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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.

Triad's Onwall Customizable Passive Soundbars - One Box LCR Solutions

Triad's Onwall Customizable Passive Soundbars - One Box LCR Solutions

Triad has a series of onwall soundbars to fit almost any discriminating shopper. The passive array of speakers will require an AVR to power them, but what you give up in simplicity you make up for in sound quality, plus all Triad Speakers are made to order to fit perfectly into your decor. If you need a one box LCR solution for a discrete surround sound system, read on to see if their lineup of soundbars will satisfy you.

Looking for a one box LCR solution for a discrete surround system? Check out Triad's line of customizable passive soundbars that look as good as they sound. Read on.

— December 03, 2018 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

RBH Sound SVTR Tower Reference Speaker Review

RBH Sound SVTR Tower Reference Speaker Review

Ever dreamed about taking a reference-grade monitor speaker (SV-831R) and slapping it on a reference-grade subwoofer (SV-1212NR) to create the ultimate tower speaker? Consider that dream come true. RBH's awe-inspiring SVTR Tower Speaker is here. Dual 12-inch woofers, three 8-inch midrange drivers, and a ribbon tweeter combine to deliver mind-blowing, anvil-like bass, razor-like imaging and astounding dynamics. RBH's SVTR Tower Speaker delivers reference-grade performance that has to be experienced to be believed. Be warned, reading our full review may have you wanting a pair for Christmas.

RBH's SVTR Tower combines the SV-831R reference grade monitor and SV-1212NR subwoofer to produce the ultimate tower speaker with mind-blowing performance. Could this be RBH's best tower yet? Read on.

— November 30, 2018 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Dynaudio Launches Updated High-End ‘Confidence’ Speakers

Dynaudio Launches Updated High-End ‘Confidence’ Speakers

The Danish loudspeaker specialist Dynaudio has completely revamped its high-end Confidence range of loudspeakers. The new series includes the stand-mounted Confidence 20 ($13k/pair), and the floor-standing Confidence 30 ($20k/pair), Confidence 50 ($27k/pair), and Confidence 60 ($40k/pair). The new Confidence speakers feature all new drivers and cabinet designs that are said to be the most advanced passive loudspeaker range in Dynaudio's history. Read on to learn more.

The Danish loudspeaker specialist Dynaudio has completely revamped its high-end Confidence range of loudspeakers. The series feature all new drivers and cabinet designs, their most advanced to date.

— November 28, 2018 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

SVS 3000 Series Subwoofers Offer Flagship Features Starting at $1k

SVS 3000 Series Subwoofers Offer Flagship Features Starting at $1k

SVS has launched a new line of subwoofers that brings the technologies developed for their flagship subwoofers down to the $1k price point. The SVS 3000 series subwoofers is a strong new contender in the fierce marketplace for subwoofers in this price range, and SVS brings the advantages of their top-flight engineering, renowned customer service, and envelope-pushing technology to make their product stand out from the rest. Read our preview of the SVS 3000 series to learn more about what SVS has cooked up in their latest generation of subwoofage.

SVS launched their 3000 series of subwoofers that brings the technologies developed for their flagship subwoofers down to the $1k price point. Are these the best subs for the price? Read on.

— November 19, 2018 01:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

MartinLogan Dynamo 600X and Dynamo 1600X Subwoofer Review

MartinLogan Dynamo 600X and Dynamo 1600X Subwoofer Review

Martin-Logan's new Dynamo subwoofers pack as much technology into a small enclosure as modern science will allow, yet still manages to be affordable. The new Dynamo subwoofers use smartphone app control, smartphone app room equalization, and supports a wireless signal receiver, all while improving upon the performance of their predecessors. Read our full combo review and watch our YouTube Overview of the Dynamo 600X and Dynamo 1600X to get the scoop on Martin-Logan's envelope-pushing reboot of their classic subwoofer series.

Martin-Logan's new Dynamo 600x and 1600x subwoofers pack as much technology into a small enclosure as modern science will allow, yet still manages to be affordable. Read on to find out how.

— November 14, 2018 07:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

NAD C 658 Streaming DAC, D 3045 Amplifier/DAC, C 588 Belt-Drive Turntable Preview

NAD C 658 Streaming DAC, D 3045 Amplifier/DAC, C 588 Belt-Drive Turntable Preview

Audio company NAD released information on three new hi-fi products unveiled at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest last month. The products include the upgradeable C 658 Streaming DAC, D 3045 amplifier/DAC, and the C 588 belt-drive turntable for hardcore vinyl enthusiasts. Read on for our first look at these new products from NAD to see what makes them so compelling to the modern audiophile.

NAD released three new hi-fi products, the C 658 Streaming DAC, D 3045 amplifier/DAC, and the C 588 belt-drive turntable. Read on to see what makes them so attractive to the modern audiophile.

— November 13, 2018 00:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Klipsch C-Series Subwoofers Offer BIG Bass, Small Footprint

Klipsch C-Series Subwoofers Offer BIG Bass, Small Footprint

The C-Series Subwoofers from Klipsch are ultra-compact designs that offer IP Control and app-based automatic room correction. The C-Series includes the 8-inch C-308ASWi ($1,299) and the 10-inch C-310ASWi ($1,599). Both new subs use front-facing active drivers and dual side-firing passive radiators to deliver surprising power from a small cabinet. Read on to learn more.

