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Can An All-In-One Turntable System Work? Plus Audio Review

The new +Record Player from Plus Audio is incredibly realistic for an all in one record player system. Is it worth the $1,600 price tag? Read

Can An All-In-One Turntable System Work? Plus Audio Review
Anthem's New MCA 225/325/525 Amplifiers Boast BIG 600 Watts of Power!

Anthem's new MCA 225/325/525 multi-ch amplifiers boast up to 600 watts/ch power and low noise starting at $2k but are there caveats? Read on to

Anthem's New MCA 225/325/525 Amplifiers Boast BIG 600 Watts of Power!
KEF Launches LS50 Meta and LS50 Wireless II Loudspeakers with ‘Metamaterial …

KEF updated their LS50 loudspeaker with a groundbreaking innovation called “Metamaterial Absorption Technology.” Featured in both the passive

KEF Launches LS50 Meta and LS50 Wireless II Loudspeakers with ‘Metamaterial  Absorption Technology’

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Can An All-In-One Turntable System Work? Plus Audio Review

Can An All-In-One Turntable System Work? Plus Audio Review

If you're still nostalgic about your vinyl, but don't want to setup a dedicated system for it, check out the new +Record Player from Plus Audio. The new +Record Player has incredibly realistic sound for an all in one record player system and it doesn't take up a ton of real estate. Is it worth the $1,600 price tag? Read our review to find out.

The new +Record Player from Plus Audio is incredibly realistic for an all in one record player system. Is it worth the $1,600 price tag? Read our review to find out.

Gavin Baier — January 26, 2021 08:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Anthem's New MCA 225/325/525 Amplifiers Boast BIG 600 Watts of Power!

Anthem's New MCA 225/325/525 Amplifiers Boast BIG 600 Watts of Power!

On the heels of unveiling their A/V Processors and A/V Receivers audio company Anthem released three new multi-ch power amplifiers starting at $2k that are sure to be on all the immersive audio enthusiasts wish lists to kick off the New Year. The MCA 225, 325, and 525 are designed to compliment the new AVM 70 and AVM 90 A/V Processors from Anthem. Anthem is claiming impressively low noise specs and up to a whopping 600 watts of power/ch to make your speakers come alive. Read on to find out more.

Anthem's new MCA 225/325/525 multi-ch amplifiers boast up to 600 watts/ch power and low noise starting at $2k but are there caveats? Read on to find out.

— January 20, 2021 08:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

KEF Launches LS50 Meta and LS50 Wireless II Loudspeakers with ‘Metamaterial Absorption Technology’

KEF Launches LS50 Meta and LS50 Wireless II Loudspeakers with ‘Metamaterial  Absorption Technology’

KEF has updated the modern classic LS50 loudspeaker with a groundbreaking innovation called “Metamaterial Absorption Technology.” Featured in both the passive LS50 Meta ($1,500/pair) and the active LS50 Wireless II ($2,500/pair), Metamaterial Absorption Technology uses a complex acoustical device located behind the drivers to absorb 99% of the sound created by the tweeter’s rearward motion, which would normally enter the speaker cabinet and cause distortion. Read on to learn more about this unique innovation.

KEF updated their LS50 loudspeaker with a groundbreaking innovation called “Metamaterial Absorption Technology.” Featured in both the passive LS50 Meta and active LS50 II. Is this a leap forward for Kef?

— January 11, 2021 08:30 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Shielded Audio Cables Offer Quality without Snake Oil

Shielded Audio Cables Offer Quality without Snake Oil

We'll give you our opinion on what speaker cables to buy here on Audioholics and what to look out for as snake oil. For a snake oil free cable company, check out Shielded Audio. This family owned and operated company has designed high quality instrument, power, RCA, XLR, and of course, speaker cables. Read on to see what we think of them.

If you're looking for high end 'snake oil free' speaker cables, check out Shielded Audio. This family run business prides itself on quality engineered audio cables without the nonsense.

— December 31, 2020 00:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Elac Launches Redesigned Uni-Fi 2.0 Loudspeaker Range

Elac Launches Redesigned Uni-Fi 2.0 Loudspeaker Range

Elac’s Andrew Jones has completely redesigned the company’s Uni-Fi range of 3-way loudspeakers. The Uni-Fi 2.0 series is now the brand’s least expensive to offer Jones’s signature concentric drivers, where the tweeter sits inside the midrange driver. The Uni-Fi 2.0 lineup includes the UB52 bookshelf speaker ($600/pair), the UF52 floor-standers ($1,200/pair), and the UC52 center-channel speaker ($400/each). Read on to learn more.

Elac’s Andrew Jones has completely redesigned the company’s Uni-Fi range of 3-way loudspeakers. The Uni-Fi 2.0 series is now the brand’s least expensive to offer Jones’s signature concentric drivers.

— December 17, 2020 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Rocksteady Stadium Wireless Speaker Review

Rocksteady Stadium Wireless Speaker Review

The new Rocksteady Stadium is an affordable Bluetooth 5.0 speaker system with an interesting hook. The idea at the heart of this system is deceptively simple, one speaker all by itself creates a solid rendition of what you'd expect from a small portable Bluetooth speaker. But when you wirelessly connect two or more in a custom wireless sound network and the design really shines as it brings a stereophonic soundstage that exceeds the speaker's diminutive stature. You’ll wonder why all Bluetooth speakers aren’t designed this way! Stereo imaging from compact speakers that you can place almost anywhere is a hook you won't soon get out of your head.

The new Rocksteady Stadium wireless Bluetooth speaker system is one of a new generation of portable Bluetooth 5.0 speakers that push the boundaries of its category especially when configured as a stereo pair.

— December 08, 2020 09:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

JBL’s Retro-Styled 4349 ‘Studio Monitor’ Loudspeakers Are For Pros & Home Listeners

JBL’s Retro-Styled 4349 ‘Studio Monitor’ Loudspeakers Are For Pros & Home Listeners

JBL’s newest high-end loudspeaker is the 4349 Studio Monitor ($7,500/pair). The 4349 combines the company’s lauded, horn-loaded D2415K compression driver with a 12-inch woofer to deliver “a triumph for accurate sound reproduction.” Despite the “Studio Monitor” moniker, the 4349 is intended for both audio professionals and home listeners. Read on to learn more.

JBL’s newest high-end loudspeaker is the 4349 Studio Monitor ($7,500/pair). The 4349 combines the company’s lauded, horn-loaded D2415K compression driver with a 12-inch woofer

— December 06, 2020 07:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Revel PerformaBe F226Be Tower & C426Be Center Loudspeakers Review

Revel PerformaBe F226Be Tower & C426Be Center Loudspeakers Review

Our review last year of the Revel PerformaBE M126Be bookshelf speakers impressed us so much that we wanted to check out a pair of towers and center channel in the same lineup. The PerformaBe F226Be is a three-way floor-standing speaker, and the C426Be, a monsterous three-way center speaker uses four 6.5" bass drivers and the same mid/tweet array. Our exhaustive review explores if these products live up to the Revel reputation and our comprehensive measurements and listening tests will help determine that.

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.

— December 01, 2020 13:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Focal 100 & 300 ICW Series Brings Audiophile to Architecture Speakers

Focal 100 & 300 ICW Series Brings Audiophile to Architecture Speakers

If you're under the guise that true audiophile speakers have to be free standing or wall mounted, we bring you the Focal ICW series of architectural speakers. Last year Audioholics reviewed the 300 IW6 LCRs and found them to be a truly amazing. Now we'll be looking at integrating the 300ICW4, 300ICW6, and the 100ICW5 in-ceiling speakers into the new Audioholics Smarthome project. Be sure to check out our YouTube Overview video on these fantastic speakers.

Focal 300ICW4, 300ICW6, and the 100ICW5 architectural speakers promise to bring you box speaker level performance in disguise. Read on to see what we think of these in-ceiling audiophile speakers.

— November 18, 2020 09:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

RBH Sound PM-8 Active Monitor Loudspeaker Review

RBH Sound PM-8 Active Monitor Loudspeaker Review

RBH Sound, well known for their home audio loudspeakers, has decided to dip their toes in the pro-audio market with the PM-8 two-way active studio monitors, but perhaps 'dip their toes' doesn't do justice to the magnitude of these massive speakers. Each PM-8 tips the scale at 43lbs and houses 400 watts of amplification with a heavy-duty 8" woofer and a high-end AMT tweeter along with sophisticated DSP for optimal driver integration and performance. While these are clearly NOT timid stab at pro-audio applications, we wondered if they could be also used as hi-fi speakers for home audio? Read our in-depth review to find out.

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.

— November 12, 2020 00:15 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Anthem Releases New 7 CH, 11 CH, & 15 CH AVM A/V Processors and MRX Receivers

Anthem Releases New 7 CH, 11 CH, & 15 CH AVM A/V Processors and MRX Receivers

Anthem released information on their newest upgradeable Atmos/DTS:X Imax Enhanced AV processors and receivers. The AVM Series of AV processors include the AVM70, a 15.2 channel pre/pro and the AVM90, a 15.4 channel pre/pro. The new MRX receivers include three new models ranging from 5 to 11 channels of amplification with preamplifiers built to handle substantially more processing channels. Anthem did a LOT right with these new products from a technical standpoint, read on to how see how.

Anthem released information on their new upgradeable 15CH Atmos/DTS:X IMAX Enhanced AVM AV processors and MRX 7CH to 15CH receivers. Anthem upped their game both in performance and functionality. Read on.

— October 30, 2020 00:05 in AV Receiver Reviews

ADAM Audio T7V Powered Monitor Speaker Review

ADAM Audio T7V Powered Monitor Speaker Review

ADAM Audio has long been known as pioneers in bringing AMT drivers to pro-audio loudspeaker design. They have traditionally occupied a somewhat higher price-point than major monitor brands, but that has changed recently with their T series monitors which use the same design principles in a more affordable package. The ADAM Audio T7V's are near-field monitors that use ADAM Audio's AMT tweeters in a sophisticated waveguide along with class-D amplification in an unusually attractive cabinet that looks a lot nicer than it needs to for studio purposes. Can a monitor this sleek-looking also be used for home audio? Read our in-depth review to find out!

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.

— October 20, 2020 23:30 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Arylic Brings Whole Home Audio To Your Favorite Speakers

Arylic Brings Whole Home Audio To Your Favorite Speakers

If you’re looking for whole-home audio, but you already love the existing speakers you already own, you might want to check out the new streaming options from Arylic Audio. We’ll look at three of their offerings including a compact preamp (S10 and S50Pro) and A50 power amplifier to help turn the products you already own into a whole-home audio system capable of streaming your favorite music sources.

We reviewed the Arylic Audio compact, affordable streaming pre-amplifiers (S10 & S50Pro) and an A50 amplifier that allow you to re-use existing speakers to transform your whole home audio.

— October 19, 2020 00:05 in AV Gadget Reviews

Marantz Announces AV7706 11.2Ch 8K Ultra HD AV Surround Pre-Amplifier

Marantz Announces AV7706 11.2Ch 8K Ultra HD AV Surround Pre-Amplifier

If you're looking for 8K upscaling and pass-through out of your preamplifier you're pretty much out of luck - Until today! Marantz announced the release of an 8K surround AV pre-amplifier, the AV7706. This preamplifier features 11.2 channels of XLR and RCA pre-outs and the latest immersive surround codecs as well as HEOS music management system. Read on to see how this improves over this model's predecessor.

Marantz just announced the new AV7706 11.2CH 8K AV Processor armed with the latest immersive surround codecs and HEOS music management system. Read on to see how it improves upon its predecessor.

— October 11, 2020 09:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews