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Dayton Audio MK402BT Bluetooth Speaker Review

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

There is currently a preponderance of single poweredwalmart pyle discoo jam.jpeg Bluetooth and WiFi speakers on the market like the RBH Soundkick ($129), or the Oppo Sonica ($299), but a simple Google search shows a lack of decent budget powered Bluetooth speaker pairs out there. Sure, you can get a Disco Jam pair of active speakers from Walmart for $99, but like mopeds, they’re fun to ride, but do you really want to have your friends catch you on one.

It doesn’t mean they aren’t available, in fact we reviewed the Edifier S2000 Pro Bluetooth Powered Speakers recently and found them to have fantastically detailed sound with gorgeous cabinetry for $400/pr. … Read the full article

Samsung And Steinway Lyngdorf Create The Ultimate Home Theater Package

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

Samsung has joined forces with the Danish audio company Steinway Lyngdorf to deliver a complete home entertainment package that provides an “unmatched, one-of-a-kind audiovisual experience,” according to Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics.  The system combines a state-of-the-art micro LED display, which Samsung calls “The Wall,” with a cutting-edge audio package from Steinway Lyngdorf, comprising the company’s P100 processor, A2 digital amplifiers, and Model B full-range dipole loudspeakers.

Samsung first showed off The Wall, which is available for pre-order and slated for delivery at the end of this year, at CES 2018.… Read the full article

Control4’s Intercom Anywhere Service Delivers Mobile Peace Of Mind

By | August 16th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Control4 is already a major player in the luxury smart home business. The company’s dealer-installed equipment controls AV entertainment gear, lighting, and security features in over 370,000 homes, and is compatible with nearly 12,000 network-aware devices from a wide variety of brands. But the company still sees tremendous potential for growth, as the so-called “Internet of things” makes the benefits of a connected home seem both accessible and indispensable to millions of potential customers. In fact, 16% of Control4’s customer base signed up in the last year.… Read the full article

U.S. Senators Express Concern Over Smart TV Privacy

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

In April of 2018, U.S. Senators Ed Markey from Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut introduced a bill intended to protect personal information from online privacy breaches. The legislation was offered in response to the Facebook privacy scandal, in which the now-infamous British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica reportedly accessed the data of more than 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge or consent. “America deserves a privacy bill of rights that puts consumers, not corporations, in control of their personal, sensitive information,” Markey said in a prepared statement at the time of the bill’s introduction.… Read the full article

McIntosh’s MC462 Stereo Amplifier is a Powerhouse

By | August 10th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

McIntosh has released a new 450-watt stereo power amplifier, the MC462. The new model replaces the outgoing MC452 as the most powerful stereo amp in the company’s lineup, and in classic McIntosh fashion, this thing is a beautiful beast. Like almost every product made by the brand, the MC462 is big, heavy, and expensive. (McIntosh fans wouldn’t have it any other way.) So, what do you get for your $9,000? On the outside, the 115-pound MC462 looks very similar to its predecessor, but certain aesthetic enhancements become apparent on closer inspection.

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Parts Express Midwest Audiofest DIY Speaker Show Report

By | August 9th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Parts Express recently held their annual audio festival that they call the “Midwest Audiofest” which is a gathering of audio aficionados and related groups for a day of trade, competition, and socializing. The festival features three events: a DIY speaker competition, a tent sale, and a swap meet. The tent sale is where Parts Express and other manufacturers put their products out on display and also sell other products at hefty discounts. The swap meet is where enthusiasts can buy or trade different audio components from each other, so it is almost like a garage sale of audio gear.

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RBH Sound R-5 Bookshelf and R-515 LCR Speaker Review

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

A past favorite speaker series for Audioholics was EMPtek’s acclaimed Impression speaker line because of its good performance and tasteful appearance and for its amazingly low pricing. In our reviews of the E5TiR and E55Ti, we noted their “stunning appearance” and “detailed and lifelike” sound. The Impression series went on to become a 9 year success for EMPtek and later, RBH Sound. RBH discontinued the original Impression series in order to revamp the production process for better manufacturing consistency and have now brought the Impression speakers back with a new design and new look but still at a very affordable price.

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AT&T Launches New 'WatchTV' Streaming Service

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

Not long after completing the hotly-contested takeover of Time Warner, AT&T has launched a new TV streaming service called WatchTV. The new service, which currently boasts 31 live channels and over 15,000 television shows and movies on demand, is available at no cost to some subscribers of the company’s wireless services, and costs $15 per month as a stand-alone offering. WatchTV was first announced by AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson during the Justice Department’s unsuccessful attempt to block the Time Warner merger via an antitrust lawsuit.

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Outlaw Audio Model 7220 7CH Amplifier Runs Cool Enough For Mr. Freeze

By | August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Alright, we understand we’re paying homage to what is said to be the worst Batman movie ever (Catwomen doesn’t count since it’s a stand alone movie and Hallie Berry is HOT in that costume), but in all seriousness, what Outlaw Audio has done with their newest Amplifier, the 7220, is pretty- well, cool.


The new Model 7220 Amplifier is a class AB, fully balanced design. It delivers 220W per channel into an 8-ohm load with all seven channels driven and 330 watts per channel into 4 ohms (assuming sufficient available wall current) realistically with about 4-5 channels driven.

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Sonos Goes Public With $100 Million IPO

By | August 1st, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Since Sonos introduced its first voice-controlled speaker, the Sonos One, toward the end of 2017, the company has been busy defending its position as a leader in multi-room audio. As competition from tech giants like Amazon and Apple has encroached upon territory once dominated by Sonos, the addition of voice control has allowed the pioneering company to remain current. Its newest speaker, the Alexa-enabled Sonos Beam sound-bar, was just released on July 17th and has enjoyed positive reviews. The company is also working with Ikea to design a new line of speakers that will fit “seamlessly and almost invisibly into everyday life,” according to the official Sonos blog.

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