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'Jack Ryan' Brings Dolby Atmos To Amazon Prime Video

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

Streaming video has come a long way since Netflix began supplementing its DVD delivery service with web-based video-on-demand content in 2007. Back then, movies and TV shows were served up in standard definition, in the old-school 4:3 aspect ratio, and with a highly compressed mono or stereo soundtrack. It was good enough to enjoy watching reruns of my favorite 1980s shows (I’m an unapologetic fan of MacGyver and Airwolf), but if I wanted to watch a movie, I waited for the disc.… Read the full article

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Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature Hi-Fi Over-Ear Headphones Review

By | September 29th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Bower and Wilkins have been one of the leading high-end speaker companies for over 50 years which is a huge achievement in it of itself. In fact, during their 50th anniversary celebration at the B&W headquarters in Boston a few years ago we were able to see the unveiling of their much acclaimed 800 D3 floorstanding speakers as well as their P9 signature Hi-Fi headphones. The release of their luxurious headphones set the bar substantially high and makes for future releases from the guys over at Bower and Wilkins much more anticipated by consumers.… Read the full article

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Sonance Mariner Speakers Promise Superior Sonics And Rugged Build

By | September 27th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Sonance has been a driving force in the custom installation industry since the early 1980s, when company founders Scott Struthers and Geoff Spencer developed the world’s first residential in-wall speaker. The brand continues to excel in the in-wall speaker business, and is currently working on a new series of architectural speakers designed specifically to work with the new Sonos Amp. But Sonance has also expanded into a variety of other product categories, including what the company describes as “landscape solutions that deliver audiophile sound-quality in outdoor environments.” Audioholics is in the process of reviewing one such product, the Sonance Mariner 86, which is the largest in the Mariner series of outdoor speakers.… Read the full article

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Denon DP-450USB and DP-400 Turntables Spinning Vinyl with a Twist

By | September 25th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

We’re still seeing a trend of the re-introduction of vinyl in the audio market as evidenced by Denon’s release of two new turntables, the DP-450USB and DP-400 at the 2018 CEDIA show in San Diego. With advanced built-In phono equalizers for easy use, and an integrated sensor to help control precise speed, these new turntables from Denon might be worth the time to dust off your old albums and put the new retro chic hipsters to shame.  

The DP-450USB and DP-400 feature three-speed (33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM) operation, a horizontal tracking angled tone-arm and a weighted, belt-driven platter to help ensure records play back with precision and detail. … Read the full article

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Mark Waldrep’s Book ‘Music and Audio’ Is An 850-Page Guide To Better Sound

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

In 2015, recording and mastering engineer Mark Waldrep started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of an ambitious book called Music and Audio: A User Guide To Better Sound. Dr. Waldrep described the project as a “no nonsense book on music and audio… (providing) everything you need to know to improve the fidelity of your music system.” Packaged with a Blu-ray disc containing demonstration material, test tones, and other content useful to the audio enthusiast, the book was slated for release in 2016.… Read the full article

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Harman Kardon Launches Tech-Packed Citation Series Smart Speakers

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

Not long after announcing its new Citation 500 tabletop smart speaker ahead of the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, Harman Kardon has unveiled an entire lineup of Citation speakers with voice control, multi-room streaming, and other smart technologies. Harman Kardon says that its new Citation Series of smart speakers (named for the company’s classic series of audio components first introduced in 1963) represents “the next generation of home speakers.” The eight-strong range of feature-packed, wireless products includes four tabletop smart speakers (of which the Citation 500 is the largest), a smart sound-bar, a pair of wireless surround speakers for multichannel applications, and a powered subwoofer.… Read the full article

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RBH Sound R-55E Floorstanding Speaker Review

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

RBH R-55ERBH Sound  R-55E Introduction

RBH is a well-established audio company that was founded in 1976 by Roger B. Hassing (hence the initials RBH). They manufacture a full array of free-standing and flush-mount speakers, powered and passive subwoofers, small audio accessories and a limited line of specialty audio amplifiers. Their Status Acoustics 8T Tower Monitor speaker system is widely regarded as one of the premier passive speakers in the world and serves as the reference speaker system in the Audioholics theater system.… Read the full article

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Amazon’s Echo Devices Gain Voice-Controlled Audio Equalizer Settings

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

Unless your musical diet is composed entirely of the audiophile-approved recordings that haunt the halls of every audio show, chances are good that some of your favorite tunes just don’t sound that great. This is certainly the case for me. I love early Beatles records, but the low-end is undeniably scrawny. In Please Please Me, Paul’s bass and Ringo’s drums are lacking both the punch and the body that make them so satisfying in Abbey Road. I am also big fan of singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, whose songs often include dense and complex orchestrations.… Read the full article

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Audio Amplifier Classes (A, A/B, D, G, and H): What are the Differences?

By | September 14th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

originally published: April 20, 2014

If you’ve ever glanced at the specifications sheet for an amplifier, one of the things you may have noticed is the amplifier’s class. Typically denoted by a letter or two, the most common amplifier classes used in consumer home audio today are Class A, A/B, D, G, and H. These classes aren’t simple grading systems, but descriptions of the amplifier’s topology, i.e. how they function at a core level. While each amplifier class comes with its own set of strengths and weaknesses, their job (and how end performance is judged) remains the same: to amplify the waveform sent to it by a preamplifier without introducing distortion, or at least as little as possible distortion.

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Rotel's First Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor RSP-1576 Released!

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

  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):

                   Analog Bypass: 0.0006%                  

                   Digital Inputs: 0.003%

  • Frequency Response:                  

                   Analog Bypass: 10Hz – 100kHz ±1dB

                   Digital Inputs: 20Hz – 20kHz ±0.5dB

                   Phono Input: 20Hz – 20kHz ±0.5dB

  • S/N RATIO (IHF “A” Weighted):

                   Analog Bypass: 112dB

                   Digital Inputs: 112dB

  • Intermodulation Distortion (60Hz:7kHz, 4:1):  <0.005%
  • Input Sensitivity:

                   Line Level Inputs (RCA): 270mV

                   Line Level Inputs (XLR): 500mV

                   Phono Input (MM): 3.5mV

  • Input Impedance:

                   Line Level Inputs (RCA): 100kΩ

                   Line Level Inputs (XLR): 100kΩ

                   Phono Input (MM): 47kΩ

  • HDMI Inputs/Outputs

                   7 inputs supporting HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.0a

                   2 outputs supporting HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.0a

  • Dimensions (W × H × D): 17″ × 5.7″ × 13.7″
  • Weight: 19 lbs
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