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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.

AMD Fuels Nightmares of Intel & Nvidia

AMD Fuels Nightmares of Intel & Nvidia

For most of us 2020 hasn't been such a great year, not so for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). From thread-ripping CPUs to the Big Navi GPU hype-train, 2020 has been a pivotal year in one of the greatest turnarounds in tech-industry history. While AMD is unlikely to "kill" competitors Intel and Nvidia, its comeback is giving them good reason to worry, and that's good for us consumers.

From thread-ripping Ryzen CPUs to the Big Navi GPU hype-train, this year everything’s coming up AMD, and its resurgence is giving competitors Intel and Nvidia good reason to worry.

— September 04, 2020 07:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Marantz 30 Series Integrated Amp & Network SACD Audio Streamer Tantalizes Audiophiles

Marantz 30 Series Integrated Amp & Network SACD Audio Streamer Tantalizes Audiophiles

On the heels of what we consider to be the best measured receiver in the last decade with their SR8015, Marantz has now released information on their new MODEL 30 Integrated Amplifier and SACD 30n Network Audio Streamer and SACD Player. The new products from Marantz embrace elements of classic Marantz design and combine a modern approach to construction and materials. To see what we thought of them, read on.

After three years of research and devolopment, Marantz has released information on their new MODEL 30 Integrated Amplifier and SACD 30n Network Audio Streamer and SACD Player. Read on.

— September 01, 2020 07:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Legacy Signature SE Floorstanding Speaker Review

Legacy Signature SE Floorstanding Speaker Review

As a follow-up to our extremely popular recent article, An Audiophile’s Realization: My Last New Speakers, the least we can do is take a close look at the object of that article, the Legacy Audio Signature SE floorstanding speaker. Will this story have a happy ending? Will the audiophile ride off into the sunset with a smile on his face? Read our review of the 4-way Legacy Signature SE Towers to find out.

Will the 4-way Legacy Audio Signature SE floorstanding speakers allow me to achieve my audiophile realization of my last new speakers? Read our review to find out.

Steve Feintein — August 20, 2020 22:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Peter Jackson’s Beatles Documentary Delayed Until August 2021

Peter Jackson’s Beatles Documentary Delayed Until August 2021

Originally slated for release in September of this year, Peter Jackson’s documentary entitled The Beatles: Get Back will now hit theaters in August of 2021. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios, the new film features brilliantly restored footage and never-before-released recordings of the Beatles during the 1969 creation of the album Let It Be. The documentary also challenges the popular notion that conflict among the group’s members had the band on the verge of collapse during this pivotal moment in their history. Read on to learn more.

Peter Jackson’s documentary entitled The Beatles: Get Back will hit theaters in August 2021. The new film features brilliantly restored footage and never-before-seen recordings of the Beatles in 1969.

— August 13, 2020 01:00 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

JTR Captivator RS1 18" Sealed Subwoofer Review

JTR Captivator RS1 18" Sealed Subwoofer Review

The JTR Captivator RS1 subwoofer is the type of product that pushed the boundaries of the question of how performance can be had from a reasonably sized cabinet? With a 2,400 watt amplifier and an 18" driver with 4" of peak-to-peak excursion, the RS1 stuffs a lot of performance potential into a relatively small box. In our review, we examine not just the loudness of the RS1 but also the fidelity. Take a look to learn about one of the most powerful subs that we have reviewed in recent years and see how it fared in our bassaholic testing.

How much performance can be had from a reasonably sized cabinet? With a 2,400 watt amplifier and an 18" driver with 4" of peak-to-peak excursion, the RS1 Captivator from JTR gives a lot! Read on.

— August 09, 2020 12:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Dynaudio Introduces Revamped Contour i Series For 2020

Dynaudio Introduces Revamped Contour i Series For 2020

Dynaudio has totally overhauled its popular Contour series loudspeakers with new internals. All four speakers in the new Contour i series employ a new tweeter design and updated woofers and crossovers. The flagship Contour 60i floor-standers ($10,750/pair) are almost entirely new from the ground up. And it doesn’t hurt that they sport gorgeous new finishes. Read on to learn more.

Dynaudio has totally overhauled its popular Contour series loudspeakers with new internals. All speakers in the new Contour i series employ a new tweeter design and updated woofers and crossovers.

— August 04, 2020 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

IPORT Home LUXE WallStation iPad Mount Review

IPORT Home LUXE WallStation iPad Mount Review

What happens when you move into your new smart home complete with Crestron and Sonos and the only way to get a reasonable musical soundtrack in the kitchen or dining room was to use a phone or an iPad? How about an IPORT LUXE WallStation ($375) and an IPORT LUXE Case ($270), all in white and designed to wall-mount an iPad Mini for use with the Sonos app, as well as the much more complicated and professionally programmed Crestron application. Read on.

Don't want to bring your phone to the table while eating dinner to control all your smart home features? Check out the IPORT LUXE WallStation and IPORT LUXE Case to simplify your automation.

