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Star Wars: Episode VII Force Awakens New Details Look Promising?

Star Wars: Episode VII Force Awakens New Details Look Promising?

The internet is flooded with Star Wars: Episode VII Force Awakens rumors, speculations, and predictions on how well it will be received. Up until yesterday nobody really had a feeling for what the movie would truly be like. All of that has changed with the latest trailer which managed to get over 20 million views on YouTube yesterday. After watching the trailer, I must give JJ Abrams some props. I foresee great potential in this movie. Can this movie bring back balance to the franchise that has been sorely missed since the original movies?

Based on the latest YouTube trailer, the new Star Wars: Episode VII Force Awakens movie looks promising. Can this movie bring balance back to the franchise sorely missed since the original movies?

— April 17, 2015 16:55 in Editorials

AV Products that Should Make a Come Back?

AV Products that Should Make a Come Back?

Let's face it, we all have a nostalgic side to us. Some have it for cars, clothing, houses, etc. But what about audio? Of course, vintage audio is alive and kicking. Just check out our Facebook page on Throwback Thursday for confirmation. Our recent article on the Most Memorable Receivers of the Last 50 Years remains one of our top downloaded article on this site since we posted it over a month ago. That tells you something. But, what about the more obscure vintage products. They deserve love too, especially on a day like this don't they? Well, it's time to pay a little homage to a few of the gone, but not entirely forgotten classics. Let us know your favorites in the forum.

We all have a nostalgic side to us for vintage gear. But what about the obscure products like 8-track, battery powered cables, Lexicon Blu-ray players and Atmos reflection speakers? Tell us yours.

— April 01, 2015 15:20 in Editorials

Dolby Wants to Make the Atmos Cinema Experience Mobile

Dolby Wants to Make the Atmos Cinema Experience Mobile

At Mobile World Congress 2015 this month Dolby said it wants to put Atmos speaker systems onto the face of your smartphone in order to create a more immersive, theatrical experience from the device you carry in your pocket. Dolby has oversold its brand for hyperbolic sensation before. But is it possible to recreate a truly theatrical acoustic experience from the tiny speakers on a smartphone or tablet? Dolby is right about one thing; the sound quality on mobile devices leaves a lot to be desired and even Jack Black made a stand on the subject at this year's Oscars when he performed a number expressing the frustration of taking in movies on your phone.

At Mobile World Congress 2015 Dolby said it wants to put better speakers onto the face of your smartphone and tablet device to create an immersive, theatrical experience. Gimmick or true advancement?

— March 18, 2015 08:00 in Editorials

Net Neutrality Objections: The 'Big Cable' Propoganda Machine

Net Neutrality Objections: The 'Big Cable' Propoganda Machine

Last Thursday the FCC voted in favor of reclassifying the Internet as a Title II public utility. This means all US-based Internet services will fall under FCC regulation giving it the power to exercise a series of rules intended to enforce net neutrality. The move gives the FCC the power to back up what had previously been a toothless 2005 net neutrality policy statement. But the decision is not without its detractors from the Republican party. Despite the criticisms, we'll look at how Internet regulation has a long-term positive outlook for America.

Last Thursday the FCC voted in favor of reclassifying the Internet as a Title II public utility. This means all US-based Internet services enjoy FCC enforced net neutrality. How will things change?

— March 02, 2015 08:00 in Editorials

Can you be an Audiophile... and a Skeptic?

Can you be an Audiophile... and a Skeptic?

Gene and Hugo touched on some important issues in their last video: The State of the Audio Industry. Audioholics has long been home to healthy skepticism in audio and home theater. As a consumer advocate our Pro Reviews have been a trusted guide for unbiased information on electronics for over 15 years. But too much over-skepticism can lead to what we call "gadgetization" of audio; it's belief that pretty good, is good enough. They say "good" is the enemy of "great". Here's why you might be missing out on a great system because skeptical voices let you settle for good.

Audioholics has long been home to healthy skepticism in audio and home theater. But too much over-skepticism can lead to what we call "gadgetization" of audio. What is the state of the audio industry?

— February 25, 2015 06:00 in Editorials

Spotify Sony PlayStation Music Partnership Announced!

Spotify Sony PlayStation Music Partnership Announced!

Spotify is coming to PlayStation and Xperia devices in a partnership with Sony to create a service dubbed PlayStation Music. This is good news for PlayStation gamers saddled with the only available music source for PS4; Sony’s own second-rate Music Unlimited. The first big partnership between a streaming music service and a console could mark the beginning of the console realizing its potential as a more open media platform rather than simply a game console that doubles as a Sony-only media store. Fellow Playstation owners please let us know what you think about this in our forum.

Spotify is coming to PlayStation and Xperia devices in a partnership with Sony to create a service dubbed PlayStation Music. This is good news for PlayStation gamers.

— January 29, 2015 09:00 in Editorials

The Dumbing Down of Audio: Trading Quality for Convenience?

The Dumbing Down of Audio: Trading Quality for Convenience?

We live in an amazing time. Science is making bigger and better tomatoes, continually perfecting synthetic materials to enhance our lives, while making electronics more compact, powerful and affordable. But all is not perfect. We have traded quality for convenience. It's becoming increasingly difficult to find high quality audio in the mainstream. In this article, we take a look at what has caused "The Dumbing Down of Audio". Check out our recently added Youtube Video discussion on the De-Evolution of High Fidelity Audio.

