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Audioholics writes some of the industry's most thorough AV product reviews. Our reviews stand apart from the competition in that we do comprehensive objective measurements and analysis including taking the products apart to describe their operation from soup to nuts. Get the real skinny on how AV receivers, amplifiers and loudspeakers perform from our unbiased reviews.

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Arendal Sound 1723 Monitor THX Loudspeaker Review

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Arendal Sound 1723 Monitor THX Loudspeaker Review

— July 05, 2021 01:25

The Arendal 1723 Monitor looks great and Arendal claims a very high sound and build quality for its price, but is that real or just marketing fluff? Read our in-depth review to find out.

Bose and Barco Team Up to Offer All-In-One Video Conferencing Solutions

Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Bose and Barco Team Up to Offer All-In-One Video Conferencing Solutions

— July 19, 2021 01:40

The new Bose Videobar VB1 is a USB conferencing device that combines microphones, speakers, and a 4K ultra-HD camera. The VB1 uses “beam-steering microphones” that focus on voices and rejects noise.

Focal Sopra N°1 Bookshelf & Center Speaker Review: Looks that Kill!

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Focal Sopra N°1 Bookshelf & Center Speaker Review: Looks that Kill!

— June 09, 2021 01:20

$10,000 is a lot of dosh for a pair of bookshelf speakers. What if they are among the most finely constructed bookshelf speakers on Earth? Such is the case with Focal's Sopra No1 bookshelf speakers.

Definitive Technology Introduces New High-Performance Descend Series Subwoofers

Subwoofer Reviews

Definitive Technology Introduces New High-Performance Descend Series Subwoofers

— July 14, 2021 01:50

Definitive Technology announced the Descend Series subwoofers with 4 models ranging from 8” to 15” drivers and dual passive radiators. They are armed with "Intelligent Phase Control” to optimize setup.

Cherry Audio MEGAschino Mk2 Standard Edition Amplifier Review

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Cherry Audio MEGAschino Mk2 Standard Edition Amplifier Review

— June 04, 2021 01:00

The Cherry Audio MEGAschino Mk2 Standard Edition Class D Amplifier is energy efficient, boasting SOTA specs and gobs of power output (>400wpc, 8 ohms). Is it worth the $6k price? Read our review.

Denon PMA-A110 Integrated Amplifier Review: BIGGER Sound than Power Ratings Reveal?

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Denon PMA-A110 Integrated Amplifier Review: BIGGER Sound than Power Ratings Reveal?

— July 12, 2021 16:30

Denon’s PMA-A110 Integrated amplifier is a finely crafted piece of audio gear that sounds as good as it looks while delivering more power than its modest 80wpc rating suggests. Read our review to see why.

Perlisten S7t Tower Loudspeaker Review - Are these Endgame?

Tower Speaker Reviews

Perlisten S7t Tower Loudspeaker Review - Are these Endgame?

— May 18, 2021 12:45

Perlisten's S7t flagship THX Certified Dominus tower speakers have made leaps in technology that have some folks going so far as to question their reality and our reviewer calling them endgame products.

EPOS Sennheiser Game Zero Gaming Headset Review

Headphone Reviews

EPOS Sennheiser Game Zero Gaming Headset Review

Dua Rashid — July 09, 2021 23:20

Looking for a new set of dedicated gaming headphones? Check out our review of the $180 EPOS Sennheiser Game Zero gaming headset to see how they fall on the cost vs quality line.

JBL L100 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeaker Review - Modern Take on a Classic

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

JBL L100 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeaker Review - Modern Take on a Classic

— May 03, 2021 01:00

The JBL L100 Classics have the look of the L100 Centurys updated with the latest in loudspeaker design for improved performance. Our review determines if they surpass the originals to create a new legacy.

Focal ‘1000 Series’ In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speakers Offer SOTA Performance Unseen

In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Focal ‘1000 Series’ In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speakers Offer SOTA Performance Unseen

— June 02, 2021 08:25

Focal announced a new lineup of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers called the 1000 Series. These are the most advanced and most capable in-wall speakers the company has ever built. Are these SOTA, unseen?

SVS PB-1000 Pro and SB-1000 Pro Subwoofers Review

Subwoofer Reviews

SVS PB-1000 Pro and SB-1000 Pro Subwoofers Review

— April 20, 2021 01:10

SVS has totally redesigned their entry-level powered subwoofers in the PB-1000 Pro and SB-1000 Pro. Our review reveals these subs go well beyond entry-level performance. Read on to find out how.

Wireless IEM Headphones: Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro vs Samsung, Jabra and Sennheiser

Headphone Reviews

Wireless IEM Headphones: Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro vs Samsung, Jabra and Sennheiser

— May 30, 2021 01:35

Four pairs of IEMs are compared, including the Samsung Buds, Jabra Elite 65T, Sennheiser Momentum and relative newcomer Soundcore Liberty Pro 2. Read our review to see how the Liberty Pro 2 compare.

Polk Legend L800 SDA Loudspeaker Review

Tower Speaker Reviews

Polk Legend L800 SDA Loudspeaker Review

— April 05, 2021 11:35

The Polk Audio Legend L800’s w/ SDA Pro reflect the next evolution in Polk's long obsessions with cross-talk cancellation technology. Is this their best effort yet? Check out the review to find out.

Sound United Announces HDMI 2.1 8K Upgrades and AVR-X8500H"A" and Marantz AV8805"A" AV Receivers

AV Receiver Reviews

Sound United Announces HDMI 2.1 8K Upgrades and AVR-X8500H"A" and Marantz AV8805"A" AV Receivers

— May 27, 2021 09:30

Sound United released two upgraded flagships, the Denon AVR-X8500HA and Marantz AV8805A and an upgrade path for existing hardware that will bring full HDMI 2.1 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz support.

Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 16CH Home Theater Processor Review

AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 16CH Home Theater Processor Review

— February 22, 2021 09:00

We reviewed the 16 channel Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 AV Processor to see how it performed. With ALL 3 immersive surround formats supported and a future upgrade path to 8K, is this the processor to beat?

Yamaha Raises the Bar with 3 New 8K AVENTAGE AV Receivers for 2021

AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha Raises the Bar with 3 New 8K AVENTAGE AV Receivers for 2021

— May 24, 2021 14:15

Yamaha’s new 2021 lineup of AV Aventage receivers including the RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A. They offer upgraded DAC’s, 8K support and beefier amplifier sections. Are these a new reference standard?

Revel PerformaBe F226Be Tower & C426Be Center Loudspeakers Review

Tower Speaker Reviews

Revel PerformaBe F226Be Tower & C426Be Center Loudspeakers Review

— December 01, 2020 13:00

We reviewed the Revel Performa F226Be, a three-way floor-standing speaker, and the C426Be, a monster three-way center speaker using four 6.5" bass drivers to see if they live up to the brand reputation.

New Company Reavon Promises High-End UHD Blu-ray Players

Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

New Company Reavon Promises High-End UHD Blu-ray Players

— May 16, 2021 02:15

French company Reavon is developing a pair of conspicuously Oppo-like UHD Blu-ray players. The UBR-X100 (€800) and UBR-X200 (€1,600) are slated to arrive in Europe soon! Will they be the next OPPO?

RBH Sound PM-8 Active Monitor Loudspeaker Review

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

RBH Sound PM-8 Active Monitor Loudspeaker Review

— November 12, 2020 00:15

The RBH Sound PM-8 is a DSP driven 2-way active studio monitor that offers tremendous performance intended for pro-audio. We reviewed these speakers to see how they also work for home audio environment.

Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition Review: The Future of Streaming

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition Review: The Future of Streaming

— May 11, 2021 07:45

Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition (HE) features the wireless streaming architecture and design of Uniti Atom with reworked power supply, and headphone outputs. Read our review to see why it sets the bar.

ADAM Audio T7V Powered Monitor Speaker Review

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

ADAM Audio T7V Powered Monitor Speaker Review

— October 20, 2020 23:30

The ADAM Audio T7V Active Speakers are nearfield monitors ($500/pair). We reviewed them to determine IF they sound as good as they look and IF they serve home audio applications as well as the studio.

Rotel Delivers High-End ‘Michi’ Integrated Amps And Entry-Level ‘Tribute’ Gear

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Rotel Delivers High-End ‘Michi’ Integrated Amps And Entry-Level ‘Tribute’ Gear

— May 09, 2021 01:20

Rotel released a pair of Michi Class-AB integrated amps: the Michi X3 ($4,999) and X5 ($6,999). For entry-level customers, there is the A11 integrated amp ($799) and CD11 CD player ($599). Read on.

SVS PB-2000 Pro Ported Subwoofer Review

Subwoofer Reviews

SVS PB-2000 Pro Ported Subwoofer Review

— September 23, 2020 08:00

SVS completely revamped their 2000 series with the release of their 2000 Pro subwoofers. We can report that the 2000 Pro subs are far more improved than just adding a smartphone app. Read on.

Focal Arche Headphone DAC/Amplifier Review - Get It Before Its Gone

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Focal Arche Headphone DAC/Amplifier Review - Get It Before Its Gone

— April 30, 2021 01:00

Focal Arche is a pre-amp/DAC, headphone amplifier with two 32-bit AK4490 DACs and two separate 1W @ 32-ohm amplifiers to power your headphones with pristine clarity. How does it sound? Read on.

Marantz SR8015 11CH 8K DTS:X Pro Review: Best AV Receiver for 2020?

AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz SR8015 11CH 8K DTS:X Pro Review: Best AV Receiver for 2020?

— September 15, 2020 01:30

The Marantz SR8015 11.2CH Atmos/DTS:X Pro HDMI 2.1 AV receiver is built on a very solid platform with benchmark measured performance. Is this the best AVR for 2020? Read our review to find out.

Is Wharfedale's New Diamond 12 Series the New Benchmark For Budget Speaker Excellence?

Tower Speaker Reviews

Is Wharfedale's New Diamond 12 Series the New Benchmark For Budget Speaker Excellence?

— April 26, 2021 01:40

Wharfedale introduced its revamped budget friendly Diamond 12 Series of loudspeakers with new drivers, crossovers, and cabinets with improved bracing. Best bang for the buck speaker series? Read on.

PreSonus Eris E8 XT Active Studio Monitors Review

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

PreSonus Eris E8 XT Active Studio Monitors Review

— September 07, 2020 08:00

The PreSonus Eris E8 XT monitors are beefy speakers that sport an 8" fiber-woven woofer, a waveguide-loaded 1.25" dome tweeter, and 140 watts of onboard amplification. How do they sound? Read on.

Revel’s New F328Be Versus the Old Ultima Salon2 Which is the Better Speaker?

Tower Speaker Reviews

Revel’s New F328Be Versus the Old Ultima Salon2 Which is the Better Speaker?

— April 23, 2021 01:15

Can Revel's new $16,000/pair F328Be floorstanding speaker actually be better than the brand’s crown jewel, the $22,000/pair Ultima Salon2? Read on to find out.

Legacy Signature SE Floorstanding Speaker Review

Tower Speaker Reviews

Legacy Signature SE Floorstanding Speaker Review

Steve Feintein — August 20, 2020 22:00

Will the 4-way Legacy Audio Signature SE floorstanding speakers allow me to achieve my audiophile realization of my last new speakers? Read our review to find out.

AirPlay 2 and Dolby Vision Arrive On Roku

AV Gadget Reviews

AirPlay 2 and Dolby Vision Arrive On Roku

— April 14, 2021 09:00

Roku’s flagship streaming device, the Roku Ultra ($100) has been updated for 2020. Now with Dolby Vision on board, the Ultra is better equipped to compete with other streamers

JTR Captivator RS1 18" Sealed Subwoofer Review

Subwoofer Reviews

JTR Captivator RS1 18" Sealed Subwoofer Review

— August 09, 2020 12:00

How much performance can be had from a reasonably sized cabinet? With a 2,400 watt amplifier and an 18" driver with 4" of peak-to-peak excursion, the RS1 Captivator from JTR gives a lot! Read on.

Sonus faber Debuts New Budget-Friendly Lumina Loudspeaker Range

Tower Speaker Reviews

Sonus faber Debuts New Budget-Friendly Lumina Loudspeaker Range

— April 13, 2021 09:00

Sonus faber’s new Lumina loudspeakers brings luxury audio to the masses. The lineup includes the Lumina I bookshelf ($899/pr), 3-way Lumina III floor-stander ($2,199/pr), and Lumina Center I ($688).

Kali Audio LP-8 Powered Monitor Loudspeaker Review

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Kali Audio LP-8 Powered Monitor Loudspeaker Review

— July 29, 2020 04:00

We reviewed the Kali Audio LP-8 powered studio monitor loudspeakers to determine if pro-audio equipment can be used with excellence in home audio applications.

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones Review

Headphone Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones Review

Don Dunn — April 12, 2021 01:00

Bowers & Wilkins proved with their new PX7 noise-cancelling headphones that they can excel in this space just as well as they do with premium loudspeakers. Read to see why they are our 2020 POY winner.

Definitive Technology Demand D15 Tower Speaker Review

Tower Speaker Reviews

Definitive Technology Demand D15 Tower Speaker Review

— July 13, 2020 07:00

Definitive Technology Demand D15 Tower Speaker are beautifully crafted and sound terrific. But, how do they compare to the similarly priced BP-9000 in their product line? Read our review to find out.

THX Launches Onyx, Portable MQA-DAC/AAA-Headphone Amp Review

AV Gadget Reviews

THX Launches Onyx, Portable MQA-DAC/AAA-Headphone Amp Review

— April 08, 2021 11:10

THX has launched its first consumer product! Onyx is a portable DAC/Amp featuring MQA and THX's AAA amplifier topology in a portable USB-powered package. Read on to see how it compares to Audioquest.

Hayward Industries pHin Brings “Hi Tech” to Pool Care

AV Gadget Reviews

Hayward Industries pHin Brings “Hi Tech” to Pool Care

— July 05, 2020 05:00

Are you a high tech gear junkie with a pool? Check out Hayward Industries pHin Smart Water Monitor.The pHin checks your pool chemistry 1,000 times a week and send the results to your phone. Read on.

Polk Audio’s Reserve Series Speakers Bring Legend Innovations At Lower Prices

Tower Speaker Reviews

Polk Audio’s Reserve Series Speakers Bring Legend Innovations At Lower Prices

— March 23, 2021 06:30

Polk Audio's new Reserve speaker series takes many of the innovations from their Legend series and packs them into a units with MSRPs less than half of that of their Legend counterparts. Read on.

RBH Ultra-3 Passive Soundbar Review: Custom Cut With Great Sound

Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

RBH Ultra-3 Passive Soundbar Review: Custom Cut With Great Sound

— June 23, 2020 07:00

The RBH Sound Ultra-3 is a high-performance passive soundbar with a super clean look that is custom cut to fit your TV. $1,232 isn't budget friendly, but does its performance justify its price?

SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer Breaks the Small Size Barrier with BIG Sound

Subwoofer Reviews

SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer Breaks the Small Size Barrier with BIG Sound

— March 18, 2021 18:00

The SVS new 3000 Micro subwoofer breaks the small sized barrier with BIG sound from dual 8" drivers, 800 watt RMS amplifier, all packed into an 11" cube for only $799 shipped!

JBL HDI-3800 Floorstanding Speaker Review

Tower Speaker Reviews

JBL HDI-3800 Floorstanding Speaker Review

— June 02, 2020 17:25

The JBL HDI-3800 84lb beast of a floorstanding speaker features triple 8" bass drivers and an advanced compression driver and waveguide. We review it to determine if it lives up to the JBL heritage.

Focal Replaces Clear with All-New Improved Clear Mg Open Back Headphones

Headphone Reviews

Focal Replaces Clear with All-New Improved Clear Mg Open Back Headphones

— March 16, 2021 08:30

Focal's most widely loved headphone, Clear is reaching the end of its life-cycle. But the good news is that it's being replaced by the new Clear Mg, with an updated all-magnesium dome driver.

Polk Audio Legend L200 Bookshelf and L400 Center Speaker Review

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Polk Audio Legend L200 Bookshelf and L400 Center Speaker Review

— May 12, 2020 01:00

The L200 are Polk's latest high-end bookshelf speaker, and the L400 is the Legend center speaker. Both boast many of the state-of-the-art advances. Check out our detailed review of both here.

Perlisten Audio: The THX Dominus Line Has Finally Been Breached!

Tower Speaker Reviews

Perlisten Audio: The THX Dominus Line Has Finally Been Breached!

— March 09, 2021 12:15

THX raised the bar to a height that few thought anyone could clear in their 'Dominus' certification. That has changed with Perlisten Audio's introduction of their Certified Dominus loudspeakers.

Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 12" Sealed Subwoofer DIY Kit Review

Subwoofer Reviews

Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 12" Sealed Subwoofer DIY Kit Review

— February 22, 2020 00:35

We built and tested the Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 Subwoofer kit. Does the DIY 12" sealed subwoofer kit buy you more performance than commercial offerings? Read on to find out.

Paradigm’s Founder Series Loudspeakers Mix Signature Design, Cutting-Edge Science

Tower Speaker Reviews

Paradigm’s Founder Series Loudspeakers Mix Signature Design, Cutting-Edge Science

— March 05, 2021 21:15

Paradigm recently replaced their acclaimed Prestige loudspeaker line with the Founder series. The Founder speakers are packed to the gills with new advances in loudspeaker design. New driver tech, must read!

Yamaha AVENTAGE 5200 Series 11CH Processor/Amplifier Review

AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Yamaha AVENTAGE 5200 Series 11CH Processor/Amplifier Review

— January 10, 2020 09:00

Yamaha is on their 3rd generation of separates in the Aventage line with their new 11-channel CX-A5200 AV Processor and MX-A5200 amplifier. Read our review to find out if they are a worthy successor.

Bomaker Defies the $100  Price Point with their  2.1 Soundbar Subwoofer

Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Bomaker Defies the $100 Price Point with their 2.1 Soundbar Subwoofer

David Mossor — March 03, 2021 08:00

What can you get for $100 in the home theater world? Not much. The Bomaker Tapio V however, is a semi portable 100 watt 2.1 soundbar/subwoofer system that will make you rethink its modest price.

SVS 3000 Series Powered Subwoofers Review

Subwoofer Reviews

SVS 3000 Series Powered Subwoofers Review

— December 19, 2019 03:00

We reviewed the SVS 3000 series subwoofers which, in many ways, may be their best subwoofer series to date. Read our in-depth review to find out why we like the SVS 3000 series subwoofers so much.

SVS 1000 Series Subwoofers Get a Major Redesign

Subwoofer Reviews

SVS 1000 Series Subwoofers Get a Major Redesign

— February 26, 2021 13:00

SVS just announced that their entry-level 1000 series subs have received a major redesign, Audioholics has been given the scoop on the new 1000 Pro series subwoofers: The PB-1000 Pro and SB-1000 Pro.

SVS Prime Wireless 2.1 Speaker System Review

Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

SVS Prime Wireless 2.1 Speaker System Review

— December 03, 2019 08:00

We had a chance to do a full review on the SVS 2.1 Prime Wireless Speaker System. At $1,100 the system isn't cheap but it comes armed with great sound especially when streaming lossless audio.

Focal Stellia Closed-Back Headphone Review

Headphone Reviews

Focal Stellia Closed-Back Headphone Review

— February 13, 2021 11:30

Our ears were delighted to review the Focal Stellia headphones. All the high-end technology and build-material of Focal's flagship headphone Utopia is optimized to fit into a closed-back design with style.

RSL CG5 & CG25 Bookshelf / Center Speakers Review

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

RSL CG5 & CG25 Bookshelf / Center Speakers Review

— November 14, 2019 13:00

RSL Speaker's recent release of the CG5 and CG25 speakers have raised the eyebrows of audio industry. Did RSL produce a premium higher end product at a more moderate price? Read on to find out.

Noise Cancelling Headphone Comparison: Bose 700 UC VS Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Headphone Reviews

Noise Cancelling Headphone Comparison: Bose 700 UC VS Bowers & Wilkins PX7

— February 07, 2021 00:00

Looking for a new pair of noise cancelling headphones? We take a look at the well known Bose 700 UC and compared it to the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 over the ear headphones. Read on to see which is better.

Focal 300 Series In-Wall Speakers Review

In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Focal 300 Series In-Wall Speakers Review

— October 29, 2019 20:00

Focal's 300 series architectural speakers are designed for music or cinema aficionados. Tool-less design with the company's patented EQI (Easy Quick Install) system, good sound has never been so easy.

Our Top Five $500 Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Our Top Five $500 Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

— February 04, 2021 08:00

Looking for a pair of bookshelf speakers in the $500 price range? We have compiled a list of our top choices for bookshelf speakers at that price point for 2021.