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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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Atlantic Technology LCR2 Compact Speaker Preview

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0000

Atlantic Technology has introduced its new LCR2 ultra compact speakers in white or high-gloss black finish for a wide variety of audio and home theater applications. They seem to be going after the high value ultra compact form factor that so many ID companies already have successfully capitalized on for quite some time. At $200/ea and given their reputation, we'd have to say Atlantic Technology has just offered a compelling alternative to the already crowded ID marketplace. What do you think?

Razer Buys THX: What This Could Mean for Your Future Man Cave

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:00:00 -0000

On Monday THX announced that it was purchased by Razer, a computer gaming hardware company. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan promises to let THX run independently. Tan added that there will be collaborations bringing together THX audio experience and Razer computer technology. But many see the deal as yet another low point for the once proud THX logo. Let's take a closer look at what the deal could mean to the future of home entertainment and how it could possibly leap forward Virtual Reality technologies.

KEF LS50 Wireless Active Speaker System Preview

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:00:00 -0000

If you had a product as successful as KEF's LS50, how would you improve upon it? How about making it a fully active speaker system, adding dual mono amps and dual DACs to each channel, and a killer streaming preamp in a footprint that isn't much larger than the original. KEF's new LS50 all-in-one wireless speaker system is all this and more. Designed to celebrate the company's 55th anniversary, we think the LS50 Wireless Speaker is going to be a real winner. Read on for our in-depth preview.

Anthem ARC Mobile App Preview

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 18:00:00 -0000

Anthem's ARC was a real game-changer in electronic room correction when it launched nearly a decade ago. Until now, using ARC has required an external PC running Windows. Mac and Linux users were left in the cold. That's all about to change. Anthem's heralded ARC room correction is going mobile for iOS and we have all the details. Did using ARC just get a whole lot easier? Read on to find out.

Pioneer Elite SC-LX701/801 & SC-LX901 Atmos/DTS:X AV Receivers Preview

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0000

Pioneer's exclusive Elite line has always represented the company's best. Topping the Elite line are three new Dolby Atmos/DTS:X network AV models. The SC-LX701 and SC-LX701 are 9.2 channel monsters with nine channels of on-board amplification for full 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support. The flagship SC-LX901 ups the ante with 11 onboard amplifiers. Factor in HDMI 2.0a, HDR, BT.2020 color support, hi-res music streaming, FireConnect wireless speaker support and that classic Pioneer sound and you have a solid offering with a focus on performance not gimmicks....well except maybe how they've rated amplifier power. Read on to find out.

Power Manipulation in Dolby Atmos AV Receivers

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:00:00 -0000

We've noticed a recent trend with the latest Dolby Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver releases. Instead of publishing unclipped full bandwidth power with at least 2CH driven into 8 ohm loads per FTC mandate, many of the major AV receiver manufacturers are now touting power with only one-channel driven, at 1kHz, into a 6 ohm load at up to 10% distortion. What does this mean? Are you really getting more power with these new receivers or more clever specsmanship? Read on to find out and be sure to watch our related YouTube video discussion for further insights.

SVS PB16-Ultra and SB16-Ultra Subwoofers Preview

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:00:00 -0000

While the 13-Ultra series of subs proved to be outstanding flagship subwoofers for SVS, many years have passed since their introduction. SVS needed to do something to stir up some excitement among bassaholics, and they have most definitely accomplished this mission with the new 16-Ultra series. These 16" woofer, 1,500 watt subs promise to be more than just a small improvement over SVS's previous standard-bearers. SVS may have good reason for the claim of the 16-Ultras being some of the most advanced subwoofers in the world. Read on to find out why.

Procella Audio V18 Dual 18 Inch Subwoofer Preview

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0000

Procella Audio, manufacturer of high-performance high-definition speaker systems for home and professional cinema and music applications, announced their new flagship subwoofer, the V18 Bass Engine at CEDIA 2016. The V18 sports dual 18" drivers in a large sealed box powered by dual 1200 watt amps boasting a blistering continuous output up to 137 dB, with peak output of 143 dB. Can this sub make Grandpa Simpsons teeth shatter? Read on to find out.

