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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.

Cambridge Audio Yoyo (L) ‘Home Audio Hub’ Vies For A Place In Your Living Room

Cambridge Audio Yoyo (L) ‘Home Audio Hub’ Vies For A Place In Your Living Room

Cambridge Audio’s $399 Yoyo (L) is an all-in-one home audio system designed to take pride of place in your living room. Half sound-bar, half wireless Chromecast and bluetooth speaker, the Yoyo (L) features a unique form factor that might make or break its success. Conspicuously lacking voice control, can the Yoyo (L) take on “smarter” speakers from Sonos and Polk?

Cambridge Audio’s $399 Yoyo(L) is an all-in-one home audio system designed to take pride of place in your living room. Can its unique form factor make it a viable alternative to "smarter" speakers?

— September 12, 2018 07:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Pioneer Elite UDP-LX500 4K UHD Blu-ray Player Targets Audiophiles

Pioneer Elite UDP-LX500 4K UHD Blu-ray Player Targets Audiophiles

Pioneer’s Elite series UDP-LX500 is the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player from the company. Priced at $1,099, the new player is scheduled to hit store shelves in October. Like the discontinued Oppo players, the UDP-LX500 plays SACD and DVD-Audio discs in addition to Blu-rays. But does it do enough to fill Oppo’s impressive shoes? Read on to find out.

Pioneer’s Elite series UDP-LX500 is the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player from the company. With its audiophile ambitions and ability to play DVD-A and SACD, will it fill the shoes of Oppo? Read on.

— September 08, 2018 08:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Samsung’s 85-inch Q900FN 8K TV Lands In The U.S.

Samsung’s 85-inch Q900FN 8K TV Lands In The U.S.

Samsung’s Q900FN will begin shipping in October, making it the first 8K TV available in the United States. The 85-inch QLED display delivers over 33 million pixels — four times more than a 4K TV. But with no 8K content expected any time in the near future, is an 8K screen really necessary, or is it just a gimmick?

Samsung’s Q900FN will begin shipping in October, making it the first 8K TV available in the United States. But with no native 8K content available is this just a gimmick? Read on.

— September 07, 2018 08:00 in HDTV Reviews

Denon Releases Two IMAX Enhanced 4K AV Receivers: AVR-X4500H and AVR-X6500H

Denon Releases Two IMAX Enhanced 4K AV Receivers: AVR-X4500H and AVR-X6500H

This week at CEDIA, San Diego, Denon released the industry’s first IMAX Enhanced-Ready 4K AV Receivers with HDMI 2.1 support. The AVR-X6500H and AVR-X4500H are some of the most innovative and powerful receivers we’ve seen on the market today. What is IMAX Enhanced and should you run out and get a new AV receiver that is IMAX Enhanced compatible? Read on to find out...

Denon released the industry’s first IMAX Enhanced-Ready 4K AV Receivers,the AVR-X6500H and AVR-X4500H. Read on to learn about IMAX Enhanced and what these new receivers offer that nobody else has.

— September 06, 2018 08:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Will Yamaha's AVENTAGE CX-A5200/MX-A5200 AI Seduce You to Upgrade?

Will Yamaha's AVENTAGE CX-A5200/MX-A5200 AI Seduce You to Upgrade?

Yamaha recently released information on their two newest separates, AVENTAGE CX-A5200 AV preamplifier and 11-channel MX-A5200 amplifier. Yamaha is again harnessing the power of surround sound artificial intelligence with their new preamp and their amplifier boasts upgrades to the power supply and chassis. With AI on the preamp and the ability to bridge the front channels for more output power is this the combo you've been waiting for to make the switch to separates? Read on to find out.

Will Yamaha's newest CX-A5200 11CH AI Atmos/DTS:X preamp and MX-A5200 amplifier seduce you to getting into separates? Read on to learn of all the new improvements Yamaha has made to find out.

— September 01, 2018 10:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Denon’s AVR-X3500H AV Receiver Delivers New Features Worth Waiting For

Denon’s AVR-X3500H AV Receiver Delivers New Features Worth Waiting For

The new AVR-X3500H from Denon is a 7.2-channel receiver offering all the usual bells and whistles, plus a couple of brand-new ones from the upcoming HDMI 2.1 standard. With eARC and Auto Low Latency Mode on board, the AVR-X3500H offers some compelling reasons to upgrade. What do these new features bring to the table? Read on to find out.

The new AVR-X3500H from Denon is a 7.2CH receiver offering all the usual bells and whistles, plus a couple of brand-new ones from the upcoming HDMI 2.1 standard. Is this the receiver to beat for $1k?

— August 31, 2018 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

SVS PB-4000 Ported Subwoofer Review

SVS PB-4000 Ported Subwoofer Review

The SVS PB-4000 is the latest evolution of a powerful subwoofer design that has stood the test of time. However, it is more than just a mere iteration of the classic PB13-Ultra; the PB-4000 takes a radical shift in terms of amplifier technology and makes some major changes in enclosure construction. Despite these improvements, the pricing has not increased. To find out what SVS has done to improve on their classic, proven design, read our full review with comprehensive measurements of the PB-4000 to determine if it's time for you to upgrade your subwoofer.

The SVS PB-4000 is the latest evolution of a powerful subwoofer design that has stood the test of time. Read our in-depth review with measurements to see how SVS improved on their classic design.

