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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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HECO Aurora 1000 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

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HECO Aurora 1000 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

— May 17, 2022 09:00

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?

Sigberg Audio SBS.1 Active Speaker Review

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Sigberg Audio SBS.1 Active Speaker Review

— May 04, 2022 00:15

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.

SOUNDBOKS Go: Loudest Bluetooth Party in a Box Speaker Ever?

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SOUNDBOKS Go: Loudest Bluetooth Party in a Box Speaker Ever?

— May 21, 2022 00:45

Soundboks Go is the new little brother to Soundboks Gen3, a powerful, loud, barely portable outdoor Bluetooth speaker. With a volume control that goes to 11, it can produce up to 121-dB of sound.

Monoprice Monolith Encore T6 Tower Loudspeaker Review

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Monoprice Monolith Encore T6 Tower Loudspeaker Review

— April 13, 2022 01:15

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.

beyerdynamic MMX-100 and MMX-150 Gaming Headset Review

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beyerdynamic MMX-100 and MMX-150 Gaming Headset Review

David Pritchard — May 09, 2022 00:25

beyerdynamic wants a piece of the gaming pie with their MMX-100 and MMX-150 gaming headsets. For $100 and $150 respectively, the beyerdynamic headsets are in a crowded field. Read on.

Starke Sound VLOT Active Wireless Loudspeaker System Review

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Starke Sound VLOT Active Wireless Loudspeaker System Review

— February 21, 2022 00:55

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 DHT-S217 Promises Dolby Atmos from a 2.1 Soundbar?

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Denon DHT-S217 Promises Dolby Atmos from a 2.1 Soundbar?

— April 28, 2022 00:30

Denon released details on their DHT-S217 Dolby Atmos 2.1 Soundbar. The Denon DHT-S217 Dolby Atmos 2.1 Soundbar is designed to give you 3D Dolby Atmos sound out of a 2.1 system. Is that possible?

Arendal Sound 1961 1S and 1V Subwoofers Review

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Arendal Sound 1961 1S and 1V Subwoofers Review

— January 24, 2022 01:50

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.

Helm Bolt + DB12: Wins the Portable DAC-Amp Combo

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Helm Bolt + DB12: Wins the Portable DAC-Amp Combo

— April 21, 2022 01:30

HELM Bolt portable DAC/Amp and DB12 inline amplifier with your favorite headphones all add up to portable hi-fi jam session that's so much more than the sum of its parts.

Paradigm Founder 100F and 70LCR Loudspeakers Review

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Paradigm Founder 100F and 70LCR Loudspeakers Review

— January 09, 2022 00:55

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.

Monoprice Releases 3 New THX Certified Compact On-Wall LCR Speakers

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Monoprice Releases 3 New THX Certified Compact On-Wall LCR Speakers

— April 07, 2022 10:05

Monoprice released new THX certified On-wall and satellite speakers. The Monolith M-OW1 LCR($300/each), M-OW3 passive LCR soundbar($500/each), and THX Certified Compact Satellite Speaker($250/pair).

Polk Reserve R700 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

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Polk Reserve R700 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

— December 20, 2021 00:10

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.

RSL Speedwoofer 10S MKII Sub, C34E MKII Atmos In-Ceiling Speakers Offer Enhanced Performance

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RSL Speedwoofer 10S MKII Sub, C34E MKII Atmos In-Ceiling Speakers Offer Enhanced Performance

— April 07, 2022 01:00

The RSL Speedwoofer 10S MKII features a new woofer and a more powerful amp with DSP, for just $449. The new-and-improved C34E MKII in-ceiling speaker delivers real-deal Dolby Atmos for $149 each.

StormAudio ISP MK2 24CH AV Processor Review

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StormAudio ISP MK2 24CH AV Processor Review

— December 09, 2021 00:30

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.

Polk Expands Their MagniFi Line With the Immersive Mini AX Soundbar

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Polk Expands Their MagniFi Line With the Immersive Mini AX Soundbar

— April 04, 2022 01:25

Polk Audio expanded their MagniFi line with their new released MagniFi Mini AX Soundbar. This 5.1 system is Dolby Atmos and DTS:X certified. See what technologies Polk packs to get you immersive surround.

IsoAcoustics GAIA Isolators Review: Improving Your Loudspeakers Sound

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IsoAcoustics GAIA Isolators Review: Improving Your Loudspeakers Sound

— November 19, 2021 01:50

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.

Hisense Unveils Mini LED TVs and New Laser Projectors for 2022

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Hisense Unveils Mini LED TVs and New Laser Projectors for 2022

— March 28, 2022 08:30

Hisense has released its 2022 lineup of displays. From affordable Mini LEDs, to ultra short throw projectors, to their flagship 75-inch U9H ULED TV ($3,200), Hisense should have you covered! Read on.

