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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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Bookshelf Speaker Roundup of 2017 AXPONA

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:00:00 -0000

Anyone searching for new bookshelf speakers would do well to take a look at what's happening at AXPONA, which is rapidly becoming the premiere audio show for North America. AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) rolled into the Chicagoland area again where we were ready and waiting to take in all the new sights and sounds of high-end audio products. In this segment of our coverage, we look at a handful of bookshelf speakers in the low three-figure range to the low five-figure range. But, they all have something in common: we thought they sounded good enough that they deserved your attention. Read on to find out who made the cut in our coverage of the bookshelf speakers of AXPONA 2017.



Virtual Reality Home Theater: Whole Lotta Hype - For Now

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:00:00 -0000

We have no doubt Virtual Reality (VR) will mature into an amazing experience for gamers. Someday, when VR no longer requires total isolation and a face-mask, it might carry the kind of mainstream appeal as home theater when it comes to bringing alternate realities to the masses. Think Star Trek Holodeck. But for now, it's the focus of a lot of hype, a lot of overly-optimistic sales projections and obscene amounts of investment capital for the foreseeable return. Will it replace home theater? We don't think so. Read on to find out why.



OPPO UDP-205 Universal Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Preview

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0000

OPPO Digital announced their UDP-205 4K Ultra HD Audiophile Blu-ray Disc player is available for purchase. A step-up version of the recently released UDP-203, the UDP-205 brings top-of-the-line audio performance to a universal player that supports 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and many other digital audio and video formats. Advanced engineering, rigorous parts selection, and rock-solid build quality are foundations to the UDP-205’s performance and we are looking forward to bench testing this beauty. Check out our preview article to see what makes this Universal Ultra HD Blu-ray player so special.



Pioneer VSX-532 and VSX-832 5.1 Channel AV Receiver Preview

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:00:00 -0000

If you are looking for an AV receiver for under $500 with lots of connectivity options, Pioneer might have the right product for you. Both the new VSX-532 and the VSX-832 AV receivers pack a lot of useful features at very modest price points. If you’re looking for all this plus wireless connectivity, Dolby Vision video pass-through, and Dolby Atmos in a 3.1.2 configuration you would be hard pressed to find anything comparing to the Pioneer VSX-832 for the $479 price. Read on to find out more.



How to Convert a Regular Room to a Home Theater

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:00:00 -0000

So you've got the itch to put in a home theater. But, how does one go about doing this and what room should you use? This quick guide gives you a step by step procedure to make it a reality. Be sure to watch our related YouTube video and check out all of the embedded article links to dive further into each topic. Also, feel free to share your stories and pics on our related forum thread for the benefit of our community.



Denon HEOS Soundbar Preview

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:00:00 -0000

Denon has announced its latest entries into the HEOS line that includes a new soundbar they call: HEOS Bar. The Bar will take its place in the HEOS line alongside its earlier soundbar offering HEOS HomeCinema. The HEOS Bar promises to be a slightly more upscale soundbar with multiple HDMI ports and HEOS integration that lets you bring additional speakers into the Wi-Fi mix, including a subwoofer, for a truly immersive surround experience. What does this soundbar do that competitor models don't? Read the preview to find out.



Rotel RAP-1580 Home Theater Surround Amplified Processor Preview

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 23:00:00 -0000

Looking for an ultra-high-performance multichannel, integrated amplifier with surround processing components? Audio company Rotel thinks they have what you're looking for with their new RAP-1580 Home Theater Surround Amplified Processor featuring the latest in immersive surround sound from Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Is it a preamplifier? Processor? Amplifier? Receiver? or did Rotel just come up with a new product category? Read the following preview to find out which it is and if it might be right for you.



Trump Rolls Back Online Privacy in Regulatory Shell Game

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:00:00 -0000

President Donal Trump just signed a repeal for an FCC privacy regulation designed to protect consumers from Internet providers selling their data. If present deregulation continues, your ISP and wireless provider will be able to sell your browsing history, app usage and geolocation information without your permission. Your online privacy could potentially be a new revenue source for telecommunications companies like Comcast and AT&T. Who do you trust to protect your data?



Denon/Marantz Audyssey MultEQ Editor App Allows Full Customization of Sound

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:05:00 -0000

Denon and Marantz have launched a new Audyssey MultEQ Editor app, giving home theater enthusiasts control to refine and customize the set-up of their systems for even better surround sound. The app is accessible via a tablet or smartphone device and allows for full curve editing and limiting to a certain range of frequencies for room correction. We are particularly excited about this since you can now limit Audyssey room EQ to below the room transition frequency (300Hz) to concentrate where it's needed most - the bass frequencies. Read on to find out which models support this and exactly what the app will allow you to do.



Denon AVR-S730H 7.2 CH Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver Preview

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:00:00 -0000

Denon has announced several new products with integrated HEOS wireless, multi-room functionality. The AVR-S730H is our focus in this preview but two other models in this series are set to hit the market this month bringing HEOS to Denon's affordable S-series and potentially a much wider audience than ever before. These new AV receivers will arrive at the same time as Denon's new dedicated HEOS-only AV receiver and a new HEOS soundbar.



Genesis Maestro Floorstanding Speakers Preview

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0000

Genesis Advanced Technologies has updated their V series speaker, now dubbed the "Maestro", for those who want a state-of the-art speaker system and have the money to pay for it. This 5-way design packs nine drivers in a modestly-sized tower speaker and projects sound in a full dipole dispersion pattern. Each driver segment has its own enclosure compartment, and the four 8" bass drivers are amplified with an onboard 500 watt amp. With Servo-controlled bass drivers, ring-radiator ribbon tweeters, open-baffle mid-range driver, there is a lot going on in the Maestro, but those who meet the price of admission will likely demand a product that pushes the edges of conventional loudspeaker design.



Pro Audio SCRS-6c-iw In-Wall or In-Ceiling Speaker Preview

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 01:00:00 -0000

Looking for your new in-wall or in-ceiling speakers to complete you new Dolby Atmos or DTS:X home theater room? Home audio company Pro Audio recently released their new SCRS-6c-iw 8” in wall or in ceiling speaker. The speaker measures in at an 8” square, but the 3.9” depth may be just what you need to fit into a standard 2x4 wall. At $1000/ea they are competitively priced with other mid speakers of the same quality, but do they have what it takes to make them stand out and justify the $1K price point per speaker for a room that might contain 8-10 of them? Read on to find out.



Monoprice Monolith 7-Channel Amplifier Review

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0000

Monoprice may have made its name making cheap HDMI cables but there's absolutely nothing cheap about their new line of audiophile-grade Monolith amplifiers. The Monolith 7 is a 7-channel, 200wpc (with all channels driven), 93 pound beast of an amplifier. From its build to astonishing real-world performance the Monolith 7 may just rank as one of the best price/performance amplifiers you can buy. We put the Monolith through a battery of tests and came away impressed. Read our full review and watch our YouTube Video to see why the Monolith really is THAT good.



2017 Subwoofer Roundup: Seven Models Compared From $600-$700

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:00:00 -0000

Let's say you need great bass and have a $700 budget: what subwoofers should you be looking at? In this article, we will briefly go over seven of the top contenders in this price range. The subs in this comparison are more alike than different in terms of specifications, and any of them look to be fine choices for accomplishing the task of great bass. However, each does have different strengths. So, which is best for your particular application? Read on to find out the specialty of each.



Fluance DB12 $300 12" Ported Subwoofer Preview

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0000

Those looking to beef up the bass in their bookshelf speaker system on a tight budget would do well to give Fluance's new DB12 subwoofer a try. The DB12 is an unusually compact subwoofer for a ported 12” design. Its polite size and refined finish allow it to fit in very aesthetically demanding situations. Check out our preview on this compact sub for $300- Shipping included! Bass enthusiasts serious about sound will want to pick up a pair of these subs for improved bass response and output for the entire seated area.



HiFiMAN SuperMini DAP Preview

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:00:00 -0000

Looking for a super light weight super high quality portable player? HiFiMAN may have just your thing with their new SuperMini digital audio player. In addition to offering exceptional sound quality, the HiFiMAN Supermini supports all lossless file formats including DSD. With expandable memory up to 256 GB via micro SD card, 22 hours of playtime, and a MSRP of $399 this might be the best all around lightweight DAP. Read on to find out more.



Wikileaks: The CIA is Spying on All Your Electronics - And it's Getting Weird

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0000

The latest round of Wikileaks is called Year Zero and includes over 8,000 pages of details about how the CIA is spying on just about anything with an Internet connection. Its a sobering prospect that exploits to only a handful of operating systems, including iOS and Android, and provides backdoor access to just about everything that connects to the Internet. Your phone, TV and set top boxes are child's play - the CIA now has access to weaponized hacks on any Internet connected machinery or vehicle with electronic controls.



Legacy Foundation Subwoofer Preview

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0000

Legacy Audio's new 'Foundation' subwoofer packs a huge punch in a small footprint. Two active 12" long-throw woofers backed by 1,000 watts of amplification and coupled to two 12" passive radiators with an enormous 4" peak-to-peak travel are packed in a cabinet that only uses 1.5 square feet of floor space. The aptly-named 'Foundation' subwoofer can serve as a bedrock for your sound system, but so much power in such a small package should come with a warning that if it is pushed hard enough, it may create cracks in the foundation of any structure it is used in. Proceed with caution!



Basic Subwoofer Setup Guide NOT for Dummies

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:00:00 -0000

Anytime I see a book on a complex topic that attempts to disseminate the subject material in layman terms for the average reader using the word “Dummies” in the title, I cringe. Realizing a large portion of our readership are essential enthusiasts when it comes to home theater, but also intelligent readers, I conjured up this article and YouTube video for those wanting to get a good grip on how to properly set up and integrate a subwoofer into their new home theater system. Learn how to place and configure your sub and A/V receiver in layman's terms to ensure you get the most out of your A/V system.



ATSC 3.0: Cord Cutter’s Dream or Tiered Internet Nightmare?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0000

The FCC has approved an innovation in digital broadcast television that could change everything you thought you knew about network TV. ATSC 3.0 is the first fully interactive, 2-way, IP-based broadcast standard that will behave more like a lightweight Internet than the passive, one-way broadcasts we know today. It all sounds so great! When content from every corporation that wanted to crush the Net Neutrality Act rides into your home on a mini-Internet approved and subsidized by the same government that wants to spy on you and store all your personal information for later use against you - what could possibly go wrong?



Massdrop & Fostex Purpleheart TH-X00 Headphones Review

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 23:00:00 -0000

Massdrop is an online commerce platform that has been teaming up with consumer electronics manufacturers to produce some great equipment at very reasonable prices. One of the biggest hits of 2016 was the Fostex TH-X00 series of headphones. Basically Fostex wanted to build a great pair of headphones as the successor to some of the legendary headphones the company built to be sold under the Denon brand. We took a closer look at the Fostex TH-X00 Purpleheart in this review.



Bowers & Wilkins DB Series Subwoofers Preview

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:00:00 -0000

B&W released their new line of DB Subs and they sure have packed a lot of new technology into a small and elegant package. Of course, such a task is not an inexpensive one with the DB1D, DB2D, and DB3D priced at $4,500, $3,500, and $2,500 respectively. Each model features dual opposing drivers to cancel cabinet resonances. Inexpensive these subwoofers are not, but those seeking high performance from an attractive cabinet filled with cutting-edge technology, the new DB subwoofers from B&W might be well worth the cost.



Sound United Acquires D&M Group (Denon,Marantz, Boston)

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:45:00 -0000

Sound United LLC, parent company to Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, and Polk BOOM, today announced it has completed the acquisition of the D+M Group, owner of the Denon, HEOS by Denon, Marantz, and Boston Acoustics brands. The D+M Group is the largest supplier of audio/video receivers worldwide and a leader in wireless multi-room audio. Sound United is the largest supplier of loudspeakers in North America and a leading supplier of sound bars and wireless music systems. For now, no immediate changes are planned for the brands, but what direction will this eventually take them? Only time or a lucky person with access to a DeLorean with flux capactitors can tell.



Control4 Acquires Triad Speakers

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:06:51 -0000

Control4 Corporation, a leading global provider of smart home solutions, today announced the acquisition of Triad Speakers, Inc., a leader in advanced audio technology with best-in-class, customizable speaker-solutions. Nearly the entire Triad team will be joining Control4, including founder Larry Pexton, as well as the Triad’s R&D, manufacturing, and custom-services employees, all of whom will continue operating from Triad’s existing facility in Portland, Oregon. What does this mean for Triad? Read on to find out.



Fluance AB40 3D Surround Soundbase Preview

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0000

It's a soundbar- No! It's a T.V. stand- No! It's a soundbase! Fluance made it's contribution to the dwindling array of soundbases recently with their AB40 Soundbase. For those of you not familiar with soundbases, they're kind of like a soundbar, but your T.V. sit on TOP of them instead of the speakers sitting in front of the T.V. or behind. With 3D surround sound from a larger sturdier enclosure and a price point of $200, The Fluance AB40 might be right for your small space- if your T.V. will fit on it.



Yamaha RX-A860 AVENTAGE 7.2 Atmos/DTS:X A/V Receiver Review

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:00:00 -0000

There's a lot to like about the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A860 7.2CH Atmos/DTS:X AV receiver. It's packed with excellent, easy to use networking features, especially MusicCAST which allows you to manage all of your music via mobile or from your PC. It supports the latest in immersive audio formats, and has a wonderful easy to use GUI and mobile App. However, the RX-A860 does fall short in some key performance areas such as power delivery that gives us some reservations on how best to use this product. Read our review and check out our test report and recommendations to find out more.



Fluance Signature Series Speaker Contest Giveaway!

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:40:00 -0000

To show some love to our loyal Audioholics readers, we’re partnering with Fluance to give away one pair of their Signature Series Hi-Fi Three-Way Floorstanding Speakers. Simply register to receive the Audioholics and Fluance newsletters, and reply to the prequalifier questions in our related forum thread for your chance to win these brand new tower speakers. Deadline to enter is March 20, 2017. Remember, you gotta be in it to win it!



KEF Ci5160REF $10k/ea In Wall Speaker Preview

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:00:00 -0000

Looking for a great in wall speaker for your better than cinema quality home theater? Check out the new Ci5160REF-THX in wall speakers from KEF. With four 6.5" bass drivers and KEF's awesome 5 inch MF/HF Uni-Q array this might be the speaker for your needs. But with a price point of $10,000 each are they worth it? Read on to find out.



RSL CG3, CG23, Speedwoofer 10S 5.1 Speaker System Review

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:00:00 -0000

We took the new CG3, CG23, and Speedwoofer 10S system for an extended spin and came away with our jaws ajar. RSL has done it again. Anchored by the patented Compression Guide technology and for almost half the cost, RSL's CG3 5.1 Home Theater System comes darn close to the performance and refinement of their acclaimed CG4 system. If you thought that a small-sized system couldn't pump out big, dynamic, and engaging sound then think again. You'll be disabused of any previous conceptions you might have. If you're an audiophile or cinemaphile on a budget, Christmas just arrived early for 2017. Read on and see why we liked this system so much.



Atlantic Technology SB8 Subwoofer Preview

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:00:00 -0000

Looking for a small sub with respectable performance at a great price? The SB8 Subwoofer by Atlantic Technology is a diminutive subwoofer that is essentially a 13” cube. The SB8 tries to clear the hurdle of getting intense low-frequency output from a small container by using a long-throw 8” woofer in conjunction with a healthy-sized port. Read our preview of the SB8 to see if this $500 compact subwoofer is right for you.



Is Your TV Watching You? Vizio Busted for Spying on Customers

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000

Vizio has always been a good TV in terms of bang-for-buck. You’d be hard pressed to beat Vizio over the last decade. But on February 6, Vizio went from being the toast of TV buyers everywhere to an electronic spy inside the homes of millions. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Vizio will pay out a settlement of $2.2 million for illegally selling data collected on some 11-million consumers including viewing habits as well as demographic info on customers. Learn how to protect yourself from your own smart TV, because it's not just Vizio, just about brand of smart TV has similar capabilities.



JBL Everest Elite 700 Headphones Platinum Review

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:00:00 -0000

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, JBL has launched a new “platinum” variation of one of their finest wireless headphones made, the JBL Everest Elite 700. Platinum may be nothing more than a fresh coat of paint on a great pair of headphones that has been JBL's flagship in the wireless category for two years. But, what Platinum really gives us is a chance to reflect on the company's storied history, a history that is still being written with the sale of JBL's parent company, Harman to Samsung. Does the Everest Elite 700 still hold its place among the best of the full-sized wireless headphones? We shall see.



Pioneer Elite SX-S30 Slim Stereo Network Receiver Preview

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0000

Pioneer announced its new SX-S30 Slim Stereo Network Receiver. Offering a wealth of connectivity options, the SX-S30 packs high-res sound and functionality into a slim, compact receiver that fits almost anywhere. The feature set is great allowing you to access all of your high res audio from mobile or networked devices. But what about the power section? So many receivers these days are skimping on power and inflating their ratings. Is Pioneer doing this with their new SX-S30? Will it even matter to consumers that care more about features than power? Read on to find out.



Super Bowl LI: Fox Sports Wins With a Cord Cutting Touchdown!

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 04:45:00 -0000

Listen up, rookies! Team cable is on the defense as cord cutting threatens a deep run into their end-zone. This ain’t no puppy show! To get your head into the big game this year, you’re gonna’ need your grit, your wit and a high speed Internet connection. Oh, and a set-top streaming device like Android/AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV, Windows, Roku or a game console wouldn’t hurt either. We examine how more and more people are streaming the Super Bowl LI this year.



Monoprice Monolith K-BᾹS Bookshelf Speakers Review

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:00:00 -0000

The new Monolith K-BAS bookshelf speakers from Monoprice achieve a rare feat for their price and size: true sub 50 Hz bass extension. That is no small task for a medium-sized, $500/pr bookshelf speaker using only a 5.25" woofer. Monoprice has thrown their hat into the hi-fi speaker market, but does their K-BAS speaker do more than just excellent bass extension or does the good news stop there? Read our review of the K-BAS speakers to find out!



Fluance DB10 $200 10" Subwoofer Preview

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 01:00:00 -0000

Looking for a 10" subwoofer for you home theater room at a ridiculously low price? Canadian home audio equipment manufacturer Fluance recently announced the launch of an inexpensive 10” ported subwoofer, the DB10. Despite its relatively small size and low price, the DB10 claims an extended response down to low 20Hz region! That is a lofty claim for a $200 subwoofer shipped to your door. But, if it can go anywhere near 20Hz at meaningful output levels, that would be a significant accomplishment for the money. Check out our preview on this new and exciting product from Fluance to see if it might be right for you.



The Death of 3D TV

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 14:00:00 -0000

The last manufacturers of 3D TV, Sony and LG, are set to end production on 3D sets this year. But the demise of 3D TV has been a long time coming. As flat panel HDTV became more and more affordable, 3D may have been seen as a the killer feature that got customers buying a new round of premium priced TVs. But 3D, a side-show at best, was miscast as a premium feature, and studios did it no favors by launching a flood of mediocre 3D movies that did little to showcase the standard's strength. It's no wonder 3D has such a bad reputation with consumers. RIP 3D TV.



Wisdom Audio Sage Superbar Preview

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0000

So you bought a new giant 70" 4K Ultra HD Television for Christmas and the sound just isn't up to par? Sure you could get a 48" soundbar to supplement, but why waste the other 22" of space under the TV? Wisdom Audio has you covered with their NEW Customizable Sage Super Soundbars. With four different models to choose from, custom finishes, and custom lengths from 38" to 98" these new soundbars may truly be "Super". Just remember with all of these custom options comes a custom price. Read on to find out how much customization will cost you.



Beam Me Up, Scotty! Acoustic Tractor Beam Now a DIY Project

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:00:00 -0000

The tractor beam has long been the stuff of science fiction, but it turns out that this technical milestone of nerd culture already exists thanks to developments in acoustic technology. Today, you can find instructions online to build your own tractor beam with a 3D printer. However, because it uses sound, the technology is limited to very small but visible objects. But it’s already being used to study the effects on life in space and shows potential as a component in a future medical tricorder. This is just another example of technology predicted by Star Trek.



2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Coverage Page

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 02:00:00 -0000

We're starting off 2017 with a bang by bringing you the latest and greatest AV Electronics product coverage announced at CES in Las Vegas. Check out the latest speakers and subwoofers from Revel, Goldenear, Elac, Emotiva, SVS, etc and impressive new Soundbars from Polk, Pioneer and Nakamichi. Details emerge on the new 16CH Atmos/DTS:X Emotiva RMC-1 Processor and we've got some cool stuff to show you in wireless and cordless Bluetooth headphones and developments in UHD HDTV.