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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.

New AudioControl AV Processors and Receivers up to 16CH Processing & Auro 3D

New AudioControl AV Processors and Receivers up to 16CH Processing & Auro 3D

AudioControl has announced a pair of high-end preamp/processors and a trio of new A/V receivers at the 2019 CEDIA Expo. The Maestro Series processors and Concert Series AVRs now support Auro 3D, and feature flexible bass management capabilities and up to 16CH of processing. AudioControl calls these new products “the next generation of ultimate performance.” Read on and be sure to watch our YouTube interview with company owner Chris Kane to learn more about these product.

AudioControl has announced a pair of high-end preamp/processors and a trio of new A/V receivers at the 2019 CEDIA Expo that support Auro 3D, flexible bass management and up to 16CH of processing.

— September 19, 2019 09:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Theory Audio 9CH System Demo Sets the Bar in Soundbar Performance

Theory Audio 9CH System Demo Sets the Bar in Soundbar Performance

Theory Audio demonstrated their 9CH Soundbar Discrete speaker surround system powered by a 1U DSP tuned amplifier controller that delivered gut wrenching dynamics and sound redefining our expectations for this category of product. Check out our Youtube interview at CEDIA 2019 with company founder and engineer Paul Hales to learn about how he pulled this off.

Theory Audio demonstrated their 9CH Soundbar Discrete speaker surround system powered by a 1U DSP tuned amplifier controller that delivered gut wrenching dynamics and sound redefining our expectations for this category of product.

— September 17, 2019 10:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Integra 11CH Flagship AV Processor & Receivers Promise Best in Class Features

Integra 11CH Flagship AV Processor & Receivers Promise Best in Class Features

Integra has announced three new “reference-grade” products at the CEDIA Expo. The flagship 11.2-channel DRC-R1.3 processor ($2,499) and DRX-R1.3 receiver ($3,299) promise high-end performance and best-in-class features. The 9.2-channel DRX-7.3 receiver ($2,399) now sits at the top of the company’s lineup of 9-channel receivers. All three new products support the 4K HDBaseT connectivity standard to deliver high-res video over ethernet. Read on and watch our YouTube video to learn more.

Integra announced three new “reference-grade” products at the CEDIA Expo including their flagship 11.2-channel DRC-R1.3 processor and DRX-R1.3 receiver and a 9.2-channel DRX-7.3 AV receiver.

— September 14, 2019 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Monoprice Expands Monolith THX Speaker Product Line With Towers of Power

Monoprice Expands Monolith THX Speaker Product Line With Towers of Power

Monoprice has announced new products that expand their Monolith THX speaker lineup, and do they look to be absolute beasts for the home theater market. The Monolith tower speaker features four 6.5" bass drivers, a 2" silk dome midrange, and a 1" silk dome tweeter that also includes an optional 5.25" upfiring coaxial driver for Dolby Atmos. We absolutely loved the mini-tower Monoliths but they lacked bass by design. These Monolith towers appear to address that concern and promise to be real bruisers.

Monoprice is launching a THX tower speaker with four 6.5" bass drivers a 2" silk dome midrange and a 1" silk dome tweeter that includes an optional 5.25" upfiring coaxial driver for Atmos.

— September 10, 2019 23:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Pioneer Rates Max Power with Elite SC-LX904 11.2 Channel AV Receiver

Pioneer Rates Max Power with Elite SC-LX904 11.2 Channel AV Receiver

Pioneer's newest $3k Flagship receiver, the Elite SC-LX904 will be officially unveiled at CEDIA 2019 in Denver, Colorado which will garner quite a bit of news coverage from such a beefy receiver. Check out the specs on this monstrous 11.2 channel receiver and how they rate power under maximum load conditions. This is stuff we love to see. Klingons everywhere rejoice, that TiP warriors find this model to be with honor.

Pioneer released information on their newest Flagship receiver, the Elite SC-LX904 11.2 channel AV receiver. The $3K 140WPC receiver gives max power ratings and we are liking what we see.

— September 10, 2019 01:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Polk Brings Back SDA Technology with New Legend Series Loudspeakers

Polk Brings Back SDA Technology with New Legend Series Loudspeakers

Polk Audio has announced an all-new flagship line of speakers called the Legend Series. There are six models in the series: two bookshelf speakers, two floor-standers, a center-channel speaker, and a height/elevation speaker for home theater use. The range-topping L800 SDA sells for $6k/pair and features a unique “Stereo Dimensional Array” to cancel out stereo interaural crosstalk and deliver immersive sound with precise imaging. Read on and watch our CEDIA 2019 Youtube interview video to learn how Polk has brought back legendary SDA technology.

Polk Audio has announced an all-new flagship line of speakers called the Legend Series and its packed with SDA technology that made the brand a legend 4 decades ago. We heard them and they are awesome.

— September 07, 2019 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Legacy iV7 600 Watt 7CH Amplifier Most Powerful Multi-CH Amplifier Ever?

Legacy iV7 600 Watt 7CH Amplifier Most Powerful Multi-CH Amplifier Ever?

Legacy Audio is dropping the gauntlet down with their new 600 wpc iV7 7CH and 8CH Class D amplifiers which they claim to be the most powerful home theater amplifiers in consumer audio to date. Armed with the latest ICE high power modules and independent power supplies gives us little reason to doubt this claim. The fact that Legacy uses these amplifiers in their $80k flagship Valor speaker system gives a good indication of amount of performance and power this platform offers. Did we also mention they look great? Read on for more details.

