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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.

PSB M4U TW1 Bluetooth Earbuds Preview

PSB M4U TW1 Bluetooth Earbuds Preview

PSB announced the release of their first Bluetooth set of earbuds at CES 2018. The M4U TW1 looks to be a heavy hitter in the sound department housing high-performance 6mm drivers, advanced A2DP Bluetooth connectivity, and a five hour battery life. If the M4U TW1's offer the high level of sound quality that PSB's other headsets are known for, then they should be a phenominal deal at only $149!

PSB released their FIRST Bluetooth earbuds at CES 2018, dubbed the M4U TW1. If they live up to the sound quality other PSB headsets are known for, then they should be a phenominal deal at $149.

— February 06, 2018 00:00 in Headphone Reviews

Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB 4K Enhanced Projector Review

Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB 4K Enhanced Projector Review

If you’re in the market for a 4K/UHD-compatible projector that can deliver a taste of the full potential that 3840 x 2160 resolution, high dynamic range (HDR), and the BT.2020 expanded color gamut that today’s UltraHD Blu-rays can deliver, then you can’t go wrong with Epson’s Pro Cinema 6040UB. The 6040UB projector is simply superb. With the potential for 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, 4K-enhancement technology, HDR10, and ISF support all in a price point well under $4,000, you have a winning combination.

The Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB projector features 4K Enhancement technology with HDR capability, 2,500 lumens of brightness, and full DCI-P3 color support for a spectacular image and a top performer.

— February 02, 2018 00:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

NAD M22 V2 Masters Series Amplifier Preview

NAD M22 V2 Masters Series Amplifier Preview

If you’re a fan of NAD electronics or if you’ve been thinking of upgrading your amp to a more sophisticated product brand you might want to check out NAD’s new M22 V2 Masters Series Amplifier released this year at CES, Las Vegas, Nevada. NAD’s new M22 V2 delivers a 20% increase in power over their previous model and adds bridging mode and an input sensitivity switch for system flexibility. Did they really offer a significant upgrade in performance without an increase in price? Read on.

NAD released their new M22 V2 Class D Masters Series Amplifier at CES 2018. The M22 V2 boasts a 20% increase in power over their previous model plus other significant upgrades at no cost increase.

— January 27, 2018 00:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Dayton Audio Breaks Price Barrier with AMT Tweeter “Air” Loudspeaker Series

Dayton Audio Breaks Price Barrier with AMT Tweeter “Air” Loudspeaker Series

The original Dayton Audio B652 has achieved something of a cult classic among speaker aficionados due to its extraordinarily low price. They were perhaps the least expensive, full-size bookshelf speaker that could be had in its day manufactured by a well-respected speaker component company. It was followed up by the 'B652-Air' to greater acclaim featuring an AMT tweeter. Now Dayton Audio has expanded on the 'Air' series with the release of a tower speaker, smaller bookshelf speaker, and center speaker. What kind of system can be had from the lowest-priced speaker set available to use AMT tweeters? Read on to find out.

Dayton Audio expanded on the 'Air' series with a tower, smaller bookshelf and center channel speakers. What kind of system can be had from the lowest-priced speaker series to use an AMt Tweeters?

— January 24, 2018 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

GoldenEar DigitalAktiv 3 Wi-Fi Bluetooth Speaker Preview

GoldenEar DigitalAktiv 3 Wi-Fi Bluetooth Speaker Preview

Speaker manufacturer GoldenEar released details for their ultra-high performance powered/wireless DigitalAktiv 3 Bookshelf speaker. With a 6” cast-basket bass/midrange driver, the same HVFR tweeter used in the Triton Reference, and two inertially balanced 8” passive radiators, if these speakers sound as good as the numbers suggest, they may be among the best new wireless speakers we've seen in 2018…period.

Speaker manufacturer GoldenEar released details for their ultra-high performance powered/wireless DigitalAktiv 3 Bookshelf speaker at CES. Could these be among the best wireless speakers of 2018?

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

StormAudio AV Immersive Sound Processors and Multi-Channel Amplifiers Preview

StormAudio AV Immersive Sound Processors and Multi-Channel Amplifiers Preview

StormAudio was recently bought out by the Immersive Audio Technologies Group. The StormAudio lineup is much different than normal consumer products. There is NO OSD, no remote control. Everything is controlled via the web interface and/or an iOS App. But with all this flexibility and power comes a cost, in this case to your wallet. On the other hand, at this point in time, StormAudio has the most flexible bass management system we've seen in any AV preamp/processor and for those needing this level of sophistication, price may be no object.

StormAudio AV products are light on features but heavy on customization and performance. They support up to 32 channels and all three immersive surround formats. But are they worth the price? Read on.

— January 18, 2018 16:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

JBL Announces Everest™ Headphones Optimized for the Google Assistant

JBL Announces Everest™ Headphones Optimized for the Google Assistant

Imagine the day when you can tell your headphones what music to play. Imagine no longer, thanks to JBL's latest Everest headphones armed with Google Assist. Now you can have the legendary sound JBL is known for with the convenience of voice commands to do your music bidding. JBL offers 3 models (Everest 710GA, 310GA, and 110GA) with battery life ranging from 8-25 hours of play (depending on model). Can you say "Google, I want these"?

JBL's latest Everest headphones (710GA, 310GA, and 110GA), armed with Google Assist, allows users to say what music they want to hear and so much more. Read on for details.

— January 18, 2018 00:00 in Headphone Reviews

Polk Command Bar Soundbar, Wireless Sub, and Built-in Amazon Alexa

Polk Command Bar Soundbar, Wireless Sub, and Built-in Amazon Alexa

Polk Audio announced their newest soundbar at the CES 2018 show, calling it the Polk Command Bar. Why Command Bar? How about integrated Alexa support built in! For a sub $300 price point the Polk Command Bar delivers the power and convenience of Amazon Alexa in what looks to be an excellent budget friendly home theater solution ideal for movies, music and wireless music streaming.

Polk Audio announced the release of their new soundbar this week at CES, calling it the Polk Command Bar. Why Command Bar? How about integrated Alexa support built in and wireless sub for under $300!

— January 16, 2018 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Marantz AV8805 13.2CH 4k UltraHD AV Processor Preview

Marantz AV8805 13.2CH 4k UltraHD AV Processor Preview

What do you get when you mix Denon digital know-how with Marantz analog finesse? The AV8805 13.2CH AV Processor! The AV8805 boasts an audiophile grade preamp section while supporting ALL 3 immersive surround formats, 3 pairs of height channels, and flexible preamp assignability for multiple speaker configurations. All of your high-resolution music streaming needs are met thanks to full HEOS support and their related app to allow easy multi-room listening. The latest in HDMI will is HDR and Dolby Vision compatible and upgradeable to HDMI 2.1 and 8K resolution. Read on for more details on why the AV8805 should be on your short list of upscale preamp/processors.

The Marantz AV8805 13.2CH 4K UHD AV processor supports all 3 immersive surround formats, 6 assignable height channels, high resolution multi-zone streaming and the latest in HDMI HDR and Dolby Vision.

— January 13, 2018 13:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

JBL Releases Updated Iconic JBL L100 Speakers

JBL Releases Updated Iconic JBL L100 Speakers

Vintage JBL enthusiasts know what a jewel the L100 speakers, even 50 years after their inception. In fact, according to Harman, they're among the all time best selling speakers from JBL. Harman just announced an update to this legendary design with completely new modernized drivers and crossover components designed by Chris Hagen, the original designer of the L100T3s. Now you can get a refresh to a classic, but it's going to cost you some dough. Read on to find out.

JBL updated their iconic L100 speakers with the latest drivers and crossover designs headed by Chris Hagen, the original designer of the L100T3s. Will they be revered as classic to JBL lovers?

— January 11, 2018 16:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Denon AVR-X8500H World's First 13.2CH AV Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-X8500H World's First 13.2CH AV Receiver Preview

The world's first 13.2CH Immersive Surround Receiver is what Denon is calling their new AVR-X8500H. This 51lbs monster is the king of all AV receivers at CES 2018 as we don't know of any other product that supports ALL 3 immersive surround formats, 3 pairs of height channels, with a HDMI 2.1 upgradability path. While it's asking price may seem a bit spendy, it's really not when you consider the arsenal of processing power this baby has and how flexible it will be for even the most upscale home theater installations.

The world's first 13.2CH AV Receiver is what Denon is calling their new AVR-X8500H at CES 2018. This 51lbs beast supports all 3 immersive surround formats and is equipped with HDMI 2.1 for the future.

— January 10, 2018 15:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Philharmonic Audio Mini Philharmonitor Bookshelf Speaker Demo Report

Philharmonic Audio Mini Philharmonitor Bookshelf Speaker Demo Report

If you are looking for a price friendly desktop or surround loudspeaker with an audiophile RAAL tweeter, Zapf audio woofer and superb crossover network than look no further than the Mini Philharmonitor from Dennis Murphy and Philharmonic Audio. The Mini Philharmonitor is a relatively new speaker and you'll be amazed how well they handle many genres of music for dedicated music listening. At this price point, the Mini Philharmonitors are the only speakers with a RAAL tweeter that we could find. Please read on to see how these did in a sound demo in an in-home audition.

The Philharmonic Audio Mini Philharmonitor is a price friendly bookshelf loudspeaker with an audiophile RAAL tweeter, Zapf audio woofer, superb crossover network and excellent sound. We are impressed.

— January 05, 2018 00:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

JL Audio IWS-SYS-108/208 In-wall Subwoofer Preview

JL Audio IWS-SYS-108/208 In-wall Subwoofer Preview

For those of you looking for a premiere in-wall sub, JL Audio released their IWS-SYS-108 and IWS-SYS-208. The newest models from JL Audio have a very small grille opening that will please customers looking for a visually unobtrusive solution while still capable of delivering true JL Audio sub-bass performance. To see all their features read on.

Looking for a new in-wall sub? JL Audio released their IWS-SYS-108 and IWS-SYS-208 in wall subs. These two new models have a very small grille opening that belies their earth rumbling sound. Read on.

— December 28, 2017 16:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Rythmik FV18 Servo Subwoofer Sound Demo Report

Rythmik FV18 Servo Subwoofer Sound Demo Report

Renowned sub manufacturer Rythmik Audio recently released an 18" triple ported subwoofer, the FV18. This subwoofer sports a newly developed black anodized aluminum driver that is driven by an also newly developed 900 watt Hypex class D amplifier. This beast of a sub is made for those who require more ultra low end output. The FV17 does not behave like a typical ported sub. It has the output in spades, but also the articulation Rythmik is known for. Check out the sound demo report on how this sub performs with a variety of source material in an in-home audition.

Sub manufacturer Rythmik Audio recently released an 18" triple ported subwoofer, the FV18. With a newly designed aluminum driver and 900 watt amp, it's a beast of a sub. Read our sound demo report.

— December 18, 2017 22:00 in Subwoofer Reviews