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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.

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

GoldenEar Triton One.R Tower Speaker Preview

GoldenEar Triton One.R Tower Speaker Preview

GoldenEar Technology announced the introduction of their newest tower speaker, the Triton One.R. This new reference quality loudspeaker is a smaller, less expensive follow up to the Triton Reference, which has had a remarkable response in the marketplace from both music and hifi enthusiasts. It carries many of the same technologies found in the Triton Reference along with new innovations. Will the new Triton One.R get the same response as its larger predecessor? Read on to find out.

GoldenEar Technology released their follow up to their highly awarded Triton Reference speaker - the Triton One.R. Does this new smaller, less expensive speaker live up to the Reference? Read on.

— December 06, 2018 09:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Mark Levinson Unveils New 5000 Series Integrated Amps

Mark Levinson Unveils New 5000 Series Integrated Amps

Mark Levinson has introduced two new integrated amplifiers: the № 5802 ($7,000), and the № 5805 ($8,500). Though hardly cheap, these new products represent the least expensive amplification options from the company. Both feature built-in DACs, and both deliver 125 watts of class A/B power. The № 5802 is designed for digital sources only, while the № 5805 includes a patent-pending analog preamp section. Read on to learn more.

Mark Levinson has introduced two new integrated amplifiers: the № 5802, and the № 5805 and are their most affordable products yet. Read on to learn more about their different features and performance.

— December 04, 2018 08:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Triad's Onwall Customizable Passive Soundbars - One Box LCR Solutions

Triad's Onwall Customizable Passive Soundbars - One Box LCR Solutions

Triad has a series of onwall soundbars to fit almost any discriminating shopper. The passive array of speakers will require an AVR to power them, but what you give up in simplicity you make up for in sound quality, plus all Triad Speakers are made to order to fit perfectly into your decor. If you need a one box LCR solution for a discrete surround sound system, read on to see if their lineup of soundbars will satisfy you.

Looking for a one box LCR solution for a discrete surround system? Check out Triad's line of customizable passive soundbars that look as good as they sound. Read on.

— December 03, 2018 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

RBH Sound SVTR Tower Reference Speaker Review

RBH Sound SVTR Tower Reference Speaker Review

Ever dreamed about taking a reference-grade monitor speaker (SV-831R) and slapping it on a reference-grade subwoofer (SV-1212NR) to create the ultimate tower speaker? Consider that dream come true. RBH's awe-inspiring SVTR Tower Speaker is here. Dual 12-inch woofers, three 8-inch midrange drivers, and a ribbon tweeter combine to deliver mind-blowing, anvil-like bass, razor-like imaging and astounding dynamics. RBH's SVTR Tower Speaker delivers reference-grade performance that has to be experienced to be believed. Be warned, reading our full review may have you wanting a pair for Christmas.

RBH's SVTR Tower combines the SV-831R reference grade monitor and SV-1212NR subwoofer to produce the ultimate tower speaker with mind-blowing performance. Could this be RBH's best tower yet? Read on.

— November 30, 2018 00:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Dynaudio Launches Updated High-End ‘Confidence’ Speakers

Dynaudio Launches Updated High-End ‘Confidence’ Speakers

The Danish loudspeaker specialist Dynaudio has completely revamped its high-end Confidence range of loudspeakers. The new series includes the stand-mounted Confidence 20 ($13k/pair), and the floor-standing Confidence 30 ($20k/pair), Confidence 50 ($27k/pair), and Confidence 60 ($40k/pair). The new Confidence speakers feature all new drivers and cabinet designs that are said to be the most advanced passive loudspeaker range in Dynaudio's history. Read on to learn more.

The Danish loudspeaker specialist Dynaudio has completely revamped its high-end Confidence range of loudspeakers. The series feature all new drivers and cabinet designs, their most advanced to date.

— November 28, 2018 01:00 in Tower Speaker Reviews