• 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 ...
  • PSB Synchrony Two and Two B loudspeakers

    PSB Synchrony Two and Two B loudspeakers

    A couple months ago a press announcement was circulated that sent a collective shudder through the loudspeaker segment of the high-end industry. Flop sweat began beading up on the brows of audio engineers and acousticians. ...
  • Magnepan MG12 and MMG Loudspeakers

    Magnepan MG12 and MMG Loudspeakers

    Last issue, in my review of the excellent Focal/JMlab Electra 1007Be mini-monitor, I laid out the case for the superiority of two-way dynamic loudspeakers, which mostly amounts to the fact that they disappear more completely ...
  • 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 ...

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