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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.

Paradigm’s Founder Series Loudspeakers Mix Signature Design, Cutting-Edge Science

Paradigm’s Founder Series Loudspeakers Mix Signature Design, Cutting-Edge Science

Paradigm has recently replaced their acclaimed Prestige loudspeaker line with the Founder series. The Founder speakers are packed to the gills with new advances in loudspeaker design, yet they keep many signature Paradigm design elements. The result is a speaker that pushes the technology envelope while benefiting from traditional engineering practices that have served Paradigm so well over the years. Read our preview of Paradigm's Founder speakers to see how much further forward they have pushed the high-end of sound reproduction.

Paradigm recently replaced their acclaimed Prestige loudspeaker line with the Founder series. The Founder speakers are packed to the gills with new advances in loudspeaker design. New driver tech, must read!

— March 05, 2021 21:15 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Bomaker Defies the $100 Price Point with their 2.1 Soundbar Subwoofer

Bomaker Defies the $100  Price Point with their  2.1 Soundbar Subwoofer

When the newly established home theater company Bomaker emailed me to review their new Tapio V Soundbar and Subwoofer with a MSRP of $110 I thought maybe they left off a zero. The Tapio V is a semi portable 100 watt 2.1 system. If you want to improve the sound of your HDTV on the cheap, you'll want to read this review!

What can you get for $100 in the home theater world? Not much. The Bomaker Tapio V however, is a semi portable 100 watt 2.1 soundbar/subwoofer system that will make you rethink its modest price.

David Mossor — March 03, 2021 08:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

SVS 1000 Series Subwoofers Get a Major Redesign

SVS 1000 Series Subwoofers Get a Major Redesign

SVS has just announced that their entry-level subs have received a major redesign, and we at Audioholics have been given the scoop on the new 1000 Pro series subwoofers: the PB-1000 Pro and SB-1000 Pro. The smallest children of SVS's subwoofer line has just had a growth spurt and now features more powerful amplifiers, improved drivers, and incorporates the advanced DSP technology from SVS higher-end offerings. Read our preview article to find out how SVS's most affordable subwoofers just became more powerful.

SVS just announced that their entry-level 1000 series subs have received a major redesign, Audioholics has been given the scoop on the new 1000 Pro series subwoofers: The PB-1000 Pro and SB-1000 Pro.

— February 26, 2021 13:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 16CH Home Theater Processor Review

Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 16CH Home Theater Processor Review

At last, our full review of the Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 AV Processor is here! Do you want sixteen channels of highly-configurable, fully-balanced XLR pre-amp output? Of course, you do! The cherry on top of this cake is support for Dirac Live, one of the most sophisticated room correction equalizers in existence. Throw in full support for all three immersive surround formats (Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro 3D) and you've got the recipe for a great home theater processor. Read our review, complete with measurements, to see what the HTP-1 can do for you.

We reviewed the 16 channel Monoprice Monolith HTP-1 AV Processor to see how it performed. With ALL 3 immersive surround formats supported and a future upgrade path to 8K, is this the processor to beat?

— February 22, 2021 09:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Focal Stellia Closed-Back Headphone Review

Focal Stellia Closed-Back Headphone Review

What happens when you take all the high-end technology and advanced build-material used by Focal in its flagship headphone Utopia and add the luxury, comfort and style of full-grain leather and optimize it to fit the efficiency and characteristics of a closed-back design? One answer is Stellia, Focal's Flagship closed-back headphone. Expectations are high as they should be, because Stellia is an undeniably expensive headphone. But, Focal has plenty of experience making a variety of high-end headphones, and this isn't even Focal's first closed-back model. So, let's take a closer look and see what the retail price of $3,000 for Focal's Stellia gets you. Musical Bliss? Read on to find out.

Our ears were delighted to review the Focal Stellia headphones. All the high-end technology and build-material of Focal's flagship headphone Utopia is optimized to fit into a closed-back design with style.

— February 13, 2021 11:30 in Headphone Reviews

FTC May Kill Amplifier Rule: Help Us Keep Consumer Protections in Audio!

FTC May Kill Amplifier Rule: Help Us Keep Consumer Protections in Audio!

Attention citizens of these great United States of America! Your country needs YOU to speak out on behalf of consumers and the future of hi-fi audio. The Federal Trade Commission is presently reviewing its amplifier power ratings regulation, or "Amplifier Rule", and we need YOU to participate in the review with citizen public comment by February 16th, 2021 or we may lose this ruling forever. In this article we show you how you can tell the FTC to maintain and modernize stringent standards in manufacturer's published power ratings to keep false claims and dishonest marketing away from our beloved audio gear. You're just a click away from being one of the great Americans taking action on behalf of your great republic.

Your country needs YOU to help protect consumers from false advertising in audio. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reviewing its "Amplifier Rule", help maintain truth in amplifier ratings today!

— February 09, 2021 01:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Noise Cancelling Headphone Comparison: Bose 700 UC VS Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Noise Cancelling Headphone Comparison: Bose 700 UC VS Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Looking for a new pair of noise-cancelling headphones? The choice can be daunting, but if you're budget is in the $300-$400 range we've taken the well known Bose 700 UC and directly compared it to the Bowers & Wilkins PX7. We found that both headphones have associated strengths and weaknesses in terms of sound quality, usability and effectiveness of noise-cancellation. Read on to discover which headphone may be right for your needs.

Looking for a new pair of noise cancelling headphones? We take a look at the well known Bose 700 UC and compared it to the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 over the ear headphones. Read on to see which is better.

— February 07, 2021 00:00 in Headphone Reviews

Our Top Five $500 Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

Our Top Five $500 Bookshelf Speaker Picks for 2021

Looking for a pair of bookshelf speakers in the $500 price range? Look no further! We have compiled a list of our top choices for bookshelf speakers at that price point for 2021. We think these are the best picks, and we will tell you why. Read our round-up of the best $500 bookshelf speakers that are currently available.

Looking for a pair of bookshelf speakers in the $500 price range? We have compiled a list of our top choices for bookshelf speakers at that price point for 2021.

— February 04, 2021 08:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Wilson Audio Introduces SabrinaX Loudspeaker: A Mini Floorstander with ‘Flagship DNA’

Wilson Audio Introduces SabrinaX Loudspeaker: A Mini Floorstander with ‘Flagship DNA’

Wilson Audio’s new SabrinaX Loudspeaker raises the price of its least expensive floorstander by almost 20%. But if you have a spare $18,900 lying around, it promises to deliver Wilson’s legendary performance and build quality in a smaller and less expensive package (relative to other Wilson speakers, that is). The SabrinaX boasts all new drivers and a cabinet built from the company’s proprietary composite X-Material. Read on to learn more.

Wilson Audio’s new SabrinaX Loudspeaker has all new drivers and cabinet. At $18,900, it promises to deliver Wilson’s legendary performance and build quality in a smaller, less expensive package.

— February 02, 2021 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

New Focal Celestee Headphones: High-End for the Cost-Conscious

New Focal Celestee Headphones: High-End for the Cost-Conscious

Celestee is the latest closed-back headphone by Focal, due to hit the streets by March 2021. Aimed at Focal's entry level price-point, Celestee will replace Elegia in Focal's high-end headphone lineup. While you were listening to your Focal headphones, Focal has been listening to you! The French audio company engineered the most requested performance enhancement from Elegia's original design, then incorporated esthetic cues from its flagship closed-back, Stellia. Focal wrapped it all in a new color combination, navy blue with soft copper accents to make its next-generation headphone a modern-classic. Let's dig in and find out how it actually looks, feels and sounds.

Celestee is the latest closed-back headphone by Focal aimed the entry level price-point, will replace Elegia in Focal's high-end headphone lineup in an all new color and sound quality.

— January 29, 2021 08:00 in Headphone Reviews

Can An All-In-One Turntable System Work? Plus Audio Review

Can An All-In-One Turntable System Work? Plus Audio Review

If you're still nostalgic about your vinyl, but don't want to setup a dedicated system for it, check out the new +Record Player from Plus Audio. The new +Record Player has incredibly realistic sound for an all in one record player system and it doesn't take up a ton of real estate. Is it worth the $1,600 price tag? Read our review to find out.

The new +Record Player from Plus Audio is incredibly realistic for an all in one record player system. Is it worth the $1,600 price tag? Read our review to find out.

Gavin Baier — January 26, 2021 08:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Anthem's New MCA 225/325/525 Amplifiers Boast BIG 600 Watts of Power!

Anthem's New MCA 225/325/525 Amplifiers Boast BIG 600 Watts of Power!

On the heels of unveiling their A/V Processors and A/V Receivers audio company Anthem released three new multi-ch power amplifiers starting at $2k that are sure to be on all the immersive audio enthusiasts wish lists to kick off the New Year. The MCA 225, 325, and 525 are designed to compliment the new AVM 70 and AVM 90 A/V Processors from Anthem. Anthem is claiming impressively low noise specs and up to a whopping 600 watts of power/ch to make your speakers come alive. Read on to find out more.

Anthem's new MCA 225/325/525 multi-ch amplifiers boast up to 600 watts/ch power and low noise starting at $2k but are there caveats? Read on to find out.

— January 20, 2021 08:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

KEF Launches LS50 Meta and LS50 Wireless II Loudspeakers with ‘Metamaterial Absorption Technology’

KEF Launches LS50 Meta and LS50 Wireless II Loudspeakers with ‘Metamaterial  Absorption Technology’

KEF has updated the modern classic LS50 loudspeaker with a groundbreaking innovation called “Metamaterial Absorption Technology.” Featured in both the passive LS50 Meta ($1,500/pair) and the active LS50 Wireless II ($2,500/pair), Metamaterial Absorption Technology uses a complex acoustical device located behind the drivers to absorb 99% of the sound created by the tweeter’s rearward motion, which would normally enter the speaker cabinet and cause distortion. Read on to learn more about this unique innovation.

KEF updated their LS50 loudspeaker with a groundbreaking innovation called “Metamaterial Absorption Technology.” Featured in both the passive LS50 Meta and active LS50 II. Is this a leap forward for Kef?

— January 11, 2021 08:30 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Shielded Audio Cables Offer Quality without Snake Oil

Shielded Audio Cables Offer Quality without Snake Oil

We'll give you our opinion on what speaker cables to buy here on Audioholics and what to look out for as snake oil. For a snake oil free cable company, check out Shielded Audio. This family owned and operated company has designed high quality instrument, power, RCA, XLR, and of course, speaker cables. Read on to see what we think of them.

If you're looking for high end 'snake oil free' speaker cables, check out Shielded Audio. This family run business prides itself on quality engineered audio cables without the nonsense.

— December 31, 2020 00:00 in AV Gadget Reviews