A/V Product Reviews
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.
The Arcam Radia A25 is a 100 watt/ch slimline stereo integrated amplifier featuring high resolution DACs, excellent noise and distortion performance on our test bench and blends into any room décor.
The RBH Sound 61/AX is a fully active 2-way bookshelf speaker system that employs SOTA DSP with active crossovers and 400 watts of built in amplification for pristine, dynamic sound quality we review.
Anthem’s new MRX SLM ($1,299) takes the “small size, big sound” concept to extremes. This remarkably slim AVR solution promises to bring Anthem’s superb audio performance while fitting behind your display.
Monoprice’s Audition T5 speakers are floorstanders for the audiophile on a tight budget, but trade-offs must be made to achieve their $500/pr pricing. On sale at $230/pr, ignore the trade offs and buy them!
JVC's DLA-NZ8 (RS3100) may be the perfect projector with a BLU-escent laser, e-shiftX for 8K images, the latest HDR10/HDR10+, frame adapt HDR Gen2, and JVC's industry leading tone mapping and blacks.
The Arendal Sound 1723 Subwoofer 2S stuffs two heavy-duty 13.8” drivers and a 1,200-watt RMS amp into a reasonable enclosure. This might be the sweet spot for size to performance of ALL subs we’ve reviewed!
Onkyo's new TX-SR3100 is a 5.2CH home theater receiver that includes Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, 80 W/CH and all the latest 8K video features for under $400! But, does it really give you true Atmos experience?
Focal’s Vestia No.3 is a 3-way tower speaker that packs a lot of punch without costing a fortune despite being manufactured in France. Read our review to see if they live up to Focal’s high fidelity standards.
The new Marantz Stereo 70s ($1,000) is a 2-channel receiver with 8K HDMI connectivity, 75 wpc, and uses Marantz’s HDAM preamp modules. How does it compare to similar Marantz Cinema products? Read on.
Dayton Audio’s SUB-1500 is one of the most affordable 15” powered subwoofers on the market at $260/ea. How would dual SUB-1500s stack up against the best $500 subs? Read our review to find out.
Bang & Olufsen and Cisco released the 950 IEM, an IT security enhanced wireless earbud with tools for managing and viewing real-time analytics from a single platform while providing secure connections.
Definitive Technology’s new Dymension series brings BIG improvements from the DM70 bipolar tower to the DM20 Center channel. Read our review for our listening impressions and full measurement report.
The $139 Arylic Audio's new B50 Wireless Amplifier pushes 50 watts x 2, has a sub and phono out, HDMI ARC and is an easy way to turn a pair of passive speakers into a streaming powerhouse!
The Klipsch Reference RP-1600S is a monstrous sized ported sub with a 16” woofer and a 800-watt amplifier. Our review tests how powerful this sub is from one the most popular speaker brands in the world.
The Marantz MODEL 50 integrated amplifier and CD 50n streaming HDMI CD player ($1,800/ea) boast audiophile componentry, low impedance power drive, and unmatched digital source connectivity options.
We review the Arendal Sound 1961 Monitor, featuring an MTM & waveguide design built with similar DNA to their venerable 1723 series but in a more compact affordable package at $1,100/pair. Home run!
Kaleidescape, the premier digital media server for the best 4K and Dolby Atmos source playback, released Terra Prime series with SSD drives making it possible to download 4K content in 4 minutes!
The RSL Speedwoofer 12S builds on the venerable 10S MK2 but with a larger 12” driver and enclosure with 16Hz extension for only $800. We reviewed the 12S to see if RSL has a class leader subwoofer again.
Paradigm came to CEDIA 2023 with everything from new premium finishes to the brand’s respected Founder Series speakers to the new SVX-1202 Power Amplifier and the updated Decor Series v2 Soundbars.
We reviewed the Philharmonic Audio’s BMR HT Tower to verify if it bring their extreme high-fidelity sound to a wider dynamic range that is more appropriate for heavy-duty home theater applications.
Theory Audio released a new all-weather speaker, the sb25aw which is a revised version of their sb25. Also released are 2 in-wall Subs, the iws12-6 and iws12-9 with reported 124dB SPL output at 1m!
Starke Sound has always been known for their engineering and build quality. Read our review of their IC-H1 Elite Stand mount speakers to find out what in company parts and engineering means to you.
We got a chance to see the new Revel PerformaBe Architectural line of speakers at CEDIA 2023. The lineup includes three in-wall models, (W126Be, W226Be, W228Be) and one in-ceiling (C128Be). Read on.
From PSB's Flagship line, Synchrony, we'll be reviewing the PSB Synchrony B600. PSB is known for reliable high end speakers, but will this translate to a $2,800/pair of bookshelves? Read on.
Sony’s MDR-MV1 ($400) is an open-back headphone that promises both accurate spatial sound field reproduction and all-day comfort. Read on to find out why these have become a reference for professionals.
The Monolith MTM-100 is a $500 high-powered desktop speaker that features a built in 100watt amp, a 1.25” tweeter, two 4” midwoofers, and two 5.25” passive radiators. BIG sound for your desktop on the cheap?
Definitive Technology has released their CI series of architectural speakers at CEDIA 2023. The series is comprised of 5 CI PRO, and 7 CI MAX models. We interview Phil Jones to get the inner details.
Recently, we got a demonstration of the RTJ 410 and RT18Sub Massive modular speaker system at the Audioholics Smart Home. We give our listening impressions and compare to our reference RBH SVTRS system.