Legacy Audio's new 600 wpc iV7 7CH and 8CH Class D amplifiers are said to be the most powerful home theater amplifiers in consumer audio to date. The specs are as impressive as their looks. Read on.

— September 06, 2019 03:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Denon PMA-600NE Stereo Integrated Amp Inflates Power But Not Price

Denon PMA-600NE Stereo Integrated Amp Inflates Power But Not Price

Denon's new PMA-600NE Integrated Amplifier looks audiophile and sports 70 watts per channel for only $399! Or does it? Look closer and you'll see that Denon may be being ambitious with its power ratings. Read on to learn all of the juicy details of the affordable PMA-600NE integrated amplifier and matching CD player to see if our scrutiny is justified or if it's really a good deal for the price especially considering all of the audiophile features packed into this machine.

Denon's new $399 PMA-600NE 2CH Integrated Amp and $299 DCD-600NE CD Player pack great build quality and features into affordable audiophile compact form. Power is overstated but don't let deter you.

— September 03, 2019 04:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Monoprice Monolith THX-365T Mini-Tower and THX-365C Center Speaker Review

Monoprice Monolith THX-365T Mini-Tower and THX-365C Center Speaker Review

Monoprice was one of the first to bring highly affordable THX subwoofers to market, and now they continue that trend by introducing highly affordable THX speakers. The Monolith THX-365T and 365C speakers are some of the most inexpensive THX-Ultra certified home audio speakers to ever have been produced. This raises the question: how is Monoprice able to make THX-Ultra caliber speakers affordable? Read our full review to find out.

The Monolith THX-365T and 365C are some of the most inexpensive THX-Ultra certified home audio speakers to ever have been produced. How do they perform? Read on to find out.

— August 30, 2019 01:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Anthem’s MDX Audio Distribution Systems Promise Audiophile Performance In Every Room Of The House

Anthem’s MDX Audio Distribution Systems Promise Audiophile Performance In Every Room Of The House

Anthem has launched a new series of advanced, multi-zone audio distribution systems aimed at audiophiles who want great-sounding music all around their homes. The MDX Series features Anthem’s ARC Genesis room correction as well as the ability to add subwoofers with custom bass management settings for every zone. The series includes the 8-zone, 16-channel MDX-16 ($2,999) and the 4-zone, 8-channel MDX-8 ($1,999). Both units are shipping now; read on to learn more.

Anthem's 8-zone MDX-16 and 4 zone MDX-8 audio distribution amplifiers are designed to provide high quality music all around your home boasting ARC Genesis room correction and bass management.

— August 21, 2019 01:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Revel Performa M126Be Bookshelf Speaker Review

Revel Performa M126Be Bookshelf Speaker Review

Revel had a good loudspeaker platform in the Performa3 line. In fact, the basic design was so good that Revel decided to see what would happen when that design was upgraded to its full performance capabilities by using some of the highest-end components available such as air-core inductors, polyfilm capacitors, anodized aluminum woofers, and even a Beryllium tweeter. Read our detailed review of the Performa M126Be hot rod bookshelf speakers to see how much these premium components added to an already solidly engineered design.

Check out our review of Revel's Performa M126Be. With air-core inductors, polyfilm capacitors, anodized aluminum woofers, and even a Beryllium tweeter this is the little speaker that could!

— August 16, 2019 14:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Bose Focuses On Innovative Tech With The Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Bose Focuses On Innovative Tech With The Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 represent a completely new physical and acoustic design with new drivers and improved noise cancelling capabilities compared to its predecessor. This wireless bluetooth headphone allows the user to choose how much noise to block out or let in, depending on the requirements of the listening environment. Other key features include compatibility with Bose’s unique augmented reality platform and the ability to gain new features via over-the-air updates.

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a new physical and acoustic design with new drivers and improved noise cancelling capabilities compared to its predecessor.Check out all the new updates.

— August 13, 2019 01:00 in Headphone Reviews

Paradigm Defiance X15 Ported Subwoofer Review

Paradigm Defiance X15 Ported Subwoofer Review

We were so impressed by the Paradigm Defiance X12 review that we asked Paradigm to send us its bigger sibling, the X15, so we could see how much further the Defiance platform can be pushed. Paradigm happily complied, and in for review today, we have the massive Defiance X15. This thing is a beast in size, but is it a beast in performance as well? Does the X15 live up to the expectations set by the X12? Read our in-depth review to find out!

The Defiance X15 ported subwoofer from Paradigm is a beast in size but what about its performance? Does it outgun it's smaller X12 sibling we reviewed? Must read if you're an extreme bassaholic!

— August 04, 2019 20:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Pro Audio Technology New S and SR Series Speakers BIG on Sound & Custom Features

Pro Audio Technology New S and SR Series Speakers BIG on Sound & Custom Features

Pro Audio Technology has introduced three new multipurpose loudspeakers designed for “ultimate accuracy, resolution, and unrestricted dynamics.” PRO claims that its new S and SR Series speakers can produce surprisingly full-range, visceral sound, despite their relatively modest cabinet sizes. The speakers all feature unique elliptical horns and wide-bandwidth “Ultra-Purity” high-frequency compression drivers, mated with 12-inch woofers. They promise BIG sound, and full performance metrics for better integration.

Pro Audio Technology recently introduced 3 new loudspeakers. The S and SR Series all feature unique elliptical horns and wide-bandwidth high-frequency compression drivers with 12" woofers.

— July 27, 2019 02:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews