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Amazon’s Fire TV Cube Lets Alexa Control Your Home Entertainment System

By | January 20th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Amazon’s new $120 Fire TV Cube combines the media-streaming capabilities of the company’s previous Fire TV devices with the voice-activated simplicity of its Echo line of smart speakers. But perhaps the biggest draw is the Fire TV Cube’s unique ability to control the other devices in your system, including televisions, AV receivers, and even cable boxes. Instead of fiddling with a bunch of remotes, you can just tell Alexa to turn your system on or off, change inputs, adjust volume, and play specific content across a wide selection of compatible apps.

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Apple – Sony Takeover Predicted as Big Tech Buys Up Hollywood

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Rumors about Apple acquisitions are a staple of Internet lore. The iPhone maker is known for its massive cash reserves at nearly $300-billion. It has money to spend and the company has made it clear it’s going to muscle its way into video production to support a future video streaming service. But Apple-original programs will need to be nothing less than stellar to compete with Emmy Award winners, Netflix and Amazon.

What’s really at stake for Apple and Amazon going into 2019?Read the full article

Paradigm Defiance X12 and V12 Subwoofers Review

By | January 12th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

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Among the larger home audio loudspeaker manufacturers, Paradigm has developed a reputation for taking their subwoofer products seriously. Many of the larger and more well-known home audio speaker brands don’t seem to put as much effort into their subwoofers as they do their other loudspeakers. For many brands, subwoofers are usually just treated as an accessory to some product line, almost as a ‘necessary evil’ for customers who want to complete a surround sound system.… Read the full article

Atlantic Technology Crashes Multi-Room Party With Its Gatecrasher 1 Smart Speaker

By | January 8th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Atlantic Technology has announced its first smart speaker, the $499 Gatecrasher 1. The Massachusetts-based loudspeaker manufacturer says that the Gatecrasher 1 is the first in what will be a series of smart multi-room wireless speakers from the company. The Gatecrasher and its stablemates will play music via both Wi-Fi and bluetooth connections, and is compatible with Alexa voice control via an automatic firmware update which is now available.

The Gatecrasher 1 is a self-contained 2.1-channel system, featuring a separate 2-inch woofer and 3/4-inch dome tweeter for the left and right channels.… Read the full article

Bose: Legitimate Audio Company or Slick Marketing?

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Bose.

The mere mention of the company’s name conjures up all manner of reaction, response and opinion from the audio community. The self-appointed cognoscenti of the audio world have decreed that Bose products are decidedly inferior to even the better mid-line brands of audio components, are decidedly not of audiophile quality, and in some cases, derive their success more from marketing sleight-of-hand than from legitimate engineering excellence or widely-agreed-upon sound quality.

Yet they are by far the biggest-selling brand of audio products in the world and the name Bose is known well beyond the usual limited confines of audio enthusiast precincts.… Read the full article

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What's More Accurate a Microphone or our Ears?

By | December 27th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Which is more accurate, our ears or a microphone?  Most would surely answer a microphone.  This is a scientific measurement device capable of providing objective numeric values of sound in a reliable manner.  Yet the question shouldn’t be answered so simply.  In fact, when I talked with an acoustical physicist friend about this question, his first response was that it was an ill-conceived question.  In fact, when reviewing this article, Dr. Floyd Toole noted:

Technical measurements are demonstrably precise, repeatable events. Read the full article

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RSL Raises the Bar with CG5 and CG25 Audiophile Bookshelf Speakers

By | December 21st, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Every time Audioholics comes across an RSL SpeakerCG5 black.jpg we have been greatly impressed by the quality and sound of their products. From our reviews of the CG3 series, the CG4 series, and the Speedwoofer subwoofers, we can see that they clearly care about getting the best possible sound from modestly priced and modest sized speakers. When RSL Speakers launches a major new product it is well worth the time of audio enthusiasts to give it some attention. That certainly appears to be the case here as RSL recently announced the CG5 Bookshelf Speaker and CG25 Monitor / Center Channel Speaker which pushes RSL Speaker’s products into higher price points and higher levels of performance.… Read the full article

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Wharfedale’s New D300 Series Loudspeakers Take Aim At Elac

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

Wharfedale is one of the oldest British loudspeaker brands, with roots going back to the 1930s. But it wasn’t until the company’s first Diamond series speakers hit the market in the 1980s that Wharfedale became synonymous with low-cost, high-performance audio. The current Diamond 11.1 stand-mounted speaker is an excellent performer at its $500 per pair price point, but other brands (most notably Elac, with its Debut line) are proving that great sound can cost even less. Now Wharfedale is meeting that challenge head-on with a new offering: the D300 Series.… Read the full article

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Fluance Launches 4 New Audiophile Turntables at Great Prices!

By | December 17th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

The Canadian-based audio brand Fluance has been producing high-value consumer audio products since 1999. The company has released eight different lines of home theater speakers since then, as well as bluetooth music systems and powered bookshelf speakers. In 2016, Fluance took the plunge into the affordable audiophile turntable market, taking on established European competitors such as Pro-Ject and Rega, and American newcomers U-Turn Audio. The $249 Fluance RT81 offered build quality that blew away the competition and won the praise of critics and customers alike.… Read the full article

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2018 Audioholics Product of Year Award Winners

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

2018 was a great year to be an audiophile whether you were on a budget or the sky’s the limit. We primarily focused our review efforts on speakers and subwoofers but also dabbled in some very innovative two-channel products as well. Imagine being able to playback your precious vinyl collection and all digital sources in high resolution with enhanced room correction and bass management all in the same product. Anthem showed us the way with their STR separates. Dayton Audio proved to us that for less than the price of an exotic interconnect, you could get a pair of bookshelf speakers that can pipe good sound quality into a college dorm or small office environment.… Read the full article

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