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The Long Overdue Death of Retail Compact Disc (CD)

By | February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Memorializing the Compact Disc. Once upon a time, the CD was the ubiquitous music platform. Our story outlines how the disc-based music technology was adopted, loved and eventually abandoned by a generation that arrived a little too late to collect vinyl record albums. In its day, the CD weathered a storm of competitors that sought to usurp the audio throne by offering key improvements in storage capacity and audio resolution. But behind the inevitable fall of the CD is a story of how the music industry refused to read the writing on the wall.

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V-MODA Crossfade Wireless 2 vs. Focal Listen Wireless Headphone Shootout

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Boxing RingV-MODA and Focal arguably have made two of the finest affordable wireless Bluetooth headphones to hit the market in 2017, both carrying an MSRP of around $300. But what happens when two contenders for best new wireless headphones are pitted against each other in a head-to-head, feature-by-feature showdown?

In one corner, we have up-and-comer V-MODA’s new-improved Crossfade Wireless 2. This headphone is designed after V-MODA’s legendary Crossfade M-100 wired headphones. In its Crossfade brand, V-MODA has built the perennial favorite with the DJ crowd.

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Acurus Updates ACT 4 Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor to 20 Channels

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

Acurus RackIndy Audio Labs, LLC, owners of the high-performance American-made audio brands, Acurus and Aragon, announced an upgrade to their ACT 4 13.3 processor to 20 channels with up to four additional configurable channels for maximum layouts of 9.5.6 or 9.7.4, .  The original ACT 4 released in 2015 and upgraded in March of 2017 embodied Acurus revolutionary approach to home theater. At its introduction, the ACT 4 was virtually the only option under $20K to break the 12-channel native decoding barrier.

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British Prog Rock Band Marillion Releases Limited Edition Series of Live Albums

By | February 17th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Often referred to as the leaders of the neo-progressive movement of the early ’80s, Marillion are a great deal more than that. They are purveyors of soulful, powerful, and deeply-moving music, with a long-standing reputation of impressive live shows and an imposing, faithful and loyal global fanbase.

As the first of their peers, Marillion have started to embrace the potential of the Internet for both their commercial approach and to interact with their audience. Throughout their over 35 year-long career and over 15 million records sold, they have become the most outstanding representatives of their genre.

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Dayton Audio MK402 Bookshelf Speaker Teases Audiophile for only $70/Pair

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Dayton Audio proudly announced the newest addition to their best-selling line of home theater speakers. The MK402 is a simple 2-way speaker featuring a 4″ woofer and a 3/4″ soft dome tweeter, which Dayton Audio claims will cause many to rethink their concept of a budget speaker system.The drivers used in this design are vital to the compact design. The 4″ woofer in the rear ported enclosure is designed to play down to 60 Hz making it easy to blend with a powered subwoofer in a home theater environment while also not hindering the critical vocal range.

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Dirac Live Room Correction Offers Sophisticated Calibration and Set Up

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

In equalization circles, Dirac Live has been making waves recently with their Dirac Live Room Correction software. It hDiracLiveexample_calibration2.jpgas already been integrated into high-end processors such as Datasat and Theta Digital,  as well as luxury automotive sound systems from Rolls Royce, Bentley, and BMW. On a more affordable front, MiniDSP and Emotiva have incorporated Dirac Live into their upper-tier processors as well. In the crowded field of room correction equalization that includes sophisticated programs such as Audyssey, Pioneer’s MCACC, and Yamaha’s YPAO, what is all hubbub about with Dirac Live

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Control Drivers Now Communicate With and Command Klipsch and Jamo Amplifiers

By | February 12th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Klipsch® and Jamo audio companies and wholly-owned subsidiaries of VOXX International Corporation (NADAQ: VOXX),  announced that IP Ethernet network control drivers from Control4, Crestron, and RTI now communicate with and command its powerful DSP amplifiers for seamless control and optimal sound.

The new control driver provides two-way communication between the Klipsch or Jamo brand DSP amplifiers and the control system, allowing command issuance for full control of input/output routing and selection through the control system, as well as channel gain setting and muting.

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CES 2018 Best Sound Bars Roundup

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

So, you bought a brand new UHD TV for Christmas now you realize the built-in speakers are not up to your audioholic caliber. Some say this is intentional from the TV manufacturers to get you to buy a separate piece of equipment and spend more money. In any case, we’re still seeing a growing market for high-end soundbars as a simple and clean, albeit more costly solution to your problem.  We saw hundreds of soundbars at the 2018 CES show in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier this year and in this article and related YouTube video, we’ve narrowed them down to some of the more interesting ones to help solve your lack of audio prowess for your new UHD display.

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PSB M4U TW1 Bluetooth Earbuds Preview

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

There are some truly amazing products that are introduced at CES every year from drone taxis for people to self-propelled suitcases that follow you wherever you go. Then there are products that take a good idea and make it better in the case of the PSB M4U TW1 Bluetooth earbud. Although it’s been 20 years since the advent of Bluetooth, each year the technology gets better and better. Sure, you can easily go out and purchase a pair of Apple airpods for around $159 like 85% of the other people who bought wireless headphones last year, but that would not be in form or factor of a true Audioholic!

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Dayton Audio T652-AIR Dual 6-1/2″ 2-Way AMT Tower Speaker Contest Giveaway!

By | February 4th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Dayton Audio T652 Speakers

Dayton Audio T652 Speakers

To show some love to our loyal Audioholics readers, we’re partnering with Parts Express to give away a pair of their Dayton Audio T652-AIR Dual 6-1/2″ 2-Way AMT Tower Speakers.

Featuring the same design DNA as the B652-AIR speaker from Dayton Audio, the T652-AIR model incorporates dual woofers into a compact bass-reflex tower cabinet, for unobtrusive yet modern aesthetics and incredibly deep bass, and features an AMT tweeter for an extended frequency range.

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