Klipsch released their C-Series subwoofers: the 8-inch C-308ASWi & 10-inch C-310ASWi, come with front firing active drivers and dual side-firing passive radiators with room correction and IP control.

— November 11, 2018 21:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Anthem STR Preamp and Power Amplifier Review

Anthem STR Preamp and Power Amplifier Review

Anthem's STR series preamp and power amplifier emphasize fidelity first armed with the latest in 32 bit DSP processing, ARC room correction and a serious analog circuit path that will surely satisfy even the most critical audiophile. The HT bypass mode makes for a seamless integration into your theater system. Our comprehensive bench tests prove this dynamic duo packs plenty of power to drive even the most power hungry speakers. Read our comprehensive review and watch our YouTube videos to learn more.

The Anthem STR preamp and power amplifier emphasize fidelity first armed with the latest in 32 bit DSP, ARC room correction, and oodles of power reserves on tap. More details in our review so read on.

— November 07, 2018 08:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

PSB’s New SubSeries 250 and 350 Subwoofers Bring The Bass In Style

PSB’s New SubSeries 250 and 350 Subwoofers Bring The Bass In Style

PSB has introduced a pair of reasonably priced subwoofers: the 10-inch SubSeries 250 ($699) and the 12-inch SubSeries 350 ($999). These compact, sealed subs offer trickle-down styling from the brand’s flagship model and feature powerful Class D MOSFET amps. Extensive connectivity options allow for easy integration into a wide variety of setups. But can they compete with the high-value Internet Direct brands? Read on to find out.

PSB introduced a pair of reasonably priced subwoofers: the 10-inch SubSeries 250 ($699) and the 12-inch SubSeries 350 ($999). Are they the quality and value you expect from PSB? Read on to find out

— November 03, 2018 06:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

KEF’s R Series Speakers Gets A Complete Refresh

KEF’s R Series Speakers Gets A Complete Refresh

KEF has revamped its mid-range R Series loudspeakers, offering six new designs with over 1,000 individual improvements over their predecessors. The new R Series includes a stand-mounted speaker, three floor-standers, a center speaker, and a multifunction surround speaker that also works as an up-firing Atmos speaker (last resort option). All are available for pre-order, with shipping expected by the end of this month. Read on to learn more.

KEF has revamped its mid-range R Series loudspeakers, offering six new designs with over 1,000 individual improvements over their predecessors. Are they really better? Read on to find out.

— October 23, 2018 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Focal Kanta Series Speakers Seduce with Sonics and Style

Focal Kanta Series Speakers Seduce with Sonics and Style

Focal has unveiled three new speakers to fill out its stylish Kanta line. The compact Kanta N°2 floor-stander, which was first introduced in October of last year, is now joined by the Kanta N°1 bookshelf speaker, the larger Kanta N°3 floor-stander, and a dedicated center-channel speaker. Will the Kanta series represent the new sweet spot in Focal’s loudspeaker lineup?

Focal has unveiled 3 new speakers to fill out its stylish Kanta line which now consists of 2 floorstanders, a bookshelf and dedicated center. Will this series be the new sweet spot in their loudspeaker lineup?

— October 18, 2018 13:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Outlaw Audio BLSv2 Bookshelf and LCRv2 Loudspeaker Review

Outlaw Audio BLSv2 Bookshelf and LCRv2 Loudspeaker Review

10 years ago, Outlaw Audio released a hit product with their acclaimed BLS and LCR loudspeakers, but the availability of those products was short-lived after their manufacturing source shut down. Outlaw Audio shelved plans to continue production elsewhere, since no other manufacturer could meet their criteria for quality control at the time. However, things have changed, and Outlaw Audio decided to bring these speakers back to market after locating a good manufacturing source. Did they improve the original design while greatly reducing the original cost? Read our full review to find out...

Outlaw Audio is reintroducing it acclaimed BLS and LCR loudspeakers to the audio industry. Dubbed the v2, did Outlaw Audio improve the original design while reducing the cost? Read on to find out.

— October 16, 2018 11:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Acurus 12.1CH Muse Processor & M8 8CH Amplifier Targets Multi-Media Rooms

Acurus 12.1CH Muse Processor & M8 8CH Amplifier Targets Multi-Media Rooms

Acurus brought several new and newly upgraded products to the CEDIA 2018 EXPO Show last month, including a new immersive audio processor called the Muse. Based on the company’s high-end ACT 4 platform, the Muse is a more compact design that will sell for less than $6,000. The Muse and its companion M8 8CH class D amplifier are intended for use in a “multi-purpose media room,” rather than a dedicated theater. What does that mean? Read on to learn more.

Acurus announced their Muse 12.1CH Immersive Audio processor and companion M8 8CH Class D amplifier. They are designed in a more compact affordable form factor best suited for a media room.

— October 15, 2018 06:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Wireless Speakers Bring Premium Sound To Roku TVs

Wireless Speakers Bring Premium Sound To Roku TVs

Roku’s new wireless speakers represent the company’s response to the ever-growing demand for affordable sound-bars. But these speakers, which will sell for $200 when they arrive in November, are sold as a pair, allowing them to produce a real stereo soundstage that small sound-bars can’t match. The downside? They will only work with Roku capable TVs.

Roku’s new wireless speakers represent the company’s response to the ever-growing demand for affordable sound-bars. At $200/pr are they a viable alternative? Read on to find out.

— October 13, 2018 00:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews