2017 marked the year when smart devices infiltrated home theater taking things to a new level of integration both promising and terrifying for the years to come. As if AV receivers didn’t do enough already, now they come armed with Amazon Alexa integration, proprietary music management systems for streaming and of course the latest in HD immersive audio and Ultra HD video support. We saw the competitive marketplace of high-performance speaker systems and sound bars expand to offer even more fantastic options that simply weren’t available at these price points only a few years ago.… Read the full article
As is our annual tradition, we have put together our Audioholics AV electronics holiday gift guide of relatively affordable audio gear and accessories that can really enhance your enjoyment of your favorite music and/or movies. Whether you’re shopping for a new AV receiver, media streaming device, speakers, or even a smart balance board, we’ve got you covered. This year we’ve seen an increase in interest for Amazon Alexa smart device integration into AV gear, and of course Bluetooth headphones and streaming devices.… Read the full article
In 2016, we saw more AV receivers incorporating the new Dolby Atmos/DTS:X immersive surround sound formats at lower prices, but at what cost? We’ve noticed a trend where some of these companies are over-inflating power ratings at unprecedented levels. In addition, we’ve tested one particular model that suffered from mediocre preamp outputs which is a real shame for those wanting to upgrade by adding external amplification in the future. This is just a case of trading amplifier quality for features – a new trend in AV receivers.… Read the full article
Audiophiles and home theater fans rejoice! It’s that time of year again. You know, the one where you’d relish unboxing a pair of new headphones or shiny new speakers over a whole new wardrobe of shirts and ties. We know all about it and we have you covered.
There are great deals happening between now and the end of the year. And this just may be the best time for you to upgrade your own home theater system and use the excuse of “gifting” to your significant other so you can both reap the benefits.… Read the full article