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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.

Dayton Audio MK442T Transmission Line Tower Speaker Review

Dayton Audio MK442T Transmission Line Tower Speaker Review

Dayton Audio has followed up their enormously popular MK402 bookshelf speaker with a floor-standing speaker version: the MK442T. The MK442T is more than just the MK402 with an extra woofer and larger cabinet. Dayton Audio decided to try something different and has used a transmission line enclosure to shore up bass frequencies instead of the standard vented design used by virtually every other speaker in this category. Transmission line designs are not very common, and at Dayton Audio's asking price of $228/pair, totally unheard of. Read our full review of the MK442T to see how Dayton Audio managed to pull this off.

Dayton Audio's new MK442T tower speakers at $228/pair feature a transmission line enclosure for bass. Read our review to see how they managed to produce a quality speaker at a ridiculously low price!

— July 02, 2019 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Marantz Announces New NR1510 and NR1710 Slimline AV Receivers

Marantz Announces New NR1510 and NR1710 Slimline AV Receivers

During the first ever Sound United North America Dealers Conference in New Orleans, Marantz announced the latest versions of its popular slimline AV receivers. The 5.2-channel NR1510 ($599) and 7.2-channel NR1710 ($749) both deliver a modest 50 watts of power per channel, limited no doubt by their compact chassis. New features for 2019 include Apple AirPlay 2 support, enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization (on the NR1710). Read on to learn more.

Marantz announced the latest versions of its popular slimline AV receivers. The 5.2-channel NR1510-$599 and 7.2-channel NR1710-$749. Will they be as good or better than their predecessors? Read on.

— June 30, 2019 06:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

NAD’s Masters Series M10 BluOs Streaming Amplifer Does It All

NAD’s Masters Series M10 BluOs Streaming Amplifer Does It All

The small and elegant NAD M10 BluOS Streaming Amplifier is a streamer, dac, and an integrated amp all squeezed into one small and stylish package. The $2,747 M10 features an MQA-capable ESS Sabre DAC and a Hypex nCore amplifier stage delivering 100 real-world watts per channel. Built-in room correction via Dirac Live helps the M10 sound its best even in less than ideal acoustical environments. Read on to learn more.

The small, elegant NAD M10 BluOS Streaming 100 wpc x 2 Amplifier is a streamer and DAC all squeezed into one small and stylish package with Dirac Room Correction. Is it worth the $2,500 price tag?

— June 24, 2019 00:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Triad Distributed Audio Series In-Ceiling And In-Wall Speakers Overview

Triad Distributed Audio Series In-Ceiling And In-Wall Speakers Overview

The new Triad Distributed Audio Series in-ceiling and in-wall speakers offer what parent company Control4 calls “discreet, designer-friendly solutions for multi-room audio installations on any budget.” There are 14 models divided into three price/performance levels using different driver materials. Prices start at just $125 each and they look great. Read on to learn more.

Control4 released 14 new models of in-ceiling and in-wall speakers by Triad. The new Triad Distributed Audio Series are divided into three price/performance levels using different driver materials.

— June 18, 2019 00:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins 603 Tower Speaker Review

Bowers & Wilkins 603 Tower Speaker Review

Bowers & Wilkins 603 floor-standing speaker is a culmination of trickle-down technology and ideas from their cutting-edge flagship designs. The 603s are their least-expensive floor-standing speaker at $1,800/pr, but don't let its entry-level status fool you; there is some intensive R&D invested in these things that come from decades of engineering refinement. Read our full review of the 603 loudspeakers to see what Bowers & Wilkins can do at such an accessible price bracket.

At $1,800/pr, Bowers & Wilkins 603 is their least expensive floor standing speaker. Read our full review to see what Bowers & Wilkins can do at such an accessible price bracket and how it performed.

— June 14, 2019 11:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Mark Levinson’s No. 5101 Plays SACDs Like It’s 1999!

Mark Levinson’s No. 5101 Plays SACDs Like It’s 1999!

At the recent High End show in Munich, Mark Levinson introduced a new “integrated audio media player” called the No. 5101. Expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, the No. 5101 is a CD/SACD player with built-in network streaming capabilities, digital inputs and outputs, and a “PrecisionLink II” DAC section derived from the company’s 5000 series integrated amplifiers. The new player is expected to sell for $5,500, making it one of the least expensive products in the current Mark Levinson lineup. Read on to learn more.

Mark Levinson introduced his No. 5101 CD/SACD player recently at the High End Audio Show in Munich. The No. 5101 also has network streaming, digital inputs and outputs, and a ““PrecisionLink II” DAC.

— June 11, 2019 00:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Qualcomm Commits to Sound Quality in Next-Gen Audio Gadgets

Qualcomm Commits to Sound Quality in Next-Gen Audio Gadgets

Chip-supplier, Qualcomm says its new QCS400 line of processors will not only make new devices run better with new and interesting features, but will introduce the best sound quality yet in the next-generation of wireless & smart speakers, soundbars and A/V receivers designed by many of your favorite brands. See what may be coming to these products.

Qualcomm says your next wireless speaker system will be smarter, faster and sound even better thanks to its new QCS400 series System-on-a-Chip (SoC). Read how this will impact many AV products.

— June 10, 2019 00:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins Releases Formation Suite of Whole Home Wireless Audio Speakers

Bowers & Wilkins Releases Formation Suite of Whole Home Wireless Audio Speakers

Audio legend Bowers and Wilkins released details on their newest lifestyle products to hit the market. Officially called the "Formation Suite", the new lineup includes a wireless soundbar, bookshelf speaker pair, elliptical tabletop speaker, subwoofer, and wireless hub designed to add your existing system to the Formation Suite ecosystem. Like other B&W products, the Formation Suite isn't cheap, but are the products worth the price tag? Read on to find out.

Bowers and Wilkins just released new lineup of whole home wireless audio speakers. Dubbed the "Formation Suite", B&W are setting their sights on SONOS - but with a twist. Read on to find out how.

— June 04, 2019 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

$140/pr Monoprice MP-T65RT Tower Speaker Review

$140/pr Monoprice MP-T65RT Tower Speaker Review

Monoprice is at it again: trying to see how affordably they can produce a speaker that sounds legitimately good. In this review, we look at the MP-T65RT floor-standing speakers, a marvel of cost-conscious sound reproduction. This are floor-standing speakers that manage some really cool tricks at an astonishingly low-price of $140 per pair shipped. Read our full review of this intriguing speaker to see what high-fidelity sound looks like at such a modest cost.

The Monoprice MP-T65RT floorstanding speakers are some of the least expensive we've ever reviewed at only $140/pr. Their performance and value is shockingly good. Read on to find out.

— May 30, 2019 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Sony’s 2019 4K UHD TV Lineup How Do They Compare?

Sony’s 2019 4K UHD TV Lineup How Do They Compare?

Sony has announced pricing and availability information for its entire lineup of 2019 TVs. At the top of the heap is a 98-inch behemoth boasting 8K resolution and a fairly ridiculous $70,000 price tag. But the range also includes 4K OLED TVs at competitive prices, and a number of models that will support Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit protocols. Read on to get all the details and see how it fares against the competition.

Sony has announced pricing and availability information for its entire lineup of 2019 TVs. From a 98" 8K behemoth for $78,000 to 43" $650 affordable OLED displays. Checkout the entire lineup here.

— May 22, 2019 23:00 in HDTV Reviews

ATI AT4002 Class AB and AT522NC Class D Amplifier Review Shootout

ATI AT4002 Class AB and AT522NC Class D Amplifier Review Shootout

In market for a powerful 200 WPC amp? ATI has you covered with two completely different technologies . The AT4000 class A/B and the AT522NC Class-D amplifiers both fit into the 200-watt sweet spot and both have surprisingly similar specifications. The AT500 series is 25% cheaper and up to 50% lighter than the AT4000’s. So, how do they compare? Let’s find out.

In market for a powerful 200 WPC amp? ATI has you covered with two completely different technologies. We compare the AT4000 class A/B and the AT522NC Class-D amplifiers to help you decide.

RichB — May 20, 2019 23:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Amazon’s Fire TV Recast DVR Streams Over-The-Air Broadcasts To Your Devices

Amazon’s Fire TV Recast DVR Streams Over-The-Air Broadcasts To Your Devices

The Amazon Fire TV Recast is a DVR for over-the-air broadcasts, giving cord-cutters easy access to free programming from major networks and local TV channels. Starting at $230, the DVR streams live and recorded content to the company’s ecosystem of Fire TV media players, as well as to any mobile device running the Fire TV iOS or Android app. Since it doesn’t connect directly to a TV, the Fire TV Recast can be placed wherever your TV antenna and Wi-Fi both have strong reception. Read on to learn more.

The Amazon Fire TV Recast is a DVR for over-the-air broadcasts. Starting at $230 will this allow you to finally cut the cord once and for all? Read on to find out.

— May 20, 2019 00:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Denon Revamps Entry-Level S-Series Receivers For 2019

Denon Revamps Entry-Level S-Series Receivers For 2019

Denon’s updated S-Series comprises three models, the AVR-S950H ($599), the AVR-S750H ($499), and the AVR-S650H ($399). Denon says that the lineup is “designed for anyone who wants an affordable way to dramatically improve their entertainment center.” All three of the new S-Series models offer voice control, AirPlay 2 support, and useful HDMI 2.1 features, like enhanced Audio Return Channel and Auto Low Latency Mode. All models are available now. Read on to learn more.

Denon’s updated S-Series comprises three models, the AVR-S950H, AVR-S750H,and AVR-S650H. Is the updated lineup an affordable way to dramatically improve your entertainment system? Read on to find out.

— May 12, 2019 22:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2CH IMAX Enhanced AV Receiver Review

Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2CH IMAX Enhanced AV Receiver Review

Denon’s AVR-X8500H is the most technologically advanced receiver the venerable company has ever built. It is arguably the most advanced AVR available today. It’s among the best AVRs we've ever reviewed—and we tested every 3D audio format it supports: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro-3D, and IMAX Enhanced to their maximum configurations. It just won our 2018 AVR of the year award. But those statements just tell a small part of the story. Read on and see why the AVR-X8500H may be Denon's best AVR since the legendary AVR-5805 and AVR-5308CI masterpieces.

Denon's AVR-X8500H receiver supports Dolby Atmos,DTS:X,Auro-3D, & IMAX enhanced to their max configurations with 13 built-in amplifier and every major 4K/UHD video standard. Best AVR of the Year?

— May 03, 2019 21:00 in AV Receiver Reviews