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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.

Can the AIAIAI TMA-2 Bluetooth Headphones Compete With Bose & Sony?

Can the AIAIAI TMA-2 Bluetooth Headphones Compete With Bose & Sony?

If you’re looking for a quality pair of wireless over-the-ear headphones and you want to customize the entire setup to your listening needs you might want to check out the new TMA-2 Bluetooth headphones from AIAIAI. Never heard of AIAIAI? Neither had we. They’re comfortable and sound great, but with a $300 price tag will they be able to compete with better known brand names like Sony, Bose and Beats? Be sure to also checkout our Youtube overview video for a closer look.

We looked at the TMA-2 Bluetooth over-the-ear headphones from AIAIAI. They’re comfortable and sound great, but with a $300 price tag will they be able to compete with name brand headphones?

— February 26, 2020 01:00 in Headphone Reviews

Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 12" Sealed Subwoofer DIY Kit Review

Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 12" Sealed Subwoofer DIY Kit Review

We've tested A LOT of factory designed and manufactured subwoofers here at Audioholics. This time we built and tested our own with the Creative Sound Solutions SDX12. Does the Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 12" sealed subwoofer DIY kit buy you more performance than commercial offerings? Check out how the SDX12 performed compared to similarly priced commercial offerings.

We built and tested the Creative Sound Solutions SDX12 Subwoofer kit. Does the DIY 12" sealed subwoofer kit buy you more performance than commercial offerings? Read on to find out.

— February 22, 2020 00:35 in Subwoofer Reviews

RBH Sound SVTRS Limited Edition Speaker System Rocks 2020 Florida Expo

RBH Sound SVTRS Limited Edition Speaker System Rocks 2020 Florida Expo

RBH Sound unveiled a new flagship SVTRS active speaker system that rocked the 2020 Florida Expo show. This large, powerful speaker is truly a sight (and sound) to behold. These titans stand nearly eight feet tall and weigh 310 lbs and offer bass extension down to single digits. RBH claims this new system offers significant advantages over their Status 8T speakers while being slightly less expensive along with including its own state-of-the-art amplifier and DSP tuning. Does Audioholics have a new reference speaker to dethrone the mighty Status 8Ts? Read on to find out!

RBH Sound rocked the 2020 Florida Expo with their new SVTRS active speaker system. It offers unparalleled dynamics and bass extension that has to be heard to be believed. A new Audioholics reference?

— February 18, 2020 00:50 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Rotel Revives Its High-End Michi Brand With 3 New Flagship Components

Rotel Revives Its High-End Michi Brand With 3 New Flagship Components

Rotel’s high-end Michi brand is making a comeback after a long hiatus with three new audiophile stereo components. The Michi P5 Control Amplifier ($4K), S5 Stereo Amplifier ($7K), and M8 Monoblock Amplifier ($7K) are Rotel’s new flagship audio offerings, promising superb build quality, elegant design, and unshakeable 2CH performance. Read on to learn more.

Rotel’s high-end Michi brand released three new audiophile stereo components. The P5 Control Amplifier, S5 Stereo Amplifier, and M8 Monoblock Amplifier are Rotel’s new flagship 2CH audio offerings.

— February 12, 2020 02:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

TiVo EDGE DVRs Deliver Dolby Atmos & Dolby Vision, Automatic Commercial-Skipping

TiVo EDGE DVRs Deliver Dolby Atmos & Dolby Vision, Automatic Commercial-Skipping

TiVo’s EDGE DVRs are the company’s first offerings to support Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision 4K HDR video. They can also skip entire commercial breaks automatically. The EDGE for cable ($399) and EDGE for antenna ($349) both include 2 TB of hard drive space for recording up to 300 hours of HD video. Read on to learn more.

TiVo released details on new products at CES 2020. TiVo’s EDGE DVRs are the company’s first offerings to support Dolby Vision 4K HDR video. They can also skip entire commercial breaks automatically.

— February 06, 2020 04:05 in AV Gadget Reviews

Definitive Technology Adds Demand Series Towers And Center Channel Speakers

Definitive Technology Adds Demand Series Towers And Center Channel Speakers

Definitive Technology has expanded its popular Demand Series of loudspeakers with the addition of the D15 towers ($3,398/pair), the D17 towers, ($4,598/pair), and the D5C center channel speaker ($799/each). These new speakers are designed to “deliver full-range, room-filling sound and elegant styling for enthusiasts seeking a premium listening experience.” The new Demand Series tower speakers feature newly-developed carbon fiber woofers and dual side-firing passive radiators. Read on to learn more.

Definitive Technology has expanded its popular Demand Series of loudspeakers with the addition of the D15 towers, D17 towers,and the D5C center channel speaker. Read on for more details.

— January 25, 2020 09:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

VIZIO Unveils 2020 Lineup of 4K HDR Smartcast TVs- Including OLEDs!!

VIZIO Unveils 2020 Lineup of 4K HDR Smartcast TVs- Including OLEDs!!

VIZIO launched a new and much improved lineup of UHD displays at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new lineup ranges from the accessible 40-inch V-Series to a massive all-new 85-inch P-Series Quantum X. With a ton of new features and brand new technology along with a series of OLED TVs, the 2020 SmartCast TV lineup from VIZIO is their highest performing and widest range ever.

VIZIO launched a new and much improved lineup of UHD displays, including OLED. From 40" affordable models to a massive 85" display, the new VIZIO lineup has something for everyone.

— January 19, 2020 08:00 in HDTV Reviews

Yamaha AVENTAGE 5200 Series 11CH Processor/Amplifier Review

Yamaha AVENTAGE 5200 Series 11CH Processor/Amplifier Review

Yamaha is on their 3rd generation of separates in the Aventage line and we got our hands on their new 11-channel CX-A5200 AV Processor and MX-A5200 amplifier. With their predecessors in our Audioholics Showcase home rack for the last year, we have a great reference to see just how much Yamaha has refined this package with their latest technological advancements. Are the 5200 series models a worthy successor to those they replace? Read our review with detailed measurements to find out.

Yamaha is on their 3rd generation of separates in the Aventage line with their new 11-channel CX-A5200 AV Processor and MX-A5200 amplifier. Read our review to find out if they are a worthy successor.

— January 10, 2020 09:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

JBL L82 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeaker Brings Retro Back In Smaller Form

JBL L82 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeaker Brings Retro Back In Smaller Form

A year after releasing the L100 Classic, JBL Introduced their L82 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeakers at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new L82 Classic's 8-inch, 2-way system design is more compact than the L100’s 12-inch 3-way design, but still looks to deliver a premium hi-fi sound experience with an attractive retro aesthetic.

JBL released information on their new L82 Classic Bookshelf speaker at CES 2020 Las Vegas. The 2-way design features a smaller 8" driver but the same 1" tweeter as their acclaimed L100. Read on.

— January 08, 2020 08:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

SVS 3000 Series Powered Subwoofers Review

SVS 3000 Series Powered Subwoofers Review

SVS could have phoned in their efforts for the middle product line between the 2000 series subwoofers and the 4000 series subwoofers, and not many people would have noticed given the overall success of their other product lines. However, SVS did not do that, and they produced what, in many ways, may be their best subwoofer series to date. Read our in-depth review with detailed measurements to find out why we like the SVS 3000 series subwoofers so much.

We reviewed the SVS 3000 series subwoofers which, in many ways, may be their best subwoofer series to date. Read our in-depth review to find out why we like the SVS 3000 series subwoofers so much.

— December 19, 2019 02:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

SVS 2000 Pro Series Subwoofers Upgrade Performance & Features

SVS 2000 Pro Series Subwoofers Upgrade Performance & Features

SVS's massively successful 2000 series subwoofer has just underwent a big change to become the 2000 Pro series, but what makes this series pro? Major changes in amplification and driver architecture promise some significant performance increases as well as the inclusion of new features such as SVS's Bluetooth subwoofer control app for iOS and Andriod. The subs are better but the prices are a bit higher, so the question is are the improvements worth the price hike? See what these new SVS's 2000 Pro subwoofers offer to find out.

SVS's massively successful 2000 series powered subwoofer has just underwent a big change to become the 2000 Pro series, but what makes this series pro? Read on to find out.

— December 13, 2019 08:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

SVS Prime Wireless 2.1 Speaker System Review

SVS Prime Wireless 2.1 Speaker System Review

For $1,100 the SVS Prime Wireless 2.1 Speaker System is a high-quality active speaker system with an awesome subwoofer that can support a multitude of input options including lossless audio streaming for the ultimate fidelity. We always have high expectations from a company like SVS, but do they deliver the goods for the money? Read on to find out in our comprehensive review.

We had a chance to do a full review on the SVS 2.1 Prime Wireless Speaker System. At $1,100 the system isn't cheap but it comes armed with great sound especially when streaming lossless audio.

— December 03, 2019 08:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Yamaha NS-5000 Loudspeaker: Retro Look, Futuristic Technology

Yamaha NS-5000 Loudspeaker: Retro Look, Futuristic Technology

Yamaha gives a nod to the past while pushing sound reproduction further into the future with their NS-5000 loudspeaker. This state-of-the-art speaker uses a vintage design as a platform for some very modern audio engineering that uses cutting edge technology to solve problems with ingenuity that have traditionally been solved with brute force. At $15k/pair, they ain't cheap, but if you want the latest in speaker science in a gorgeous package that is built to last, the NS-5000 speaker might be the bargain you are looking for.

Yamaha gives a nod to the past while pushing sound reproduction further into the future with their NS-5000 loudspeaker. At $15k/pair they ain't cheap, but are they worth it? Read on to find out.

— November 22, 2019 20:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Microsoft Shows Off Striking Design With Their Surface Studio 2

Microsoft Shows Off Striking Design With Their Surface Studio 2

The Microsoft Surface Studio 2 represents Microsoft’s latest in flagship All-in-One CPUs. With an incredible bright hi-res display, touch capabilities and striking design, the Studio 2 offers great versatility and endless creative potential. At a starting price of $3,499, however, the device represents a significant investment for any professional or normal consumer alike. To find out more about this intriguing product, do read on…

The Microsoft Surface Studio 2 represents Microsoft’s latest flagship in their Surface family of All-in-One CPUs. The Studio 2 offers great versatility and endless creative potential. Read on.

Smit Patel — November 18, 2019 01:00 in HDTV Reviews