Our habits in both work and play have certainly changed a lot since 2020. We thought it would be interesting to go over a few areas where we are seeing some pretty big trends in the home audio business.
As we’ve all been spending more time working from home and meeting virtually through video instead of in-person, we have seen a tremendous increase in people upgrading the sound of their workspace. Great sounding background music makes us more productive and a good pair of computer speakers makes it far easier to understand your colleagues during a video call.
Computer speakers have everything you need built-in and are very simple to connect up to your desktop or laptop. Some even have Bluetooth and inputs for a turntable.
DAC is short for digital-to-analog converter. It takes the digital signal and converts it to analog, usually offering a big sonic improvement from your computer or smartphone. This year, you’ll find a lot more DACs that are designed to work with computer speakers. With computer speakers taking off in popularity, many people who get them want to make their sound even better and wind up getting a nice little DAC. For those of you interested in getting the most out of your computer speakers, read our tips on how to upgrade your powered computer speakers.
When Dolby Atmos was introduced a few years ago, we felt it was the biggest change in surround sound in many years. We are finally starting to see some very good all-in-one soundbars that can provide pretty good Dolby Atmos effects with an all-in-one speaker you just add to your TV. Both Sonosand JBL have new models that are pretty darn cool! Check out our Best Dolby Atmos Soundbars comparison for the complete list of best bars on the market.
Dirac is a method of room correction we have been crazy about since it was introduced by Datasat in a 20K+ surround sound processor in 2014. You have to experience it to fully understand how big of an improvement in your sound it provides in almost any room, it's just amazing! Dirac has slowly been working its way down into less expensive home theater receivers and processors which brings a big smile to the home theater geeks at Audio Advice. The Arcam AV40 and Lexicon MC10 are two great separate processors and both of these brands also have a great selection of home theater receivers with Dirac built-in.
There are zero signs of the vinyl revolution slowing down. As a matter of fact, for Audio Advice, we are seeing more people than ever adding vinyl as another way to enjoy music at home. Most turntables these days come ready to go with some even having built-in phono preamps so you no longer have the tedious task of connecting those tiny wires up to the cartridge.
In this home theater showcase, we’re excited to share a theater we recently finished in a brand-new luxury home. Discover how we paired a Sony GTZ-380 projector with JBL Synthesis speakers and electronics from Anthem & Kaleidescape to design the homeowner’s dream theater in this incredible home entertainment mecca.
Focal’s new Theva series of speakers combine innovative technology filtered down from their flagship 250K+ speaker and stunning French styling. These are totally true to the Focal sound profile of extremely neutral sound with a wider listening area which is especially wonderful in media rooms.
If you’re just getting started with vinyl, a quality pair of powered speakers provides a solid foundation for a system you can grow with over time. Upgrading your speakers can enhance your vinyl listening experience.
Let’s take a closer look at three great brands that offer good powered speakers for turntables. Assuming you have an en...
The long-awaited Klipsch Reference Premiere Subwoofers are here to shake the world. Featuring updated design characteristics, Klipsch says these are the, “best high-performance subwoofers they’ve ever made” Watch our video and see what you think.
A New Era of Sound is here! The brand new Sonos Era 100 & Era 300 speakers have come to make a statement and stand out from the rest of the Sonos family. From Bluetooth and line-in connectivity to room-filling spatial audio sound, these new speakers both have some impressive new tech in them to make them the most advanced Sonos speakers to ...
JBL’s 2023 soundbar lineup offers a powerful and immersive audio experience with a range of options to suit any home entertainment setup. With advanced technologies like Dolby Atmos and wireless streaming, you can enjoy high-quality sound from your favorite movies, music, and TV shows like never before.
The new KEF R Meta series of speakers pull in some amazing technology from the bigger siblings, the Reference Meta and Blade Meta speakers. With their 12th generation Uni-Q driver, you get an incredibly wide sweet spot and their fanatical dedication to cabinet design and crossovers, assures that you only hear the speaker.
Make your next party epic with JBL PartyBox Portable Speakers. With several models to choose from, you get JBL Pro Sound with selectable LED light shows and can plug in your smartphone or stream with built-in Bluetooth connectivity. With their durable construction, impressive sound quality, and fun features, JBL Partybox speakers elevate any par...