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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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Subwoofer Reviews Review

Perlisten R212s Powered Subwoofer Review

— September 13, 2022 10:55

Perlisten R212s Powered Subwoofer Review

Has Perlisten created similar magic of the D215s sub with their new R212s dual-12” 1kwatt more budget-friendly sealed subwoofer at half the price? Read our review of the R212 sub with measurements.

Subwoofer Reviews Review

REL Acoustics HT/1510 Predator II Sealed Subwoofer Review

— September 02, 2022 14:10

REL Acoustics HT/1510 Predator II Sealed Subwoofer Review

The REL Acoustics HT/1510 Predator II is a 1,000 watt, 15” woofer, sealed bruiser. REL touts their subwoofers as being fast & musical. We evaluate that claim with measurements & associated trade offs.

AV Receiver Reviews Preview

New Denon 2022 8K AV Receivers with DIRAC!

— September 23, 2022 00:00

New Denon 2022 8K AV Receivers with DIRAC!

Denon released SEVEN new 8K AV receivers for 2022. The top models will include Dirac Live room correction AND 4 sub outs and the lower models start at only $400! Read on.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

Focal Aria K2 936 Floorstanding Speaker Review

— August 04, 2022 01:35

Focal Aria K2 936 Floorstanding Speaker Review

Focal landed a hit with the Aria line of speakers, and their flagship tower of the K2 series, the 936 3-way floorstander is no exception. Read on to see what this special edition has to offer.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Preview

Bowers & Wilkins 700 S3 Series Loudspeakers Demo Report

Brian Kahn — September 22, 2022 00:25

Bowers & Wilkins 700 S3 Series Loudspeakers Demo Report

We did a listening demo comparison between the Bowers & Wilkins’ new 700 S3 vs S2 Series of loudspeakers. The 8 new models include upgrades like new cabinet designs, crossovers, plinths, & driver mounts.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

Arendal Sound 1723 Tower S THX Speaker Review

— July 08, 2022 00:00

Arendal Sound 1723 Tower S THX Speaker Review

Stunned by Arendal Sound’s 1723 THX monitor performance, we wanted to see if the more manageable sized 1723 S series tower could deliver similarly great sound and value. Read our review.

Audio Amplifier Reviews Preview

NAD M23 Master Series Stereo Amplifier Test Report

— September 20, 2022 00:50

NAD M23 Master Series Stereo Amplifier Test Report

The NAD M23 is a 200wpc stereo amp that utilizes the SOTA Class D Purifi 1ET400A reference design to push the envelope of performance and efficiency. Is this the best measuring amp in our 23+ year history?

Subwoofer Reviews Review

RSL Speedwoofer 10S MKII Review: Improved Performance, Great Value!

— July 01, 2022 08:25

RSL Speedwoofer 10S MKII Review: Improved Performance, Great Value!

The popular RSL Speedwoofer 10S received a redesign to take advantage of modern innovations in audio technology. The RSL Speedwoofer 10S MKII has been completely redesigned. To find out how, read on.

Headphone Reviews Preview

Focal NEW Utopia 2022 Headphone Review: Are These Endgame?

— September 18, 2022 00:20

Focal NEW Utopia 2022 Headphone Review: Are These Endgame?

Focal new Utopia 2022 review: Focal has tweaked its flagship bringing light design updates including the M-shaped grille to better match the diaphragm and a new copper/aluminum voice coil.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

DALI OBERON 7C Active Wireless Floorstanding Speaker Review

— June 14, 2022 00:30

DALI OBERON 7C Active Wireless Floorstanding Speaker Review

The Dali OBERON 7C active floorstanding Loudspeakers and SOUND HUB combines their signature sound in an easy-to-use wireless system that can serve hi-fi 2CH or surround installations. Read our review.

AV Preamp and Processor Reviews Preview

Denon AVR-X3800H 11.4CH Receiver: The Ultimate Afffordable AV Preamp?

— September 09, 2022 00:25

Denon AVR-X3800H 11.4CH Receiver: The Ultimate Afffordable AV Preamp?

The Denon AVR-X3800H has 11CH of processing, HDMI 2.1 full support, 4 independent subwoofer outputs, preamp disconnect and DIRAC upgradability. For only $1,700, could this be the ultimate AV preamp?

Subwoofer Reviews Review

Sigberg Audio 10D Subwoofer Review: Best Performing Small Sub?

— June 08, 2022 00:40

Sigberg Audio 10D Subwoofer Review: Best Performing Small Sub?

Our review of the Sigberg Audio 10D subwoofer shows what happens when a designer puts some of the world’s best audio components into a small package that hits above its size class. Pricey but potent.

AV Preamp and Processor Reviews Preview

Marantz AV 10 & AMP 10 16CH HDMI 2.1 Separates Details Leaked!

— September 07, 2022 18:25

Marantz AV 10 & AMP 10 16CH HDMI 2.1 Separates Details Leaked!

The new Marantz AV 10 16CH AV Processor and matching AMP 10 amplifier feature DIRAC room correction, 4 independent sub outs, 200watts x 16 Class D amplification and full HDMI 2.1 support on every input.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

HECO Aurora 1000 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

— May 17, 2022 09:00

HECO Aurora 1000 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

The German made Heco Aurora 1000 floor-standing speakers ($799/ea) were put through the wringer with our in depth measurement testing and yielded surprising results. Are these the speakers to get?

Audio Amplifier Reviews Preview

Starke Sound Fiera4 4 Channel Amplifier Benchmark Test Results

— September 05, 2022 00:25

Starke Sound Fiera4 4 Channel Amplifier Benchmark Test Results

The Starke Sound Fiera4 is an exciting new four channel Class D amplifier. It provides plenty of power (130wpcx4) to juice your home theater in a light weight and energy efficient package. Read on.

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Review

Sigberg Audio SBS.1 Active Speaker Review

— May 04, 2022 00:15

Sigberg Audio SBS.1 Active Speaker Review

Our review of the Sigberg Audio SBS.1 active speakers show a design that is long overdue. At $6.5k/pair, these Norwegian beauties give you state-of-the-art design in a reasonable size with high dynamic range.

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Preview

Epos Loudspeakers Are Born Again Under Karl-Heinz Fink

— August 23, 2022 00:05

Epos Loudspeakers Are Born Again Under Karl-Heinz Fink

Karl-Heinz Fink bought Epos Loudspeakers and is rebooting the brand with new designs of old models, like the ES14N. The new ES14N features all new technology inside and out. Read on.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

Monoprice Monolith Encore T6 Tower Loudspeaker Review

— April 13, 2022 01:15

Monoprice Monolith Encore T6 Tower Loudspeaker Review

The Monoprice Monolith Encore T6 (MSRP: $800/pr) are audiophile grade speakers with ample bass and output you would have to spend significantly more to rival. Read our review with measurements to see why.

AV Receiver Reviews Preview

Arcam Launches 4 New 8K-Ready AV Receivers for 2022

— August 17, 2022 00:15

Arcam Launches 4 New 8K-Ready AV Receivers for 2022

Arcam’s 2022 AV receiver lineup includes the AVR11($3,050), AVR21($4,700), and AVR31($6,900). All offer 8K video passthrough, Dirac Live room correction, and support almost every audio format.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

Starke Sound VLOT Active Wireless Loudspeaker System Review

— February 21, 2022 00:55

Starke Sound VLOT Active Wireless Loudspeaker System Review

Starke Sound's VLOT wireless floor-standing speakers pack a lot of tech into a small footprint. If you want a wireless speaker system with nice aesthetics and good bass response, check out VLOT.

Headphone Reviews Preview

Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 ANC Wireless Headphones Review

— August 15, 2022 00:55

Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 ANC Wireless Headphones Review

Px7 Series2 is Bowers & Wilkins latest NC wireless headphones, an overhaul of Px7. In our review, we discuss a list of updates and improvements over its predecessor including sound quality and comfort.

Subwoofer Reviews Review

Arendal Sound 1961 1S and 1V Subwoofers Review

— January 24, 2022 01:50

Arendal Sound 1961 1S and 1V Subwoofers Review

We review Arendal's entry-level 1961 1S and 1V subwoofers to determine if their more affordable subs can maintain the phenomenal performance to value we found in their 1723 2V powerhouse. Read on.

