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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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Philharmonic BMR Tower Speaker Review: Strike Gold Twice?

Tower Speaker Reviews

Philharmonic BMR Tower Speaker Review: Strike Gold Twice?

— November 03, 2021 02:00

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.

Sony HT-A9 Wireless Home Theater System Delivers Atmos with Just 4 Speakers

Surround Sound Reviews

Sony HT-A9 Wireless Home Theater System Delivers Atmos with Just 4 Speakers

— November 16, 2021 01:25

Sony’s HT-A9 is a wireless 4-speaker home theater system that employs a 4.0.4-channel speaker layout using proprietary DSP technologies to create up to 12 “phantom" speakers to recreate a Dolby Atmos.

Starke Sound SW15 and SW12 Sealed Subwoofers Review

Subwoofer Reviews

Starke Sound SW15 and SW12 Sealed Subwoofers Review

— October 26, 2021 18:35

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.

NAD’s New Streaming Amps Are Small In Size But Big On Features

Audio Amplifier Reviews

NAD’s New Streaming Amps Are Small In Size But Big On Features

— November 14, 2021 12:35

NAD releases two new integrated amps. The M10V2 adds Dolby Digital processing and tweaked amplifier performance & the C700 streaming integrated amp let's you easily add speakers for a simple setup.

Perlisten S4b Brings Flagship Performance Bookshelf Speaker Review

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Perlisten S4b Brings Flagship Performance Bookshelf Speaker Review

— October 24, 2021 13:30

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.

Arendal Sound Soars To New Heights with the 1723 Height S Speaker

Surround Sound Reviews

Arendal Sound Soars To New Heights with the 1723 Height S Speaker

— November 10, 2021 01:45

The Arendal Sound new 1723 Height S speaker($1,500/pair) is designed for wall or ceiling mounting. It delivers Dolby Atmos height channels without the compromises you get in reflective speakers.

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

Subwoofer Reviews

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

— October 01, 2021 01:00

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!

Amazon Echo Studio Review: 3D High-Quality Sound with Smart Home Technology

Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Amazon Echo Studio Review: 3D High-Quality Sound with Smart Home Technology

Dua Rushid — October 29, 2021 01:30

Amazon claims their new Echo Studio is the first smart speaker to combines voice-activation technology and home automation with 3D immersive audio. Read our review to see how it performed.

Arendal 1723 Subwoofer 2V Review: Power Meets Finesse

Subwoofer Reviews

Arendal 1723 Subwoofer 2V Review: Power Meets Finesse

— September 14, 2021 00:20

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.

Denon Releases 3 New AV Receivers with Three 8K HDMI Inputs for Under $700!

AV Receiver Reviews

Denon Releases 3 New AV Receivers with Three 8K HDMI Inputs for Under $700!

— October 20, 2021 23:30

Denon released three new 8K AV receivers, the AVR-S760H, AVR-S660H, & AVR-X1700H. The AVRs come in from $450-$700 with some amazing technology including three 8K HDMI inputs and advanced voice control.

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.

New Active DSP Rixos Speakers From Grimani Systems Promise Huge Cinema Sound

Tower Speaker Reviews

New Active DSP Rixos Speakers From Grimani Systems Promise Huge Cinema Sound

— October 14, 2021 11:15

Grimaldi Systems launched two new on-wall/in-wall speakers, the Rixos-L and Rixos-H. Both are active, DSP-controlled speakers that utilize Grimani Systems’ signature Conic Section Array Waveguide.

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.

PSB Launches New Flagship Synchrony Speakers: High Performance Meets Value?

Tower Speaker Reviews

PSB Launches New Flagship Synchrony Speakers: High Performance Meets Value?

— October 12, 2021 13:00

PSB launched two new flagship loudspeakers, the Synchrony T600 floorstanders ($8,000/pair) and the Synchrony B600 stand-mount speaker ($2,500/pair). High performance meets value? Read on.

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.

Monoprice Monolith 16” THX Ultra Subwoofer: Brutal Output, Audiophile Performance

Subwoofer Reviews

Monoprice Monolith 16” THX Ultra Subwoofer: Brutal Output, Audiophile Performance

— October 04, 2021 13:40

The Monoprice Monolith 16" THX Ultra subwoofer sports huge excursion ability with an enormous cabinet, and 1,800 watts of power. This Extreme Bassaholic rated sub is a true bruiser with audiophile chops.

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.

Starke Sound Combines High Fidelity with Huge Dynamics in the P Series Loudspeakers

Tower Speaker Reviews

Starke Sound Combines High Fidelity with Huge Dynamics in the P Series Loudspeakers

— September 30, 2021 00:45

Take a look at Starke Sound's P Series high-powered loudspeakers. The P3/P3i, P5, and P7 range from $2.5k to $9.5k each putting Starke Sounds P series squarely in the high end home cinema market.

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.

Audioholics’ Top Eight $800 Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Audioholics’ Top Eight $800 Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

— September 22, 2021 00:20

If you are shopping for high performance bookshelf speakers for under $1k, we have put together a guide for our top picks in the $800/pair range for 2021. Great for 2CH or a full home theater system.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Bowers and Wilkins Revamps 800 Series D4 Diamond Range

Tower Speaker Reviews

Bowers and Wilkins Revamps 800 Series 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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Our Top Six $600 Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Our 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.