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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.

Edifier S2000 Pro Bluetooth Powered Speaker Review

Edifier S2000 Pro Bluetooth Powered Speaker Review

The Edifier S2000 Pro wireless two-way bookshelf speakers are a beautifully crafted fully active design with state of the art Class D amplification and DAC’s from Texas Instruments, a rigid 5.5” black anodized aluminum cone woofer and a planar magnetic tweeter in a horn loaded waveguide. They feature Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX for near CD quality streaming as well as balanced inputs. Edifier wants to give everyone the opportunity to be an “audiophile” with these speakers. Read our review and watch our YouTube video to see if they successfully pulled it off at only $400/pair.

The Edifier S2000 Pro wireless active bookshelf speakers feature state of the art electronics and drivers. Read on to see if Edifier delivers on giving everyone the opportunity to be an "audiophile".

— March 20, 2018 00:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Integra DRX-R1.1 and DRC-R1.1 11.2-Channel Atmos AV Receiver and Processor

Integra DRX-R1.1 and DRC-R1.1 11.2-Channel Atmos AV Receiver and Processor

Integra recently launched their two newest flagship products, the DRX-R1.1 and DRC-R1.1 11.2 Channel Network AV Receiver and Preamp/Processor. The two new products are the first in their lineup to incorporate 4K HDBaseT circuitry which allows for the transmission of 4K/60fps/ 4:4:4/UHD/HDR-10/Dolby Vision content up to 100 meters away over Cat 5/6/7 wiring! With Dolby Atmos and DTS:X ready to go out of the box for a 7.2.4 setup and a slew of upper echelon options these two new products are vying for contention for the most up to date available.

Integra released two new 11.2CH Atmos/DTS:X AV flagships; the DRX-R1.1 Receiver & DRC-R1.1 Processor. These are the first in their lineup to incorporate 4K HDBaseT circuitry for extended transmission.

— March 16, 2018 18:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Rel Series T/i Powered Wireless Subwoofers Preview

Rel Series T/i Powered Wireless Subwoofers Preview

Subwoofers do not have to be large and unattractive to sound good: enter Rel Acoustic's T/i series, ranging from 300 watts of amplification, long-throw 10" woofer with a 10" passive radiator to their sealed 8" micro-subwoofer. Through a host of design innovations, these subwoofers sport as much finesse in sound as they do in sight, but they are an audiophile subwoofer without audiophile pricing. Read our overview of the Rel T/i subwoofers to see what is under the hood of these little beauties.

Rel Acoustic's T/i series powered subwoofers, ranging from a 300 watt long-throw 10" woofer & 10" passive radiator to their sealed 8" micro-sub sport as much finesse in sound as they do in sight.

— March 14, 2018 08:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

ATI AT6000 Signature Amplifier Review

ATI AT6000 Signature Amplifier Review

ATI is a well-known amplifier manufacturer that also builds amplifiers for Lexicon, Outlaw, SAE, and most recently Monoprice. Their Signature Series amplifiers are their top-of-the line reference offering. It is a fully balanced class A/B design using two toroidal transformers and independent secondary windings to provide separate power supplies for each channel. With configurations from 2 to 7 channels the ATI AT6000 series amplifier performance is as massive as its dimensions and weight; and yet, completely silent. Their performance matches and exceeds many mono-blocks while versatile enough to support bi-amplified and multi-channel audiophile systems.

With configurations from 2 to 7 channels the ATI AT6000 series amplifier performance is as massive as its dimensions and weight; and yet, completely silent. Read on to see what makes these amps great.

RichB — March 09, 2018 19:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

James Loudspeaker LR-S Passive Sound Bar Aims for Audiophile Performance

James Loudspeaker LR-S Passive Sound Bar Aims for Audiophile Performance

James Loudspeaker recently introduced a series of passive 2.1 sound bars, producing left and right-channel audio as well as bass energy from a center-mounted built-in subwoofer. These LR-S format sound bars designed around their SPL5-SPL8 soundbars can be customized to match nearly any flat-panel display. They are designed to bring clarity and full-range sound to applications where an external subwoofer is impractical. The starting price is $3,500. Are they worth it? Read on to find out.

James Loudspeaker released 3 new soundbars recently. The SPL5LR-S, SPL6LR-S, and SPL8LR-S Soundbars are designed as a 2.1 setup. Where is the sub? How about 4 high power neo drivers right in the bar!

— March 07, 2018 21:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

PSB M4U 8 Wireless High Performance Headphone Preview

PSB M4U 8 Wireless High Performance Headphone Preview

Audioholics released a detailed analysis of PSB’s wired M4U 2 noise-canceling headphones with mixed reviews in 2016. Although the M4U 2 received high marks for sound quality and battery life, the build quality, compactness, and cable durability was severely lacking. This year at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, PSB released and update to the M4U while cutting the cord. The M4U 8 is PSB’s first wireless headphone and the company’s most advanced design to date. Did they take our advice and make improvements in the areas needed? Read on to find out.

Audio manufacturer PSB released their M4U 8 WIRELESS headphone recently at the CES 2018 EXPO. The M4U 8 is PSB’s first wireless headphone and the company’s most advanced headphone design to date.

— March 04, 2018 08:00 in Headphone Reviews

SONOS Playbar, SUB, and Play:5 Review

SONOS Playbar, SUB, and Play:5 Review

If you’ve been looking at wireless whole home speaker solutions recently, you’ve probably come across SONOS. Started in 2002, SONOS’ goal was to reinvent home audio for the digital age by connecting devices in multiple rooms for seamless integration. With the multitude of wireless speakers flooding the market with dozens of streaming options will SONOS stand out? Read our in depth review and check out our YouTube video of their Play 5 wireless speaker and Playbar soundbar with wireless subwoofer to see if SONOS is the right multiroom speaker system for you.

