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

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

Home Theater Is More Relevant During COVID-19 Than Ever Before
Onkyo USA Hands Distribution to Klipsch: Is Onkyo in Trouble?

American Onkyo dealers were notified of an abrupt distribution change in a “notice of termination” for their agreement with Onkyo USA, as it

Onkyo USA Hands Distribution to Klipsch: Is Onkyo in Trouble?
Prepare for AV Shipping Delays and Product Shortages Thanks To COVID-19

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

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

Recent Home Theater 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 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