Last year we reviewed Monoprice’s new THX-certified Monolith subwoofer line including the Monolith THX 10″ and 12″ Sub and the Monolith 15” THX Ultra sub review. The great sounding and affordable subs from Monoprice were unveiled to great interest from the audio community. At CES this year, Monoprice unveiled sealed versions of these subs for those who want a similarly excellent price to performance ratio but in a smaller package. Much of the specs remain the same as the ported models: 10”, 12”, and 15” long-throw woofers using 500-watt amplifiers, and, in the case of the 15”, a 1,000-watt amplifier, and all in robust HDF cabinets.… Read the full article
On December 26th of 2018, my household officially joined the cord-cutters club. For the first time since 1988, I don’t have cable TV (at least not in the traditional, non-streaming sense). The process has been relatively painless thanks to a high-speed internet connection, a Roku set-top box, and the plethora of streaming services that are finally creating real competition for the big cable companies. If you aren’t satisfied with your cable company’s bloated content packages and sluggish hardware, you have options.… Read the full article
Is Star Trek: Discovery the solid performer that CBS needs it to be? Some believe that the controversial new Star Trek show may have seen its final season. Although a third season has yet to be announced, other Star Trek news from CBS would make it seem that Discovery has been a smashing success. CBS has announced that it’s planning two new Star Trek series, including one with Patrick Stewart revising his legendary role as Jean Luc Picard. But to some, the announcement of a new Picard series is further evidence that the producers are looking for a new direction, possibly because Discovery has been a misfire for CBS and its streaming service All Access.… Read the full article
PSB Speakers launched an all-new range of their Alpha series of speakers at 2019 CES Expo show last month. Like their predecessors, the newest iteration of the Alpha line deliver a remarkable value to performance ratio. The new lineup will consist of four models in all: 2 compact monitors P3 and P5, a center channel C10, and a tower model T20.
Let’s talk about loudspeaker grilles- you know, those things that cover the front of your speakers and make them look boring. Many people, for whatever reason, seem to prefer their loudspeaker appearance with the grilles on. But grilles aren’t just about the aesthetics of the speaker, they also protect it from harm and abuse- like say, a rambunctious child or pet who may otherwise damage the delicate cone of the woofer or dome of the tweeter. Most home audio loudspeaker grilles are removable though, so their use is optional for most domestic applications.… Read the full article
When Samsung announced in 2016 that it planned to purchase Harman International, the South Korean electronics giant raised a lot of questions (and quite a few skeptical eyebrows) in the audio world. What would become of Harman’s iconic brands, such as Infinity, JBL, and Mark Levinson? Would the respected loudspeaker manufacturer Revel be reduced to building laptop speakers? Would AKG, the Austrian headphone and microphone specialist, start churning out cheap, crappy earbuds? The purchase of Harman International was completed just over a year ago, so it’s still early days in the Samsung administration, but so far, things aren’t as dire as some audiophiles may have feared.… Read the full article
Every year we travel across country to the various trade shows such as CEDIA, AXPONA, and CES always wondering why nobody hosts audio shows in Florida, particularly Tampa, our virtual backyard. Our weather is great almost all year round and we’ve got some of the best beaches in the country, plus, I’d selfishly really like to travel less. This year I was pleased that our wait was over. An audio show was hosted in Tampa Florida from February 8th -10th at the Embassy Suites hotel.… Read the full article
Among speaker manufacturers at CES 2019, Klipsch brought the most new products and product announcements. The spread of new products includes a host of wireless earbuds, portable blue tooth speakers, sound bars, and an assortment of other wireless speakers. There is a lot to cover here, so let’s get started with the earbuds!
Klipsch T5 Neckband (left), T5 True Wireless (right), T5 (lower right)Read the full article
High end audio stalwart Definitive Technology is back with a Dolby Atmos system that will make even the most demanding home theater enthusiast salivate. Definitive sent us a 5.0.4 Dolby Atmos setup—that zero means sans external subwoofer. No subwoofer might seem surprising at first—especially considering that Definitive Technology’s subwoofers were commissioned for the digital organ at Trinity Church in New York City. But Definitive wanted to prove a point: That their tower speaker solution can compete with and even outperform some of the most ambitious 5.1.4 or 5.2.4 systems you can assemble for the same price point.… Read the full article
Award-winning product team to enhance Control4’s plans for next-generation interaction devices across the smart home.
Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ:CTRL), a leading global provider of smart home solutions, today announces the acquisition of Switzerland-based NEEO, the creators of the acclaimed smart home remote, to accelerate its leadership in delivering remotes, touch panels, keypads, and other smart home devices.
Introduced in 2016, NEEO’s remote quickly gained industry recognition for its simplistic set up, out-of-box interoperability with thousands of devices, and most notably, its beautifully conceived industrial design.… Read the full article