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Is Physical Inventory the AV Retailers Saving Grace In A Pandemic Economy?

With people staying at home, AV products are in high demand. Dealers who are sitting on AV inventory are in an excellent position to sell even

Is Physical Inventory the AV Retailers Saving Grace In A Pandemic Economy?
Is Today’s Specialty AV Gear Too Inexpensive?

For consumers, what you get for your money today with home theater equipment is better than ever before. This article explores how every

Is Today’s Specialty AV Gear Too Inexpensive?
Why I Sold A Significant Classic Rock Vinyl Collection In 2008 and Never Looked…

The audiophile community doesn’t like change, in fact, they despise it with every fiber of their being. Do you still like vinyl? Find out why I

Why I Sold A Significant Classic Rock Vinyl Collection In 2008 and Never Looked Back

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Is Physical Inventory the AV Retailers Saving Grace In A Pandemic Economy?

Is Physical Inventory the AV Retailers Saving Grace In A Pandemic Economy?

With people staying at home, AV products are in high demand. Dealers who are sitting on AV inventory are in an excellent position to sell even the normally higher priced models. There isn’t a need to deeply discount gear to make a sale because inventory is tight, and demand is pretty strong. The issue is actually getting inventory in hand. Is Physical Inventory the AV Retailers Saving Grace In A Pandemic Economy? Read on to find out.

With people staying at home, AV products are in high demand. Dealers who are sitting on AV inventory are in an excellent position to sell even the normally higher priced models. To see why, read on.

Jerry Del Colliano — February 25, 2021 00:00 in Editorials

Is Today’s Specialty AV Gear Too Inexpensive?

Is Today’s Specialty AV Gear Too Inexpensive?

For consumers, what you get for your money today in home theater equipment is better than ever before. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to pay for the nth degree of performance, unless that's the goal that you are chasing. We explore how home theater equipment has improved in performance and value over the last decade putting great performance within reach of virtually any enthusiast.

For consumers, what you get for your money today with home theater equipment is better than ever before. This article explores how every category of AV product has improved over the last decade.

Jerry Del Colliano — February 15, 2021 01:00 in Editorials

Why I Sold A Significant Classic Rock Vinyl Collection In 2008 and Never Looked Back

Why I Sold A Significant Classic Rock Vinyl Collection In 2008 and Never Looked Back

The audiophile community doesn’t like change, in fact, they despise it with every fiber of their beings. Today, we live in a world where $15 per month access to high-resolution, often remastered, and seemingly unlimited music is reality, yet the audiophile communities elders are still stuck in the past. See why I sold my vinyl and never looked back...

The audiophile community doesn’t like change, in fact, they despise it with every fiber of their being. Do you still like vinyl? Find out why I sold this antiquated music medium and never looked back.

Jerry Del Colliano — January 23, 2021 23:00 in Editorials

PSB Aims to Customize Sound with Audio Personalization Company Audiodo

PSB Aims to Customize Sound with Audio Personalization Company Audiodo

Paul Barton is teaming up with a Swedish “audio personalization” company called Audiodo to develop PSB’s next generation of headphones. The yet-to-be-announced headphone model(s) will integrate Audiodo’s DSP-based audio personalization solution, which promises to “provide every music lover with sound quality that has been perfected for them.” The tech uses a series of audio tests and questions to create a personal hearing profile for each user. Read on to learn more.

Paul Barton is teaming up with Swedish company Audiodo to develop PSB’s next generation of headphones.The tech uses a series of questions to create a personal hearing profile for each user.

— January 05, 2021 13:00 in AV News

Klipsch Teams Up With Dirac To Develop Next-Gen Headphones

Klipsch Teams Up With Dirac To Develop Next-Gen Headphones

Klipsch has joined forces with the DSP wizards at Dirac to create new headphone products. The first headphone to benefit from this collaboration is expected to be a true-wireless in-ear design, which should be launching in 2021. Dirac’s sound optimization solution provides impulse response and frequency response correction, resulting in better audio performance. Read on to learn more.

Klipsch has joined forces with the DSP wizards at Dirac to create new headphone products. The first headphone to benefit from this collaboration is expected to be a wireless in-ear design. Read on.

— January 03, 2021 00:00 in AV News

Is the Romance of High Fidelity Audio Today Dead?

Is the Romance of High Fidelity Audio Today Dead?

Much of today’s equipment does not exhibit that same degree of flat-out romance and visceral appeal. Today’s equipment is so uniformly excellent that a lot of the mystique and “skill” of picking out one’s personal system is just not there anymore. We'll discuss how the romantic, emotional appeal of audio gear has changed over the years to more of a disposable society.

Today’s audio equipment does not exhibit that same degree of visceral appeal. Is the performance so uniformly good that a lot of the mystique and “skill” of picking out your personal system gone?

— December 31, 2020 00:00 in Editorials

Are AV Tradeshows a Thing of the Past?

Are AV Tradeshows a Thing of the Past?

COVID-19 has crushed the idea of home theater tradeshows for 2020 and likely most of 2021. With the decline of brick and mortar AV stores has the idea of actually listening to a demo of HiFi gear before you purchase it a thing of the past? Check out our thoughts on the future of listening to, and purchasing new AV gear.

COVID-19 crushed the idea of home theater tradeshows and with the decline of brick and mortar AV stores has the idea of actually listening to a demo of HiFi gear before you buy a thing of the past?

Jerry Del Colliano — December 29, 2020 01:30 in Editorials

Warner/HBO Max Takes Shot at Theaters, Hits Foot

Warner/HBO Max Takes Shot at Theaters, Hits Foot

WarnerMedia announced its plan to send all of its 2021 film releases directly to its streaming service, HBO Max. It's seen as a snub to movie theaters who weren't consulted about the plan. But Warner also forgot to work this plan out with partner studios. Warner now finds itself in the dog house with its own creative teams who were expecting to see their films debut on the big screen before going to the little screens. We can expect the lawsuits are being prepared, and that's just from within team-Warner. But is WarnerMedia simply accelerating what has already been in the cards for theaters?

WarnerMedia announced plans to send its 2021 slate of films to HBO Max without consulting major theater chains like AMC or even its own partners and producers. How will the impact the art of cinema?

— December 13, 2020 09:00 in Editorials

Denon & Marantz Announce HDMI 2.1 Receivers 4k/120Hz Works Without Issue!

Denon & Marantz Announce HDMI 2.1 Receivers 4k/120Hz Works Without Issue!

Back in October we announced the discovery of a chipset bug in the latest HDMI 2.1 sourced by Panasonic and used in the new Denon, Marantz, and Yamaha HDMI 2.1 AV Receivers. Now, Sound United, parent company of Denon & Marantz has announced after additional testing that there is, in fact, NO issue with passing 4k/120Hz via their latest HDMI 2.1 AV Receivers. See how this has been resolved while breathing a sigh of relief.

Sound United annouced their latest HDMI 2.1 AV receivers from Denon and Marantz actually will support 4k/120Hz resolution without any issues. See how this problem has been resolved and what's next.

— December 09, 2020 13:15 in AV News

Marantz AV7705 11CH AV Processor Giveaway!

Marantz AV7705 11CH AV Processor Giveaway!

To end 2020 on a good note, Audioholics teamed up with Marantz to give away a brand new AV7705 11CH AV Processor. If you're looking to set up a new 7.2.4 Atmos/DTS:X home theater system, the AV7705 will meet your needs nicely. Enter by 12/31/20 for your chance to win this prize and kick the new year off as the envy of your friends. Good luck!

To end 2020 on a good note, Audioholics teamed up with Marantz to give away a brand new AV7705 11CH AV Processor. Enter to win by 12/31/20 to start your new year off right and be the envy of your friends.

— December 03, 2020 14:00 in AV News

Fire Destroys AKM Audio Chip Factory: Can 2020 Get Any Worse?

Fire Destroys AKM Audio Chip Factory: Can 2020 Get Any Worse?

An inferno that blazed for three straight days devastated the AKM semiconductor factory in Nobeoka City, Japan. The result has been a disruption to the supply chain for audio products that use AKM DACs, ADCs that will be felt in both professional and consumer audio markets for at least the next six months. This comes only months after a fire destroyed the Apollo Masters lacquer facility and one year after news of exactly how much was lost in the 2008 fire at Universal Music finally went public. The losses beg one critical question; will fire please leave our music alone? Let's hope this is the last stop in the spate of BAD news that has been 2020.

An inferno that blazed for three straight days devastated the AKM semiconductor factory in Nobeoka City, Japan. Read on to learn how this will this affect audio products from your favorite manufacturers.

— November 13, 2020 12:30 in AV News

Denon & Marantz Firmware Update Adds DTS:X Pro & Key Audio Feature Back!

Denon & Marantz Firmware Update Adds DTS:X Pro & Key Audio Feature Back!

Although AVR receivers get firmware updates periodically, both Denon and Marantz AVRs will receive a firmware update this Nov 11th, 2020 thanks in part to Audioholics requests from our Youtube videos and in depth reviews. Sound United heard our call to action and our reader feedback and made things happen. This firmware update packs many incredible features to enhance the products such as DTS:X Pro and IMAX enhanced features. We are happy with the one update that will restore a key feature because of you, the reader. Read on to find out what updates are coming to your Denon or Marantz receiver.

On Nov 11th, 2020, select 2019 and newer Denon & Marantz AV receivers will be receiving a BIG firmware update that brings DTS:X Pro, Front Wides, and also restores a key audio feature we've been asking for.

— November 05, 2020 01:00 in Editorials

The Future of Audiophile Systems Explained In Explicit, Painful Detail

The Future of Audiophile Systems Explained In Explicit, Painful Detail

Among other things, COVID-19 has changed the way we setup and listen to our Audiophile systems. High end audio can often be a solo hobby. Do you plan to upgrade your system to include family and friends and what changes have you made to your system to embrace the future? Has your system or media consumption changed during COVID-19? These are all questions discussed in this article on the future of audiophile systems and keeping the passion alive.

Is hi-end audio on its way out? Read our thoughts on the challenges that lay ahead for the next generation of audiophiles to create broader appeal and keep this passion alive.

Jerry Del Colliano — November 02, 2020 02:00 in Editorials

The Boston Acoustics Micro Reference 90 Stereo Review Story

The Boston Acoustics Micro Reference 90 Stereo Review Story

I recently purchased a pair of Legacy Audio Signature SE speakers and said that they are most likely the last pair of speakers I will ever buy. I was instrumental in the development and creation of the Boston Acoustics Micro Reference 90's back in the mid 1990s. See how the Boston Acoustics Micro Reference 90's came to be the final destination for another famous reviewer.

I recently said the Legacy Audio Signature SE speakers are most likely the last pair of speakers I will ever buy. See how the Boston Acoustics Micro Reference 90s came to be this for another reviewer.

— October 27, 2020 01:00 in Editorials