With the CEDIA installers show in just a few months, audio manufacturers are already teasing us with new releases. We were expecting big announcements from Sound United this year having recently acquired Onkyo and Pioneer but didn’t expect the home theater conglomerate to already be shipping new AV receivers from Denon. Denon released their latest iteration of their X-Series AV receivers, the AVR-X3600H 9.2 IMAX enhanced receiver and the AVR-X2600H (7.2CH). The new AVR-X3600H replaces Denon’s AVR-X3500H, which only had 7 channels of amplification and processing.… Read the full article
I recently convinced my brother, Dan, to retire his decade-old plasma TV and to upgrade to an OLED. He’s blown away by the night-and-day superiority of his new TV’s picture quality, but he’s less impressed with the sound it produces, which he accurately describes as “pretty thin and shouty.” The truth is, his old TV, with its chunky bezels around the screen, and 5-inch panel depth, simply had more internal volume to allocate to speakers than does his new TV. The razor-thin, nearly bezel-free OLED sounds more like a big iPad than a small stereo system.… Read the full article
Integra DRX-4.2 & 4.3 Introduction
With the recent revamping of the Audioholics Showcase Home with home automation by Control4, I was on a quest for a new AV receiver for my bedroom system. I wanted something that could transmit all of my HD sources from my upstairs theater room using only Ethernet since I didn’t have HDMI behind drywall. Integra is currently the only major AVR brand that supports HDBaseT on some of their receiver products. A logical choice for my application was the DRX-4.3 9CH Atmos/DTS:X HDBaseT AV receiver.… Read the full article
The China-US trade dispute has spilled over into consumer electronics in a big way, and it’s changing the competitive landscape for cell-phones.
It all started at CES last January, when AT&T dropped support for Huawei phones, just as Huawei CEO Richard Yu was about to announce its new flagship phone, the P30 Pro. It really dampened the mood for Huawei, as the P30 Pro was set to hit the American market through AT&T. But more troubles for Huawei lay ahead. By May of this year, Huawei had lost the support of all the major US carriers worldwide due to a national security order from President Trump.… Read the full article
When SVS released their Prime speaker series, Audioholics reviewed the big dog of that set, the Prime Tower, and we quite liked what SVS had produced at the top of that speaker series. It was a not-insubstantial speaker as a three-way tower with two 6.5” woofers, a 4.5” mid-range, and a 1” dome tweeter. For most people, a design like that would pack more punch than they would ever normally use. Yet here, four years later, SVS has launched an even more powerful line-topping speaker for the Prime series, in the aptly-named Prime Pinnacle tower.… Read the full article
Ever since the first Spears and Munsil Test High Definition Benchmark Blu-ray edition came out, it has been our go to calibration disc for setting color, black level and various other picture alignment settings that allowed even a novice user to get near professional calibration status of their display with careful use and patience. In fact, we even did a basic calibration video using this disc which was great for up to 1080p resolution.
We’ve been waiting for UHD version to calibrate beyond 1080p resolution and today we’re happy to report the wait is over!… Read the full article
Dayton Audio found widespread acclaim last year for their low-cost MK402 bookshelf speaker from a swarm of positive reviews including our own. All of this praise must have compelled Dayton Audio to expand their product line, because they have introduced a floor-standing version, the MK442T. While it is still extremely affordable, the MK442T costs more than the MK402 but is also a more ambitious loudspeaker. Dayton Audio could have simply plugged the same drivers in a larger cabinet and called it a day in creating a tower speaker variant of the MK402, but, as with the MK402 itself, they wanted to do something special.… Read the full article
Shortly after Sound United dropped the bombshell announcement that it would be acquiring Onkyo Corporation’s consumer audio division — including Onkyo, Pioneer, Pioneer Elite, and Integra brands — the audio conglomerate held its first ever North America Dealers Conference in New Orleans, where it introduced a number of new products from its existing portfolio of brands. Among the product introductions were two new slimline receivers from Marantz, the NR1510 ($599) and NR1710 ($749). For years now, Marantz’s slimline receivers have been perennial favorites thanks to their compact form factor and impressive feature list.… Read the full article
In Audioholic’s subwoofer reviews, our measurements are an analysis of a subwoofer’s ability to accurately reproduce the source content. This involves testing its behavior with respect to linear distortions and non-linear distortions. The linear aspects are easy enough to interpret for anyone acquainted with a basic frequency response graph; a flat curve means they don’t over-emphasize or under-emphasize any particular frequency range. Our group delay measurements are also a test of linear distortion. However, regarding non-linear distortion, we want to add a few notes on one set of the subwoofer graphs that depict non-linear distortion which has thrown a curveball to some of our readers in interpreting their meaning.… Read the full article
RBH Sound (RBH), a privately held manufacturer of high performance loudspeakers and audio products, today announced the purchase of the company and its assets by Todd A. Stewart. Stewart purchased RBH Sound from, and succeeds, Roger B. Hassing as president and chief executive officer. Hassing concurrently announced his retirement, which comes nearly 43 years after founding the company in Los Angeles, California, in 1976. Under the deal, Stewart holds controlling interest of the company, with Stewart bestowing to Hassing partial ownership.… Read the full article