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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 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 17:25 in Tower 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 01:00 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

AudioControl Ships New X Series Receivers and Preamp/Processors

AudioControl Ships New X Series Receivers and Preamp/Processors

The new Concert A/V receivers and Maestro preamp/processors deliver “ultimate performance” with up to 16-channels of output and all the latest technology wrapped in AudioControl’s signature sleek black boxes. There are 5 new components in the X Series: the Concert XR-8 receiver ($6,600), the Concert XR-6 receiver ($4,600), the Concert XR-4 receiver ($3,600), the Maestro X7 preamp/processor ($6,600), and the flagship Maestro X9 preamp/processor ($9,600). All products support all 3 immersive surround formats and Dirac Live room correction.

AudioControl’s new X-Series Concert A/V receivers and Maestro AV processors deliver up to 16CH processing and the latest UHD technology while supporting all 3 immersive surround formats and Dirac.

— April 16, 2020 06:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Beale Street Audio BAV4250 BAV2500 1,000 Watt Amps Have Features You Need

Beale Street Audio BAV4250 BAV2500 1,000 Watt Amps Have Features You Need

Beale Street Audio has started shipping their highly anticipated BAV4250 and BAV2500 1,000 watt amplifiers. The BAV2500 is a 2-input, 2-channel amplifier with 500 Watts per channel and the BAV4250 is a 4-input, 4-channel amplifier with an output of 250 Watts per channel. Both amps feature DSP processing and a Matrix mode and features IP control with a browser-based GUI. Beale amps offer versatility along with easy setup and control.

Beale Street Audio has started shipping their highly anticipated BAV4250 and BAV2500 1,000 watt amplifiers. Beale amps offer versatility along with easy setup and control, but how do they measure up?

— April 13, 2020 08:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Cambridge Audio’s CXN V2 and EDGE NQ Are Now Roon Ready

Cambridge Audio’s CXN V2 and EDGE NQ Are Now Roon Ready

Cambridge Audio’s CXN V2 network audio streamer ($1,099) and flagship EDGE NQ preamp ($5,000) are now Roon Ready, meaning they enjoy the highest level of Roon support and features. Roon users can stream high-res music from their hard drives, or from Tidal or Qobuz, to their Cambridge streamers, either individually or as part of a whole-home audio system. The software update providing this improved Roon support is available now. Read on to learn more.

Cambridge Audio’s CXN V2 network audio streamer ($1,099) and flagship EDGE NQ preamp ($5,000) are now Roon Ready, meaning they enjoy the highest level of Roon support and features. Read on.

— April 10, 2020 06:00 in AV Gadget 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 and be sure to what our recently added YouTube video review.

Atlantic Technology released its first two headphone products - the FS-BT210 bluetooth headphones and the FS-HAL1 in-ear-monitors. Do they live up to their name? What our YouTube review to find out.

— April 07, 2020 06:00 in Headphone Reviews