Denon’s affordable new 8K-capable AV receivers; the 7.2CH AVR-S770H ($649) and the 5.2CH AVR-S670H ($549) offer 6 HDMI inputs and enough power for small-to-medium living-rooms and are ready for the future.
At $25k/pair, the SuperMon Isobarics bookshelf speakers from Mon Acoustic are not cheap, but they use the best construction materials money can buy. Does this add up to an amazing sounding speaker?
Perlisten new THX Certified Dominus in-ceiling speakers (S3ic, R3ic, R2ic) use a new DPC waveguide to promises staggeringly good frequency response across a wide listening area for great sound at EVERY seat.
Arendal offers their 13.8” drivers and advanced 800-watt amplifiers in both sealed and vented designs in their 1723 1S and 1V subwoofers. How did they measure up to our performance standards? Read on.
Bowers & Wilkins NEW 600 Series S3 loudspeakers is proclaimed to be their best yet. The new range includes the 603 S3 floorstander, 606 S3 and 607 S3 bookshelf, and the HTM6 S3 center channel. Learn why.
The Marantz SACD 30n is a networking SACD player capable of delivering high-resolution playback performance of SACD and CDs while also serving as a networking streamer with USB DAC function.
Today, we take a look at the Bluesound Pulse M Speaker ($449 each) and Powernode Edge streaming amplifier ($649). Bluesound opts out of 3D Atmos in favor of Dolby Digital Home Theater. Read on.
The Arendal 1961s tower loudspeakers are first-rate by any standard and all the more remarkable when one takes into account their reasonable $1,800/pair price and modest size. Read our review.
JBL unveiled new hifi gear at CEDIA 2023 including the L42 integrated music system, DA Series distribution amplifiers, and the 4305P & 4329P Powered Monitor loudspeakers which Gene absolutely loved.
The Polk HTS 12 is a 12” ported subwoofer with some innovative tech that allows it to produce clean, tight bass at a retail price of $549 that bellies its specs. Read our review.
Denon PerL & PerL Pro Earbuds feature Masimo's Adaptive Acoustic Technology (AAT) which allows the user to create a personal audio profile customized to your hearing to transform the listening experience.
The Klipsch R-121SW is a tremendously popular ported 12" subwoofer from the very popular loudspeaker manufacturer, but what are buyers really getting for its cost? Read our review.
Denon’s NEW 11.4CH AVR-X6800H Receiver was announced at CEDIA 2023! It builds on the X6700H model it replaces by adding full 8K support on ALL HDMI inputs, 4 independent sub outs and Sony 360 processing.
With the R80 V2 studio monitor, PreSonus packs 140-watts of amplification into an 8” woofer and a high-powered AMT tweeter, but will it be enough to make us forget about their dome tweeter monitors?
Yamaha introduced 3 new Network Hi-Fi Receivers for 2023; the R-N1000A($1,800), R-N800A($1,200), and R-N600A($900). Two bookshelf speakers, the NS-800A($2,400ea) and NS-600A($1,500ea) complete the lineup.
We reviewed the BIC Acoustech PL-300 ported subwoofer which claims sub-20Hz bass for less than $500. With a 350-watt amp, 12” driver, and variable tuning, it may be positioned to actually deliver. Read on.
The iconic Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus loudspeaker is back but costs $100k/pair! In commemoration of the speaker’s 30th anniversary, Bowers & Wilkins has developed a new Abalone Pearl finish. Read on.
The Paradigm SE 8000F is a large floorstanding speaker with high sensitivity and prodigious bass output that may steer you away from other big box brands like Polk and Klipsch for under $1,500/pair.
On the heels of MartinLogan’s Motion Series speakers come the less expensive Motion Foundation Series. The new range comprises 5 models: two floorstanders, two bookshelf models, and a center channel.
Mon Acoustics SuperMon Mini loudspeaker is a $2,000 all-aluminum speaker that uses a waveguide loaded AMT tweeter and an isobaric-loaded bass drivers. Is it worth the price?
The PlatiMon Virtual Coaxial One stand-mount loudspeaker ($6,500/pair including stands)boasts truly superb build-quality and is the latest offering from MonAcoustic. Watch our Youtube Review.
The R7t tower speaker is Perlisten's flagship for their value-oriented Reference line. They are still $10k/pair, but what if they offer higher performance than any other $10k speaker set?
Making its debut in Munich, the second-generation Stradivari ($50K/pair) has a new shape and up-to-date tech, but captures the spirit of the original loudspeakers from 20 years ago. Read on.
Klipsch released their new RP-8000F II floorstanding loudspeakers that we reviewed to determine if they still retain the same high value and performance of the originals despite the pricing hike?
RBH Sound’s new SFTR/AX active speaker system gives you near the performance of their massive SVTRS flagship but in a more compact design. We were able to achieve flat bass extension down to 7Hz!
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.
We bench tested 3 new Monolith amplifiers by Monoprice starting at $399. The 2CH M2100X, 3CH M3100X, and 5CH M5100X amplifiers delivered rated power with All Channels Driven. Best deal on cheap? Read on.
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.
Soundcore's X600 50 watt portable speaker supports Hi-Res, spatial audio and 12hr of battery life for only $199. Watch our review of this tech packed speaker. Imagine spatial audio you can take with you!
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.
Andrew Jones revealed the new MoFi Electronics SourcePoint 8 ($2,750/pair). It features an 8" concentric driver and a design nearly identical to the SourcePoint 10, but in a more compact package.