— August 30, 2018 00:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Control More With Control4: Entertainment And Automation Controllers

Control More With Control4: Entertainment And Automation Controllers

If you want a complete and cohesive smart home experience, you need a home automation controller to run the show. Industry leader Control4 offers four different automation controllers: the CA-1, the EA-1, the EA-3, and the EA-5 compared in this article. Which one is right for your smart home? Read on to find out and be sure to check out our YouTube video discussion for more details about Control4 products.

If you want a complete and cohesive smart home experience, you need a home automation controller to run the show. Control4 has 4 levels of controllers (CA-1, EA-1, EA-3,and EA-5) compared herein.

— August 26, 2018 10:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

LG’s CineBeam HU80KA Portable 4K Laser Projector: Big Picture, Small Package

LG’s CineBeam HU80KA Portable 4K Laser Projector: Big Picture, Small Package

The LG CineBeam HU80KA is a 4K laser projector designed for portability and flexible placement. The tower-shaped HU80KA can stand on the floor, rest on a tabletop, or be mounted to a wall or ceiling. About half the size of a traditional projector, this new design from LG can fill a 12-foot screen with sharp and bright images that last up to 20,000 hours from a single bulb, and can be yours for $3,000.

The LG CineBeam HU80KA is a 4K laser projector designed for portability and flexible placement with a 20,000 hour bulb life and capability to fill a 12 foot screen.

— August 24, 2018 00:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Yamaha RX-S602 Receiver Boasts Slim Design And Wireless Surround Capability

Yamaha RX-S602 Receiver Boasts Slim Design And Wireless Surround Capability

The RX-S602 Slimline AV receiver stands just 4.5 inches tall, and includes Yamaha’s MusicCast Surround technology. New for 2018, MusicCast Surround allows the user to send the rear-channel signals to Yamaha’s MusicCast 20 or MusicCast 50 wireless speakers, eliminating the need to run speaker cables across the room. Does this compact 5.1-channel receiver offer enough to lure style-conscious buyers away from Marantz and Denon? Read on to find out.

The RX-S602 5.1CH Slimline AV receiver stands just 4.5 inches tall, and includes Yamaha’s MusicCast Surround technology allowing the user connect surround speakers wirelessly.

— August 22, 2018 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins Revamps 600 Series Speakers, Their Best Yet?

Bowers & Wilkins Revamps 600 Series Speakers, Their Best Yet?

With the CEDIA show right around the corner, all the major manufacturers are scrambling to put the finishing touches on their newest designs, but speaker legend Bowers & Wilkins are saying enough with repackaging and renaming new speakers - Let's just make what we already have perfected even better. Read our preview of Bowers & Wilkins 6th iteration of their massively popular 600 series speaker line to see what WE think of their improvements.

Bowers & Wilkins released their newest iteration of their acclaimed 600 series speakers ahead of the 2018 CEDIA trade show. See what improvements make them their best 600 series yet.

— August 21, 2018 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Dayton Audio MK402BT Bluetooth Speaker Review

Dayton Audio MK402BT Bluetooth Speaker Review

Looking for a pair of budget bluetooth speakers that actually perform well? We got a chance to do a full review of Dayton Audio's MK402BT Bluetooth speakers and liked what we saw and heard. For under $100/pair you get all the upscale audiophile features of Dayton Audio's passive MK402 speakers along with a 20 watts per channel amplifier. These aren't the typical mediocre plastic wireless computer speakers you find at most department stores. Instead, the Dayton MK402BT is a high-quality speaker with decent bass extension that almost defies its asking price.

Looking for a respectable pair of budget bluetooth speakers? The Dayton Audio's $98/pair MK402BT Bluetooth speakers sound great and crush the typical department store competitors. Read our review.

— August 19, 2018 00:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

McIntosh’s MC462 Stereo Amplifier is a Powerhouse

McIntosh’s MC462 Stereo Amplifier is a Powerhouse

The new 450-watt/ch McIntosh MC462 is the company’s most powerful stereo power amplifier. With 50% more filter capacity and 66% more dynamic headroom than its predecessor, the “Quad Balanced” MC462 is the result of some serious engineering work. As you would expect from McIntosh, it’s also built like a tank, nice to look at, and more than a little pricey. Read on to see what new enhancements McIntosh made to their latest stereo amplifier.

The new 450-watt McIntosh MC462 is the company’s most powerful stereo power amplifier. As you would expect from McIntosh, it’s also built like a tank, nice to look at, and more than a little pricey.

— August 10, 2018 12:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

RBH Sound R-5 Bookshelf and R-515 LCR Speaker Review

RBH Sound R-5 Bookshelf and R-515 LCR Speaker Review

RBH Sound has overhauled their acclaimed "Impression" speaker series, and Audioholics has managed to get their R-5 and R-515 speakers in for review. These affordable speakers keep the same great looks as the previous Impression speakers but add better build quality and enhanced performance. We explore the latest improvements RBH has made to this series though exhaustive measurements and listening tests. Read on to see if the RBH R-5 bookshelf and R-515 LCR speakers should have a place in your sound system.

RBH Sound has overhauled their acclaimed "Impression" series, and we managed to get their R-5 bookshelf and R-515 LCR speakers in for review. See the performance enhancements they now offer.

— August 07, 2018 00:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews