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Where audio and video equipment undergoes rigorous objective and subjective tests by our staff, ensuring that marketing slogans aren't the only guidelines for your home theater choices.



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Marantz SR5012 / SR6012 4K UltraHD AV Receivers Preview

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Audio manufacturer Marantz recently released their newest feature packed AV receivers, the SR5012 and SR6012. For $999 and $1,499, the SR5012 and SR6012 offer the most technology at this price point that we've seen to date. They are both equipped with the latest versions of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X and both offer the convenience of multiroom music playback via HEOS integration as well as full 4K Ultra High-Definition compatibility to create an immersive home theater and entertainment experience. Want an affordable 11.2CH Immersive Surround Processor? Get a Marantz receiver!



V-MODA REMIX Bluetooth Speaker Review

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0000

V-MODA has brought some impressive headphones to market over the last several years and this is the company's very first try at a portable Bluetooth speaker. The speaker carries an unexpected feature of doubling as a portable headphone amplifier that might be a great fit for those who travel constantly. It's by no means a budget speaker but does it live up to V-MODA standards? Let's find out!



What Goes into Naming a Consumer Product?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:00:00 -0000

Ever wonder how companies come up with the names for their products? Why is it the Revelator and not the 100x? How important is the name? Does the name really affect the sales and market acceptance of a product one way or the other? People have wildly differing views on the topic, based on their own experiences and their perception of their own expertise. Read on to find out more.



ALO Audio Continental V5 Portable Tube Amp Review

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:00:00 -0000

The ALO Continental V5 portable amp has been the result of a long-time collaboration between audio manufacturers ALO Audio & Vinnie Rossi. With a plethora of features and options for customizability, this amp offers a richly detailed sound bringing the best of the solid state and tube amplifier sound. At $799, the V5 features a single triode tube with an output power of 325 mW per channel and 9 hour playback. Read our review to find out more about this great device.



Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Review

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Media streaming is a must have feature these days for a modern home theater. Many Blu-ray players and HDTV's do a poor job serving this function, so external devices are usually the way to go. We look at the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV media streaming devices to see how they handle popular streaming services like Netflix, and Amazon Prime, as well as gaming apps. Check out our YouTube Video review for a detailed overview of these products and a tour of their navigation menus to see how they work.



Hsu Research CCB-8 Bookshelf Speaker Review

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Ever since Hsu Research announced their new coaxial CCB-8 bookshelf speakers, we had been anxious to get our hands on a pair to see what they could do. The CCB-8 is an audacious new design featuring an 8" woofer utilized as a waveguide for a center-mounted tweeter. Hsu sent us a set, and for the past couple months we've been giving them a workout on a variety of music and movie content, plus a full battery of testing in our labs. To put it mildly, we were impressed by Hsu's latest offering. To see what they did exactly that left such a good impression, read our full review.



Yarra 3DX Immersive Sound Projector Giveaway!

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 05:34:20 -0000

To show some love to our loyal Audioholics readers, we’re partnering with YARRA 3DX to give away one of their YARRA 3DX Immersive Sound Bar and subwoofer systems. Yarra's beaming technology has to be heard to be believed and if you enter this contest you may just get a chance to do that. Enter now and win big!



Focal Sib Evo 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos Home Theater System Preview

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0000

With every speaker company vying to get their product into the 3D immersive sound arena, will Focal's new Sib Evo 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos enabled system stand out? You know how We feel about Dolby Atmos enabled speakers, but with cheap plastic housings and a minimalistic 8" sub will Focal be able to compete? They've made some outstanding speakers in the past. Read our in depth preview of the Focal Sib Evo to find out.



Bluesound Pulse High-Res SoundBar Review

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:00:00 -0000

If you are looking for a quality soundbar to enhance your music or movie audio experience, Bluesound has delivered a product you are sure to find appealing. Their first soundbar, named the Pulse SoundBar is priced at $1,000 and is a solid contender in the quality soundbar arena. With matched pairs of tweeters, midrange, and woofers, the Pulse provides a unique listening experience that you truly must hear to appreciate. As Bluesound says, “It is time to be touched by sound”. Read our review to find out why.



Rotel 1572 Series Integrated Amplifier, Preamp, and CD Player Preview

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 14:00:00 -0000

For over half a century audio manufacturer Rotel has been putting out award winning hi-fi components. Rotel's newest lineup of 15 series components was recently released and include an integrated amplifier, stereo preamp, and their newest CD player which processes digital signals up to 24-bits in length at sampling rates from 8 kHz to 192 kHz. To see what Rotel has to offer with their new 15 series components, read on.



Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold 2 Loudspeaker Preview

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Recently, Nola introduced us to the Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold 2 loudspeaker - which was on exhibit for the first time ever at the Los Angeles Audio Show (LAAS). The Metro Grand Reference Gold 2 is a high-end compact 3-1/2-way floorstanding loudspeaker designed for medium-sized rooms. With many upgrades from the previous model, the Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold 2 might be right for you, but with a $40,000/pair price tag, it's not for everyone.



Polk MagniFi Mini Home Theater Sound Bar System Review

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0000

If you want surround sound for your living room or man cave, but you just don’t have the space for a large, bulky system, then look no further than the Polk Audio MagniFi Mini Sound Bar System. The MagniFi Mini is a quality sound system that can fit in just about any limited space and at a reasonable price. The sound bar itself is about the size of a large alarm clock radio and includes a small subwoofer to help with the bottom end. Even though it’s tiny, the system still offers a 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound experience exemplifying again that good things do come in small packages.



Britain's Arcam Acquired by Harman International and Samsung

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0000

The home audio world just got a little smaller, with the announcement that renowned firm Harman International recently bought up by tech goliath Samsung has acquired A&R Cambridge Ltd., better known as Arcam. Why Arcam? Read on to find out...



LiDAR: Velodyne Shifts From Subwoofers to Self-Driving Cars

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Velodyne was founded over 30 years ago as a hi-fi company. Though as of late, they haven't really been doing anything innovative in that marketplace. It may be the technology behind self-driving cars that signals the road ahead for Velodyne as they make an impact on a whole new industry. Today, Ford motor company is using a three-dimensional radar technology called LiDAR that was developed by the company that is better known for subwoofers than sensors. See what Velodyne has been up to.



Denon AVR-X2400H and AVR-X1400H 4k Ultra HD AV Receivers Preview

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:00:00 -0000

Denon released their newest 4K Ultra AV receivers, the AVR-X2400H and AVR-X1400H. Both new models combine compatibility with the latest home cinema sound and vision formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, 4K Ultra HD with HDR (High Dynamic Range) Dolby Vision, and HLG (hybrid Log Gamma) along with Audyssey MultEQ setup and optimization. What do you get starting at $600 with these new crop of receivers? A whole lot....read on to find out.



Push vs. Pull Marketing in Hi-Fi Audio

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Ever wonder about the different marketing strategies behind the way various consumer electronics companies present their products? Some are boutique brands, available only at prestigious, appointment-only retailers. Some are very widely distributed, at Walmart, Best Buy, everywhere. Some are direct online sales only. It's all very intentional. Here's a peek behind the curtain on how these business models target their consumers.



T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show To Take Center Stage in Anaheim

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:23:52 -0000

T.H.E. Show Anaheim is set to take place September 21-24, 2017 in a brand new location—The Hilton Anaheim, steps away from Disneyland. For music lovers and Audiophiles of all levels, T.H.E. Show Anaheim will be Southern California’s largest high-end consumer electronics Show ever offering attendees an opportunity to see and hear the latest in loudspeakers, audio components, home theater, video, HDTV, digital music, vinyl recordings, headphones, virtual reality, educational seminars and more. You won't want to miss this so register NOW!



MarkAudio-SOTA Cesti T Tower Loudspeaker Review

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0000

MarkAudio-SOTA has recently launched their brand to the North American market, and we had a chance to give their Cesti T tower speakers a run around our testing grounds to gauge their performance. MarkAudio-SOTA is a new speaker manufacturer that uses a team of highly-respected industry vets to assemble a line-up of finished speakers based around full-range drivers. The Cesti T uses three full-range drivers placed into a very slick, modern cabinet with a crossover designed to get the most out of this driver array. Read our review to see how well this idea translated into practice.



Three Methods for Immersive 3D Audio

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:00:00 -0000

Surround sound, immersive audio, and 3D sound are growing in popularity and importance as gaming, VR, movies, and music embrace multi-channel audio. With multiple strategically-placed amplified speakers, headphones with motion tracking and binaural content, and beamforming sound bars all at your disposal, all three can deliver enhanced listening, but vary tremendously in cost and convenience. We take a look at these three methods to help you decide which one is right for you.



Study Shows No Correlation Between Price and Sound Quality in Headphones

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0000

In a recent study of the frequency responses of over 280 headphones, it was found that price had no correlation to frequency response. Why is this a big deal? Earlier research found that frequency response was by far the greatest factor in headphone sound quality. So if price does not correspond to sound quality in headphones, what is really gained by spending hundreds or sometimes even thousands of dollars one a set, beyond build quality, comfort and features? Read on to find out more about the research that prompts these questions.



$2,500 5.1 Channel Recommended Home Theater System

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:00:00 -0000

$2,500 is the sweet spot where things start to get interesting when building a 5.1 home theater system. Unlike the $1,000 5.1 system we built recently, there aren't any glaring compromises to speak of. With top name speaker manufacturers offering all in one 5.1 speaker systems for around $1000, you can get into some serious peripheral equipment with the ability to expand into immersive 3D sound with a small future purchase of additional speakers. Curious to see what equipment we picked? Keep reading.



Ascend Acoustics Sierra Luna Mini-Monitor Speaker Demo Report

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 -0000

If you're looking for a budget friendly, high quality speaker manufacturer look no further than Ascend Acoustics. We had an opportunity to demo one of their latest speakers, the Sierra Luna mini-monitor. We found these bookshelf sized speakers to be extremely versatile high-performance no compromise mini-monitors, ideal for use as desktop, on-wall, and especially as stand mounted front and/or rear main speakers. Read our demo report to get more details.



Classé Sigma SSP MkII Preamp/Processor Adds Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and 4K UHD

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:00:00 -0000

If you’re in the market for a new immersive audio preamp and you have the money to spend, Canadian audio company Classé announced the release of their Sigma SSP MkII. This eight channel preamp is an upgrade to their highly regarded Sigma SSP. The new MkII has been made even better with the addition of a new audio DSP for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive surround sound and HDMI board for 4K UHD support. Current SSP owners can purchase this hardware update and have it installed at the dealer or in their homes.



Rel Acoustics No.25 Subwoofer Listening Demo Results

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0000

Long-time subwoofer manufacturer Rel Acoustics decided to commemorate their 25th year in business with the launch of a new flagship subwoofer, the No.25, a 15" woofer powerhouse using a 1,000 watt amplifier. At nearly 170 lbs, the No.25 is built like a tank, but with its glossy curves and stylized cabinet, it looks like an exotic sports car. We visited a dealer that used six of them in one room for a taste of the high-end of low-frequencies. Read on to find out our experience with Rel's mighty new subwoofer.



Marantz NR1608 and NR1508 Slimline Network AV Receivers Preview

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:00:00 -0000

Audio company Marantz recently released two new "slimline" receivers, the NR1508 and NR1608. Both new receivers have the slimline form factor including compatibility with the newest 4K ultra high definition video content including Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma. Both models also have a wide range of facilities to enable your favorite music to be shared and enjoyed including network streaming, Bluetooth and Airplay for playback from portable devices. At $550 and $750 should one of the them be your newest receiver? Read on to find out.



