• 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 ...
  • Focus Audio Master 3 Loudspeaker

    Focus Audio Master 3 Loudspeaker

    A friend recently complained that I get so excited about every new component to come along that it’s almost as if I’ve never heard a decent stereo before. My first thought was to suggest that ...
  • Triangle Esprit Altea Esw Loudspeaker

    Triangle Esprit Altea Esw Loudspeaker

    In the months following my review of the Triangle Esprit Altea Es (Issue 156), Triangle Electroacoustique announced some key revisions to its popular mid-line offering. Given that the Altea was already very good, I seized ...
  • Stirling Broadcast LS3/5a V2 Loudspeaker

    Stirling Broadcast LS3/5a V2 Loudspeaker

    “Wow, those things realy sound rich. What are they?”—my wife Daniele upon hearing Stirling Broadcast’s revival of the clasic BBC LS3/5a minimonitor. Danielle’s no audiophile, but she knows what she likes. As her reaction to ...
  • Paradigm Reference Signature S8 Loudspeaker

    Paradigm Reference Signature S8 Loudspeaker

    Paradigm enjoys a solid reputation for building modestly priced loudspeakers that deliver strong performance for the money, but that fact raises an important question. What would happen if a traditionally value-oriented, price-conscious firm such as ...
  • Magico LLC Mini II Loudspeaker

    Magico LLC Mini II Loudspeaker

    I first heard Alon Wolf ’s ground-breaking two-way standmounted loudspeaker, the Magico Mini, at the January 2006 CES, where it made a sensational impression on Robert Harley, Wayne Garica, Harry Pearson, and me. I rave-reviewed ...

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