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  1. Speakers
    Ascendo Immersive Audio is a technology company as well as a speaker and subwoofer maker from Germany. Per its website, the company develops DSP, audio networking technology and audio measurement systems. But the product of greatest interest here is speakers. The company makes passive and active...
  2. Great Found Deals
    Deals Galore from three Harman brands known for quality sound. First up, Infinity Reference speakers at killer prices with towers, bookshelf, center and surround speakers... everything you need to put together a surround-sound system. Or just grab JBL's Cinema 610 5.1 HTiB speaker system...
  3. Speakers
    The Paradigm Monitor SE 7.1 system with a Defiance V12 subwoofer is the REAL DEAL when it come to cost effectiveness vs. sound quality. Whenever I sat down with these speakers for an extended period of time, lets just say WOWZA! They knocked it out of the park with this lineup. For this...
  4. Speakers
    Cost no object crowd, here's a new speaker system from RVH sound: SVRTS Limited Edition ($44,995.95). RBH Sound officially unveiled this system at the 2020 Florida Audio Expo in Tampa. The Utah based company specializes in high-performance electronics and loudspeakers for home and pro audio and...
  5. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    The third generation of Anthem Room Correction has been unveiled at ISE 2019 in Amsterdam and offers improved speed plus more capability. Anthem Room Correction, aka ARC, is a sophisticated room correction software solution for two channel and surround-sound applications. At ISE 2019...
  6. Speakers
    When buying speakers systems, AV enthusiasts rightly spend much time examining specifications in an effort to gauge what level of performance to expect once a new system is installed. Frequency response, sensitivity and power handling, if reported accurately, help inform decisions based on the...
  7. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    It's the day before the show floor opens here at CEDIA 2018 in San Diego. The main show floor is closed to the press, however Sonos was keeping busy at its off-site "hideout" where the company gave demos featuring its flexible new Sonos Amp ($599) amplifier. The brilliance of the Sonos amp...
  8. Speakers
    In its first consumer collaboration, studio monitor specialists Barefoot Sound worked with Shinola Detroit on the reborn Bookshelf Bluetooth speakers. Shinola is a Detroit-based company that specializes in U.S. made goods with good design and craftsmanship. Among the audio products it offers...
  9. Speakers
    Looking for an inexpensive way to get into high-fidelity streaming stereo music listening? The new Ai40 powered aptX Bluetooth bookshelf speakers ($199.99) from Fluance are a nice 2-way option that cover the basics in terms of connectivity, while dispensing with unnecessary frivolities to keep...
  10. Speakers
    Dayton Audio has just announced three new models in its AIR series that feature AMT (air-motion transformer) tweeters. The company's existing B652-AIR ( $50/pair on Amazon ) is joined by the new B452-AIR ( $55/pair on Amazon ) bookshelf model, the T652-AIR ( $125/pair on Amazon ) tower and the...
  11. Speakers
    For this fourth installment of Sound System of the Week, I have selected a hybrid 2-channel and home-theater rig by long-time AVS Forum member Nelson Albino (aka DVD Man). Mixing audio gear from Vandersteen, SVS, Marantz, Ayre, Project, Music Hall, and Rotel, what got my attention was how well...
  12. DIY Speakers and Subs
    For this Sound System of the Week, I have chosen another home theater-centric DIY home theater system that focuses on a pragmatic approach to achieving top-tier performance. Jared, aka @jk7.2 on AVS Forum, got his inspiration in the DIY Speakers and Subs section of this site. And with the help...
  13. Speakers
    This year's Capital Audiofest was once again held at the Hilton in Rockville, Maryland. It provided a convenient chance to demo various high-end 2-channel audio systems. In order to beat the weekend crowds, I attended on Friday, November 3, which is the first day of its three-day run. My...
  14. Latest Industry News
    When you take one of the best sounding stand-mount speakers and add active amplification as well as comprehensive wireless connectivity, you wind up with the KEF LS50 Wireless speaker system ($2200/pair). This update to the original, passive LS50—that was released five years ago, in celebration...
  15. 2-Channel Audio
    As CES 2017 wrapped up Sunday afternoon, I ducked into the MBL room at The Venetian to check out what one of my favorite high-end brands had to show. I'm glad I did because it was a spectacular demo; the stereo contained new Noble Line electronics from MBL that debuted at CES. The system drove a...
  16. Great Found Deals
    Update - the deal is over. The links work, but the prices are not going to be as listed. The affordable line of Pioneer speakers designed by Andrew Jones represents one of best deals in all the world of audio. Furthermore, whenever somebody asks for advice on what speakers to buy when the...
  17. Great Found Deals
    This is it, America's favorite week to shop for deeply discounted AV gear is here. With Black Friday approaching, we're already seeing some exceptional bargains. For example, KEF's E305 5.1 Home Theater System is only $500 when purchased from KEF Direct , which is a $700 discount from its usual...
  18. Speakers
    Fans of affordable, high-performance speakers have much to be excited with ELAC's Uni-Fi B5 speakers ($500/pair USD), which have impressed me every time I've auditioned 'em. At the same time, Emotiva's Airmotiv T1 towers ($700/pair USD) are new to the scene and offer awesome performance per...
  19. Speakers
    Wireless lifestyle audio is where the action is these days, and Oppo's new Sonica speaker ($300/each) stands as the company's entry into a sound-related category pioneered by Sonos. Sonica is a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Airplay-compatible speaker that can stand alone, be paired-up for true stereo...
  20. Speakers
    It’s hard to discuss high-end audio without bringing up Utah-based Wilson Audio. The company’s name has been practically synonymous with performance-oriented no-holds-barred high-end home-audio speakers for three-plus decades. At AXPONA 2016 I had a chance to audition the company’s latest...
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