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.… Read the full article
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
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
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
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
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
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
Every time Audioholics comes across an RSL Speaker 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
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
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