• 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 ...
  • Magico V3 Loudspeaker

    Magico V3 Loudspeaker

    Magico founder Alon Wolf made an off-hand comment to me that cut to the core of how he approaches loudspeaker design. We were setting up the V3 in my listening room when he remarked that ...
  • Revel Ultima Salon2 Loudspeaker

    Revel Ultima Salon2 Loudspeaker

    Most reports of a great-sounding demonstration at CES or CEDIA are followed by the qualifier “… for a show,” as in: “The XYZ sounded fabulous… for a show.” That’s because it’s rare to hear truly ...
  • Revel Gem2 Loudspeaker

    Revel Gem2 Loudspeaker

    The Gem2 is Revel’s Ultima2 “flex” speaker. Whereas most loudspeakers are designed for a single use, the compact Revel Gem2 can play many roles. Like Transformers for audiophiles, just tell it what you want it ...
  • GamuT L-3 Mini-Monitor

    GamuT L-3 Mini-Monitor

    You may have noticed that I’ve been reviewing a lot of two-way loudspeakers lately—the stand-mounted Focal JMlab Electra 1007Be (Issue 176), the floorstanding planar-magnetic Magnepan MG12 and MMG (Issue 177), and, now, the stand-mounted GamuT ...
  • NHT Xd Speaker System

    NHT Xd Speaker System

    The NHT Xd’s are “digital” speakers; they do crossover functions using digital signal processing (DSP). The Xd’s are far from being the first speakers that are digital in this sense—models from Philips, Quadrature, and, on ...

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