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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.

Atlantic Technology New In-Ear-Monitors And Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Atlantic Technology New In-Ear-Monitors And Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

On the wake of several loudspeaker achievements, Atlantic Technology has released its first two headphone products. The FS-BT210 bluetooth headphones ($119) and the FS-HAL1 in-ear-monitors ($199 - $229) promise ergonomic design and award-winning sound quality. The over-ear FS-BT210 boasts low weight and 30 hours of wireless playback per charge. Read on to learn more.

Atlantic Technology released its first two headphone products. The FS-BT210 bluetooth headphones ($119) and the FS-HAL1 in-ear-monitors ($199 - $229). Do they live up to their name?

— April 07, 2020 05:00 in Headphone Reviews

McIntosh Debuts New Flagship Home Theater Processors and Amp

McIntosh Debuts New Flagship Home Theater Processors and Amp

Shortly before the coronavirus crisis pulled the plug on big industry trade shows, McIntosh showcased its newest home theater products at the ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) AV show in Amsterdam. The new lineup includes the flagship MX170 AV processor ($15,500), the less expensive MX123 AV processor ($8,000), the MC255 5-channel power amplifier ($8,000), and the MC257 7-channel power amplifier ($10,000). Read on for more details.

McIntosh recently showcased its newest home theater products at the ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) AV show in Amsterdam. The new lineup includes 2 Atmos AV processors and 2 multi-ch amplifiers.

— March 17, 2020 06:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

NuForce BE Live5 Bluetooth Wireless Earphones Review

NuForce BE Live5 Bluetooth Wireless Earphones Review

If upgrading your smartphone's stock earbuds is an out-of-the box necessity, but you also demand wireless because it's 2020, the market offers no shortage of choices. But not all of them make sound quality a priority. BE Live5 is the cost-effective, premium offering by NuForce that actually gives good sound by offering both AAC and aptX codecs, so they're just as comfortable streaming sound from either iPhone or Android. And best of all they cost way less than a new pair of Apple AirPods.

BE Live5 are premium wireless Bluetooth earbuds by NuForce that makes sound quality a priority, offering both AAC and aptX codecs.Can this be the best $20 you spend? Read on to find out.

— March 10, 2020 13:00 in Headphone Reviews

The Samsung 8K UHD 2020 TV Lineup: Gen Z Innovator or Too Far Ahead of Their Time?

The Samsung 8K UHD 2020 TV Lineup: Gen Z Innovator or Too Far Ahead of Their Time?

There is heavy competition with the TV display market. How do you compete with companies like LG and Vizio? Samsung has decided to think outside the box and go with a Steve Jobs like showing of innovative thinking and design. Will these futuristic ideas payoff or are they too far ahead of their time? Read our thoughts on the 2020 lineup of 8K UHD Samsung QLED displays to find out.

Samsung is putting out some pretty amazing 8K UHD displays in 2020. Will their forward thinking design entice home theater enthusiasts away from rivals LG and Vizio or are they ahead of their time?

— March 04, 2020 01:00 in HDTV Reviews

Can the AIAIAI TMA-2 Bluetooth Headphones Compete With Bose & Sony?

Can the AIAIAI TMA-2 Bluetooth Headphones Compete With Bose & Sony?

If you’re looking for a quality pair of wireless over-the-ear headphones and you want to customize the entire setup to your listening needs you might want to check out the new TMA-2 Bluetooth headphones from AIAIAI. Never heard of AIAIAI? Neither had we. They’re comfortable and sound great, but with a $300 price tag will they be able to compete with better known brand names like Sony, Bose and Beats? Be sure to also checkout our Youtube overview video for a closer look.

We looked at the TMA-2 Bluetooth over-the-ear headphones from AIAIAI. They’re comfortable and sound great, but with a $300 price tag will they be able to compete with name brand headphones?

— February 26, 2020 01:00 in Headphone Reviews

Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 12" Sealed Subwoofer DIY Kit Review

Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 12" Sealed Subwoofer DIY Kit Review

We've tested A LOT of factory designed and manufactured subwoofers here at Audioholics. This time we built and tested our own with the Creative Sound Solutions SDX12. Does the Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 12" sealed subwoofer DIY kit buy you more performance than commercial offerings? Check out how the SDX12 performed compared to similarly priced commercial offerings.

We built and tested the Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 Subwoofer kit. Does the DIY 12" sealed subwoofer kit buy you more performance than commercial offerings? Read on to find out.

— February 22, 2020 00:35 in Subwoofer Reviews

RBH Sound SVTRS Limited Edition Speaker System Rocks 2020 Florida Expo

RBH Sound SVTRS Limited Edition Speaker System Rocks 2020 Florida Expo

RBH Sound unveiled a new flagship SVTRS active speaker system that rocked the 2020 Florida Expo show. This large, powerful speaker is truly a sight (and sound) to behold. These titans stand nearly eight feet tall and weigh 310 lbs and offer bass extension down to single digits. RBH claims this new system offers significant advantages over their Status 8T speakers while being slightly less expensive along with including its own state-of-the-art amplifier and DSP tuning. Does Audioholics have a new reference speaker to dethrone the mighty Status 8Ts? Read on to find out!

RBH Sound rocked the 2020 Florida Expo with their new SVTRS active speaker system. It offers unparalleled dynamics and bass extension that has to be heard to be believed. A new Audioholics reference?

— February 18, 2020 00:50 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Rotel Revives Its High-End Michi Brand With 3 New Flagship Components

Rotel Revives Its High-End Michi Brand With 3 New Flagship Components

Rotel’s high-end Michi brand is making a comeback after a long hiatus with three new audiophile stereo components. The Michi P5 Control Amplifier ($4K), S5 Stereo Amplifier ($7K), and M8 Monoblock Amplifier ($7K) are Rotel’s new flagship audio offerings, promising superb build quality, elegant design, and unshakeable 2CH performance. Read on to learn more.

Rotel’s high-end Michi brand released three new audiophile stereo components. The P5 Control Amplifier, S5 Stereo Amplifier, and M8 Monoblock Amplifier are Rotel’s new flagship 2CH audio offerings.

— February 12, 2020 02:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

TiVo EDGE DVRs Deliver Dolby Atmos & Dolby Vision, Automatic Commercial-Skipping

TiVo EDGE DVRs Deliver Dolby Atmos & Dolby Vision, Automatic Commercial-Skipping

TiVo’s EDGE DVRs are the company’s first offerings to support Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision 4K HDR video. They can also skip entire commercial breaks automatically. The EDGE for cable ($399) and EDGE for antenna ($349) both include 2 TB of hard drive space for recording up to 300 hours of HD video. Read on to learn more.

TiVo released details on new products at CES 2020. TiVo’s EDGE DVRs are the company’s first offerings to support Dolby Vision 4K HDR video. They can also skip entire commercial breaks automatically.

— February 06, 2020 04:05 in AV Gadget Reviews

Definitive Technology Adds Demand Series Towers And Center Channel Speakers

Definitive Technology Adds Demand Series Towers And Center Channel Speakers

Definitive Technology has expanded its popular Demand Series of loudspeakers with the addition of the D15 towers ($3,398/pair), the D17 towers, ($4,598/pair), and the D5C center channel speaker ($799/each). These new speakers are designed to “deliver full-range, room-filling sound and elegant styling for enthusiasts seeking a premium listening experience.” The new Demand Series tower speakers feature newly-developed carbon fiber woofers and dual side-firing passive radiators. Read on to learn more.

Definitive Technology has expanded its popular Demand Series of loudspeakers with the addition of the D15 towers, D17 towers,and the D5C center channel speaker. Read on for more details.

— January 25, 2020 09:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

VIZIO Unveils 2020 Lineup of 4K HDR Smartcast TVs- Including OLEDs!!

VIZIO Unveils 2020 Lineup of 4K HDR Smartcast TVs- Including OLEDs!!

VIZIO launched a new and much improved lineup of UHD displays at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new lineup ranges from the accessible 40-inch V-Series to a massive all-new 85-inch P-Series Quantum X. With a ton of new features and brand new technology along with a series of OLED TVs, the 2020 SmartCast TV lineup from VIZIO is their highest performing and widest range ever.

VIZIO launched a new and much improved lineup of UHD displays, including OLED. From 40" affordable models to a massive 85" display, the new VIZIO lineup has something for everyone.

— January 19, 2020 08:00 in HDTV Reviews

Yamaha AVENTAGE 5200 Series 11CH Processor/Amplifier Review

Yamaha AVENTAGE 5200 Series 11CH Processor/Amplifier Review

Yamaha is on their 3rd generation of separates in the Aventage line and we got our hands on their new 11-channel CX-A5200 AV Processor and MX-A5200 amplifier. With their predecessors in our Audioholics Showcase home rack for the last year, we have a great reference to see just how much Yamaha has refined this package with their latest technological advancements. Are the 5200 series models a worthy successor to those they replace? Read our review with detailed measurements to find out.

Yamaha is on their 3rd generation of separates in the Aventage line with their new 11-channel CX-A5200 AV Processor and MX-A5200 amplifier. Read our review to find out if they are a worthy successor.

— January 10, 2020 09:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

JBL L82 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeaker Brings Retro Back In Smaller Form

JBL L82 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeaker Brings Retro Back In Smaller Form

A year after releasing the L100 Classic, JBL Introduced their L82 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeakers at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new L82 Classic's 8-inch, 2-way system design is more compact than the L100’s 12-inch 3-way design, but still looks to deliver a premium hi-fi sound experience with an attractive retro aesthetic.

JBL released information on their new L82 Classic Bookshelf speaker at CES 2020 Las Vegas. The 2-way design features a smaller 8" driver but the same 1" tweeter as their acclaimed L100. Read on.

— January 08, 2020 08:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

SVS 3000 Series Powered Subwoofers Review

SVS 3000 Series Powered Subwoofers Review

SVS could have phoned in their efforts for the middle product line between the 2000 series subwoofers and the 4000 series subwoofers, and not many people would have noticed given the overall success of their other product lines. However, SVS did not do that, and they produced what, in many ways, may be their best subwoofer series to date. Read our in-depth review with detailed measurements to find out why we like the SVS 3000 series subwoofers so much.

We reviewed the SVS 3000 series subwoofers which, in many ways, may be their best subwoofer series to date. Read our in-depth review to find out why we like the SVS 3000 series subwoofers so much.

— December 19, 2019 02:00 in Subwoofer Reviews