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Savant Smart Soundbar, Precision Audio Meets Ultimate Home-Connectivity

The Smart Audio soundbar may be loaded with network-connected features by Savant, but it also brings a true hi-fi pedigree with speaker designs

Savant Smart Soundbar, Precision Audio Meets Ultimate Home-Connectivity
Monitor Audio’s Revamped MASS Speaker System: Better Than A Sound Bar?

Monitor Audio has completely redesigned its MASS satellite/sub speaker system. Priced at $950 for a 5.1 package, the MASS includes 5 diminutive

Monitor Audio’s Revamped MASS Speaker System: Better Than A Sound Bar?
Bowers & Wilkins Releases Formation Suite of Whole Home Wireless Audio Speakers

Bowers and Wilkins just released new lineup of whole home wireless audio speakers. Dubbed the "Formation Suite", B&W are setting their sights on

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

Recent Soundbar & Surround Speaker Reviews

Savant Smart Soundbar, Precision Audio Meets Ultimate Home-Connectivity

Savant Smart Soundbar, Precision Audio Meets Ultimate Home-Connectivity

Audioholics was on hand at Denver, Colorado's CEDIA 2019. In this video, Gene visits the Savant booth where the company unveiled a new product that lives at the intersection of high-performance home audio and digital home connectivity, designed for those who may not have thought much about complete home automation before. The Smart Audio soundbar may be loaded with network-connected features by Savant, but it also brings a true hi-fi pedigree with speaker designs by Cary Christie of Artison.

The Smart Audio soundbar may be loaded with network-connected features by Savant, but it also brings a true hi-fi pedigree with speaker designs by Cary Christie of Artison.

— October 09, 2019 01:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Monitor Audio’s Revamped MASS Speaker System: Better Than A Sound Bar?

Monitor Audio’s Revamped MASS Speaker System: Better Than A Sound Bar?

Monitor Audio has completely redesigned its MASS satellite/sub speaker system. The 5.1-channel package includes 5 diminutive satellite speakers and a compact subwoofer, all wrapped in stylish woven fabric. At $950 for the package, the MASS speaker system promises a more cinematic experience than the faux surround provided by sound bars. Does it have what it takes to live up to that claim? Read on to learn more.

Monitor Audio has completely redesigned its MASS satellite/sub speaker system. Priced at $950 for a 5.1 package, the MASS includes 5 diminutive satellite speakers and a compact subwoofer. Read on.

— July 16, 2019 01:00 in Soundbars and Surround 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

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

Sonos Battles Polk to Beam Into Your Captain's Chair

Sonos Battles Polk to Beam Into Your Captain's Chair

If you're already in the Sonos environment and you're looking to add a soundbar to your whole home audio system, than you should check out the new Sonos Beam Soundbar with Amazon Alexa built in. At just 25" long and $300 Sonos might have an easy solution to add seamless multi-room sound to every room in your house including ones with TV's. Read on to see how we fit in a shameless Star Trek pun.

If you're already in the Sonos environment and you're looking to add a soundbar to your whole home audio system, than you should check out the new Sonos Beam Soundbar with Amazon Alexa built in.

— July 21, 2018 01:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Yamaha’s YAS-108 Sound Bar Promises Immersive Sound From A Tidy Package

Yamaha’s YAS-108 Sound Bar Promises Immersive Sound From A Tidy Package

The new Yamaha YAS-108 sound bar hopes to hit the low-price, high-performance sweet spot at $199. The compact and lightweight YAS-108 uses DTS Virtual:X 3D processing to deliver enveloping sound from any movie or TV soundtrack — no surround speakers or additional subwoofer required. Will the YAS-108 be another best-seller for Yamaha, or will stiff competition from LG, Polk Audio, Vizio, and Sonos thwart Yamaha’s efforts?

The Yamaha YAS-108 sound bar hopes to hit the low-price, high-performance sweet spot at $199. Armed with Virtual DTS:X, and built in subs, Yamaha claims convincing surround sound from a single box.

— July 13, 2018 21:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 DTS:X Soundbar Review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 DTS:X Soundbar Review

Is the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 Soundbar actually a Home Theater System replacement? With DTS:X processing, nine discrete channels, and two subwoofers, the Nakamichi is as much a soundbar as a jalapeno popper is a vegetable. Read our review before you settle for an average soundbar or decide to sell your AVR and surround speakers to see if this product is right for you.

We reviewed the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 DTS:X Soundbar which straddles the line between a premium soundbar and a full home theater speaker system with dual wireless subwoofers and 4 satellites.

— July 12, 2018 14:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

James Loudspeaker LR-S Passive Sound Bar Aims for Audiophile Performance

James Loudspeaker LR-S Passive Sound Bar Aims for Audiophile Performance

James Loudspeaker recently introduced a series of passive 2.1 sound bars, producing left and right-channel audio as well as bass energy from a center-mounted built-in subwoofer. These LR-S format sound bars designed around their SPL5-SPL8 soundbars can be customized to match nearly any flat-panel display. They are designed to bring clarity and full-range sound to applications where an external subwoofer is impractical. The starting price is $3,500. Are they worth it? Read on to find out.

