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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.

Dynaudio Introduces Revamped Contour i Series For 2020

Dynaudio Introduces Revamped Contour i Series For 2020

Dynaudio has totally overhauled its popular Contour series loudspeakers with new internals. All four speakers in the new Contour i series employ a new tweeter design and updated woofers and crossovers. The flagship Contour 60i floor-standers ($10,750/pair) are almost entirely new from the ground up. And it doesn’t hurt that they sport gorgeous new finishes. Read on to learn more.

Dynaudio has totally overhauled its popular Contour series loudspeakers with new internals. All speakers in the new Contour i series employ a new tweeter design and updated woofers and crossovers.

— August 04, 2020 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

IPORT Home LUXE WallStation iPad Mount Review

IPORT Home LUXE WallStation iPad Mount Review

What happens when you move into your new smart home complete with Crestron and Sonos and the only way to get a reasonable musical soundtrack in the kitchen or dining room was to use a phone or an iPad? How about an IPORT LUXE WallStation ($375) and an IPORT LUXE Case ($270), all in white and designed to wall-mount an iPad Mini for use with the Sonos app, as well as the much more complicated and professionally programmed Crestron application. Read on.

Don't want to bring your phone to the table while eating dinner to control all your smart home features? Check out the IPORT LUXE WallStation and IPORT LUXE Case to simplify your automation.

Jerry Del Colliano — July 31, 2020 22:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Kali Audio LP-8 Powered Monitor Loudspeaker Review

Kali Audio LP-8 Powered Monitor Loudspeaker Review

Can you use pro-audio equipment for home audio applications? We ask that question in our review of the Kali Audio LP-8, a studio monitor. If the purpose of a loudspeaker is to reproduce accurate sound, the resultant sound of a studio monitor shouldn't differ from a home audio speaker. With this in mind, let's see how the LP-8 fares for recreational listening rather than monitoring. Should you consider them for your stereo or home theater system, or should they stay in the studio? Read our in-depth review of the Kali Audio LP-8s to find out.

We reviewed the Kali Audio LP-8 powered studio monitor loudspeakers to determine if pro-audio equipment can be used with excellence in home audio applications.

— July 29, 2020 04:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Wharfedale Delivers New Flagship Elysian Speaker Range

Wharfedale Delivers New Flagship Elysian Speaker Range

Developed alongside the less expensive EVO4 range, Wharfedale’s new flagship Elysian range is now the brand’s top offering. The Elysian 2 stand-mount speaker ($7,000/pair) and the Elysian 4 floor-standers ($10,000/pair) combine an Air Motion Transformer tweeter with custom-designed midrange and bass drivers. Wharfedale claims that these beauties “push the boundaries of capability and performance from a speaker at this price-point.” Read on to learn more about these speakers that were 3 years in the making.

Wharfedale’s new flagship Elysian range is now the brand’s top offering. The Elysian 2 stand-mount speaker comes in at $7,000/pair and the Elysian 4 floor-standers at 10,000/pair. Read on.

— July 21, 2020 13:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Definitive Technology Demand D15 Tower Speaker Review

Definitive Technology Demand D15 Tower Speaker Review

More than two years after Definitive Technology launched their Demand series bookshelf speakers, they have expanded the line to include some tower speakers. However, the Demand tower speakers look to be a lot more than simply larger versions of the bookshelf speakers. They show a significant design departure from past Definitive Technology floor-standing speakers, and that has us interested in this new direction. In our review of Definitive Technology's new Demand D15 floor-standing speaker, we will look at why Definitive Technology has changed their direction in loudspeaker design and see what advantages this new direction holds.

Definitive Technology Demand D15 Tower Speaker are beautifully crafted and sound terrific. But, how do they compare to the similarly priced BP-9000 in their product line? Read our review to find out.

— July 13, 2020 07:00 in Tower Speaker 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