Philharmonic BMR Tower Speaker Review: Strike Gold Twice?

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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.

Monolith Two New THX Certified Ultra Dual-Driver Subwoofers BIG Bada Boom!

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Monolith Two New THX Certified Ultra Dual-Driver Subwoofers BIG Bada Boom!

— March 21, 2022 00:15

Monoprice released two tower style subwoofers, the Monolith M-210 dual 10-inch subwoofer & M-212 dual 12-inch subwoofer. Both are THX Ultra Certified up to 3,000sf rooms. Big Bass, on the cheap.

Starke Sound SW15 and SW12 Sealed Subwoofers Review

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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.

Anthem MRX 740 & 1140 AV Receivers Comparison Bench Test Results!

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Anthem MRX 740 & 1140 AV Receivers Comparison Bench Test Results!

— March 17, 2022 09:00

In this bench test report of the Anthem MRX 740 & 1140 AV receivers, preamp & amplifier performance is evaluated and compared. We cover Bass management and amplifier matrixing performance recommendations.

Perlisten S4b Brings Flagship Performance Bookshelf Speaker Review

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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.

NAD’s Classic Series C 399 Integrated Amp Delivers Masters Series Tech For Less

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NAD’s Classic Series C 399 Integrated Amp Delivers Masters Series Tech For Less

— March 15, 2022 01:00

NAD’s new Classic Series C 399 integrated amp ($1,999) delivers 180 watts of nCore amplification and features tech previously found only in the brand’s more expensive Masters Series amps. Read on.

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

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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!

The Peachtree Audio GaN400: A New Breed of Class D Amplification

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The Peachtree Audio GaN400: A New Breed of Class D Amplification

— March 03, 2022 00:50

Peachtree Audio’s GaN400 stereo power amp ($3,000) blazes new trails for Class D amplification. The amp uses cutting-edge GaNFET transistors in its output stage, delivering a massive 400wpc! Read on.

Arendal 1723 Subwoofer 2V Review: Power Meets Finesse

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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.

Perlisten Expands Reference Series Loudspeakers: More Affordable THX Certified Dominus Experience

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Perlisten Expands Reference Series Loudspeakers: More Affordable THX Certified Dominus Experience

— March 01, 2022 00:15

Perlisten introduced their R-Series Speakers that have a similar sound, certified Dominus, but are half the cost of the Signature speakers. See how Perlisten managed to pull this off more affordably.

Hifiman Ananda-BT: Audiophile Bluetooth Headphones Review

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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.

Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker Review

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Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker Review

Dua Rashid — February 27, 2022 23:30

We reviewed the Google Nest Audio smart speaker device and found it to offer an impressive feature list, good sound quality and ability to distribute audio around your house starting at $99.

Monoprice Monolith 13” THX Ultra Subwoofer Review

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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.

Marantz MODEL 40n: The perfect Integrated Amplifier for a Streaming World?

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Marantz MODEL 40n: The perfect Integrated Amplifier for a Streaming World?

— February 16, 2022 00:10

Marantz MODEL 40n Integrated Amplifier with Spotify Connect, AppleMusic, Pandora, Tidal, AirPlay2, HEOS, and HDMI with ARC with 70wpc class AB in an all-in-one flagship worthy of the Marantz heritage.

RBH Sound Limited Edition SVTRS Active Speaker System Review

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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.

Epson New Pro Cinema 4K PRO-UHD LS12000 Laser Projector 8.3 Million Pixels!

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Epson New Pro Cinema 4K PRO-UHD LS12000 Laser Projector 8.3 Million Pixels!

— February 15, 2022 12:10

Epson’s new Pro Cinema LS12000 Laser Projector supports HDR10+ and HDMI 2.1, pixel shifting technology to render 8.3 million pixels and 2,700 lumens output to light up the biggest home theater screens.

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

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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.

Norway’s Sigberg Audio: High-Performance Active Speakers With Style

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Norway’s Sigberg Audio: High-Performance Active Speakers With Style

— February 14, 2022 11:50

Sigberg Audio launched in Norway in 2020 offers high performance active loudspeaker designs and subwoofers employing high quality drivers and revolutionary technologies to optimize sound.

Arendal Sound 1723 Monitor THX Loudspeaker Review

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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.

Revel F228Be 3-Way Floorstanding Loudspeakers Reviewed

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Revel F228Be 3-Way Floorstanding Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jerry Del Colliano — February 02, 2022 01:30

We reviewed the Revel F228Be and found it to do everything right, be it imaging, dynamics, depth and more. At $11k/pair they aren't cheap, but you do get an exquisite pair of quality tower speakers.

