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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.

Wilson Audio TuneTot Bookshelf Speaker Small Size, BIG Price

Wilson Audio TuneTot Bookshelf Speaker Small Size, BIG Price

Wilson Audio’s new TuneTot monitor 2-way speaker features high-performance drivers in a compact cabinet to boldly go where no Wilson has gone before. From the bookshelf to the desktop, Wilson’s go-anywhere speaker is said to break the audiophile rules to work in the most hostile acoustical environments. But, does it also break the bank or is it a viable product in an already saturated category?

Wilson Audio’s new TuneTot monitor 2-way speaker features high-performance drivers in a compact cabinet to boldly go where no Wilson has gone before. But are they worth $10k/pair? Read on.

— May 18, 2018 20:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Monoprice Monolith 10” THX Select and 12” THX Ultra Subwoofers Review

Monoprice Monolith 10” THX Select  and 12” THX Ultra Subwoofers Review

THX certified subwoofers were once the reserve for high-end home theaters, but Monoprice Inc. has now brought them within reach of us mere mortals with the launch of their Monolith series subwoofers. In this review, we look at two high-powered but affordable subwoofers, the 10" THX Select and 12" THX Ultra. The operative word for the design of these subs is 'overkill' which can be discerned from their ultra heavy-duty enclosures, beefy drivers, and powerful 500-watt amplifiers. Read our review of these beasts to find out if your home theater can handle this much low-frequency muscle.

In this review, we look at two high-powered but affordable Monoprice subwoofers, the 10" THX Select and 12" THX Ultra. Continue reading to find out if your home theater room can handle these beasts.

— May 17, 2018 00:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Polk Assist Voice Enabled Google Smart Speaker

Polk Assist Voice Enabled Google Smart Speaker

Thinking of buying a Google Home in the near future? You may want to check out the new Polk Assist with Google smart technology and a Chromecast built in! With hands free control and easy integration with other Chromecast and Polk home theater devices this new assistant may be just what you're looking for.

Thinking of buying a Google Home in the near future? You may want to check out the new Polk Assist with Google smart technology and a Chromecast built in! Read on to find out more.

— May 11, 2018 10:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Onkyo TX-NR787 Least Expensive 9.2CH AV Receiver at under $700?!?

Onkyo TX-NR787 Least Expensive 9.2CH AV Receiver at under $700?!?

When Onkyo sent me information on their 9.2 CH TX-NR787 AV receiver I honestly thought it was a mistake. Maybe Onkyo has something to prove or they're just trying to corner the market? Whatever the cause, it’s good for the consumer. Check out why everyone is looking at the Onkyo TX-NR787 receiver which offers 100 watts x 9 channels of processing, streaming options galore, and noteworthy updates to their AccuEQ room correction system for under $700!

The Onkyo TX-NR787 9.2CH Atmos/DTS:X AV receiver comes with 100 watts/ch x 9, updated AccuEQ Advance room correction and streaming options galore, all under $700. Is this the best budget receiver?

— May 08, 2018 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

3 Slick Monitor Audio In-Wall WSS Speakers Offer Thin Profile, Big Sound

3 Slick Monitor Audio In-Wall WSS Speakers Offer Thin Profile, Big Sound

Speaker manufacturer Monitor Audio released details of their super slim 2" deep in-wall speakers recently. Dubbed the WSS speakers, Monitor Audio has given the consumer a choice of three models all which share the same footprint and pre-construction bracket. The WSS130, WSS230, and WSS430 will range in price from $350 - $650ea. If you love the sound of their box speakers but don't have the space, read on to see if this option works for you.

Monitor Audio new super slim line up of in-wall speakers maybe thin in profile but big on sound. Dubbed the WSS speakers, Monitor Audio has given the consumer a choice of three models. Read on.

— May 04, 2018 00:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

AXPONA 2018: Six Interesting Speakers over $6,000/pair

AXPONA 2018: Six Interesting Speakers over $6,000/pair

In our continuing coverage of the 2018 AXPONA audio show, we look at a handful of the pricier speakers that approach the five-figure territory. We start to see some of the interesting directions speaker designers take when they are not encumbered by budgetary concerns. Gigantic horn systems, open-baffle 24" cone subwoofers, and metal-plated bookshelf speakers are just a few of the designs that go full-tilt into the wild side of audio excess. Read on to learn about these sensational designs and others in our sampling of the high-end speakers of AXPONA 2018.

We took a look at a handful of the pricier loudspeakers at the 2018 AXPONA audio show which approached the five-figure territory. Read on for our high-end speaker picks and how they sounded.

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

AXPONA 2018: Six Interesting Speakers under $6,000/pair

AXPONA 2018: Six Interesting Speakers under $6,000/pair

The AXPONA audio show had another huge turnout in both exhibitors and attendees this year, and we were lucky enough to get front row seats to see some surprising new products. In this part of our coverage, we focus on a handful of loudspeakers below $6,000/pair as being some of the relatively affordable setups there. Read on to see what speakers were on display at AXPONA that could possibly be owned without completely shattering your bank account.

We took a look at a bunch of new active and passive audiophile loudspeakers for under $6K/pair at AXPONA recently and came up with a list of our favorites based on listening tests. Check them out.

— April 23, 2018 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Epique CBT24 Line Array Loudspeaker Review

Epique CBT24 Line Array Loudspeaker Review

The new CBT24 'Epique' floor-standing line array by Dayton Audio is an unconventional speaker, to say the least. However, the marketplace of loudspeakers has dozens if not hundreds of offbeat designs that promise some extraordinary advantage through some radical new engineering approach. So the question for the CBT24 speakers is how does its design improve upon conventional loudspeakers? We attempt to answer that question in detail in our review of these unique new speakers.

The new CBT24 'Epique' floor-standing line array by Dayton Audio is an unconventional speaker. See if the CBT24 speaker improves upon conventional loudspeaker designs or if it has shortcomings.

— April 20, 2018 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 7.2CH Atmos AV Receiver Inflates Power Not Price!

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 7.2CH Atmos AV Receiver Inflates Power Not Price!

We recently previewed the Onkyo TX-SR383 and since Onkyo bought Pioneer's Home Theater Entertainment section a few years ago, it was only a matter of time until receivers with similar feature sets and performance came out from Pioneer. The Pioneer VSX-LX103 is a $499, 7.2 channel receiver with all the video bells and whistles that we liked about the Onkyo TX-SR383 but with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X processing. Sadly, parent company Onkyo appears to be rubbing off on Pioneer by artificially and erroneously inflating the power ratings by stating 170 watts/ch despite it actually only be 80 watts/ch. Read on for more details.

The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 7.2-Channel Dolby Atmos, DTS:X Network AV Receiver has all the future video pass through you'll ever need but the added bonus on inflated power which we deflate for you.

— April 17, 2018 23:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Dayton Audio MK402BT Audiophile Powered Bluetooth Speakers Only $100 Pair?!?

Dayton Audio MK402BT Audiophile Powered Bluetooth Speakers Only $100 Pair?!?

We're seeing a preponderance of wireless Bluetooth speakers flooding the market right now that are either complete garbage or priced higher than most people want to spend for an office or spare bedroom. Enter Dayton Audio with their MK402 Powered Bluetooth 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers. They are based on the MK402 passive speakers which offer commendable value and performance. These powered versions should be great performers for under $100/pair making them about the only game in town at this price!

Dayton Audio recently released their new MK402BT Bluetooth Speakers. For $98/pair you get a high quality set of Bluetooth speakers with incredible sound quality and an outstanding feature set. Read on

— April 10, 2018 00:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

5 Best Microphones Under $100 for Recording Vocals

5 Best Microphones Under $100 for Recording Vocals

Are You strapped for cash and in desperate need of a cheap but good microphone to do podcasting in hopes of becoming the next late night talk show host or YouTube internet sensation? The following article goes through the top five budget friendly microphones for recording vocals that you can purchase easily and still have plenty of money left over to focus on building your recording studio or taking vocal coaching lessons.

Looking for a budget friendly microphone for podcasting? We've compiled a list of the top 5 best microphones for under $100 that offer excellent performance for all your recording needs.

Zahub Shahid — April 08, 2018 21:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Onkyo TX-SR383 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Inflates Power but Not Price

Onkyo TX-SR383 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Inflates Power but Not Price

The TX-SR383 AV receiver from Onkyo provides a choice of native 7.2-channel soundtrack reproduction, or a 5.2-channel surround-sound layout with powered audio distribution to a pair of stereo speakers in Zone 2 . Rated at 155 W/Ch it seems like an amazing deal for just $400! Read on to find out why the devil is in the details and you may not be getting all those watts you think you are.

The TX-SR383 receiver from Onkyo provides a choice for either native 7.2CH or 5.2CH with zone 2 along with the latest video passthrough options for $400! But can their 155 watts/ch power be believed?

— March 30, 2018 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha CX-A5100 11.2CH Surround Processor Review

Yamaha CX-A5100 11.2CH Surround Processor Review

For the demanding home theater enthusiast, the Yamaha Aventage CX-A5100 11CH AV preamp processor armed with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, and 64-bit processing can seemingly do it all. With an array of speaker configuration options, you will be ready to support a full 11.2 or 7.2.4 system for the latest immersive audio. From high resolution music to serving as the hub of a whole house wireless music system via their new MusicCast system to full HDMI 2.0a support, this pre-pro from Yamaha has all the hallmarks of being a real winner. Check out our review and comprehensive YouTube video of the CX-A5100 to see how this product can serve all of your HD audio and video needs for the foreseeable future.

The Yamaha 11.2CH CX-A5100 AV Pre/Pro supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, balanced outputs, 64-bit processing, high resolution music & MusicCAST, and multi-zone HDMI 2.0 outputs. Is it a bargain? Read on.

— March 28, 2018 00:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

RBH Revamps Impression Series Speakers with Audiophile Options

RBH Revamps Impression Series Speakers with Audiophile Options

RBH Sound has given their popular Impression speaker series a makeover, and they look better than ever in both appearance and performance. The Impression series returns as a bookshelf speaker, an LCR, and a tower speaker, and each has a selection of optional upgrades, so the series ranges from a modest bookshelf speaker ($300/pair) in a standard matte black finish to a powerful, gloss black tower speaker with elite driver upgrades ($2000/pair). Read our preview of RBH's new Impression speaker series to see how they've upgraded this popular series with high-performance drivers and parts making them a force to be reckoned with.

RBH Sound has given their popular Impression speaker series a makeover, and they look better than ever in both appearance and performance. They come in a bookshelf, LCR, and tower option. Read on.

— March 22, 2018 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews