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An Audiophile’s Realization: My Last New Speakers

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

An Audiophile’s Realization: My Last New Speakers
When Was the “Golden Age” of Audio Hi-Fi?

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

When Was the “Golden Age” of Audio Hi-Fi?
Coronavirus COVID-19 Audioholics Survival Guide

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

Coronavirus COVID-19 Audioholics Survival Guide

Recent Home Theater 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 Audio with Low Integrity

Synergistic Research High-End Audio 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 00:00 in Editorials

Hearing Protection and Listening Safety

Hearing Protection and Listening Safety

If you are an Audiophile, then you are probably familiar with the years of hard work and stress your ears go through. The goal for every audiophile should be to enjoy hi-fi for a lifetime. But, in order to do that, care must be taken to not over stress or abuse your ears with sustained excessively loud sounds. This article talks about the importance of hearing safety and how to combat tinnitus using active hearing aids and soundscapes. Checkout our recent Youtube video were we discuss safe daily listening doses to preserve your hearing.

This article discusses the importance of hearing safety and how to combat tinnitus using active hearing aids and soundscapes. Listen for a lifetime by not abusing your ears to enjoy true hi-fi.

— March 02, 2020 00:00 in Editorials

Is Google Rewarding Fake Review Comparison Websites?

Is Google Rewarding Fake Review Comparison Websites?

It's amazing how many online A/V websites fit the mold laid out herein which gives one pause to wonder if they actually have product in hand when conducting their "reviews". Did they actually do any objective analysis or measurements? Did they discuss the inner details of how the products function? Did they furnish their own images of the product under review? As a reader, this is something you must decide for yourself. Things are getting even foggier now that it seems apparent Google is actually rewarding "comparison" style articles monetized with embedded Amazon affiliate links. Are fake reviews the new norm? Be sure to watch our recently added YouTube discussion.

How many Home Theater Reviews and AV Magazines simply massage press releases and pawn them off as product comparisons monetized with Amazon affiliate links that Google deems useful content? Read on.

Anthony Federici — December 07, 2019 23:00 in Editorials

Old Integrated Amplifiers in Today's Modern World

Old Integrated Amplifiers in Today's Modern World

What happens when your pre/pro separates are a hair too big for your entertainment center and your new replacement amp fails after a year and a half? Follow the saga of finding just the right amplifier for a three zone house. The journey will take you to an unexpected ending that leads to a vintage audio piece saving the day. Buckle up and enjoy the ride...

What happens when your pre/pro separates are a hair too big for your entertainment center and your new amp fails after 1.5 years? Follow one mans journey to find out how vintage audio saved the day.

— November 05, 2019 00:00 in Editorials

Marvel vs. DC Rivalry Continues in Digital Media as AT&T vs. Disney & Sony

Marvel vs. DC Rivalry Continues in Digital Media as AT&T vs. Disney & Sony

The rivalry between Marvel and DC is still alive and well through the three major conglomerates that now own all of the most popular characters that were born in comics. But the next battleground for popularity will be in the digital delivery of Marvel and DC characters to your favorite screen. The decision-makers behind the capes and cowls may sit in the air-conditioned offices of AT&T, Disney and Sony but the contest remains as fierce as it ever was in print-publishing as our favorite heroes do battle in the new business-arena of Streaming Video on-Demand. The stakes couldn't be higher, the objective is nothing less than the total subjugation of rival SVoD apps.

The Marvel vs. DC rivalry that was born in comic books will live on as AT&T; and Disney in the next battle for streaming video on-demand supremacy. Who will come out victorious?

— October 27, 2019 09:00 in Editorials

Netflix Boasts ‘Studio Quality’ Sound For Streaming Video

Netflix Boasts ‘Studio Quality’ Sound For Streaming Video

Netflix has launched a “high-quality audio” feature that promises studio-quality sound for 5.1-channel and Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Netflix is now streaming audio at much higher bit rates in order to deliver sound that is indistinguishable from the original master, according to the company. When bandwidth is limited, the audio quality is automatically downgraded to prevent playback interruptions. Read on to learn more.

Netflix has launched a “high-quality audio” feature that promises studio-quality sound for 5.1-channel and Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Read on to find out more.

— October 02, 2019 08:00 in Editorials

AT&T, Comcast and Disney Prepare to Destroy Netflix

AT&T, Comcast and Disney Prepare to Destroy Netflix

Netflix is feeling the summer heat! Three of the most high-powered entertainment conglomerates are moving into streaming, and removing some of the most popular shows from your Netflix queue. Add some bad financial news, limp international subscribers and a falling US subscriber-base, Netflix is just not having a good summer. But don't count everyone's favorite streaming app out just yet, they've been preparing for this for years. Let's take a closer look at how Netflix plans not only to survive, but to maximize its competitive advantages and thrive in a new era for streaming video on-demand.

How will Netflix survive Disney, AT&T; and Comcast moving into the already crowded streaming video-on-demand market? We explore how Netflix will try to continue staying relevant and keep its members.

— August 01, 2019 02:00 in Editorials

Trump's Google - Huawei Ban, Might be Good for Consumers After All

Trump's Google - Huawei Ban, Might be Good for Consumers After All

The China-US trade dispute has spilled over into consumer electronics in a big way, and it’s changing the competitive landscape for cell-phones. After months of problems for Huawei, including the loss of its Android operating system, the company has deployed a sweeping "Plan B". Consumers worldwide may be better off for it. Was Trump right?

The China-US trade dispute has spilled over into consumer electronics in a big way, and it’s changing the competitive landscape for cell-phones. Was Trump right about the Google - Huawei ban? Read on.

— July 10, 2019 02:00 in Editorials

Batwoman & "Woke" Hollywood — The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Batwoman & "Woke" Hollywood — The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The social commentary in much of today's TV and film has become too obvious and predictable, its superficial depictions of stereotypes play out like parodies. The latest example of this debauchery can be seen in the new Batwoman trailer on Youtube that received a 5:1 thumbs down to up ratio. Role reversals of 1950s-style prejudices, while exploiting politically-charged identity issues, is the opposite of progress. Instead of woke, Hollywood is putting us back to sleep.

The social commentary in much of today's TV and film has become obvious and predictable, its superficial depictions of stereotypes play out like parodies.

— May 31, 2019 00:00 in Editorials

Control4 OS 3 Revamps Smarthome Experience More Ease and Power

Control4 OS 3 Revamps Smarthome Experience More Ease and Power

Control4 has just updated their operating system in a big way. The goal was twofold; personalization and ease of operation for the end user. This is the 3rd generation of their OS hence the name OS 3 and we got a chance to beta test it. In this editorial we take a closer look at the Control4 OS 3 and how it has impacted the operation of their system integrated into the Audioholics Showcase Home. See what's new from Control4 and how home automation just got a lot neater.

Control4 has just updated their operating system in a big way. The goal was twofold; personalization and ease of operation for the end user. We beta tested OS 3 in our systems to understand its impact.

— May 28, 2019 13:00 in Editorials