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Review: Finale Audio’s New F-168-II Integrated Tube Amplifier

By | July 16th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

F168-II as reviewed (Left) and F168R (Right)

Finale-ly: A Finale F-138 FFX Owner Takes The New F-168-II Integrated For An Extended Spin

It’s always a pleasure when Frank Ng of Finale Audio/Triode Lab drops by. His cheery disposition is part of the reason, but playing with amplifiers is my idea of a great time! On that sunny afternoon, Frank left a diminutive Hammertone grey 13.5″ x 9″ case known as the Finale Audio F-168 II integrated amplifier. Frank is the lead person on many fine amplifiers made by Finale and its sister company, Triode Labs.… Read the full article

Focal Expands 300-Series

By | July 16th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

French manufacturer Focal has added new models to its 300-Series Custom Install Loudspeaker range, and promised even more models later in the year.

The latest additions to the 300-Series range all have bass/midrange drivers with flax cones and tweeters with aluminium-magnesium inverted domes and, as with all speakers in the 300-Series, can be installed via a tool-free fixing system known as EQI (Easy Quick Install).

The three new products available now are the IW6 two-way in-wall speakers ($700 each) [pictured below], the IWLCR6 three-way in-wall LCR speakers ($1,100 each) [pictured above] and the ICLCR5 three-way in-ceiling LCR speakers ($1,100 each).… Read the full article

Google Home and Chromecast are super cheap at Walmart right now

By | July 16th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

While Amazon has a deluge of deals today for its annual Amazon Prime Day event, Walmart is firing back with a wallet-busting fuselage of its own with some of the best deals going on around Google’s suite of smart home devices.

That said, you can find awesome deals today on the Google Home, Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra – but only if you act fast! 

The deals are part of Walmart’s Ultimate Summer Savings event that sees hundreds of electronics on sale, everything from laptops like the Dell Inspiron 15.6-inch to game consoles like the Xbox One S and Nintendo Switch.… Read the full article

Dayton Audio B452-AIR Bookshelf and C452-AIR Center Speaker Review

By | July 16th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

The Dayton Audio B452-AIR bookshelf speaker and C452-AIR center speaker are an expansion of the Dayton Audio B562-AIR, whichB452 w grilles on and off2.jpg itself was an offshoot of Dayton Audio’s classic original B562. What has made these series of speakers notable is the extremely low pricing for full-sized bookshelf speakers. At the time of this writing, a pair of B452-AIR speakers can be had for one penny short of $45, which makes them the least expensive speakers ever reviewed at Audioholics (Monoprice MP-65RT on sale still cost $0.11 more/pair).

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Dayton Audio B452-AIR Bookshelf and C452-AIR Center Speaker Review

By | July 16th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

The Dayton Audio B452-AIR bookshelf speaker and C452-AIR center speaker are an expansion of the Dayton Audio B562-AIR, whichB452 w grilles on and off2.jpg itself was an offshoot of Dayton Audio’s classic original B562. What has made these series of speakers notable is the extremely low pricing for full-sized bookshelf speakers. At the time of this writing, a pair of B452-AIR speakers can be had for one penny short of $45, which makes them the least expensive speakers ever reviewed at Audioholics (Monoprice MP-65RT on sale still cost $0.11 more/pair).

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CEDIA Picks Joel Silver for Lifetime Achievement Award

By | July 16th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

CEDIA today announced that Joel Silver has been chosen as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
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Amazon Prime Day 2018 – Audio Deals

By | July 16th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

This year Amazon’s black friday-ish Prime Day will actually last a day and a half starting on July 16 at 3pm Eastern time. Now an annual tradition, this mid-summer attempt at jumpstarting some brand loyalty along with sluggish summer sales still requires a prime membership to activate. Previous years have garnered some interesting deals for those who love a good bargain, and even a few partnerships with audiophile brands like KEF, ELAC, Martin Logan and AKG. Audiophile DAP-maker Astell and Kern has contacted us saying they will have some special discounts going for the sale, but stay tuned for those links as the deals have not posted just yet.… Read the full article

Denver in Autumn (visiting Rocky Mountain Audio Fest)

By | July 16th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Unless knee deep in a surprise Rocky Mountain snowstorm, Fall is a beautiful time of year to visit Denver, CO, one of the coolest, most progressive cities in the USA. It’s a place that reveres craft beer (there’s even a museum in the airport about it), has many fine restaurants, and where you can get high. Legally. 

In addition, the local audiophiles run what has become one of the finest high end audio shows in the nation. And my favourite. Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF).… Read the full article

Should I buy the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H4 wireless headphones?

By | July 16th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

The bottom line: Not everyone needs headphones dripping with tech. The Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H4 are solid wireless headphones that don’t have active noise cancelling, jaw-dropping battery life or aptX HD. However, they are comfortable, sound and look good, and last a solid 19 hours between charges. B&O also takes it usual approach to materials too. If something looks like metal, it is metal. Those leather pads? They are real leather, not synthetic stuff. At their launch price the BeoPlay H4 might be a tough sell in a world of super-advanced headphones like the Sony WH-1000xm2.… Read the full article

Prime Day Deals at Shop Sound & Vision

By | July 16th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Today is Prime Day, Amazon’s (successful) attempt at creating Black Friday-like sales mania in the middle of the summer.
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