Apple has big-budget plans to push into original content production for its upcoming streaming video service, and acquiring an established studio may be its strategy to help it compete with Netflix and Amazon in 2019.

The latest rumor about Apple comes via online prediction from Variety that says the iPhone maker will acquire Sony Pictures in 2019. Is Apple positioning themselves to compete with Netflix? Read on.

— January 15, 2019 00:00 in Editorials

Paradigm Defiance X12 and V12 Subwoofers Review

Paradigm Defiance X12 and V12 Subwoofers Review

Some other speaker manufacturers look at subwoofers as "accessory" products, high in price, but low on precision and design. Paradigm though has always given us high performance subs at reasonable price points. Will they continue this tradition with their affordable V12 and heavy hitting X12? Read on to find out what our detailed product review and precision measurements had to say and be sure to also check out our YouTube video overview of the Defiance series of subwoofers.

We reviewed and compared the new V12 and X12 Defiance 12" powered subwoofers from Paradigm. Do they have what it takes to live up to the brands reputation of excellence? Read on to find out.

James Larson — January 11, 2019 23:00 in Subwoofer Reviews