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Preview

PSB Turns 50, Launches Retro-Chic Passif 50 Anniversary Edition Speaker

— August 10, 2022 00:55

PSB Turns 50, Launches Retro-Chic Passif 50 Anniversary Edition Speaker

In honor of celebrating its 50 year milestone in business, Canadian loudspeaker manufacturer PSB launched the Passif 50 loudspeaker ($2,499/pair). It features retro styling, but is all modern inside.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

Paradigm Founder 100F and 70LCR Loudspeakers Review

— January 09, 2022 00:55

Paradigm Founder 100F and 70LCR Loudspeakers Review

The Paradigm's Founder 100F 3-way towers and 70LCR speakers use a slew of new technologies to push the loudspeaker game forward. Read our review to see how they sounded and performed with measurements.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Preview

Q Acoustics New Concept Series Loudspeakers Packed with Tech & Good Sound

— August 01, 2022 12:10

Q Acoustics New Concept Series Loudspeakers Packed with Tech & Good Sound

Q Acoustics new Concept series offer a range of performance models from the Concept 30 bookshelf to their 50 tower loudspeakers. Their sound and build quality really impressed us as much as their value.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

Polk Reserve R700 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

— December 20, 2021 00:10

Polk Reserve R700 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

In our in-depth review of Polk Audio's Reserve R700 tower speakers, we look at just how much of the performance of the stellar Legend series has trickled down to the more affordable Reserve series.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Preview

KEF Updates Flagship Blade and Reference Speakers With Metamaterial Absorption Technology

— July 29, 2022 00:05

KEF Updates Flagship Blade and Reference Speakers With Metamaterial Absorption Technology

KEF's Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT) has found way into the company's high end offerings. The new Blade and Reference Meta series employ the MAT technology into the entire lineup. Read on.

AV Preamp and Processor Reviews Review

StormAudio ISP MK2 24CH AV Processor Review

— December 09, 2021 00:30

StormAudio ISP MK2 24CH AV Processor Review

The StormAudio ISP MK2 24CH Atmos/DTS:X/Auro 3D AV processor has the most advanced bass management & connectivity features. Our review bench tests and listening impressions reveal why it’s our 2021 POY.

Audio Amplifier Reviews Preview

NAD’s C 389 Integrated Amp Delivers Streaming and Dirac for Less

— July 25, 2022 00:30

NAD’s C 389 Integrated Amp Delivers Streaming and Dirac for Less

NAD's new C 389 integrated amp offers much of the performance of the C 399 for 25% less money. The $1,500 amp delivers 130 watts of Hypex UcD power, and uses the same ESS Sabre DAC and a DIRAC path.

AV Gadget Reviews Review

IsoAcoustics GAIA Isolators Review: Improving Your Loudspeakers Sound

— November 19, 2021 01:50

IsoAcoustics GAIA Isolators Review: Improving Your Loudspeakers Sound

IsoAcoustics GAIA Isolators proved there is real science behind the sonic benefits of decoupling and isolating your loudspeakers from the floor. I explore the results tested on Revel & RBH Sound speakers.

Audio Amplifier Reviews Preview

Mark Levinson Celebrates 50 Years in Audio; New $50K Amp & NC Headphones

— July 14, 2022 00:50

Mark Levinson Celebrates 50 Years in Audio; New $50K Amp & NC Headphones

This year marks 50 years of Mark Levinson. The brand is celebrating with the № 5909 ANC Bluetooth headphones ($999) & a limited-edition monoblock amplifier, the ML-50 for $50,000/pair! Read on.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

Philharmonic BMR Tower Speaker Review: Strike Gold Twice?

— November 03, 2021 02:00

Philharmonic BMR Tower Speaker Review: Strike Gold Twice?

Philharmonic Audio BMR tower is a 3-way wide dispersion speaker that scales up the performance and bass output from of their fabulous Philharmonitor previously reviewed. Read on to see if how it’s done.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Preview

New Peaks Series Loudspeakers from YG Acoustics Look Awesome, Cost (Slightly) Less!

— June 20, 2022 01:50

New Peaks Series Loudspeakers from YG Acoustics Look Awesome, Cost (Slightly) Less!

Colorado’s YG Acoustics has introduced the Peaks Series — five new speaker models plus a powered subwoofer — designed to deliver the company’s superb engineering and sound quality at lower prices.

Subwoofer Reviews Review

Starke Sound SW15 and SW12 Sealed Subwoofers Review

— October 26, 2021 18:35

Starke Sound SW15 and SW12 Sealed Subwoofers Review

Starke Sound put very capable drivers in their lower cost SW12 and SW15 sealed powered subwoofers. we compare these 2 subs to help you make the right purchasing decision based on your needs.

AV Preamp and Processor Reviews Preview

McIntosh Launches MX180 8K 16CH AV Processor, Two New Brawny Integrated Amps

— May 30, 2022 00:15

McIntosh Launches MX180 8K 16CH AV Processor, Two New Brawny Integrated Amps

McIntosh is shipping 3 new products; the MX180 a 16CH Atmos/DTS:X Auro 3D AV processor with 8K video support and the MA8950 and MA9500 stereo integrated amps which key audiophile features to drool over!

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Review

Perlisten S4b Brings Flagship Performance Bookshelf Speaker Review

— October 24, 2021 13:30

Perlisten S4b Brings Flagship Performance Bookshelf Speaker Review

We review the Perlisten S4b 3-way bookshelf speaker system to see if the unparalleled technology found in their flagship S7t tower performs superbly in a more modestly sized package.

Headphone Reviews Preview

Monolith M1000ANC Review: Dirac Virtuo 3D-Sound in a Budget Bluetooth Headphone

— May 26, 2022 00:20

Monolith M1000ANC Review: Dirac Virtuo 3D-Sound in a Budget Bluetooth Headphone

The Monolith M1000ANC headphones we reviewed include Dirac Viruo DSP, memory foam pads, 40-mm drivers, Active Noise Cancelling, 60-hour battery life, unique gesture touch-control UX for only $130!

Subwoofer Reviews Review

JBL HDI-1200P Subwoofer Review: Good Performance At A Premium Price?

— October 01, 2021 01:00

JBL HDI-1200P Subwoofer Review: Good Performance At A Premium Price?

The JBL HDI-1200P is a dual-ported, 1,000-watt, high-excursion 12" cone sub, so it has the good on paper, but does the performance live up to the specs? Read on to find out!

Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews Preview

SOUNDBOKS Go: Loudest Bluetooth Party in a Box Speaker Ever?

— May 21, 2022 00:45

SOUNDBOKS Go: Loudest Bluetooth Party in a Box Speaker Ever?

Soundboks Go is the new little brother to Soundboks Gen3, a powerful, loud, barely portable outdoor Bluetooth speaker. With a volume control that goes to 11, it can produce up to 121-dB of sound.

Subwoofer Reviews Review

Arendal 1723 Subwoofer 2V Review: Power Meets Finesse

— September 14, 2021 00:20

Arendal 1723 Subwoofer 2V Review: Power Meets Finesse

We review the Arendal Sound flagship 1723 2V subwoofer, a 132 lbs., dual 13.8" woofer 1,200 watt RMS bruiser. Is Arendal's 1723 V2 subwoofer as good as their THX speakers? Read on.

Headphone Reviews Preview

beyerdynamic MMX-100 and MMX-150 Gaming Headset Review

David Pritchard — May 09, 2022 00:25

beyerdynamic MMX-100 and MMX-150 Gaming Headset Review

beyerdynamic wants a piece of the gaming pie with their MMX-100 and MMX-150 gaming headsets. For $100 and $150 respectively, the beyerdynamic headsets are in a crowded field. Read on.

Headphone Reviews Review

Hifiman Ananda-BT: Audiophile Bluetooth Headphones Review

Steve Church — August 25, 2021 00:20

Hifiman Ananda-BT: Audiophile Bluetooth Headphones Review

Hifiman recognizes the lack of “audiophile” grade Bluetooth headphones and has decided to change that with their Ananda-BT offering. Read our review to see if they’ve pulled it off.

Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews Preview

Denon DHT-S217 Promises Dolby Atmos from a 2.1 Soundbar?

— April 28, 2022 00:30

Denon DHT-S217 Promises Dolby Atmos from a 2.1 Soundbar?

Denon released details on their DHT-S217 Dolby Atmos 2.1 Soundbar. The Denon DHT-S217 Dolby Atmos 2.1 Soundbar is designed to give you 3D Dolby Atmos sound out of a 2.1 system. Is that possible?

Subwoofer Reviews Review

Monoprice Monolith 13” THX Ultra Subwoofer Review

— August 11, 2021 12:30

Monoprice Monolith 13” THX Ultra Subwoofer Review

Today we review Monoprice's Monolith 13" THX Ultra Sub. The latest addition to the Monolith THX family raises the bar on Monolith subs in every respect with just a slight price increase. Read on.

Headphone Reviews Preview

Helm Bolt + DB12: Wins the Portable DAC-Amp Combo

— April 21, 2022 01:30

Helm Bolt + DB12: Wins the Portable DAC-Amp Combo

HELM Bolt portable DAC/Amp and DB12 inline amplifier with your favorite headphones all add up to portable hi-fi jam session that's so much more than the sum of its parts.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

RBH Sound Limited Edition SVTRS Active Speaker System Review

— August 09, 2021 12:00

RBH Sound Limited Edition SVTRS Active Speaker System Review

Reviewing the RBH Sound Limited Edition SVTRS active speaker system has been a transformative experience. Few consumer loudspeakers can match its dynamics, bass extension, transparency and overall fidelity.

Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews Preview

Monoprice Releases 3 New THX Certified Compact On-Wall LCR Speakers

— April 07, 2022 10:05

Monoprice Releases 3 New THX Certified Compact On-Wall LCR Speakers

Monoprice released new THX certified On-wall and satellite speakers. The Monolith M-OW1 LCR($300/each), M-OW3 passive LCR soundbar($500/each), and THX Certified Compact Satellite Speaker($250/pair).

Subwoofer Reviews Review

Perlisten D215s: Is This the Most Accurate Subwoofer on the Planet?

— August 05, 2021 02:55

Perlisten D215s: Is This the Most Accurate Subwoofer on the Planet?

Our review of the Perlisten D215s dual driver, push pull subwoofer proved it to be one of the most advanced and accurate on the planet per decibel of output as well as per cubic foot of space.

Subwoofer Reviews Preview

RSL Speedwoofer 10S MKII Sub, C34E MKII Atmos In-Ceiling Speakers Offer Enhanced Performance

— April 07, 2022 01:00

RSL Speedwoofer 10S MKII Sub, C34E MKII Atmos In-Ceiling Speakers Offer Enhanced Performance

The RSL Speedwoofer 10S MKII features a new woofer and a more powerful amp with DSP, for just $449. The new-and-improved C34E MKII in-ceiling speaker delivers real-deal Dolby Atmos for $149 each.

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Review

Arendal Sound 1723 Monitor THX Loudspeaker Review

— July 05, 2021 01:25

Arendal Sound 1723 Monitor THX Loudspeaker Review

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.

Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews Preview

Polk Expands Their MagniFi Line With the Immersive Mini AX Soundbar

— April 04, 2022 01:25

Polk Expands Their MagniFi Line With the Immersive Mini AX Soundbar

Polk Audio expanded their MagniFi line with their new released MagniFi Mini AX Soundbar. This 5.1 system is Dolby Atmos and DTS:X certified. See what technologies Polk packs to get you immersive surround.

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Review

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

— June 09, 2021 01:20

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

$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.

HDTV Reviews Preview

Hisense Unveils Mini LED TVs and New Laser Projectors for 2022

— March 28, 2022 08:30

Hisense Unveils Mini LED TVs and New Laser Projectors for 2022

Hisense has released its 2022 lineup of displays. From affordable Mini LEDs, to ultra short throw projectors, to their flagship 75-inch U9H ULED TV ($3,200), Hisense should have you covered! Read on.

Audio Amplifier Reviews Review

Cherry Audio MEGAschino Mk2 Standard Edition Amplifier Review

— June 04, 2021 01:00

Cherry Audio MEGAschino Mk2 Standard Edition Amplifier Review

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.

Subwoofer Reviews Preview

Monolith Two New THX Certified Ultra Dual-Driver Subwoofers BIG Bada Boom!

— March 21, 2022 00:15

Monolith Two New THX Certified Ultra Dual-Driver Subwoofers BIG Bada Boom!

Monoprice released two tower style subwoofers, the Monolith M-210 dual 10-inch subwoofer & M-212 dual 12-inch subwoofer. Both are THX Ultra Certified up to 3,000sf rooms. Big Bass, on the cheap.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Review

Perlisten S7t Tower Loudspeaker Review - Are these Endgame?

— May 18, 2021 12:45

Perlisten S7t Tower Loudspeaker Review - Are these Endgame?

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.

AV Receiver Reviews Preview

Anthem MRX 740 & 1140 AV Receivers Comparison Bench Test Results!

— March 17, 2022 09:00

Anthem MRX 740 & 1140 AV Receivers Comparison Bench Test Results!

In this bench test report of the Anthem MRX 740 & 1140 AV receivers, preamp & amplifier performance is evaluated and compared. We cover Bass management and amplifier matrixing performance recommendations.

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Review

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

— May 03, 2021 01:00

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

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.

Audio Amplifier Reviews Preview

NAD’s Classic Series C 399 Integrated Amp Delivers Masters Series Tech For Less

— March 15, 2022 01:00

NAD’s Classic Series C 399 Integrated Amp Delivers Masters Series Tech For Less

NAD’s new Classic Series C 399 integrated amp ($1,999) delivers 180 watts of nCore amplification and features tech previously found only in the brand’s more expensive Masters Series amps. Read on.