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Privacy Now! The Destructive Influence of Big Data Surveillance

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

This is our final installment of the 5G Wireless Apocalypse series. So far, we’ve seen how 5G will revolutionize cities at the expense of our privacy. New Internet of Things (IoT) technologies could bring us all the benefits of the smartphone experience to the off-screen world. But without new ethics and regulations, you’ll have about as much privacy on the streets as you currently have browsing your Facebook news-feed.

The problems we can anticipate in the 5G future are really just an extension of today’s online privacy concerns, that dates back to the early days of Google.

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Sound United Set to Snatch Up Onkyo and Subsidiaries

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

I’ve been working for Audioholics for almost 15 years.  Through this time I’ve seen advancements in technology, mergers, recessions, and some pretty amazing announcements.

My smartphone buzzed. A text from Audioholics President Gene DellaSala. Not necessarily bad news at 7pm Eastern time.  Gene is known for his late night work marathons, so although sending me a post , preview, or article before 1 am might be a bit uncommon, it was, nonetheless, not unheard of.

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My head was spinning as I read the news:

“Sound United Enters into Term Sheet to Acquire Onkyo Corporation’s Home Audio Division”

It was like being transported back in time to January 4, 2008.

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Audioholics Showcase Home Theater Overview and Virtual Tour

By | May 13th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

originally published: June 4, 2013

The  Audioholics Showcase Home has gone through a lot of changes since its creation almost 15 years ago. With over two miles of cable run behind dry wall, 50+ speakers located around the house, 50+ channels of associated amplification comprising of almost 10,000 watts of power, and over 1/4 of a million dollars in equipment, we’ve got enough AV gear to make an IMAX envious. There are three state of the art home theaters and distributed audio throughout the house with home automation handled by Control4 which really simplified the operation of all of the equipment in this home so much that even my mother-in-law could use it.

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Denon Revamps Entry-Level S-Series Receivers For 2019

By | May 13th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Denon has an impressive track record of building large and powerful high-end AV receivers, from the absolutely massive AVR-5308CI, which I longed to own a decade ago, to the brand new 13.2-channel AVR-X8500H, which recently received a stellar review here at Audioholics. An equally impressive achievement by Denon is the company’s consistent ability to roll out entry-level receivers that also earn high praise and perform reliably year after year, despite the fact that they cost just hundreds, rather than thousands.… Read the full article

Anthem Updates to ARC Genesis Room Correction

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Available for both Mac and Windows, ARC Genesis is the most advanced room correction system available today and offers a comprehensive set of tools to optimize audio performance.

 

Anthem Electronics just made a good thing better with the launch of ARC Genesis™, the third generation of their critically-acclaimed Anthem Room Correction (ARC®) software. Available for free from AnthemARC.com, this proprietary digital signal processing technology works with compatible 2-channel and home theater audio products and offers advanced measurement functions, powerful acoustic correction algorithms, user-configurable target curve customization, a streamlined user interface, and support for both Mac and Windows.… Read the full article

Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2CH IMAX Enhanced AV Receiver Review

By | May 4th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Denon AVR-X8500H Introduction

8500 LifestyleDenon’s AVR-X8500H is the most technologically advanced receiver the venerable company has ever built. It is arguably the most advanced AVR available today. It’s the best AVR I’ve ever reviewed. It’s the most audiophile-worthy AVR Denon has built since the legendary AVR-5308CI and AVR-5805 and it just won our 2018 AVR of the year award. How’s that for an opening salvo?

The X8500H can flex its ample amp muscles—all 13 of them—with ease. This monstrous AVR will put competitors to shame with its robust, modern feature-set. … Read the full article

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5G Wireless Apocalypse: Smart City of Surveillance

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

This is a continuation of our look at the upcoming 5G wireless revolution. In our last article we looked at the 5th generation wireless network’s capabilities and a potential downside in the health effects of RF. In this installment we’ll look at another potential problem with the futuristic vision of our cities integrating 5G, your privacy. The spectre of physical harm from RF waves may only be a distraction from what might be the real problems in store for us when we hand our cities and even our civic commons over to big data analytics and algorithms.

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Vizio Readies Its New 2019 TV Lineup

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Since the company was founded in 2002, Vizio has risen from obscurity to become one of the top three TV manufacturers (based on US sales), initially making a name for itself by offering affordable TVs with decent performance for the highly competitive entry-level space in the market. But as Theo found in his recent review of the PQ65-F1 — the flagship model in the company’s 2018 TV lineup — Vizio’s higher-end TVs are now capable of performance that can challenge the best offerings from its rivals, while their relatively lower prices might make many shoppers think twice about dropping big bucks on a Samsung or Sony.

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Fluance Ai40 Bluetooth Speaker Review

By | April 29th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Fluance is a Canadian-based audio brand that produces high end home audio, music systems and high-fidelity turntables.  Their new Ai40 hits the sweet spot between price and performance. The original price of the Ai40’s came in at $299 which then dropped to $199. At $199 the Ai40 is a significant level up on $100 powered Bluetooth speakers, yet can hold its own against the $300 tier.

Fluance uses high-performance drive units, advanced enclosure technologies, highly-refined crossovers, and engineered wood cabinets to achieve all new standards in sound performance and technological design excellence.

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Subwoofers of AXPONA 2019

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Even though AXPONA focuses on two-channel setups, there were still a fair number of subwoofers on display at the 2019 show, and it may be a sign that audiophiles are becoming more receptive to the inclusion of subwoofers in their systems. AXPONA is also growing increasingly popular among the home theater crowd where subwoofers are nearly mandatory. In our final segment of our AXPONA 2019 coverage, we looked at a selection of the subs that were exhibited at the show. These subs range from affordable and reasonably sized to insanely expensive and gigantic.

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