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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.

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

Atlantic Technology Gives Freedom of Choice With S-Series Subwoofers

Atlantic Technology Gives Freedom of Choice With S-Series Subwoofers

Atlantic Technology is now shipping their new S-Series of wireless subwoofers. Although compact, the FS-S65 and FS-S8 have the engineering that Atlantic Technology is known so the sound may beat your expectations. Atlantic Technology has also thrown a few surprises into the mix to make these some of the most versatile little subs on the market. To see what's in the box, read on.

Atlantic Technology is shipping the S-Series of wireless subwoofers. The FS-S65 and FS-S8 have the engineering that Atlantic Technology is known so the sound may surprise you. Read on.

— June 30, 2020 05:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Focal’s Kanta N°2 Speakers Get Fresh New Finishes For 2020

Focal’s Kanta N°2 Speakers Get Fresh New Finishes For 2020

Focal’s Kanta N°2 floor-standing loudspeakers ($10,000/pair) are now available in two new finish options, Carrara White and Black Lacquer/Walnut. The new finishes will come to the rest of the Kanta range next year. One of the most popular speakers in Focal’s extensive lineup, the Kanta N°2 combines the company’s unique flax sandwich cones with its famous pure beryllium tweeter. Read on to learn more.

Focal’s Kanta N°2 floor-standing loudspeakers ($10k/pair) are now available in Carrara White and Black Lacquer/Walnut. The Kanta N°2 combines Focal's flax sandwich cones with its beryllium tweeter.

— June 26, 2020 07:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

RBH Ultra-3 Passive Soundbar Review: Custom Cut With Great Sound

RBH Ultra-3 Passive Soundbar Review: Custom Cut With Great Sound

Passive soundbars are a unique beast. You get none of the advantages of an active soundbar with none of the advantages of a LCR home theater system. So why would RBH engineer and manufacture a $1,200 passive soundbar? There must be some logic to their madness. Read our review of the RBH Ultra-3 passive soundbar to find out how it managed to persuade me that this is a great product.

The RBH Sound Ultra-3 is a high-performance passive soundbar with a super clean look that is custom cut to fit your TV. $1,232 isn't budget friendly, but does its performance justify its price?

— June 23, 2020 07:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Atlantic Technology Ships New ‘Quad Driver’ FS-HR280 Headphones

Atlantic Technology Ships New ‘Quad Driver’ FS-HR280 Headphones

Atlantic Technology is now shipping its third headphone, a wired over-ear design called the FS-HR280. Aimed at audiophiles, the $299 FS-HR280 is a two-way “Quad Driver” headphone that uses 40mm thin-film dynamic bass drivers and patented ceramic tweeters. The closed-back FS-HR280 is one of very few multi-driver over-ear headphones ever released. Will it succeed where others have failed? Read on to learn more.

Atlantic Technology is now shipping its third headphone, a wired over-ear design called the FS-HR280. Aimed at audiophiles, the $299 FS-HR280 is a two-way “Quad Driver” headphone. Read on.

— June 16, 2020 02:00 in Headphone Reviews

Denon X-Series Introduces the World's First 8K-Ready AV Receivers

Denon X-Series Introduces the World's First 8K-Ready AV Receivers

Denon released information on the industry’s first 8K-ready AV receivers. Building on its renowned line of X-Series AVRs, the Denon AVR-X6700H, AVR-X4700H, AVR-X3700H, and AVR-X2700H usher in the next generation of A/V receivers that brings improvements to all facets of the A/V system. Denon is the first A/V receiver from a big name company to come out in front of the fall releases and the X-series is setting the bar high for others to follow.

Denon released information on their new X-Series A/V Receivers. With the industry's first 8K ready receivers, Denon is raising the bar for what we're going to expect from new receivers this year.

— June 04, 2020 14:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

JBL HDI-3800 Floorstanding Speaker Review

JBL HDI-3800 Floorstanding Speaker Review

One of the most anticipated loudspeakers shown at the 2019 CEDIA show has finally come in for us to review, the JBL HDI-3800 which is the big dog of JBL's new HDI series. This 84 lbs beast uses three 8" bass drivers and an advanced compression driver and waveguide derived from the cutting-edge audio R&D from the whizzes at JBL. At $5k/pair, they ain't cheap, but a loudspeaker this powerful and advanced may well be a bargain at that price if all the technology translates into real performance. Read our full review to see what we found.

The JBL HDI-3800 84lb beast of a floorstanding speaker features triple 8" bass drivers and an advanced compression driver and waveguide. We review it to determine if it lives up to the JBL heritage.

— June 02, 2020 16:25 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

JTR Captivator 215PRO Subwoofer- The Bassaholic Buster

JTR Captivator 215PRO Subwoofer- The Bassaholic Buster

Audioholics recently had an encounter with a subwoofer which had left us battered and bruised. We thought we could go toe-to-toe with any subwoofer, but the JTR Captivator 215PRO turned us into mush with sheer pulverizing bass. Read all about how you can liquefy your organs with 128dB of pressure waves and leave you craving for more in our coverage of the Captivator 215PRO.

We recently tested the JTR Captivator 215PRO subwoofer and it turned us into mush with sheer pulverizing bass. Read all about its 128dB pressure waves and how it leaves you craving for more.

— May 28, 2020 04:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

LG Launches SN Series Meridian 2020 Immersive Soundbars

LG Launches SN Series Meridian 2020 Immersive Soundbars

Lg is finally announced price points and shipping information for their highly anticipated SN lineup of Meridian soundbars. The new lineup includes eight new models that will combine Meridian sound technology, Dolby Atmos, DTS-X and HiRes Audio, and HDMI eARC support into a sleek easy to set up soundbar design. What do we think of the new lineup of LG soundbars? Read on to find out.

Lg announced pricing and shipping for their highly anticipated SN lineup of Meridian soundbars. The new lineup includes eight new models packed with Immersive Surround technology, HDMI eARC and more.

— May 16, 2020 06:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Polk Audio Legend L200 Bookshelf and L400 Center Speaker Review

Polk Audio Legend L200 Bookshelf and L400 Center Speaker Review

The L200 are Polk's latest high-end bookshelf speaker, and the L400 is the center that anchors their Legend series. Both boast many of the state-of-the-art advances implemented in the L800 but deployed on a smaller scale. If you are looking for loudspeakers that are on the same level of fidelity as your hi-res recordings you will want to read our full review to see how the Polk Legend L200 and L400 fare as their new flagship bookshelf and center speakers from Polk Audio.

The L200 are Polk's latest high-end bookshelf speaker, and the L400 is the Legend center speaker. Both boast many of the state-of-the-art advances. Check out our detailed review of both here.

— May 12, 2020 00:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Roku Smart Soundbar Improves TV Sound With Streaming Convenience

Roku Smart Soundbar Improves TV Sound With Streaming Convenience

Looking to cut the cord AND upgrade your pitiful factory installed TV speakers? Check out the Roku 2.0 Channel Smart Soundbar which is now shipping and on sale at your neighborhood big box stores. For $180 or less you can get the easy setup that Roku is known for along with better sound for your TV. Are there any drawbacks? Absolutely! Read the article to see the pros and cons of integrating video streaming into a soundbar.

Looking to upgrade your TVs sound AND get the easy streaming ability of Roku? Check out the $189 Roku 2.0 Channel Smart Soundbar. Are there drawbacks? Of course! To find out what we think, read on.

— May 09, 2020 21:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews