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StormAudio AV Immersive Sound Processors and Multi-Channel Amplifiers Preview

By | January 18th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

For the last three years high end immersive audio company StormAudio was owned by Auro Technologies, maker of Auro-3D, an immersive sound format for music and home theater like Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. On December 1, 2017, StormAudio made its final transition to become part of the Immersive Audio Technologies group. This buyout overseen by Yves Trelohan & Saffelberg Investments gives the luxury immersive hardware line the power to stand on its own and diversify its technology.

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The StormAudio line is designed and manufactured in France and consists of 5 preamp/processors from 16- to 32-channels, 3 power amplifiers ranging from 8- to 16-channels, and a 16-channel processor/amp AVR. 

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Marantz AV8805 13.2CH 4k UltraHD AV Processor Preview

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

The Marantz AV8805 13.2 Channel AV Processor Supports Amazon Alexa, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D and the Latest UHD Video Formats

Marantz has been enjoying a joint partnership with Denon under Sound United allowing them to share engineering resources. What do you get when you mix Denon digital know-how with Marantz analog finesse? The AV8805 13.2CH AV Processor! The AV8805 is the successor to the AV8802A but is revamped based on the new Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2CH AV Receiver recently announced at CES 2018.

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Denon Introduces Heos Super Link 4-Zone Preamplifier

By | September 7th, 2017|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Networked Multi-Room Pre-Amplifier Delivers Four Zones, High-Res Audio, CI Aesthetics & Performance

Denon just introduced the HEOS Super Link at the 2017 CEDIA Expo show. Super Link is a networked multi-room pre-amplifier that is said to take the company’s pre-existing HEOS Link to the next level. Supporting four HEOS zones in a rack mountable yet compact framework, the HEOS Super Link provides custom installers with optimal aesthetics, user appeal, performance and more.

Denon Heos Superlink Backview

Backpanel view of Denon Heos Super Link Preamp

Specifically designed with the custom installer in mind—and building off the success of the HEOS Link—the Denon HEOS Super Link provides coverage to all four HEOS zones in a single 1U (1.75” tall) chassis.

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Classé Sigma SSP MkII Preamp/Processor Adds Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and 4K UHD

By | June 27th, 2017|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

USB audio up to 24-bit/192 kHz

USB (Host) charging capability 2 Amps

DLNA supported formats Apple Lossless (ALAC), mp3, FL

Frequency response 8 Hz – 200 kHz < 1 dB, stereo digital bypass
8 Hz – 20 kHz < 0.5 dB, all other sources

Channel Matching (Left to Right) better than 0.05 dB


Distortion (THD+noise) 0.0005%, digital source/bypassed
analog source
.002%, processed analog source

Maximum input level (single-ended) 2 Vrms (DSP), 4.5Vrms (bypass)

Maximum input level (balanced) 4 Vrms (DSP), 9 Vrms (bypass)

Maximum output level (single-ended) 9 Vrms

Maximum output level (balanced) 18 Vrms
Gain Range -93 dB to +14 dB

Input impedance (single-ended) 100 kΩ (single-ended)
Input impedance (balanced) 50 kΩ (Balanced)

Output impedance (single-ended) 100 Ω

Output impedance (balanced) 300 Ω

Signal-to-noise ratio 104 dB, bypassed analog source
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Emotiva RMC-1 16CH Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor Preview

By | January 8th, 2017|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Emotiva announced their long awaited RMC-1 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor, a no-holds-barred
model that supports full 4K UHD video, with high speed video switching. This model offers full support  for Dolby Atmos and DTS-X object-oriented surround sound
formats and is designed to be
the best in its class, with 16 fully balanced channels, including an all-analog
preamplifier section, precision 32-bit AD/DA conversion, and an advanced 4K UHD
video management system. Eight HDMI inputs and dual HDMI outputs support 2.0b
and HDCP 2.2, ensuring theater-like video quality from all 4K UHD HDR10 sources
and equipment.

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Anthem AVM 60 11.2CH Preamp/Processor Review

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Anthem AVM 60 Introduction & Features

If someone were to write the history of high-end home theater, Anthem’s preamp-processor line would surely merit a spotlight. Anthem’s pre-pros are legendary. Their build quality, sound, upgradability, and of course heralded ARC room correction are just some of the factors that have made Anthem’s product line a huge success over the years.

When new technologies have come about, however, high-end boutique brands like Anthem usually aren’t the first ones out the door with new products.

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Anthem ARC Mobile App Preview

By | October 16th, 2016|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Anthem Room Correction or ARC has been one of our top room correction
choices for years. Why you might ask? It’s our favorites for what it does as well as what it doesn’t
do.  While other room correction solutions are still trying to get certain things right, Anthem has had their act together from the beginning. For example, ARC was one of the first room correction systems to
get multiple subwoofer calibration correct. They did things the way we always advocated for here at Audioholics.

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