• EXOTICA: MAGICO Mini Loudspeaker

    EXOTICA: MAGICO Mini Loudspeaker

    Israeli-American designer Alon Wolf’s MAGICO Mini—the speaker that so impressed me, RH, HP, WG, and just about everyone else who heard it at this past CES—is a compact, stand-mounted, two-way mini-monitor that costs $22,000. At ...
  • REL Britannia B3 Subwoofer

    REL Britannia B3 Subwoofer

    REL Acoustics designs and constructs subwoofers of serious intent. It faithfully hews to the high end’s original mission statement for subs—to reproduce music’s bottom octave, the region that extends to 20Hz or lower. [1] The ...
  • ProAc Studio 140 Loudspeaker

    ProAc Studio 140 Loudspeaker

    When ProAc released the original Tablette in 1979, it was the kind of breakthrough product that challenged conventional wisdom about minispeaker performance. Designed by Stewart Tyler, the Tablette (iterations of the original continue to this ...
  • Focal Profile 918 Loudspeaker

    Focal Profile 918 Loudspeaker

    The upside of having two listening rooms at my disposal is, obviously, being able to audition equipment— especially loudspeakers—in more than one acoustic environment. After all, the room is at least as important as any ...
  • Revel Performa F52 Loudspeaker

    Revel Performa F52 Loudspeaker

    Sometimes all it takes to identify the essence of a loudspeaker—to glimpse its soul, if you will—is to hear the way it reproduces the relative simplicity of a single instrument. If you’re a guitar player, ...
  • Spendor S8e Loudspeakers

    Spendor S8e Loudspeakers

    Once I had the opportunity to explore the Great Organ at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. This Aeolian- Skinner's 8000 or so pipes live in two huge "attics" above ...
  • Focus Audio FS 78SE Loudspeaker

    Focus Audio FS 78SE Loudspeaker

    Never underestimate the modest two-way loudspeaker. For decades it has embodied the high-end credo that less is more—that design minimalism, impeccably executed, can draw a listener ever closer to musical reality. Even in an era ...
  • 2nd Rethm Loudspeaker

    2nd Rethm Loudspeaker

    Although my parents were musicians, they were totally uninterested in the technology of music reproduction. But even as a child I was obsessed with audio, and I would not take no for an answer over ...
  • MartinLogan Source Speaker

    MartinLogan Source Speaker

    For as long as I can remember serious music lovers have been fascinated with electrostatic speakers. The reasons are obvious— instead of woofers and tweeters, electrostatic speakers use a light, responsive, super-thin electrically conductive diaphragm ...
  • Focal Chorus 706V Loudspeaker

    Focal Chorus 706V Loudspeaker

    Loudspeakers have steadily improved over the past 20 years, particularly those costing less than $1000. A number of factors have contributed to this welcome trend: Designers have ready access to sophisticated computer-based measurement tools; materials ...
  • PSB Alpha B1 Loudspeaker

    PSB Alpha B1 Loudspeaker

    How high should our expectations be for a $279 speaker? Most of us would say, “Not very.” However, when it’s a ground-up redesign of the venerable PSB Alpha, one of the high-end’s featherweight darlings, expectations ...

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