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2013 Consumer Electronics Christmas Gifts Guide for Him & Her

2013 Consumer Electronics Christmas Gifts Guide for Him & Her

Christmas is...well, it's just about here. Again. And we want you to be able to find the best gifts for your loved ones—particularly the loved ones who are into electronics and gadgets. This year we've geared up for our annual Electronics Christmas Gift Buying Guide and we've pulled out some of the oddest, but coolest products on the market. We've also tried to bring a greater number of more affordable products to the list in an effort to give you more great ideas about what is new and enticing in the gadget and AV market. Our suggestions may not all be perfect for the home theater-based, but this is the time of year when we can kick back a bit and let our geeky side out.

Christmas is...well, it's just about here. Find the best gifts using our 2013 Audioholics Gift Guide for your loved ones—particularly the loved ones who are into electronics and gadgets.

— December 11, 2013 08:00 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

2013 Audioholics Product of Year Award Winners

2013 Audioholics Product of Year Award Winners

2013 seemed to be a prolific year for soundbar, lifestyle product and in-ear headphone manufacturers. Seriously, whether you were perusing your local big box electronics store, thumbing through a magazine, or surfing the AV manufacturer websites or competitor online AV magazines (how dare you!?!), these three product types dominated the scene. While we did a plethora of coverage of these products too, we never lost focus on the core audiophile nature of this website. Therefore, our Product of the Year (POY) Awards span quite a few product categories. Checkout our 2013 Audioholics Staff Product Picks based on our reviews and/or direct experiences with these great products.

Looking for the best home theater products of 2013? Here's some of the top gear in multiple categories. From bargain headphones to high-end speakers, see who won our 2013 Product of The Year Award.

— December 02, 2013 19:00 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

2013 Consumer Excellence Award Winners

2013 Consumer Excellence Award Winners

Innovation, forward thinking, moving a product category ahead or creating a whole new category, that's what we look for when choosing our Consumer Excellence Award winners. From in-ear headphones to high-end soundbars, 1kwatt amplifiers and subwoofers so powerful they could shake the very foundation of your dwelling. But not everyone can win, or else what's so special about an award? We sifted through all of the products to find the ones that we felt really fulfilled a need for consumers and/or custom installers. Here are the results. Buy any product on this list and you're sure to be happy with your purchase.

The best home theater products of 2013, that's what our Consumer Excellence Award winners represent. From AV receivers to headphones, read on to see our top picks.

— July 03, 2013 12:00 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

Fathers Day Electronics Gift Guide 2013

Fathers Day Electronics Gift Guide 2013

Oh, it's that time of year again. Drop that tie! Put down that cologne! You need to get your Dad something he'll really enjoy this Father's Day and we have just the ticket: our 2013 Father's Day Electronics Gift Guide. If you can't find something for Dad on this page then you're not trying hard enough—or you really really like ties. From radios, to toys, to gizmos and home theater, our 2013 Father's Day Gift Guide has something for every electronics-loving father on the planet. After you peruse our list, let us know what you got your Dad by posting it on our Facebook page.

Oh, it's that time of year again. You need to get your Dad something he'll really enjoy this Father's Day and we have just the ticket: our 2013 Father's Day Electronics Gift Guide for audioholics.

— June 06, 2013 10:35 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

2013 Consumer Excellence Awards - Submit Your Entries Now!

2013 Consumer Excellence Awards - Submit Your Entries Now!

Audioholics is once again readying its annual Consumer Excellence Awards which are given to products that push the limits of consumer electronics excellence and excel in their respective categories. There has been a lot of advancement in CE technology lately, so it's important to us that we highlight the products we feel exceed industry norms and deliver consistent excellent results to consumers, custom installers and retailers alike. If you're an A/V manufacturer or PR Firm, you won't want to miss out on the opportunity to submit your products for consideration of our coveted 2013 Consumer Excellence Award. Imagine displaying our beautiful crystal holographic award plaque at trade shows for consumers to gawk at and your competitors to envy. Due to popular request, we extended the entry date to May 31st. Remember you gotta be in it to win it!

We've extended the Consumer Excellence Awards Entry date to May 31st. Manufacturers Enter your products NOW before it's too late. Remember, you gotta be in it to win it!

