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Recent Home Theater Editorials

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

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 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