Is convenient digital music destroying sound quality? We examine ubiquity of low quality audio sources and ask if there is any hope for a HiFi revolution in the future.

— January 18, 2015 08:00 in Editorials

Dolby Atmos-enabled vs In-Ceiling Speakers Demo Results

Dolby Atmos-enabled vs In-Ceiling Speakers Demo Results

In our latest Youtube video, we compare Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers to discrete in-ceiling speakers in a home theater environment to better understand how each perform. Are these two speaker types equivalent or are their pros and cons to each? Is Dolby Atmos the greatest breakthrough in audio in 20 years? Watch our Youtube video to find out.

Dolby Atmos-enabled vs discrete in-ceiling speakers home theater demo results discussed. Are both types of speakers really equivalent? Watch our Youtube video to find out.

— December 07, 2014 23:40 in Editorials

Enter to Win: DD Audio DXB-03 On-Ear Headphones!

Enter to Win: DD Audio DXB-03 On-Ear Headphones!

We Review it, You Win it is Back! This time our friends at DD Audio are giving away a set of DXB-03 On-Ear Headphones to one (1) lucky entrant! This contest represents a $149 value! All you have to do is be a registered Audioholics forum member and participate in our contest thread before Jan 5th, 2015 for your chance to win some new cans to start off the New Year with a blast! Remember, you've gotta be in it to win it. So ENTER NOW!

Enter to Win: DD Audio DXB-03 On-Ear Headphones! Post in the Audioholics forum contest thread before Jan 5th, 2015, for your chance to win new headphones.

— December 05, 2014 10:47 in Editorials

Axiom Audio Speaker & Amplifier Reviews

Axiom Audio Speaker & Amplifier Reviews

Here is a page listing all of our most recent Axiom Audio speaker, subwoofer and amplifier reviews. We have reviewed their products over the course of many years but noticed a trend of their prices going up substantially with very little change to their actual products. Are they the same value proposition today that they once were over a decade ago? You decide.

Here is a page listing all of our most recent Axiom Audio speaker, subwoofers and amplifier reviews as well as alternatives costing the same or less money which we feel are better values.

— November 27, 2014 04:00 in Editorials

Impressions Of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D Demos at CEDIA 2014

Impressions Of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D Demos at CEDIA 2014

Audioholics made the trip out Denver for the 2014 CEDIA Expo. For those that haven't been following A/V news, the big reveal in Denver was Dolby Atmos making its way to the home market, along with the competing Auro-3D format. Suffice it to say, we took in a demo or two to see what these new formats could offer home theater buffs. In addition, this was our first opportunity to hear Dolby's Elevation speakers. Want to know what we thought? Watch our Youtube Video and read our report for all the details.

Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D Demos: Here are our impressions on Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D demos at CEDIA 2014, as well as Dolby's Elevation speaker technology.

— September 15, 2014 09:00 in Editorials

Interview with Legacy Audio on the Aeris Loudspeaker System

Interview with Legacy Audio on the Aeris Loudspeaker System

Every so often we get lucky and a loudspeaker designer allows us to ping him with questions. Today, none other than Bill Dudleston, Legacy Audio's founder and President, joins us to answer some questions regarding the company's Aeris loudspeaker. We get to learn about the finer points of the system's DSP processor, why he chose an air motion tweeter (AMT) array versus a conventional tweeter, and more. Want to know the inside scoop? Click to read the full story.

Interview: Today we sit down with Bill Dudleston of Legacy Audio to learn what makes their Aeris loudspeaker tick. We discuss the advanced DSP, air motion tweeters, and powered subwoofers.

— July 13, 2014 08:00 in Editorials

The Dolby Atmos Home Theater Paradox

The Dolby Atmos Home Theater Paradox

We’ve heard chatter in the industry that the new surround format Dolby Atmos, originally designed for Cineplexes, may be working its way into new AV receivers as soon as this fall. Will consumers be willing to jump on the 9.1 or 11.1 surround bandwagon in a market that seems to be pushing less speakers and soundbars? Or, do you think this will be another forced technology push like 3D and UltraHD have been, from an industry desperate to promote a shiny new product or feature rather than educating the consumers on how to better set up existing technologies to maximize their home theater experience? It will be interesting to see if consumers will identify a need and benefit for adding more speakers in their existing home theaters and if they will be willing to allocate both budget and space to accommodate.

Dolby Atmos is coming to the consumer market this fall. Are you going to upgrade your AV Receiver and add 2 or 4 more speakers to an existing 7.1 setup to your home theater to accommodate?

— February 25, 2014 08:00 in Editorials

Interview with NHT On Loudspeaker Design Philosophy

Interview with NHT On Loudspeaker Design Philosophy

As long time fans of NHT Speakers, this behind the scenes interview gives you a glimpse of the reasons for their success for building no-nonsense speakers for over 25 years. We sat down with Chris Byrne, Co Founder/Owner, and Jay Doherty, Chief Engineer of NHT to get the scoop on the design philosophy behind their products. NHT builds speakers they themselves would want to own, free from pseudoscience but packed with quality components and real engineering design principles that Audioholics can get behind.

As long time fans of NHT Speakers, this behind the scenes interview gives you a glimpse of the reasons for their success for building no-nonsense loudspeakers for over 25 years.

— February 02, 2014 18:00 in Editorials