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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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Hifiman Ananda-BT: Audiophile Bluetooth Headphones Review

Headphone Reviews

Hifiman Ananda-BT: Audiophile Bluetooth Headphones Review

Steve Church — August 25, 2021 00:20

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.

Dan Clark Audio’s Stealth: The First Metamaterial Headphone

Headphone Reviews

Dan Clark Audio’s Stealth: The First Metamaterial Headphone

— September 12, 2021 22:00

Dan Clark Audio’s new flagship headphone is the Stealth ($4,000). This closed-back planar magnetic headphone is the first in the world to use metamaterial technology. To find out more, read on.

Monoprice Monolith 13” THX Ultra Subwoofer Review

Subwoofer Reviews

Monoprice Monolith 13” THX Ultra Subwoofer Review

— August 11, 2021 12:30

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.

Dirac Live Room Correction Added To New Onkyo TX-RZ50 AV Receiver

AV Receiver Reviews

Dirac Live Room Correction Added To New Onkyo TX-RZ50 AV Receiver

— September 10, 2021 01:00

Huge news at CEDIA 2021! Consumer budgeted receivers like Onkyo's TX-RZ50 have integrated Dirac Live for room calibration and full HDMI 2.1 support on ALL inputs. Is this the hot AVR for 2021?

RBH Sound Limited Edition SVTRS Active Speaker System Review

Tower Speaker Reviews

RBH Sound Limited Edition SVTRS Active Speaker System Review

— August 09, 2021 12:00

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.

Cambridge Audio’s Evo Streaming Amps Deliver Great Design and All-In-One Convenience

Audio Amplifier Reviews

Cambridge Audio’s Evo Streaming Amps Deliver Great Design and All-In-One Convenience

— September 09, 2021 00:15

The Cambridge Audio Evo 75 ($2,250) and Evo 150 ($3,000) are compact, Class D streaming amps that aim to deliver audiophile performance from a “lifestyle” all-in-one package.

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

Subwoofer Reviews

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

— August 05, 2021 02:55

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.

Focal Debuts On Wall 301 and 302 Low Profile Speakers

In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Focal Debuts On Wall 301 and 302 Low Profile Speakers

— September 08, 2021 00:30

Focal released their On Wall 301 and 302 speakers which offer easy mounting and a slick sleek design but do they keep the brands reputation for HiFi audio? Read on to find out.

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.

Polk Introduces Incredibly Affordable Monitor XT Speaker Lineup

Tower Speaker Reviews

Polk Introduces Incredibly Affordable Monitor XT Speaker Lineup

— September 06, 2021 23:30

Polk Audio has a new line of competitively priced speakers, the Monitor XT. With eight different sizes to choose from, prices start at $150/pair for height channels, and $600/pair of towers. Read on.

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.

Bowers and Wilkins Revamps Their 800 Series With Their D4 Diamond Range

Tower Speaker Reviews

Bowers and Wilkins Revamps Their 800 Series With Their D4 Diamond Range

— September 03, 2021 01:30

Bowers and Wilkins revamped their 800 Series with their D4 Diamond Range. The B&W loudspeaker line has 7 new models to choose from including 2 center channels and a flagship $35k/pair 801 D4 tower.

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.

Focal Adds Bookshelf and Center Channel to its Aria K2 Line

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Focal Adds Bookshelf and Center Channel to its Aria K2 Line

— September 02, 2021 00:55

Focal announced the release of their Aria K2 906 bookshelf ($1,990/pr) and Aria center channel ($1,190/ea) to add to the impressive Aria 936 floorstanding speaker that debuted last year. Read on.

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.

REL’s Serie T/x Subwoofers Promise ‘Sound Beyond Their Size’

Subwoofer Reviews

REL’s Serie T/x Subwoofers Promise ‘Sound Beyond Their Size’

— August 31, 2021 01:00

Subwoofer specialists REL released info on their new T/x Subs. The compact T/5x ($679), the step-up T/7x ($1,099), and the range-topping T/9x ($1,449)offer new amps, drivers and cabinets. Read on.

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.

Andrew Jones Is Leaving Elac - Unveils Solano Series

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Andrew Jones Is Leaving Elac - Unveils Solano Series

— August 30, 2021 01:00

Andrew Jones left Elac to pursue a “fantastic opportunity” elsewhere. Meanwhile, Elac announced the Solano series loudspeakers which feature Elac's JET5 Air Motion Transformer tweeter. Read on.

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.

Polk Revamps Signature Elite Series of Loudspeakers for 2021

Tower Speaker Reviews

Polk Revamps Signature Elite Series of Loudspeakers for 2021

— August 27, 2021 01:00

Polk Audio released information on their new Signature Elite Speakers. The Elite series come in eight different models certified high res/Atmos ranging from a $250/pair surrounds to $550/each tower.

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.

Crestron Motorized Window Shades Reviewed

AV Gadget Reviews

Crestron Motorized Window Shades Reviewed

Jerry Del Colliano — August 20, 2021 01:10

Blinding glare on your new UHD TV can be frustrating. Check out our review of Crestron automated window treatments to see how these innovative shades can help with your home theater glare.

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?

TCL Goes Big With Affordable 8K TVs and New 85-Inch ‘XL Collection’

HDTV Reviews

TCL Goes Big With Affordable 8K TVs and New 85-Inch ‘XL Collection’

— August 16, 2021 01:40

TCL’s affordable 6-Series TVs will be all 8K in 2021. The TCL lineup for this year will ALL be 8K and includes a trio of 85-inch TVs starting at $1,600 and an improved mini-LED backlighting system.

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.

Mytek Reboots With All-New Audiophile Product Lineup

AV Gadget Reviews

Mytek Reboots With All-New Audiophile Product Lineup

— August 02, 2021 00:35

Mytek is on track to launch 9 new audiophile products before the end of 2021. The biggest change comes to the company’s streaming DACs, which now run on a new Mytek OS with an integrated Roon Core.

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.

Audioholics’ Top Six $600 Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Audioholics’ Top Six $600 Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

— July 27, 2021 12:55

This is a round up of some of the best bookshelf speakers we've found for 2021 based on performance, specs, aesthetics and reputation. Read on to find what's right for you.

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.

JBL Announces NEW Gear For 2021 Including a Monster Subwoofer!

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

JBL Announces NEW Gear For 2021 Including a Monster Subwoofer!

— July 23, 2021 01:10

JBL commemorates its 75th anniversary with a slew of new loudspeakers, a bone crushing subwoofer and an integrated amplifier sporting Dirac Live room correction. Are they living up to their heritage.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.