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 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.
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?
Monoprice's new budget friendly Audition series speakers bring tech from their Encore series at an unimaginably even more affordable prices. Assemble entire 5.1 systems for well under $1k? You betcha!
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?
Perlisten launched five new THX Dominus in-wall speakers all corresponding to existing speakers from the company’s S-Series and R-Series. Are they as good as their box counterparts? 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?
From the company best known for vacuum cleaners, The Dyson Zone is a noise-cancelling headphone that delivers a fresh supply of purified air to the wearers nose and mouth. Hokum? Genius? Read on...
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.
Good news! JBL's Stage 2 Architectural and Stage XD outdoor speakers are shipping. The Stage XD outdoor speakers are the first IP67 waterproof rated speakers to feature repairable internal parts.
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 by Anker wants a piece of the pie with their Space Q45 ANC headphones. At only $150, do they compete with name brands in terms of battery life, comfort & sound quality? Read our 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.
The HiFi Rose RA180 is a 4CH integrated amp that can be bi-amped for 200 watts x 4 or bridged to deliver 400 watts per channel x2 for the ultimate audiophile experience using the latest GaNFET devices.
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.
PSB has expanded its flagship range with their larger Synchrony T800. This 4' tall tower has three 8" woofers, a 5.25" midrange driver, 1” titanium tweeter and PSB’s most advanced crossover to date.
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.
Monoprice made the choice for home theater speakers easier with the THX certified M518HT home theater system. This 5.1 speaker setup is powered by YOUR receiver so you have flexibility in the future.
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.
Bathys is Focal’s first Bluetooth wireless headphone with Active Noise Cancelling. For $799, these audiophile headphones offer superb audio and a USB DAC Mode that must be heard to be believed.
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.
At the 2022 CEDIA Expo, Epson launched 4 new projectors aimed at different potential customers. The Home Cinema 2350 4K PRO-UHD, EpiqVision Ultra LS800 4K PRO-UHD, and 2 EpiqVision portables. Read on.
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?
Marantz new Cinema lineup of 8K AV Receivers and separates for 2022! The Cinema 40, 50, 60, and 70s receivers feature 8K video and the top 3 models are upgradable to Dirac Live with 4 sub outs!
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.
Monitor Audio showed their Premium “Cinergy” home theater line and Concept 50 speaker with a unique array of 6 small midrange drivers nestled around an AMT tweeter, and 2 pairs of woofers in a futuristic cabinet.
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.
Bluesound updated its Node streamer-$549 amd Powernode streaming amp-$899 with powerful new processors, new DACs, HDMI eARC, and more. The new Pulse Soundbar+ for $899 has Dolby Atmos support. Read on
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.