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Trump’s Tariffs Are Bad for the Audio Business

By | November 20th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

In the game of global economics, Donald Trump sees himself as a formidable player — one to be respected, and even feared. On Friday, November 2nd, the president tweeted a photo of himself with the words “Sanctions Are Coming” appearing in a font conspicuously similar to the one used in HBO’s Game of Thrones. The tweet was a play on that show’s ominous tagline “Winter is coming,” and was posted shortly after Trump administration officials announced the reimposition of economic sanctions on Iran.… Read the full article

SVS 3000 Series Subwoofers Offer Flagship Features Starting at $1k

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

Ever since SVS discosb-3000_pg_hero_w_re.jpgntinued their ‘12-Plus’ series of subwoofers, there has existed a fairly wide price gap between their ‘2000’ series subs which ranged from $700 to $800 and their ‘4000’ series subs which ranged from $1500 to $2000. SVS is now filling that gap with the unsurprisingly named ‘3000’ series which, of course, specs between the 2000 series subs and 4000 series subs. The 3000 series prices range from $1000 to $1400 which completes SVS’s spread of options for sub shoppers from $500 to $2500.… Read the full article

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

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


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

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

Anthem STR Preamp and Power Amplifier Review

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

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In today’s day and age, with the focus on convenience often overruling quality, it’s rare to find products that emphasize fidelity first above all else.  Anthem is a company whose origins started in two-channel and thus they created the STR series of products to remind audiophiles of that. The STR line of products comes in an STR integrated amplifier ($4,499), preamp ($3,999) and power amp ($5,999). Wanting to better understand Anthem’s best foot forward approach to two-channel audio, I requested their STR preamp and power amp separates stack to take a deeper look.… Read the full article

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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

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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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