James Loudspeaker released 3 new soundbars recently. The SPL5LR-S, SPL6LR-S, and SPL8LR-S Soundbars are designed as a 2.1 setup. Where is the sub? How about 4 high power neo drivers right in the bar!

— March 07, 2018 21:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

SONOS Playbar, SUB, and Play:5 Review

SONOS Playbar, SUB, and Play:5 Review

If you’ve been looking at wireless whole home speaker solutions recently, you’ve probably come across SONOS. Started in 2002, SONOS’ goal was to reinvent home audio for the digital age by connecting devices in multiple rooms for seamless integration. With the multitude of wireless speakers flooding the market with dozens of streaming options will SONOS stand out? Read our in depth review and check out our YouTube video of their Play 5 wireless speaker and Playbar soundbar with wireless subwoofer to see if SONOS is the right multiroom speaker system for you.

If you’ve been looking at wireless whole home speaker products, you’ve probably come across SONOS. We reviewed their Play:5 wireless speaker and Playbar soundbar with wireless SUB.

— March 01, 2018 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

CES 2018 Best Sound Bars Roundup

CES 2018 Best Sound Bars Roundup

This year we saw a big shift in the soundbar market from trying to recreate 3D sound through reflections to recreating 3D sound through discrete speakers. Also, with the popularity of affordable Smart home automation systems like products from Amazon, Google, and Roku, we’re seeing a push towards incorporating these products right into the soundbar. In this article and related YouTube video, we selected some of the most interesting soundbars we saw at the 2018 CES show.

Looking for a soundbar to complement that new UHD TV? We've compared four of the newest soundbars that we saw at 2018 CES show. From a 9.2 channel soundbar to integrated home automation. Read on.

— February 07, 2018 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

GoldenEar DigitalAktiv 3 Wi-Fi Bluetooth Speaker Preview

GoldenEar DigitalAktiv 3 Wi-Fi Bluetooth Speaker Preview

Speaker manufacturer GoldenEar released details for their ultra-high performance powered/wireless DigitalAktiv 3 Bookshelf speaker. With a 6” cast-basket bass/midrange driver, the same HVFR tweeter used in the Triton Reference, and two inertially balanced 8” passive radiators, if these speakers sound as good as the numbers suggest, they may be among the best new wireless speakers we've seen in 2018…period.

Speaker manufacturer GoldenEar released details for their ultra-high performance powered/wireless DigitalAktiv 3 Bookshelf speaker at CES. Could these be among the best wireless speakers of 2018?

— January 21, 2018 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Polk Command Bar Soundbar, Wireless Sub, and Built-in Amazon Alexa

Polk Command Bar Soundbar, Wireless Sub, and Built-in Amazon Alexa

Polk Audio announced their newest soundbar at the CES 2018 show, calling it the Polk Command Bar. Why Command Bar? How about integrated Alexa support built in! For a sub $300 price point the Polk Command Bar delivers the power and convenience of Amazon Alexa in what looks to be an excellent budget friendly home theater solution ideal for movies, music and wireless music streaming.

Polk Audio announced the release of their new soundbar this week at CES, calling it the Polk Command Bar. Why Command Bar? How about integrated Alexa support built in and wireless sub for under $300!

— January 16, 2018 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Nakamichi Shockwafe DTS:X Ultra 9.2 Soundbar Preview

Nakamichi Shockwafe DTS:X Ultra 9.2 Soundbar Preview

Has audio company Nakamichi gone too far with their new 9.2 DTS:X soundbars, the Shockwafe Ultra? Check out this preview of the new and exciting 9.2 soundbar system that eliminates speaker wires and minimizes power cords. Dual subs, 4 modular surrounds, and an 8 speaker soundbar (total of 18 speakers) for only $1,199? This might be the surround system you've been waiting for. Check out our updates comparing the configuration options available and recent improvements to the products currently shipping.

Nakamichi has the cure for the common soundbar with their new Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 DTS:X wireless surround system featuring dual subwoofers for only $1,199. Is this the soundbar to beat? Read on.

— November 08, 2017 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

KEF Q50a Dolby Atmos Enabled Speaker Preview

KEF Q50a Dolby Atmos Enabled Speaker Preview

Audio manufacturer KEF released their newest addition to the Q series line, the Q50a. The Q50a is a Dolby Atmos-enabled two-way closed box speaker that sits atop your existing speaker. The speaker fires its sound upward, creating the vertical dimension programmed into any Dolby Atmos recording. Will they work as well as discrete ceiling mounted speakers? Based on the laws of physics, we doubt it, but if ceiling mounting isn't an option than the KEF Q50a might be an amiable alternative if you want to experience immersive audio in your home theater system.

KEF released their newest addition to the Q series line, the Q50a. The Q50a is a Dolby Atmos-enabled two-way closed box speaker that sits atop your existing speaker. Does it work? Read on.

— October 15, 2017 12:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews