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Klipsch C-Series Subwoofers Offer BIG Bass, Small Footprint

Klipsch C-Series Subwoofers Offer BIG Bass, Small Footprint

The C-Series Subwoofers from Klipsch are ultra-compact designs that offer IP Control and app-based automatic room correction. The C-Series includes the 8-inch C-308ASWi ($1,299) and the 10-inch C-310ASWi ($1,599). Both new subs use front-facing active drivers and dual side-firing passive radiators to deliver surprising power from a small cabinet. Read on to learn more.

Klipsch released their C-Series subwoofers: the 8-inch C-308ASWi & 10-inch C-310ASWi, come with front firing active drivers and dual side-firing passive radiators with room correction and IP control.

— November 11, 2018 21:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Anthem STR Preamp and Power Amplifier Review

Anthem STR Preamp and Power Amplifier Review

Anthem's STR series preamp and power amplifier emphasize fidelity first armed with the latest in 32 bit DSP processing, ARC room correction and a serious analog circuit path that will surely satisfy even the most critical audiophile. The HT bypass mode makes for a seamless integration into your theater system. Our comprehensive bench tests prove this dynamic duo packs plenty of power to drive even the most power hungry speakers. Read our comprehensive review and watch our YouTube videos to learn more.

The Anthem STR preamp and power amplifier emphasize fidelity first armed with the latest in 32 bit DSP, ARC room correction, and oodles of power reserves on tap. More details in our review so read on.

— November 07, 2018 08:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

HTC Exodus 1: The Off-Grid Blockchain Jesse Ventura of Smartphones

HTC Exodus 1: The Off-Grid Blockchain Jesse Ventura of Smartphones

The Exodus 1 is a new smartphone by HTC featuring extra security measures for your blockchain, cryptocurrency keys and other data completely off-grid. A separate processor, walled off from the CPU running the android OS, provides a secure environment to store cryptocurrency keys and sensitive login information, without the security hazards of sharing to the cloud or with any apps on your device. It also features up-to-date specs for today's flagship phones. But if this phone is a must-have for you, get out your Bitcoin or Ethereum, because you can only buy the Exodus 1 directly from HTC using cryptocurrency. It's sure to be a niche device, so HTC has only made limited supply.

The Exodus 1 is a new smartphone by HTC featuring extra security measures for your blockchain, cryptocurrency keys and other data completely off-grid. Is it really safer? Read on to find out.

— November 05, 2018 16:00 in Editorials

PSB’s New SubSeries 250 and 350 Subwoofers Bring The Bass In Style

PSB’s New SubSeries 250 and 350 Subwoofers Bring The Bass In Style

PSB has introduced a pair of reasonably priced subwoofers: the 10-inch SubSeries 250 ($699) and the 12-inch SubSeries 350 ($999). These compact, sealed subs offer trickle-down styling from the brand’s flagship model and feature powerful Class D MOSFET amps. Extensive connectivity options allow for easy integration into a wide variety of setups. But can they compete with the high-value Internet Direct brands? Read on to find out.

PSB introduced a pair of reasonably priced subwoofers: the 10-inch SubSeries 250 ($699) and the 12-inch SubSeries 350 ($999). Are they the quality and value you expect from PSB? Read on to find out

— November 03, 2018 06:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

5 Steps to Better Bass in Your Home Theater

5 Steps to Better Bass in Your Home Theater

Getting good bass in your home theater doesn't have to be too difficult if you follow our 5-Step methodical procedure outlined in this article and related YouTube video tutorial. We discuss topics such as subwoofer and seating placements, time alignment, level matching, EQ and more. Once you hear a properly calibrated home theater with smooth and even bass across the entire listening area, it's hard to ever go back. Your path towards bass nirvana in your home theater system is in your grasp. Make it so!

Getting good bass in your home theater isn't difficult if you follow our 5-Step procedure outlined in this article and YouTube video tutorial. Deep impactful bass is within your grasp. Make it so!

— October 31, 2018 16:00 in Subwoofer Setup

Turntables—A Short History and Explanation

Turntables—A Short History and Explanation

Turntables are getting very popular again. People are rediscovering the romance and appeal of vinyl, plus there is the now-solidly-entrenched faction that simply believes that analog-produced music sounds better than digitally-produced music. Today, $3000 turntables are commonplace. But how did we get here? Let’s take a step back and look at the history and development of the modern turntable to see why things are as they are.

People are rediscovering the romance and appeal of vinyl. With the popularity of turntables on the rise we decided to take a look at the history and development of the modern turntable to see why.

— October 26, 2018 00:00 in Audio Technologies

KEF’s R Series Speakers Gets A Complete Refresh

KEF’s R Series Speakers Gets A Complete Refresh

KEF has revamped its mid-range R Series loudspeakers, offering six new designs with over 1,000 individual improvements over their predecessors. The new R Series includes a stand-mounted speaker, three floor-standers, a center speaker, and a multifunction surround speaker that also works as an up-firing Atmos speaker (last resort option). All are available for pre-order, with shipping expected by the end of this month. Read on to learn more.

KEF has revamped its mid-range R Series loudspeakers, offering six new designs with over 1,000 individual improvements over their predecessors. Are they really better? Read on to find out.

— October 23, 2018 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

IMAX Enhanced Certification: What Are You Really Getting?

IMAX Enhanced Certification: What Are You Really Getting?

IMAX has been a staple in the movie theaters as the best in sound and video for over a decade. Now they want to bring that experience into the home theater realm but it's going to involve 3 things: IMAX Enhanced hardware, and content. OK that's 2 things. Ironically the new standard that they're attempting to set mentions nothing about the room acoustics or speaker dispersion or output requirements. Perhaps in the near future that will be revised but let's go with what we know so far to determine if IMAX Enhanced is a must have in your home theater.

IMAX has been a staple in the movie theaters as the best in sound and video for over a decade and now they want to recreate that experience in your home with IMAX Enhanced hardware and movie content.

— October 19, 2018 17:00 in Audio Technologies

Focal Kanta Series Speakers Seduce with Sonics and Style

Focal Kanta Series Speakers Seduce with Sonics and Style

Focal has unveiled three new speakers to fill out its stylish Kanta line. The compact Kanta N°2 floor-stander, which was first introduced in October of last year, is now joined by the Kanta N°1 bookshelf speaker, the larger Kanta N°3 floor-stander, and a dedicated center-channel speaker. Will the Kanta series represent the new sweet spot in Focal’s loudspeaker lineup?

Focal has unveiled 3 new speakers to fill out its stylish Kanta line which now consists of 2 floorstanders, a bookshelf and dedicated center. Will this series be the new sweet spot in their loudspeaker lineup?

— October 18, 2018 13:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Outlaw Audio BLSv2 Bookshelf and LCRv2 Loudspeaker Review

Outlaw Audio BLSv2 Bookshelf and LCRv2 Loudspeaker Review

10 years ago, Outlaw Audio released a hit product with their acclaimed BLS and LCR loudspeakers, but the availability of those products was short-lived after their manufacturing source shut down. Outlaw Audio shelved plans to continue production elsewhere, since no other manufacturer could meet their criteria for quality control at the time. However, things have changed, and Outlaw Audio decided to bring these speakers back to market after locating a good manufacturing source. Did they improve the original design while greatly reducing the original cost? Read our full review to find out...

Outlaw Audio is reintroducing it acclaimed BLS and LCR loudspeakers to the audio industry. Dubbed the v2, did Outlaw Audio improve the original design while reducing the cost? Read on to find out.

— October 16, 2018 11:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Acurus 12.1CH Muse Processor & M8 8CH Amplifier Targets Multi-Media Rooms

Acurus 12.1CH Muse Processor & M8 8CH Amplifier Targets Multi-Media Rooms

Acurus brought several new and newly upgraded products to the CEDIA 2018 EXPO Show last month, including a new immersive audio processor called the Muse. Based on the company’s high-end ACT 4 platform, the Muse is a more compact design that will sell for less than $6,000. The Muse and its companion M8 8CH class D amplifier are intended for use in a “multi-purpose media room,” rather than a dedicated theater. What does that mean? Read on to learn more.

Acurus announced their Muse 12.1CH Immersive Audio processor and companion M8 8CH Class D amplifier. They are designed in a more compact affordable form factor best suited for a media room.

— October 15, 2018 06:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Wireless Speakers Bring Premium Sound To Roku TVs

Wireless Speakers Bring Premium Sound To Roku TVs

Roku’s new wireless speakers represent the company’s response to the ever-growing demand for affordable sound-bars. But these speakers, which will sell for $200 when they arrive in November, are sold as a pair, allowing them to produce a real stereo soundstage that small sound-bars can’t match. The downside? They will only work with Roku capable TVs.

Roku’s new wireless speakers represent the company’s response to the ever-growing demand for affordable sound-bars. At $200/pr are they a viable alternative? Read on to find out.

— October 13, 2018 00:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Sony Aims High With Twin Flagship ‘Master Series’ TVs

Sony Aims High With Twin Flagship ‘Master Series’ TVs

With its new Master Series TVs, Sony aims to bring professional image quality into the home. The Master Series includes the A9F OLED and Z9F LCD models, both of which use Sony’s next-generation X1 Ultimate video processor. Will these new TVs make Sony the undisputed image-quality champion?

The new Sony Master Series TVs include the A9F OLED and Z9F LCD models. Both use Sony’s next generation X1 Ultimate video processor. Will these TVs make Sony the undisputed image-quality champion?

— October 10, 2018 09:00 in HDTV Reviews

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Audioholics is looking to take our YouTube channel to the next level with you through Patreon. This membership platform enables us to produce customized content for you along with other perks. Join!

— October 09, 2018 01:00 in AV News