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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.

AV Preamp and Processor Reviews Preview

McIntosh Launches Next‑Generation C55 and C2800 Preamps

— May 23, 2024 14:00

McIntosh Launches Next-Generation C55 and C2800 Preamps

The next-generation C55 Solid State Preamplifier and C2800 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier from McIntosh promise “an enhanced, connected experience,” while delivering world-class sound.

Headphone Reviews Preview

New Focal Azurys & Hadenys Headphones: Made In France, For Everyone

— May 13, 2024 00:00

New Focal Azurys & Hadenys Headphones: Made In France, For Everyone

The all-new closed-back Focal Azurys ($549) and open-back Focal Hadenys ($699) make the company’s headphone technology accessible to more people, but are they better than their celebrated Bathys?

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Preview

Sonus Faber New $750k Flagship ‘Suprema’ Speaker System

— May 06, 2024 00:00

Sonus Faber New $750k Flagship ‘Suprema’ Speaker System

Sonus faber has launched the Suprema ($750,000), a new flagship mega-speaker. The Suprema system comprises a pair of towers and a pair of tall towers and a pair of dual-15-inch passive subwoofers.

AV Receiver Reviews Preview

Pioneer VSX‑535/VSX‑835 Atmos AV Receivers Sacrifices for Budget?

— April 30, 2024 00:30

Pioneer VSX-535/VSX-835 Atmos AV Receivers Sacrifices for Budget?

Pioneer released their VSX-535 ($379) and VSX-585 (499) budget immersive sound receivers. Both receivers come with Dolby Atmos and the latest video and HDMI upgrades. What are the limitations?

Headphone Reviews Preview

The Sennheiser HD 490 PRO: A $400 Open‑Back Headphone Reference?

— April 29, 2024 00:30

The Sennheiser HD 490 PRO: A $400 Open-Back Headphone Reference?

Sennheiser’s new HD 490 PRO ($400) reference studio headphone is an open-backed model designed for audio professionals. The HD 490 PRO is a direct competitor to the Sony MDR-MV1 and Audeze MM-100.

Audio Amplifier Reviews Review

Dynasty ProAudio $300 200 Watt Wireless Stereo Amplifier Review!

— April 24, 2024 00:30

Dynasty ProAudio $300 200 Watt Wireless Stereo Amplifier Review!

Can a $300 200 watt wireless stereo amplifier be any good? We bench tested and reviewed the Dynasty ProAudio's WSA-5RP to power a pair of surround and stereo speakers wirelessly and came away impressed.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Preview

The MoFi SourcePoint 888 Tower Speaker Brings the Bass!

— April 23, 2024 00:00

The MoFi SourcePoint 888 Tower Speaker Brings the Bass!

MoFi released their new SourcePoint 888 floorstander ($5K/pair). Designer Andrew Jones engineered new 8-inch woofers to give these 3-way towers deeper extension than their SourcePoint 8 bookshelves.

Audio Amplifier Reviews Preview

The Cambridge Audio Evo 150 DeLorean Edition: This is Heavy, Doc!

— April 22, 2024 00:00

The Cambridge Audio Evo 150 DeLorean Edition: This is Heavy, Doc!

The Cambridge Audio Evo 150 DeLorean Edition ($3,199) takes the award-winning formula that made the Evo streaming amps successful and adds new style inspired by DeLorean Motor Company, Inc.

Subwoofer Reviews Review

HECO Aurora 30A Subwoofer Review

— April 17, 2024 14:00

HECO Aurora 30A Subwoofer Review

HECO’s Aurora line has thus far impressed us with their loudspeakers – but can they keep up their winning streak with their Aurora 30A 12" ported subwoofer?

Subwoofer Reviews Preview

PSB SubSeries BP8 Packs dual 8" Drivers into Compact Subwoofer

— April 16, 2024 00:00

PSB SubSeries BP8 Packs dual 8" Drivers into Compact Subwoofer

The PSB SubSeries BP8 ($1,499) is a compact powered subwoofer with dual 8-inch drivers and Hypex nCore amplification. It’s the first in a new generation of subs from PSB.

Headphone Reviews Preview

Solar‑Powered Headphones From Sweden’s Urbanista: The Future Is Now!

— April 11, 2024 00:00

Solar-Powered Headphones From Sweden’s Urbanista: The Future Is Now!

The Swedish lifestyle audio brand Urbanista announced the 2nd generation of its solar-powered headphones and earphones, both of which use a new kind of solar cell called Powerfoyle and have recharge.

Audio Amplifier Reviews Preview

Naim Embraces Class D with Uniti Nova PE and CI Series Amps

— April 09, 2024 00:00

Naim Embraces Class D with Uniti Nova PE and CI Series Amps

The Naim Uniti Nova Power Edition streaming amp ($10K) offers double the power of the original, thanks to Class D amplification. The brand’s new CI Series is designed for Focal’s custom speakers.

AV Gadget Reviews Preview

Kaleidescape Launches Terra Prime Movie Server with Massive 96TB Storage

— April 05, 2024 00:00

Kaleidescape Launches Terra Prime Movie Server with Massive 96TB Storage

The Kaleidescape Terra Prime 96TB movie server ($26,995) is the movie collector’s dream source component. The Terra Prime can store up to 1,600 4K movies with reference video and lossless sound.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Preview

RBH Sound 3rd‑Gen Impression Series Speakers ‑ Made in USA!