Jerry Del Colliano — July 31, 2020 22:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Kali Audio LP-8 Powered Monitor Loudspeaker Review

Kali Audio LP-8 Powered Monitor Loudspeaker Review

Can you use pro-audio equipment for home audio applications? We ask that question in our review of the Kali Audio LP-8, a studio monitor. If the purpose of a loudspeaker is to reproduce accurate sound, the resultant sound of a studio monitor shouldn't differ from a home audio speaker. With this in mind, let's see how the LP-8 fares for recreational listening rather than monitoring. Should you consider them for your stereo or home theater system, or should they stay in the studio? Read our in-depth review of the Kali Audio LP-8s to find out.

We reviewed the Kali Audio LP-8 powered studio monitor loudspeakers to determine if pro-audio equipment can be used with excellence in home audio applications.

— July 29, 2020 04:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Wharfedale Delivers New Flagship Elysian Speaker Range

Wharfedale Delivers New Flagship Elysian Speaker Range

Developed alongside the less expensive EVO4 range, Wharfedale’s new flagship Elysian range is now the brand’s top offering. The Elysian 2 stand-mount speaker ($7,000/pair) and the Elysian 4 floor-standers ($10,000/pair) combine an Air Motion Transformer tweeter with custom-designed midrange and bass drivers. Wharfedale claims that these beauties “push the boundaries of capability and performance from a speaker at this price-point.” Read on to learn more about these speakers that were 3 years in the making.

Wharfedale’s new flagship Elysian range is now the brand’s top offering. The Elysian 2 stand-mount speaker comes in at $7,000/pair and the Elysian 4 floor-standers at 10,000/pair. Read on.

— July 21, 2020 13:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Definitive Technology Demand D15 Tower Speaker Review

Definitive Technology Demand D15 Tower Speaker Review

More than two years after Definitive Technology launched their Demand series bookshelf speakers, they have expanded the line to include some tower speakers. However, the Demand tower speakers look to be a lot more than simply larger versions of the bookshelf speakers. They show a significant design departure from past Definitive Technology floor-standing speakers, and that has us interested in this new direction. In our review of Definitive Technology's new Demand D15 floor-standing speaker, we will look at why Definitive Technology has changed their direction in loudspeaker design and see what advantages this new direction holds.

Definitive Technology Demand D15 Tower Speaker are beautifully crafted and sound terrific. But, how do they compare to the similarly priced BP-9000 in their product line? Read our review to find out.

— July 13, 2020 07:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Marantz Releases 2020 8K Ready SR-Series AV Receivers

Marantz Releases 2020 8K Ready SR-Series AV Receivers

Watch out Denon! Audio manufacturer Marantz released information on their newest SR-Series AV receivers for 2020. The SR5015, SR6015, SR7015, and SR8015 receivers are all 8K-ready and will range in price from $1,100 to $3,200. The receivers will vary in number of channels and power output, but all will carry Marantz' HDAM-SA3 preamplification based on decades of extensive tuning. How are they different than their lower priced Denon counterparts? Read on to find out.

Watch out Denon, Marantz released details of the own 8K ready AV receivers for 2020. The SR5015, SR6015, SR7015, and SR8015 receivers are all 8K-ready and will range in price from $1,100 to $3,200.

— July 08, 2020 04:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon's New AVR-S960H Receiver Boasts 8K Upscaling for $650!

Denon's New AVR-S960H Receiver Boasts 8K Upscaling for $650!

Last month Denon released details for the worlds first 8K receivers with their new X-Series lineup. Now Denon has released details on their new AVR-S960 7 channel AV receiver for a mere $650! Has Denon gone mad! Along with all the latest video features, the AVR-S960 also boasts some impressive audio features for its price point. To see what other amazing features this receiver has to offer read on.

Denon's new AVR-S960 7 channel AV receiver is their first in the S-Series lineup to support 8K resolution. For a mere $650, you get an AVR ideal for gamers but with the sonic chops for audio enthusiasts.

— July 06, 2020 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Hayward Industries pHin Brings “Hi Tech” to Pool Care

Hayward Industries pHin Brings “Hi Tech” to Pool Care

Yes, I know we review audio equipment, but sometimes a new piece of tech equipment falls in your lap and you want to share your findings with other hi tech gear heads. Enter the pHin Smart Water Monitor from pool equipment giant Hayward Industries. The pHin checks your water 1,000 times a week and lets you know if your chemicals are balanced through an app on your smartphone. Is it worth the $350 price tag and $99 yearly subscription after the first year? Read our in-depth review to find out.

Are you a high tech gear junkie with a pool? Check out Hayward Industries pHin Smart Water Monitor.The pHin checks your pool chemistry 1,000 times a week and send the results to your phone. Read on.

— July 05, 2020 05:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Artison Hides the BOOM With Its RCC MKII Series of Architectural Subwoofers

Artison Hides the BOOM With Its RCC MKII Series of Architectural Subwoofers

If you're in the process of building a smart home you've probably heard of Savant. Savant's audio subsidiary Artison is currently shipping their new MCC160 and MCC320 MKII in-wall or in-ceiling subwoofers designed to blend perfectly into your new automated home. To see what we think of Artison's newest in-wall or in-ceiling subwoofers, read on.

Artison is currently shipping their new MCC160 and MCC320 MKII in-wall subwoofers. At $1,500/pair for the MCC160 and $1,100/each for the MCC320 you no longer need to find the room to hide your sub.

— July 02, 2020 07:00 in Subwoofer Reviews