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New AudioControl AV Processors and Receivers up to 16CH Processing & Auro 3D

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

AudioControl, the Seattle-based maker of high-performance home theater electronics, has announced two new A/V processors and three new A/V receivers that will replace existing models in the company’s lineup. The new Maestro Series processors and Concert Series AVRs will begin shipping during the last quarter of 2019, with retail prices just announced at the show. The new 16CH X9 AV processor retails for $9,600, X7 for $6,600 X7; the XR-8 16CH AV receiver is also $6,600, XR-6 for $4,600 XR-6 and the 12CH XR-4 is $3,600.

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New AudioControl AV Processors and Receivers up to 16CH Processing & Auro 3D

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

AudioControl, the Seattle-based maker of high-performance home theater electronics, has announced two new A/V processors and three new A/V receivers that will replace existing models in the company’s lineup. The new Maestro Series processors and Concert Series AVRs will begin shipping during the last quarter of 2019, with retail prices just announced at the show. The new 16CH X9 AV processor retails for $9,600, X7 for $6,600 X7; the XR-8 16CH AV receiver is also $6,600, XR-6 for $4,600 XR-6 and the 12CH XR-4 is $3,600.

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Theory Audio 9CH System Demo Sets the Bar in Soundbar Performance

By | September 17th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Theory AmpTheory Audio Design, founded by Paul Hales, 30-year loudspeaker engineer and AV industry venteran, launched their first 7 products that are unlike anything else on the marketplace right now. Paul is the founder of Pro Audio Technology (PRO), a brand known for high output pro level products. His goal with Theory Audio is to marry PRO’s startling acoustic performance and professional features with sophisticated contemporary design at a much lower cost.

Speaker models in the Theory line-up consist of three soundbars (sb65, sb75, and sb85) designed to perfectly match with 65-inch, 75-inch and 85-inch flat panel TVs, an all-purpose on-wall loudspeaker model (sb-25) with dual 5.5-inch carbon fiber woofers, as well as two passive subwoofers (sub12 and sub15) with 12-inch and 15-inch drivers.

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Integra 11CH Flagship AV Processor & Receivers Promise Best in Class Features

By | September 14th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Chief Audioholic Gene DellaSala recently reviewed Integra’s DRX-4.3 receiver, heaping praise upon the unit’s excellent preamp section, flexible control app, and bass management that was “among the best that (he’s) seen in Atmos receivers recently, regardless of price.” So when Integra unveiled three new “reference-grade” products at CEDIA 2019, our interest was piqued, to say the least. Given the superb preamp performance of the 9.2-channel DRX-4.3, the most exciting of these new products might be Integra’s new flagship 11.2-channel A/V preamp/processor, the DRC-R1.3 ($2,499).

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Monoprice Expands Monolith THX Speaker Product Line With Towers of Power

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Monoprice is seemingly not content to rest on their laurels with their existing Monolith THX products. Having made THX-certified subwoofers and loudspeakers Non-Atmos Tower2.jpgthat have earned nothing but rave reviews (by Audioholics as well as other publications), they could simply just focus on promoting their existing products, and that should be enough to grant them success in the high-fidelity loudspeaker market. However, they have announced new speakers in this area which look to surpass their already considerable efforts. At the 2019 CEDIA show, Monoprice unveiled some THX tower speakers and an absolutely massive subwoofer.… Read the full article

Pioneer Rates Max Power with Elite SC-LX904 11.2 Channel AV Receiver

By | September 10th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

As the CEDIA custom design electronics show quickly approaches we’re seeing three key must have features out of all the major AV receiver manufacturers: Power, Virtual upmixing to 3D sound with existing speakers, and smart home compatibility. Pioneer’s newest flagship receiver, the Elite SC-LX904 has all three which will make it a serious contender for Best New Receiver at CEDIA 2019.  The 11.2 channel receiver will debut at CEDIA 2019 in Denver Colorado amidst quite a bit of hype. 

The new SC-LX904 does cover the first feature that consumers are looking for, power. … Read the full article

Polk Brings Back SDA Technology with New Legend Series Loudspeakers

By | September 7th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Polk L800 SDA HeroOne of the most exciting new product introductions to come out of this year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest is Polk Audio’s new flagship Legend Series loudspeakers, which Polk describes as “the most sophisticated and intensively engineered loudspeakers the company has ever introduced.” Polk’s engineers have designed these new speakers from the ground up, developing a number of new technologies along the way. The tweeter, mid-bass driver, woofers, bass port, cabinet design, and crossover network have all been improved compared to those found in previous Polk designs, and the line’s flagship floor-stander includes a unique “stereo dimensional array”  — but more on that later.

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Legacy iV7 600 Watt 7CH Amplifier Most Powerful Multi-CH Amplifier Ever?

By | September 6th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

One thing Legacy Audio has been known for is their high dynamic range loudspeakers with gut wrenching bass. OK, that’s two things, but they do go hand in hand with each other.  In order to make their speakers sing, they need a solid power foundation; wimpy AV receivers need not apply. Legacy used to offer some solid linear amplifiers back in the day and once they were discontinued, we wondered what would be their next move. Enter the PowerBloc series of amplifiers.

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$1,500 5.1 Channel Expandable Recommended Home Theater System

By | September 4th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

There are a lot of ways to spend $1,500 in the audio world. For the “cost is no object” crowd, $1,500 wouldn’t be an unreasonable sum to pay for speaker cables. For others, it’s the cost of a nice set of bookshelf speakers. We recently demonstrated how you could put together a 5.1 system HTIB killer for only $750. With just a little more budget, you can take things up a notch, most notably with better bass response, nicer aesthetics and most importantly, upgradeability to immersive surround sound.

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Denon PMA-600NE Stereo Integrated Amp Inflates Power But Not Price

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

Denon announced the release of two new Hi-Fi listening products aimed at recruiting two channel listeners at a reasonable price. the PMA-600NE Integrated Amplifier and DCD-600NE CD Player are designed to enable music aficionados to enter the next level of music enjoyment with high fidelity playback. 

“Getting started with a serious two-channel listening system can seem daunting when the majority of components boasting Hi-Fi qualities tend to be tens of thousands of dollars. Denon wants to take the risk out of choosing your first Hi-Fi system.Read the full article

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