— April 02, 2024 00:00

RBH Sound 3rd-Gen Impression Series Speakers - Made in USA!

RBH Sound new 3rd-generation Impression Series of loudspeakers are reasonably priced and deliver RBH’s solid engineering and unusually high build quality all while being made in the USA!

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Preview

Bowers & Wilkins Launches 700 S3 Signature Series Loudspeakers

— March 27, 2024 13:00

Bowers & Wilkins Launches 700 S3 Signature Series Loudspeakers

Bowers & Wilkins has introduced its new 700 S3 Signature Series. The 702 floorstanders ($9,000/pair), 705 stand-mount($4,500/pair), and HTM71 center-channel($3,300 each) all have new upgrades!

In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews Preview

Coastal Source Celebrates 15 years with New Bollard 1000 Series Speakers

— March 27, 2024 00:00

Coastal Source Celebrates 15 years with New Bollard 1000 Series Speakers

Coastal Source released their new Bollard 1000 series outdoor speakers. All models come with weatherized tweeters and elliptical drivers and can be combined with subwoofers for 2-way or 3-way designs.

Subwoofer Reviews Preview

RSL Speedwoofer 10E: Entry Price of Great Bass Just Went Lower!

— March 25, 2024 13:20

RSL Speedwoofer 10E: Entry Price of Great Bass Just Went Lower!

RSL’s new Speedwoofer 10E is a 10” woofer sub with a 300-watt amp that somehow only costs $300 shipped. Learn how RSL’s brought many of their core technologies to a much lower price point.

AV Gadget Reviews Preview

Apple Vision Pro: Another 3D Comeback?

— March 21, 2024 00:20

Apple Vision Pro: Another 3D Comeback?

The $3,500 Apple Vision Pro is here. Although not for everyone, this product — and future products of this type — can deliver a 3D video experience far better than any previous technology.

AV Gadget Reviews Preview

The $299 WiiM Amp Breathes New Life Into Old Speakers

— March 20, 2024 00:15

The $299 WiiM Amp Breathes New Life Into Old Speakers

The new WiiM Amp is a compact streaming amplifier that turns any pair of passive speakers into a modern streaming audio system for only $299. It offers 60 wpc, HDMI ARC, bass management, and ESS Sabre DACs.

Subwoofer Reviews Review

Definitive Technology Descend DN15 15" Subwoofer Review

— March 19, 2024 00:00

Definitive Technology Descend DN15 15" Subwoofer Review

The Descend DN15 is a large and powerful 15” subwoofer with a 500-watt RMS amplifier from Definitive Technology. Can this BIG sub produce audiophile sound and deep bass? Read our review to find out.

Subwoofer Reviews Preview

Hsu Research VTF‑TN1 15" Subwoofer: Deeper Bass, Lower Cost!

— March 14, 2024 10:00

Hsu Research VTF-TN1 15" Subwoofer: Deeper Bass, Lower Cost!

Hsu replaces their top dog 15” ported subwoofer with the higher performing, lower cost VTF-TN1 flagship bruiser. Read our preview to see how this modern miracle was achieved for only $1,200!

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Review

Focal Theva No.1 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Review

— March 11, 2024 00:30

Focal Theva No.1 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Review

Focal’s Theva No.1 is their new entry-level bookshelf speaker that replaces the venerable Chora series. Focal makes high quality speakers, but how do they fare in a lower price point? Read on.

Subwoofer Reviews Preview

The REL T/9x Red Subwoofer: Beyond the Black Box

— March 05, 2024 00:00

The REL T/9x Red Subwoofer: Beyond the Black Box

Rel's T/9x Red Subwoofer($1,650) adds Italian racing red paint and a souped-up driver. The pure carbon fiber center cap reduces weight and adds stiffness to the 10-inch driver. Read on to learn more.

Floorstanding Speaker Reviews Preview

Focal’s Aria Evo X Loudspeakers: Overview & First Listen

— March 01, 2024 00:00

Focal’s Aria Evo X Loudspeakers: Overview & First Listen

Focal’s new Aria Evo X loudspeakers include five models: N°1, N°2, N°3, N°4, and a center channel. Our demo at FAE 2024 reveled them to have near Kanta level performance at about half the price.

Subwoofer Reviews Preview

The KEF KC92 Subwoofer: 11Hz Deep Bass, Small Box!

— February 27, 2024 00:00

The KEF KC92 Subwoofer: 11Hz Deep Bass, Small Box!

KEF’s new KC92 Subwoofer ($2,000) uses a pair of force-cancelling 9-inch drivers and 1,000 watts RMS of specially-designed Class D amplification to deliver bass down to 11Hz! Read on to learn more.

AV Gadget Reviews Preview

ZapperBox Helps You Ditch Cable With Their M1 Over The Air DVR

— February 23, 2024 00:35

ZapperBox Helps You Ditch Cable With Their M1 Over The Air DVR

Looking to cut the cord to cable? ZapperBox's new M1 ($250) over the air DVR may help. The M1 promises 4K video, Dolby Atmos and Dolby AC-4 sound, is HDR video compatible AND has NO monthly fees.

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews Review

Sonus faber Duetto Powered Wireless Speaker Review

— February 20, 2024 00:00

Sonus faber Duetto Powered Wireless Speaker Review

The Sonus faber Duetto are an impressive pair of active bookshelf speakers. At 4K/pair they deliver truly amazing sound but the prototypes I reviewed were buggy.