Focal Adds Wireless Listen Headphones and Affordable In-Ear Monitors to Lineup

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:30:00 -0000

Less than a year after launching a new line of ultra high-end headphones, Focal has followed up with some more mainstream portable and wireless offerings for the rest of us. The new line includes a wireless version of Listen and mobile in-ear monitors dubbed Spark that comes in both a wired and wireless model along with the all-new Sphear S in-ear monitor. Check them out.



Xbox One X: Consoles Hit the Downside of the Innovation Curve

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:00:00 -0000

The biggest story out of last week's E3 was the debut of Xbox One X. Yes, Microsoft has launched the first salvo in the next-generation game console war. Xbox One X is sure to excite dedicated Xbox fans that feel they've been missing out on true 4K gaming. This time Microsoft has made Ultra-HD resolutions and HDR the prime motivator for your next console upgrade. But with no platform exclusive titles, no truly innovative changes, Xbox One X may look more like another incremental upgrade than a truly next-gen console.



Win a Fully Expenses Paid Trip to T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:15:00 -0000

T.H.E. Show Anaheim (formerly known as T.H.E. Show Newport), is set to take place September 21-24, 2017 in a brand new location—The Hilton Anaheim, steps away from Disneyland in southern California. Here's your chance to see and hear all the latest in high end two-channel and home theater audio gear from over 400 brands around the world. Best of all, if you enter their sweepstakes by July 4th, you can win a fully expenses paid trip for two to attend as well as many other prizes. Don't miss T.H.E. Show!



Outlaw Audio Ultra-X13 Ported Subwoofer Review

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0000

Outlaw Audio has recently released their new Ultra-X13; a 1,000 watt, ported beast of a subwoofer that uses a long-throw 13" driver. The Ultra-X13 is only one of two subwoofers in the world that can claim a THX 'Ultra' certification as an individual unit. The THX Ultra certification means it should be able to handle large rooms on its own, and, after we put it through our testing, we came to the same conclusion and have awarded it our Bassaholic 'Extreme' room rating. If you want to know how well a single subwoofer needs to perform in order to secure these kind of distinctions, read our review of the Outlaw Audio Ultra-X13.



Yamaha YAS-207 Industry First Sound Bar with DTS Virtual:X Processing

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 21:00:00 -0000

Yamaha will finally launch the successor to its popular YAS-203 sound bar this summer with some added tweaks. The YAS-207 features all-new DTS Virtual:X surround technology and updated HDMI support for 4K HDR and an included 100 watt powered wireless subwoofer. Along with the updated tech that should please any Yamaha fan, it's new sound bar will feature an even more competitive price than its predecessor of just $300 (shipped) when it launches in July.



Home Theater Tips: When to Upgrade?

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:00:00 -0000

We are constantly getting bombarded with emails from our readers asking about what and when to upgrade components of their home theater systems. This is especially true when one of their favorite manufacturers comes out with a replacement model to a component they own claiming to be "new" and "improved". But do these new models really offer better performance, or would you be better served tweaking your speaker placement, room acoustics and set up before plunging more money into the next "miraculous" generation product? Read on and be sure to watch our related Youtube Video on this topic BEFORE upgrading your home theater components.



OPPO Adds Dolby Vision Support to Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0000

OPPO Digital announced that its UDP-203/UDP-205 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players can now receive a firmware upgrade that enables the Dolby Vision™ feature. This makes them the worlds first HD Blu-ray players to support this new feature. See what this offers the videophile. If your currently on the fence about getting one of these players, now may be the right time.



Apple’s New HomePod Speaker to Compete with Amazon Echo

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 04:52:16 -0000

One of the most important announcements at Apple's WWDC event yesterday was HomePod, a home networked speaker system with smart features that position it as a cross between Sonos and Amazon Echo. HomePod is a seven-inch tall speaker with seven built-in tweeters an upward firing woofer and six microphones. It packs the same A8 processor used in the iPhone. Will HomePod be a threat the Amazon Echo? Read on to find out.



SVS SB16-Ultra Sealed Subwoofer Review

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Late last year, SVS released their new flagship subwoofers, the ported PB16-Ultra and the sealed SB16-Ultra, both of which sport a 16" driver and beefy 1,500 watt amplifier. We were impressed with the PB16-Ultra in our review of that subwoofer, and were anxious to give its sealed counterpart a run around our test track. For the past couple of months, that is exactly what we have been doing, and now we have brought you our full report on the SB16-Ultra. Read on to see what the top dog of SVS's sealed subs can do and what Bassaholic Rating it earned.



Denon AVR-X3300W 7.2 Atmos/DTS:X A/V Receiver Review

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0000

The Denon AVR-X3300W is a 7.2CH Atmos/DTS:X networking AV receiver rated at 105 watts/ch. It delivers solid performance in every measurable category while also packing in all of the surround processing, music streaming and HD video support one expects in a modern "does everything" AV receiver. Kudos to Denon for innovating with their Audyysey editor App to customize room correction. This could prove to be an invaluable tool to consumers and installers alike, one that makes their product line stand out from their competition. If you're looking for an affordable way of getting into immersive surround sound with all of the latest in music streaming and future expandability, the Denon AVR-X3300W is among the best options in AV receivers at this price point.



Legacy Audio Calibre Bookshelf Speaker Demo Report

Tue, 30 May 2017 13:00:00 -0000

We had an opportunity to take a tour of Destination Hi Fi, one of Legacy Audio’s local dealers in Hollywood, CA. and demo the Legacy Audio Caliber bookshelf speakers. If you have a space constraint, this product gives you the performance and drivers of a Legacy tower folded into a bookshelf cabinet. With 4” AMT tweeter, 7.5” mid-woofer, 8” bass driver, and dual 8” mass loaded opposing pneumatic radiators good things can come in small packages. Read on to see how these "little guys" perform in a BIG way.



Outlaw Audio RR2160 Stereo Receiver Preview

Mon, 29 May 2017 00:00:00 -0000

It’s been eleven and a half years since Outlaw Audio released its classic two-channel RR2150 Stereo Retro Receiver. Their new RR2160 preserves the analog signal purity of its predecessor, while adding DLNA and high-resolution capabilities via a multitude of digital audio inputs and a new, more powerful 110-watt stereo amplifier. If you're looking for a new two channel receiver for your Hi-Fi content than this might be the receiver for you. Read on to find out.



KEF Q 2017 Loudspeaker Preview

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:00:00 -0000

KEF has redesigned it's affordable (by their standards) Q series lineup of speakers. All the Q 2017 speakers include a revamped Uni-Q driver array with a newly engineered damped tweeter loading tube and a new low-distortion inductor in the crossovers to help provide a cleaner and more accurate bass. The bookshelves start at a reasonable $550/pr. Are they right for you? Read on.



iClever BoostSound BTS09 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:00:00 -0000

iClever BTS09 is a portable battery powered Bluetooth speaker. It might not be the most attractive looking speaker, but it really throws out sound at high volumes. We'll got a closer look at another budget portable speaker just in time for summer, when we're about to be inundated with new offerings in this highly competitive and relatively new area for audio equipment. See how the iClever BoostSound BTS09 bluetooth speaker (what a mouthful) performed in our hands on review.



Achieving Home Theater Feng Shui

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:00:00 -0000

There are many different ways to create a hidden home theater. All it takes is a little planning and a bit of creativity. “I don’t want to see it,” or “Can’t you hide it?” is one of the most ubiquitous expressions in custom AV. The following article addresses these concerns and more to help ramp up the wife acceptance factor for home theaters, speakers, and displays. We include examples and illustrations to show you just how concealed the gear could be while still achieving good surround sound and Feng Shui.