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MartinLogan Dynamo 600X and Dynamo 1600X Subwoofer Review

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

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Five years ago, the MartinLogan Dynamo 1500X left us impressed with its slick looks and high performance for its reasonable size in our review. However, time has passed, and other manufacturers have brought some very tough competitors to market since then. In response to a fierce marketplace, MartinLogan has revamped their Dynamo subwoofer series and has added ingredients that not only keep up with the competition but jumps a step ahead. This summer MartinLogan unveiled their new Dynamo subs which Audioholics was lucky enough to be present at in their unveiling (MartinLogan Revamps Dynamo Subwoofers).… Read the full article

Klipsch C-Series Subwoofers Offer BIG Bass, Small Footprint

By | November 12th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Klipsch is one of the few audio brands that can cater to old-school audiophiles and to the custom-install and home theater crowds, with great success in each area. The American loudspeaker manufacturer has recently updated its iconic Klipschorn corner speaker, which has been in continuous production since the mid-1940s. The new Klipschorn AK6 ($15,000 per pair) is still a fully horn-loaded three-way design and looks nearly identical to the original Klipschorn, which was the first speaker designed by founder Paul Klipsch.… Read the full article

HTC Exodus 1: The Off-Grid Blockchain Jesse Ventura of Smartphones

By | November 5th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Mention the word blockchain and most people immediately think of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. But while they share a common history, they’re totally distinct ideas. It’s reminiscent of going back to the early days of the Internet in the early 90s and explaining the difference between the Internet itself (blockchain) and email (Bitcoin). But like the early Internet, blockchain is maturing into a powerful, multi-purpose platform with capabilities well beyond Bitcoin or even cryptocurrency itself. Enter the HTC Exodus 1, the first effort from a major phone manufacturer to create a blockchain and crypto-friendly handset.… Read the full article

PSB’s New SubSeries 250 and 350 Subwoofers Bring The Bass In Style

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

PSB’s entry-level Alpha B1 bookshelf speaker ($300/pair) was long considered the champion of affordable sound quality, and over the years I recommended it to a number of friends who were looking for the best bang for their buck. Now hoping to become a go-to brand for reasonably priced subwoofers, the Canadian loudspeaker manufacturer has introduced two new subs claiming to offer “outstanding performance and value.” At the recent 2018 CEDIA Expo in San Diego, PSB showed off the SubSeries 250 ($699) and the SubSeries 350 ($999), both sealed designs built into compact, cube-shaped cabinets with curved edges and a glossy black finish.… Read the full article

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5 Steps to Better Bass in Your Home Theater

By | October 31st, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

5 Steps to Better Bass

5 Steps to Better Bass

This 5-Step supplemental article assumes you already have a home theater system and simply want to improve the bass response for better impact and accuracy. This article also assumes you’ve properly set up the bass management in your AV receiver or processor and made all of the necessary connections to your speakers and subwoofers.

If you’re running only one subwoofer, it may be time to upgrade and get a second matching sub. Dual subwoofers are ALWAYS better than a single subwoofer for distributing uniform bass across a wider listening area and also coupling very low frequencies for greater depth and dynamic range.

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Turntables—A Short History and Explanation

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Turntables are getting very popular again. People are rediscovering the romance and appeal of vinyl, plus there is the now-solidly-entrenched faction that simply believes that analog-produced music sounds better than digitally-produced music. So, this is probably a good time to take a step back and look at the history and development of the modern turntable and what the major design considerations were. There are two main types of turntables in use today—belt-drive and direct-drive—so we’ll explore how they work, what the thought is behind each one, and what the pluses and minuses are of the two types.… Read the full article

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KEF’s R Series Speakers Gets A Complete Refresh

By | October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

British loudspeaker specialist KEF has completely refreshed its mid-range R Series with the release of six new speakers that have been re-engineered from the ground up. The previous generation of the R Series was released back in 2011, before KEF had completed work on its highly successful LS50 stand-mounted design. The new R Series takes advantage of many technologies and engineering developments made during the creation of both the LS50 and KEF’s high-end Reference line. In fact, KEF claims that the new R Series speakers boast over 1,000 individual improvements over their predecessors, starting with a new 12th-generation version of the company’s signature Uni-Q point-source driver system.… Read the full article

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IMAX Enhanced Certification: What Are You Really Getting?

By | October 19th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

IMAX has been a staple in the movie theaters as the best in sound and video for over a decade. Now they want to bring that experience into the home theater realm but it’s going to involve 3 things: IMAX Enhanced hardware, and content. OK that’s 2 things. Ironically the new standard that they’re attempting to set mentions nothing about the room acoustics or speaker dispersion or output requirements. Perhaps in the near future that will be revised but let’s go with what we know so far to determine if IMAX Enhanced is a must have in your home theater.… Read the full article

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Focal Kanta Series Speakers Seduces with Sonics and Style

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

In October of 2017, Focal arrived at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver with an entirely new loudspeaker, the Kanta N°2. This relatively compact floor-stander (44 inches tall, 12 inches wide) was the first to combine Focal’s renowned beryllium tweeter with the company’s proprietary flax cone midrange and bass drivers. The three-way design employs a 6.5-inch midrange driver and two 6.5-inch bass drivers in each 88-pound cabinet. Selling for $10,000 per pair, the Kanta N°2 is positioned above Focal’s more affordable Aria series (which were the first to use the flax cone drivers) but below the much larger and more expensive Sopra series.… Read the full article

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Outlaw Audio BLSv2 Bookshelf and LCRv2 Loudspeaker Review

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

BLSv2 and LCRv2 Speaker Introduction

Outlaw Audio is most well-known for their aBLS pair6.jpgudio electronics and subwoofers, but about 10 years ago they tried their hand at loudspeakers with successful results. The original BLS Bookshelf Loudspeaker and LCR Loudspeaker were met with acclaim and sold well, but their manufacturing source was closed down after being bought out by a private equity firm. Outlaw did not immediately follow up the BLS or LCR with a successor speaker, since there were few domestic manufacturers that could meet Outlaw’s criteria for a loudspeaker that they would be willing to sell.… Read the full article

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