• Bowers & Wilkins 685 Loudspeaker

    Bowers & Wilkins 685 Loudspeaker

    Let's get straight to the point: B&W's 685 is a terrific little loudspeaker. It has impressive tonal balance, tremendous rhythmic authority, conjures a nice, open soundstage, has impressive if not super-extended bass response, a singing ...
  • Coincidentally Yours KEF iQ7

    Coincidentally Yours KEF iQ7

    It’s a friendly rivalry that goes back to the very beginnings of the high end. Small speaker versus big speaker—the stand-mounted two-way pitted against the multi-driver floorstander. The argument goes that nothing captures the speed, ...
  • Sonus faber Elipsa Loudspeaker

    Sonus faber Elipsa Loudspeaker

    I’ve tried, really I have, but I honestly can’t think of another loudspeaker manufacturer creating models as purely beautiful sounding as those made by Italy’s Sonus faber.With each passing year, Franco Serblin and the team ...
  • Triangle Esprit Altea Es Loudspeaker

    Triangle Esprit Altea Es Loudspeaker

    Along with Focal and Cabasse, Triangle Electroacoustique is one of France’s Big Three high-end speaker manufacturers. As quality-driven as a Michelin three-star restaurant, it brings to market an extensive lineup of stereo and multichannel models. ...
  • Audio Physic Padua RR Loudspeaker

    Audio Physic Padua RR Loudspeaker

    Speaker design involves science and a kind of combined craftsmanship and musical judgment that one might call art. Judgment comes from the fact that all speaker designs involve certain compromises. Since a perfect speaker is ...
  • DALI Helicon 400 Loudspeaker

    DALI Helicon 400 Loudspeaker

    The $3900 DALI Helicon 400 is a medium-height floorstander that uncannily resembles this Danish firm’s premium offering, the Euphonia MS4 [see Issue 146]. It sports the same voluptuous, curvaceous side panels. Internally, it mirrors much ...
  • Energy Veritas V2.3i Loudspeaker

    Energy Veritas V2.3i Loudspeaker

    Fans of American muscle cars understand that when it comes to pavement- pounding and nose-bleeding power, there’s no substitute for cubic inches. That sentiment also applies to loudspeakers. Like pistons under the hood, a multiple ...
  • Sonus faber Domus 5-channel Speaker System

    Sonus faber Domus 5-channel Speaker System

    Few loudspeaker companies are more intimately connected with high-end audio than Italy’s Sonus faber. Its aristocratic designs evoke the craftsmanship and the culture of the legendary Cremonese violin makers and a taste of la dolce ...
  • KEF XQ5 Loudspeakers

    KEF XQ5 Loudspeakers

    KEF has been around for over fifty years and some audiophiles may need to be reminded just how good many of its speakers are. In the 1960s and 70s, KEF was among a small group ...
  • ATC SCM 35 Loudspeaker

    ATC SCM 35 Loudspeaker

    British specialist manufacturer ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company) outfits some of the world’s elite recording studios, mastering facilities, and concert halls with its powered, or “active,” monitoring speakers. But the company’s pro reputation has unfairly overshadowed ...

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