If you’ve been looking at wireless whole home speaker products, you’ve probably come across SONOS. We reviewed their Play:5 wireless speaker and Playbar soundbar with wireless SUB.

— March 01, 2018 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

SVS Cuts the Cord with their Prime Wireless Speaker System

SVS Cuts the Cord with their Prime Wireless Speaker System

In 2015 we rated SVS' Prime Bookshelf Speakers in our top seven $500/pair bookshelf speakers available. SVS has cut the cord with an active version; the SVS Prime Wireless Bookshelf Speaker System. With a ton of input and streaming options and 50 watts/4 Class D biamplification, this small setup packs a lot of punch for its size with the added convenience of cutting the cord to go wireless. Oh did we forget to tell you, the price is still $500/ pair! Check out our detailed YouTube video interview for even more great details on these new speakers from SVS.

SVS cut the cord with their Prime Wireless Bookshelf speaker. With a ton of input and streaming options and 50 watts/4 Class D biamplification, this small setup looks to be a great deal at $500/pair.

— February 27, 2018 08:30 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

HiFiMAN SUSVARA Planar Magnet Headphone Review

HiFiMAN SUSVARA Planar Magnet Headphone Review

The HiFiMAN SUSVARA represents the latest update to original HiFiMAN’s HE-1000 flagship headphones. Featuring CNC-milled casing and double-sided magnets, the Susvara incorporates the cutting edge of planar technology. With that said, the headphones come in at a considerable $6000 price tag. For those without money concerns, and those wishing to seek world-class sound, the Susvara certainly deserves an audition. To find out more, please read on.

The HiFiMAN Susvara Planar Magnetic represents the latest update to original HiFiMAN’s HE-1000 flagship headphones. Do the updates justify the $6,000 price tag? Read our in depth review to find out.

Smit Patel — February 25, 2018 19:00 in Headphone Reviews

V-MODA Crossfade Wireless 2 vs. Focal Listen Wireless Headphone Shootout

V-MODA Crossfade Wireless 2 vs. Focal Listen Wireless Headphone Shootout

V-MODA and Focal arguably have made two of the finest affordable wireless Bluetooth headphones to hit the market in 2017, both carrying an MSRP of around $300. But what happens when two contenders for best new wireless headphones are pitted against each other in a head-to-head, feature-by-feature showdown? Which will emerge the victor in the arena of one curmudgeonly editor’s opinion? Let’s get ready to rumble with a good ol' fashion shootout!

V-MODA and Focal made two of the finest affordable (about $300/ea) wireless Bluetooth headphones to hit the market in 2017. We compare both headphones to help you decide which ones are best for you.

— February 20, 2018 18:00 in Headphone Reviews

Acurus Updates ACT 4 Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor to 20 Channels

Acurus Updates ACT 4 Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor to 20 Channels

Acurus has updated their 13.3 channel ACT 4 Processor to 20 Channels. Indy Audio Labs (IAL), owner of the high-performance audio brands Aragon and Acurus says this is the first processor to offer that level of immersive-audio performance for less than $10,000. The Act 4 supports full 7.3.6 native Atmos/DTS:X speaker configurations with 4 additional channels, HDMI 2.0b, PEQ speaker tool and much more. This is one pre/pro to get excited about and we can't wait to take a closer look in the near future.

Acurus has upgraded their ACT-4 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X AV processor to support full 7.3.6 native Atmos/DTS:X speaker configurations with 4 additional channels, HDMI 2.0b, PEQ speaker tool and much more.

— February 19, 2018 00:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

British Prog Rock Band Marillion Releases Limited Edition Series of Live Albums

British Prog Rock Band Marillion Releases Limited Edition Series of Live Albums

Often referred to as the leaders of the neo-progressive movement of the early '80s, Marillion are a great deal more than that. They are purveyors of soulful, powerful, and deeply-moving music, with a long-standing reputation of impressive live shows and an imposing, faithful and loyal global fanbase. From January through September 2018, a carefully curated and strictly limited (5000 copies each) and numbered series of Marillion live albums will be released in retail stores across the globe for the very first time.

Marillion are purveyors of soulful, powerful, and deeply-moving music, known for legendary live performances are globally releasing a numbered series (5000 copies each) of their live albums.

— February 17, 2018 00:00 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Dayton Audio MK402 Bookshelf Speaker Teases Audiophile for only $70/Pair

Dayton Audio MK402 Bookshelf Speaker Teases Audiophile for only $70/Pair

Dayton Audio proudly announced the newest addition to their best-selling line of home theater speakers. The MK402 is a simple 2-way, rear ported speaker featuring a 4" woofer and a 3/4" soft dome tweeter, with bass extension down to 60Hz and a real crossover network all for the almost unbelievable low price of $70/pair. Can these really be an audiophile dream speaker for those on a tight budget? Read on to find out.

Dayton Audio announced their new MK402, a 2-way, rear ported speaker with bass extension down to 60Hz, for an almost unbelievable low price of $70/pair. Audiophile dream speaker on a budget? Read on.

— February 15, 2018 15:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

CES 2018 Best Sound Bars Roundup

CES 2018 Best Sound Bars Roundup

This year we saw a big shift in the soundbar market from trying to recreate 3D sound through reflections to recreating 3D sound through discrete speakers. Also, with the popularity of affordable Smart home automation systems like products from Amazon, Google, and Roku, we’re seeing a push towards incorporating these products right into the soundbar. In this article and related YouTube video, we selected some of the most interesting soundbars we saw at the 2018 CES show.

Looking for a soundbar to complement that new UHD TV? We've compared four of the newest soundbars that we saw at 2018 CES show. From a 9.2 channel soundbar to integrated home automation. Read on.

— February 07, 2018 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews