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CES 2015 UHDTV, 4K Blu-ray and AV Electronics Technology Highlights

CES 2015 UHDTV, 4K Blu-ray and AV Electronics Technology Highlights

The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is here! We have a ton of new product info being sent to us so we will throw the most interesting stuff on our forum for you to see and comment on. Anything from new next generation video like HDMI 2.0/HDCP2.2 UHDTV's and 4K Blu-ray and high end super speakers and AV electronics as well as a new Immersive Surround codec from DTS called DTS:X which is said to be the most speaker placement flexible format to date, will be covered on this page. Also feel free to submit your favorite products and info if you or your friends are in attendance.

CES 2015 latest UHDTV's and 4k Blu-ray beyond 1080p and 4k resolution? New DTS:X surround codec? AV receivers, speakers, and more.

— January 06, 2015 18:20 in Trade Show Coverage

CEDIA 2014 Expo Show Coverage Page

CEDIA 2014 Expo Show Coverage Page

The CEDIA 2014 Expo was in Denver again this year and we had a blast covering it. We scouted the showfloor in search of everything Dolby Atmos since that's the buzz word this year. This included new Dolby Atmos AV Receivers, Processors and Speakers. Do those upfiring Atmos Elevation speakers really work and how do they compare to discrete ceiling mounted speakers? Read our coverage and demo reports to find out. What about new competing next generation surround formats like Auro-3D? HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 and how it will affect new gear? We got the scoop on those items as well. Be sure to watch our Facebook page for tons of new product images (audioholics.com/facebook).

This is our official CEDIA 2014 Expo Show coverage page for the latest in Dolby Atmos AV receivers, electronics, speakers, HDTV's, DTS UHD and Auro-3D surround sound, HDCP 2.2 news and more.

— September 14, 2014 17:00 in Trade Show Coverage

AXPONA 2014 Coverage Part Three: Loudspeakers

AXPONA 2014 Coverage Part Three: Loudspeakers

Wrapping up Audioholics' coverage of AXPONA 2014, we take a look at a sampling of the loudspeakers present at the show. Exhibits ran the gambit from compact bookshelf speakers to massive floorstanders that would dominate the average living room. Several manufacturers made some interesting aesthetic choices as well, with at least one designer taking pride in the production of technological terrors that are likely to give your children nightmares. Is your interest piqued? Click to keep reading!

Part three of Audioholics' AXPONA coverage delves into the world of loudspeakers and subwoofers. Exhibits ranged from run-of-the-mill bookshelf speakers to the downright bizarre.

— May 18, 2014 10:00 in Trade Show Coverage

AXPONA 2014 Coverage Part Two: Amplifiers, Preamplifiers, and DACs

AXPONA 2014 Coverage Part Two: Amplifiers, Preamplifiers, and DACs

Welcome to part two of Audioholics' AXPONA 2014 coverage; inside you'll find a myriad of high end amplifiers, preamplifiers, and DACs for your viewing pleasure. We've got it all: tubes, solid state, hybrid designs, monoblocks, stereo amplifiers, etc. What's more, a few of these beauties are even affordable by regular Joes. However, please note that we suggesting hiding your wallet for this one: images contained herein, including may provoke spontaneous spending sprees.

Part 2 of Audioholics' AXPONA 2014 show coverage looks at the Audio DACs, preamplifiers, and amplifiers that were on display. Hide your wallet and click to commence drooling/reading.

— May 13, 2014 08:00 in Trade Show Coverage

AXPONA 2014 Coverage Part One: Analog and Digital Audio Source Devices

AXPONA 2014 Coverage Part One: Analog and Digital Audio Source Devices

AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) is an annual high end audio show which has been held in Rosemont, IL (a suburb of Chicago) for the last few years. With all manner of audio gear to drool over, we've had to break up coverage into three sections. In part one, we go over the multitude of source devices present, including turntables, CD/SACD players, digital music file players, and even a reel-to-reel player. If you'd like to ogle a few pictures of source devices that cost more than your average midsized sedan, click to keep reading.

We visited AXPONA Hifi Show in Rosemont, IL where we take a look at turntables, CD/SACD players, digital music file players, and even a reel-to-reel player. Analog and digital sources were aplenty.

— May 08, 2014 16:00 in Trade Show Coverage

CEDIA 2013 Expo Show Coverage

CEDIA 2013 Expo Show Coverage

The CEDIA 2013 Expo is back in Denver and we are happy to cover it there. This is the official Audioholics CEDIA 2013 Coverage page. This year we'll be there with a crew of seven to produce some of the most in depth show coverage yet. We will be scouting the show floor for the latest news on HDMI 2.0, the demise of 3D and the newest AV Receivers, flat panel displays, speakers, AV gadgets, and high end electronics. We may even cover a few exotic cables for kicks and giggles. We are also providing video coverage of standout products with Andrew Gash as the camera front man. Be sure to 'Like' us on Facebook for the latest news and bookmark this page for all the editorial and video coverage. If you really want to know what's happening up to the minute you can also follow us on Twitter @AudioholicsLive to track the latest products and technologies as we see them!

This is our official CEDIA 2013 Expo Show coverage page for the latest in AV receivers, electronics, HDTV flat panel displays, AV gadgets and industry news. Get the scoop on HDMI 2.0 and more.

— September 29, 2013 00:05 in Trade Show Coverage

Capital Audiofest 2013 Show Report

Capital Audiofest 2013 Show Report

For those who don’t follow the audio show circuit, Capital Audiofest is the Washington D.C. area’s annual event. Originally started up in 2010 and moving to a new location at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Silver Spring, MD for 2013, CAF offered more than 40 separate displays for guests to browse through. The products featured ran the gambit from massive fully horn loaded loudspeakers to diminutive mini-monitors, top tier solid state gear to esoteric tube amplifiers & preamplifiers, and “high end” speaker cables and power cords down to basic 16AWG wire from Parts Express. Read on to see what caught our attention in the nation's capital.

Capital Audiofest is Washington D.C's annual audio event, started in 2010. With 40+ displays to go through, there was a lot to see and hear. What caught our attention? Read on to find out!

— July 30, 2013 09:30 in Trade Show Coverage

CES 2013 Trade Show Coverage

CES 2013 Trade Show Coverage

We're bringing you the latest updates straight from the show floor of CES 2013. This is the largest electronics trade show of the year and, while several large home theater companies have pulled back to make CEDIA their primary show, CES remains the place to get all of the important gadget, technology and display news for the industry as a whole. With an eye for what's hot, we will update this page throughout the week to bring you the latest and greatest products and revelations from the show floor as they appear.

We're bringing you the latest updates straight from the show floor of CES 2013. This is the largest electronics trade show of the year and we'll update you live as the event unfolds this week.

— January 06, 2013 21:06 in Trade Show Coverage

EMP Speakers at the 2012 Audioholics Get Together

EMP Speakers at the 2012 Audioholics Get Together

We walked into the first room which was the EMP room and the first thing we saw was that they were playing Battleship - which if you have or haven't seen it, well, it's like a long series of explosions that lasts about 2 hours. It's the perfect movie to show off what a 5.1 system can do with respect to directionality, soundstage, bass response and overall system coherence. We also enjoyed hearing the clear dialogue which we could credit to the excellent EMP Impression E56Ci Center Channel. Let me back up and tell you a little bit about this system that we demoed. First of all we had the E55Ti Tower speakers, which we are very familiar with and have reviewed. The surrounds were the E55Wi surrounds. Bass was powered by the new ES1010i powered subwoofer, which uses a dual 10-inch poly-matrix cone driver and goes down to 35Hz.

We walked into the first room which featured the EMP Impression series and the first thing we saw was that they were playing Battleship - which is like a long series of explosions. It was awesome.

— November 15, 2012 06:00 in Trade Show Coverage

Aperion Audio Aris Speaker at the 2012 Get Together Event

Aperion Audio Aris Speaker at the 2012 Get Together Event

Aperion Audio made an appearance at the 2012 Audioholics Get Together Event in Tarpon Springs, FL with its Aris Wireless Speaker for Windows. The speaker uses four active and two passive internal drivers, including a pair of 1" neodymium soft dome silk tweeters, two powered 4" fiberglass woofers and two 4" passive radiators. The frequency response is 65Hz - 20kHz. We got a chance to listen to this speaker and it was really immersive and loud - in fact, the way it filled up the room we were in was quite impressive given its relatively small size. The Aperion Audio Aris has three different listening modes including Natural, Bass Boost and Enhanced Stereo. The mode we listened to the most is Natural - and the one you want if you want to get the best (most accurate) sound. If you absolutely want more bass you can certainly play with Bass Boost, but we'd leave it in the default.

Aperion Audio made an appearance at the 2012 Audioholics Get Together Event in Tarpon Springs, FL with its Aris Wireless Speaker for Windows. The speaker uses 6 internal drivers and is Windows PlayTo.

— November 14, 2012 10:00 in Trade Show Coverage

Angel City Audio at the 2012 Audioholics Get Together Event

Angel City Audio at the 2012 Audioholics Get Together Event

Angel City Audio showed off their new Trinity LR speakers at the 2012 Audioholics Get Together event. This is a left/right bookshelf model which has a frequency response of 30Hz - 35kHz and a sensitivity of 90dB @ 1w/m. They are about 16" deep but there is also a Trinity Center model that has a slightly reduced frequency response. It plays down to around 55Hz, but it's also reduced in depth (to just 12") so you can better place it on its side as a center channel. Now the great thing about these speakers is that you can combine them in a 2-channel, 3-point, 5-point or whatever type of system you want. The LR can disperse evenly enough to be used as a center, or you can grab the Center model for that. Or you could use a whole system of the Center model if you want something a bit smaller in depth all-around and you plan to use a subwoofer to fill in the missing low end.

Angel City Audio showed off their new Trinity LR speakers at the 2012 Audioholics Get Together event. This is a left/right bookshelf model which has a frequency response of 30Hz - 35kHz and it rocked.

— November 14, 2012 08:40 in Trade Show Coverage

Emotiva New Amps & Processors at 2012 Audioholics GTG Event

Emotiva New Amps & Processors at 2012 Audioholics GTG Event

We visited the Emotiva room and were fortunate enough to catch Dan Laufman for an interview. Dan at Emotiva had so much to show off this year at the 2012 Audioholics Get Together that we really needed to have him tell us, in his own words, what products were new. Dan complied and, in fact, Emotiva had several different things they were showing off at the show. First off Emotiva was showing off the differences between its Ultra Series amplifiers its X-Series amplifiers and its Reference Series amplifiers. All three five-channel amps were present at the show with their tops removed so attendees could see the guts inside. This showed of the Emotiva build quality which was consistent across all 3 models. Emotiva merely varied the components used within the amplifier to achieve different output power and amplification levels. Incredible build quality and value has been an Emotiva staple since its inception and appears to be going strong moving forward.

We visited the Emotiva room and were fortunate enough to catch Dan Laufman for an interview. Dan at Emotiva had so much to show off this year at the 2012 Audioholics Get Together.

— November 07, 2012 06:00 in Trade Show Coverage

HSU Research Subwoofers & Speakers at the 2012 Audioholics Get Together Event

HSU Research Subwoofers & Speakers at the 2012 Audioholics Get Together Event

HSU Research showed off their speakers and subwoofers at our 2012 GTG event . The big thing was that this room sounded fantastic. First off was the VTF-15H sub in satin black which runs $879. It has two ports in front and the lowest extension is found by plugging one port - which is how it was configured in the listening room we were in. That yields an extension down to 16Hz. We definitely felt that in our demo. For larger room you can open up both ports open which lowers the distortion provided you aren't digging down past a low frequency extension of 22Hz. The system was well integrated and the sub didn't sonically stick out but instead provided deep tactile bass for a great "wow" effect.

The big thing was that this room sounded fantastic. First off was the VTF-15H sub in satin black which runs $879. It has two ports in front and the lowest extension is found by plugging one port.

— November 06, 2012 07:00 in Trade Show Coverage

Salk Sound Soundscape 8's & More at the 2012 Audioholics Get Together Event

Salk Sound Soundscape 8's & More at the 2012 Audioholics Get Together Event

We got to listen in the Salk Signature Sound room. Jim Salk brought three sets of speakers to the 2012 Audioholics Get Together Event, but what they were really focusing on were their SoundScape 8 tower speakers. These are the little brother to the Soundscape 10 and 12's and use the same ribbon tweeter and Accuton midrange, but the Soundscape 8 uses two 8" woofers in front in addition to dual side firing 12" passive radiators. Sensitivity is 87db SPL @ 1w/m which means it can be driven by any reasonable amplifier, and it can play down to an impressive 25Hz. This room was a favorite among audiophiles. Based on the sound quality and appearance of Salk speakers, its no mystery as to why.

We got to listen to the Salk Signature Sound room. Jim Salk brought three sets of speakers to the 2012 Audioholics Get Together Event, but what they were really focusing on were their SoundScape 8's.

— November 05, 2012 15:00 in Trade Show Coverage