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Sound United Set to Snatch Up Onkyo and Subsidiaries

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

I’ve been working for Audioholics for almost 15 years.  Through this time I’ve seen advancements in technology, mergers, recessions, and some pretty amazing announcements.

My smartphone buzzed. A text from Audioholics President Gene DellaSala. Not necessarily bad news at 7pm Eastern time.  Gene is known for his late night work marathons, so although sending me a post , preview, or article before 1 am might be a bit uncommon, it was, nonetheless, not unheard of.

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My head was spinning as I read the news:

“Sound United Enters into Term Sheet to Acquire Onkyo Corporation’s Home Audio Division”

It was like being transported back in time to January 4, 2008.

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Fluance Ai40 Bluetooth Speaker Review

By | April 29th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Fluance is a Canadian-based audio brand that produces high end home audio, music systems and high-fidelity turntables.  Their new Ai40 hits the sweet spot between price and performance. The original price of the Ai40’s came in at $299 which then dropped to $199. At $199 the Ai40 is a significant level up on $100 powered Bluetooth speakers, yet can hold its own against the $300 tier.

Fluance uses high-performance drive units, advanced enclosure technologies, highly-refined crossovers, and engineered wood cabinets to achieve all new standards in sound performance and technological design excellence.

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NAD M17 V2 11.1CH Atmos AV Processor Review

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

In 2014, hi-end audio company NAD found themselves at a crossroad.  Do they stick with producing products for their die-hard loyal vinyl enthusiasts, or evolve into the newly emerging HD audio streaming and immersive 3D audio formats? Their Master Series of Preamplifier Processors solved this question with an expandable modular design. Recently, NAD released their M17 V2, a much needed upgrade to their original M17 Master series pre/pro. What does the v2 stand for? Check out our detailed YouTube video review below and read on.

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PSB Speakers Revamp of Alpha Series Best Yet?

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

PSB Speakers launched an all-new range of their Alpha series of speakers at 2019 CES Expo show last month. Like their predecessors, the newest iteration of the Alpha line deliver a remarkable value to performance ratio. The new lineup will consist of four models in all: 2 compact monitors P3 and P5, a center channel C10, and a tower model T20.

PSB introduced its first Alpha speaker range in 1991 with a clear purpose: create an affordable speaker that is focused on performance first.… Read the full article

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Monoprice Undercuts Industry with $4k HTP-1 16CH Dolby Atmos & DTS:X AV Processor

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Internet direct technology giant Monoprice is best known for their low-cost cables, but in the last few years they have expanded their reach into all sorts of technology; from audiophile quality amplifiers and headphone preamps, to loudspeakers and all the way to fitness equipment and cooking supplies! Since launching their Monolith line three years ago, Monoprice has continued to deliver and expand its high-grade audio solutions. This year at CES in Las Vegas, Monoprice will introduce several new products to its Monolith line, but most notably is the release of a 16 Channel Processor the HTP-1.… Read the full article

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GoldenEar Triton One.R Tower Speaker Preview

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Last year at CES in Las Vegas GoldenEar Technology won the prestigious CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award for their release of the Triton Reference tower speaker.  To expand upon their innovative speaker design GoldenEar announced the introduction of the new Triton One.R. This extraordinary new reference quality loudspeaker is a smaller, less expensive follow up to the Triton Reference. The Triton Reference has had a remarkable response in the marketplace from both music and hifi enthusiasts alike.    

The goal of the Triton One.R project was to bring the advanced technology, luxurious cosmetics and state-of-the-art performance of the flagship Triton Reference into a more compact and less expensive speaker.Read the full article

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Triad's Onwall Customizable Passive Soundbars – One Box LCR Solutions

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

We see a LOT of speakers come through our doors here at Audioholics and in a world of cookie cutter products, Triad is one of the few companies designing and manufacturing a comprehensive line of high-end loudspeakers for discriminating audiophiles with particular architectural designs and color schemes. Triad’s factory support for custom installers is legendary, and to make sure that their products are sounding their best, they only sell through the custom installer channel.

We don’t look at our products as commodities, but rather as individual unique solutions to the problem of seamlessly integrating high-quality sound into a sophisticated living environment.Read the full article

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NAD C 658 Streaming DAC, D 3045 Amplifier/DAC, C 588 Belt-Drive Turntable Preview

By | November 13th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

NAD recently released three new products for the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest including the C 658 streaming DAC,  D 3045 amplifier/DAC, and the C 588 belt-drive turntable. All three products feature NAD’s legendary reliability with solid build quality and performance.

C 658 Streaming DAC

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The C 658 is a unique product that combines a quality Preamplifier, DAC and BluOS streamer all in one. The C 658 integrates the latest technologies such as BluOS, Bluetooth aptX HD, Dirac Live Room Correction and Modular Design Construction.Read the full article

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Denon DP-450USB and DP-400 Turntables Spinning Vinyl with a Twist

By | September 25th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

We’re still seeing a trend of the re-introduction of vinyl in the audio market as evidenced by Denon’s release of two new turntables, the DP-450USB and DP-400 at the 2018 CEDIA show in San Diego. With advanced built-In phono equalizers for easy use, and an integrated sensor to help control precise speed, these new turntables from Denon might be worth the time to dust off your old albums and put the new retro chic hipsters to shame.  

The DP-450USB and DP-400 feature three-speed (33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM) operation, a horizontal tracking angled tone-arm and a weighted, belt-driven platter to help ensure records play back with precision and detail. … Read the full article

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Rotel's First Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor RSP-1576 Released!

By | September 13th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):

                   Analog Bypass: 0.0006%                  

                   Digital Inputs: 0.003%

  • Frequency Response:                  

                   Analog Bypass: 10Hz – 100kHz ±1dB

                   Digital Inputs: 20Hz – 20kHz ±0.5dB

                   Phono Input: 20Hz – 20kHz ±0.5dB

  • S/N RATIO (IHF “A” Weighted):

                   Analog Bypass: 112dB

                   Digital Inputs: 112dB

  • Intermodulation Distortion (60Hz:7kHz, 4:1):  <0.005%
  • Input Sensitivity:

                   Line Level Inputs (RCA): 270mV

                   Line Level Inputs (XLR): 500mV

                   Phono Input (MM): 3.5mV

  • Input Impedance:

                   Line Level Inputs (RCA): 100kΩ

                   Line Level Inputs (XLR): 100kΩ

                   Phono Input (MM): 47kΩ

  • HDMI Inputs/Outputs

                   7 inputs supporting HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.0a

                   2 outputs supporting HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.0a

  • Dimensions (W × H × D): 17″ × 5.7″ × 13.7″
  • Weight: 19 lbs
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