GoldenEar SuperSub X Ultra-compact Subwoofer Preview

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0000

If you want deep bass you need a big sub. But big subs cause big problems—especially spousal and aesthetic ones. GoldenEar wants to give you both domestic peace and rock the house with their new SuperSub X Ultra-compact subwoofer. This tiny, just over 12 1/2-inch squared enclosure sports four drivers (two active and two passive) a 1400-watt, 56-bit DSP-driven amplifier. It looks like it has the tools to rock the house.

Monoprice Air Motion Bookshelf, Center Channel & Subwoofer Preview

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0000

Online speaker retailer Monoprice unveiled their Monolith Air Motion Cinema Series Speakers at the 2016 CEDIA Expos in Dallas, Texas. The series features two way bookshelf speakers and a three way center channel geared towards great sound at an affordable price. Both models feature their AMT tweeter and cast basket woofers to offer serious performance atypical at these price points. Monoprice also showcased a surprise monster 15" sub that will surely get your Bassaholic adrenaline pumping. Read on for more information.

Polk Audio MagniFi Mini Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer Preview

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0000

Polk Audio released their MagniFi Mini soundbar and wireless sub at CEDIA in Dallas, Texas. For $299 you get a great sounding mini soundbar and a wireless subwoofer. The new system features Polk’s patented Voice Adjust technology, which is designed to emphasize vocals, independent of program material and volume level. Is this the soundbar deal of the year? Read on to find out.

RIVA WAND Arena and Festival Wireless Speaker Preview

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 21:00:00 -0000

Riva Audio announced the release of their new line of multiroom wireless speakers at the 2016 CEDIA Expo in Dallas, Texas. The new WAND series includes the RIVA Festival for $499 and the smaller RIVA Arena for $249. With lots of competition from well know companies such as Sonos, Sony and Bose in this market will Riva be a serious competitor in this crowded field? Read on to find out.

Anthem STR Stereo Integrated Amplifier Preview

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:00:00 -0000

Anthem is strengthening its presence in the two-channel audio space with the introduction of the STR Integrated Amplifier which they unveiled at the CEDIA 2016 Expo show. Built with high end components, a MC and MM phono preamp and high resolution 32-bit/384 kHz DAC, the STR is ready to meet your audiophile needs. Able to pump 600 watts into 2 ohm loads, it can also easily power the most demanding loudspeakers as well. Looking to get your two-channel fix? Try Anthem!

Integra Research DRX-R1 AV Receiver /DRC-R1 Processor Preview

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:00:00 -0000

Integra's new Research Series is sure to make custom installers salivate with the new DRX-R1 network AV receiver and DRC-R1 network preamp. This receiver and preamp are built with the latest immersive audio configurations with full support for 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X setups. Just about any hi-res audio format, the latest streaming services (including Tidal), and MQA are major additions to the mix. Custom installers will love all the standard features such as three independent zones, HDBase-T, RS-232, IP, and IR repeater options. Factor in HDMI 2.0a and the latest video standards and you have two networked AV beasts that can serve as the center of any connected home.

Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Sneak Peek

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0000

Oppo gave us an exclusive look at their new UDP-203 Ultra HD Universal Blu-ray player at the CEDIA 2016 Expo. What can you expect from this new player? The best in HD audio and video, with a quick responding interface unlike the current offerings from other manufacturers. But you will have to give something up (at least initially). Read on to find out and be sure to check out our sneak peek YouTube Video interview with Jason Liao of Oppo.

RBH Signature Reference Speakers Enhanced with New AMT Tweeter

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:00:00 -0000

RBH Sound is further refining its Signature Reference line-up with the announcement of a new Air Motion Transducer (AMT) for the series. The proprietary design, co-developed by RBH and Aurum Cantus® engineers, promises extended high frequencies and increased fidelity and is destined for the company's flagship Signature Reference speaker models. RBH Signature Reference speakers were already among the best we've reviewed. Can a good thing get even better? Read on to find out.

SVS Prime Elevation Speaker Preview

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0000

SVS just announced their new Prime Elevation speaker that can used for height effects or as a front, center, rear surround, side surround and/or LCR speaker when ideal placement isn’t possible. Instead of offering the typical compromised Dolby Atmos-enabled bouncy house speaker for marketing appeal, SVS instead chose to engineer a real solution for uncompromised performance and versatility. Check out all the installation possibilities this speaker offers by reading on.

GoldenEar's Invisible Dolby Atmos System Demo at CEDIA 2016

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0000

GoldenEar wanted to prove that you can have all the benefits of Dolby Atmos (and by extension DTS:X) in an all-architectural installation. We love immersive audio but want to make sure we give accurate impressions—not just marketing gimmicks. We sat in on GoldenEar's self-proclaimed "invisible Atmos" demonstration for a listen to see if they could pull it off. Read on to see what we thought about it and check out our little YouTube video teaser of their new impressive SuperSub X compact subwoofer.

CEDIA 2016 Expo Show Coverage Page

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0000

The CEDIA 2016 Expo was once again in Dallas Texas and we covered it live from the lovely Omni Hotel. We scouted the showfloor in search of new gear and tech reporting on some of the latest Atmos/DTS:X AV receivers and their inflated power ratings. We heard demos of the coolest new high end loudspeakers, soundbars and subwoofers and even got a sneak peek at a new Oppo UHD Blu-ray player. DTS:X software was still scarce and those dreaded Atmos upfiring speakers still failed to impress us despite Dolby's latest marketing push to convince otherwise. Be sure to also check out our YouTube video show coverage.

Onkyo TX-RZ3100/1100 Atmos A/V Receivers & Inflated Power Ratings

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 02:00:00 -0000

Custom home theater installers will be happy to see Onkyo’s new lineup of A/V receivers this week at the CEDIA show in Dallas, Texas. Built with custom integration in mind, each Onkyo RZ Series receiver contains features to make installation and integration with control systems easy. The THX Select2 Plus-certified 11.2-channel TX-RZ3100 Network A/V Receiver and the 9.2-channel TX-RZ1100 Network A/V Receiver, along with a flagship THX Ultra2 Plus-certified 11.2-channel PR-RZ5100 Network A/V Processor are some of the best Onkyo products we've seen despite their ridiculous power ratings. Read on to find out why.

Monoprice Monolith K-BᾹS Reference Series Bookshelf Speaker Preview

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:00:00 -0000

Online audio company Monoprice unveiled their Monolith K-BAS Reference Series Bookshelf Speaker at CEDIA in Dallas, Texas. The Monolith K-BᾹS Reference Series Bookshelf Speaker utilizes their K-BᾹS (Kinetic Bass Amplification System) technology to provide more bass extension for the size. The small speaker with the big sound comes with a great price of just a penny shy of $250/ea.

Monoprice 2CH/3CH/5CH and 7CH Amplifier Comparison Preview

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:05:00 -0000

Monolith took the internet by storm with their 7x200 Multi-Channel Home Theater Power Amplifier. Monoprice has answered the calling to offer 2CH, 3CH and 5CH versions of this field tested, impeccably built amplifier. Starting at just $999, you can have the 2CH version of this meaty Class AB amp that will dish out a solid 200wpc continuously (8 ohm). Give your AV receiver a shot of adrenaline by picking up one of these babies today. Your speakers will thank you.

Paradigm Persona Series Loudspeakers Preview & Demo

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Paradigm has just stepped up their high end game with the introduction of the Persona™ Series. Developed over five years, this flagship lineup is entirely designed, engineered, and Crafted in Canada to provide an unprecedented level of realism and transparency. Paradigm’s Persona is said to be the only loudspeaker in its class to achieve this level of performance using Beryllium material for both midrange and tweeter drivers. We got to hear a personal demo of these babies at CEDIA. See what we though and let us know if Paradigm Persona will be your next dream speaker.

Rotel 14 Series A14/A12 Integrated Amplifiers & CD Player Preview

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:00:00 -0000

Rotel has just introduced their new 14 series of integrated amplifiers and CD player to continue their legacy of offering high performance affordable audio that made them famous nearly a half century ago. The A14 ($1,299) features 80wpc, high performance AKM DAC and bluetooth connectivity. The A12 steps down to 60wpc but offers similar features and saves you $400. The CD14 ($599) uses similar Wolfson DAC's found on the A12, and is also controllable via a downloadable App to your Smartphone.

Revel Concerta2 F36 Tower Speaker Review

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Ever heard the saying, "It's worth the wait?" Well, it's been years in the making but Revel has finally launched their highly-anticipated Concerta2 lineup. There's nothing entry-level about the Concerta2 F36 from the lauded high-end speaker manufacturer. The F36 tower is a 2 1/2 way, ported-design, full range loudspeaker. It's build, finish, and sheer performance brings to bear some of Revel's latest audio research—and it delivers with surgical precision. Read on and see why the Concerta2 F36 tops our hot pick for tower speakers under $2,000/pair.

AV Receiver Surround Sound Formats Comparison

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 22:00:00 -0000

Surround formats have evolved over the years and with all of the different ones available, it's often confusing to the neophytes on what the differences are. Ever look at a new AV receiver and notice the plethora of logos on the front panel? This YouTube video and supplementary editorial discusses those logos and provides a brief comparison of the major consumer surround formats and how they've changed over the years. If you're still rocking an 80's Prologic receiver, it may be time for an upgrade. We've come a long way baby.

XOUNTS UP Wireless Ambiance Speaker Review

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 18:00:00 -0000

XOUNTS is looking to redefine the wireless speaker market with their new Ambiance Speaker system by providing a spectacle of sound and light to satiate all of your senses. XOUNTS UP is an obelisk shaped device standing roughly 42" tall that can blend into any room decor thanks to its fully customizable skins you design and submit to the manufacturer before ordering. Starting at $379 (introductory price), you can have the base unit with bluetooth capability to stream your favorite tunes to a stunning light show that will surely get the attention of your guests. How does XOUNTS perform? Read on to find out and don't miss our YouTube Video review.

Denon AVR-X6300H / AVR-X4300H Atmos AV Receiver Preview

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Denon's new AVR-X6300H AVR-X4300H are powerhouse home theater AVRs loaded with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and optional Auro 3D immersive audio upgrade. They feature the latest 4K/UHD video (including upscaling of legacy DVDs) and are the first receivers featuring HEOS wireless audio. Add to that the X6300H's 11 channels of on-board amplification for a built-in 7.4.1 setup and you have an awesome addition to Denon's lineup.

Hsu Research ULS-15 mk2 Subwoofer Review

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0000

The original ULS-15 was a successful 15" sealed subwoofer for Hsu Research back in 2008, but it was time for a refresh. It's recently-released successor, the ULS-15 mk2, turns out to be 30% less expensive and 20 lbs lighter, but does that mean it has taken a hit in performance as well? The answer may surprise you! Read our review of the Hsu Research ULS-15 mk2 to find out how it compares to the classic original and how it performs as a modern day subwoofer.

100 Years Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:00:00 -0000

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) turns 100 years old in 2016. The organization that has overseen and set the standards for the most important technical advances in movies and TV over the last century isn't getting old, it's getting more relevant to an industry that is in the midst of so many changes. The SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition has a lot of ground to cover this October 25th through 27th and will hit all biggest topics from new digital broadcast technology, visual enhancements in movies and TV and even virtual reality.

Six Steps to Increasing Dynamic Range of Your Home Theater System

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:00:00 -0000

Dynamic range is the ratio of maximum system output to the noise floor. The more you improve upon this ratio, the better sounding your system will be since it would not have to work as hard for you to hear the loudest and softest musical passages with absolute clarity. In this article and related YouTube video, we provide the six (6) essential steps for improving system dynamic range. Be sure to share your experiences and tips in our related forum thread too.

Marantz SR6011 9.2 Channel 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver Preview

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:00:00 -0000

Can't wait for the new line of multi channel, 4k ultra enabled, 3D sound receivers to come out this fall? Good news! Marantz has already announced the release of their new SR6011; a 9.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Surround Receiver with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DTS:X, and Dolby Atmos. With all these new features, Audyssey room correction, and the ability for 11.2 channel processing you may have to have Christmas in September. Check out this new powerhouse from our friends at Marantz.

OSSIC X - Your True 3D Audio Headphones

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 22:00:00 -0000

OSSIC is a new headphone developer founded by veterans of respected hi-fi company Pioneer and computer peripherals company Logitech – and with that pedigree, the company should know as much about hi-fi audio as it does about the very latest in digital technology. Their new OSSIC X promise to bring the same hi-fi quality audio to virtual reality (VR) and gaming as it does to music and movies. With these headphones, Ossic has put a few tricks up their sleeve in the form of innovative new technology that promises to take 3D audio to the next level of immersion, and after a successful Kickstarter, their first round of Ossic X headphones will ship March, 2017.

Schiit Yggdrasil DAC and Ragnarok Amplifier Review

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:00:00 -0000

The Schiit Yggdrasil & Ragnarok represent Schiit’s finest creations to date. With multibit architecture and a thoroughly engineered component system, the pair offer incredible sound without compromise. At $2299 and $1699, respectively, the models are a big investment which in my opinion, is worth taking considering the durable design and exceptional sonics. Coupled with the Ragnarok’s great versatility and the Yggdrasil’s adept technical abilities, there really is no room to go wrong. Read the review to find out more

Surround Sound for Stereo Music…Sacrilege??

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0000

Is it worth revisiting some of your favorite stereo recordings in surround sound? Purists would disagree and would never listen to stereo music in surround, we get that. But true surround sound processed from a stereo source can be quite nice. This article introduces you to the ins and outs of stereo music and how it progressed into the surround we have today. I don’t listen in surround the majority of the time, but there are times when it really works well. Tell us your preference in the related forum thread.

Free HDTV Calibration Procedure

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:00:00 -0000

So you bought that new HDTV and the colors just don't POP like they did in the store. The following article on HDTV Calibration explains the do's and don't of calibrating your new TV's blacks, whites, and colors with near professional results and (don't tell installers) you can do it yourself for free! You start with getting your TV out of the factory default mode (aka. Torch mode). Read on to find out how.

Yamaha BD-S681 and AVENTAGE BD-A1060 Blu-ray Player Preview

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 15:00:00 -0000

Looking for a new Blu-ray player to compliment your 4K Ultra HDTV? Yamaha may have just what your looking for in their new BD-S681 and AVENTAGE BD-A1060 Blu-ray players. Not only can they play virtually any high end audio source, but they can also upconvert standard Blu-ray content to 4K Ultra HD quality! Want pristine video and audiophile performance all from one package? Read on for more information.

Interview Cary Christie of Artison Audio

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0000

We got a chance to pick the brain of Cary Christie, a legend in the audio industry and co-founder of Infinity Loudspeakers. This interview will give you a historical perspective of Cary's contributions to the audio world as well as his roadmap for his current company Artison. If you are looking for a killer sound system with high WAF that is virtually invisible, you owe it to yourself to check out the very innovative products coming out from Artison.

Sound Partnership: Synth-Maker Roland Buys Headphone-Maker V-MODA

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 01:00:00 -0000

Today August 8, the day fans of electronica informally declared #808Day after the legendary Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, V-MODA has announced its partnership with Roland. Roland has purchased a 70% share of V-MODA. The investment by a music industry giant like Roland is a significant endorsement for V-MODA. We can't help buy wonder what future products will sprout from the union of these two companies.

SVS PC-2000 Cylinder Subwoofer Review

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0000

There is a lot to like about the SVS PC-2000 Cylinder Subwoofer. Its two greatest distinctions are the light weight and the very clean and linear performance that earned our Large Bassaholic rating. The PC-2000 secures SVS's long standing reputation of being among the best manufacturer direct subwoofer companies in the world. With their 45 day trial period and free shipping both ways, it's a risk free purchase that can really enhance your home theater enjoyment. Read on to find out why.