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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.

AKG’s Flagship N5005 In-Ear Monitor Lets You Customize Its Sound

AKG’s Flagship N5005 In-Ear Monitor Lets You Customize Its Sound

The new AKG N5005 in-ear monitor features four interchangeable sound filters that let the user tweak the headphone’s frequency response. This five-way hybrid design employs a single dynamic driver and four balanced armature drivers per side. The removable cables can be swapped out for the included bluetooth dongle for hands-free, wireless listening and phone calls. Will this $1,000 flagship compete with the even pricier designs from JH Audio, 64 Audio, Audeze, and Shure?

The new AKG N5005 in-ear monitor features a five-way hybrid design employs a single dynamic driver and four balanced armature drivers per side. Is it worth the $1,000 price tag? Read on to find out.

— February 15, 2019 00:00 in Headphone Reviews

Definitive Technology BP9080x, BP9060, CS9060 Dolby Atmos Speakers Review

Definitive Technology BP9080x, BP9060, CS9060 Dolby Atmos Speakers Review

High end audio stalwart Definitive Technology is back with a Dolby Atmos system that will make even the most demanding home theater enthusiast salivate. This 5.0.4 Dolby Atmos setup is perfect for spaces that can't fit dedicated subwoofers or discrete height speakers but still want the full slam that you'd expect from a premium home theater setup. Our review explores the full capabilities of this Atmos speaker system to determine if it has all you need to achieve a fully immersive experience.

Definitive Technology's 5.0.4 system is perfect for installations that can't fit dedicated subwoofers or in-ceiling height speakers yet demand an immersive audio setup with stand-alone sub performance.

— February 05, 2019 22:00 in Surround Sound Reviews

McIntosh XRT1.1K ‘Mini-Flagship’ Loudspeaker Overview

McIntosh XRT1.1K ‘Mini-Flagship’ Loudspeaker Overview

McIntosh’s 7-foot-tall XRT2.1K loudspeaker now has a smaller sibling in the XRT1.1K. Designed to deliver flagship tech in a less imposing package, the XRT1.1K still stands nearly 6 feet tall and contains 70 drivers, but should be at home in a wider range of listening environments. McIntosh says its line array design provides superb imaging from any seat in the house. Read on to learn more.

McIntosh’s 7' tall XRT2.1K loudspeaker now has a smaller sibling in the 6' XRT1.1K. Designed to deliver flagship tech in a less imposing package. Are they worth the $60,000/pr price tag? Read on.

— February 03, 2019 20:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

KEF LSX Wireless Speaker Aims for LS50 Performance at 1/2 the Price

KEF LSX Wireless Speaker Aims for LS50 Performance at 1/2 the Price

With the new LSX wireless speakers, KEF seeks to repeat the success the company had with the LS50 Wireless. Smaller and more stylish, the LSX delivers a scaled-down LS50 experience for half the price. A proprietary wireless inter-speaker connection offers placement flexibility while enabling the wire-free installation that customers have come to expect from Sonos and similar home audio products. Read on to learn more.

KEF released a smaller and more stylish wireless speaker the LSX. The LSX is a scaled-down LS50 for half the price. Is it still worth the $1,100/pr price tag? Read on to find out.

— January 30, 2019 00:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

Philharmonic Audio BMR Philharmonitor Bookshelf Speaker Review

Philharmonic Audio BMR Philharmonitor Bookshelf Speaker Review

There is a lot of online buzz about Philharmonic Audio's BMR Philharmonitors, so we decided to get a review pair to see what they were all about. These large bookshelf speakers use a 3-way design with a very special driver outlay that has audio enthusiasts excited about the potential performance advantages that it could offer, especially for the price. In our in-depth review, we ask the question, do these speakers live up to the hype surrounding them? Read on to find out what we have uncovered.

Philharmonic Audio's BMR Philharmonitors use a 3-way design with a very special driver outlay that has audio enthusiasts excited about the potential performance advantages that it could offer Read on.

— January 23, 2019 00:00 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

REL’s New ‘Serie HT’ Subwoofers Deliver High-Value Home Theater Thrills

REL’s New ‘Serie HT’ Subwoofers Deliver High-Value Home Theater Thrills

The new “Serie HT” home theater subwoofers from REL promise to shake your foundation walls while shaking up the competition. The revered British brand has a loyal following among audiophiles, but these new subs are the first from the company to target home theater shoppers with limited budgets. Will REL become the go-to brand for affordable home theater subwoofers?

The new “Serie HT” subwoofers from REL promise to shake your foundation walls while shaking up the competition. Will REL become the go-to brand for affordable home theater subwoofers? Read on.

— January 21, 2019 00:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Amazon’s Fire TV Cube Lets Alexa Control Your Home Entertainment System

Amazon’s Fire TV Cube Lets Alexa Control Your Home Entertainment System

The Amazon Fire TV Cube is an all-in-one media streamer and voice-activated smart speaker. The new $120 device allows the user to control TVs, AV receivers, sound bars, and even cable boxes using voice commands. Can we finally ditch our remote controls and let Alexa handle all of our entertainment needs? Read on to find out.

The Amazon Fire TV Cube is an all-in-one media streamer and voice-activated smart speaker. Can we finally ditch our remote controls and let Alexa handle all of our entertainment needs? Read on.

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

Paradigm Defiance X12 and V12 Subwoofers Review

Paradigm Defiance X12 and V12 Subwoofers Review

Some other speaker manufacturers look at subwoofers as "accessory" products, high in price, but low on precision and design. Paradigm though has always given us high performance subs at reasonable price points. Will they continue this tradition with their affordable V12 and heavy hitting X12? Read on to find out what our detailed product review and precision measurements had to say and be sure to also check out our YouTube video overview of the Defiance series of subwoofers.

We reviewed and compared the new V12 and X12 Defiance 12" powered subwoofers from Paradigm. Do they have what it takes to live up to the brands reputation of excellence? Read on to find out.

— January 11, 2019 23:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Monoprice Undercuts Industry with $4k HTP-1 16CH Immersive Surround AV Processor

Monoprice Undercuts Industry with $4k HTP-1 16CH Immersive Surround AV Processor

Internet direct company Monoprice released details on their state of the art Monolith HTP-1 16 Channel Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D home theater processor with Dirac & Alexa compatibility. This 16 channel processor looks to be engineered for the most demanding audiophile and comes in at $1,000 less than the Emotiva RMC-1. Does it have all the features you need for your new fully immersive home theater? Read on to find out.

16 Channel processing from Monoprice? You bet! The new Monolith HTP-1 form Monoprice comes with 16 Channel Dolby Atmos & DTS:X Home Theater Processing, Dirac Live, and Alexa compatibility all for $4k.

— January 09, 2019 12:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Atlantic Technology Crashes Multi-Room Party With Its Gatecrasher 1 Smart Speaker

Atlantic Technology Crashes Multi-Room Party With Its Gatecrasher 1 Smart Speaker

The new Atlantic Technology Gatecrasher 1 is the first in a series of smart, multi-room wireless speakers from the company. The $499 Wi-Fi and bluetooth-enabled tabletop speaker is a 2.1-channel design with a premium look and high-performance aspirations. Will the Gatecrasher 1 have what it takes to carve out a niche in the increasingly crowded multi-room speaker market?

The new Atlantic Technology Gatecrasher 1 is the first in a series of smart, multi-room wireless speakers from the company. For $499, you get a 2.1 speaker ready to play all your music in style.

— January 07, 2019 23:00 in Wireless & Computer Speaker Reviews

RSL Raises the Bar with CG5 and CG25 Audiophile Bookshelf Speakers

RSL Raises the Bar with CG5 and CG25 Audiophile Bookshelf Speakers

RSL recently announced the CG5 Bookshelf Speaker and CG25 Monitor / Center Channel Speaker which pushes RSL Speaker’s products into higher price points and higher levels of performance. The $400 and $500 each price points don't have buyers shying away as they are completely sold out for December. Find out why in our preview of RSL's newest products and see what performance upgrades you get over their popular CG3 line.

RSL recently announced the CG5 Bookshelf and CG25 Monitor/Center Channel Speaker which pushes their products into higher price points and higher levels of performance. See what you get over the CG3s.

— December 21, 2018 00:10 in Bookshelf Speaker Reviews

Wharfedale’s New D300 Series Loudspeakers Take Aim At Elac

Wharfedale’s New D300 Series Loudspeakers Take Aim At Elac

Wharfedale’s new D300 Series seeks to redefine expectations for low-cost, high-performance loudspeakers. The four-strong range consists of two compact bookshelf speakers, one floor-stander, and one center-channel speaker, all priced to challenge Elac’s Debut 2 series for the entry-level crown. Will the Wharfedale D300 Series speakers have what it takes? Read on to learn more.

Wharfedale’s new D300 Series is redefining expectations for low-cost, high-performance loudspeakers taking aim at Elac's acclaimed Debut 2 Series. Starting at only $210/pr, can they do it? Read on.

— December 18, 2018 08:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Fluance Launches 4 New Audiophile Turntables at Great Prices!

Fluance Launches 4 New Audiophile Turntables at Great Prices!

Fluance has followed up its successful 2016 entrance into the turntable business with four new models. The RT82 ($300), RT83 ($350), RT84 ($450), and RT85 ($500) offer industry-leading build quality and high-end components at reasonable prices. All built upon a common shared platform, the four models are distinguished by the different platters and cartridges that come as part of the package. We compare the differences to help you decide which one is right for you. Read on.

Canadian audio company Fluance released 4 new audiophile turntables recently: The RT82, RT83, RT84, and RT85 offer industry-leading build quality and high-end components at reasonable prices. Read on.

— December 17, 2018 08:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Paradigm Premier 800F Tower and 500C Center Speakers Review

Paradigm Premier 800F Tower and 500C Center Speakers Review

There is no shortage of floor-standing speakers in the $2k/pair price range, yet Paradigm has decided to jump back in this market segment with a brand new design. Using technology trickled down from their acclaimed Persona series, Paradigm has launched the Premier line so audio enthusiasts can get some of the high-end sound of the Personas but without paying the high-end price tags. In this full review, we take a close look at the Premier 800F floor-standing and 500C center speakers to determine if Paradigm pulled off a sonic miracle.

Using trickle down technology from their Persona series, Paradigm launched the Premier line of speakers. Read our full review of their 800F towers and 500C center channel to see how they perform.

— December 12, 2018 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews