• 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Amphion Ion Loudspeaker

    Amphion Ion Loudspeaker

    The high end is by and large a specialty market driven by enthusiasts—enthusiasts who don’t know the meaning of the word compromise. But what about the audio buff who doesn’t want to set his sights ...
  • Quad ESL-2805 Loudspeaker

    Quad ESL-2805 Loudspeaker

    Have you ever had a reference component in your system for years and sold it because you felt that something else just had to be better? Perhaps my biggest audio regret is selling my Crosby-modified ...
  • Pioneer S-2EX Loudspeaker

    Pioneer S-2EX Loudspeaker

    By offering qualities we typically associate with audiophile speakers as well as those from the pro-monitor world, Pioneer’s EX Series bridges the divide between two distinct listening cultures. It combines a recordingstudio ethic, rigorous construction ...

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