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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
RBH Sound’s Unrivaled 21-SF/R is a 300+ lb monster that uses a 21” carbon fiber driver powered by a 4,000 watt amplifier. With a beast THIS BIG we had to come up with a NEW category for our ratings!
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.
We demoed the Bowers & Wilkins NEW 801 & 805 D4 Signature speakers. The new Signature series build on the 801 & 805 D4 but with improvements throughout that were audible in our listening demo.
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.
Q Acoustics launched its new 5000 series loudspeakers. They Feature technology from their Concept range and a newly-developed C³ Continuous Curved Cone mid-woofer. Read on to find out more.
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?
McIntosh’s new ML1 MKII retro Loudspeaker ($12K/pair) has 4-way, 5-driver design that features an unusual horizontal array of midrange drivers, promising wide dispersion and a room-sized sweet spot.
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?
Sonos is shipping 2 new wireless speakers, the Era 100 ($249 each) and Era 300 ($449 each). The Era 300 supports spatial audio with Dolby Atmos, and offers advantages when used with a Sonos soundbar.
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?
Perlisten released a $30k/pair S7t Limited Edition speaker. Only 50 pairs worldwide, this exclusive speaker features a new woofer, a revised crossover, and larger cabinet volume for increased output.
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.
The Marantz AMP 10 is a 200 watt x 16CH amplifier utilizing the ICE Edge Class D topology with a custom built SMPS power supply. I put the AMP 10 through exhaustive bench tests to gauge its performance.
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.
The NAD C 3050 integrated amp celebrates the brand’s 50th anniversary in a retro 70's style. At $1,300, this amp is nearly identical to the impossible-to-find, limited-edition C 3050 LE but modern features.
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 iFi Audio Uno is a $79 USB DAC for newcomers wanting better sound from their laptops and smart devices. The $1,299 iFi Neo Stream is a unique music streamer and DAC designed for audiophiles.
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.
Sonus faber and McIntosh have teamed up to create new, custom-designed audio systems for Wally Yachts. The 88-foot wallywhy200 yacht features custom-built loudspeakers and subwoofers. Read on.
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.
Yamaha’s new R-N2000A next-generation network Hi-Fi receiver ($4K) is an all-in-one amp with 90 watts/ch, YPAO room correction, and Yamaha MusicCast streaming along with HDMI ARC and high-res USB DAC.
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.
Bowers & Wilkins Px8 flagship wireless ANC headphone review with comparisons to Px7 S2. How do B&W's two top headphones stack-up and is Px8 really worth the extra $300 for you?
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.
The Onkyo TX-RZ70 AV receiver gives you 11.2CH of processing and built-in 140wpc x 11 amplification with full Dirac-Live for only $2,800. Could this be the best value AVR for 2023?