— January 03, 2013 00:00 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

2012 Audioholics Product of Year Award Winners

2012 Audioholics Product of Year Award Winners

2012 was yet a second strong year of economic recovery in the A/V industry. Many of the major A/V manufacturers built upon successes of past generation products with a model line refresh with either minimal or no cost increase to the consumer. Getting more performance without a cost increase is always a win in our book. This year we've also seen an array of incredibly high performance budget gear hit the mainstream from the likes of Emotiva and Pioneer. A newcomer subwoofer brand named Power Sound Audio headed up by former SVS founder Tom Vodhanel launched an incredibly high value performance line of subs. After a 10 year sabbatical, Status Acoustics, the high end division of RBH Sound, decided it was time to unleash a reference level, cost no object speaker system into the high end realm. Classé, a brand of solid reputation, warmed our hearts with their cool running, rugged line of amplifiers and Oppo once again reigned king of the hill with their new line of Universal Blu-ray players.

Basically, if you are contemplating an upgrade to your home theater, the following products should help you accomplish that goal of achieving sonic and visual nirvana.

— December 17, 2012 12:05 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

2012 Consumer Electronics Christmas Gifts Guide

2012 Consumer Electronics Christmas Gifts Guide

I think Christmas is coming sooner and sooner each year. At least it sure feels that way. We've geared up our annual Electronics Christmas Gift Buying Guide in an effort to let you know about what we think is great and enticing in the market. It may not be largely home theater-based, but that's because this is the time of year when we branch out into other areas and just include what we think is compelling, innovative, or well... just plain bizarre. In either case we hope this electronics buying guide serves you well as you prepare for the Christmas buying frenzy.

Each year we put out a consumer electronics Christmas Gift Guide for our readers. This is simply a guide that takes a wide swath of products from 2012 across the industry and compiles them here.

— November 18, 2012 18:30 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

Fathers Day Electronics Gift Guide 2012

Fathers Day Electronics Gift Guide 2012

Dad doesn't need more gadgets this Father's Day, but you know he wants them. Here is our annual gift guide where we go beyond home theater to bring you the latest and greatest gadgety gizmos gifts and great products that your Dad will be sure to love... or at least like better than a tie.Interspersed you'll find some more traditional home theater recommendations as well. This year one of my friends' wives bought him a flat panel TV. Now THAT is a Father's Day gift! What are you planning to do? Look at the list below and let us know if any of it appeals to you - and tell us what you ended up buying for Dad this year.

Dad doesn't need more gadgets this Father's Day, but you know he wants them. Here is our annual gift guide where we go beyond home theater to bring you the latest and greatest gadgety gizmos and gifts

— June 11, 2012 08:40 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

Mothers Day Electronics Gift Guide 2012

Mothers Day Electronics Gift Guide 2012

Every year I take it upon myself to educate you in the art of bringing our collective mothers into the 21st century properly. And lest you think that's going to be accomplished by brainwashing her into listening to uncompressed music on a separates system while waxing eloquent on the merits of 10 gauge lamp cord speaker cables... well, let's start a bit smaller. The larger items on our list will be there simply because they represent a way to deliver "audio-creep" into your living space in a way that is attractive to a mom, thus enabling you to get a foothold and encourage her to enjoy a little bit more of the hobby. Other items are just cool gadgets that we think she'll really enjoy. Still others are items designated for moms already well-integrated into the digital age. If you've got that kind of mom, or wife, then consider yourself fortunate!

With Mothers Day on its way, here is our annual Gift Guide for choosing the best and hottest electronics gadgets for 2012. These are items that we think she'll enjoy. So settle back & enjoy yourself.

— May 02, 2012 09:00 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

Valentines Day Electronics Gift Guide 2012

Valentines Day Electronics Gift Guide 2012

This Valentine's Day why not dazzle your loved one with a gift that will make her life easier? Or perhaps just give her a new convenience he or she never had before? or beautify the home theater room with a new accessory or connectivity device? There are numerous ways to send an electronics gift that will say "I love you" - and most of them cost far less than a diamond tennis bracelet or anniversary ring! (though we doubt this will have exactly the same level of impact on the female of the species...) Following are a few of our favorite recommendations that will impress, update, or even (heaven forbid) help your loved one feel the love - audioholics-style...

If you really love your wife or girlfriend this Valentine's Day, why not give her something she'll really enjoy - like a brand new subwoofer! Um... maybe not, but there are plenty of electronic gifts.

— February 04, 2012 09:00 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

5 Media Christmas Gift Ideas for 2011

5 Media Christmas Gift Ideas for 2011

Media makes a casual and affordable Christmas gift. Sure, everyone wants brand new hi-fi gear, there’s nothing like receiving a new subwoofer or receiver as a Christmas gift. But those elite-level gifts are given and received among few on your list. But everyone loves receiving new disc-based or downloadable media. It’s the media we play-back on the audio/video system we’ve worked so hard to perfect that gives it its value. An unexpected sleeper-pick on Blu-ray can breathe new life into your surrounds and re-introduce the pop into your display that you may have been missing watching Netflix and over-compressed on-demand Cable TV. While we won’t claim this is a definitive list but it does contain, in no particular order, some sure winners for nearly anyone on your Christmas-list this Holiday Season.

Media makes a casual and affordable Christmas gift. Sure, everyone wants brand new gear, there’s nothing like receiving a new subwoofer or receiver as a Christmas gift.

— December 15, 2011 05:00 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

2011 Audioholics Product of the Year Award Winners

2011 Audioholics Product of the Year Award Winners

2011 proved to be a year of economic recovery in the A/V industry. It seemed apparent to us that many of the major manufacturers came out of hiding with a slew of new and improved products to entice fellow Audioholics to upgrade their A/V systems. Velodyne, for example, saw the high-end subwoofer market passing them by and decided to revamp their entire Digital Drive line to put everyone in checkmate. Yamaha took a good thing and made it better. Sherbourn got a much-needed restructuring in management and subsequently a new series of high performance products at competitive prices were born. RBH Sound took their highly successful Signature Reference line and updated their aesthetics - birthing the SX/R series. Oppo kept doing what they do best and made it even better by producing incredibly high value, high performance Blu-ray players that do everything right. If you are contemplating an upgrade to your home theater, the following products should help you accomplish that goal of achieving sonic and visual nirvana.

2011 proved to be a year of economic recovery in the A/V industry. It seemed apparent to us that many major manufacturers came out with a slew of new and improved products. Many we liked. A whole lot.

— December 12, 2011 06:30 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

2011 Consumer Electronics Christmas Gifts Guide

2011 Consumer Electronics Christmas Gifts Guide

We love this time of year - when we bring out some of the most unusual, compelling, cute, different, or just plain interesting products across a wide swath of the consumer electronics industry. To help us sort them out, we took each product and assigned it as a thoughtful gift for him, her, "that person who has everything" - you get the idea. Many of the products here are different from that which we'd typically review, but this is the time of year we get to play and expand our horizons. The result is this Christmas Electronics Gift Guide which we hope you find enjoyable, entertaining, helpful... shop well!

Each year we put out a consumer electronics Christmas Gift Guide for our readers. This is simply a guide that takes a wide swath of products from 2011 across the industry and compiles them here.

— November 15, 2011 08:00 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

2011 Back to School Gift Guide!

2011 Back to School Gift Guide!

It's that time again. Kids are going back to school and parents are looking for the perfect items to stick in their bags to equip them for the many tasks and experiences they will face in the big beyond. While not all of the electronics we'll suggest here will be task-oriented, they will all guarantee to at least put a smile on your favorite student's face. From headphones to iPhones, we cover all of the goodies that are sure to be huge hits this back-to-school season. Without further ado, hold on to your hall passes and be sure not to miss the bus as we take you on a tour of some of the greatest gizmos hitting the shelves this year. Expect some new, and some not-so-new, but in all cases, we'll cover the best things you can purchase for little Suzie or Johnny as they head off to school or college.

It's that time again. Kids are going back to school and parents are looking for the perfect items to stick in their bags to equip them for the many tasks and experiences they will face.

— July 26, 2011 02:06 in Product Awards and Gift Guides