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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.

Sony Aims High With Twin Flagship ‘Master Series’ TVs

Sony Aims High With Twin Flagship ‘Master Series’ TVs

With its new Master Series TVs, Sony aims to bring professional image quality into the home. The Master Series includes the A9F OLED and Z9F LCD models, both of which use Sony’s next-generation X1 Ultimate video processor. Will these new TVs make Sony the undisputed image-quality champion?

The new Sony Master Series TVs include the A9F OLED and Z9F LCD models. Both use Sony’s next generation X1 Ultimate video processor. Will these TVs make Sony the undisputed image-quality champion?

— October 10, 2018 09:00 in HDTV Reviews

Denon’s New ‘800NE’ Range Merges Classic Style With Modern Features

Denon’s New ‘800NE’ Range Merges Classic Style With Modern Features

Denon has introduced three new audio components that aim to combine the look and feel of classic Hi-Fi components with the functionality of a smart, streaming, multi-room audio system. Can the PMA-800NE integrated amplifier, DNP-800NE network audio player, and DCD-800NE CD player bridge the gap between the traditional and the cutting-edge? Read on to learn more.

Denon has introduced three new audio components '800NE’ series that aim to combine the look and feel of classic Hi-Fi components with the functionality of a smart, streaming, multi-room audio system.

— October 08, 2018 12:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

SVS Goes Wireless with Their New Prime Speaker & SoundBase System

SVS Goes Wireless with Their New Prime Speaker & SoundBase System

The Prime Wireless Speaker System and Prime Wireless SoundBase from SVS aim to combine audiophile sound quality with multi-room streaming audio by way of the DTS Play-Fi platform. The Prime Wireless Speaker System is a compact, powered smart speaker system selling for $600 per pair. The $500 Prime Wireless SoundBase is an integrated amp designed to provide wireless streaming capabilities to any speakers you choose. Read on to learn more.

The Prime Wireless Speaker System and SoundBase from SVS aim to combine audiophile sound quality with multi-room streaming audio by way of the DTS Play-Fi platform. Are you ready to cut the cord?

— October 06, 2018 00:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Monoprice Monolith 15” THX Ultra Subwoofer Review

Monoprice Monolith 15” THX Ultra Subwoofer Review

At last! It's here! Our review of Monoprice's monster subwoofer, the Monolith 15" THX Ultra! This 130 lbs. beast might look like it's all muscle, but there's at least as much brains as there is brawn in this design, in fact, there's a lot more to this sub than mere loudness. To see what we found out during our evaluation, read our in-depth review and comprehensive measurement report. Find out if this baby earned our Extreme Bassaholic subwoofer rating.

At last! It's here! Our review of Monoprice's monster subwoofer, the Monolith 15" THX Ultra! This 130 lb. beast might look like it's all muscle, but there's at least as much brains as there is brawn.

— October 03, 2018 08:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature Hi-Fi Over-Ear Headphones Review

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature Hi-Fi Over-Ear Headphones Review

Bower and Wilkins have outdone themselves with their P9 signature Hi-Fi headphones. Audiophiles around the world that have the means to splurge will find themselves very satisfied by experiencing music in a way they've never been able to before. The $900 price tag will no doubt have consumers thinking twice about their final decision. We found them to be among some of the most dynamic and carefully crafted headphones on the market in this price class to date from a company that has been in the Hi-Fi scene for over 50 years. To find out why, read on.

Looking for high-performance headphones? We reviewed the $900 P9 Signature HiFi Over-Ear Headphones from Bower and Wilkins. We found them to be an exceptional product and we think you will too.

Zahub Shahid — September 29, 2018 09:00 in Headphone Reviews

Sonance Mariner Speakers Promise Superior Sonics And Rugged Build

Sonance Mariner Speakers Promise Superior Sonics And Rugged Build

With the Mariner series of all-weather speakers, Sonance claims to offer audiophile sound-quality in outdoor environments. The Mariners are designed to withstand the elements while delivering tunes to your deck, patio, or other exterior space. A full review of the flagship Mariner 86 model is in the works, but here’s an overview of the range as a whole. We also included a YouTube unboxing video of the Mariner 86 to whet your appetite.

With the Mariner series of all-weather speakers, Sonance claims to offer audiophile sound-quality in outdoor environments. We discuss performance enhancements and unbox the Mariner 86 via YouTube.

— September 27, 2018 08:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Denon DP-450USB and DP-400 Turntables Spinning Vinyl with a Twist

Denon DP-450USB and DP-400 Turntables Spinning Vinyl with a Twist

We’re still seeing a trend of the reintroduction of vinyl in the audio market as evidenced by Denon’s release of two new turntables, the DP-450USB and DP-400 at the 2018 CEDIA show in San Diego. With advanced built-In phono equalizers for easy use, and an integrated sensor to help control precise speed, these new turntables from Denon might be worth the time to dust off your old albums and put the new retro chic hipsters to shame.

Denon released two new turntables, the DP-450USB and DP-400 at the 2018 CEDIA show. With advanced built-In phono equalizers and integrated sensor for precise speed these turntables might be for you.

— September 25, 2018 08:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Harman Kardon Launches Tech-Packed Citation Series Smart Speakers

Harman Kardon Launches Tech-Packed Citation Series Smart Speakers

Harman Kardon’s Citation Series smart speakers offer high-res playback, multi-room streaming, and voice control via Google Assistant. The eight-strong range includes tabletop speakers, tower speakers, a sound-bar, surround speakers, and a powered subwoofer. Can these stylish smart speakers take on Sonos?

Harman Kardon’s Citation Series smart speakers offer high-res playback, multi-room streaming, and voice control via Google Assistant. Do they have what it takes to take on SONOS?

— September 21, 2018 06:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

RBH Sound R-55E Floorstanding Speaker Review

RBH Sound R-55E Floorstanding Speaker Review

Highly-regarded audio manufacturer RBH has made upgrades to their popular Impressions family of speakers. We took a look at a pair of their 6-driver, 3-way R-55E tower speakers to see how it stacked up against many of its competitors in this hotly-contested $2k/pair price category. Read our review with detailed measurements to find out if these are the real deal or just a pretender to the throne. Be sure to also check out our YouTube Overview and Demo report too.

RBH Sound recently upgraded their Impression family of speakers. We reviewed their 6-driver, 3-way R-55E tower speakers to see how they stacked up against competitors in the $2K/pr arena.

— September 19, 2018 07:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Rotel's First Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor RSP-1576 Released!

Rotel's First Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor RSP-1576 Released!

Looking for a new surround preamp processor to handle Dolby Atmos and DTS:X? Rotel released their RSP-1576 Surround Sound Processor at CEDIA 2018. This multi-channel preamplifier is capable of decoding high res audio including the ever popular immersive surround sound formats and comes with 2 powerful DSPs and an array of 6 Wolfson 24/192k audiophile grade DACs. Is it worth the $2,400 price tag? Read on to find out.

Looking for a new surround preamp processor to handle Dolby Atmos and DTS:X? Last week audio company Rotel released their RSP-1576 surround sound processor. Is it right for you? Read on to find out.

— September 13, 2018 08:00 in AV Preamp and Processor 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