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

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

Denon & Marantz Firmware Update Adds DTS:X Pro & Key Audio Feature Back!
The Future of Audiophile Systems Explained In Explicit, Painful Detail

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

The Future of Audiophile Systems Explained In Explicit, Painful Detail
The Boston Acoustics Micro Reference 90 Stereo Review Story

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

The Boston Acoustics Micro Reference 90 Stereo Review Story

Recent Home Theater Editorials

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

Microsoft's Xbox Long-Game Surges with Bethesda Purchase

Microsoft's Xbox Long-Game Surges with Bethesda Purchase

Microsoft buys Zenimax in the second biggest acquisition in gaming history, an atomic blast to the industry and the fallout is all Xbox. Xbox Game Studios at once solved its exclusive titles problem, revved up pre-orders for Xbox Series S/X while getting the gaming world talking about what the future holds for hardcore triple-A gamers. Let's take a closer look at Microsoft's long-game strategy in gaming and what makes it distinct from Sony. The two console makers represent two different schools of thought in consumer electronics, and 2020 may only be the beginning as Xbox Game Studio's plan for a gaming empire emerges that none can ignore.

Microsoft buys Zenimax in the second biggest acquisition in gaming history. Xbox Game Studios at once solved its exclusive titles problem and stirred interest in pre-orders for Xbox Series X/S.

— October 14, 2020 00:00 in Editorials

Network Redundancy: The New Normal In a Post-COVID World?

Network Redundancy: The New Normal In a Post-COVID World?

When this awful COVID-19 virus messed with all of our lives, it also messed with our connectivity. Without solid connectivity, the new-world idea of working from home is pretty much impossible. How do we deal with dropped internet, loss of cell service, and more when our whole life is hooked up to home automation and the internet?

When COVID-19 messed with all of our lives, it also messed with our connectivity. How do we deal with dropped internet, loss of cell service, and more when our whole life is hooked up to the internet?

Jerry Del Colliano — October 03, 2020 08:30 in Editorials

Home Theater Is More Relevant During COVID-19 Than Ever Before

Home Theater Is More Relevant During COVID-19 Than Ever Before

Nobody saw COVID-19 coming until it was ready to kick our collective butts in early 2020. All of us being stuck at home thanks to COVID-19 has changed our way of life in so many impactful ways. 20 years ago, owning a home theater was an extreme luxury. Today you get a much better home theater experience than ever before at a fraction of the cost. In this article we briefly look at how home theater has changed over the last 20 years FOR THE BETTER.

Home theater has changed a lot over the last 20 years. COVID-19 has made some changes in the way we live our lives, but luckily home theater might be one of the positives to come out of this.

Jerry Del Colliano — September 21, 2020 00:00 in Editorials

Onkyo USA Hands Distribution to Klipsch: Is Onkyo in Trouble?

Onkyo USA Hands Distribution to Klipsch: Is Onkyo in Trouble?

After 45 years Onkyo USA closes its doors handing distribution duties over to the owner of another popular audio brand, Klipsch. In theory the new "strategic distribution alliance" changes nothing for Onkyo dealers and customers. But could arrangements like this be symptomatic for the post-COVID A/V industry?

American Onkyo dealers were notified of an abrupt distribution change in a “notice of termination” for their agreement with Onkyo USA, as it will no longer be fulfilling orders. What happens now?

— August 26, 2020 05:30 in Editorials

Prepare for AV Shipping Delays and Product Shortages Thanks To COVID-19

Prepare for AV Shipping Delays and Product Shortages Thanks To COVID-19

Over and over again, the supply chain again is hammered here in the United States, with global overtones. It is affecting all sorts of businesses, within and beyond the AV industry. If you are in the market for some new AV gear, and you have the chance to make a purchase, you might want to do it now as it isn’t clear when the next shortage or shipping delay might get in your way. Read on to find out how this is going to affect you and your beloved hobby.

If you are in the market for some new AV gear, you might want to make a purchase now as it isn’t clear when the next shortage or shipping delay might get in your way due to COVID-19.

Jerry Del Colliano — August 24, 2020 07:00 in Editorials

DirecTV Lost 954,000 Subscribers In Q2 2020 - Time To Cut The Cord?