Focal Sopra N°1 Bookshelf & Center Speaker Review: Looks that Kill!

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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.

PS Audio Aims High With Its First-Ever Loudspeaker - The aspen FR30

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PS Audio Aims High With Its First-Ever Loudspeaker - The aspen FR30

— January 31, 2022 01:05

The PS Audio aspen FR30 ($28.5k/pair) is their first-ever loudspeaker. It features a 3-way design with planar magnetic tweeters and midranges. Will it compete in a crowded field of other excellent brands?

Cherry Audio MEGAschino Mk2 Standard Edition Amplifier Review

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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.

Denon Enters the Earbud Game With Noise Cancelling and Wireless Earbuds

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Denon Enters the Earbud Game With Noise Cancelling and Wireless Earbuds

— January 07, 2022 00:45

Denon released information on their first-ever lineup of true wireless in-ear headphones- The Denon Noise Cancelling Earbuds: AH-C830NCW and Denon Wireless Earbuds: AH-C630W. For more info read on.

Perlisten S7t Tower Loudspeaker Review - Are these Endgame?

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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.

Fluance Ai41 Powered Bookshelf Bluetooth Speakers Review

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Fluance Ai41 Powered Bookshelf Bluetooth Speakers Review

— January 05, 2022 11:50

The $250/pair Fluance Ai41 powered bluetooth bookshelf speakers offer performance and features (sub out and toslink input) making them a soundbar alternative for music centric listeners that also watch TV.

JBL L100 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeaker Review - Modern Take on a Classic

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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.

Monitor Audio’s Silver Series 7G Loudspeakers Refines A Winning Formula

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Monitor Audio’s Silver Series 7G Loudspeakers Refines A Winning Formula

— January 03, 2022 01:00

Monitor Audio’s new 7G Silver Series loudspeakers offers 8 different models and maintains its sweet-spot in the company’s lineup combining excellent performance, superb build quality, and high value.

SVS PB-1000 Pro and SB-1000 Pro Subwoofers Review

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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.

Yamaha RX-A6A 9.2CH 8K AV Receiver Bench Test Results!

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Yamaha RX-A6A 9.2CH 8K AV Receiver Bench Test Results!

— December 22, 2021 00:30

We bench tested the Yamaha RX-A6A 9.2CH 8K 150watt/ch Atmos/DTS:X Receiver to gauge power output and uncover performance issues we discovered. We discuss the proper settings for best power delivery.

Polk Legend L800 SDA Loudspeaker Review

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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.

Polk Audio Releases Their First Dolby Atmos Soundbar, the Signa S4

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Polk Audio Releases Their First Dolby Atmos Soundbar, the Signa S4

— December 16, 2021 00:30

Check out our preview of the new Polk Sound Signa S4. The first Dolby Atmos enabled soundbar from Polk offers 3D sound at a $400 price point. Will it deliver? Read on to find out.

Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 16CH Home Theater Processor Review

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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?

Noise Cancelling Headphones Comparison: DALI IO-6 vs Shure Aonic 50

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Noise Cancelling Headphones Comparison: DALI IO-6 vs Shure Aonic 50

Dua Rashid — December 14, 2021 00:00

In this review, we compare the DALI IO-6 ($500) and the Shure Aonic 50 ($300) headphones. This comparison review will help you decide which noise-cancelling headphones are right for your needs.

Revel PerformaBe F226Be Tower & C426Be Center Loudspeakers Review

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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.

M&K Sound Enters the Heavyweight Subwoofer Class with THX Certified Dominus Subs

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M&K Sound Enters the Heavyweight Subwoofer Class with THX Certified Dominus Subs

— December 07, 2021 09:00

M&K Sound released information on their X+ series subwoofers which are ALL THX-certified; Dominus level for the X15+! Read our preview to see what they did to achieve this new level of performance.

RBH Sound PM-8 Active Monitor Loudspeaker Review

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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.

Pro Audio Technology SR-28212ai Fullrange Loudspeaker: 130dB Output, Only 6" Deep!

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Pro Audio Technology SR-28212ai Fullrange Loudspeaker: 130dB Output, Only 6" Deep!

— November 30, 2021 00:30

Pro Audio Technology’s SR-28212ai ($10k/ea) is the most advanced speaker the company has ever created. At just 6 inches deep, this is a true fullrange speaker and subwoofer system capable of 130dB output.

ADAM Audio T7V Powered Monitor Speaker Review

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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.

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

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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.

SVS PB-2000 Pro Ported Subwoofer Review

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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.

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

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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.