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 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 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
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
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
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
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.… Read the full article
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
British loudspeaker specialist KEF has completely refreshed its mid-range R Series with the release of six new speakers that have been re-engineered from the ground up. The previous generation of the R Series was released back in 2011, before KEF had completed work on its highly successful LS50 stand-mounted design. The new R Series takes advantage of many technologies and engineering developments made during the creation of both the LS50 and KEF’s high-end Reference line. In fact, KEF claims that the new R Series speakers boast over 1,000 individual improvements over their predecessors, starting with a new 12th-generation version of the company’s signature Uni-Q point-source driver system.… Read the full article
IMAX has been a staple in the movie theaters as the best in sound and video for over a decade. Now they want to bring that experience into the home theater realm but it’s going to involve 3 things: IMAX Enhanced hardware, and content. OK that’s 2 things. Ironically the new standard that they’re attempting to set mentions nothing about the room acoustics or speaker dispersion or output requirements. Perhaps in the near future that will be revised but let’s go with what we know so far to determine if IMAX Enhanced is a must have in your home theater.… Read the full article