DirecTV Lost 954,000 Subscribers In Q2 2020 - Time To Cut The Cord?

With rumors floating that AT&T might spin-off, merge, or outright close DirecTV - the news that 954,000 subscribers left the service in Q2-2020 isn’t a good sign. Mainstream as well as enthusiasts are looking at “cord cutting” more than ever before. But before you sink your scissors into your COAX cable, you'll want to take a careful look at the state of cable and satellite TV versus the growing number of powerful streaming services on the market today.

With rumors floating that AT&T; might close DirecTV, the news that 954,000 subscribers left the service in Q2-2020 isn’t good. We're going to look at what your options are if you decide to cut the cord

Jerry Del Colliano — August 16, 2020 02:50 in Editorials

An Audiophile’s Realization: My Last New Speakers

An Audiophile’s Realization: My Last New Speakers

The day we get big, impressive new speakers is an important day to us audiophiles. We’ve spent years researching them, listening to all the contenders, planning, plotting, saving. No one else really understands, except other audiophiles. Here’s the story of what are probably my last pair of loudspeakers.

The day we get big new speakers is an important day to us audiophiles. We’ve spent years researching them to get the best we can afford. Here’s the story of what are probably my last loudspeakers.

— June 19, 2020 05:00 in Editorials

When Was the “Golden Age” of Audio Hi-Fi?

When Was the “Golden Age” of Audio Hi-Fi?

The hobby of audio has gone through a lot of changes over the years. Whether you call it hi-fi, stereo, audio, home theater, immersive, the interest and pursuit of high-quality reproduced sound in the home has long been an enduring interest for a very large number of people. Is there one time period that can be said to be audio’s “Golden Age?” Does any particular era stand out from the rest? We take you on a tour of the decades in audio starting from the 60's until today to answer those questions.

The interest of high-quality reproduced sound in the home has been an enduring interest for a large number of people. Is there a period that can be said to be audio’s “Golden Age?". Read on to see.

— April 20, 2020 06:00 in Editorials

Coronavirus COVID-19 Audioholics Survival Guide

Coronavirus COVID-19 Audioholics Survival Guide

I recently tested positive for COVID-19 after struggling with what I thought at the time was a stomach bug or flu on and off for 8 straight days. While I'm in quarantine until I produce 2 consecutive negative test results, I decided to write up this little Coronavirus survival guide from the perspective of an Audioholic. I offer some treatments that helped relieve my symptoms while also suggesting some good audio and visual reference materials to entertain you while you get better. Check out my Youtube discussion of symptoms and treatments for COVID-19 for more information.

I recently tested positive for COVID-19 after struggling with what I thought was the flu for over a week. This survival guide suggests good reference audio and video material to get you through the isolation period.

— March 15, 2020 00:00 in Editorials

Coronavirus COVID-19: Will it Tank the Audio Industry?

Coronavirus COVID-19: Will it Tank the Audio Industry?

The coronavirus strain known as COVID-19 has dominated the news as of lately. You can’t open a newspaper, read a news app, or turn on the television without some reference to this disease. But what of my beloved electronics? What will happen to our industry? I was shocked to see the devastating impact that this virus, in China, was having on American electronics companies. How will this affect the distribution of the electronics industry and how has it impacted Audioholics so far? Read on to find out.

Looking to buy a new electronic gadget this week? Thanks to the COVID-19 Coronavirus you may hear, "Sorry folks we're all out and don't know when new ones will come in." See how this is impacting us.

— March 11, 2020 07:00 in Editorials

Synergistic Research High End Cables with Low Integrity

Synergistic Research High End Cables with Low Integrity

Ted Denney who owns and operates a company called Synergistic Research. Synergistic Research is an audio company specializing in expensive, exotic cables and audio tweaks based on pseudoscience. Ted Denney not only mocked my COVID-19 situation publicly, but also threatened to report our GoFundMe to the IRS. High-end audio maybe, but low integrity, definitely.

Synergistic Research is an audio company specializing in expensive, exotic cables and audio tweaks based on pseudoscience. Ted Denney publicly mocked my COVID-19 situation and threatened Audioholics.

— March 10, 2020 01:00 in Editorials